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Yamucha's-Kung Fu Academy (饮茶之功夫学园) is a Chinese-Taiwanese comedy animated series created and produced by Hong Ying Animation. While this studio is best known for animating outsourced cartoons, Yamucha's is one of the few works they maintain.
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With many characters being food, the show focuses on the young martial arts students Miko and Nao and their training in a renowned but antiquated academy, as well as their friends and the villains they face, including a group of idiotic squid thieves. The show premiered on New Years Day 2007 on China's CCTV network and was moderately successful and well-received with a total of 208 episodes. It is available on Chinese streaming sites.

Yamucha's started as a group of fifteen web shorts released in 2004 which lack dialogue.note  These shorts spoofed Chinese cinema (including wuxia), Jurassic Park and Titanic. The TV show reimagined most of the main characters as students or staff of a kung fu academy.

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While the TV show may lack an English dub, it was given an English trailer.

Named after the Cantonese custom of dim sum and tea consumption known as yum cha, it has no relation with a Dragon Ball character.


Yamucha's provides examples of:

  • Age Lift: Rudy, Masa, Obby, and Artee are grown teachers in the TV show, but in the preceding shorts they are children like the rest of the cast. Possibly also applies to Bomi, who is a merchant.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Features a rainbow cast which includes foods that are oddly colored, such as a purple hot dog and blue bread.
  • Animesque: The series takes several cues from anime, such as Sweat Drops and Cross-Popping Veins appearing on characters.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Most of the main cast and some minor characters are Chinese snacks, in addition to other kinds of food.
    • Miko is a shumai.
    • Nao is a baozi.
    • Jubby is a dumpling, the design of his/hernote  head resembling a baby bonnet.
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    • Halu is an onigiri.
    • Maru is a peach.
    • Hado is a hotdog.
    • Nida is an egg tart.
    • Happu is a hamburger.
    • Rudy is a youtiao.
    • Artee is a milk tea cup.
    • Masa is a zongzi.
    • Obby is a flatbread.
    • Bomi is a bread.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Jubby, who is literally a baby, is the youngest of the kids.
  • Badass Adorable: The students, whenever they use their martial arts skills. Special mention goes to Jubby, the infant who stops the tiger in episode one by pulling off its whiskers.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: In episode 3, the leader of the squid thieves uses a sack to kidnap Jubby.
  • Balloon Belly: In episode 12, Miko, Nao and Jubby become bloated from eating a bunch of apples.
  • Beard of Evil: The leader of the squid thieves has a beard resembling a five-o'-clock shadow.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The mayor of the town is a fly who is about the size of the other characters.
  • Big Eater: Happu has a hobby of eating.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Miko is blue and wishes to become a hero in martial arts.
    Miko: Don't call me "Miko". Call me "hero"!
  • Blush Stickers: A common feature with the characters. The squid thieves don't have them.
  • Character in the Logo: Miko, Nao, and Jubby appear in the logo.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Miko is blue, Nao is pink, and Jubby is yellow.
  • Cranial Eruption: In the first episode, the tiger develops a bump on his head after colliding with Nao and hitting a tree.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Jubby is an adorable little baby, but her crying is so loud that in at least one episode it causes parts of the room to crumble.
  • Gender Flip: Masa was female in the shorts before being changed to an androgynous-looking male for the show.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Nunchuks are Hado's weapons.
  • Fingerless Hands: The various students at the academy have arms that have fingerless stubs at the ends.
  • Follow Your Nose: In episode 3, Jubby floats in the air as she follows the scent of some steaks that the squid thieves have set out as a trap for her.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Hado and Happu are foreign students in the show. To accentuate this, the former is a hotdog and the latter is a hamburger, both well-known American foods.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Most of the characters usually have Fingerless Hands, but they will occasionally become four-fingered hands when they are holding something. There is at least one character who has the proper five fingers, however, that being the knight from episode 29.
  • Funny Animal: The Mountain Thieves F4 are all anthropomorphic squids.
  • Human Hummingbird: It's common for running characters to have their legs depicted as a blur of circles.
  • Idea Bulb: In episode 1, an idea bulb appears in a though bubble when Nao gets an idea on how to get Jubby to stop following her.
  • Interclass Friendship: The show's two main protagonists Miko and Nao. Miko comes from a poor family and had been chased by creditors. Nao comes from a rich family with a kung-fu background. The shorts, at least, sometimes have romance between the two.
  • Man on Fire: In one episode, the leader of the squid thieves is completely enveloped in a flame after one of the other squid thieves gets a Rump Roast from hiding in a fryer that Jubby turned on and the flame gets on him.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: The leader of the squid thieves somehow has a beard.
  • Ocular Gushers: Whenever any character cries, they produce a waterfall of tears.
  • Panthera Awesome: The first episode features a tiger who threatens Miko and Nao. Jubby, despite being a baby, stops it by ripping off the whiskers.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Miko the blue boy and Nao the pink girl.
  • Quarter Hour Short: All episodes are about 10 to 11 minutes long.
  • Rump Roast: Happens to one of the squid thieves in one episode when he hides in a fryer. Jubby turns on the fryer, causing the squid to emerge with a flame on his behind.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Hanna-Barbera sound effects are commonplace in the show.
  • Super-Deformed: The character design.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Miko, Nao, and Jubby.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: A variant of this trope appears in the theme song, which starts in the key of C, pitch-shifts to a higher F key, shifts back to the C key, and then shifts to the F key again and stays there for the remainder of the song.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: The main trio consists of one boy (Miko) and two girls (Nao and Jubby).
  • Waddling Head: Maru has a blob-shaped body and stubby limbs.
  • Wingding Eyes: In one episode, as Bomi shows the squid thieves some of the food they make at the restaurant, one of the squids' eyes turn into hearts as he looks at the delicious food.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The knight from episode 29 sports a head of green hair.

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