Kuu Kuu Harajuku

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Kuu Kuu Harajuku
Kuu Kuu Harajuku logo.png
Also known as KooKoo Harajuku[1]
Genre
Created by Gwen Stefani
Based on Harajuku Lovers brand
by Gwen Stefani
Developed by
Directed by Gillian Carr
Voices of
Composer(s)
  • Christopher Elves
  • Mark McDuff
Country of origin
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Malaysia
  • United States[2]
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Cherrie Bottger (network executive producer)
  • Gillian Car
  • Low Huoi Seong
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Frank Taylor (season 1)
Producer(s)
  • Gillian Carr
  • Shelley Dresden (season 2[1])
Editor(s) Sean Morrison (season 2)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Vision Animation
  • Moody Street Productions
  • Red Flags Fly
  • DHX Media
Distributor DHX Media[3]
Release
Original network Eleven
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) – present
External links
Website kuukuuharajuku.com
Production
website
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]

Plot[edit]

Kuu Kuu Harajuku features G and the Harajuku Girls as they live in Harajuku. Together they form HJ5, a band, while their manager books them gigs. However, something always interrupts their gigs.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • G (voiced by Maggie Chretien) is the leader of HJ5. She is trustworthy and level-headed, though sometimes she has her doubts, she keeps the band together, even through their tough times, and is not afraid of any challenge. Her signature colors are aqua, white and black, and she represents bows.
  • Love (voiced by Daisy Masterman) is the genius of HJ5. She is intelligent and creative, though sometimes she takes on too much, she has a knack for science, and often comes up with inventions, though some of them backfire. Her signature color is red, and she represents hearts.
  • Angel (voiced by Emma Taylor-Isherwood) is the resident fashionista of HJ5. She is bubbly and cheerful, though sometimes she can be a bit of an airhead, she loves fashions and trends, as well as cheering up others. Her signature colors are yellow and blue, and she represents stars.
  • Music (voiced by Sally Taylor-Isherwood) is the active tomboy of HJ5. She is sarcastic, Egotistic, Narcissistic, grumpy, rude, genuine, and strong-willed, though at times she gets easily annoyed, she is a sassy and fierce force of the band, as well as an exceptional fighter. Her signature color is purple, and she represents musical notes, she has a young niece named Minnie who appears in "The Young and the Reckless".
  • Baby (voiced by Charlotte Nicdao) is the sweetest member of HJ5. She is loving and carefree, though sometimes this gets her in trouble, she adores everything that she thinks is cute, and also loves to give hugs. Her signature color is pink, and she represents cuteness.
  • Rudolph "Rudie" Rhodes (voiced by Danny Smith) is the manager of HJ5. He books them gigs, though his bad luck tends to get him and the band in trouble. However, he deeply cares about their safety, he is associated with checkered-themed colors, such as white, black and gray. He is also nephew of Trixie La Trill, the formerly famous hairdresser to the stars.

Recurring[edit]

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

Villains[edit]

  • General NoFun is the notorious leader of Nofunland.
  • Commander Boring is a high-ranking soldier of General NoFun.
  • Madame Shhh is a woman who wants to have peace in her place called BubbleLand.
  • Sammy Stars is a music manager and Rudie's rival.
  • Say Wah is a girl who wanted to be in HJ5 when she switched her voice to autotune but G refused so she got the girls inside a video game in "Game Over".
  • Phillipa Kropp is the judging official of the Ponycorn Cup as well as a multiple time champion. She used her baton as a magic wand that turned the ponycorns evil and attacked their trainers, she reveals her motive: the Ponycorn Cup has become less about the grace and majesty of ponycorns, and more of a fashion competition involving hats in "Phony-Ponies".
  • Monotone is a company who wants to make everything all boring and traps any singer that stands in his way. The eye is also a reference to "A Space Odyssey: 2001".
  • Miyu Asakura is a girl who hated HJ5 so much, She made a mass-produced product called Yum Yum, a candy that made anyone who eats the item hate the band and want to destroy them all.
  • Anti-HJ5 is an evil HJ5 from an alternate dimension that Love is accidentally transported to by one of her inventions in the episode "Control + Alt + Dimension". Despite being platinum selling artists they are evil and force people to buy only there music which is actually just tracks full of static and tyrannically prevent people from listening to anything else using the threat of their KittenBots. Love joins forces with Anti-Rudy as he is as morally-ambiguous as his counterpart and had been previously fired by Anti-HJ5. Together Love and Anti-Rudy recruit other Anti-counterparts and convinces them to oppose Anti-HJ5 so they can help her return to her world. Love tricks Anti-HJ5 by pretending to be her counterpart Anti-Love allowing her and her allies to trick Anti-HJ5 and Love returns back to her original dimension leaving her Anti-Universe allies to free their world from Anti-HJ5's tyranny.

Production[edit]

Kuu Kuu Harajuku is co-produced by DHX Media in Canada, Vision Animation in Malaysia, Moody Street Productions in Australia, and Red Flags Fly in the United States,[2] and in association with Film Victoria in Australia in season 1 and Network Ten in season 2. Season 2 of the series was greenlit, and is scheduled to premiere on July 1, 2017 in Australia. Season 3 of the series is currently in pre-production.[6]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) August 13, 2016 (2016-08-13)
2 TBA July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) TBA

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.[7] In the United States, the series premiered on Nickelodeon on October 3.[8] Later, it was moved to Nick Jr. on February 3, 2017.[9] The series also aired on Family Channel in Canada on November 1, 2016.[10]

Home media[edit]

Shout! Factory owns the home video rights in North America.[11]

Region 1
DVD title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total running time Release date(s)
Music, Baby![12] 1 16:9 7 154 minutes June 13, 2017
Super Kawaii[13] 1 16:9 TBA 132 minutes September 26, 2017

Reception[edit]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated Kuu Kuu Harajuku a 2 out of 5 stars, stating the cartoon "is pretty mindless, and there are better choices for role models for this age group, but it's entertaining nonetheless."[14]

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 [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ""Upcoming Production Report"" (PDF). Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-17. . Screen Australia.
  2. ^ a b "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. ^ Kuu Kuu Harajuku (December 2, 2016). "Hello Australia!". Facebook. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Nick Jr". Screener. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kuu Kuu Harajuku (November 1, 2016). "Hello Canada!". Facebook. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2017/02/07/shout-factory-stays-home-with-stefanis-harajuku/
  12. ^ "Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!". Shout! Factory. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii". Shout! Factory. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  14. ^ Ashby, Emily. "Kuu Kuu Harajuku". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  15. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, Asian Television Awards 2016". Rappler. December 3, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 

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