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Pop'n Tunes (Japanese: ポップンチューンス) is a

Pop'n Tunes
Pop'n Tunes logo
Title Logo
Format Anime series
Run time 22-25 minutes, 3-4 min. (shorts), 2 min. (musical segment)
Animation Studio Be-Toon Projects, Inc.
Studio 4°C
J.C. Staff
Trigger
Studio Mir
Dong Woo Animation
KoKo Enterpises
MOI Animation
Toon City
Network TV Tokyo
TV Aichi
Tokyo MX
Kids Station
Cartoon Network Japan
Disney XD (Japan)
Tooniverse (Korea)
Mediacorp Channel 8 (Singapore)
English Network Crunchyroll
Anime Network
Nicktoons Network
CiTV (UK)
Nicktoons Network (UK)
Yey! Channel (ABS-CBN)
HERO TV (ABS-CBN)
Teletoon (Canada)

Japanese series of anime-based cartoon shorts/segments and music videos based on Konami's Bemani arcade game Pop'n Music produced by STUDIO BUBBLE under Be-Toon Project label. It is similar to Anime All Star. It is Children's anime, targeted at Japanese children from kindergarten to middle school who are interested at the Pop'n Music franchise, but at least many Pop'n Music fans around asia may love must to watch.

Like that, some of the shorts are reminiscent to classic cartoons from the 30's to 70's. In Japan, Singapore, and Korea, the show compiles with Anime All Star episodes to make a 1-hour series called The Pop'n Azumanga Anime All Star Hour.

The series premiered in March of 2013 in Japan (after 15 years of the Pop'n Music franchise) and later in Korea in early 2014, but did not make it overseas until its Nicktoons premiere in North America on May 10, 2015. Before the series premiered, a test pilot was produced in February of 2011, after the release of Pop'n Music Tune Street two months earlier, featuring the voices of Mimi and Nyami from PNM Portable 1. After the earthquake and tsunami one month later, the test pilot is survived.

It spawned the movie spinoff, Pop'n Quest: The Search for Pop'n Crystal, which came out in September of 2015, and the series of manga/comics and cine-manga, "Be-Toon Comics", but STUDIO BUBBLE continues to produce more of "WakuWaku Pop'n Manga" based on the TV series. Even Drama CDs that were only in Japan called "Pop'n CD Drama." Certainly, some of the exclusive episodes of these comics and CD dramas were adapted to the animated series. Even Konami released an mobile app where you watch the show with complete episodes and the latest ones "Pop'n TV." Also, a remake/sequel of "Pop'n Taisen Puzzle Dama" features a theme that should be Sunny Park and Rhythmin, but its inspired with the show.

It is the only TV series where Studio 4°C produces animations related to the Pop'n Music franchise since Pop'n Music Tune Street and Lapistoria.

The show's slogan is "Let's Enjoy Cartoons Together!" and/or "Let's Pop'n Tune in!", which is uttered by Mimi and Nyami.

Copyright Stamp: Pop'n Tunes (c) 2013 Studio Bubble / "BE-TOON" Projects and Konami Digital Entertainment.

FormulaEdit

Each episode features the mascots as hosts presenting 5 shorts and a musical segment at the end where the credits roll, known as, Pop'n Jukebox. The musical segments are basically just animated music videos for songs from the Pop'n Music games, Even the exclusive songs and remixes (e.g. some songs by Chilt featuring Tilt on the vocals like "TransBullet -The Path to Tomorrow-"; "SigSig MiyuMiyu mix"; etc.) for the show itself. They are basically ending sequences. Like "The Huckleberry Hound Show" and "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show", the interstitial wraparounds may be shown between each shorts or commercial breaks. Some episodes features another segment about facts of Pop'n Music franchise (like some Pop'n related products) known as Pop'n Facts. Also there's next-time-like ending wraparounds at the end of the show after the credits. The show appears themes that rotate each month based on different Pop'n Music games. Some episodes may feature a CGI spin-off segment based on Dance Dance Revolution called DDR Tunes that was produced using MikuMikuDance with inspirations of Hi-School SeHa Girls. Basically, DDR Tunes uses character models from Dance Dance Revoluton game series. Due to world popularity of DDR series, DDR Tunes is a backup to the main show to be aired mostly more countries than the main show, but occasionally, its format is reversed, DDR Tunes sandwhiching a few episodes from Pop'n Tunes and other BEMANI-based shorts. Back to the main show, some episodes might even feature a HinaBitter spin-off short at the end, as well, starting in Sunny Park-themed episodes.

The Eyecatch / Bumpers which appeared before and after commercial breaks are influenced by the Dragon Ball series, Ranma 1/2, Zatch Bell and Maison Ikkoku.

On the Japanese TV Broadcast, a sponsorship message which tells the show was sponsored by Konami, Nico Nico Douga and other grand sponsors is shown, consisting of preview edits of Pop'n Music songs playing as background music.

Segments Edit

  • Pop'n Tunes (main segment)
  • Pop'n Facts
  • DDR Tunes (also as backup segment.)
  • GITADORA Tunes
  • Reflec Beat's Pastel-kun

MascotEdit

The mascots/hosts of the show are Mimi and Nyami. They present shorts and sometimes interact with other characters in the wraparounds between the shorts. They have a tendency to also appear as characters in the shorts, too.

List of some of Pop'n Tunes CastEdit

  • Mimi - Rie Murakawa (Japanese), Waka Kobayashi (Japanese, 2011 Test Pilot only), Luci Christian (English)
  • Nyami - Marina Goto (Japanese), Nozomi Nishizaka (Japanese, 2011 Test Pilot only), Ai Nagano (Japanese Substitute), Nika Futterman (English)
  • Rie - Asakura Momo (Japanese), Liliana Mumy (English)
  • Sanae - Cassandra Lee Morris (English)
  • Sugi - Lucas Grabeel (English)
  • Reo - Andres Maldonado-Martin (English)
  • Timer - Seki Toshihiko (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)
  • MZD - Vic Mignogna (English)
  • Minit's - Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Kether Donohue (English)
  • Sumire - Ashley Johnson (English)
  • Pretty - Andrea Libman (English)
  • Space Maco - Andrea Kwan (English)
  • ALT (1.0 and 2.0) - VocalWriter Sarah (Singing and Speaking in Japanese and English)
  • Tilt (ALT's pal who was originally a fan character created by BEMANI artist Chilt) - Ms. AquesTone Female F1 (Singing Voice), Ms. AquesTalk F4 (Japanese), Cristina Pucelli with effects to sound robotic (English)
  • B-Kun (from BEMANI Expo) - Des-ROW/Osamu Migitera pitched up, like in the B-Kun song (Japanese), Tom Kenny pitched up (English)
  • Hina - Makiko Ohmoto (Japanese), Tara Strong (English)
  • Milk - Noria Shiraishi, the singer of Love2 Sugar (Japanese); Kumiko Ishizaka, the singer of Kotatsu to Mikan / A Blanket and An Orange (Japanese Substitute, appeared in some episodes); Michelle Ruff (English)
  • Sergei - Kurumi Mamiya (Japanese), Chiara Zanni (English)
  • Uncle Jam - Greg Eagles (English)
  • Machiko - Fujiko Takimoto (Japanese), Tara Platt (English)
  • Yuli - Reuben Langdon (English)
  • Kagome - Christine Auten (English), Yuu Asakawa (Japanese)
  • Cecil - Greg Ayres (English), Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese)
  • Mr. KK - Eric Vale (English), Yuuma Ueno (Japanese)
  • Kaorin/Pochiko - NU-KO herself (Japanese)
  • Pochiko - Kether Donohue (English)
  • Kaorin - Grey DeLisle-Griffin in a NU-KO impression (English)
  • Whip - Madeleine Peters (English)
  • Puririn - Olivia Olson (English)
  • Nonet - [insert voice actress here]
  • Yakko/Monimoni - SATOE (Japanese), -insert someone who can impersonate SATOE here!- (English)
  • Betty - Jessica Hilbrecht (English)
  • Schall - Kristen Schaal (English)
  • Zizz - Freddie Hatae (Japanese), Jess Harnell in an impression of Freddie Hatae's spoken lines in the songs "Quiet" and "DOES NOT COMPUTE" (English)
  • Ratte - Kira Buckland (English)
  • Lotte - Olivia Charles (English)
  • Root - Kate Micucci (English)
  • Poet - Asuka Nishi (Japanese), Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)
  • Usanuko - Futoumeido (Japanese), Tajja Isen (English)
  • Pastel (TwinBee)- Hekiru Shiina (Japanese)
  • WinBee (TwinBee) - Kumiko Nishihara (Japanese)

Some voices may be similar to Pop'n Music series.

Special Guests appears in some Pop'n Tunes episodes are Pastel and WinBee from TwinBee series who were voiced by the cast of TwinBee Paradise).

GraphicsEdit

Styles of Background Inspiration Edit

  • Pop'n Music Tune Street
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
  • Mr. Driller series
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Puyo Puyo Fever-Tetris
  • Oh! Super Milk-chan
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • WarioWare Series

Audio Tracks Edit

Music Edit

The show may have original music score track for Japanese and Korean versions. When the dub comes out, is uses the 4kids-like cartoony music score track for 4K Media dubbed versions, but for TV edits. However, while 4K Media, formely 4Kids, did the dub of the show, the original music score track may be used in DVD dub versions, alongside the original version. It uses tracks taken from every BEMANI games for the show, alongside Pop'n series but also some of other Konami and Hudson video games for some episodes, but some are re-arranged.

Soundtrack used from other BEMANI games Edit

  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Beatmania IIDX
  • Sound Voltexx
  • KeyboardMania
  • Toy's March
  • Mambo A Go Go

Soundtrack used from other Konami and Hudson Soft games: Edit

  • Pooyan
  • Circus Charlie (sometimes used in some Carnival-themed episodes)
  • TwinBee Paradise (Both Radio Drama and OVA, also mostly used in WinBee Special episode)
  • Pop'n TwinBee (Used in WinBee Special episode)
  • Bonk's Revenge
  • Bonk III: Bonk's Big Adventure
  • Super Bonk
  • Super Bomberman 2
  • Antarctic Adventure
  • Tokimeki Memorial
  • LovePlus
  • The Legend of Mystical Ninja (SNES)
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64) (some used in Iroha-themed episodes)

Spoken Languages Edit

  • Japanese - Original
  • Korean - Dubbed by Iconix Entertainment
  • English - Dubbed by 4K Media, in association with Bang Zoom Entertainment
  • Tagalog - Dubbed by Creative Programs, Inc.
  • Spanish - Dubbed by 4K Media, in association with Bang Zoom Entertainment
  • French - Dubbed by 4K Media, in association with Bang Zoom Entertainment
  • Singapore Chinese - Dubbed by 4K Media, in association with Bang Zoom Entertainment

Sound Effects Edit

The show may have some SFX from Series 4000 Hollywood, Cartoon Trax (Disney Cartoons, made by Jim MacDonald) (ever since it was used something cheesy in every Pop'n Music games like the song PERCUSSIVE), Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle) Warner Bros. and of course, Hanna-Barbera to be inspired by some of the following inspiratons:

  • Konami Krazy Racers
  • The Powerpuff Girls Z (Both Japanese and English)
  • Kirby Right Back at Ya! (4Kids Dub)
  • PaRappa The Rapper (Anime Series)
  • Ape Escape (2002 CG Anime Shorts)
  • Nerima Daikon Brothers
  • Hamtaro (English Dub)
  • Anime All-Stars

Even some sounds are used taken from other Konami video games like MGS Alert Sound and Parodius series. and They took more from Konami anime like TwinBee Paradise and Ganbare Goemon. While the sound production was provided by HALF H.P. STUDIO and Magic Capsule, The sound editors would be Hiroki Nozaki and Hiromune Kurahashi (Sound Garden and Chura Sound).

Click for the list of sounds it may use.

Theme Rotation MonthlyEdit

  • Pop'n 1, 2 and 3 (First Aired: March 2013)
  • Pop'n 4, 5 and Pop'n Stage (Urban) (First Aired: April 2013)
  • Pop'n 6 (Rock 'n' Roll) (First Aired: May 2013)
  • Pop'n 7 (Groovy) (First Aired: June 2013)
  • Pop'n 8 (Pop'n Channel / Honey Hives) (First Aired: July 2013)
  • Pop'n 9 (Pop'n Café) (2-month theme) (First Aired: August 2013)
  • Pop'n 10 (Fairy Tale / Halloween) (First Aired: October 2013)
  • Pop'n 11 (Pop'n Passport, World Travel) (First Aired: November 2013)
  • Iroha (Folk Tales & Fables) (First Aired: December 2013)
  • Carnival (First Aired: February 2014)
  • Fever (Di-Di-Di-Disco Fever) (2-month theme) (First Aired: March 2014)
  • Adventure (First Aired: May 2014)
  • Party (First Aired: June 2014)
  • The Movie (First Aired: July 2014)
  • Utacchi (Dessert Land) (First Aired: August 2014)
  • Sengoku Retsuden (Japan's Warring States time period) (First Aired: September 2014)
  • Portable (Picnic) (First Aired: October 2014)
  • Tune Street (Pop'n Town) (2-month theme) (First Aired: November 2014)
  • Fantasia (Fairytale) (2-month theme) (First Aired: February 2015)
  • Sunny Park (2-month theme) (First Aired: April 2015)
  • Pop'n Rhythmin (Post-Sunny Park) (First Aired: May 2015)
  • Lapistoria (High School) (2-month theme) (First Aired: June 2015)
  • eclale (Fantasy) (2-month theme) (First Aired: September 2016)
  • Usagi to Neko to Shounen no Yume (Steampunk) (2-month theme)

The designs of Lapistoria-"Yume" characters are their cartoony in-game looks in the show, but some episodes have them in the anime style, but only in Lapistoria, éclale, and "Yume" themes. New episodes only come out from February to December. January is a break month when only reruns air.

Season 1: Pop'n 1,2,3 to Fever (March 2013-April 2014)

Season 2: Adventure to Sunny Park (May 2014-May-2015)

Season 3: Best Hits + CS Themes (Utacchi, Rhythmin, etc.) / Theme Shuffle, Lapistoria to Eclale (June 2015-2016)

Season 4: Steampunk & Theme Shuffle (Fall 2017)

IntrosEdit

With all the different themes which rotate, the show features different intros as well. Click here to read about them! At the beginning of an intro, a la Sesame Street (from 1992-2001), the title of the theme reads "Theme: [theme of the show]" or "Theme Shuffle" which starting in Season 3, and in the end, it reads "Pop'n Tunes."

Opening Themes Edit

Notes:

  • "Like a Pop'n Music" is heard with variations at the end of the opening of themes of Pop'n Channel, Pop'n 10, and Pop'n 11.

Home Media Releases Edit

Pop'n Tunes DVD Edit

Click for more info about DVD menus.

Each DVD consists of 4-5 episodes involving 20-25 shorts of the show and bonus features (e.g. extra music videos, bonus cartoons, Pop'n Music game trailers and other trailers, Even drawing how-tos of Pop'n characters). It also have different languages: English, Spanish, French, Korean and Japanese.

  • Vol 1 - Pop'n, No Drop'n
  • Vol 2 - Pop'n Paradise
  • Vol 3 - Punk Rocks!
  • Vol 4 - Groovy Tunes 'n' Kooky Toons
  • Vol 5 - Honey Bunches of Toons
  • Vol 6 - Serv'n Out
  • Vol 7 - Hop-us Pop-us / Princess Piccolo and Other Fairy Tales
  • Vol 8 - Passport around Pop'n World
  • Vol 9 - Iroha Fables
  • Vol 10 - Kooky Kartoon Karnival
  • Vol 11 - Cartoon Disco Fever
  • Vol 12 - Adventures in Safari
  • Vol 13 - Pop'n Party Poppers / The Great Rhythm Arcade Champion
  • Vol 14 - Movie Madness / To Make A Musical Movie
  • Vol 15 - This Means War / Asian State Wars
  • Vol 16 - Dizzy Desserts in Dessert Land
  • Vol 17 - Picnic Panic (released on March 28, due to the reference of "Ensemble Forecast 3/28")
  • Vol 18 - Down to Tune Street
  • Vol 19 - Fantasy Frolics / Once Upon a Tune / The Search for Pop'n Crystal
  • Vol 20 - Walk in The Sunny Park
  • Vol 21 - Lapistoria: Stuck in Anime World
  • Vol 22 - Lapistoria: When Two Worlds Collide (Cartoony In-game selves meets Anime selves + Mimi and Nyami: Old Selves meets New Lapistoria Selves)
  • Vol 23 - Eclale: The Fantasic Crazy World
  • Vol 24 (to be released in late 2017) - The Rabbit, The Cat, and The Boy's Dream
  • The Colorful Collection of Toon Pop'n Paradise (DVD Boxset)

Pop'n Tunes Character Selection DVD Edit

Each DVD consists of 2-3 episodes (comprising 10-15) of just one of your favorite characters. Also it contains bonus episodes of another of your favorite characters. Instead of the main opening, It was replaced with the opening that just stars one of them on each DVD.

  • The Best of Nyami & Mimi
  • The Slices of Life of Rie & Sanae
  • The King of Hillbilly Rock
  • Dino The Little Dragon Prince
  • The Little Pretty Bunny
  • Poet The Littlest Angel, Vol. 1
  • The Wacky Mis-adventures of B-Kun Vol. 1
  • Pierre & Jill: Tempura Bros.
  • Space Maco, The Magical Princess Guardian
  • Megumi and the Magical Tambourine
  • A Bunny Boy named Timer
  • Samurai Roku
  • Yuli & Ash
  • Hina The Honey Bee
  • Milk The Pink Lovable Dentist, Vol. 1
  • Shishamo: The Kitty and The Business Man
  • The Best of Nyami & Mimi Vol. 2
  • Syo's School Days
  • Poet The Delivery Angel, Vol. 2
  • More Wacky Mis-adventures of B-Kun Vol. 2
  • Sergei The Space Dog: Missions thru Space
  • ALT The 0/1 Angelic Computer Idol
  • Cindy Pig
  • Mr. K.K.: A Clean Sweep
  • Pino The Energetic Boy
  • Murmur Twins: Murmur Madcaps
  • Berry and The Merry-Go-Round Pals
  • White-Merry The Rockin' Poodle
  • Ratte and Lotte: Good and Evil of Twins
  • Timer's Delayed Days, Vol. 2
  • Minit's The Pink Rabbit Idol
  • B-Kun Adventures: B-ware! (Vol. 3)
  • Space Maco: The Wrath of Evil Lady, Vol. 2
  • Gardening Raimu
  • Minit's and Raimu
  • The Slices of Life of Rie & Sanae Vol. 2
  • Kirarin, The Karting Girl
  • MoniMoni and the Miracle Medicine
  • Smooooch and Friends (Also starring SigSig, Wuv U, Flip Flap and Horizon)
  • Dr. Yakko-chan
  • Nijikko The Rainbow Trio (Starring Hikari, Mirai and Sora)
  • Pochiko's Dog Daze
  • Phantom Puppeteer Zizz
  • Sumire the Soldier Girl
  • The Slices of Life of Sugi and Reo
  • Judy & Mary's Dance Party
  • The Best of Nyami & Mimi Vol. 3
  • Alt 2.0: Futuristic Linear Girl
  • Oh My MZD!
  • Smile: Tales of an Invisible Mummy Boy
  • Rolly, The Little Cowgirl
  • Miracle 4 starring Uno, 2st, Waka-San and Force
  • Magical 4 starring Anne, Nibri, San and Quattro
  • Bonjour, Belle!
  • Kaorin On the Run for Love
  • Hyper Idol Usanuko
  • Toa and Nia: Cyber Twins
  • Alt's A.I. Adventures, Vol. 2
  • Purecul Lip, The Magical Love Getter
  • Lica's Magical Mirrors
  • Root the Donutologist
  • Judy & Mary's Dancing Days, Vol. 2
  • Nakaji and his Glasses
  • Takuto and Schall
  • Whipping Up Fun with Whip
  • Melissa's RPG Adventure
  • The Best of Nyami & Mimi, Vol. 4
  • Yuli, Smile, and Ash: We Are Deuil
  • MZD's Magic Music Mania, Vol. 2
  • Milk's Crazy Careers, Vol. 2
  • Life of the Party Lisa
  • Feel The Flow Flow
  • Retsu: Burnin' Up
  • Rinka: Flower Power
  • Hiumi: Cool as Ice
  • Fuga: Windy Wonder
  • Action Space Boy Nico
  • Smooooch and Friends: Sanbai Ice Cream!, Vol. 2 (Also Newly Starring Xenna)
  • Mascot Mania!, Vol.1 (Starring Mimi & Nyami, Tran (from Beatmania IIDX), Disco / Afro (from DDR), Otobear (from GITADORA), Pastel-kun (Reflec Beat) and Rasis (from SDVX))
  • Magical Girls Unite! (Starring Space Maco, Megumi and Purecul Lip)
  • Mascot Madness! Vol. 2 (Starring Mimi & Nyami, Tran (from Beatmania IIDX), Emi (from DDR) Otobear (from GITADORA), Pastel-kun (Reflec Beat), Rasis (from SDVX), BisCo (from BeatStream))
  • HinaBitter Sweet Girls
  • Milk: The Milky Way Wishes, Vol. 3
  • Beatmates IIDX Vol. 1 (Starring Tran, Murmur Twins, Shioro, Tart & Toffee, Love is Orange, SigSig, Smoooooch, Non-Fiction Story and more.)

DDR Tunes Edit

Some DDR Tunes shorts separated to come out on DVD releases. Each DVD contains a bonus short from Pop'n Tunes focusing on a character who, along with their Pop'n song, has appeared in a DDR game.

  • Dance Party Revolution (with a Milk cartoon)
  • Kung Fu Fighting (with a Daikenkai-inspired Roku/6 cartoon)
  • Dance Champ (with a Sanae-chan White Lovers-inspired cartoon)
  • Zukin Storiez (with a Flow Flow cartoon)
  • Baby-Lon The Super Baby (with a 2st cartoon)
  • Konsento Robots (with an Alt cartoon based on SUMIDAGAWA KARENKA)
  • Flick PiX (with a Nijikko cartoon featuring Hikaru, Mirai and Sora)

Pop'n Tunes Holiday Specials DVD Edit

  • A Pop'n X-Mas
  • A Pop'n Thanksgiving
  • Trick'n or Treat'n or Pop'n
  • Valentine Hearts go Pop'n
  • Easter Bunny Mimi (Also Starring: Timer, Minit's, Chocky, Usao-kun and Pretty)
  • A Pop'n New Year

Pop'n Tunes Complete Season Box sets Edit

During TV airing of reruns of Pop'n Tunes, there are the box sets released on DVD.

  • Pop'n Tunes: The Complete First Season
  • Pop'n Tunes: The Complete Second Season
  • Pop'n Tunes: The Complete Third Season

Pop'n Tunes Blu-ray Edit

Like the DVD release, Since the episodes were presented in HD, the Blu-rays may be released with more episodes than the DVD. But the complete DVD boxsets were compiled and included in this blu-ray release.

  • The Colorful Collection of Toon Pop'n Paradise

It contains loads of special features like Character Audio Commentary (Subtitled) (e.g. with Mimi & Nyami), Textless Openings and Music Videos, TV Previews, Trailers, Character Bios, and Promotional Video. Even 2011 test pilot is included as well.

Pop'n Tunes OVAs Edit

Each DVD contains a special episode that was produced directly to video and was never before seen in the TV series. Also contains 2 bonus episodes from the TV series.

  • DDR x Pop'n Stage (Full-length special)
  • When MZD Made The World... (A full-length special describing the origin of the Pop'n World)
  • A Lapistoria Story
  • TILTed (A special showing how Tilt came to the Pop'n World and became a close-knit friend with ALT)
  • Let's Go To Hinatabi! (Full-length special where the HinaBitter girls meet the some main Pop'n Music characters, and they come back to the Pop'n World with them)
  • Mimi & Nyami's Dress-up Theater (a series of parodied shows where costumes come from, like Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater)

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