DVR it — what you waiting for?! Gwen Stefani needs to make an addition to her résumé, because the singer is now behind a new animated series for Nickelodeon, Us Weekly can confirm.
Stefani, 46, cocreated and executive-produced the 26-episode series Kuu Kuu Harajuku, which follows the journey of the band HJ5 — Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G. In between performing, the group will show viewers their unique world of music, fashion and style.
The band will face plenty of challenges along the way. Their manager Rudie, NoFun politicians, hungry monster pets, and aliens are just some characters who will interrupt HJ5’s gigs — but despite the obstacles, the pals never give up and keep on rockin’.
The No Doubt frontwoman has had her fair share of fun in front of the camera for the series. In exclusive promotional photos obtained by Us Weekly, Stefani poses in a colorful orange skirt and turquoise top. She rocks a tight blonde ponytail and her trademark red lipstick. In a second pic, she wears a black-and-white ensemble and matching headband.
“Stefani [has always had a] love of pop art and lifelong admiration for the street fashion and creative youth culture found in the renowned Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan,” read a press release. “It was while writing her first solo album that Stefani created the original Harajuku Girl characters as a celebration of the creativity and individualism she saw and loved in the Harajuku District.”
Stefani first incorporated Harajuku Girls in a song of the same name on her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby, in 2004. She defended the concept during an interview with Time magazine in December 2014. “It’s a beautiful thing in the world, how our cultures come together. I don’t feel like I did anything but share that love,” she said at the time. “You can look at it from a negative point of view if you want to, but get off my cloud. Because, seriously, that was all meant out of love. And the girls themselves, it was just a magical thing to get to know them.”
Kuu Kuu Harajuku will air from Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7 at 4 p.m. (ET/PT). It will then air in its regular time slot on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
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