What do we get when Bakugan is stripped off of its manliness and made exceedingly cute? You get its sister series, Zoobles.
Zoobles is a cutesy Japanese/Korean Anime adaptation of the Toyline of the same name produced by Dong Woo Animation in Korea with Japanese producer Mitsuko Oya in charge of the anime's production and both Kazuya Hayashi and Nam Jong-Sik in charge of the character designs. The series began airing on Korean broadcasting station SBS in May 18, 2011, with an official Japanese dub version will begin airing in Japan in TV Tokyo in February 5, 2012, replacing Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Gundalian Invaders in it's initial timeslot.
The series itself is set in the sweet and sugary world of Candy Land, where all Zoobles live. The story revolves around the three main Zoobles: Chevy, a Cat Zooble with an Orange Flavor, Coron, a Rabbit Zooble with a Strawberry Milk Flavor and Panky, a Panda Zooble with a Blueberry Yogurt Flavor. The three of them live in Candy Town, living and playing together with their friends and getting in serious misadventures as they learn to solve each problem they face. With each problem they face, the three ask for Kumanpa's advice for their solutions on them and their friends' problems, but with mixed results.
Not to be confused with Zoobilee Zoo. No, seriously.
Tropes used in this series:
- Ageless Birthday Episode: "What Day is it Today?" for Maron, "Lou's Balloon" for Lou, and "Chevy's Birthday" for, you guessed it, Chevy. None of them have any mention of a specific age, but one can assume that Lou turned one year old.
- Beach Episode:
- "Flower of Love Blooms", where Chevy and co. visit the shore of the Rainbow Sea to meet Chip and Tap, where the former reveals to have a crush on Mikey.
- "Combi-Dissolution? Chip and Tap" is another episode where Chevy and her friends visit the duo at the beach, but this time it involves a quarrel between the two.
- Born Unlucky: Coope, or so she thinks.
- Ron often exclaims "Ra-ri-ru-re-ron~!"
- Kumanpa's dialogue often ends with "-mashī" as opposed to the usual "-masu" used in Japanese.
- Reel often says "-riru" at the end of sentences, which is his name.
- Q'n often says "Kyun kyun!"
- Freak Out: Pupu in "Art is a Perfect Circle", as he is a perfectionist and does not want his art to have flaws. Pom also has his moments as well.
- Fun Size: The Zoobles themselves.
- Gasshole: Chevy farted in two episodes.
- Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Blacky, and also Sunsan in "Spicy Zoobles"
- Kawaiiko: Again, the Zoobles themselves.
- Meaningful Name:
- Kumanpa has the word "kuma", which means "bear" in Japanese.
- Saku is short for "sakura", also known as the Japanese cherry blossom, which is also her flavor.
- Merchandise-Driven: The Animated series is driven by the toys more than anything else, similar to another Sega/Spin Master toy franchise
- One-Word Title: Named for the creatures that inhabit its setting.
- Kumanpa's design is reminiscent of the Buddha from Buddhism, specifically that of Siddhartha Gautama.
- The episode "Mirror oh Mirror" is a spoof on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with Maron talking in the mirror as if it were a magic mirror and faking death by pretending the Apple she ate was poisonous and playing dead. She ends up tricking the trio and other Zoobles as they use different methods to "wake her up" until they decide to throw her at a tree, much to her dismay.
- Sphere Factor
- Sugar Bowl: In this case where it's a literal land of sugar.
- Team Mom / Team Dad: Em, well obviously being Lou's big brother and babysitter at the same time.
- Theme Naming: Only in the East Asian version of the franchise. Each of the Zoobles were based on candies and sweets as opposed to the Western version of the franchise.
- Transformation Is a Free Action / Be the Ball: The Zoobles themselves can actually curl up into their ball forms whenever if they travel in long distances, expressing their emotions or anything else in between.