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Only a few bands, the most fashionable and deeply rock ones, have a cartoon inspired by them. Puffy Ami Yumi, one of the most popular Japanese musical groups, are among them. The first single from Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura has sold more than 1 million copies and has made the group of superstars overnight not only in Japan.
Their success led them to host a children's TV show in their country. In addition, the theme song they made for Teen Titans, a popular superhero series broadcast on Cartoon Network, brought this duo to millions of new listeners. The transition from superstar to adorable cartoon characters came when the American Studios of Cartoon Network proposed to make an animated series inspired by the band. Thus was born the cartoon Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, which made its debut in Italy on Monday 31 October on Cartoon Network.
The series tells the adventures of the two girls in an ironic way. Like all rock stars, Ami and Yumi travel the world in a characteristic coach, an authentic four-wheeled home with all comforts. Ami is full of energy, optimistic and enterprising. Yumi is cynical, rocker and hates banalities. Together they work perfectly and, thanks to their musical talent, their style that can influence trends and their sense of humor, they win fans over, despite the mistakes that Tetsu, their well-meaning manager, sometimes makes, but shockingly obtuse.
Whether they have to play with aliens, be persecuted by a fan to the center of the Earth or enter a video game, Ami and Yumi always come out on top, giving Japanese pop (J-pop) lessons along the way.
Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi also contains live action clips (big exception for Cartoon Network, the cartoon-only channel in Europe) played by the real Puffy Ami Yumi.