Nickelodeon has announced that a new animated series from pop star and fashionista Gwen Stefani, Kuu Kuu Harajuku, will premiere exclusively on Nick in the US on Monday, October 3 at 4 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes each day at four through to Friday, Oct. 7 and fresh premieres from the 26-episode series airing Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. thereafter.
“Partnering with Nickelodeon on Kuu Kuu Harajuku is a dream come true! It’s been incredible to see the Harajuku Girls and the world they live in come to life,” said Stefani. “The artwork is so beautiful and the whole series turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I love that this is an animated series for young girls that celebrates creativity, imagination and individuality. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the adventures of the musical group HJ5: Love, Angel, Music, Baby and their inspirational leader, G. Despite their superstar talent, HJ5’s manager Rudie, angry aliens, NoFun politicians, hungry monster pets and other obstacles are constantly interrupting their gigs, and they never get to finish a concert — but G and her friends never give up!
In the premiere episode, “Totally Teen Genie,” Angel releases a Teen Genie with attitude and tries to use her three wishes to help HJ5 win a Totally Teen Awards Golden Hoodie. Then, in “Angel’s Flight,” she embarks on a solemn quest to save face after an unflattering picture appears online.
Kuu Kuu Harajuku is based on an original idea from Stefani, inspired by the Grammy-winning artist’s love of pop art and the youth culture and street fashion of Tokyo’s famous Harajuku district. Stefani first created the original Harajuku Girl characters while writing her first solo album, celebrating the creativity and individualism on display on Japan’s most sartorially notorious streets.
The show is co-created and produced by Moody Street Kids (Australia), Vision Animation (Malaysia) and Gwen Stefani, and commissioned by Network Ten with investment funding from Film Victoria (Australia) and MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia). DHX Media, the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company, handles international distribution for Kuu Kuu Harajuku, and licensed the series to Nickelodeon.
US fans can visit the show’s page on Nick.com or boot up the Nick App to learn more about the show and its characters, and check out a full episode available today.