Powerpuff Girls Z, known in Japan as Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (出ましたっ!パワパフガールズ Z Demashita! Pawapafu Gāruzu Zetto?, roughly They're Here! Powerpuff Girls Z) or PPGZ for short, is a magical girl anime series based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime is co-produced by Cartoon Network Japan and Aniplex and was animated by Toei Animation, featuring character design by Miho Shimogasa (of Sailor Moon fame). As production occurred in Japan, Craig McCracken, the original creator of The Powerpuff Girls, was not directly involved with the project.
The 52-episode series aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. Since August 1, 2006, it has also aired on AT-X. Since April 1, 2007, the program airs on Cartoon Network in Japan. An English-dubbed version produced by Ocean Group aired by Cartoon Network Philippines on their Boomerang channel in 2008, though has not yet been released in North America, except for Mexico (and Latin America as well) where it airs on Cartoon Network. A manga of the same name ran in Shueisha's Ribon magazine between July 2006 and June 2007.
The plot of the anime differs much from the original series. The Professor Utonium was experimenting while his son Ken Kitazawa/Utonium created Chemical Z (a variant of his father's Chemical X) when a local restaurant specialty fell into the Chemical X. Ken uses the chemical to destroy an ice glacier and avoid an ecological disaster. The impact causes white and black Z-Rays fly across the skies of New Townsville. The white lights hit Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup transforming them into The Powerpuff Girls. Those hit with the black light became bad guys of the series. After defeating Mojo Jojo, Mr. Mayor assigned them to be the heroines of the city. They are called to action using the cry of Ken Kitazawa's robot pet puppy, Poochi.
Differences From Original Version
- The anime gives the Professor a son named Ken Kitazawa, a robot pet dog named Poochi and an unnamed wife.
- The Girls themselves are quite different. In the original, they are kindergarteners literally created by Professor Utonium who were born with superpowers that they always have. They are sisters and the Professor is their father. In the anime, they are ordinary eighth graders who gain the ability to transform into superheroes when necessary. They are not related to each other or the Professor, and instead come from separate families. Blossom has a younger sister, while Buttercup has two brothers. Additionally, the original Girls fight with their hands and feet, whereas the anime Girls use actual weapons.
- In the anime, Mojo Jojo is more of a minor nuisance to the Girls than a real threat, has nothing to do with their origins and does not reside on top of a volcano.
- Ace's real name is Bobby Green, unlike the original Powerpuff Girls, where his name actually is Ace D. Copular.
- Instead of Townsville, the Girls and the Professor live in Tokyo, a real life Japanese city. In the English dub, it is called New Townsville.
- Buttercup is the only one of the three now who can use eye lasers.
- Snake is a girl named Ivy in the English dub.
- Lil' Arturo is renamed Weevil in the English dub after the 50th episode.
- Ms. Bellum is blonde and wears a white dress in the anime.
- The mayor is taller and less childish, and has a brother who is the school principal.
- In the anime, Ms. Keane is not aware of the fact that the Girls are superheroes.
- In the anime, there are black Z rays that have been scattered all over the city and are causing trouble for the Girls by creating the familiar villains that they must face regularly.
- The Amoeba Boys have a female member.
- Princess Morbucks has a sister named Duchess as well as a sympathetic backstory. Both of her parents are visible. She owns a pet cat whose screams cause her to turn into a supervillain.
- Big Billy is called "Big Boy", has brown instead of red hair and is much more intelligent.
- Grubber's name is Lunk in the English dub after the 50th episode.
(Note: Most characters in the anime are based on their American counterparts. Characters mentioned in this section are those that are either significantly different or not in the American version at all. For those present in both versions, there is also a brief PPGZ section on their main pages.)
The Powerpuff Girls Z
- Momoko Akatsutsumi (赤堤ももこ, Akatsutsumi Momoko/Hyper-Blossom (ハイパー・ブロッサム, Haipā Burossamu) is Blossom's counterpart. She was the first to be hit with the white light and the leader of the trio. Her main weapon is a Yo-Yo. She is very ditzy unlike her American counterpart and is obsessed with boys and sweets. She is known as a "hero maniac" and is obsessed with helping others. Despite her ditzy nature, she can be quite clever and can come up with plans when the time comes.The reason why she is called Hyper is because of her yo-yo weapon since yo-yos are hyper.
- Miyako Gotokuji (豪徳寺みやこ, Gōtokuji Miyako)/Rolling Bubbles (ローリング・バブルス, Rōringu Baburusu) is Bubbles' counterpart. Her weapon is a giant bubble wand. She is too quite ditzy and often seems to not completely understand her powers. She is known for being the sweet-heart of the school whom is always receiving love-notes from boys. She is more mature and calm than the other girls, but like her American counterpart, can be angered when provoked. She is extremely polite and loves shopping. She still has her stuffed Octi (her American counterpart has the same stuffed doll with the same name). She is very innocent, kind, gentle, and has a deep love for animals. She can also communicate with animals just like her original counterpart. The reason why she is called Rolling is because of her bubble wand weapon since bubble wands have bubbles and bubbles are round and rolling.
- Kaoru Matsubara (松原かおる, Matsubara Kaoru)/Powered Buttercup (パワード・バターカップ, Pawādo Batākappu) is Buttercup's counterpart. She is much like her American counterpart in personality. She likes to skateboard and hates wearing skirts (and she even got a cold from wearing her PPGZ uniform.) She was the last to be hit by the white light. She loves sports and is very athletic at school. She initially dislikes her teammates because they are very "girly" and only joins due to the power she has achieved. Unlike Bubbles, she does not use honorifics (which in Japan is very rude.) She makes the occasional reference to the original series by saying "We save the day BEFORE bedtime!."The reason why she is called Powered is because of her hammer weapon since hammers are strong.
Other Protagonists Present in Both Adaptations
- Professor Utonium (ユートニウム博士, Yūtoniumu-Hakase) is very similar to his counterpart in the original series. Outside of his family name Kitazawa, his real name is never revealed. He appears to work for the Mayor. He creates various inventions, including Chemical X which was adapted by his son Ken. He is a gentle father to his son and treats the PPGZ like daughters (which is similar to the original series whereas the original Powerpuff Girls are his American counterpart's daughters in the original series).
- The Mayor of Tokyo City/New Townsville (or just Mr. Mayor) is not as dumb as the his counterpart original version but is still shown to be quite dim-witted. He is a lot more normal looking being of normal height and having no monocle or top hat. He is not very childish like his American counterpart.
- Miss Bellum (ミス・ベラム, Misu Beramu) has blonde hair in the anime adaption. Unlike her American counterpart her hair does not cover her face, rather she'll usually hold a tablet computer with red lips on it in front of her face. She still does the majority of the Mayor's work and is the brains of the operation. It is noted several times in the series that she is very attractive, including Fuzzy Lumpkins developing a crush on her.
- Ms. Keane (キーン先生, Kīn-sensei) is very pretty and is loved by her male students, although the female students don't like her as much, especially Princess Morbucks/Himeko Shirogane. Miss Keane, like her original American counterpart, is kind and incredibly patient. Mojo Jojo gets a crush on her and tries very much to win her attention. When the girls' every attempt gets thwarted by Miss Keane not letting them go to the nurse so they don't miss class time, they try telling Miss Keane that they are the PPGZ, but she does not believe them, telling them to go to the nurse because there's something wrong with their heads.
PPGZ Exclusive Protagonists
- Ken Kitazawa (北沢ケン, Kitazawa Ken) is the Professor's son and he is a young genius. He invented Chemical Z. He is home schooled by his father and is much more educated than the girls, although he is only 8. He sees the girls as older sisters. The girls once tried to act as his mother, due to him not having a loving female figure in his life.
- Poochi/Peach (ピーチ, Pīchi) is Ken's pet robotic dog. After being hit by the white light, he gained the ability to talk and gained intelligence. His cry prompts the girls' transformation and can regenerate their powers when drained. He can also sniff out those affected by Chemical Z and Him's black particles. However, the scent can be masked by cosmetics (as with Sedusa's makeup). It is possible that Poochi was partially inspired by the Talking Dog from the American version of "Powerpuff Girls." And it is a role of Powerpuff Girls Z's "Hotline."
- Kasey/Kuriko Akatsutsumi (赤堤 くりこ, Akatsutsumi Kuriko) is Blossom (Momoko)'s eight-year-old sister, Kasey is just as hyper and addicted to the sentai/hero genre as her older sister if not more. She is very independent and likes to pretend she is a heroine. She admires the Powerpuff Girls Z and wishes to be a heroine just like them (she tried to defeat Mojo Jojo's robot with a broom as an act to be Kasey/Kuriko Cyber Pink). She likes Bubbles (Miyako) and Buttercup (Kaoru), but she does not really like Blossom (Momoko (who is actually her sister)). She is also always looking for new ways to annoy her sister. She appears to be quite interested in Ken, especially when she realizes that he knows her sister. Similarly, Ken seems interested in her because of her resemblance to Blossom (Momoko). She also has a resemblance to Bullet the Squirrel.
- Mojo Jojo has different origins in the anime. He was not the Professor's lab assistant, rather he was an ordinary zoo monkey hit with the black light ray. He was often made fun of by humans and decided to seek revenge on humanity once hit with the light. He is physically more powerful than the original version of the character, able to fly and lay a dozen punches at one time. This version of Mojo frequently displays an immature attitude and makes the most childish flaws throughout his plans. While the original Mojo was portrayed as one of the most competent and genuinely threatening villains in the series, the anime version is more of a rather inept comic relief and is seen by the Powerpuff Girls as more of an annoying nuisance than a dangerous enemy. The anime Mojo also does not repeat himself redundantly as the original Mojo does, instead in the Japanese version, ending most sentences with saying Mojo. He never became a part of the beat-alls (Mojo, Fuzzy, Princess, HIM)
- Fuzzy Lumpkins is very similar in both personality and appearance to his American counterpart. He is obsessed with his property and claims other things that don't belong to him as his own. He is very strong. Fuzzy has a huge crush on Miss Bellum. He can be nice to those showing him praise (such as those listening to him playing his banjo.)
- Him is the most powerful enemy of the series, and it is safe to say that he is the main antagonist. Him is an evil being saved, nothing more and nothing less than chaos itself. His biggest weakness is the cold. In ancient times, Him was dedicated to bring about the destruction of a small town, however, was defeated by Goodenough Girls X (Ooedo Chakichaki Girls) who took advantage of Him's weakness (cold) to lock him up and take part of their evil and save the mountains. But when Ken ended up destroying that mountain (below) Z-rays were scattered all around New Townsville, and consequently, over producing and giving birth to the many villains in the city. A black Z lightning struck Him and woke him. It is also known that he released a strange dust that was responsible for producing some villains. the Powerpuff Girls Z have finally turned HIM into a tiny Doll and his molecules was aged into dust into the outer spce by white light ray. Unlike his American counterpart, Him dresses like a jester instead of an effeminate devil. Also, his voice isn't an echoing falsetto.
- Himeko Shirogane is Princess Morebucks's counterpart. She does not necessarily want to be a Powerpuff Girl, but she wishes to show them up due to them stealing her spot-light. Her cat's scream when she is envious can trigger her transformation. Her transformation includes her usual pigtails being ripped off, rubber boots, and her star eyes become somewhat like hypnosis screens. When she is returned to normal, she cannot remember what happened while she was evil. Her desires to be noticed comes from her lack of attention at home. Her parents pay more attention to her older sister, Miko (Duchess in English), who is better than her at everything.
- The Gangreen Gang are remotely similar to the ones in the American version, with the exception of Weevil (Lil' Arturo's counterpart) and Ivy (Snake) being girls, and how Ace lost his New York accent entirely. Unlike Lil' Arturo, Weevil does not have a Mexican accent. Also, everyone has different names: Bobby Green (Ace), Ivy (Snake), Weevil (Lil' Arturo), Lunk (Grubber), and Big Boy (Big Billy.)
- The Amoeba Boys are also very much like the American ones with the exception of one of them being a girl. They are smaller in size and don't act like mobsters.
- Sedusa was originally a sweet, shy girl named Annie. She has a crush on a boy that frequents her shop, but felt like she wasn't as pretty as Miss Bellum (whom she thought he liked.) While leaving to give Miss Bellum the lipstick she dropped, the black light hit her, turning her into the alter ego, Sedusa. Sedusa stole items such as make-up, jewelry and clothes that she thought would make her more attractive. Sedusa can take the form of anyone using cosmetics. She can also use her hair like tentacles like her American counterpart. Annie transforms into Sedusa when anxious and wearing lipstick. Annie has no memory of Sedusa's actions.
- The Rowdyruff Boys Z were created by Mojo to destroy the PPGZ. They were made by the girls' and Mojo's DNA.
Unlike their American counterparts, they weren't resurrected by Him. They almost defeated the PPGZ by being extremely gross and disrespectful. Their actions include throwing gross objects (boogers, ear-wax, and smelly socks) at the girls, peeing on the city, mooning the girls and lifting their skirts. They are very rude to Mojo, much to his dismay because he considers them his sons. When they want to suck up to him, then they act like loving sons. There is a ton of censorship of their actions in the English dub. Instead of peeing on the city, they use a water hose. They simply bent over and farted, instead of mooning the girls. And though the skirts were never lifted to a point where you could see their panties to begin with, only the girl's reactions are shown. The Rowdyruff Boys Z are also defeated with kisses.
- Miko Shirogane (Duchess Morebucks) is the older sister of Himeko (Princess). She designed a dress which had all the capabilities of the weapons of Powerpuff Girls Z, and plans to outshine them. Her talent and praise amongst her family is often a source of jealousy for Himeko, often being the cause for her transformations. Her uniform was based on Bunny from the original cartoon.
- Takaaki (Cody) (タカアキ, Takaaki) is a young boy who has spent most of his life in a hospital with an illness and was Bubbles' first crush, having met when they were kids. When he is hit by the dark light, he transforms into a werewolf-like monster and escapes, though does not attempt to harm others. Eventually he is found by Bubbles and returned to his normal form.
- Sapphire is Himeko's (Princess) pet cat. Her screams can trigger the transformation, mostly because Himeko kept on squeezing her tail. She pretended to take interest in Poochi/Peach to gather information about the Powerpuff Girls Z when they left him alone to take Princess home and to present one of the Professor's inventions (no dogs allowed) to an institute.
|Episode Number||Japanese Title||English Dub Title|
|1/1 + 2||Here Come the Girlz! / Here Are the Girls!||Powerpuff Girls to the Rescue / The Secret of the Powerpuff Girls|
|2/3||Gentle Bubbles||Bouncing Bubbles|
|3/4||Girlz Come Together!||And Then There Were Three|
|4/5||Girlz and Family Bonding!||All in the Family|
|5/6 + 7||Mojo's Revenge / Observation Tower Crash!||Mojo's Revenge / Climbing the Walls|
|6/8 + 9||Fuzzy Lumpkins! / Princess Himeko!||Fuzzy Lumpkins / Princess Morbucks|
|7/10 + 11||Momoko's Love / Evil Trio!? Amoeba Boys||Mayor for a Day / The Infamous Amoeba Boys|
|9/13 + 14||Coach Kaoru's Spartan Soccer! / Fuzzy in Love!||Coach Buttercup / Fuzzy in Love|
|10/15||The Charisma Elegant Monster!||Gigi the Great|
|11/16 + 17||Princess Goes Outer Space! / Chase the Cake-thief!||Friends in High Places / Happy Birthday, New Townsville|
|12/18||Bubble of First Love||Bubbles' Troubles|
|13/19 + 20||Amoeba Boys Learn from Mojo! / Revenge of the Camera Monster!||Mojo and the Amoeba Boys / Revenge of Negatron|
|14/21||Gangreen Gang!||Attack of the Gangreen Gang|
|15/22 + 23||The Targeted Fashion Show! / Man of Honor! Ramen Monster!||Fashion Action / The Way of the Noodle|
|16/24||Woe! The Secrets of Princess||Sleepless in New Townsville|
|17/25 + 26||Don't Miss the Photo-Op! / Brotherly Love! Electric Wave Monster!||Picture This / Revenge of Digitron|
|18/27||Monster Tag Team Battle||The Mojo League of Evil|
|19/28 + 29||Lamenting Piano Lesson! / All Mighty! Ms. Keane||Practice Makes Pandemonium / Ms. Keane to the Rescue|
|20/30||Rowdyruff Boys||The Rowdyruff Boys|
|21/31+ 32||Rubber Duckie Monster / Escape of the Hated Veggies!||Quack-Quack Attack / Veggie Vengeance|
|22/33||Him, the Ultimate Evil!||Pastry Puff Panic|
|23/34 + 35||Love Tale of the Kabuki Monster / Who is the King of Insects!?||A Comedy of Terrors / Beetle Battle|
|24/36||Ken's Search for New Buddies||A Ken in Need, is a Friend Indeed|
|25/37 + 38||Prankster Writing Utensils / Hana Hana Hana!||The Write and the Wrong Way / Flower Power|
|26/39||Save Santa||All Ken wants for Christmas|
|27/40 + 41||Pinch it, eat it! Sushi Monsters! / Peach and Sapphire!||Attack of the Sushi Monsters / Cat on a Hot Tin Poochi|
|28/42||Ladies Tag Battle||The League of Lovely Ladies|
|29/43 + 44||Let's go to the Dentist! / Saturday Powerpuff Fever!||Harmed to the Teeth / Beware the Hair|
|30/45||Girlz and Him!||What's with Him|
|31/46 + 47||Funta's Rolling Damacy! / Sedusa's Love Strategy||Dunga Din / The Beanie Meanie|
|32/48||Devoted to Momoko!||Two Burger-Bots and a Side of Fries|
|33/49 50||Momoko runs away and Nepolitan / Keane's Pity, Mojo's Love!||There's no "I" in Powerpuff / Keane Kong|
|34/51||A Haunted House!?||Cleanliness is next to Ghostliness|
|35/52 + 53||We're not Weeds! / Orders to have Compassion for Monsters!||Weeding out the Monsters / The Dog Days of Newtownsville|
|36/54||Girlz, Break Up!?||It's all because of Him|
|37/55 + 56||Manga Monsters Springing Out! / Girlz' Day Off!||Super Tough Girls / Powerpuff Boys Z|
|38/57||Those Two are Followers||Enter the Entourage|
|39/58 + 59||Little Ken's Big Wish! / Girlz, Banned from Flying!||Little Ken's Big Wish / Wild Moon Chase|
|40/60 + 61||Girlz and TV and a Present?! Part 1 and 2||Babes in TV Land / The Legend of Princess Morbucks|
|41/62 + 63||She's Here! Shirogane Z / Girlz Switch Bodies||The Mighty Morbucks / Trading Faces|
|42/64||Powerpuff Rowdyruff Boys!||The Rowdyruff Girls|
|43/65 + 66||Save Kidnapped Professor-tachi! / Lying Momoko's Disaster!||The Professor Gets His Cut / Who Is Lucas Clark?|
|44/67||Kaoru Likes Big Biceps!||Buttercup's New Moves|
|45/68 + 69||Momoko and the Frog Prince! / The Day Sedusa Disappears?!||Hoppily Ever After / Vamp on Campus|
|46/70||Hopeless!? Girlz vs Him!||Return Of Him|
|47/71 + 72||A Trip is all about your Companion, Mojo and Keane! / Suddenly Appearing! Powerpuff Kids!||Keane For A Change / Like Giving Candy To A Baby|
|48/73||Shabon Freedom Miracle||Bubbles and The Beast|
|49/74 + 75||All or Nothing!? Love-Love Beam! / Mojo's Day at the Hospital!||The Happy Thought Blaster / Nurse Curse|
|50/76||PPGZ Knock-Out Union||Him's Big Plan|
|51/77||Girlz, Beyond Time and Space!||Only a Matter of Time|
|52/78||The Girlz' Final Battle!||The Final Battle|
The Powerpuff Girls Z: Original Soundtrack was released in Japanese stores on June 27, 2007.
The CD contains TV sized versions of the show's opening and ending themes (although the song, Jig THE Upper, is the version that was featured on the single released by Hoi Festa and not the one used in the actual show,) a party mix of the show's music produced by TAICHI MASTER, and character songs sung by Emiri Katou, Nami Miyahara and Machiko Kawana. The supplied booklet also contains pre-production artwork, including a variety of concept designs for the Powerpuff Girls Z and other series characters.
- Opening Themes
- "Kibōu no Kakera" (希望のカケラ "Pieces of Hope") by Nana Kitade (eps. 1-26)
- "Jigu THE Appā" (ジグ THE アッパー "Zig the Upper") by Hoi Festa (eps. 27-52)
- Ending Themes
- "Mayonaka no Door" (真夜中のドア "Door of Midnight") by Liu Yi Fei (eps. 1-13)
- "LOOK" by HALCALI (eps. 14-26)
- "Tōori Ame" (通り雨 "Rainshower") by Wiz-US (eps. 27-39)
- "Himawari" (ひまわり "Sunflower") by Hearts Grow (eps. 40-52)
A video game entitled Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z: The Game for the Nintendo DS by Namco was launched on June 12, 2007.
It has board-game style gameplay similar to Mario Party and features Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup competing with Mojo Jojo to get to the centre of the board, competing in minigames along the way.
A manga adaptation, illustrated by Shiho Komiyuno, was published in Shueisha's Ribon magazine between July 2006 and June 2007.
- In the last episode, the original Powerpuff Girls make a little cameo alongside the Giant Fishballoon.
- The show takes inspiration from different sentai and mahou shoujo series, Momoko's personality even being directly inspired from Usagi from Sailor Moon in how she loves sweets and is crush crazy.
- ↑ Cartoon Network Philppines Site (http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.ph/minisite/ppgz/index.php)
- ↑ Original Wikipedia Article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powerpuff_Girls_Z)
- ↑ Anime News Network (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=5371)
- ↑ IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0989771/)
- The Powerpuff Girls (original series)
|Episodes and VHS/DVD releases
| Characters: The Powerpuff Girls (Main: Blossom - Bubbles - Buttercup Other: Bunny - Bullet) - Professor Utonium - Mayor - Ms. Bellum - Ms. Keane|
Mojo Jojo - Fuzzy Lumpkins - HIM - Princess Morbucks - The Rowdyruff Boys (Brick - Boomer - Butch) - The Amoeba Boys - Sedusa - Gangreen Gang - Minor characters
| Video Games: Fifth Generation Games: Chemical X-Traction (PS, N64) - Bad Mojo Jojo (GBC) - Paint the Townsville Green (GBC) - Battle HIM (GBC)|
Sixth Generation Games: Relish Rampage (PS2, GCN) - Mojo Jojo-A-Go-Go (GBA) - HIM and Seek (GBA)
Seventh Generation Games: Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (DS)
PC Games: Mojo Jojo Clone Zone - Princess Snorebucks - Mojo Jojo's Pet Project
|Misc. Superpowers - Townsville|
|Creator: Craig McCracken|
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