"And that's when I found out my very first date was a tree!"
Created by Hika Yagami, Tokyo Mew Mew In A Nutshell
is another imitator
of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
and an entertaining Fan Vid
series in its own right.
Unlike LittleKuriboh's magnum opus, which picked on 4Kids
' English dub
of the series, Nutshell
sets its satirical sights on Fan Dumb
itself. Where fanfic
portrays Die for Our Ship
victim Aoyama Masaya as The Ditz
and constantly kills him off
, here, he can't tell Ichigo from a tree and dies every episode only to reappear in the next one. Fans tend to forget the existence of Akasaka Keiichirou (Hika Yagami's self-admitted favourite character), so here, all his plot-important lines are changed to insane chatter about his ponytail. Rule 34
subjects Aizawa Minto to chains and whips
; in Nutshell
, she's the one holding them.
Whether played completely straight or inverted, each character plays on a certain assumption of the fans that just didn't get it. While doing what YGO:TAS did would be safe and make sense (especially since Tokyo Mew Mew
was also destroyed by 4Kids), the specific needs of the fans were catered to with a message they desperately needed: big fandoms suck
, but we can laugh at them.
The first episode can be found here
Tropes parodied and/or lampshaded by this series: