Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura are a pair of Japanese pop stars that came together and rose to popularity in The '90s and have been active for over two decades.
In their native Japan, their act is just called Puffy; they were rechristened as Puffy AmiYumi when they traveled to the United States, to avoid confusion with rapper Sean Combs, who occasionally uses that moniker.
They have starred in two variety shows, Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Puffy (wherein they met and interacted with famous guests such as Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone) and more recently Hi Hi Puffy Bu, and not quite starred in an American Animated Series, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. They are also famous for having recorded the theme song for the Teen Titans series in both English and Japanese.
Puffy AmiYumi provides examples of the following tropes:
- Anime Theme Song:
- They have performed the opening theme for Bunny Drop, and other songs for Oh! Edo Rocket, Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, SD Gundam Force, Hataraki Man, Genji Monogatari Sennenki, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire. Additionally, they performed the ending theme for Shimajirō no Wao!, as well as some of the music in the 2017 Shimajirō movie.
- They also performed themes for Tokyo Pig individually: Ami's song "Tadaima" is the ending theme, while Yumi's "Tsuyoki na Futari" is one of its openings.
- Album Filler: "Robot Prototype Version 0.2", "Natsuyasumi Prototype", and "Puffy de Bossa" (all from Fever*Fever) are all so short that there's no doubting they're likely filler.
- Auto-Tune: The girls' voices are Auto-Tuned in the song "Wake Up, Make Up".
- Band Toon: Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
- Break-Up Song: "So Long Zero".
- Bow Chicka Wow Wow: The backing guitar in "Pool Nite" sounds like this.
- Car Song: "Hayai Kuruma" (literally means "Fast Car").
- Christmas Songs: "R.G.W."
- Cover Album:
- Single-Artist Tribute albums: The Hit Parade and Puffy Ami Yumi x Puffy.
- Tribute album: Puffy Covers, covered by artists such as The Pillows, Kazuyoshi Saito and Guitar Wolf.
- Fade Out: A good amount of their songs do this.
- Fading into the Next Song : The outro of "Hatarakuyo" fades into "Puffy de Bossa".
- Gratuitous English: Some of their Japanese songs will have a few English language lines.
- Greatest Hits Album: The Very Best of Puffy, Hit & Fun, and 15. The tie-in album for Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi mostly counts, though it does feature original recordings as well.
- Intercourse with You: "Pool Nite" (also known as "Swimming Pool") and arguably "Kuchibiru Motion".
- Jungle Drums: "Ai no Shirushi"
- Love Is a Drug: The song "Your Love Is A Drug" from the album Nice.
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Appeared in the 2005 edition on a float based on their cartoon series.
- Metal Scream: Yumi at the beginning of her solo cover of Masahiko Kondo's song "High-Teen Boogie".
- Non-Appearing Title: A large amount of their songs (mostly their Japanese songs) do not say the title.
- Silly Love Songs: "Love So Pure" and "Forever", among others.
- Singer Namedrop: "Youkai PUFFY" and "Puffy no Rule" not only have their band name in the title, but the lyrics as well. Several other songs have the name in the title.
- Song of Song Titles: The outro of "Dare Ga Sore O" references several of their songs.
- Song Style Shift: "Hare Onna", which starts out with a relatively calm, acoustic verse and the chorus happens and you're blasted with electric guitars.
- Surprisingly Good English: Ami's English language solos "Always Dreamin' About You", "Be Someone Tonight", and "Security Blanket". Subverted big time in their English version of "Asia no Junshin."
- Suspiciously Similar Song: "Tokyo Nights" seems very similar to "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.
- The Something Song: "Hajimari no Uta", "Haru no Uta", and "Sakura no Hanaga Saku Amai Amai Kisetsu no Uta".
- Vocal Tag Team
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: The song "Wake Up, Make Up" features Ani and Bose from the Japanese rap group Scha Dara Parr. Though, it isn't in the middle of the song, it's close to the beginning.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Asia no Junshin" ("Naive Asia") almost seems like random words thrown together. An example of Tropes Are Not Bad, as the song was both their first single and a Breakthrough Hit.