Hi Ami! Hi Yumi! I had the great pleasure of watching their animated show, The Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Show, premiere tonight on Cartoon Network with the kids. I must say that we all enjoyed it a great deal. It was funny and hip, and if you actually like Puffy AmiYumi, as I do, it was a treat. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much since my memories of band inspired cartoons are such dreck as the Jackson 5’s, the Osmonds (I think), and the Partridge Family cartoon.
The stories were all funny without being crass and I really like the groovy retro look. The visual style is a mix of Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, and a pinch of Samurai Jack with a nice dash of anime influence. The voice acting is good and I like the peppering of Japanese throughout and of course the intros by Ami and Yumi. They also make very good use of Puffy’s music which the kids really like having heard me playing it for the last couple of years. Best of all, Ami and Yumi’s friendship is an integral part of each story. Now that’s cool.