Ichigo is out on a hot date with her 'crush' when suddenly she's involved in an odd incident in which her DNA is merged with the DNA of an almost extinct wildcat. When four other girls' DNA is merged with the DNA of four other almost extinct animals, it's apparent that they're part of a much bigger plan. Ichigo and her friends have been chosen to become a part of a secret project called the "Mew Project." Their mission: To protect the planet from aliens who are using the planet's animals to attack humans.
Volume 4: Tokyo Kuroneko Musume (Tokyo Black Cat Girl)
Volume 6: Doku no Mori no Nemurihime (Sleeping Beauty of Strawberry Forest)
Tokyo Mew Mew was published in English by Tokyopop from June 1, 2004 to December 15, 2005. Kodansha Comics USA republished the series with a new translation as a three-volume omnibus edition from October 25, 2011 to April 24, 2012.
Ah, yes. Tokyo Mew Mew. How happy I am to finally get to do this review. It was one of my first mangas. Well, here's my review.
Story: The story wasn't that bad. It had an environmental message in it, and the romance between Ichigo and Masaya was really sweet. Kish's unrequited love for Ichigo was also done pretty well, especially in the last two books. I nearly cried with Ichigo during book seven when Kish was revealing his feelings. It also has side stories such as Petite Mew Mew where the girls are in kindergarden and Tokyo Black Cat Girl, the prototype for Tokyo Mew Mew.
Art: For the most part, the art was cute and pretty. Males in this looked kind of weird at times, though. I liked when characters got really big heads. It looked funny. (You'd have to see the manga to understand what I mean; I can't describe it properly.)
Character: While the lead character Ichigo is cute, and her love interest, Masaya is sweet, there wasn't enough of the other characters. Ryou gets a bit of a backstory and so does Keiichiro, but the other Mew Mews get none and are pretty much supporting characters. While I haven't watched the whole anime, only 21 out of 52 episodes to be exact, I can say this much: the anime was better for character development with the other Mew Mews.
Enjoyment/Overall: This was a very cute manga, and I would recommend it for those who like cute things and magical girls. It could have been better in some areas, but it was still entertaining.read more
The plot is really simple. There's a girl, Ichigo, who falls for a guy Aoyama. He seemed to like her from the beginning :). Anyway, while being int the museum, or somewhere, there is an earthquake. She is with those 4 girls she doesn't know, and then BOOM ! She doesn't know what's happening, but she remembers a cat : ) Cool isn't it ? :D She became Mew Mew and got to save the world with help from Ryou, who's pretty hot. She has to find another Mew Mew's. So there's Mint, Lettuce, Zakuro and Purin. My favourite was always Zakuro, but there's nothing strange about that, I was twelve and inspired by her beautiful figure : D. So Mew Mew have to stop Kisshu, Tart and Pie, from helping Deep Blue to make him come back and destroy Earth. And there are thousands of funny moments. :D. When Ichigo can't control herself and she turns into cat and so on.
So plot was very interesting for a twelve year old girl :D. But when I read it recently I founf it rather childish. But still I think it's a great manga story for girls 10-15 age :D.
Art was good, but I was irritated by noses. When they were looking at left or right side, their noses were something like "We are from the Voldemort family" :D
I loved every character in this manga. Every character. My favourite was Zakuro, but after reading it few weeks ago, I think I like Kisshu the most. I was like "Ichigo you stupid catwoman. He loves you. He's great ! You don't deserve him" :D.
I enjoyed this manga :D. So I gave it fairly 6/10. Because it wasn't the best thing I've ever read but it wasn't also the worst one. It was pretty good.
While the concept is mildly interesting - bio-engineered magical girls save the world - the story itself is shallow, cheap, and flat. The tension in conflicts isn't there because the resolution happens within a page or too.
The magic itself is uninteresting; there's no learning curve, the girls just automatically know what to do. Even in the attacks, there is no variation - each girl only has one move.
I also found the romance - between Ichigo and Ryou, as well as between Ichigo and Masaya - dull. With Masaya, it's simply pages of Ichigo staring at him lovestruck and trying to hide her cat ears and tail; we don't actually know much about Masaya except that he really, really cares about the environment and endangered species. On the other hand, the ship tease with Ryou and Ichigo relies on his sexual harassment of her, which is downright gross, and on his being a jerk with a heart of gold, which is just... boring.
As a bonus, the outfits are uncreative.
Overall, the story doesn't compel me to care about any of the characters. It's fine if you want something fun and a little flashy, I guess, but it is totally lacking in substance.read more
This is actually a really cute manga. It’s the basic magical girl with a little underlining factor of endangered species. It’s not a bad mix actually in that the characters all have characteristics of the species but sadly it ends there. The girls don’t have attacks that symbolize the animals they were injected with and the colors also don’t feel like they make the cut. For a show that keeps talking about the characters given power from endangered species, they should have put a little more into it. Now that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the manga. The characters are loveable; the names actually are rather remember-able (although I don’t understand why someone would call their child lettuce or mint of all things. Must be better in Japanese), and the storyline is pretty cool to get into. You do get to a point where you are wondering just who the bad guy is but if I explain why, I would be spoiling things. When the girls are together, they act just like a regular group of friends and seem to have even more chemistry then even the Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon. It reminds the reader that even though they have been given super powers, it doesn’t mean they aren’t normal girls and won’t use their power for personal gain. I can only wish that some of the drama was taken out so that we could see more of the characters. It circles a lot around Ichigo and I would have liked to see more of the other girls too. The drama with Ichigo and the ‘love triangle’ just gets over used at times.
The artwork was rather cutesy but in a way, I liked it better then some of the older manga’s I read where magical girls were involved. The designs of the girls clothing are out of this world and show off a cute style while still playing to the sexy in a way. The strokes are fluid throughout the manga books, and the way it’s laid out is rather perfect for the action that is placed in it. read more