NRAMA: This is all interesting, being you did a lot of the real animation of Powerpuff Girls in Rough Draft Korea. Last I checked, that was part of Asia.
CM: Yes. What I actually was saying is it actually had to have some sort of Japanese connection. That’s the only way you can air a cartoon on a network in Japan. That’s the way it was presented to me.
Also, they wanted to age it up a little bit. Over that I told them that it still had to be a kids show. It could not be adult. It could not be sexual. Also, the first time they presented it to me, Professor Utonium wasn’t in it, and I told them that wasn’t going to happen. They had to have a father. They had to put that character in it. You can’t have the Girls without the Professor.
That’s an important point of the show. The Girls have tons of power, but they still have a parental authority. So they kind of put the Professor in it. I’ve seen some of the episodes and I have to admit it’s kind of surreal looking at it. It’s like it’s something I’m incredibly familiar with, but at the same time I just don’t have an idea of what’s going to happen next.
NRAMA: And it’s not available in the States in any way, right?
CM: No. It hasn’t. I understand there are plans for it. It’s already aired in Japan and there are DVDs out. In fact, I just got a three-DVD boxed set. They really are on top of it that way. It seems there is a real diehard anime fan base who have embraced it.
So I would love for it ultimately to be shown here. I don’t know if there are any plans for that yet.