Powerpuff Girls Z
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Powerpuff Girls Z (Japanese: 出ましたっ!パワパフガールズZ Hepburn: Demashita! Pawapafu Gāruzu Zetto, lit. They're Here! Powerpuff Girls Z) is a Japanese magical girl anime series directed by Megumu Ishiguro, based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime was co-produced by Cartoon Network and Aniplex and was animated by Toei Animation. The series featured character designs by Miho Shimogasa, who was the character designer of Cutie Honey Flash and Ultra Maniac and one of the animation directors of Sailor Moon. As production occurred in Japan, the creator of The Powerpuff Girls, Craig McCracken was not involved with the project. Powerpuff Girls Z was aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. The anime was also broadcast on AT-X and the Japanese version of Cartoon Network. A manga adaptation by Shiho Komiyuno ran in Shueisha's Ribon magazine between July 2006 and June 2007.
|Powerpuff Girls Z|
Cover of the first DVD volume in Japan featuring Powered Buttercup, Hyper Blossom, Mojo Jojo and Rolling Bubbles
(Demashita! Pawapafu Gāruzu Zetto)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Megumu Ishiguro|
|Written by||Yoshio Urasawa|
|Music by||Hiroshi Nakamura|
|Licensed by||Cartoon Network|
|Original network||TXN (TV Tokyo), AT-X, Cartoon Network|
|Original run||July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007|
|Written by||Shiho Komiyuno|
|Original run||July 2006 – June 2007|
|Game de Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z|
|Publisher||Namco Bandai Games|
|Released||June 14, 2007|
The anime's English-language adaptation was produced by Cartoon Network in association with Ocean Productions, a Canadian media production company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The English-language adaptation of Powerpuff Girls Z was aired on Cartoon Network in the Philippines and Boomerang in Australia and New Zealand in 2008.
It takes place in Tokyo City where Professor Utonium and his son, Ken Kitazawa and his toy dog, Peach were busy working on Chemical X, a powerful chemical substance but when they decided to have a tea break, Peach accidentally dropped a daifuku to a vat of Chemical X and the vat magically transforms to Chemical Z, a whole new form of the original powerful substance. However, when the Professor, Ken and Peach were discovering Chemical Z, a sudden climate change happened where several countries around the world were having an instant weather calamity so Ken used a beam ray attached to the vat of Chemical Z and blasts Chemical Z on one of the main icebergs in the Tokyo City bay and the impact of Chemical Z from the iceberg causes several black and white rays of light to appear in the skies above it.
Then, three ordinary 13-year-old girls, Momoko Akatsutsumi, Miyako Gōtokuji, and Kaoru Matsubara, were engulfed in separate rays of white light and transforms them into Hyper Blossom, Rolling Bubbles, and Powered Buttercup, the heroines of justice, the Powerpuff Girls Z and Peach was also engulfed in a separate ray of white light transforming to a toy dog who can speak and calls the girls to transform into the Powerpuff Girls Z and then, numerous rays of black light engulfed several people, animals, objects and transforms them into evil monsters who wants to take over Tokyo City, so the Powerpuff Girls Z must protect the city thanks to the Professor, Ken, Mayor Mayer and his assistant, Ms. Bellum and uses their respective weapons like Blossom's yo-yo, Bubbles' bubble rod and Buttercup's hammer from evil monsters like Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Himeko, Sedusa, the Gangreen Gang, the Amoeba Boys and numerous monsters to defeat them.
The anime uses six pieces of theme music, two opening themes and four ending themes. In the English dub, an original song is used for the opening theme whilst the end credits used shortened versions of the six Japanese opening and ending themes. The official soundtrack was released in Japan by Aniplex on June 27, 2007. The soundtrack consists of TV size versions of most of the series theme songs, the series score by composers Taichi Master and Hiroshi Nakamura presented in the form of a party mix and character songs performed by Japanese voice actresses Emiri Katō, Nami Miyahara and Machiko Kawana who voiced the Powerpuff Girls Z. The album has a booklet that features concept art for all the characters.
- Opening themes
- "Kibō no Kakera" (希望のカケラ Pieces of Hope) by Nana Kitade (eps 1-26)
- "Jig THE Upper" (ジグTHEアッパー Jigu THE Appā) by Hoi Festa (eps 27-52)
- Ending themes
- "Mayonaka no Doa" (真夜中のドア Door of Midnight) by Liu Yi Fei (eps 1-13)
- "LOOK" by HALCALI (eps 14-26)
- "Tōri Ame" (通り雨 Rain that Passes by) by Wiz-US (eps 27-39)
- "Himawari" (ひまわり Sunflower) by Hearts Grow (eps 40-52)
A manga adaptation was illustrated by Shiho Komiyuno, was published in Shueisha's Ribon magazine between July 2006 and June 2007 and it features original characters in the manga like a pair of androids called Alpha and Beta who are the main antagonists of the manga and a boy named Natsuki Urawa who Momoko has a heavy crush at her middle high school.
Game de Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (ゲームで出ましたっ！ パワパフ ガールズ Z Gēmu de Demashita! Pawāpafu Gāruzu Zetto) was developed by Infinity and published by Bandai for the Nintendo DS on June 12, 2007. The game has board-game style gameplay similar to Mario Party and features Hyper Blossom, Rolling Bubbles and Powered Buttercup competing with Mojo Jojo to get to the center of the board, competing in minigames along the way.
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