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) Vision Animation
Moody Street Kids
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
Production website

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.[citation needed] and DHX Media in Canada, Vision Animation in Malaysia, Moody Street Productions in Australia, and Red Flags Fly in the United States.[2] 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 is fearless, confident, level-headed, and trustworthy. She keeps the HJ5 band together, and is not afraid to take on a challenge. Her real first name is "Gwen." She is based on Gwen Stefani, the creator of the series and the Harajuku Girls brand.[citation needed] Her representation colors are white, black, and aqua, and she represents bow ties. G has brown eyes, and blonde hair which is usually tied in two side buns and decorated with a black headband. G's default outfit is a ruffled white blouse with a black bow, a gray jacket with white flaps and folded cuffs, a blue skirt with white ruffles and a black bow, white stockings, blue and white stripped scrunched socks, and white and black Harajuku boots.
  • Love (voiced by Daisy Masterman) is the genius of HJ5. She is inventive, creative, intelligent, and diligent. She has a big knack for science, and comes up with inventions and scientific explanations for events, although sometimes her inventions go out of control. Her main representation color is red, and she represents hearts. Love has freckles, dark blue eyes, and black hair which is usually curly and decorated with four red hearts, a light pink heart, and a blue headband. Love's default outfit is a light gray top with a yellow trim, pink "L" and red folded cuffs, with a white blouse and red necktie underneath, a gray plaid skirt with white ruffles, red and white knee pads, red and white stripped socks, and white and red Harajuku boots.
  • Angel (voiced by Emma Taylor-Isherwood) is the resident fashionista of HJ5. She is trendy, bubbly, cheerful, and stylish. She adores cute fashions, trends, and styles. She is also a cheerleader, and she can also cheer up people by making jokes. Her representation colors are yellow and blue, and she represents stars. Angel has light orange eyes, and brown hair which is usually parted in four braids decorated with eight yellow stars, and a yellow hachimaki with blue polka dots and a star. Angel's default outfit is a light gray top with a yellow trim, blue "A" and blue folded cuffs, with a white blouse and blue necktie underneath, a gray plaid skirt with white ruffles, yellow knee pads, blue and white stripped socks, and blue and white Harajuku sneakers.
  • Music (voiced by Sally Taylor-Isherwood) is the most active of HJ5. She is sassy, sarcastic, gutsy, and genuine. She brings a fierce attitude to the band. She is good at dancing and singing, but when trouble comes, she will fight and defend or protect her friends. Her representation color is purple, and she represents musical notes. Music has violet eyes, and brunette hair which is usually tied in two buns decorated with a white kanzashi with a musical note on the right tip and a treble clef on the left tip. Music's default outfit is a light gray top with a yellow trim, white "M" and purple folded cuffs, with a white blouse and purple necktie underneath, a gray plaid skirt with white ruffles, purple knee pads, purple and white stripped socks, and dark purple and white Harajuku sneakers.
  • Baby (voiced by Charlotte Nicdao) is the youngest member[citation needed] of HJ5. She is sweet, cute, adorable and carefree. She has a childlike and innocent demeanor, and sees cute in anything; she loves everything cute, especially in animal, creatures, and food, and often fantasizes about them. She also loves to give hugs. Her representation color is light pink, and she represents cuteness. Baby has blue eyes, and black hair which is usually curly and decorated with two light pink bows on each side. Baby's default outfit is a light gray top with a yellow trim, yellow "B" and pink folded cuffs, with a white blouse and pink necktie underneath, a gray plaid skirt with white ruffles, pink and yellow knee pads, light pink and white stripped socks, and white and pink Harajuku boots.
  • Rudolph "Rudie" Rhodes (voiced by Danny Smith) is the manager of HJ5. He is quite naïve, hyper, overexaggerating, clumsy, and gullible. While this tends to get the girls and himself in trouble, he really cares about them and their safety. He usually talks about getting the girls a gig somewhere, but it doesn't often go as planned. Rudie has green eyes, and short brown hair. He usually wears checkered-themed clothes. His default outfit is a gray matching business suit with a white blouse and black necktie underneath, and black dress loafers worn with black and white checkered socks. He also wears a black fedora with a black and white checkered hat tie, and black glasses.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Chewie is
  • Jimmy is
  • Twisty T is
  • Mauve Madison is
  • Colonel Spyke is

Villains[edit]

  • General NoFun is
  • Commander Boring is
  • Madame Shhh is
  • Sammy Stars is
  • Say Wah is
  • Phillipa Crop is
  • Monotone is

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 Lucy 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[note 1] 0.65[17]
A group of Octacorns crack the dome ceiling during HJ5's gig.
10b "Music Zoo" Gillian Carr Ann Austen and Obie Scott Wade Jeff Amey and Jamie LeClaire TBA November 5, 2016[note 1] 0.65[17]
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[note 2] 0.73[18]
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[note 2] 0.73[18]
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[19]
A painting by Pigment comes to life and roams the city.
12b "Greenhouse"
"Green House"[20]
Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian Leisl Adams TBA November 19, 2016 1.18[19]
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"[21]
Gillian Carr Eddie Guzelian Michelle Ku TBA February 4, 2017[note 3] 0.71[22]
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[note 3] 0.71[22]
Rudie gives Angel a makeover.
14a "Inside Job" Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Mike Geiger TBA February 11, 2017[note 4] 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[note 4] 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[note 5] 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[note 5] TBD
Sammy Starr signs HJ5.
16a "Zero G"[note 6] TBA TBA TBA TBA March 4, 2017 TBD
Aliens are insulted by an HJ5 song and interrupt their concert.
16b "Angel Food"[note 6] TBA TBA 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"[note 7] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
Rudie borrows one of Love's discarded experiments, the Movement Enhancer.
17b "Retro Fiasco"[note 7] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
A shop full of retro clothing takes over the mall.
18a "HJ10"[note 8] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
Alien shape-shifters who look like HJ5 arrive in Harajuku for their upcoming invasion.
18b "Waves of Love"[note 8] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
Love has to choose between staying with the band and taking a job at Harajuku University.
19a "Sand and Deliver"[note 9] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
A lightning strike brings the sand bunnies at the Harajuku Sand Sculpture competition to life.
19b "Moods Meow"[note 9] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
HJ5 must rescue Moods Meow the grumpy cat before their gig is cancelled.
20a "Yeti in the House"[note 10] Gillian Carr Sue Rose Michelle Ku TBA TBA TBD
HJ5 help a misunderstood yeti make it back home.
20b "The Young and the Reckless"[note 10]
"The Young and Reckless"[23]
Gillian Carr Tim Bain Jeff White TBA TBA TBD
Stegosaurus Stan changes everyone in the Harajuku Retirement Home into children to win back glory.
21a "Brodie on Board"[note 11] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
HJ5 hires Rudie's young cousin Brodie as an intern.
21b "Womzilla"[note 11] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
Rudie accidentally unleashes a great wombat on Harajuku when trying to make a film.
22a "Emotizoms"[note 12] Gillian Carr Tim Bain Liesl Adams TBA TBA TBD
Rudie brings a box of emoticuddles to the wedding of the year.
22b "The Big Time"[note 12] Gillian Carr Rhonda Smiley and James Hereth Mike Geiger TBA TBA TBD
Baby's interactive Queueby doll becomes big when he runs into an experimental fertilizer.
23a "Un-Bear-able"[note 13] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
Rudie uses a new toy bear that says uncomfortable things to apologize to Angel for hurting her feelings.
23b "Snowy the Frostman"[note 13] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
The Sporty Fun Sports mascot tries to destroy Rudie.
24a "Kawaii Cake Mix Up"[note 14] Gillian Carr Becky Overton Michelle Ku TBA TBA 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"[note 14] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBD
The city of Harajuku falls under the spell of Angel's new shoes.
25a "Candy Blossom Flower Festival"[note 15] Gillian Carr Mirith J. Colao Michelle Ku TBA TBA 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"[note 15] Gillian Carr Brendan Luno Leisl Adams TBA TBA TBD
Rudie accidentally causes a mechanical dragon stage prop to go berserk at one of the girls gigs.
26a "Hark! A Quarkle!"[note 16] Gillian Carr Ray Boseley Michelle Ku and Leisl Adams TBA TBA 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"[note 16] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 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 premiered on e-Junior in the United Arab Emirates in September 2016,[24] Nickelodeon in the United States on October 3,[25] ZOOM in Israel in October,[26] Teletoon+ in Poland on October 24,[27] Family Channel in Canada on November 1,[28] ABC Me in Australia on December 6,[29] Nick Jr. in the United States on February 3, 2017,[30] in Disney Channel in Japan on April 22, 2017 and Disney Channel in Southeast Asia on Summer, May 12, 2017.

Home media[edit]

Shout Factory owns the home video rights in North America.[31]

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 [32]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 1, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  2. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 4, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  3. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 22, 2016 in Canada.
  4. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 23, 2016 in Canada.
  5. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 28, 2016 in Canada.
  6. ^ a b This episode first aired on October 24, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  7. ^ a b This episode first aired on October 31, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  8. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 2, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  9. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 6, 2016 in Canada.
  10. ^ a b This episode first aired on November 8, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  11. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 12, 2016 in Canada and Poland.[16]
  12. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 13, 2016 in Canada.
  13. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 9, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  14. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 12, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  15. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 20, 2016 in Poland.[16]
  16. ^ a b This episode first aired on December 21, 2016 in Poland.[16]

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  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. 
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