Powerpuff Girls Z

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Powerpuff Girls Z
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カートゥーンネットワークメディアに対する日本の影響は、他の方法よりも優れていると思いましたか?パワーパフガールズと一緒に、東京市のためにたくさん... (Thought Japanese influences on Cartoon Network media was better than the other way around? With The Powerpuff Girls, so much for Tokyo City...)
Genre: Magical girl
Slice of Life
Running Time: 25 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007
Network(s): TV Tokyo
Cartoon Network (Japan)
Created by: Toei Animation
Distributed by: Cartoon Network
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 52
Previous show: The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
Next show: The Powerpuff Girls (2016-19)

Powerpuff Girls Z (出ましたっ!パワパフガールズZ Demashita! Pawapafu Gāruzu Zetto) is a Japanese magical girl anime television series and a spin-off of The Powerpuff Girls.

悪い品質 (Bad Qualities)

  1. The issue with the anime is that it is not very faithful to the original show it is based on, as many unnecessary changes make the show seem more like a different show than the one it is based on:
    • The girls are portrayed as teenage schoolgirls, while in the original show they were 5-year-old children.
    • The girls use transformation sequences, which is a shallow attempt to pander to the Magical Girl trend. The original Powerpuff Girls was more of a superhero show than a magical girl show.
    • Professor Utonium has a son named Ken, which he didn't have in the original show.
    • Apparently the girls were not created by Professor Utonium. Instead, they're normal schoolgirls who were hit by the Chemical Z and became the Powerpuff Girls Z.
    • The girls, while likable, had been flanderized in this anime.
      • Momoko/Blossom (pink/light pink) isn't the leader but the self proclaimed leader of the team, what's more, she isn't the smart, kicks A+ leader she once was. Also, she's boy-crazy, loves to eat tons of junk food, and loves superheroes. She still has her signature red bow and long, orange hair, but instead, her hair is massive to match the anime universe. Her eyes are still pink, she still wears a pink dress like the original show, and she wears a light pink vest underneath it.
      • Miyako/Bubbles (blue/light blue) is still the silly, ditzy cute one, but she cries way less than the original. Also, she loves fashion and shopping for clothes. She still has yellow hair with two pigtails but they're swirly to match the anime universe. Her eyes are still blue, she still wears a blue dress like the original show, and she wears a light blue vest underneath it.
      • Kaoru/Buttercup (green/yellow) plays all the sports at school, she is a jerk-jock and she hates skirts. Also, she will never stop caring about it. Her hair is grey and it has anime ruffles. Her eyes are still green, she still wears a green dress like the original show, and she wears a yellow vest underneath it.
    • Even the villain Mojo Jojo was a regular monkey at the zoo, rather than Utonium's pet monkey.
    • Sakamoto (the most infamous), is the bully who always gross out girls.
    • A robot dog named Peach/Poochi appears in this series, even though he's nowhere to be seen in the original show.
    • The Rowdyruff Boys are now cool, hip, Quack Pack-styled heroes. They are addicted to gross-out humor like picking their noses and shooting snot. They also can't fly (except in one episode) so they have shoes like roller skates.
  2. While the character designs are cute, most of the characters look nothing like their cartoon counterparts. The biggest examples are the Mayor of Tokyo City/New Townsville and Ms. Bellum. Also, the girls don't have unique designs as the original show has. Instead, they look like Digimon or Pokémon rejects.
    • The Mayor also looks nothing like he did in the original, as he looks like a stereotypical Jester then a dark creature. He's even portrayed as the devil.
    • Mojo Jojo on the other hand has a strange outfit that makes him look like Demon King Piccolo from Dragon Ball.
    • Princess Morbucks doesn't want to be a Powerpuff Girl, because she wants to destroy them so she can have all the fame in Tokyo City/New Townsville. Also, she transforms into a villain whenever her cat, Sapphire, yells at her.
    • The Amoeba Boys are still dimwits but instead of Bossman, Slim, and Junior being all blue, Silk Hat/Top Hat is blue, Poncho is green and Lady/Violet is pink (who is a female version of Junior). Also, they can become a big yellow blob.
  3. The girls haven't portrayed the same way that they did in the original show to the point where they feel like completely different characters.
  4. The English dub is mediocre, with an odd script that clashes with the show sometimes.
    • The English dub shortened the episodes to meet the Western standard 24-minute time frame. Some were reduced to only 11-minute half-length segments.
  5. None of the original voice cast reprises their role in the English dub. Not even Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, or E. G. Daily (who voiced Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup respectively in almost every other Cartoon Network product despite their departure from the company in 2005).
    • Nicole Bouma, Maryke Hendrikse, and Kelly Metzger, who are otherwise fantastic voice actors, isn't as good as Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, or E. G. Daily in voicing Momoko/Blossom, Miyako/Bubbles, and Kaoru/Buttercup, lacking the genuine charm that Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup's real-life actors bring to the characters.
  6. According to a Japanese blog, even the Japanese audiences didn't like this series. You know that Toei Animation failed in producing a decent spin-off of the Western works beloved in a non-Western country when fans from that country didn't like the spin-off made specifically for them either.
  7. The fight scenes are a downgrade from the original show, as they're slower-paced and aren't as extreme, making them feel more like typical Magical Girl fight scenes due to the fact Toei Animation relying too much on magic rather than an actual fistfights that was seen in the original show.
  8. For some reason, the English dub never aired on Cartoon Network or Boomerang in the US, despite the former owning rights to the Powerpuff Girls IP.
  9. It's a bit of a mediocre way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Toei Animation (who also made the Digimon anime series, including Digimon Tamers).
  10. Bad episodes like two burger bots and a side of fries. which two burger bots and a side of fries is the worst episode of the entire show, which include sakamoto being a bully. and he has little to no redeeming qualities

品質が良い (Good Qualities)

  1. It's the first dubbed anime to ever be set in Tokyo City/New Townsville.
  2. The anime contains darker and more mature content compared to the series.
  3. The introduction of new characters never seen before, like Sakurako/Annie and Kuriko/Kacey, and they are faithful to the style of the original series.
  4. Despite the script issues, the English dub's voice acting is better compare to the much more lackluster and annoying voice acting that the 2016 reboot has.
    • While Nicole Bouma, Maryke Hendrikse, and Kelly Metzger's vocal performances of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup didn't hold a candle to Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, or E. G. Daily and the characters' increased English fluencies and dialogues (quantity and quality) in the dub are base-breakers for fans, at least they sounded more like the nasal, high-pitched, and energetic Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup in this series compared to the 2016 reboot. (Bouma, Hendrikse, and Metzger reprised their roles in that series but ends up doing a worse performance despite trying to sound more like classic Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup there, sounding too rare and more phoned-in.)
    • Louis Chirillo's Professor Utonium voice comes quite close to Tom Kane's Professor Utonium, to the point that he could be taken as Kane's understudy, and he's much better at doing Professor Utonium's voice than the same voice actor (the 2016 reboot) is by far.
  5. The animation is very vibrant and colorful, staying in theme with the Powerpuff Girls franchise.
  6. The transformation scenes are nice to look at.
  7. The girls, Momoko/Blossom (pink/light pink), Miyako/Bubbles (blue/light blue) and Kaoru/Buttercup (green/yellow) are very likable since they have some moments where they have their original personalities for the most part (despite the fact they have been flanderized).
  8. The idea of making an anime version of a pre-existing Western TV Show was an awesome idea because anime (and other Japanese cultural media) is extremely popular among both natives and foreigners. It was just executed poorly.
  9. Some people might still like this series despite its flaws.

Episodes with their own pages

  1. Two Burger-Bots and a Side of Fries

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