Pucca is currently available on Amazon Video and on rare occasions, YouTube. Each episode is comprised of 2-3 short, Flash cartoons.
If there is anything from the mid-2000's that needs to make a comeback, it is without a doubt Pucca, the violently funny Flash animation from Korea that once ruled the Jetix TV lineup on Toon Disney (now Disney XD) in the United States. The show originally started off as a Flash greeting card chain in South Korea, and then branched out into a TV animation, book series and into a short video game series in 2011. And since we're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the TV show (September 16, 2016 makes 10) I started collecting the DVDs to celebrate.
For those who missed out on all the fun during it's two year off and on run, Pucca follows the daily misadventures of 11 year old Pucca, a South Korean girl with amazing and unexplained super strength, who lives with her three uncles and helps run the Goh-rong noodle restaurant in Souga village. Pucca rarely speaks, only giving out cute giggles, sighs or growls depending on her mood. (Her Japanese actress is Ikue Ohtani, the voice of Pikachu in Pokemon. Cyuuuuuute!!) Pucca's love interest is Garu, a 12 year old ninja who wants nothing to do with her, and is on constant battle against Tobe, an adult ninja who is hell-bent on killing Garu. When not fighting for his life, Garu is seen running for said life, as Pucca chases him all around the world, hoping to steal a kiss.
Not to be outdone, Pucca also has a rival in the shape of Ring Ring, a very rude and stuck up young goddess, who would try anything to make Pucca miserable, even if it means getting between her and Garu. Caught in the middle is Dada, a dishwasher for Pucca's noodle shop, who is in love with Ring Ring, despite her nasty attitude.
Joining Pucca and Garu are their friends Abyo, a little boy who always loses his shirt and wants to be like Bruce Lee, and Ching, an adorable sword handler with a pet chicken on her head, who is in love with Abyo.
Another recurring character is Santa Claus, who spends his non-Christmas time in Souga village, though often as the butt of many jokes. Despite the lack of respect, Santa still does his best to be helpful if at all possible. Ssosso is another recurring character. A young Buddhist monk, he tries his best to preach and live a life of peace, but is always foiled by the town around him. And then there's Master Soo, a being of knowledge with a thick, Jewish accent, who is always surrounded by gorgeous maidens.
Much like Looney Tunes, Pucca doesn't follow any linear path, and each cartoon exists in it's own world. Most of the humor is silly slapstick, but occasionally, the characters also make fun of pop culture.
Pucca is a delight to watch and will keep you in stitches. It's perfect for the whole family and offers something for everyone. And yes, that does include ninja cats.
It's not really an anime, but it's not a cartoon either. It's a Cartanime, a hybrid of the two styles, usually incorporating Flash, Anime Studio, ToonBoom or a similar animation program. The series can come from Italy, Canada, Japan, America, Taiwan or Korea, and rarely, India!