The show’s main characters, who make up a band called HJ5, each take their names from the 2004 album’s title – and of course girl banders Love, Angel, Baby and Music will be lead by a Gwen Stefani-like character named G.
“It’s been incredible to see the Harajuku Girls and the world they live in come to life”, Stefani, who has three children of her own, said in a release. Now, she’s bringing that love to a new animated series for Nickelodeon.
The 26-episode series will premiere on Nickelodeon on Monday, Oct. 4, through Friday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. before moving to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Kuu Kuu Harajuku will premiere October 3 at 4 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon, and will continue into a regular timeslot of Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. ET. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
“The artwork is so attractive and the whole series turned out better than I could have ever imagined”, Stefani said. Angel. Music. Baby. Back in 2005, Stefani even launched a fashion line called Harajuku Lovers, inspired by Japanese culture, which went on to include a fragrance and an accessories line. In each episode, creatures like angry aliens, NoFun politicians, and hungry monster pets attempt to foil HG5’s concerts, and the girls must outdo them to perform.
Stefani first started to incorporate the Harajuku Girls concept in the songs on her album “Love”. A full episode of Kuu Kuu Harajuku is available today on Nick.com and the Nick App. Given that the target audience for the new show probably wasn’t tuning in to The Simpsons circa 2001, however, Kuu Kuu Harajuku could be exactly what kids nowadays are craving.
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Nickelodeon’s US television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years.
By Stacy Lee