Western Animation / Sushi Pack

Sushi Pack is a children's Saturday morning cartoon featuring a team of items from a sushi menu, jolted to life thanks to a bolt of lightning. The Pack consists of Tako (octopus), Maguro (tuna), Kani (crab), Ikura (salmon roe) and Wasabi, who together battle evildoers and learn life lessons. They live in an organic donut shop with their human friend and mentor Ben. Despite the superhero element of the story, violence is used only as a last resort. The show is produced by American Greetings, DiC Entertainment, and Tom Ruegger.

Contains examples of the following:

  • Achilles' Heel: Heat is their only weakness. Except with Wasabi, who can take the heat, but can't stand extreme cold.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The cast frequently ends up offending Wasabi and needing to apologize.
  • An Aesop: Most episodes had one, with them ranging from "Be careful with your words; they can hurt." to "Too much TV is bad for you."
  • Animesque: A mix of this and regular cartoon style.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: The main characters are assorted kinds of sushi and hot mustard that have been uplifted via lightning.
  • Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: In "Sushis of a Certain Stature," the Pack think that the town is putting up a statue of them, since it's announced as "Wharf City's Greatest Hero." It's actually of Kato Platypus, who was more active years earlier.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Volta from "Starring Ikura"
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Ikura in "A Very Big Deal"
  • Badass in Distress: Satellightning's return episode involves him needing to be rescued from the bottom of the sea. Bear in mind this is someone who schooled the police, the army, and The Pack when they fought him in his debut episode.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Sir Darkly. He appears to be a manifestation of evil, so it's justified.
  • LEGO Genetics: In "Fish Tales," a special bisque made with DNA from Kani's shell turns Oleander into a Crab Person.
  • Meaningful Name: The Pack's names all relate to the kind of food they were before uplifting via lightning.
  • Merchandise-Driven: It's made by a greeting card company.
    • Averted somewhat, as the only tv show merchandise known appears to be for promotional purposes only.
  • The Napoleon: Kani.
  • Noodle Implements: In "When Will Ben be Zen?," Wasabi's plan to help Ben involves him wearing mukluks for some reason.
  • Not Me This Time: In "The Thing That Wasn't There," an electrical creature that only Maguro can see is causing havoc all over the city. Since the attacks all have to do with electricity, the rest of the Pack assume that Unagi, the electric eel member of The Legion of Low Tide is up to no good. When they confront him, he denies having anything to do with it.
  • Shoe Shine, Mister?: In "Chemicals Made From Dirt," the Titanium Chef's evil plan involves shoeshine, even though his own minions point out that no one shines his shoes in this day and age. However, his plan also involves the power of peer pressure, and sure enough, everyone wants to get his shoes shined to be "cool". One boy even volunteers to help them shine shoes.
  • Skunk Stripe: Oleander.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Tako and his art.
  • Team Mom: Maguro.
  • Team Title: The show is named after the superhero team it's about.