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Tokyo Mew Mew is an anime, originally based on a Manga series created by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi, that aired from 2000 to 2003.

The series is about five girls named Ichigo Momomiya, Minto Aizawa, Retasu Midorikawa, Bu-Ling Huang, and Zakuro Fujiwara who are all in a team known as the Tokyo Mew Mews. Each girl is infused with the genes, or DNA, of endangered animals (specifically Red Data animals) and have special magical powers as a result of their infusions.

Tokyo Mew Mew has some light themes of environmentalism and animal conservation that come into play with things like the Red Data animals, occasional character commentary on the environment, and some acts of environmental healing in certain episodes. The anime has been translated into a variety of languages and released in various countries, with name changes prominent in most dubs. There are two versions of the anime that these dubs follow, including the original Tokyo Mew Mew Japanese dub, and the English 4kids dub called Mew Mew Power, which was never fully finished and dropped off after the 23rd episode.

Plot[]

The Tokyo Mew Mews fight against a group of Aliens, defending the Earth from them since the aliens want to reclaim it for themselves. The team of five are led by two young men responsible for turning the girls into Mews and who help guide them throughout the series.

The Mew Project[]

The Mew Project is the name of the project headed by two men named Ryou Shirogane and his partner Keiichiro Akasaka, both of whom run a café called Café Mew Mew that serves as the base of operations for them and the Tokyo Mew Mews.
The Mew Project was originally helmed by Ryou's father, but he died from a Chimera Anima attack and his son ended up trying to finish and perfect the project for him.
The project allows for individuals to be injected with animal DNA, but they do not become Mew Mews if they do not have the right genes to match with the DNA. Ryou had initially tested the project on himself, but turned into a cat rather than a Mew Mew. He and his partner Keiichiro spent time perfecting the project and eventually had to find people suitable for it.

Mew Forms[]

Mew Mews are magical girls infused with animal DNA and who have special powers. Each Mew wears a specific color-coded outfit that is comprised of a dress, top and bottoms, or some other covering on their torso and lower body, shoes, puffy garters on their arms, a leg garter, and a neck garter which a pendant hangs from. These pendants are, in the anime, necessary to transform, but the Mew Mews can transform without them in the Manga and they're instead more for decoration.
Every Mew also has what's known as a Mew Mark. In canon, these marks are usually on areas like the legs, torso, head, and abdomen, and they have random shapes. They are essentially like small tattoos. Ichigo has to look for girls who have this mark when the team has not yet been formed.
Mew Mews also have powers relative to the animal DNA they're infused with. For instance, Ichigo is much more agile, can land on her feet, can predict the weather, and so on. They can also mimic certain characteristics of their animal, since someone like Ichigo tends to act cat-like. Another ability some Mews have is the ability to talk to or understand their animals, since it has been shown that Ichigo and Minto can do so.
Mew forms also allow individuals to summon specific weapons, and in the series, all of the weapons are based on musical instruments of some kind. The anime also uses musical chimes based on whatever instrument a Mew is associated whenever they use or summon their weapon.
In canon, Most Mews have specific musical and food themes, and their powers are often driven by something specific. Every Mew is named after a food (usually fruit or dessert, but sometimes things like vegetables).

Cat Forms[]

Both Ryou and the leader of the Tokyo Mew Mews, Ichigo, are able to turn into cats as a result of their infusions. Ryou becomes a grey cat named Alto, and Ichigo turns into a black cat. It's discovered that for Ichigo, high levels of excited or embarrassed emotions cause her to transform into a cat, and she can only be turned back by being kissed.

Chimera Anima[]

Over the course of the series, the aliens that the Mews fight against release creatures called Chimera Animas, which are created by infusion with a living host. Jellyfish-like creatures called infusers (sometimes referred to as Parasites, Predasites, or Para Paras) are summoned and fuse with people or animals to create the Chimera Anima. On occasion, they can even be infused with plants, as seen in a few episodes.
When fused with humans, the aliens have to extract the spirit of a human in order to infuse a parasite with it. There are some Chimera Anima that appear in the series which come from unknown sources, but many of them are humanoid.

Mew Aqua[]

The Mew Aqua is a prominent object in the series, and is essentially an extremely pure crystalline water that has the power to cleanse and heal. In the anime, it also serves to enhance the powers of the Mew Mews, giving them energy, new forms, and more. Mew Aqua has also been shown to react to strong emotions, as it has done so when certain Mews feel strongly about something and has given them power as a result.

Café Mew Mew[]

Cafe Uniforms MMP
Café Mew Mew is a café that serves as the base of operations for the Tokyo Mew Mews. It operates like a regular café, but also has an underground laboratory where Ryou and Keiichiro do their work. Ryou also lives there, and he has a room upstairs where he sleeps.
The Mews work at Café Mew Mew on the side and wear special maid-like uniforms while working there that are color-coded based on their associated Mew Mew colors.

Main Characters[]

Tokyo Mew Mews[]

  • Ichigo Momomiya: The main protagonist of the series. She is a sweet girl who gets excited or embarrassed easily, and she is in love with Masaya Aoyama. Though she can be klutzy at times, she is determined and bold, and she has very strong emotions. She has the DNA of the Iriomote Wildcat and becomes Mew Ichigo.
  • Minto Aizawa:A headstrong rich girl who is, at first, very spoiled, snobby, and self-centered. She later becomes more cooperative and kind, though. Minto has the DNA of the Blue Lorikeet and becomes Mew Mint.
  • Retasu Midorikawa: A sweet, shy, and kind girl who prefers to resolve things peacefully if possible. She tends to be fairly formal and isn't always the most confident, but she is loyal and dedicated. Retasu has the DNA of the Finless Porpoise and becomes Mew Lettuce.
  • Bu-Ling Huang: An energetic, bubbly girl who likes to have fun. Bu-Ling is very acrobatic and has a lot of energy. She has the DNA of the Golden Lion Tamarin and becomes Mew Pudding.
  • Zakuro Fujiwara: A lone-wolf type who initially refuses to join the Mew Mews. She's the oldest member of the group and is often the most quiet and calm. She has the DNA of the Gray Wolf and becomes Mew Zakuro.

Humans[]

  • Ryou Shirogane: One of the main heads of the Mew Project. He is extremely intelligent, but often stubborn and reclusive. Despite these traits, he does manage to be there for the Mews and can be kind at times.
  • Keiichiro Akasaka: A young man who helps Ryou with the Mew Project and acts as a baker for the café. He is a kind and gentle young man, often catching the attention and affection of girls who visit the café.
  • Masaya Aoyama: A classmate of Ichigo's whom she has a huge crush on. He serves as the main love interest of the series. Masaya is a smart, athletic, and popular student.

Aliens[]

  • Quiche: One of the main three aliens throughout the series who serves under Deep Blue. He is a playful, clever person and often teases Ichigo, whom he is infatuated with. He can sometimes be sadistic and cruel.
  • Pie: A calm and analytical alien with high intelligence and an interest in science. He is more calm and collected than his teammates, not usually showing too much emotion. He is extremely loyal to Deep Blue.
  • Tart: A playful and excited young alien who likes to toy with others. He is very argumentative and tends to throw tantrums when he doesn't get his way, very much like a child.
  • Deep Blue: The leader of the aliens in the series who commands them throughout it. He is cold, heartless, and ruthless.

Other Characters[]

Supporting[]

  • Masha: A robotic companion to Ichigo who was designed to swallow up the predasites/para paras that emerge upon the defeat of a Chimera Anima. He can transform into an accessory that Ichigo hangs on her phone, and he is often seen spitting out pendants for new Mews when they are found. He is also able to detect the presence of the Mew Aqua.
  • Blue Knight: A strange person who looks like the other aliens, but fights to protect Ichigo.

Other Mew Mews[]

There are two other Mews that join the Tokyo Mew Mews later on, but they appear in various spinoff media including a spinoff manga called Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode, and a PlayStation 1 game exclusive to Japan.

  • Berry Shirayuki: A happy young girl who appears in à la Mode. She has the DNA of both the Amami Rabbit and the Andean Mountain Cat, and is the only canon Mew with multiple infusions. She becomes Mew Berry.
  • Ringo Akai: A Mew who appears in the PS1 game. As a Mew, she fights passively with healing powers and has a Mew Aqua pendant necklace that helps give her power. She has the DNA of the Humboldt Penguin and becomes Mew Ringo.

Aliens[]

  • Gâteau du Roi: An alien who appears in the PS1 game. He is extremely intelligent and aristocratic, loyal to Deep Blue the way Pie is.

Revival[]

In 2019, the Tokyo Mew Mew franchise started to have more new media published. One is 2-chapter manga spin-off called Tokyo Mew Mew: 2020 Re-Turn, which showcases the main characters from the series in a story that takes place after it has ended. There is also an entirely different spin-off/successor series that features a cast of Male Mew Mews called Tokyo Mew Mew Olé! (alternatively, Tokyo Mew Mew Au-Lait).
On February 22nd, 2020, it was also announced that there is a new Tokyo Mew Mew project called Tokyo Mew Mew New, which looks to be an anime adaptation based on the original series, and featuring the original characters. It is currently in production.

In Fanon[]

There are a number of fanseries, fancharacters, etc. that are made for Tokyo Mew Mew. At the time of release for the Manga and anime, and for a few years after the fandom was fairly large. Even today, there are many fancharacters and series being published. For a few of these fanon creations, please see the Tokyo Mew Mew Fanon Wiki or check out the category here for TMM fanon works posted on this wiki.

Gallery[]

Please see the Tokyo Mew Mew Gallery for all images.
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