A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contrary to Yumi's behavior, violence is never the answer.
Violence & Scariness
Yumi is a jaded, volatile girl who reacts violently to the least provocation.
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Lots of yelling for no particular reason.
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Products & Purchases
Things are trashed and never accounted for. The band manager is greedy to the point of making bad decisions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series is based on the real Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi, but that's where the similarity ends. The girls are opposite with their moods, one eternally happy and the other a gloomy rocker chick. It's a smart premise, but with weak writing and little depth, few valuable lessons are added to the series.
Is It Any Good?
Young audiences will like the show's rock-star element and the fact that the girls kick it in their cool tour van. But unlike other cartoons with people chilling in cool vans (Scooby-Doo comes to mind), no compelling plot drives the action. An over-zealous fan might follow the girls, or Ami might moonlight as a circus performer, but the typical junk television formula of lots of flash and no substance is the norm here. Too bad, since the music of Puffy AmiYumi -- the real band --is compelling and unique.
There are good elements to the look of the cartoon: the band, the tour bus, the adventures, the music, and the Japanese culture. But the characters are very simplistic foils of each other -- Ami is the cheerleader, while Yumi is forever the grump. Kaz, their manager, plays the father figure, but he has no authority over the girls' decisions or behavior.
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