With Mew Ichigo studying abroad in London, the remaining four girls from Cafe Mew Mew are one too few. Luckily, a new Mew is about to emerge. Berry just transferred to a different junior high because she thought their school outfits were cute. Little does she know she's about to become the first Mew Mew with TWO sets of animal genes in her blood. Half cat, half rabbit, she's joining the Mew Mew team just in time. A new gang calling itself the Crusaders has appeared, and its leader just happens to love wild game like rabbit - well done and served for his dinner! When Mew Ichigo returns from London she's going to be very, very surprised!
Volume 2: Usagi no Furasu Hoshi
Tokyo Mew Mew à La Mode was published in English by Tokyopop from July 7, 2005 to September 13, 2005. Kodansha Comics USA republished the series with a new translation as a single omnibus edition on January 14, 2014.
Since Tokyo Mew Mew really captured my time and attention, I was really ready for a La Mode to do the same. Well needless to say i was very disappointed. The main character Berry (or Berii however they say it) took over for the first main character Ichigo. I considered that mistake number one. Next the storyline or lack there of made no sense. All in all a La Mode really was a waste of everyone's time and money.
This was a story with very cute drawings, but it echoes Tokyo Mew Mew and was not very creative. The life of Berrii or Berry is simply a modified version of Ichigo's, and she takes over the entire story. This isn't a masterpiece manga, and the only real reason I feel you could read it for is looking at the artwork.
Absolutely TERRIBLE. The loss of Yoshida Reiko really impacted the series. Tokyo Mew Mew was great, but a la mode is NOT. Berii (or, as Tokyopop calls her, Berry) is as bad of a Mary Sue as you find in most of fanfiction.net, characters acted out of character, and Ichigo is shuffled offscreen and cripplingly depowered to give the Playboy Bunny a chance to hypnotize her friends into loving her. Ikumi Mia's art is still top-quality, but the story greatly suffered. Do yourself a favour and stick with the original series.
This is by no means a particularly good manga, but I did enjoy it.
The art and designs are cute and of adequate quality, as we'd seen in the original series. Not much was added in that respect between the original comic and the sequels, except for some weapons being updated to look more like the weapons used in the anime.
I think the biggest problem with this comic is that it tried to do in 2 volumes what Tokyo Mew Mew did in 7. This kind of caused the sequel to be a bit of a clusterf*ck on a good day, and completely incomprehensible on a bad one. I'm sure that if Mia Ikumi had been able to do more chapters/volumes she could have fully fleshed this story out and paced it much better. However, this was not the case and we'll have to make do with what we have.
I personally think the new main characters are pretty cute and endearing. Berry's egoism actually helps humanize her in my perspective, and sure, Ichigo had some character flaws as well but I can't seem to name them from the top of my head.
Tasuku's near-endless loyalty to Berry was pretty heartwarming most of the time, but at some points it wasn't very believable either. When it comes to that I'm really glad he reached his limit and got fed up. Also, what's up with manga characters in general and not communicating adequately?
I think this would have been more interesting if this manga had focused on an entirely new team instead of making Berry Ichigo's replacement leader, but to be honest, that wasn't the worst thing they did in this manga.
Welp, there's that. It's not very good, in fact it's very not good, but it's the first manga I ever read from start to finish, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
I wouldn't really recommend it to many people, but if you've read/seen Tokyo Mew Mew, are aching for more, and have the transformative state of mind to fill in the gaps for yourself, you should give this a read.read more