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Powerpuff Girls Z 44: Kaoru Loves Biceps


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Episode 44 (in a first season of 52 episodes), "Kaoru Loves Biceps" takes up both segments of the weekly show. It breaks new ground in several ways, showing the tom-boy Kaoru uncharacteristically falling in love with a muscular classmate and appealing to her "girly" partners for help in becoming more desirable as a girlfriend.

It also fills in an interesting backstory about Kaoru's father, who is a practitioner of lucha libre, an especially dramatic form of professional wrestling in which opponents compete in masks. Only if you lose do you show your real face ... and since Kaoru's dad is so good ... well ... she doesn't actually know what he looks like because he never takes the mask off!

The episode is worth looking up for the nice performance of Keiichi Sonobe as the voice of "Mask do Tokio." Sonobe has a long resume of anime roles, though mostly made up of random alien creatures (such one of the team that abducts Noelle in TnN) and "man, announcer, driver, shop owner," etc. He gets a little more room to show his chops here and in his appearances as "Dark King" Silvers Rayleigh in One Piece.

Black light intrudes ... as does romance ... and ... well, have a look for yourself.

CAUTION! SPOILERS IN DESCRIPTIONS!

As with most of the PPGZ galleries, this one contains quite a few hidden images, and even so I've let it run to two pages. Having such a large, focused collection of art provides a unusual opportunity to see what goes into the making of a single, strong episode. If you want to see everything, go to "Private Area" and enter the not-so-secret password "seemorestuff."


 Kaoru in shock B2

 Kaoru in shock B3

 Kaoru in shock B4

 Momoko a Little Offended

 Miyako Gets Tough with Kaoru

 The Makeover is complete!

 Panda Mask enters the ring 1

 Panda Mask enters the ring 2

 Mask do Tokio arrives 1

 Mask do Tokio unrobes B1/B3

 Mask do Tokio unrobes B5

 Panda Goes After Mask

 Panda Prepares to Finish Mask do Tokio

 Kaoru Warns Her Dad

 Mask do Tokio Sees His Daughter as a Woman

 Panda Mask Goes Berserk

 Kaoru in the Panic

 A Stern Bubbles

 The PPGZ Arrive on the Scene

 Buttercup Opts Out

 Buttercup Leaves the Ring

 Buttercup Cheers on Mask 1

 Buttercup Cheers on Mask 2

 Mask do Tokio -- Win!
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Curator: 60something-sensei
Gallery Created: 8/3/2002
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