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Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi TV Poster Image
No similarity to real rock duo Puffy AmiYumi.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Contrary to Yumi's behavior, violence is never the answer.


Yumi is a jaded, volatile girl who reacts violently to the least provocation.


Lots of yelling for no particular reason.


Things are trashed and never accounted for. The band manager is greedy to the point of making bad decisions.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhgwqhge03 September 19, 2013

The Last 5 Star Modern Cartoon Network Show

this is what i believe to be the last great cartoon network show, it is called Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi it is the last modern cartoon that feels really classic to m... Continue reading
Parent of a 1, 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 14, and 17 year old Written byparentof7 February 26, 2015

my kids loved it how dare cartoon network

its sad to see those 2 girls die my kids loved them
Kid, 12 years old January 20, 2016


It's like a robot bird that shoots money but even more awesome
Kid, 10 years old August 9, 2015


In the beginning it looked kinda promising and cool but I guess after a few eps they ran out of ideas and from there it went downhill. It's a shame, the re... Continue reading

What's the story?

HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI is based on the real Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi. The animated version follows two tiny popstars, Ami and Yumi, who weather the storm of being typcial teens with a popstar persona. Clips of the live band's performances are shown briefly, but the cartoon draws heavily on other plots and ideas.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the life of pop stars -- particularly young ones. Do your kids have any desire to be pop icons? Do kids like the look of the show? Are they fans of the real group, or have they become fans after watching the show?

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