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June 22 2018

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It's funny. I don't like talking about the new series of The Powerpuff Girls. I feel like it should best be ignored and forgotten. But then it went and pushed my personal button. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a world where everyone says "No Girls Allowed!"

In case you've been living under a rock, and please tell me where I can find it so we can be roommates, the PPG reboot seems to attract controversy like a supermagnet. And what makes it all the worse is its seeming double standards despite it being a "feminist" story, when it doesn't even fall into the modern definition of feminism.

After all, Ms. Bellum was removed because the producers thought she didn't "mesh well with the image they were trying to create". This, combined with the flattening of Miss Keane's chest tells me that the producers didn't see Bellum for her brain, that which makes part of her name, how she runs Townsville basically on her own, how she's a positive role model for the Girls. They only saw her for her body, exactly the kind of sexism women face on a daily basis for being seen not for their skills, but their bodies. Or maybe they just didn't like seeing a woman be strong, since the primary focus is given to the masculine Powerpuff Girl, and plenty of time the strong superheroes need to be saved by a man.

Then they went and did an episode on transgenderism... and hit all the wrong buttons on the list, including portraying the person having his body changed as literally turning into a monster because something "went wrong". Oh, and the unicorn had a horn the entire time. After all the sheer backlash from the trans community, they backtracked and said "it wasn't really a transgenderism episode!" when, of course, it was.

But what I'm here to talk about is their sexualization of children, since, of course, sexualizing children is awful and shameful under any circumstance. For instance, twice in episodes involving Allegro, the girls end up twerking, a sexual dance in all senses. Need I remind you the Girls are not even teenagers. They even dressed them up with adult clothing and with heavy makeup. But the crown jewel of all of their apparent pedophilia is when one of the writers had the gall to self-insert their own character as Blossom's love interest, a kindergartner, need I remind you. They were practically roasted on the internet by all sides, and justifiably so; this is quite blatant pedophilia and everyone knows it.

But then... but then they had to go and censor a bath scene in the episode "Toy Ploy." Out of all the mines they decided not to step on in that minefield they gleefully aimed for almost each explosive... they picked the one which the original series had no problem with. The one that was of no issue to anyone. And the wort part is? Even as I was removing the bathing suits, the soap bubbles still censor everything objectionable. The bathing suits were not necessary at all.

The only thing worse than a hypocrite... is a cowardly hypocrite.

As of now, the Reboot is floundering. The Powerpuff Girls is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and good things are happening. The original show is coming to Boomerang, and Ace is being made a member of the latest Gorillaz album, with WB's blessing. Years from now, the Reboot will simply be forgotten, while the original show will be remembered for years to come.

May the next reboot be a lot better than this.

October 11 2017

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You know what's really scary? This example that shows Yes, It Can Be Done comes from the reboot.

Indeed, the reboot may be divisive and in my opinion full of wasted potential, but it did have a scene where the Girls take a bath without any shame. Granted, the scene lasted about two seconds, but with the gag they were trying to go with, the fact that they included a bathtub moment and went pretty far with it is pretty impressive. Remember, this is a series that cut out Ms. Bellum because she was "too sexy" for them despite never intended to be.

Still, the reboot forgot one thing. Even if Buttercup were around, she wouldn't be in that bath anyway.

August 26 2017

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I don't get to feature the reboot of PPG a lot, mainly because the reboot isn't that good, thus, doesn't inspire a lot of fanart that isn't hate art. This one works though. It's a new take on that classic nano scene. I mean, why not? Depowering the girl heroes is the name of the reboot's game. Feminism!

June 28 2017

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I was debating whether or not to post this here, but I decided to for a couple of reasons: This was the original artist's intent for the picture, and the forum he posted it to because DeviantArt took some of his older PPG loli down was a public one before it crashed. So I feel it's justified posting it here, since it used to be quite public.

As for the picture, what makes it all work is the final panel, or rather, the stretching of the panel providing a unique form of cover that really only comics can provide. Better than a bedsheet!

April 21 2017

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I think I may be just a little too busy, skipping out several days. On the other hand, looks like the image size limit just got larger, so I can post some full-size stuff!

This pic is fun! It's official art from a magazine, and it may just be the most revealing official art of the PPGZ. I'm glad they spent it on something as cute as this, what with the Girls enjoying a nice onsen trip. Though I'm surprised Kaoru is taking this so well, given who she's supposed to be...

April 13 2017

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I'm really embarrassed right now. I could've sworn I posted yesterday's show, but I guess I didn't. Nevertheless, let's explore some examples that prove that Yes, It Can Be Done!

I love talking about The Powerpuff Girls on this blog. The mere fact that the animator's weren't cowards means there's a lot of potential for humorous nude situations involving these girls, and no one really seemed to mind until this whole thing became a big deal.

Case in point, at one point, Persil, a brand of detergent sold in the United Kingdom, ran a special promotion with Cartoon Network and Powerpuff Girls in early 2002 to have the Girls appear on boxes of Persil, with a bunch of PPG stickers included as well. But there was also a contest for the whole thing, the objective being to go to a special micro-site and find the Girls' clothes, having been stolen by Mojo Jojo. The winner would win glamorous prizes like a Game Boy Advance, some PPG games, that stuff.

Now, you might wonder how far they were willing to go with the idea of the Girls having their clothes taken from them. Quite far, actually, as the picture shows. Indeed, we get to see the Girls in the buff, forced to cover themselves with their arms in that little girl sorta way. The whole thing was cute and silly, and kids didn't seem to mind one bit. The microsite went its course and the contest found its winner.

This really shows how liberated the UK was compared to us, in a country known for censorship. They felt free to run a children's contest featuring naked little girls used for comedy and no one bat an eye. None of the kids turned out messed up, and Persil even saw an increase in sales with the Girls to advertise. This is yet another example in a long string of The Powerpuff Girls proving that young female nudity doesn't have to be taboo, and can work very well in a non-sexual context.

There's a reason I love this show so much. Risk rewarded, I'll say!

March 28 2017

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I ought to be thankful; I only need to dedicate one show to PPG, and thankfully it doesn't have to be this week's show. So I just get to post as many PPGs in the bath as I want. This one is rather fun, showing that baths for a trio of superpowered girls can be stressful. One doesn't even want to be there, so you gotta make sure she doesn't try and bail out! And poor Bubbles, just watching the commotion like a deer in headlights. All she wanted was to have some fun in the tub!

March 23 2017

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After all the good I've talked about The Powerpuff Girls, it's time to talk about a moment where they gave into pressure and said No Girls Allowed!

One of the most notable moments of nudity-related humor came all the way in the first season, with the episode "The Bare Facts." In that one, Mojo had attempted to become Mayor, so he had to strip the existing Mayor of... something, something which led the Girls to laugh and laugh. We got our answer at the end, where the Mayor had been shown to be stripped of more than his powers... in a very personal way.

Three seasons later, in the episode, "Nano of the North", nanobots invaded Townsville via raindrops to destroy everything made of carbon (except evidently people for some reason), including buildings, cars and clothing. So when the Girls tried to fight them at full size, they failed, and they had to return home naked. Unfortunately, a series which used to do episodes like "Down N' Dirty" unashamed now embraced cowardice and comparatively censored the Girls, with them covering their butts and their fronts hidden by the Professor's arm.

It's a little weird why they'd chose to do that, given Craig is an unconventional person who does weird things in his cartoons. I have a hunch, though, that it was because at the time, the series was also airing on Kids WB, which was broadcast television on Saturday Mornings. That kinda thing is comparatively censored, and, in fact, this episode debuted on Kids WB, hence the probable need for censorship.

Nonetheless, it is an error, and it needs correcting, so I put Krizeii to task on creating a new version of the scene with less censorship. Considering later on one of the Rowdyruff Boys shows their butt, I don't think kids would mind. They'd more than likely see it as funny, since they laughed so much at the Mayor all those years earlier.

How sad that after years of bravery, they so suddenly embrace cowardice. What a waste.

March 02 2017

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It's time to remind people once again that I'm not just a raving lunatic by giving the audience a reminder that Yes, It Can Be Done!

The second season of The Powerpuff Girls introduced some key concepts like Princess Morbucks, and fleshed out the characters a little more. It also was the season with one of the best episodes in the series, "Speed Demon." The Girls did get a little meaner, though, but that was rectified in later seasons.

A particular oddity are the two episodes that take place in the middle of Season 2, clustered together. Both are intended as PSA's for kids, done in the usual style of the show. "Beat Your Greens" taught kids to eat their vegetables... and did so by showing the Girls, and other kids in town, eating up an army of broccoli aliens, in a way that was charming, yet scary. The second, "Down N' Dirty", was all about taking baths, with the boyish Buttercup not wanting to take one herself. The stench becomes so much, not even the monsters she enjoys fighting want to do anything with her, so she is forced to take a bath to get them to do so again.

Those sequences with the Girls in the bath are some of the best sequences in animation, since they show quite a bit. After all, if you wanna show kids taking baths, they gotta get naked! Thankfully, these sequences are totally for cute reasons, and the shots we see have no emphasis of any kind to them.

And, to remind the audience, this is something we all grew up on. We saw this episode as kids, and the only thing we took away from it is to actually take a bath to get clean. This was in the running for years, and no one batted an eye, nor saw a problem with it. That's because it was fantastic, and quality is quality to anyone.

Yes, we can have things like this in animation. After all, we already have.

February 25 2017

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I'd like to spend today in a good mood, so our picture today is something that puts me in a such. I have no comment on this pic; it's just really cute, and you should be able to tell why just looking at it. Expect a lot of these, people enjoyed the episode it was based on!
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