The name of the Japanese version of the Samurai Pizza Cats is Kyatto Ninden Teyandee. The easiest way to refer to it, to distingish it from the Pizza Cats, would be to call it Cat Ninden.
A translation is difficult because the title contains a pun. Like much of this information the following quote is from Steven Waldman:
The word Kyatto (cat, obviously) is written with the kanji for surprising group. Ninden is short for Ninja Densetsu, meaning Ninja Legend, and Teyandee more or less translates into What the &*^#@ are you talking about?! and is yelled at one's opponent before battle.
The name of the restaurant, the Pizza Cat is supposed to be pun on Pizza Hut. The city they defend is called Edoropolis, where Edo was the old name of Tokyo. The city is a mixure of high and low tech. You'll notice many houses that look like old style Japanese houses, but with satellite dishes. The population consists of mechas (robots) who can grow up and age.
The cats are called the Nyankee, a cross between Yankee and Nyan, the Japanese word for meow.
The episodes of Cat Ninden have been edited for the English audience. Quoting Darwin O'Conner:
The most noticeable things were in the scence where Guru Lou first appears. When he flips though the air he lands grabbing Polly's breasts and Speedy's dragging him by his foot causes him to trip and flush himself down the toilet.
According to the information from the Character Guide:
Speedy's name is Yattaro where, Yattaro means I'll fight you!, and taro is a common male name ending.
Guido's name is Sukashii which means show-off.
Polly's name is Pururon, which is the sound of purring.
The Big Cheese, who is a fox, is called Koun-No-Kami. Kami is a titel for a feudal lord, and a fox is in Japanese legends the epitome of cleverness and evil.
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