It’s out! The Powerpuff Girls Z anime! The Powerpuff Girls get a nice cosmetic update in their new anime (including fingers!), but is the show actually better than the original?
If you’re not familiar with the Powerpuff Girls, they were originally in an American cartoon found on Cartoon Network. They were popular in the early 2000s, and even had their own feature length film! Nowadays they’re not so popular. That’s about to change with the release of their new Japanese anime (maybe)!
In this version of the Powerpuff Girls, Professor Utonium has a son named Ken, and a robot dog named Peach (voiced by Kaneda Tomoko OMG!). The Powerpuff girls aren’t actually his daughters… The first episode has the girls fighting Mojo Jojo, who appears to be named Mojo no Souzou in the anime. Everyone takes an ice cream break in the middle of the battle, and then the girls defeat Mojo Jojo…
The second episode (there’s two 15 minutes episodes) show the origins of the Powerpuff girls. Peach accidentally throws a bun into the vat of Chemical X (the original chemical that made the Powerpuff girls) and it becomes “Chemical Z!” Ken uses the new (and untested) Chemical Z to shoot some icebergs that are freezing the world. Some weird beams of light fly out and start hitting people. These people being the Powerpuff Girls and Mojo Jojo. Then more fighting!
So far, there’s a few things that annoy me with the anime version. First off, the girls are supposed to be the professor’s daughters! That’s a big plot point that they just threw away! And giving the professor a son is just dumb. Next, I don’t really think the girls need weapons (although using a yo-yo as a weapon is very cool). It also kind of bugs me that the girls are now a mahou shoujo group. It just feels wrong.
After seeing the character designs for the whole show, I think I can accept them. They certainly look better than the finger-less old designs. I like how the girls all have more exaggerated personalities. Like how Bubbles is super popular, and how the first thing Buttercup does after transforming is complain about her skirt. Tomboy FTW!
The animation is what you would expect from a kid’s show. It’s okay, but nothing special. The henshin scenes look good, but they got old fast (the second time I watched them).
The OP isn’t really that bad, it just feels like the singer’s voice is a little weak. It’s too wavery at points. The ED is kinda cool. It has some fun engrish in it as well. If it wasn’t for an anime geared towards 9 year old girls, I might just listen to it in my car!
I also wanted to point out that the background music for the anime is probably the worst and most annoying that I’ve ever heard. Seriously, it makes me want to murder. And I’m not a murderous guy.
Overall, the Powerpuff Girls anime is alright for what it’s supposed to be: a kid’s show. They’ve changed a lot of what made the original good, but I think it can still stand on its own.
It still has to be seen whether this anime will succeed or not. If they try to make this anime too serious, it’ll fail horribly. Hopefully the jokes will be more self referential and feed off of the humor of the original show. The vocabulary used in this anime was pretty simple, so that means I’ll probably continue watching it anyway!