*NOTE: The lyrics didn't appear in the broadcast version of the intro.
Maggie Chretien – G, Mauve Madison (US) various
|Gwen Stefani with her Harajuku Girls: (from left) Maya Chino, Jennifer Kita, Rino Nakasone & Mayuko Kitayama.
Initially titled Koo Koo Harajuku, the show was developed by Steve Aranguren, Gillian Carr and Madellaine Paxson and co-produced by Vision Animation, Red Flags Fly and Moody Street Kids, with DHX Media (now WildBrain) handling distribution. Animated in Flash, the series followed the adventures of teenaged band HJ5 as they often met with challenges that prevented them from playing their gigs without interruption such as unruly fans, fun-hating despots, or inventions gone amok. HJ5 was comprised of leader G (modeled after Stefani, voiced by Maggie Cheretien), the glue of the band who keept them together through tough times and represented bows; Love (Daisy Masterman), the group genius whose inventions often caused more problems than they solved and represented hearts; Angel (Emma Taylor-Isherwood), a bubbly and cheerful fashionista who could be a bit of an airhead at times and represented stars; Music (Sally Taylor-Isherwood), the sarcastic and strong-willed second-in-command of the band who was both an amazing fighter and dancer and represented musical notes; and Baby (Charlotte Nicdao), sweet and carefree to a fault who loved adorable things and giving hugs (and was constantly hungry) and represented cuteness. Their manager was Rudie Rhodes (Danny Smith), who was enthusiastic but hard-lucked and clumsy and tended to get the band into trouble through his antics and forgetfulness. Additionally, the band had a sassy robotic personal assistant and chauffer named R.O.D. (Robotic Obedient Driver), as well as several monster pets (cut little creatures that could be domesticated or wild) and a Pomeranian named Chewie (based on Stefani’s own pet). The characters, designed by Kyla May, were heavily influenced by the Harajuku Girls while remaining ethnically ambiguous.
“Totally Teen Genie / Angel’s Flight” (11/1/15 AU, 10/3/16 US) – Angel discovers a sassy genie in a bottle of hair gel. / Angel is determined to restore her reputation when an unflattering picture of her is released online.
“Training Day / Multi Tasking” (7/1/17 AU, 7/7/17 US) – Performing for passengers causes the band to miss their train. / The band tries to play the two concerts Rudie booked them for at the same time.
“Kawaii to the World Tour / Mind Games” (8/10/18 US, 8/11/18 AU) – The band rushes around to try and prepare for a world tour within two hours. / When the Bubblegumburg concert goes poorly, G has Love invent a mind-reading device to find out how to reach their audience.