Fans of superstar Gwen Stefani won’t want to miss Nickelodeon’s latest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Inspired by executive producer Stefani’s love of Harajuku culture, Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the kuu kuu adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, fashion and style.
“Partnering with Nickelodeon on Kuu Kuu Harajuku is a dream come true,” said Stefani in a press release. “It’s been incredible to see the Harajuku Girls and the world they live in come to life. 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!”
Back in 2004, Gwen Stefani embarked on a solo career and released her 80s-inspired, synth-pop LP, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The Grammy-nominated album was inspired by Japan’s whimsical Harajuku subculture, and featured four Japanese-American “Harajuku Girls” as Stefani’s backup dancers for music videos and tour performances. The Harajuku Girls introduced America to Tokyo’s wild, eclectic street style and amassed a niche fanbase around the world.
The Harajuku Girls were beloved in the early 2000s for their quirky fashion and originality. They celebrated youth culture in a way that resonated around the world. Nickelodeon’s 2D animated series welcomes a a new generation of fans to embrace creativity, individuality, and art like the iconic Harajuku Girls.
The series premieres on Nickelodeon Monday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m., but you can watch the first episode for free on Nick.com.