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Anime: Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z aka: Powerpuff Girls Z
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z ("And away they go! Powerpuff Girls Z") is an anime adaptation of the American cartoon The Powerpuff Girls. It turns Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup into Magical Girl Warriors, complete with elaborate transformation sequences that hover somewhere between homage to and parody of the genre. Originally announced on April 1, 2005, which led many fans to believe it was an April Fool's joke, but the show premièred for real on July 1, 2006.The storyline indicates that this is very much an Alternate Continuity from the American version, starting right from the girls' origin: Professor Utonium's son Ken is conducting a weather-changing experiment using "Chemical Z" (as opposed to the original's "Chemical X"), causing an accident that grants superpowers to three unrelated thirteen-year-old girls — Blossom (Momoko Akatsutsumi) (codenamed "Hyper Blossom" in her powered form), Bubbles (Miyako Goutokuji) ("Rolling Bubbles"), and Buttercup (Kaoru Matsubara) ("Powered Buttercup").Many of the original Powerpuff GirlsRogues Gallery make a re-appearance here, although several of them are now of the Tragic Monster variety - and Mojo Jojo is now a normal monkey turned Mad Scientist by Chemical Z, bent on seeking revenge against humanity which mistreated him. Instead of translating the convoluted speech pattern the original character used into a nigh-incomprehensible Japanese version, he has a Verbal Tic and ends every sentence with "Mojo".The series was made due to the refusal of major Japanese networks to air the original series, which was very popular on cable, since it wasn't produced in Japan.
This show provides examples of:
Aerith and Bob: Several from the original Powerpuff Girls are kept, but new characters (including the secret identities the Girls and some of their enemies have in this continuity) given Japanese names. So that means you have characters like "Keane-sensei" among a class of kids with Japanese names Momoko, Miyako, Kaoru, you have Utonium and his son with the surname "Kitazawa," "Miss Bellum" next to characters like Sakurako, etc.
The Artifact: The story's setting has been moved to Japan, but several of the characters are based off of characters from the original series who had English names. Some of the characters are given new Japanese names to fit the setting, such as the girls while not transformed, but some of them keep their original names in order to remain recognizable, such as Mojo Jojo and almost all of the other returning villains. The result is the Aerith and Bob situation as described a few entries above. As a general rule, most good characters get new Japanese names and most villains keep their old name, but there are exceptions. For example, Professor Utonium both keeps his old name and gets a new Japanese surname, the girls, Princess, and Sedusa all use Japanese names in their civilian forms while using their original names in their alter egos, and Miss Bellum and Ms. Keane/"Keane-sensei" both keep their names.
Averted in the dub thanks to the Cultural Translation that it went through; none of the original English names are out of place any longer as a result.
Bowdlerise: The dub version of Power Puff Girls Z has plenty of examples, the most notable being the episode where the Rowdyruff Boys make their debut:
While in the original the Boys climb on a roof and take a piss on people's heads, in the dub the scene is completely re-drawn, and replaced with them holding a garden hose and wetting people with it. This one's actually a subversion, though; the same exact thing happened to the show in its original language. The scene where the boys piss on people's heads was only ever shown during the series' syndication, and once the episode came out on DVD, it was replaced with the same garden hose scene that got shown in the dub. Apparently the Moral Guardians in Japan weren't too happy with that scene either.
When the Boys start attacking the Powerpuff Girls, they flip their skirts. This was cut in the dub.
They then proceed to humiliate them further by taking off their pants and mooning them. Guess what happened to the scene in the dub.
One dub change that didn't involve the Rowdyruff Boys: Turning Snake of the Gangreen Gang into a woman named Ivy. Note that even anyone familiar with the American original Powerpuff Girls series would know that that's supposed to be a guy...
Sakurako / Annie transforms into Sedusa because she wants to be 'sexy like Miss Bellum' and make her love interest notice her. In the dub of course this motive is removed. Later, she finds her boyfriend Jason chatting with his college teacher. She turns into Sedusa because she thinks he's cheating on her with said teacher. In the dub, she simply thinks that he found a new friend and that he no longer wants to be her friend.
In the original, Bubbles' childhood friend Taka has been isolated in a hospital for 7 years over a chronic, potentially lethal heart condition. In the dub (where he's renamed as Cody), he only goes there over a minor injury.
They also have long white socks/stockings digitally added in the English dub.
Fuzzy Lumpkins marks his territory by hand-printing all over it. After falling in love with Ms. Bellum, he dreams of smacking her butt, marking it this way to "claim" her. In the dub that scene was cut.
Clark Kenting: In this continuity the girls have secret identities, and they preserve these identities by changing absolutely nothing about themselves except their clothes when out superheroing. Nobody, not even people who know them well, recognizes them. This is made even sillier in the dub, where they don't even bother to change their names.
Clothes Make the Superman: Some of their powers come from their outfits, and when the professor tries on Bubbles outfit, he is mistaken for Bubbles.
Crazy-Prepared: Ken and/or the Professor have, for no readily explainable reason, a ray that fires Chemical Z and another ray that reverses its effect, despite the fact that Chemical Z was just invented earlier that same day, cameras already positioned all over the world that just happen to be compatible with the Powerpuff's magical belt... things, and a rocket loaded with French dressing just in case the girls ever have to fight sentient vegetables... etc. Not to mention all those crazy steps that Ms. Keane took to keep the girls in class.
He Who Must Not Be Named: As with the original series, "Him" is the only designation that is safe to describe Him with. When Ken asks why, Utonium tells him Him's real name. You can't hear Utonium's voice during the scene, but Ken's expressions says it all.
Mythology Gag: Outside of "Powerpuff Kids," you have several nodding to the original Powerpuff Girls including whole episodes referencing plots from the original series.
One had the girls fight due to Him's possession of Octi much like "Octi Evil" and another had monsters rampage freely throughout New Townsville, similar to the plot of "Bought and Scold" where Princess makes all criminal activity legal.
Then you have the 2nd opening which contains numerous allusions to the original series, particularly the Liberty Bell, Harmony Bunny, and Mange suits from Super Zeroes, Blossom's ability to use her bow as a weapon, Bubbles' ability to talk to animals, Buttercup's ability to roll her tongue, Utonium's Powerprof. suit, and a mecha much like D.Y.N.A.M.O. The professor's suit, Blossom's bow attack, and D.Y.N.A.M.O. eventually make it into the series.
And if that wasn't enough, one episode has the girls briefly drop into Townsville where the original Powerpuff Girls are fighting off a monster.
One of the later episodes has the girls run across the world doing odd jobs and challenges for Him in order to save the Professor from his clutches... only to find at the end that the Professor was in no actual danger and the whole thing was really for nothing - Him, of course, having never actually said the Professor was in jeopardy - essentially the plot to "Him Diddle Riddle" from the original show.
In the episode where Princess/Himeko' sister Duchess/Miko comes to town, she hatches a plan to upstage the Powerpuff Girls by making her own Powerpuff suit full of hi-tech weapons to copy their abilities, and become a better Powerpuff Girl than them - this was the Princess' initial scheme in her first appearance in the original show. Her suit even has the same tiara that Princess wore in the original series.
One episode has the girls constantly being woken up in the middle of the night several days in a row by monster attacks: first by Princess, then by Mojo. At the end of the episode - after they finally snap and smash Mojo in a Curb-Stomp Battle - Buttercup quips that they prefer "save the day before bedtime."
Pinky Swear: Happened to Miyako/Bubbles and Takaaki/Cody.
She's a Man in Japan: Snake/Ivy of the Gangreen Gang. Odd considering how the dub tried to make the show more like its CN counterpart. Then again, considering what the anime did to Snake's character, the result could have come off like a Drag Queen. This is inverted with Little Arturo, who is a girl in the anime, and yet keeps the original male name. The dub of the series reverted Arturo back to being a boy, though he retained a feminine voice and his dress.
Shout-Out: The girls' transformations include tributes to many other magical girls.
And of course, the series contains lots of Shout Outs to the original Powerpuff Girls, most notably in the second opening, but also in the episodes themselves, including Bubbles talking to animals, an episode where the Mayor (possessed by a ghost) passes a law honoring monsters (referencing the original series episode Bought And Scold), an episode where Him possesses Bubbles' doll Octi (referencing Octi Evil), one where Him challenges the girls to get three items for him to save Professor Utonium, Ken and Poochi from certain doom getting a haircut (referencing Him Diddle Riddle), one where vegetable monsters attack the girls (a reference to Beat Your Greens) and lots, lots, LOTS more. There's also an episode where Professor Utonium makes a "super suit", referencing the one he had in Powerprof. Buttercup's Hurricane Lutz move might be a reference to her ability to turn into a tornado in the original series. See Mythology Gag for more examples.
The titular "z", perhaps?
Sixth Ranger: Mojo Jojo mistakenly believes that Morbucks Z is one.
Snap Back: Episode 43 ends with Blossom's exile from Earth.
Spoof Aesop: The second half of episode 43 involves Blossom's attempts to impress Princess by pretending she has a boyfriend named Lucas Clark. It escalates to a point where she claims it's an alien being oppressed by his parents just as a passing space ship fitting her description passes by, leading to a chain reaction that causes the entire world to cheer for them to be reunited. When she goes on international television to admit that it was all a lie, she gets chased off Earth by an angry mob. The episode ends with her sitting on a meteor pondering her options as text and audio saying "don't lie" appear just before the fade.
Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, Mojo Jojo with "mojo", Fuzzy Lumpkins with "de mon da", Peach with "da wan".
Mojo Jojo lampshades this in the dentist episode, where he is able to suppress this habit, however briefly.
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Even moreso than the original girls, since the Powerpuffs in this continuity have secret identities and the "make excuses to be let out of class" trope is in full swing.
Whole Plot Reference: "It's All Because of Him" / "Girlz, Break Up!?" is pretty much the PPGZ version of "Octi Evil" from the original series (Him possesses Octi and causes in-fighting amongst the girls, culminating in a battle against a giant Octi).
Xtreme Kool Letterz: X,K and Z are cooler than all the other letters, but clearly Z is still cooler than X.