Parents' Guide to

Kuu Kuu Harajuku

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Gwen Stefani's animated series has mixed messages for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 11+

Well, it’s okay but...

The girls of HJ5 get too angry and harsh at their assistant manager, Rudie, and are unforgiving towards him when they don’t get a gig done. Honestly! Not everything’s his fault as they don’t get stuff right either! Plus, I think they take him for granted, blame him too much, torture him too much, and act rude towards them (not to mention laugh at him), which might pollute the minds of other young girls to make them act rude towards boys. Those girls really need to give Rudie more respect! Nobody wants to see or hear a band who’s mean to their manager!

This title has:

Too much violence
age 3+

More like Poo Poo Stupidjunku if you ask me....

Don't watch this show! Why? This show ruined the term "kawaii" which means Japanese cuteness. Yeah, I know Japanese culture well because I went to Japan every school holidays. This shouldn't be in Nick Jr. It should be in other channels, not Nick Jr! It's not perfect for weeaboos, Japan lovers, anime lovers and manga lovers. I myself is a weeaboo because I'm a crazy lover of anime, manga and Japan stuff. I used to like this since it debuted but I start to lose interest since May 2018 since it starts to get annoying. It is a huge rip-off of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, which is way better than this, that means it is a toddler version of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi! All the characters and animals are poorly drawn, the designs are no good at all, the animation is horrible, the theme song is annoying and the songs are annoying. I hope it gets cancelled after season 3!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls of the stage transition to this animated series with modest success, clouding themes of individuality and friendship with iffier ones. On the upside, each of the five girls is a distinct entity, and as you watch, you begin to see their personalities come to light. Among them are an unfailing optimist, a brainy Ms. Fix-It, and a team leader. They are also culturally diverse and inclusive, despite their Japanese-inspired roots. On the downside, however, they often define themselves by their visibility and perceived "Kawaii" (or cuteness), which makes them vulnerable to vanity and image obsession.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku is visually enjoyable to watch, and there's always some sort of bizarre happening in Harajuku World that will keep kids' interest. There's also the comical villain General No Fun (Ian Bliss), who manages to steal the scenes in which he schemes against HJ5. The bottom line? This cartoon is pretty mindless, and there are better choices for role models for this age group, but it's entertaining nonetheless.

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