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Western Animation / Sushi Pack

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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 (notable for being the final cartoon they ever created), and Tom Ruegger.

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  • 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."
  • And That's Terrible: "You were teasing Wasabi and teasing hurts!"
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Barrier Warrior: Maguro.
  • Blush Sticker: Kani, Maguro, and Mochi Mochiato.
  • Cardboard Prison: The only villain shown consistently in jail is The Collector.
  • Care-Bear Stare: Maguro occasionally uses her mental powers in this way.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Played rather disturbingly in that the Pack actually remembers their past lives as animals (save Wasabi, who was a plant instead). This means that not only should they remember dying, but somebody was actually cruel enough to slaughter intelligent, talking animals.
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  • City of Adventure: Wharf City.
  • Collector of the Strange: One villain called, appropriately, The Collector.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Titanium Chef punishes Mochi Mochiato by having her teammates ridicule her.
  • Cute Bruiser: The entire Pack, particularly Kani.
  • Easy Impersonation: In "The Wrong Sushi," Tako, Maguro, Kani, and Wasabi are convicted of a crime, despite presented video evidence showing what is obviously The Legion of Low Tide made up to look like the Pack.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Each of the members of the Pack has a name relating to what food they were before the lightning strike.
  • Enemy Mine: With Unagi in "Lights On, Lights Off" and "The Thing That Wasn't There".
  • Enemy to All Living Things: Sir Darkly.
  • Every Episode Ending: Every episode ends with the Pack jumping into the air and shouting "Sushi Pack!"
  • Evil Counterpart: The Legion of Low Tide.


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