English: Tokyo Mew Mew
Synonyms: Mew Mew Power
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2002 to Mar 29, 2003
24 min. per episode
PG - Children
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comedy magic romance shoujo
SynopsisOn her first date with the cutest boy in school, Ichigo is zapped by a mysterious ray that scrambles her DNA with that of the endangered Iriomote wildcat. The next day, Ichigo discovers that she has developed the agility (and occasionally the ears and tail) of a cat, as well as the power to transform into a pink-haired superheroine, Mew Ichigo. She and four other girls, each endowed with the genes of a different "Red Data" animal, have been selected for the top-secret Mew Project, which aims to protect the Earth from an alien menace known as Deep Blue.
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At first glance Tokyo Mew Mew basically looks and feels like a rip-off of Sailor Moon with maids and catgirls, and for the first 15-20 episodes that’s pretty much what it is. But a funny thing happened on my way through this series; it got surprisingly good and wonderfully addictive. It should also be noted that my three year old daughter thinks this is the best thing in the history of television. While I certainly wouldn’t say that’s the case, watching her sing and dance to the opening "My Sweetheart" is almost too adorably cute for me to bear.
The plot is standard Mahou Shoujo fair. Our heroine Ichigo finds herself in the possession of unwanted, embarrassing, and often uncontrollable magical powers. These powers involve her growing cat ears and a tail and having many feline abilities and characteristics. She joins a group called Tokyo Mew Mew to fight against mysterious aliens who are trying to kill off the human race. Other Mew Mews steadily join the group until it reaches five. From here the true motivations of the villains become more defined and the episodes start to play out very much like most magical girl series do with a monster of the week which the girls must use their combined abilities to defeat. As I mentioned earlier, it all feels just a bit too familiar and predictable in the beginning portions of the series.
That all begins to change though as Tokyo Mew Mew starts to carve out its own identity. Even the battles themselves become a bit more sophisticated and unlike many similar shows like Sailor Moon, it doesn’t always feel like I am watching the same battles recycled over and over in every episode. While I wouldn’t say the magical action and special effects are amazing or even all that good, by the end they were far more impressive and interesting than most series of this type.
What was really surprising to me was just how satisfying the romance elements of the plot played out. Ichigo is pretty singularly focused for the most part on her main crush Aoyama, who eventually becomes her steady boyfriend. Though this doesn’t prevent her from occasionally having conflicting feelings about other boys which given her age is not all that surprising or unexpected. It was also nice to see that other characters were given their own relationships though some were better than others. (One in particular was frustratingly annoying) Ultimately the ending both for the main plot and the romance is extremely satisfying and well done.
Ichigo emerges as a very good lead. She shares many of the characteristics common with magical girls; ditzy, not overly bright, not very brave, a bit whiny, but extremely loyal to her friends and courageous when it really counts. She grows up a lot over the course of the story and her burgeoning romance with Aoyama and her own doubts about her own feelings and his feelings for her are compelling viewing. Though at times her personality can be a bit annoying (a lot like Usagi from Sailor Moon) but it’s impossible to dislike her. Saying you hate Ichigo is kind of like saying you hate kittens.
Aoyama is very much a background character for the first half of the series. As the story progresses though his role with the Mew Mews and in the plot becomes more and more important. Though I felt at times the story put some unnecessary and fairly ridiculous cockblocks in the way of his relationship with Ichigo it never reaches the levels of frustration I often feel with the romances in series like this.
The remaining Mew Mew's were all a pretty good mix. They all received enough screen time to develop their characters adequately but not too much that they took away from what was really important. My favorite of the group was Zakuro who was a bit like an older sister or even a mother to the rest of much younger Mew Mew team. Lettuce fulfilled to moe role on the team and I personally liked her a lot too. Though of all the characters I really would have liked to see a bit more back story on her. Pudding is the resident loli and while I was initially mostly annoyed by her she managed to grow on me as the series progressed. The only one of the girls that I can’t say I really liked was Mint. She has her moments but most of the time she just comes across as a spoiled selfish bitch. The only male members and founders of the team, Shirogane and Akasaka are interesting and likeable. They are initially fleshed out pretty well but seem to become less involved with the story as it reaches its conclusion.
The villains also deserve some mention. They actually have some depth to them unlike a lot of similar series. Their actions and motives are quite evil but even so they don’t seem like evil people. Though many of the things they do are pretty unforgiveable I think the depth of character they display and the fact that they are not all black and white is what made this series so compelling to watch.
Even though some aspects of the artwork and animation are a bit dated when compared to what we are used to today, I still found Tokyo Mew Mew to be very good visually. The character designs were cute and not too perverse or unrealistic. Since this is Mahou Shoujo that means transformation scenes! Thankfully these aren’t shown to us in their entirety for the whole series. While some of the animation footage (we pretty much always seem to see Ichigo's complete transformation and battle animation) gets a bit repetitive this is primarily in the first half of the show. When things start getting interesting towards the end and the cast is bigger the show does not waste half of its runtime showing scenes we’ve already seen 40 times before already.
Where I really fell in love with this series is the music. I mentioned how much my daughter loves this show, and that is almost totally due to the cute and entirely addictive OP and EN songs. It’s been a little more than 2 months at the time of this writing since I finished Mew Mew, but I would say not one day has passed since that I have not heard "My Sweetheart" playing in the house. It’s adorable, clever, and always brings a smile to my face. The same goes for the EN song, particularly when coupled with the chibi goodness in the closing animation. The voice cast gives a very strong and delightful performance. I should warn you though, do not bother with the English dub. It is a horrible 4Kids fuck job and an insult to the senses. Thank goodness those no talent hacks are going out of business. Good riddance.
Those of you who enjoy magical girl series should watch this series without fail. Additionally any of you with kids under the age of 10 or younger siblings should also take the opportunity to watch this with them. Tokyo Mew Mew is a rare show that is just adult and serious enough to appeal to older viewers but still youthful enough to charm the little ones. You shouldn’t miss it!
Tokyo Mew Mew tells the story of Ichigo Momomiya, a clumsy but kind girl who loves protecting the environment and who has a huge cruch on Aoyama-kun, the coolest and hottest guy in school. However, on thier first date together, Ichigo is hit with a mysterious beam of light which changes and mixes her DNA with that of a rare wild cat. Now by she is half school girl, half super hero with some embarassing feline tendancies. It's up to her to find her super hero team mates, save the world from interdimensional aliens AND keep her new boyfriend from discovering her secret!
When I first had this anime reccomended to me online I thought I'd hate it, it sounded so cheesy and girly. But actually I was instantly hooked! The jokes are funny, the tension is well excecuted and it's just fun and exciting to watch. It doesn't really drag, despite the number of episodes, however, within episodes there are a lot of repeated sequences when the girls are transforming into thier super hero alter egos. Otherwise it's all great, you'll want to watch every single episode!
The artwork isn't too bad, The characters look cool and the costumes are fun. The only problem is the repetition, each character baisically has one outfit which they wear constantly. It's no big deal though. The designs for the characters are really good, their faces match their personalities well and over all the emotions are pretty nicely portrayed.
On the sound frount, this is a brilliant anime, the opening theme is uber catchy, you'll find yourself humming along almost instantly, really cool lyrics and nice and uplifting. The ending theme isn't as great but somehow you fnid yourself sitting through it so as to get the "next time..." bit at the end, it's ok though. One VERY important thing: WATCH THE SUBTITLED VERSION! the american version is awful with everyone being renamed and whiney voices cutting into your brain. Seriously, the Japanese voice acting is excellent, everyone sounds awesome.
The characters of Toyko Mew Mew are the really great thing about this anime. Although at fist it seems everyone just has their one trait (rich, nerdy, childish or loner) as the story progresses everyone has a deeper side to show. our heroine, Ichigo, is a girl most of us can symathyse with, unlike many leads, she's not wet blanket Mary-Sue, she's clumsy, funny and passionate, one is always pleased to see her win through. Of course I couldn't go through a character review without mentioning the greatest villain I've ever seen in an anime! Kisshu the inter-dimensional hovering elvin alien is hilarious, flirty and evil is always a winning combination, I found myself cheering every time he made his entrance in each episode! Undoubtedly, the characters get right into your heart.
Overall, this is a great anime, it has humourand action but also heart-wrenching romance and teenage angst. I'd recommend it to anyone, there's something there for all of us. read more
They have VERY similar storyline and are both of the Magical Girl type of anime. They both have interesting romance plots. You can't help but like both of them if you liked the other.
If you like magic girls like sailor moon you may like TMM. The transformations are similar and in TMM are a character similar of tuxquedo mask
Although the animation style is quite different there's a bunch of similarities between these two: group of girls with super powers, one of them is the leader, there's a sentence they say everytime they transform and there's an object that gives them the power to do so, the leader is in love with someone who is also part of the good ones and helps in battles, enemies come from other planet oh and of course there's some cute being (an animal in sailor moon and a robot in tokyo mew mew) that helps them in theory but usually not in battle.
Main characters are girls. Morphing girls :D. They morph and get super powers and fight evil demons (in tmm they fight aliens, but when they take over an animal and transform isn't it the same?). They all fight with the power of Love.
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Both shows have similar character ideas and similar stories.
They both are about a group of girls with magical powers and about saving the world from evil.
Tokyo Mew Mew, or Mew Mew Power, and Sailor Moon have that same magical girl type thing, with a group of girls who transform and fight the evil aliens/people. They both deal with a cry-baby, yet strong, main protagonist and have all the same elements with the Sailor warriors in animal cosplay form.
Tokyo Mew Mew however is more focus more on the life of endangered animals rather than humans and their energys, but both have the same feel
Both are about five girls with powers..Tokyomewmew is shorter and can be watched in one sitting and enjoyed.
Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew are both Shojo animes about cute teenage girls who gain magical powers to fight evil. They are so similar to each other, that if you liked one, I can pretty much guarantee you'll like the other. They both have five female leads, both have cute girls kicking ass, both have horrible English dubs, and they both have very similar protagonists. Ichigo Momomiya of TMM and Usagi Tsukino of SM are both sweet, bubbly, clumsy girls with huge hearts and great character development.
I think they're both great, but personally, I like Sailor Moon a bit more.
A group of "magical girls" must save the Earth from invaders.
They are both really cool superhero manga's, and have pretty good art. Both of them can also be pretty funny at times as well as being really serious and sad.
Freddy likes how they, like all his fave animes often wear short skirts.
In both there are a group of five teenage girls with superpowers that fight evil.
In both they eventually have a character themed episode to help bring insight on each character. In both they have a bad guy that evenually turns good. The main character is in love with a boy. Both shows have good morals. Both shows have similar old looking animation and sometimes makes art mistakes.
Both are about a girl with magical powers that falls in love with a magical guy. MUST watch in Japanese.
Tokyo Mew Mew basically has the same plot as Sailor Moon. Five girls. They fight an evil organization that is a threat to the Earth. Romance. Slice of life. Comedy. The only difference is that the Mew Mews are animal girls, not sailors. But anyway, Sailor Moon fans will enjoy this childish version. It is also relatively short, 52 episodes. A good magical girl series for people who just started watching anime.
Both series involve a group of female characters that transform into superheroes, one of which is infatuated with a male character.
these two anime's are very similar. both have a group of girls who join together to keep the city safe from an evil force. Tokyo Mew Mew is a lot shorter in comparison though. But both are worth watching.
Both have 5 girls as main characters, in both animes, the girls try to protect the world from evil forces, and both have cute transformations.
because it's all that transformation ya see??
Both feature protagonists that have pink hair for starters. Each anime has a set of characters who transform with some sort of magic power they have. The characters are particularly younger and are involved with some sort of 'club'.
The antagonists in both are trying to find some sort of secret power that seems to take forever to find.
Also, the main character (being female) seems to have many male characters falling in love with them, be it a good guy, a bad guy or an antihero.
My first reccomendation..
Both shows have a main female heroine with pink hair. The main girl has a crush in the beginning, but then they both start to fall for the enemy. In both shows they run around try to save stuff. Both shows have character transformations that take long periods of time. Only real difference is I think Shugo Chara is drawn better and aimed for viewers a few years older than Tokyo Mew Mew.
Magic, a little alike heroine, more complicated when it goes to love story, both very nice
they both got magic power
It´s very similair to the story. The cute oufits and magic powers are very similair to Tokyo Mew Mew. Also about destroying your inner bad person is also something that is very common i Tokyo Mew Mew!
Both are magical girl animes, the colors of the outfits of the girls are almost the same, the main characters (Amu and Ichigo) are both pink-haired girls, and both have a lot of boys who are loving them... There are a lot of other similarities...
Both are Magic-Girl animes
Shugo Chara has X eggs while Tokyo Mew Mew has chimera animals
Both include transformations and cute romance
They have both that shoujo magic-girl thingy, and the bad guys both like teasing the main girl. And are both awesome.
1. The main characters looks similar
2. Anime is also Mahou shoujo and comedy
I think that Tokyo mew mew and Shugo chara is VERY similar, you'll see. But personaly I prefer Shugo chara, because I find the plot more interesting and art is better. Especially I like the relationship between Amu and Ikuto.
Both animes are kiddy. They are both girl-power and are really good!!!!!
Tokyo Mew Mew has super powers, just like Shugo Chara. Although TMM doesn't have guardian characters they have power pendants. They both have alot of romance. I would say that shugo chara is newer. They both have over the standard 25/26 episodes. Both plots aim in protecting the people around them. They both have that loveable character who enjoys teasing the main character.
They are quite alike, i loved them both
Opening Theme#1: "My Sweet Heart" by Rika Komatsu
#2: "Team up" by Bree Shrap
Ending Theme"Koi wa A La Mode" by Tokyo Mew Mew
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