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With rock so powerful, make yourself comfortable, NOW!!!

A short-lived Cartoon Network original series based on the Real Life J-Pop group PUFFY (called Puffy AmiYumi in the States to avoid offending a certain trigger-happy rapper) previously known in America for providing the theme for Teen Titans.

Produced for television by Sam Register with the help of former Jellyfish member Andy Sturmer, who had previously worked with the real duo. The animation was done with Flash by Renegade Animation in California, making it the only show at the time to have been fully animated in the US (thus making their choice of characters quite ironic), with characters designed by famed Canadian artist Lynne Naylor which got the show nominated for the coveted Annie Award. The series follows the two best friends/musicians and their manager Kaz as they travel around the on their world tour and compete with villains with a number of nutty adventures along the way.

Tropes used include:

Atchan: Here's my card...oh wait. Stand back! I'll give you the card in lightning speed! NGINGINGINGING!
  • Collectible Card Game: Stu-Pi-Doh, an obvious spoof.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: All by DC Comics--3 regular issues and six appearances in Cartoon Network Block Party.
  • Commedia Dell Arte Troupe: On a few occausions.
  • Consolation World Record: "Record Breakers"
  • Corey Burton: Voiced just about every other guest character.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Edwin Blair
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Kaz fits the bill on most occasions.
  • Creator Provincialism: It's a show about a Japanese pop duo. Or so we're lead to believe. The characters themselves say and do things easily identifiable with American Culture as all the writers and animators are from North America. They attempt to remind Ami and Yumi are from Japan by having them speak in Gratuitous Japanese, use chopsticks to eat, obsess over sushi, and spend yen (even though there doesn't seem to be any rate of conversion...) but after all We All Live in America.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Yumi.
  • Day in The Limelight: Minor Characters like Harmony and The Talent Suckers received their own episodes. Kaz and the cats frequently had their own Tom and Jerry inspired shorts that were devoid of Ami and Yumi's presence.
  • The Danza: In one episode, King Chad is dating an Emotionless Girl named Janice, who is voiced by Janice Kawaye, Ami's seiyuu. Of course, the REAL Janice is a pretty nice lady, according to the producers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yumi.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Almost the entire plot of one of the episodes is Ami and Yumi tripping off cheap, bad sushi.
  • Don't Try This At Home: at the end of one of the episodes, the flash-animated Ami and Yumi warns kids that to much sushi is hazardous to your health
  • Drunk with Power: Wall in "Uninvited".
  • Dug in Deeper: "Song Sung Bad"
  • Dumb Muscle: "Wall"
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Recurring characters Jang Keng and Tekirai had a cameo in the intro.
  • Everything's Better with Chickens: Averted with the sheriff of Dusty Gulch.
  • Cute Kitten: Jang Keng and Tekirai.
  • Everything Is Online: "Home Insecurity," where Yumi's crazed security AI brings everything on the bus, including the fridge, toilet, toaster and her guitar, to life to kill her.
  • Evil Twin: Complete with beards.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "The Talent Suckers" (in more ways than one)
  • Expressive Shirt: Mostly, the skull on Yumi's t-shirt changes expressions to match her's.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Yumi. Her competition in an eating contest tried to sabotage her by dumping a bag of metal horseshoes into her designated lot of food the night before. It didn't work. In another episode she expresses the desire to eat the aliens that abducted the band (although they were giant bananas so that one could be excused).
  • Eyedscreen: Used during the showdown in "In the Cards"
  • Fable Remake: "The Golden Fleas" is loosely based on The Odyssey.
  • First-Name Basis: Or last name if you place surnames first. The duo and their manager are only known by their given names. It was highlightened when Ami and Yumi tried to visit Kaz at the hospital and the receptionist asked for his surname. Neither Ami nor Yumi knew it.
  • Flashback Twist
  • Friend to All Living Things: Ami
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: "Collect All 5"
  • God Guise: "Kaz Almighty"
  • Gonk: A lot of secondary male characters share the quote.
  • Goth: Yumi, though she is more of the "I Love MCR" than the "I Recite Deep Depressing Poetry" variety.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: "Collect All 5"
  • Grand Theft Me: "Ami Goes Bad"
  • Gratuitous Japanese: When astonished, the girls will often say something in Japanese. Background songs are also frequently in Japanese.
  • Greed: Kaz's defining attribute.
  • Groupie Brigade
  • Hair Colors: Pink-haired Ami and blue-haired Yumi.
  • Handy Feet: Ami playing the drums with her feet.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: Ami and Yumi are pretty close for "best friends", but this is a kid's show.
    • The production team's (now 404'd) blog once had a post featuring a drawing of the girls in a distinctly non-heterosexual passionate embrace. This was said to be inspired by the real-life Puffy's amused reaction to the show, something to the extent of "Why are they writing us as gay?". Of course, it also had a series of drawings involving Ami falling victim to an Alien chestburster which Yumi then dispatched with a knife, so it was quite clearly not a network-approved source of series information.
    • This was actually toned down after season one, with the girls not hugging nearly as much, but the hints are still there, such as the two of them growing old together in the episode set in the future and each with a life dream list including starting a band with each other.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Ami sounds like Jenny and Yumi sounds like Mandy. Helps that they're voiced by Janice Kawaye and Grey DeLisle, respectively.
  • Hilarity Ensues
  • Hollywood Atlas
  • Horrible Camping Trip: "Camping Caper"
  • Human Mail: Kaz attempts this to get back into the tour bus when the cats, Jeng Kang and Tekirai, lock him out. Kaz gets mailed to a bunch of other places courtesy of the cats until the package eventually returns.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Used and abused frequently. Most heavily in "Rock and Roe".
  • Hypno Fool: The episode "Hypno-Kaz" was based on this trope.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Manga Madness"

 Ami: "Thank Goodness we're back in Japan, we can catch up on all the manga and anime we've missed."

Yumi: "Tell me about it. American cartoons are terrible! ... Oops. Just kidding.


  "Another chase scene? I thought we were a rock band."