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Puffy AmiYumi

Puffy are a Japanese duo who are starting to make waves in the US, where they must call themselves Puffy AmiYumi to avoid offending P.Diddy’s lawyers.

Ami Ohnuki and Yuki Yoshimura were discovered and put together in 1995, since when their derivative, eccentric pop has sold over 14 million records.

In the late 1990s, they hosted a popular talk show, which featured very high-profile guests by Japanese TV’s standards – including Harrison Ford, Lenny Kravitz, Garbage, and Sylvester Stallone. However, the programme was cancelled in 2002.

As their star fell in the East, it rose in the West. In 2004, they hosted a new series (‘Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi’) on the Cartoon Network in the US.

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