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YMMV / Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Talent Suckers appearing in a time machine and then disappearing in "Puffy B.C." It comes out of nowhere and has no bearing whatsoever on the episode's plot.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Sound Off". Big time.
  • Cliché Storm: The amount of tropes played straight is a little overbearing at times.
  • Covered Up: The soundtrack features a cover of "Joining A Fan Club", originally by Puffy songwriter/producer Andy Sturmer's early-1990s band Jellyfish.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The background tunes will stick in your head for days on end.
    • Also, the show's theme song itself. Check for yourself.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Julie is very popular for a character who only appeared in one episode.
    • The Talent Suckers become this as a result of becoming protagonists of two segments.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • An Americanized show about two Japanese pop stars has a very popular Hispanic dub.
    • Predictably, the show was more popular in Japan than America, to the point that Japan got the entire series on DVD while America didn't.
  • Growing the Beard: By season 2, the animation is more fluid.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Badass: Ninja Ami and Ninja Yumi, to the point where their outfits are featured in the video games.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Ami and Yumi are this. Atchan and Julie can also count.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Imagine a fan with hypnotic eyes stalking you, just like Harmony did to Ami, Yumi and Kaz.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Downplayed exampled, but even before this series and their singing the theme to Teen Titans, some viewers recognized their works from, of all thing, Guitar Freaks imports where some of their songs are prominent in that game. A few if them even show up in a few episodes.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Kaznapped and Genie and the Amp games are praised for creating original storylines.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show is mostly infamous because of its marketing campaign and coming out of the blue without much warning. On its own, it's a fairly average cartoon show.
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  • Superlative Dubbing: The excellent Spanish dub was the reason of its popularity in Latin America, with Karla Falcon as a snarky Yumi and Leyla Rangel as a overly cute Ami and the good chemistry and comedic timing they had.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The color scheme and overall "cuteness" of the series is likely to turn away a lot of viewers.
  • Toy Ship: Yumi and Atchan.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: "Treasure Map"/"Artist Ami"
  • Unexpected Character: The Talent Suckers' cameo appearance in "Puffy B.C.". That episode took place entirely in the pre-history and they only appear because of a never seen before (or since) Time Machine.
  • Ugly Cute: Nikolai.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Does anyone else think Yumi looks like a boy?
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The show hit a twofer with this. Puffy AmiYumi were way out of their peak popularity when the show landed, and it also came in the dying wave of anime-parody/anime-referencing western toons.


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