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.
Story: The story is about a team of magical girls who have to protect the earth from aliens. For some reason these aliens only attack in places where the main characters currently are, even though the aliens want to control the whole earth. There is nothing really wrong with the story, but there is nothing special about it either.
Art: The artwork looks fine, but the battles consist 90% of the old battle scenes and are VERY repetitive, especially since every character only has one attack. And the same transformation and attack scenes just get copied over and over again. I think this makes the animators
look very lazy.
Sound: The opening isn't too good, and the ending just sucked. But luckily, you can skip them. The voices are good though, fitting and cute. The only problem is that in transformation/attack scenes they get copied too.
Characters: The characters are great, and what this show is all about. They have good personalities and designs. The fact that the main characters have part animal DNA is a funny idea, Ichigo is really cute to watch when she behaves like a cat.
Enjoyment: This show is rather funny, and there are a lot of laughing moments, at least when the girls aren't fighting monsters.
Overall: This show is good, but all the repetition in the fights makes it really annoying sometimes. The animators should have spent more time on the fights, they should at least have animated each characters attack more that once, I mean it's not like thats to much to ask. There are 52 episodes after all.
The non-fighting parts are sometimes really good though, so it you have enough patience and nothing better to watch, you should try watching this one. Doesn't that sound positive? :P
((This is for the subbed or raw Japanese version, not the dubbed version.))
Tokyo Mew Mew was, basically, my first anime. It was, overall, actually a pretty good place to begin.
Right then, story wise it's interesting but more in a new-spin on an old idea way; the concept of adding the environmental and animal focus to the magical girl idea was neat and I liked that some of the animals were less typical. The basic collect-the-pieces-and-destroy-the-monster plot is nice enough and pretty entertaining, and comes across as less repetitive as some could. There are some decent twists and turns, and I like one early on where
we get a total 180 for Lettuce. The romance is... generic, but oh well.
Art wise, it's nice. I like the style, it's very much modern girly anime and it's wonderfully bright a lot of the time. It has the frilly lolita sections, the girly cafe... it's all just so girly looking, but not in a bad way. And design wise I love it- the magic-girl uniforms have something that sets them apart from most, they're a bit different, nicely designed, especially Ichigo's.
I like the characters, too. They're stereotypes, but very well executed ones I think. Mint sticks out as the one that you'd expect to be all rich and aloof but secretly 'omgLONELY' but they really kind of diverted that one away. Ichigo is cute, no Mary-Sue and she feels well rounded. Pudding is cute, does the whole kid-with-responsibility thing nicely and is, well, cute. Zakuro is the least interesting, very cut out but never annoying, and Lettuce is sweet and has some development I feel.
I enjoyed the whole thing. Funnily enough, more the start than the end, which is odd for me, but it's a good anime to watch when you need something quite light, happy but still solid and it really is something that just cheers you up.
Tokyo Mew Mew is a really awsome anime to watch.........everything about it*in my opinion* is SO awsome!i mean its story, art, sound, characters, and everything else is awsome ^^.
Story:the story is about a girl who, when on a date with her crush, is zaped by a light and her DNA is merged with the DNA of a Iriomote Wildcat. Ichigo*that girl* and 4 others, Mint, Lettuce, Pudding, and Zakuro, must save the world from being takin over by the aleins, Kisshu, Taruto, and Pia. So that is pretty much the plot to it all.
Art/Animation:Again its very good. How they drew everything was awsome. The animation
behind this show is pretty much like other anime like this one but its still one of a kind.
Sound:The sound is *again*awsome. Its begining "My Sweet Heart" is so cool. Ihavent really heard the ending so you might wanna get that somewhere else ^^. Also the Mew Mew's transformations songs are pretty cool and they fit with which character they play for.
Characters:The characters like have their own special personallity per character. Like Ichigo is all out sweet while Mint is a full out snob. Lettuce has a shy and sweet personallity. Pudding is this hyperactive little girl which leads to her personallity....wanting to have fun all the time. Lastly of the mews in Zakuro who has this loan wolf personallity leading to probibly why her animal is a Grey Wolf. The others just go their own way with their personallitys. ^^.
Overall:This anime is one of the best i've watched*is still watching*. Take it from me....if your in to magical girls fighting evil to save their planet from being takin over...i highly suggest you watch Tokyo Mew Mew
Tokyo Mew Mew was referred by a friend of mind, and she warned me that it was a pretty girly anime...well she was definitely right about that, although it was the lackluster love story, and the horrendous battles that did me in.
The story is pretty noble but also pretty cheesy. I like the fact that these girls want to save the world and all.. and the fact that the bad guys use endangered species is pretty troublesome. there is also a pretty good love story, but it gets old rather quickly... icigo has a super hero alternate persona i will call strawberry, and 1st
off, her lover can't even see the obvious that they are the same people. also he is way too shy i don't get it.. i wish some girl like her would constantly hit on me. but he is a typical guy girls will fall for, has a cute face, is rather innocent and smart, cares about the world and saving the whales, and is somewhat shy. which, i might add is the reason most people will give a 10 on this series. The individual episodes don't always have anything to do with the main story.. except for the fact that they are bringing more world peace or something like that. But the story is decent.
Very cute art, lots of bright colors and such. Cute girls... hmm yeah the main base for the girls looks like the gingerbread house or something, rather delicious :]
meh, nothing special about the music, although it does has some good tracks thrown in.
Oh but every single battle uses the same tracks, which i will explain in a second.
pretty good characters here. You tend to fall for one or two of the mains (most likely strawberry and someone else) oh and yes they are named after food. I like key lime pie.. or was it lettuce...idk but she was one of the green ones. and then there's pudding, and mint, and tart, and pie... oh didn't i already use that one?
well you see the idea, it is a rather immature anime. I told my dad he shuld watch some animes, and this one... well would make sure he NEVER watched another again. But strawberry and her love interest are a pretty good connection. She is pretty confident and is the leader of the girls, and loves the color pink yay!
Well, I started out kinda liking this anime, although i felt guilty for doing so. But i finally gave it up for two reasons.
1: at 52 episodes the rather dull story didn't hold my interest. and the love story was good, but not my pot of tea, i like more intriguing love story's, this one is rather simple.
I hated battles in this anime... they were HORRIBLE.
every character has their own weapon and when they go into "battle mode" suddenly their theme starts to play.... the SAME one every time. And you are forced to watch their minute long introduction all the time.. not only that but they only have one attack... not punches or kicks either, they just use their wand, or bow or conga clams...whatever they are... and have a little scene where they attack. shout they attack's name, get another theme song, and get the same animation again and again... then the monster dies.. or another girl uses her one attack and finishes it off... it gets tiring VERY fast. if you watch this anime i suggest you dont sit on your bed while you watch it because you are going to have to FF the battles every time..
I thought this show was promising at first, probably because I thought it would maintain the same level of appeal that Sailor Moon had. Tokyo Mew Mew basically exhibits all the characteristics of a typical Shojo story, which alone would not have turned me away completely from the show. What kept me from finishing the show was that I couldn't care about the main characters, and the one's I did like were not developed enough.
Story 7: Like I said, the story is decent. It has a few twists here and there, but nothing too surprising. I actually found some of the filler episodes entertaining
compared with other shows. But I definitely think it would have been better if this show was half as long. I wasn't able to sustain interest in the main plot line for 52 episodes.
Art 6: The art is fine, nothing too special. Very bright colors, and pronounced lines. I think the animation fits the genre.
Sound 6: The music was nothing very memorable. I did like the theme song, though. That might have been what drew me into the series, just because the theme song was so catchy.
Character 4: This is one area where the show did not appeal to me. The main heroine is just a typical boy-crazed middleschooler, whose somewhat clumsy, with no other defining traits. The rest of the girls are other stereotypes: Mint, the talented, snobby one; Lettuce, the smart, shy one; Pudding, cute, though somewhat annoying; Zakuro, the antisocial, kind of edgy one. There was nothing wrong with the girl characters; just nothing about them stood out. However, the one character I could not stand was Masaya, Ichigo's love interest. He was completely bland and not a likeable characters at all in my opinion. Maybe he just seemed so boring because he was next to Ryou Shirogane and Kishu, two much more interesting male characters, who should have received more attention and development. There was an interesting twist with Masaya, which I won't reveal, but it still redeem the character for me.
Enjoyment 5: I didn't ultimately finish this anime because it didn't seem worth it. I was frustrated half the time because I didn't like the main character or the choices she made. Characters who seemed to have interesting personalities and back stories were not given proper development, and it was very cliche.
Okay so, you guys must think it must be really cheesy. Sure, it shoujo, which can be kind of cheesy but trust me, you'll love this anime. It's about a team of girls who transform into " mew mews " to fight aliens. Lolz that must sound really weird but it's great. The story is pretty basic, aliens attack and the mew mews save the day, but there can be unexpected twist which want you to keep on watching. I really loved this show and I think they did a great job. Overall, I gave it a 9 because some parts were kind of boring
which made you want to skip it. Sometime a charactor talks for like, forever and it get really boring. But that's probs the only thing I didn't really like. I kind of wish there was a season 2 because it kind of and kind of not left us at a cliffhanger so yeah I hope you watch this anime!
...Too pink and too girly. I can't even pass the whole 1st episode of it. I'm not saying that I'm a cat hater, it's just too girly...and also annoying. Has the most pathetic storyline (on my opinion).
I HATE THE FREAKING STORY SO MUCH. It's very pathetic, I know. This annoying protagonist is the most annoying character I've ever seen, besides Yuuki (from Vampire Knight.). The story is about the main heroine had a cat DNA- no, that's just...weird and freaky. I mean, what the hell?
I like the art, just the one I like. Very smooth. If you're into cute stuff and you're a
cat lover, this is the anime for you.
I just love the opening...nothing else. But I still hate this anime.
Character: 0- oh wait, there's no zero? Then 1.
Very 'bad' characters. Hate them. I hate annoying people. -.-
Yes...because of the super annoying characters, and stupid storyline. End of the review.
Yup....I like the sound and art. Hate the characters and storyline. And my enjoyment is very low on this anime.
**I use TMM to represent Tokyo Mew Mew in this review**
I honestly don't understand why I loved Tokyo Mew Mew so much.
When I was looking for a new series to start, I was craving for something like Sailor Moon. And boy let me tell you, TMM actually felt like it hit the spot.
At first glance I thought TMM was going to be stupid. Lmao I guess you shouldn't judge an anime by its' cover.
TMM's story was good! The art and sound (I thought) was good! TMM's Characters went beyond my expectations. From what I can recall, Ichigo wasn't that one "dumb" main
character, she actually made some sense.
I don't know if it is just me but, I would've liked different transformations to the characters, not only a small change to Ichigo's weapon. Besides that, I very much enjoyed TMM.
I definitely will recommend TMM to people that like the Sailor Moon kind of series.
What can I say for this amazing magical girl anime?
Where should I start? The story is being developed on Earth where the peace is distracted by monster attacks and the enviroment is at stake! Two men are trying to bring peace back to the universe, Keichiro and Shirogane are planning to restore the planet but they are no match for these monstrous and evil creations! Their only hope is to find the rest mew mew girls, bring them together and fight the evil to the core. Ichigo is a student bored of studying and living a normal life until she notices that she
has special abilities of a cat. She is in love with a boy and her new change is making her life difficult now. Shirogane meets her at last and the story starts when her first mission is to transform to a mew mew and fight an evil mosnter. I will say no more... you should find out!
I really love the character developement in the series and their appearences are very lively and colourful! The sound effects and music are out of this world and their transformations are very special and the best in my opinion! The art is "normal" not so detailed but still nice and soft to the eye so its very enjoyful to watch the show!
I like that it is not copying Sailor Moon at all and is following its own steps and special story. Many other magical girl anime is just a good copy of other anime and you just see a princess that she didn't know she was one and later on when she found out, starts fighting evil and stuff...
Tokyo mew mew is about enviroment, love, animals and creations!
I started watching TMM because I remembered watching it when I was a child. At first, it seemed pretty average, magical girl, cute girls, romance, save the World...etc Cliché right? I continued watching it, and noticed one problem. The girls were all cliché types. It was so frustrating!
Ichigo - Typical hyperactive-ish girl who falls in love and is the heroine. Extremely cliché.
Mint - Typical rich and snobby girl. The only good thing is that she changes into someone nice towards the end and obsessed over someone.
Zakuro - Too 'cold'. Its hard to explain, but there is just too much of a barrier. She is
too mysterious, no one can understand her. Sure, she's hot and smart, but other than that, she's nothing.
Lettuce - What's with the name? And the typical nerd girl that gets bullied but is actually pretty and kind. And seriously? Falling in love with a Supporting Character (Ryo Shirogane) and being unusually awkward?
Pudding - So annoying... Typical hyperactive girl who hides away the pain from her parents death and falls in love with the enemy.
Is it me, or is too cliché? Its alright to have a few clichés, but virtually all the main characters are cliché...
Typical 'save the World, fall in love' story. Sure, it was very exciting and great towards the end, but the beginning was way too weird and all over the place. What made me continue watching it, was me being curious over Kisshu's and Ichigo's relationship.
It was the beginning of the 2000's, obviously it wouldn't be amazing, but there was lots of room for improvement. I think there could have been more detail on the background art. The art on the characters was amazing, it really was. But the eyes weren't very expressive.
To be honest, the music of the Japanese dub was crap. The OP and ED were great, catchy and cute. But the background music didn't really stick. Not the mention the transformations were instrumental...That was a big let-down. The English dub had much better success, the songs were amazing and well chosen. The seiyuus were great in both dubs, they expressed their emotions amazingly well.
If you are looking for an anime that you can watch in one day, and something that isn't too dramatic, and involves light romance, then this is for you. But if you like action and drama, this will bore you. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but at one time, I dropped it for around 6 months.
It was alright, the plot itself was too cliché though. That was what ruined my opinion. I loved it, and I was completely head over heels in love with Kisshu for a while, but Ichigo was seriously annoying. Actually, the majority of the Mew Mews were very annoying.
I enjoyed it, but then I grew up and had a more adult mind. And this didn't appeal to me anymore. For people who want a funny, lightly romantic and childish anime, this is for you.
So, before I begin I imagine my opinion and review or this might be controversial so be warned.
Firstly, this anime will always have a special in my heart because it was the first ever anime I watched daily as a child (granted, I was not aware of the word 'anime' at the time). I personally believe it to be the better Sailor Moon if I'm honest.
It is just an incredibly cute magical girl anime with so many otps and original ideas that it is easy to watch as well as fun to watch.
I have also come to find that the characters have
rather (*cough* *cough* cliche *cough* *cough*) diverse personalities so it is quite easy to pick a favorite.
And for once, in a magical girl anime the villain (in my opinion anyway) is not the most annoying character in the show, in fact he is probably one of my favorites because every so often there is a glint of humanity in him whenever he flirts with the main character (Zoe/Ichigo) which is rather refreshing.
In summary, this is quite a light anime (the dubbed is anyway) and provides that lovely feeling of nostalgia.
People should not throw Tokyo Mew Mew away at face value. Truly the show is much more complex than it seems at first, and it is honestly one of my most favorite animes. You'd never expect such themes of betrayal, true love, and determination to be in a seemingly small kids show. Please give it a watch and be more accepting!
The reason why I like the show so much is because of how surprisingly dark and addicting the series gets. With 5 girls running around in frilly costumes to save the day, the dark themes and heart breaking scenes are a shocker but are
beautifully executed throughout the series. For me it made the show all the more enjoyable to watch. I connected with the characters on a personal level and even shed a few tears here and there. Even if you arent exactly a hardcore shoujo fan, I believe this show is overall an amazing watch. Though the show does start out slowly and a little contrived, try to get passed the first 12 episodes. You will be pleasently surprised with Tokyo Mew Mew's excellent character development, undeniably cute moments, and impacting values. Tokyo Mew Mew is the perfect example of the expression "Don't judge a book by it's cover".
Hey everyone! If you’re coming from my last Magical Girl review, Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pure, thanks for rockin’ with me, you’re the G.O.A.T. So sorry for this review taking longer than expected, we’re preparing for the holidays at my job and I started the new semester at school, so I’ve had my hands full with that. Let’s jump into it, shall we?
I was first introduced to Tokyo Mew Mew as “Mew Mew Power” in early 2005 during the promotion for it before it’s February 19 2005 English dub debut on 4KidsTV. I was excited to have another girly show on that
network besides Bratz (I do remember Magical DoReMi) and I faithfully watched every saturday morning when a new episode appeared. I was left clueless after the episode of the Blue Knight rescued Zoey, wondering what would happen next until a few years later in middle school (when I was FINALLY allowed to use the internet on my own...thanks mom) that Mew Mew Power was just a heavily edited English version of Tokyo Mew Mew which had a decent following.
I am SO glad I discovered the original.
This show started out as a Sailor Moon inspired anime (as most late 90s and early 00s MGA do) but it gradually became its own with an awesome story, nice character backgrounds and decent plot.
Story: Like I said before, the story started out VERY similar to Sailor Moon, but eventually became its own. There’s romance, family drama, friendship, life lessons and a good bit of comedy. Some stuff was predictable, but not in a bad or childish way. I liked the relationships (I have a few that I shipped haha). The ending was a decent conclusion, but I wouldn’t mind knowing what happens next.
Character: I liked the characters a lot! Each seemed relatable and had a fair amount of screen time. Not all of them had love interests but had cool stories, nonetheless. Costumes were cute and unique, I haven't’ seen any similar to those except for Mermaid Melody (which came out like year or so after the original Tokyo Mew Mew...these two have quite a lot in common, and I wonder if the Mermaid Melody anime took inspiration from this...hmmm…). I love all the characters, I’m not sure if I have a favorite!
Art: The drawing style is reminiscent of (you know exactly what I’m going to say) of the anime in the early 00s from Cartoon Network and WBkids. It wasn’t sloppy from what I could tell, and I loved how the eyes were drawn. Also, if you notice on Ichigo’s clothes, bed sheets and other items, she has little strawberries just like Usagi from Sailor Moon had bunnies and moons and stars on her items. The transformations were cool to watch, but I didn’t too much care for the music, instead I liked the pieces the 4kids dub had when the Mew Mews would transform.
Sound: The original Japanese dub was very pleasing, I liked the voice actors in the original for some characters better than the 4Kids dub (the main one being Asoyama/Mark). The opening theme was cute and I added that to my YouTube Playlist “Ultimate Anime Theme Mix” but the end theme was kind of annoying. I didn’t like it at all first, but maybe around episode 30 I started to get use to it (no, it is not in that playlist). It reminds me of the earlier stuff of the Jpop girl group Perfume. With that being said, that is the ONLY thing the 4kids dub has over the original (most 4kids dubs have better music than the originals).
Entertainment: Overall, I enjoyed the show, I binged tons of episodes in a 24 hour period, and I didn’t want this show to end. I liked how Ichigo and Asoyama’s relationship actually took time to become serious and official. Also, their relationship is VERY similar to Luchia/Kaito and Usagi/Mamuro...but mostly Luchia/Kaito (Mermaid Melody).
In conclusion, if you like MGA like Sailor Moon or Mermaid Melody, I highly recommend this. I’d say the age group for this would be from middle school on up.
Thanks for reading my review! I’m on episode 37 of Revolutionary Girl Utena, so be on the lookout for that review! Stop by my profile for some announcements or something. Sayonara!
tokyo mew mew is actually a rather enjoyable series, as it carries many redeeming points, and has a lot of sweet simplicity to it. however, there are also a lot of issues, given that despite the enormous potential it presents, most is not expanded upon or properly recognised throughout the course of the series. the main factor for this seems to be the protagonist is given so much of the spotlight, many other characters are often cast to the side. unfortunately, despite how much i did enjoy the anime, that is the case in many areas. that being said, there are really quite a few
rather interesting plot twists amid the many cliche magical girl tropes presented.
tokyo mew mew is also particularly appealing and different because you can greatly empathise with the series antagonists, and you're often lead to ponder who's really the evil side in this story. there's also a fair amount of attention brought to earth's problems in regards to climate change, pollution, and of course, endangered animals. like most magical girl series, there's a particular fixation on certain elements. similar to how sailor moon is with planets, or shugo chara is with cards and eggs, tokyo mew mew has a continuing theme of animals and berries/sweets.
in tokyo, japan, momomiya ichigo attends an endangered species exhibit with her crush, aoyama masaya. after an earthquake, ichigo and four other girls are cloaked in a wondrous light. while immersed, a cat appears before ichigo, and then seems to go into--- or rather fuse with her. the following day, she unwillingly exhibits cat-like tendencies, from an odd fish craving to landing on her feet from an incredibly high fall. sooner or later, after a not-so-chance meeting with shirogane ryô and akasaka keiichirô, ichigo learns she's one of five chosen to respectively infuse with the dna of an endangered animal, and that hers is that of the iriomote cat. ryô and keiichirô explain that this allows her to transform into mew ichigo, a cat girl birthed to fight in the name of justice. from then on, she is ordered to defeat chimera animas— alien parasites which infect animals and turn them into monsters. however, she's also instructed to find her teammates, who're the four other girls from the exhibit— aka, the remaining mew mews.
the first mew mew ichigo encounters is aizawa mint, a seemingly stereotypical pampered rich girl and ballerina, who's been plagued with the genes of the blue lorikeet; midorikawa lettuce, a timid, kindhearted, and brainy girl who endures relentless bullying and merges with the genes of the finless porpoise; an energetic youth named fong pudding who absorbs the genes of the golden lion tamarin; and fujiwara zakuro, a well-known professional model, infused with the genes of the gray wolf. unfortunately, just finding these four ( as difficult as that is ) is only part of it, for she must also get them to understand the severity of the situation at hand, and persuade them to join her in the fight to keep earth safe.
eventually, the mew mews become considerably prominent in japan, though civilians are more or less clueless to the details regarding the ongoing brawls between the mew mews battle against the chimera animas and their alien controllers, kisshu, pai and taruto. the three of them serve a being addressed as " deep blue-sama ", and it is revealed that the aliens are in fact the original inhabitants of planet earth. they left long ago and were forced to live in an inhospitable environment, where the rest of the aliens are still struggling to survive. as such, they're back to reclaim earth, and are enraged at the state in which the humans have rendered it. despite their mission, kisshu develops romantic feelings for ichigo, and desires to claim her as his possession.
the mew mews base of operations is " cafe mew mew "; a cover-up establishment made to guise the teams true purpose. there they give mew mews work as waitresses for ryô and keiichirô. as the battles ensue, secrets are exposed, lessons are learned, and additional unexpected romances begin to develop and flourish. ichigo yearns for her previous life in which she could devote her efforts into capturing the heart of her crush. now, often to her dismay, she must establish new priorities, all the while keeping her life as a mew mew separate from her life at school and at home.
The story is like any other anime of the same genre but it has it's own characters and ways this develop and grow in the anime. The art is not the best but of course, years have passed so compared the other anime from the same time, it's actually pretty good. In sound the repetitive transformations and bells are just a little annoying over time... Characters are pretty unique and have great personalities, but the love between Ichigo and Aoyama gets in the way of truly enjoying this. enjoyed it somewhat but at some points it just gets repetitive and a hard to
In the end the anime is really good as well as the plot and I guess it could use a reboot remaster or so, looking forward to it.
Let me just say something. It’s hard to find anime legally. It’s even harder to find English dubbed anime legally. And, wouldn’t you know it, I’m one of those people that likes to make it a point to obtain my anime in both of those fashions. Sure, call me a weenie, call me an uncultured couth, but at least I have a guiltless conscience. Of course, there is one English dubbing company which I truly hate and despise. It is truly a force for evil in this universe, and while with other dubbing companies I make sure to buy their stuff (even though I’m saving
for college so no I can’t get the latest book of Bakuman or the complete collection of Martian Successor Nadesico even though it hurts even though it makes me grind my teeth even though….but I digress), with this company I specifically make sure to do whatever is in my power to hurt them and grind them into bankruptcy. Yes, I think you know the one. 4Kids Entertainment. God, may there be nothing left, not even ashes, once they are inevitably destroyed.
But anyways, it was in this fashion of looking for ways to obliterate Britannia- I mean, 4Kids Entertainment, that I stumbled across Tokyo Mew Mew. Just so everybody knows, I am what most Western European ideals would consider completely masculine. I’m tall, relatively healthy, and I’m not sexually attracted to other men. But I actually have a sweet spot in my heart for classic Magical Girl anime due to the fact that the only anime I ever got my staunchly anti-anime sister to watch, and love, was Cardcaptor Sakura, a delightful little gem which was hacked into a barren husk of its former self by the Canadian version of 4Kids, Nelvana (God, I hate 4Kids). So since I hadn’t been able to find any new English dubbed and legal anime, I decided to watch Tokyo Mew Mew simply to chip away at 4Kids’ holding on something. Hehehehehe, God I love being morally ambiguous.
So, if I were to give a simple analogy regarding what I think of Tokyo Mew Mew, I’d say it’s like the Animal Man of anime. No, there isn’t any Grant Morrison. No, there aren’t any intellectually compelling thoughts on meta-textual awareness. And no, there aren’t any yellow aliens. There is, however, a genuinely enjoyable story that spans over a long amount of chapters which manages to blend two ideas (Superpowers and Animal Rights) in a way that isn’t cheesy or seemingly trite. While I didn’t find Tokyo Mew Mew as enjoyable as Cardcaptor Sakura, that’s mostly because CCS was done by CLAMP, and CLAMP is legendary, and so of course anything that tries to do something like CLAMP will pale in comparison, simply because it isn’t CLAMP.
The basic premise is as such: Ichigo Momomiya is a normal Middle School girl (Yes, one of those. Please, no gagging.), who one day, whilst on a date with her longtime crush, is bombarded by a strange energy, which gives her the power of a cat. Along with super-powers, this has the nasty side effect of making Ichigo’s behavior more and more catlike, causing cat-ears and a tail to pop up when Ichigo is excited, and making her chase mice, devour fish, etc. etc.. As the Italians would say, “Momo Miya!” Hehehehehe, you…you get it…..because….because normally it’s….it’s….yeah, okay, not funny, moving on. After becoming a cat-girl, Ichigo is approached by two scientists; Ryoo Shirogane, who constantly dresses in sexy bad-boy fashion for no explicable reason, and Keiichiroo Akasaka, who dresses like he’s an extra on the set of Hello Dolly. The scientists explain that it was they who bombarded Ichigo with the strange energy, and it was because they needed her to fight monsters created by aliens that are all named after pastry dishes and who want to invade the Earth. Oh yeah, and there are other people that can become super-heroines like Ichigo, so she needs to go find them and awaken their power. Wow, mentor figures who are actually upfront and honest about everything right at the beginning with the heroine. That’s new. But anyways, Ichigo gathers the other Mew Mews, as the super-powered girls are called, and fights the aliens and their monsters. Meanwhile, as all this goes on, everybody learns the reason why the aliens want to invade Earth: it turns out that they were the original inhabitants of Earth, but they had to leave due to environmental disasters, and they ended up on a real crapsack planet, causing them to revere and hold up the Earth and its natural beauty as a hopeful ideal which they could one day return to. However, once a group of aliens (led by Quiche, a strange little bugger who falls in love with Ichigo) did go back to Earth, they found how humans had polluted and defiled the world, and the group decided they needed to restore their original planet back to its former glory, so that they could all come back home.
Of course, if you haven’t guessed already, that means that the invading aliens have to completely wipe out the humans to make this dream happen. This provides a surprisingly mature element to the show, because both sides are technically just in their motivations for fighting. One of the reasons Tokyo Mew Mew is a good show is that it shows both sides of the issue. It consistently shows at how humans have messed up the planet and at how we really should pay for our sins, but at the same time, it shows that the extreme methods of the aliens are wrong, and that extremism, even in the name of a good cause, is unwarrantable. This duality keeps Tokyo Mew Mew from becoming too preachy, and also, at the end of the day, it’s about a cat-girl and her super-powered friends fighting aliens. How cool is that? They could preach a lot of things and still make it digestible thanks to the show’s packaging.
Also, another enjoyable part of Tokyo Mew Mew is, surprisingly, its length. At 52 episodes, it’s a little over twice the average length of anime shows nowadays. But these aren’t 52 episodes of 10% plot and 90% filler, oh no. These are 52 episodes of slow, detailed character progression, development, and focus. Everybody gets at least one episode where the show focuses on them and their character. Heck, even Masha, the little pink puffball who follows Ichigo around and alerts her to the presence of aliens, gets his own episode.
As for the characters themselves, they’re just like the show, enjoyable. Ichigo Momomiya is a truly strong female lead. Even though she has a love interest, she’s the one who at the end of the day, saves the world and kicks serious alien butt. But she isn’t just a character that’s basically a guy in a bra. She likes cute things, she goes stupidly happy in love around her crush, Masaya Aoyoma, and she does things that you would normally expect a girl to do. What’s nice is that neither of these parts of her character is overshadowed by the other, which makes Ichigo an honestly memorable character.
As for the other Mew Mews, the first one we encounter, Mint Aizawa, seems like a spoiled rich girl at first, but shows remarkable depth at surprising moments. Again, two parts of a single character which don’t overshadow the other. The next Mew Mew, Lettuce Midorikawa, doesn’t have a duality about her. But she does truly grow as the series progresses, from a shy, introverted girl, into a confidant young woman. The fourth Mew Mew, Pudding Fong, is disgustingly cute (extra emphasis on the disgustingly part), but even so, she has her moments, which make everyone glad that she’s around. As for the final Mew Mew, Zakuro Fujiwara, she’s the only one I’m a little disappointed in. We never really find out much about her, and her character remains as an enigma who knows something everyone else doesn’t. And yet, for some strange reason, this works. It normally wouldn’t, but it does.
I’d go on about the other characters, but this is a review, not an encyclopedia article. If you want more info, go to Wikipedia, or even better, go and actually watch the show. Yes, there are several unexplained plot holes. Yes, there are names like Mint, Lettuce, and Pudding. And yes, there are scores of fan-girls who go gaga over Quiche-Ichigo even though Quiche was NEVER INTENDED TO BE A SERIOUS LOVE INTEREST (Yeah, you hear that, fan-girls? That’s the truth! The cold, hard truth which you can never accept! Get over it!) But in the end, Tokyo Mew Mew is truly worth watching all 52 episodes, and so it is without any reservation that I recommend it highly to you.
Some people dislike this anime because they say it's a rip off of Sailor Moon. I will admit that it kind of is (with the addition of animals), but it's really not too bad of a show if you give it a chance.
Story - Ditzy teenage girl Ichigo Momomiya (I will most certainly not call her by her dub name, good lord) is the main character of this anime. She and a few other girls collaborate and make a team to stop aliens from taking over the earth. While protecting the earth, she tries to get a boy named Aoyama to fall in love with
her. All girls in the team have an animal that their transformation is based on, Ichigo's being a cat. An alien named Kisshu falls in love with her, so there is a love triangle between her crush, her, and the alien.
Art - The art is cute, girly, glittery, and is all around very fitting for this anime. Nothing too spectacular about it. The transformation and battle scenes are pretty neat, but they do get very repetitive since the same clip is used in numerous episodes. I kind of wish they hadn't been cheap and they had made more battle scenes, that would have made it better.
Sound - The opening is pretty nice, and the ending is too. However, just like the art, it's not that special or anything. The voice acting is the same way (Japanese, of course). In the dub, Aoyama sounds like a 50 year old man. It's really frightening, actually. (The dub for this show was an all around fail, thank goodness it was cancelled!)
Enjoyment - This anime is pretty enjoyable. It has many humorous moments, romantic ones, and kind of deep ones too. But I found it kind of hard to take seriously, considering the fact that it is just a magical girls anime. It's fun, and it probably won't bore the audience too much.
Overall - Tokyo Mew Mew really isn't that bad of an anime. It's silly, repetitive, and a copy of Sailor Moon with a few added things, but if you give it a chance I don't think you'll be too disappointed. You won't get any masterpiece, but TMM is way better than some garbage anime out there. Just don't watch the dub. It sucks. Hard.