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Top row, L-R: Tako, Maguro. Bottom row, L-R: Ikura, Wasabi, Kani.

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 was co-created by Tom Ruegger of Animaniacs fame and Nicholas Hollander, and produced by American Greetings and DiC Entertainment (notable for being the latter's final cartoon before Cookie Jar Entertainment acquired them). The show aired on CBS' KEWLopolis block from November 2007 to February 2009 for 2 seasons.

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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.
  • 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.
  • City of Adventure: Wharf City.
  • 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.
  • Furry Confusion: In the Sushi Pack's base, there is... a fish tank. With fish in it. I can't believe I'm the only one who's noticed this.
  • Humongous Mecha: B.O.B. (Being of Bamboo). Huge to the Pack, normal-sized to us.
  • Hypocritical Humor: From "Deep Freeze":
    Titanium Chef: Maguro is not one of us. She's different. We don't tolerate difference. Right, boys?
    Toro: We can barely tolerate ourselves.
  • 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 known merchandise of the show appears to be for promotional purposes only.
  • 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.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: When Maguro flips out at Tako in "But Is It Art?".
    Maguro: "If I wasn't so in time with my inner tuna, I'd go barracuda in him!"
  • 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.
  • Villainous Glutton: Oleander doesn't care that the protagonists are sentient, they're still food to her.


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In "Everybody Is Somebody", Wasabi and the Mayor switch bodies, thanks to some sea-unicorn dust.

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