Kuu Kuu Harajuku

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Kuu Kuu Harajuku
Kuu Kuu Harajuku logo.png
Also known as KooKoo Harajuku[1]
Genre Comedy
Drama
Created by Gwen Stefani
Based on Harajuku Lovers brand
by Gwen Stefani
Developed by Steve Aranguren
Gillian Carr
Madellaine Paxson
Directed by Gillian Carr
Voices of Ian Bliss
Natalie Bond
Jacquie Brennan
Lyall Brooks
Maggie Chretien
Paul Henri
Emma Taylor-Isherwood
Sally Taylor-Isherwood
Daisy Masterman
Charlotte Nicdao
Danny Smith
Composer(s) Christopher Elves
Mark McDuff
Country of origin Canada
Malaysia
Australia
United States[2]
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Cherrie Bottger
Gillian Carr
Low Huoi Seong
Gwen Stefani
Frank Taylor
Producer(s) Gillian Carr
Shelley Dresden (season 2)[1]
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Title Entertainment Inc.
Vision Animation
Moody Street Productions
Red Flags Fly
DHX Media
Distributor DHX Media[3]
Release
Original network Eleven
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) – present (present)
External links
Official website tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/kuu-kuu-harajuku
Production website www.dhxmedia.com/shows/kuu-kuu-harajuku

Kuu Kuu Harajuku (originally titled KooKoo Harajuku[1]) is an animated children's television series created by Gwen Stefani for Network Ten,[4] based on her Harajuku Lovers brand. The series debuted on Eleven in Australia on November 1, 2015.[5] Kuu Kuu Harajuku is produced by Title Entertainment Inc. and DHX Media in Canada, Vision Animation in Malaysia, Moody Street Productions in Australia, and Red Flags Fly in the United States. Season 2 of the series is currently in production, and season 3 is in pre-production.[6]

Plot[edit]

Kuu Kuu Harajuku features G and the Harajuku Girls as they live in Harajuku. They form a band together, HJ5, but something always interrupts their gigs.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • G (voiced by Maggie Chretien) is the leader of HJ5. She keeps her band together, and is not afraid of any challenge. G's representation colors are white, black, and aqua, and she represents bows.
  • Love (voiced by Daisy Masterman) is the genius of HJ5. She often comes up with inventions, though some of them backfire. Love's representation color is red, and she represents hearts.
  • Angel (voiced by Emma Taylor-Isherwood) is the resident fashionista of HJ5. She loves kawaii fashions and trends, as well as cheering up others. Angel's representation colors are yellow and blue, and she represents stars.
  • Music (voiced by Sally Taylor-Isherwood) is the active tomboy of HJ5. She is a sassy and fierce force of the band, as well as an exceptional fighter. Music's representation color is purple, and she represents musical notes.
  • Baby (voiced by Charlotte Nicdao) is the sweetest member of HJ5. She adores everything that she thinks is cute, and also loves to give hugs. Baby's representation color is pink, and she represents cuteness.
  • Rudolph "Rudie" Rhodes (voiced by Danny Smith) is the manager of HJ5. His bad luck tends to get him and the others in trouble, but he deeply cares about their safety, he wears checkered-themed clothes.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Chewie, HJ5's pet dog.
  • Jimmy, Rudie's nephew and aspiring photographer.
  • Twisty T, music producer and millionaire.
  • Mauve Madison, talk show host and TV personality.
  • Colonel Spyke, captain of the Harajuku Defense Squad.

Villains[edit]

  • General NoFun, notorious leader of Nofunland.
  • Commander Boring, high-ranking solider of General NoFun.
  • Madame Shhh
  • Sammy Stars, Rudie's rival and music manager.
  • Say Wah
  • Phillipa Crop
  • Monotone

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Storyboarded by Australian air date U.S. air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1a "Totally Teen Genie" Gillian Carr Tim Bain Rod Amador TBA October 3, 2016 1.09[7]
Angel uses a teen genie's three wishes to help HJ5 win a trophy.
1b "Angel's Flight" Gillian Carr Rhonda Smiley and James Hereth Leisl Adams TBA October 3, 2016 1.09[7]
When an unflattering picture of Angel is posted online, she's determined to restore her reputation.
2a "Music Baby" Gillian Carr Madellaine Paxson Mike Geiger TBA October 4, 2016 1.00[8]
The girls have been booked in an underground club in Newfunland.
2b "Wanted Audience" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Michelle Ku TBA October 4, 2016 1.00[8]
HJ5's audience is missing from their gig.
3a "Game Over" Gillian Carr Tania Lacy Jeff White TBA October 5, 2016 1.03[9]
Say Wah sucks the band into a computer game.
3b "Phony Ponies" Gillian Carr Tim Bain Mike Geiger TBA October 5, 2016 1.03[9]
Baby and her pet unicorn compete in the Pony-Corn Cup.
4a "Hello Puppy" Gillian Carr Elizabeth Keyishian Jeff White and Mike Geiger TBA October 6, 2016 0.91[10]
G is given a puppy, Chewie.
4b "G, This Is Awfully Deep" Gillian Carr Rhonda Smiley and James Hereth José Pou TBA October 6, 2016 0.91[10]
HJ5's stage drops into a sinkhole.
5a "Baby's Birthday" Gillian Carr Ann Austen and Obie Scott Wade Jeff White TBA October 7, 2016 0.87[11]
Baby opens up her birthday present before its ready and releases one of Love's inventions.
5b "Labor of Love" Gillian Carr Rhonda Smiley and James Hereth Michelle Ku TBA October 7, 2016 0.87[11]
A computer virus Sparkski is unleashed on HJ5's headquarters.
6a "Bad Boy and Little Girl" Gillian Carr Madellaine Paxson Mike Geiger TBA October 8, 2016 0.82[12]
Baby gets stuck in the cockpit of Harajuku's Mecha Robot.
6b "Yummy Bear Nado" Gillian Carr Adam Long and Steve Aranguren Leisl Adams TBA October 8, 2016 0.82[12]
Love befriends a Monster Pet who upgrades her latest weather invention.
7a "Drums of Doom" Gillian Carr Becky Overton Michelle Ku TBA October 15, 2016 0.84[13]
When Angel forgets to practice drumming, the magical drums fight back.
7b "Adventures in Housesitting" Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian Mike Geiger TBA October 15, 2016 0.84[13]
Rudie gets HJ5 an audition with Twisty T, a music producer.
8a "The Kawaiifier" Gillian Carr Sue Rose Liesl Adams TBA October 22, 2016 0.82[14]
Love reveals the Kawaiifier for the Kawaii-fication Festival.
8b "Super Kawaii Sunday" Gillian Carr Mirith J. Colao Allan Jeffery TBA October 22, 2016 0.82[14]
A photographer's camera for a cover magazine contest goes wrong due to an overload on kawaii.
9a "Delectabubbles" Gillian Carr Elizabeth Keyishan Mike Geiger TBA October 29, 2016 0.76[15]
The band play at Bubble Land.
9b "Kablooey Chewie" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno José Pou TBA October 29, 2016 0.76[15]
Chewie is launched into space and clones himself inside the rocket.
10a "Water Baby" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Michelle Ku TBA November 5, 2016 0.65[16]
A group of Octacorns crack the dome ceiling during HJ5's gig.
10b "Music Zoo" Gillian Carr Steve Aranguren (story)
Ann Austen and Obie Scott Wade
Jeff Amey and Jamie LeClaire TBA November 5, 2016 0.65[16]
Music becomes her alter-ego Muzaka, but the girls need to get the real Music back when their concert at the zoo is ruined.
11a "The Dotted Line" Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian José Pou TBA November 12, 2016 0.73[17]
HJ5 is offered a record contract only if they change everything about themselves.
11b "Life Is but a Dream" Gillian Carr Adam Long and Steve Aranguren Jennifer Myers TBA November 12, 2016 0.73[17]
Love invents a machine that lets the girls share a dream concert to help G with her case of stage fright.
12a "Oh, G" Gillian Carr Rhonda Smiley and James Hereth Leisl Adams TBA November 19, 2016 1.18[18]
A painting by Pigment comes to life and roams the city.
12b "Greenhouse"
"Green House"[19]
Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian Leisl Adams TBA November 19, 2016 1.18[18]
Rudie forgets to tell HJ5 that he promised Twisty T the girls will take care of his prize rose garden.
13a "Control + Alt + Dimension"
"Control Plus Alt Plus Dimension"[20]
Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian Michelle Ku TBA February 4, 2017 0.71[21]
Love invents a gizmo that sends her to another dimension.
13b "Angel Hair" Gillian Carr Madellaine Paxson (story)
Ann Austen and Obie Scott Wade
Mike Geiger TBA February 4, 2017 0.71[21]
Rudie gives Angel a makeover.
14a "Inside Job" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Mike Geiger TBA February 11, 2017 TBD
Rudie accidentally shrinks the girls and a Monster Pet eats them.
14b "Sea Monkeying Around" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno José Pou and Leisl Adams TBA February 11, 2017 TBD
Another one of Rudie's promotions go wrong at the Lo Lo Sea Mall.
15a "Trust Your Inner Uniphant" Gillian Carr Elizabeth Keyishan Jeff White TBA February 25, 2017 TBD
Rudie tells Zookeeper Smythe that the girls are experts in handling the Uniphants.
15b "Starr Power" Gillian Carr Kevin Nemeth Michelle Ku TBA February 25, 2017 TBD
Sammy Starr signs HJ5.
16a "Zero G" Gillian Carr Madellaine Paxson TBA TBA March 4, 2017 TBD
Aliens are insulted by an HJ5 song and interrupt their concert.
16b "Angel Food" Gillian Carr Steve Aranguren TBA TBA March 4, 2017 TBD
A hoard of hungry Monster Pets mistake HJ5 for their next meal when the band dress in food costumes for their gig.
17a "Happy Slam" Gillian Carr Steve Aranguren and Adam Long Jeff White TBA April 7, 2017 TBD
Rudie borrows one of Love's discarded experiments, the Movement Enhancer.
17b "Retro Fiasco" Gillian Carr Tim Bain José Pou TBA April 7, 2017 TBD
A shop full of retro clothing takes over the mall.
18a "HJ10" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Mike Geiger TBA April 14, 2017 TBD
Alien shape-shifters who look like HJ5 arrive in Harajuku for their upcoming invasion.
18b "Waves of Love" Gillian Carr Tania Lacy and Steve Aranguren Leisl Adams TBA April 14, 2017 TBD
Love has to choose between staying with the band and taking a job at Harajuku University.
19a "Sand and Deliver" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Rod Amador TBA April 21, 2017 TBD
A lightning strike brings the sand bunnies at the Harajuku Sand Sculpture competition to life.
19b "Moods Meow" Gillian Carr Mirith Colao José Pou TBA April 21, 2017 TBD
HJ5 must rescue Moods Meow the grumpy cat before their gig is cancelled.
20a "Yeti in the House" Gillian Carr Sue Rose Michelle Ku TBA April 28, 2017 TBD
HJ5 help a misunderstood yeti make it back home.
20b "The Young and the Reckless"
"The Young and Reckless"[22]
Gillian Carr Tim Bain Jeff White TBA April 28, 2017 TBD
Stegosaurus Stan changes everyone in the Harajuku Retirement Home into children to win back glory.
21a "Brodie on Board" Gillian Carr Tim Bain Michelle Ku TBA May 5, 2017 TBD
HJ5 hires Rudie's young cousin Brodie as an intern.
21b "Womzilla" Gillian Carr Kevin Nemeth Jeff White TBA May 5, 2017 TBD
Rudie accidentally unleashes a great wombat on Harajuku when trying to make a film.
22a "Emotizoms" Gillian Carr Tim Bain Liesl Adams TBA May 12, 2017 TBD
Rudie brings a box of emoticuddles to the wedding of the year.
22b "The Big Time" Gillian Carr Rhonda Smiley and James Hereth Mike Geiger TBA May 12, 2017 TBD
Baby's interactive Queueby doll becomes big when he runs into an experimental fertilizer.
23a "Un-Bear-able" Gillian Carr James Bates TBA TBA May 19, 2017 TBD
Rudie uses a new toy bear that says uncomfortable things to apologize to Angel for hurting her feelings.
23b "Snowy the Frostman" TBA TBA TBA TBA May 19, 2017 TBD
The Sporty Fun Sports mascot tries to destroy Rudie.
24a "Kawaii Cake Mix Up" Gillian Carr Becky Overton Michelle Ku TBA June 2, 2017 TBD
The girls shrink themselves onto the top of a cupcake to search for a micro-sized USB key that contains their latest song.
24b "Angel Fever" Gillian Carr Steve Aranguren and Adam Long Neil Hunter TBA June 2, 2017 TBD
The city of Harajuku falls under the spell of Angel's new shoes.
25a "Candy Blossom Flower Festival" Gillian Carr Mirith J. Colao Michelle Ku TBA June 9, 2017 TBD
Shu Shu the Silver Shimmer Squirrel transfers some of his powers onto Music when he gives her a kiss on the forehead.
25b "Princess Power" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Leisl Adams TBA June 9, 2017 TBD
Rudie accidentally causes a mechanical dragon stage prop to go berserk at one of the girls gigs.
26a "Hark! A Quarkle!" Gillian Carr Ray Boseley Michelle Ku and Leisl Adams TBA June 16, 2017 TBD
Love accidentally creates the Quarkle, an energy organism, and the girls have to track it down before it runs Jo Jo Julie's new fashion launch.
26b "The Ends of the Earth" Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian Drew Edwards TBA June 16, 2017 TBD
G and the gang use Love's time machine to keep returning to the past until they find a way to play their gig without ending the world.

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Kuu Kuu Harajuku debuted on Eleven in Australia on November 1, 2015,[5] and later premiered on ABC Me on December 6, 2016.[23] In the United States, the series premiered on Nickelodeon on October 3.[24] Later, it was moved to Nick Jr. on February 3, 2017.[25] The series also aired on Family Channel in Canada on November 1, 2016.[26]

Home media[edit]

Shout Factory owns the home video rights in North America.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result References
2016 Asian Television Award Best 2D Animation Programmme Vision Animation, Network Ten, Eleven Nominated [28]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "RED FLAGS FLY, INC.". Bizapedia. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ ""KUU-KUU HARAJUKU KICKS OFF GLOBAL TOUR"". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-14. . DHX Media.
  4. ^ Mercedes Milligan (April 12, 2015). "Gwen Stefani’s ‘Kuu-Kuu Harajuku’ Unveiled". Animation Magazine. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Jenny (October 27, 2015). "‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’ Premiering in Australia Nov. 1 (Updated)". Beacon Street Online. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kuu Kuu Harajuku". Moody Street Productions. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 4, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.3.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 5, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.4.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 6, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.5.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 7, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.6.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 10, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.7.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 11, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.8.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 18, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.15.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (October 25, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.22.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (November 1, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.29.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (November 8, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.5.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (November 15, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.12.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (November 22, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.19.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Oh, G; Green House". Screener. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Control Plus Alt Plus Dimension; Angel Hair". Screener. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (February 7, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.4.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Yeti in the House; The Young and Reckless". Screener. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  23. ^ Kuu Kuu Harajuku (December 2, 2016). "Hello Australia!". Facebook. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Nickelodeon to Premiere New Animated Series Kuu Kuu Harajuku from Global Superstar Gwen Stefani on Monday, Oct. 3, at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT)". Business Wire. September 13, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Nick Jr". Screener. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  26. ^ Kuu Kuu Harajuku (November 1, 2016). "Hello Canada!". Facebook. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  27. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2017/02/07/shout-factory-stays-home-with-stefanis-harajuku/
  28. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, Asian Television Awards 2016". Rappler. December 3, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 

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