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When I heard that a fourth Powerpuff Girl was being added, I wasn't really surprised because I knew what this was: A ratings stunt meant to bolster the show's views. The show decided to go The Fairly Oddparents route and shake things up with a new character because that worked so well for them, right? But I decided to wait until the special aired before making any final judgments. And after watching it, I can say that it turned out to be better than I expected. It's not perfect, but not as bad as everyone feared.
Bliss: Of course, I can't end the review without mentioning the newcomer herself. First off, after watching it, I can say that she's not a Token Minority nor an attempt to force diversity into the show. While her design had me raising an eyebrow at first, I quickly got used to it as she was older than the others being the first Powerpuff girl. Honestly, the only real problem I had with her was that her backstory not only felt forced, but completely contradicted the established canon with her being best friends with Mojo, Professor being in a rivalry with a lazy Distaff Counterpart of him, and him repeating the same accident 22 times.
Overall, I give this a 7 out of 10. It's good, but there was room for improvement.
Gotta say I was surprised when they announced PPG was getting a reboot and yes like a lot of fans, I was disappointed they didn't invite the original three VAs of the girls back to reprise the roles And a new style? Didn't mind that either, to me the original style wasn't that noteworthy other then being more angular in designs (seriously compare the old series with Dexter's Lab original run, not much of a difference). The original cast was still recognizable so I had no problem. The changes weren't major, so I was still intrigued where this new version could go. Now that it finally premiered, what's the verdict? It's...passable. The charm of the original series is pretty lacking, I'll admit. At the current of this review, there's not a lot of focus on the original villains and some of the girls personalities are iffy (Blossom Super OCD, Buttercup being a Deadpan Snarker and Bubbles love of cuteness kinda making her a bit more girly then usual). The newer villains likewise are pretty bland in comparison and none of them stand out. And the show's fighting edge that the original showcased has been tone down a bit.
That said there some good points, the animation (when it isn't showcasing errors) is smooth and I like the animesqe design, giving the girls some more fluidity. The show does try to keep to it original roots of being an off-beat superhero series, and some of the eps did make me chuckle (And NO, I don't care about the internet memes. They're quick gags and don't linger long. Trust me there are much lamer cringe worthy jokes, people. Stop focusing on such trivial things). The new voice actresses are pretty good too, they're getting into their role nicely and aren't bad at all. Though could be more distinctive and emote a bit better. But hey still a first season, so they have time to improve (hopefully).
Overall, yeah it's nothing like the original series, but not the worst cartoon out there (and if you say it worst then Teen Titans Go, you are horrendously wrong. The difference between these shows? The writers on PPG '16 actually care. And yes. I'm well aware of the crossover with TTG, I'm just chalking that up to being a network stunt). If you can get past the knee jerk reactions over the errors and memes, you can see there is potential here. Despite the flaws, I am intrigued to see where this new version will go and hope that the staff will be able to address previous mistakes. Nothing great right off the bat, but doesn't mean that automatically makes it bad. Time will tell.
Ever since my last review, I decided to watch some of the other episodes in light of hearing about this show's flaws. I considered updating my review, but decided against it. After all, my opinion of the show remains unchanged. It's not a terrible show, but it has gotten off to a terrible start. So instead, I decided to review a single episode. And what better episode than "Horn Sweet Horn", the episode everyone seems to loathe. There are very few pros, we're just gonna see how this episode messed up so badly.
Plot: On paper, the plot is relatively simple: Bubbles meets a pony named Donny, who wants be a unicorn. Bubbles convinces the Professor to change him into a unicorn, but things go wrong and Donny becomes a monster who Bubbles must stop. Again, simple plot right? But despite its simplicity, it still screws up in two major ways:
Conclusion: This episode earned its place on the Dethroning Moment of Suck page and deserves the hate it gets.
How could one not be excited about a reboot of The Powerpuff Girls? The people loved it, it made lots of money, and there was plenty of potential for it to be great.
Mistake #1: All the original voice actors are still alive, and yet they brought in new voice actresses for the girls without even asking the old voices to come back. What did you think they were going to say, Cartoon Network? "No, I hate free money"?
But I digress, as this isn't a huge issue with the show for me. The new voice talent does a pretty good job.
Mistake #2: Memes. I like memes as much as the next guy, but when they're shoehorned in at random spots where they really don't fit, and they're not even relevant to the time period the show is airing in (when's the last time you heard "I literally can't even" or "me gusta"?), perhaps you should reconsider placing them in your cartoon.
Mistake #3: Perhaps my biggest issue with the show, the fact that it's Lighter and Softer than the original PPG. Part of what made the original so cool was that it was these little girls dishing out some pretty nasty violence. In this reboot, probably to maintain a Y7 in today's sheltered society, there isn't much violence, and when there is it's very toned down from the original. (Certainly no blood, and you rarely see any actual impact.)
Everything at the reboot feels so polished and sanitized and it never feels like there's any real intensity or threat.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I liked Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z better.
Overall Score: 5/10
I remember hearing about this reboot a few months back. I watched Pieguyrulz's video titled "5 Reasons Why The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Will Likely Suck". He gave some pretty convincing reasons, but he also said he'd wait until the show aired and judge it on its own merits. Likewise, I decided to do the same. And now that I've seen some of the shorts and the first two episodes, I've found the show to be surprisingly good. It's definitely not the Powerpuff Girls we grew up with, but that's not entirely a bad thing.
Overall, like I said, the show is definitely not the Powerpuff Girls we grew up with and the girls' voice actors will take some getting used to, but so far the show is turning out to be good and it's worth a watch if you're curious.
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