Friday, April 20, 2007

Kip Schools A-P in SPC!

I was talking with Kami and Rin yesterday, and wouldn't you know it... they didn't know who the Samurai Pizza Cats are! That's not right!
They're way better than any old mutant turtle ninjas...
(Don't hurt me, I know there are TMNT fans out there, XD )

Samurai Pizza Cats (Kyattou Ninden Teyandē, which is an excellent play on words in Japanese, BTW) was produced in the early 90's and shipped overseas about six years later. With a new dub the show did lose some jokes in translation, but made for some pretty funny jabs at pop culture, and self-referential humor when it hit English speaking countries. This series may have been as funny if not more so than it's Japanese counterpart, mostly on account of the fact the English dubbers never even received a script to base the series on!

The series is notorious for breaking the "fourth wall", which means the characters are very aware of their audience, and will sometimes say, "Hey, you read my line!" or, "Okay, let's get some coffee during this commercial break!" and things of this nature...

SPC follows three crime-fighting cats, Speedy Cerviche, Polly Ester, and Guido Anchovy, through Little Tokyo as they serve their day job as pizza deliverers. But when trouble strikes, the oft rhyming pizzeria owner, Francine, will launch the cats out of a giant gun (which also comes in handy in deliveries) to the scene of the crime!
Most of the time, it's the evil Big Cheese, out to thwart the Emperor... Fred.
Yep... Fred.

But the Pizza Cats Always prevail! As apparent by their motto.

You can see how campy and silly they were trying to make the series just by watching the opening theme, take a look:

Gosh, I remember that song to this day. If you noticed a spelling error somewhere in the opening theme, be the first to point it out and I'll give you a prize! It's tricky to catch!

This series is a part of anime history, and now, you too experienced it! It touches my heart. XD

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