I've been informed by one of my favorite deviantartists, , that today; the 19th of November, marks the 10 year anniversary Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: what was arguably my favorite Cartoon Network show back in my childhood. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved Foster's, Teen Titans, Grim Adventures, The Eds, Camp Lazlo, Gym Partner's a Monkey and all of the TV shows that were good on Cartoon Network before it was ruined by either
A. Johnny Test
Or B. A series of TV series that all have you asking the question: "Why the funk is a crappy live action show on a channel called CARTOON Network?!"
But still, with all the good shows that were on Cartoon Network and are on today, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi was still one of my favorites, if not my favorite. I was always excited to see it, the stories always hooked on me and the animation was kind of an inspiration for me. So as a dedication of their decade declaration, I've decided to review the show. It was either this, or draw a picture. And every deviantartist and their mother is pretty much doing that.
So the show stars the animated versions of Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura; members of the band Puffy AmiYumi. Hence the name of both the band and the show.
Also, you guys know how I have an OC based off of myself? Whenever I show people his design and what he does for a living and what he's like, everyone always tells me "How the hell is this suppose to be you?". I wish I could just point to Ami and Yumi and get them to shut the funk up. Do you think Ami has pink hair? Do you think Yumi always wears a shirt that has a skull that changes its expression to match her own? No! Just because the character is suppose to be based off of a real life person, doesn't mean it has to look exactly like them! "Based on" and "exactly" are 2 different things! ... Sorry...had to let that out.
Anyways, the show stars Ami and Yumi and their manager, Kaz; a short guy who's so greedy with money, you'd think he's Mr. Krabs with in a flesh suit. One of the main things that caught my eye about the show was the fact that in most episodes, it has hardly anything to do with the fact that they're in a band. Ok, sure, some episodes had started out with them ending a gig, some episodes were about them on their way to gigs and there are a few gigs sprinkled into the mix, but in the long run, the show isn't really about being a band. Which makes sense, if you really think about it because the show wouldn't of lasted as long as it did had it been about being in a band.
The kind of scenarios that were from the show included getting abducted by aliens, traveling back and forward in time, dealing with biker thugs with polite English accents and there's even an episode where they basically have an acid trip after eating old sushi. Not kidding. The episodes were strange and quirky adventures, which was the kind of things I loved as a kid. And as a teenager. And as an adult.
The music that they actually played was nice. Although, most of the songs were in Japaneses, so I couldn't understand jack. But it was still nice.
The chemistry between Ami and Yumi's cartoon counterparts was always a gag. With them being yin and yang, it's a sure in for some fun. And they're still a cute little friendship. You just wanna snuggle them to death. I didn't really like Kaz though. And with the earlier comparison with the crabbiest jerk in the sea, it should be noted why. But I'll tell ya this: I'd rather be locked in a room with Kaz than with that #1 fangirl that's been stalking them since episode one. Seriously, she scared me then, she scares me now.
If it looks like I'm having trouble with this review, it's probably because I am. There really isn't that much to say about the show itself besides the fact that it was a cute little cartoon. And looking back on it 10 years later shows that it really isn't dated, unlike Class of 3000. I mean, good god.
I know a lot of people were fans of both the show and the band (That almost rhymed) but the only person within my circle of friends that has a likeness to the show that mirrored my own, that I know of, is my friend Valery, . She's mentioned she liked them in some of our several RPs and I'm pretty sure the fact that both she and Yumi have expressional skulls on their shirts is not a coincidence.
The same way both Ruben and Discord have chaotic powers is not a coincidence.
Hell, if I ever do a comic that involves Val, I might just have Puffy AmiYumi in it.
All in all, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi was an awesome show. And the only real con I have for it is the fact that it just disappeared off the face of the earth after 2006. Just like Blue's Clues. But after 10 years, it was nice to kick back and see this show again.
This is Ruben Falcon, signing off saying "私はオーバー、アンダーとアウトだ！"