Shows that definitely should have been left alone: The Powerpuff Girls

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Recently, the cartoon network decided to get on the bandwagon of remakes and made a new series of “The Powerpuff Girls.” Apparently they didn’t read my article on the subject before  they did it.

The show features all the original actors from the 1st series, but not the powerpuff girls original actors. So the nostalgia aspect but it’s quickly lost once you see the opening credits are the same, and the girls talk. The stories are also watered down and not as good as the 1st series. It’s very reminiscent of how “Teen Titans Go!” was like the original series but was instead a watered down story that didn’t even do the original justice.

I would have rather watched “Powerpuff Girls Z” than this show. That show wasn’t trying to be like the original but rather its own take on the characters. That I can respect but this show is just a sad attempt on the series. If you are looking for nostalgia, the original is on Netflix and you could probably find them on YouTube.

Hopefully, this is the last time I have to write this. JUST LEAVE THE POWERPUFF GIRLS ALONE!

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Shows that should have been left alone: Teen Titans

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Everyone remembers, or should have at least heard of, the 2003 television adaption of the DC Comic superhero team Teen Titans (if not,then you must remember this!). Well, they decided to bring back Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy in this year in a kind of continuation of the series called Teen Titans Go!. Unlike my rant about The Powerpuff Girls Z and how it basically ruined the franchise , this is pretty much going to be straight to the point because its just the same show minus some major differences.

The new show is pretty much an extremely watered down version of it awesome original. I know what you are thinking, It’s made for a new audience. But Cartoon Network should realize that any television program involving comic book characters will bring an adult following to it. While the channe aimed towards children during the day, it’s still not an excuse for the cheesy and poor writing in this show. It’s pretty obvious that it isn’t the same writers because Teen Titans Go! has a totally different tone than what was in Teen Titans. Teen Titans Go! is pretty much based around task like finding the ingredients to the greatest sandwich in the universe while Teen Titans was more focused on the villains (The episodes involving Terra was my personal favorite) and even serious storylines like Terra sacrificing her life to save Earth, Raven trying to prevent her dark side and her father from destroying her home, and even had Robin working as Slade’s apprentice to save the life of his friends, who were infected by a fatal virus.

The tones on each show probably had a lot to do with different art styles. Teen Titans was more anime looking while Teen Titans Go! is more cartoonish. The anime feel made it more serious since it looked like the art styling of Cartoon Network’s extremely popular Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Teen Titans Go! was originally apart of the DC Nation block before sparking off on its own.

The bottom line is that if you are going to have the original cast reprise their roles and call it as an follow-up, at least make it fateful to the original. It wouldn’t be as bad if they found new voice actors because then it could stand on its own as a complete new and unrelated show without being compared to the show that made J-Pop and the Teen Titans popular.

Shows that should have been left alone: The Powerpuff Girls

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banner popEver hear about a remake of a show you just loved and then you watched it and just thought “That should have been left alone”? Well I did and this is how this article was born. So sit back, relax, and let me explain to why they should have let The Powerpuff Girls alone.

After the Cartoon Network hit ended back in 2005, the wonderful country that brought you Sailor Moon, Pokémon, and YuGiOh! thought it would be a magical idea to make the show into an anime called Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z! The show set the girls in New Townsville, or Tokyo City if you are watching the Japanese version. Professor Utonium and his son, Ken Kitazawa, were trying to stop a bunch of icebergs from freezing the city due to a major ecological disaster . So Ken thought it would be a good to shoot some Chemical Z, the next evolution of Chemical X, at it the iceberg which ended up sending a bunch of “Z waves” into the city. This hit three normal girls (Momoko, Miyako and Kaoru) and let them transform into “The Powerpuff Girls Z”. It also hit the Utonium Family’s robotic pet named “Poochi” gained the ability to talk and such but that really isn’t important. The “Z Waves” also created the villains like Mojo Jojo, Him, etc. The three girls, who never knew each before this, became friends and banded together to protect New Townsville.The personalities of the characters are the same as their original counterparts and they stick to the story lines like The Rowdyruff Boys storyline.

This anime wouldn’t have been as horrible if it wasn’t for the fact that they changed so much and pretty much ruined the concept of it. Granted,They changed it to fit with the type of anime it was and to feel like the Super Sentai and Kamen Raider series that are extremely popular  in Japan, but it would have been still as good if they were to stick with the original concept. I do like that the girls are older than what they were in the original series. It adds more to the storyline because there is only so much you can do with kindergartener before you would run out with ideas. But with 13-year-old girls in the 8th grade, you could do way more and make the storylines more in-depth (Something, you think they would have taken advantage of).

The main problem with this show is that they changed so much of it and it just didn’t seem like The Powerpuff Girls we grew up knowing and loving. The way they presented it was also extremely bad. The original show was clever and witty for it being on Cartoon Network, but this show is more childish than anything else. I could go on and on about how bad this anime was but I think that there is an english dub version and it’s been aired everywhere but the United States of America says a lot. Even the creator of the original, Craig McCracken, wasn’t involved in the production(it probably would have rocked then if he was).

They even made a Manga of the original series was created in 2004 and it stuck the original story lines and acted more like an add-on to the original series. This would have been better than this anime. Maybe I’m just an angry fan but I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z! was just a major disappointment in something that could have amazed the world. 

So for the first time, Japan has ruined an American Series instead of the other way around.

Have a show like this that shouldn’t have been remade or don’t agree with this article? leave it in a comment below!