Powerpuff Girls Z
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|Powerpuff Girls Z|
Cover of the first DVD volume featuring anime versions of Buttercup, Blossom, Mojo Jojo, and Bubbles
(Demashita! Pawapafu Gāruzu Zetto)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Megumu Ishiguro|
|Written by||Yoshio Urasawa|
|Licensed by||Ocean Productions|
|Network||TV Tokyo (2006–2007)
|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 BAM! Entertainment|
|Released||June 14, 2007|
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), known in some other countries as PPGZ for short, is a Japanese magical girl anime series directed by Megumu Ishiguro, based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime is co-produced by Cartoon Network Japan and Aniplex and was animated and produced by Toei Animation, featuring character design by Miho Shimogasa (Cutie Honey Flash, Ultra Maniac). 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. It also aired on AT-X and on Cartoon Network in Japan. An English-dubbed version produced by The Ocean Group aired by Cartoon Network Philippines on their Boomerang channel in 2008. A manga of the same name by Shiho Komiyuno ran in Shueisha's Ribon magazine between July 2006 and June 2007.
The series takes place in New Townsville (Tokyo City in the original Japanese version). In order to stop an ecological disaster, Professor Utonium's son, Ken Kitzawa Utonium, uses Chemical Z, a new form of the Professor's original substance, Chemical X, to destroy a giant glacier. However, the impact of Chemical Z causes several black and white rays of light to appear in the skies above New Townsville. Three ordinary girls, Momoko, Miyako, and Kaoru, are engulfed in white lights and become Hyper Blossom, Rolling Bubbles, and Powered Buttercup, respectively. However, the numerous black lights cause others to turn to the side of evil, so the Powerpuff Girls Z must use their super powers to protect New Townsville from villains such as Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy Lumpkins among other villains.
The anime series, produced by Aniplex and Cartoon Network Japan and animated by Toei Animation, aired on TV Tokyo between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. An English-language version produced by Ocean Productions was later broadcast in the Philippines on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, though has yet to be aired in the United States or the United Kingdom.
The series uses four 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 Japanese opening and ending themes. The official soundtrack was released in Japan 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 Emiri Katō, Nami Miyahara and Machiko Kawana. The album's booklet 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 video game entitled 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. It has board-game style gameplay similar to Mario Party and features Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup competing with Mojo Jojo to get to the center of the board, competing in minigames along the way.
- Powerpuff Girls Z Cartoon Network (Philippines)
- Powerpuff Girls Z Cartoon Network (Canada)
- Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z at TV Tokyo
- Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z at Toei Animation
- Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z at Aniplex
- Soundtrack release information at Aniplex
- Taichi Master official website
- Game de Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z at Bandai
- Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia