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Let me serve the future of the Earth, nya!

The series that brought the five-girl team of Magical Girls into the 2000s, Tokyo Mew Mew started as a Nakayoshi artist's desire to do a series with a Cat Girl, and ended up as a sweet tale of choosing the right guy, protecting the environment, and throwing some sparkly Stock Footage around to solve the world's problems.

Ichigo Momomiya's only care in the world is getting kendo idol Masaya Aoyama to notice her. Since he's interested in environmental protection, she invites him on a date to an exhibition about "Red Data Animals", a list of endangered species.

Little does she know that she is one of five Tokyo schoolgirls "chosen" by the Earth, possessed of a unique DNA pattern allowing her to host the genes of the Irimote Mountain Cat, one of the Red Data Animals. As part of the secret "Mew Project", she is shot by an injection gun from a mysterious cat statue atop a cute cafe.


Now the DNA of the wildcat is running through her, and she's picked up some very odd abilities, such as excessive sleepiness and landing perfectly on her feet. Not only that, but she can use a Transformation Trinket to transform into a magical catgirl and defeat the parasitic aliens that are transforming normal animals into monstrous Chimera Anima.

Recruited by the masterminds behind the Mew Project, Ichigo ends up working at the cafe as a waitress by day and alien-hunting catgirl by night, with the promise that she will return to normal when the threat has passed. What's more, there are four other subjects of the Mew Project to find, and a sinister extraterrestrial plot to thwart.

There is also a manga-only Immediate Sequel written by the head illustrator after the head writer left. Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode introduces newcomer Berry Shirayuki/Mew Berry to the team, who leads in place of Ichigo for the arc.


The manga was written by Reiko Yoshida (who's mainly known for her writing for numerous anime) and illustrated by Mia Ikumi (who later took over as writer); it was originally published in Nakayoshi from 2000 to 2003, and was licensed in the United States by Tokyopop. The manga was eventually adapted into an anime in 2002 by Studio Pierrot, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed YuYu Hakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm Bleach). The anime was licensed in America by 4Kids Entertainment, who retitled it Mew Mew Power. Only the first half of the series was dubbed and broadcast before it was dropped, due to 4Kids being unsuccessful in getting a merchandise deal; they also heavily edited it so the series could pass the broadcast television censors,note  though compared to most 4Kids dubs it's considered So Okay, It's Average nowadays. Rumors flew around that the show would be re-licensed like One Piece was, but the licence has remained in limbo ever since. Tokyopop also lost the license to the manga, but fortunately it was rescued by Kodansha USA, who re-released it in omnibus form (along with à la Mode).

For the franchise's 20th anniversary in 2020, a spin-off was released featuring five entirely new characters—and surprisingly, all of them are Magical Boys. Tokyo Mew Mew Ole!note  is one of the few series not to be written or drawn by Yoshida and Ikumi, instead being drawn by Madoka Seizuki. However, Yoshida and Ikumi did have a hand in Tokyo Mew Mew 2020 Re-Turn, a two-part story that also ran in Nakayoshi for the anniversary.

A new anime, titled Tokyo Mew Mew New, was also announced in 2020. Animated by Graphinica and Yumeta Company, it is scheduled to premiere in 2022, twenty years after the original anime.

It was given the Gag Dub treatment in Tokyo Mew Mew in a Nutshell.

Ikumi Mia loves puns, and Tokyopop's translators are not purists. These factors together create a lot of confusion as to what things are called. Regarding names in the original version:

  • The Japanese characters have Japanese names, sometimes based on English loanwords. ex. Minto instead of Mint.
  • The Chinese character Bu-ling has a Chinese name based on a Japanese version (purin) of an English loanword (pudding).
  • Berry's name, like most foreign words, is written in katakana and should be spelled as Berry, not Berii. This is likely due to being part French.
  • The alien characters have English food names. Tokyopop mistranslated Gateau du Roi and Quiche as Gato du Rowa and Kish; they are not supposed to be a Spanish cat and some dude from The Bible.
  • The Mew names for those characters named for English words have the actual English word. ex. Mew Mint instead of Mew Minto.
  • Whatever is written as "myuu" may be either "mew" (as in, a cat sound), "mu" (as in, the Greek letter used by geneticists) or both. "Tokyo Mew Mew" and "Mu Project" have been vindicated by on-screen text (though Tokyopop called the latter the Mew Project) but nobody's quite sure whether the MacGuffin in the second half of the series is Mew Aqua or Mu Aqua.

This program provides examples of:

  • Accidental Athlete: Episode 5 has Ichigo get drafted onto her school's gymnastics team because they saw her cat reflexes.
  • Accidentally Broke the MacGuffin: The MacGuffin, Mu Aqua, is supposedly broken on multiple occasions in the anime. Subverted, as Mu Aqua does not break, and the Mu Aqua they thought they broke is not real.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: The manga version ends with Ichigo and Masaya getting together by celebrating a fake wedding, with a brief Sequel Hook with Berry (the main character in the sequel manga, Tokyo Mew Mew - à la mode) passing by the Mew Mew Café only to discover it's closed. The anime instead ends on a Here We Go Again! with the main characters going to fight an undescribed new menace.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: Inverted. Minto, Retasu, Bu-ling and Zakuro appear in the beginning of the manga before passing through the Debut Queue, but are removed from the beginning of the anime.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, everyone has the same hair and eye colours all the time (except near the end, where a red-haired Ichigo is put on the cover of one of the manga volumes). The anime changes this to give civilian Ichigo red hair and brown eyes, civilian Minto midnight blue hair and brown eyes, etc. Their transformed hair and eye colours are also brighter instead of pastel shades.
    • Subverted with Zakuro. She original had black hair and Icy Blue Eyes. The only thing changed is her hair color.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the anime, the other Mews were given more expansive backstories and had more focus - Minto was given an Aloof Big Brother, Retasu falls for Ryou and subsequently gets Ship Teased with Pie, Bu-ling's mother is dead and her father is away in China (which was only hinted at in the manga), and Zakuro is hinted to have lost someone very dear to her in the past - however, that's never elaborated on except for a quick flashback.
  • Adventure Rebuff: In Bu-ling's introduction, she continuously bothers Ichigo to learn how she too can become a Mew Mew only to be sent on snipe hunts or flat-out told to go away. This only stops when Ichigo learns that Bu-ling already is one.
  • Aliens Speaking Japanese: The aliens all speak fluent Japanese, but it is unknown if they learnt it or it's the language they use normally. Even more confusing when their Inner Monologue is in Japanese.
  • All Your Colors Combined: Ribbon Strawberry Surprise lights up all of Tokyo.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The 4Kids dub has a pop song called "Team Up!" for its theme.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Mew Mint to Mew Zakuro, mid-battle, in the anime-only episode where it looks like the latter is defecting.
  • Animal Stereotypes: This was even lampshaded in manga extras, as well as one scene where the Mew Mews talk about their similarities and dissimilarities with their Red DNA animals.
  • Animorphism: As Ichigo's cat genes integrate further with her body, she's able to turn into a cat. Not at will, mind, and there's no real upside to it.
  • Anti-Villain: The alien antagonists are upset about humans polluting and want to reclaim their homeland, Earth. Unfortunately, their plans involve killing people to do so. In the anime, Deep Blue just wants the planet for himself, though.
  • Arranged Marriage: Bu-ling, in one episode, to Long Yuebin, one of her father's students.
  • Art Shift: Later episodes make the characters aged 14 and up look more noticeably older, and colours get deeper and shinier.
  • Back from the Dead: The entire cast, plus the rest of the city, in the finale. Mu Aqua is powerful stuff.
  • Ballet Episode: Main character Minto Aizawa is established early on to be a classically-trained ballerina, but episode 9 of the anime deserves a special mention here as it centers on one of her performances, with the other important plot point of the episode being a visit from her older brother. Even the Monster of the Week has a ballet thematic to it.
  • Battle Couple: After Ichigo discovers the Blue Knight is Aoyama, this is sort of what they become.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 19 of the anime has the cast all go to the beach and focuses on Retasu getting over her fear of the ocean.
  • Best for Last: Ichigo's Mu Aqua, and only in the manga. In the anime, this is averted, as instead of everyone else using Mu Aqua first, every single use is by Ichigo.
  • Berserk Button: Zakuro always seems calm, even when she is in battle. Mostly she casually fights off enemies with her Zacross. However, when she sees Quiche harming a child, she screams in his face, keeps him from escaping and DECKS him right in the face, giving him a cold stare afterwards. This leaves Quiche stunned that even Zakuro can be physically violent.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Even though Seiji acted like an Aloof Big Brother to Minto, he was more than willing place himself in between his sister and a chira anima.
  • Big Fancy House: Minto's got a mansion that leaves Ichigo in stunned awe and makes Bu-ling want to climb the walls.
  • Big "NO!": Ichigo, after Aoyama dies.
  • Bishōnen: Every named male character between the ages of 13 and 25 is either given the sparkle-and-rose treatment or portrayed as dangerously pretty.
  • Breast Plate: Zakuro's tube top and booty shorts... and many of the men's costumes, too.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Mew Mew (food), Metamorphose! And before Yes! Pretty Cure 5 used it, too.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Ribbon (food) (verb)! (Save for Puringring Inferno, which lacks the "Ribbon", though it's got it in the anime.)
  • Canon Immigrant: Not characters, but the transformation phrases and revised weapon designs came into the manga from the anime.
  • Cat Girl: Mew Ichigo. She has the DNA of the Iriomote Wild Cat. Whenever she gets excited, her ears and tail will sprout. Also, if she's ever kissed, she will turn into a small black cat.
  • Childish Pillow Fight: The girls have a sleepover at Minto's house and end up having a pillow fight. One of the pillows rip and stuffing (feather?) rain ensues.
  • The Chosen One: Although the injections are initially presented as an "accident", it becomes clear that the girls were singled out after a search because they were the planet's chosen protectors.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Ichigo (pink) is introduced first, then Minto (blue), Retasu (green), and finally everybody else.
  • Clark Kenting: Although they do change quite a bit more than the classics did. Downplayed by the fact that, for more than half of the show, the enemy aliens knows who Tokyo Mew Mew really are. Heck, they are even trying to hijack the poor, sick Ichigo at home in episode 17. So the disguises are mostly useless.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Ribbon Strawberry Surprise.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Ichigo does this in episode 38.
  • Costume Exaggeration: The ending of the manga requires a wedding dress anyway... but why a short, frilly, lace-and-ribbon-covered, giant-strawberry-adorned number, especially when supposedly thrown together in a short amount of time? Simply because it's cute.
  • Creator Provincialism: Especially prevalent when we learn that the Mu Aqua only exists in the waters of Japan. Attack something else and they can't fix it!
  • Curtains Match the Window: All five Mew Mews when transformed (in the anime) or all the time (in the manga).
  • Cute Little Fangs: Mew Ichigo at times. The aliens as well.
  • Dance Battler: A chimera anima in one filler uses a ballet-based fighting style. Naturally, it was one of Minto's focus episodes.
  • Dancing Theme: The ending theme.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Retasu begins as more of a Chaotic Neutral Magical Girl; motivated by loneliness and fear, the same emotions as the classic DMG, she strikes out at anyone who might learn or expose her secret and hates herself for it. In the 4Kids dub, Renee (Zakuro) pretends she's a Dark Magical Girl and siding with the aliens only to turn on them, though this doesn't make sense upon examination.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Ryou and Bu-ling are both somewhat darker than much of the rest of the cast, and they both have blonde hair.
  • Dating Catwoman: Bu-ling and Tart end up as a canon pairing, even though they're enemies.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Every major character gets a handful of spotlight episodes in the anime, and even in the manga, the Mews get at least two each.
  • Deadly Ringer: Along with two teammates who use castanets and tambourines, Mew Ichigo has a pink heart-shaped bell as her weapon, though it's used for healing rather than combat.
  • Debut Queue: Episodes 1-12 of the anime consist only of character introductions and filler.
  • Die or Fly: Die or swim, actually, when Retasu needs to get over her fear of the ocean. She jumps into the sea to save a child (in the manga) or Ryou (in the anime) and discovers her ability to turn into a mermaid.
  • Disappeared Dad: Bu-ling's father is training in the mountains.
  • Disney Death: In the finale, Tart, Quiche, Pie, Aoyama and Ichigo, as well as all of the Mews in the manga. Deep Blue is Killed Off for Real, though.
  • Do They Know It's Christmas Time?: The anime had a Christmas episode with all the usual trappings — snow, giant Christmas trees, squealing over date plans, and someone almost dying only to be saved by a Christmas miracle.
  • Dreaming of a White Christmas: Episode 38's aforementioned snow.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The honourific switch, left out of both English translations.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Daikan Junior High School -> Mountain Valley High
    • Okumura Junior High School -> Excalibur High
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Two unconscious-party kisses in succession, in the finale. One party kisses the other, then passes out, then the second revives and kisses the first.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: In episode five, Ichigo loses a gymnastics competition but saves everyone there.
  • Easily Forgiven: The girls remain on remarkably good terms with the aliens throughout the entire duration of the series, despite the aliens' repeated attempts to kill them all and purge the planet of humanity. This is especially the case for Bu-ling, who constantly seeks to befriend Tart despite all the prior murder attempts.
  • Ending Theme: With dancing cats! As a bonus, it takes a while for the dancing cats' significance to be revealed. One is Ichigo's full cat form, another is Shirogane's cat form, and the big one is François.
  • Expressive Hair: Retasu's braids and Ichigo's pigtails
  • Fangirl: Ichigo towards love interest Masaya and Minto towards long-time idol Zakuro.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The aliens.
  • Faux Paw: Ichigo bats and licks when she first becomes a Mew.
  • Filler: A lot of episodes are all about the focus hero's dilemma related to the guest star of the week, and it's remembered for five minutes near the end that, oh yeah, there are supposed to be aliens invading or something.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival: Aoyama, after coming back to life.
  • First Kiss: Ichigo sulks about having hers stolen by her stalker for a whole episode.
  • First-Name Basis: Beginning in episode 13, but only on Aoyama's part. Ichigo fantasizes about him insisting that he call her "Masaya," but keeps calling him "Aoyama-kun" to the end of the series. In a filler episode, Retasu knows that the boy she's interested in is in a relationship because he's on a First-Name Basis with the librarian.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: Okay, this is a magical girl series and therefore Heart Is an Awesome Power. Still, there are some pretty cool powers — laser whips, flight, making boulders rise from the ground — alongside some only sometimes useful ones, like turning your legs into a fish tail, or outright sucky ones like turning into a helpless kitten.
  • Flower Motifs: The first chapter of the manga gives every girl a different flower background.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Ichigo does this to Retasu after Retasu causes problems unintentionally with her new-found powers.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The reason that the Mew Mews were born.
  • Genetic Engineering is the New Nuke: The premise of the series, based very, very loosely on actual science.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Mew Mint slaps Mew Ichigo in episode 50 to get her out of her Heroic BSoD.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Ichigo attempts to speak English in a filler episode, and it's... not great. "I am a Ichigo!"
    • Also ... this scene from episode 10, featuring Zakuro's "amazing" English skills. Not helped by Ichigo gushing over how good Zakuro's English is.
      • To be fair, for someone who doesn't speak English at all, that Zakuro can communicate at all must sound pretty impressive.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In the Korean dub.
  • Green Aesop: In the end, the heroes stop searching for any more of the rare MacGuffin that would instantly purify everything because the root of the problem is things needed to be purified in the first place.
  • Henshin Hero: Transforming magical girls, clearly.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ichigo can't even bring herself to fight when the genre's requisite Brainwashed Boyfriend Finale starts up.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Everywhere in the series finale. They're all brought back to life in the end.
    • Tart tries to cover Ichigo by fighting Pai. He was killed shortly after.
    • Pai counters a dangerous explosion in an attempt to protect the remaining Mews.
    • Aoyama releases the Mew Aqua inside him to resurrect everyone who was killed during the fight.
    • Ichigo gives up her life in order to save Aoyama.
  • Heroic Willpower: In the anime, where the girls have more emotion-driven side abilities, Mew Mint can withstand strong winds by feeling either this or just really sad.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Minto and Zakuro. Minto fangirls over her when she's introduced, declares her love for her much later when they're fighting, and... if any more ever comes from it, it happens offscreen and goes unmentioned.
  • High School A.U.: Petite Mew Mew is a kindergarten AU.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Mew Lettuce kinda sucks after her Redemption Demotion at first, but she later gets back up to par, even if we don't see her controlling water again.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The characters' names, attacks, appearances... Everything is a pun.
  • I Have Your Wife: Pie and Tart threaten to have the Monster of the Week kill Ichigo if Aoyama/The Blue Knight retaliates or avoids their attacks in Episode 47.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ichigo to Masaya as he's trapped inside Deep Blue.
  • Identically Named Group: The "Three Beckys" who bullied Mew Lettuce — notable as they were unnamed in the original Japanese.
  • Improvised Weapon: In episode 7 Mew Ichigo throws Bu-ling's balancing ball at Quiche to keep him from taking Bu-ling's spirit.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: At the very end, Quiche finally gives up the whole stalking thing and lets Ichigo be with who she wants.
  • Identical Stranger: Masaya has two: one in a filler, one in the PlayStation game.
  • Image Song: The five girls each get some, as does Ringo from the aforementioned game.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Heart-shaped bells? Castanets?
  • Improbably Female Cast: Despite not being a Bishoujo Series.
  • In a Single Bound: In episode 6 Ichigo narrowly avoids being hit by a truck by jumping high enough to dodge it.
  • Instrument of Murder: Mew Lettuce fights with castanets.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Chikyuu no mirai ni gohoushi suru ~nya!note 
  • Intimate Healing: Neko-Ichigo needs to kiss someone to turn human; also, the Mu Aqua kiss.
  • Joshikousei: Ichigo and Retasu wear Sailor Fuku.
  • Jumped at the Call: Bu-ling was extremely excited to become a magical girl and wouldn't stop pestering Ichigo until she became one, while Ichigo attempted to ward her off to no avail. Meanwhile, even though Minto acts like she's put out by the whole thing, the extras in the manga volumes infer that she's secretly thrilled.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Bu-ling is a little kid, and Ringo acts like one.
  • Knight of Cerebus: By the time Deep Blue finally steps out of the shadows, things start taking a turn for the dark and dramatic for the Mew Mews.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Anime: the mentioned "new enemy"; manga: Berry.
  • Late for School: ...And dates, and work, and...
  • Little Bit Beastly: All the girls. It remains the most prominent example of kemonomimi in anime that's out today.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Half the cast is involved in one. Masaya and Ichigo are in love, but Quiche and Ryou, the Mysterious Protector The Blue Knight revealed to be Masaya, and even the fat cat 'Francois' are in love with Ichigo, while Masaya has a squad of fangirls. Retasu has a crush on Ryou, and Pie has a crush on her.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Ichigo's father disapproves of Aoyama at first and challenges him to a kendo match. Ichigo intervenes, and convinces him to accept Aoyama.
  • Love Triangle: Retasu in the anime gets Ship Tease with both Ryou and Pie. She gets No Romantic Resolution. Then there's Ichigo's harem situation.
  • Luminescent Blush: Ichigo does this Once an Episode or more whenever a boy (any boy) flirts with her or Masaya does anything whatsoever.
  • MacGuffin: Halfway through the series, the girls start searching to collect Mew Aqua and use them when the aliens attack with particularly dangerous pollutants.
  • Made of Diamond: A turtle chimera’s carapace in Episode 24 - literally.
  • Magical Girl: Of the Magical Girl Warrior subtype, where the main characters transform into cute dresses and use Magic from Technology to fight monsters.
  • Magic from Technology: Genetic engineering!
  • Man-Eating Plant: The chimera anima that swallows Masha in a filler episode.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • Korea: Berry Berry Mew Mew
    • Italy: Mew Mew Amiche Vincenti
    • 4Kids: Mew Mew Power
  • Meaningful Name: All the main characters' surnames have their theme colours in them. So why is the "ai" in "Aizawa Minto" "dark blue", while "blue" is the "ao" in "Aoyama Masaya"? Well, there's a reason for that, too.
  • Meido: Minto has her own personal maid squadron, although none of them are fetishy.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Mew Aqua is a temporary variety, able to allow a user to turn Masha into a weapon and purify a large-scale area... but it's one-use-only, so they have to go find one every time they need one. Ribb Strawberry Surprise, the group attack, also counts.
  • Mission Control: Ryou and Keiichirou, who run the project and their home base and will often track down a Mew Aqua or find a chimera anima attack and tell the girls where to go find it.
  • Missing Mom: Bu-ling's mom is dead. Before the series starts, this escalates to Parental Abandonment.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: In the spinoff manga Petite Mew Mew (an Alternate Universe in kindergarten), all the girls show characteristics of their infused animal DNA — in Retasu's case, her lower half is a porpoise tail. She is always shown partially submerged in a body of water, such as a wading pool or a giant fishbowl.
  • Monster of the Week: The girls fight a different Chimera Anima every episode.
  • Motive Decay: In the original version, the aliens wanted to reclaim Earth as their homeland and wipe out humanity due to their heavy pollution of the planet. In the 4Kids dub, their motive is changed to them being jealous of humanity and wanting to find a new planet after having destroyed their own and retreating to a worse planet, with the Cyniclons having never lived on Earth.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: A lot: Ichigo is a glutton who accepts the call only when Shirogane offers her free samples of his cafe's sweets; Aoyama is such a sloth that, unless Ichigo is involved, he never does what he wants because it's easier to just smile; Zakuro's full of Wrath and reacts with violence (physical and psychological) to any problem and her mere eyes are enough to scare the cafe's customers; Minto is a textbook example of Pride, treating everyone but Zakuro and Shirogane with disdain; Shirogane is so greedy he asked for money to help Ichigo with her homework and never paid the ticket of the Tokyo Dome. If they were heroes, we'd even have Lust (Quiche) and Envy (Pie)...
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Poor, poor Masaya. He gets this in-universe from Quiche in his attempts to take Ichigo, and out-of-universe, he used to be the page image for Die for Our Ship.
  • Musical Assassin: The Chimera Anima created from Mary McGuire’s spirit in Episode 6.
  • Neck Lift: Near the end of the anime's first season, Deep Blue grabbed Ichigo by the throat and lifted her into the air.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Yes, Magical Girl fans, be prepared to sigh and facepalm whenever you bring up this series, because people who don't know any better will call it a Sailor Moon ripoff like they do every other show. In fact, this is why many fans don't ever bring it up. *facepalm*
  • New Eden: Mew Aqua is some powerful stuff.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mew Pudding encases a Mew Aqua droplet in a Puringring Inferno, which accelerates its destabilization and makes it harder for the other Mew Mews to get it under control.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Kanna, Minto's "rival" in a filler episode, does the ojou laugh constantly to underline that she's even more of a spoiled rich girl than Minto.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: In the beginning, Ichigo constantly frets that being a catgirl superheroine will scare her boyfriend off. He doesn't mind, actually.
  • Nonindicative Name: That's the trouble with weird puns for weapons and attacks... What's a Ribbon Lettuce Rush got to do with shooting water at your enemies?
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Quiche, Tart, and Pie start out unleashing chimera anima on the heroes and running away when they fail, but their schemes become more effective over time and present a real threat to the lives of the Mew Mews and other civilians. They never completely succeed, but the heroes have to work harder to stop them each time.
  • Odd Friendship: Everyone, really.
  • Odd Name Out: The Mew Mews are named after something sweet: strawberries, mint sweets, pudding, pomegranates and... lettuce?
  • Once an Episode: Ichigo transforms every single episode, even when there's no Chimera Animas to fight.
  • Parental Abandonment: For all we've seen Ichigo's parents as "overprotective", they seem to come out of the equation when she has to save the city. At least she still has them, though, unlike Bu-ling, Zakuro, Ryou...
    • This could be due to the independence that Japanese children are afforded; it's not uncommon for young kids to take the train to school by themselves.
  • Part-Time Hero: Each of the Mews have to balance school, work, and relationships with their Mew Mew duties.
  • Pillar of Light: Ribbon Strawberry Surprise has light pillars appear when the other four power up Ichigo.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Just guess.
  • Playing with Syringes: Rare heroic example, as the Mu Project uses genetic engineering on unwitting subjects to turn them into magical girls to save the world.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: The manga's Mew Aqua arc had each of the Mew Mews find one in their own element and use it against a monster matching their own strengths (Minto in the air, Retasu in the ocean, Bu-ling underground, etc). Averted in the anime, where Ichigo got all of them.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair In the anime, the Adaptation Dye-Job is undone when characters transform. Also, Blue Knight bleaches when he transforms.
  • The Power of Love: The focus of Episode 47, mentioned in the title.
  • Premature Empowerment: All five girls had this (they were given their powers without being asked) and Ichigo's quest was to find the others after Ryou had injected them. Zakuro and Retasu had the worst reactions to it, Zakuro just didn't want to join them and Retasu's powers went out of control until she was told what was happening to her.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Quiche finally does something for Ichigo's good rather than just stalk and terrorize her; he takes a hit from Deep Blue that was supposed to kill Ichigo, and dies soon after. He is revived with the rest of the city, though.
  • Refrain from Assuming: The 4Kids songs. This has been somewhat fixed since the iTunes release of the soundtrack. For instance, "Dance Another Day" is not "Remember When."
  • Refusal of the Call: Ichigo refused to help at first because she just wanted to be normal, whereas Zakuro blows the whole group off, not wanting to be told what to do and finding Minto's fangirlism annoying.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: In an anime filler episode 26, the aliens play this. Due to their lack of knowledge of the game, they take it very seriously.
  • Rules of Orphan Economics: Bu-ling is a type 3.
  • Sailor Earth: These are popular in fanfic, what with the number of endangered animals and food-based names one could use.
  • Salaryman: In episode 6 Ichigo tells her father, Shintaro, off for the way he's talking, as it doesn't fit a salaryman like him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Ryou can do basically whatever he wants with two justifications: "it's to save the world" or "I'm super rich." He runs a business at 15, owns a yacht, can get exclusive event tickets (though he doesn't always pay for them), and throws lavish parties, giving all his employees fancy clothes for the occasion. Minto is also loaded, but keeps much of it to herself.
  • Secret-Keeper: While Ryou is against it, Masaya finds out about Ichigo's identity shortly after they start going out, and he keeps that secret from then on.
  • Secret Test of Character: Zakuro attacks Minto during her 10-Minute Retirement when she claims to have stopped caring about the fate of the Earth. She turns to attack her dog, but when Minto goes to protect the dog, she notes that Minto really does care. Zakuro does it again in Episodes 42 and 43 to test the Mew Mews’ commitment to the fight and faith in each other.
  • Sequel Hook: The manga ends with Berry Shirayuki (the sequel's protagonist) learning that the café is closed and remarking that she'll have to come by next time. Meanwhile, the anime ends with the Mews running off to fight a new, undescribed threat.
  • Shipper on Deck: The other Mew Mews ship Ichigo/Aoyama and, in one episode, Retasu/Edomurasaki.
  • Ship Tease: Ichigo gets this with Quiche, Aoyama and Ryou, becoming Official Couple with Aoyama. Retasu has some with Ryou, who she kisses to save from drowning at one point, and Pie. Bu-Ling has a Toy Ship version with Tart.
  • Shoujo
  • Sick Episode: Ichigo spends most of episode 17 dealing with a cold that suppresses her powers.
  • Shout-Out: A Sailor Moon stage show appears in one episode.
  • Show Within a Show: Strange example: Only One Wish, a horror manga from Mia Ikumi, is revealed to exist in TMM's continuity as a four-episode tv series starring Zakuro as the mysterious Angel of the Wishes and Ichigo as her cat (Ichigo was not amused when she learned about her role).
  • Something We Forgot: Episode 24, the one with the jewelry show, Bu-ling takes on one of the aliens to buy the rest of the team time. Fast forward, the fight is won, the jewelry show finishes and everyone is happy right? But wait, where's Bu-ling? Oh, she's still fighting with Tart; lampshaded by the aliens ('they seem to be having fun, let's leave them alone').
  • So What Do We Do Now?: Get married, apparently, at least in the manga.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Tokyopop isn't helping.
  • Stock Footage: All the transformations and attacks, as is genre standard.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Quiche's introduction is to jump from a roof and crash one of these to Ichigo.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Minto in one episode, as a result of being discouraged over the chances the Mew Mews have of saving Earth (although the 4kids dub indicates that she's angry over Ichigo's attitude towards work).
  • Theme Naming
  • Thinly-Veiled Dub Country Change: The 4Kids' first attempt at dubbing the anime... or should we say, "Hollywood Mew Mew"? One of their billing points was the fact that 'when we're done, kids won't realize it takes place in Japan anymore'. Even though they eventually renamed it 'Mew Mew Power', this did not stop them from trying to reset it in America. Despite being one of the most blatantly "set in Japan" anime ever.
  • Third-Person Person: Bu-ling, Ringo.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Stock phrase of the Mew Mews to the aliens, often immediately before or after transforming.
    • Ichigo also uses this as a Badass Boast against a monster attacking Tokyo in her dreams in an early episode.
  • Those Two Guys: Miwa and Moe.
  • Title Drop: When the media sees the Mew Mews and ask what they're called, the initial response ("We're from Cafe Mew Mew in Tokyo") gets sensibly changed at the last minute, and Ichigo declares their name to be "Tokyo Mew Mew."
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Seriously, IF the aliens attacked New York first, they wouldn't find any obstacle such as "Big Apple Mew Mew". What were they thinking? In the anime, the aliens also need Mew Aqua to awaken Deep Blue (and Mew Aqua can only be found around Japan), but there's no excuse in the manga.
  • Tokyo Tower: Features heavily in episodes 25 and 26 as the location of the Moth Chimera's cocoon and the first battle for Mew Aqua.
  • Totally Radical: The Tokyopop translated manga.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted in Episode 45, when Quiche knocks Ichigo’s pendant out of her hand before she can finish transforming.
  • Two-Timer Date: With the other party being a monster of the week...
  • Underwater Kiss: Between Ryou and Lettuce to save him from drowning.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted in Episode 41; the Mew Mews besides Mew Lettuce completely describe their plan to deal with the fish Chimera Anima, and the plan works.
  • Verbal Tic: Ichigo occasionally nyas, Minto says "desu wa", and Bu-ling says "na no da".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quiche has one after discovering that the Mew Aqua does not generate power, but merely stores it. He was already on thin ice with Pie and Tart before then, and they’re not pleased when they learn this. He also becomes increasingly emotionally unstable over time as a result of Ichigo rejecting him, failing his missions, and the aliens suffering in their temporary home.
    • Later, over the course of the five-part series finale, Deep Blue gradually loses his composure as Aoyama starts to fight back against him from within. The more Aoyama fights back, the more Deep Blue loses his cool, until he is finally dead and Aoyama is therefore free.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Quiche, Pie, and Tart eat parfaits near a fan while complaining about humans causing global warming.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ichigo and Minto often bicker, but are willing to help each other when necessary.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: Episode 7.
    Bu-ling: "Let's do that again!"
    Ichigo: "One ride per customer!"
  • Weddings in Japan: The Mew Mew girls make a mock wedding for Ichigo and Masaya in the manga ending.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Ichigo naming Masha.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?:
    Tart: What is this power of love? I don’t get it.
    Pie: That’s... too embarrassing to explain.
  • Winged Humanoid: Mew Mint, who has bird DNA.
  • World of Technicolor Hair: Unnatural hair colors are very common in this series. With the exception of Bu-ling Huang/Mew Pudding (who is blonde), all of the magical girls have abnormal hair colors; Ichigo (pink), Minto (blue), Retasu (green) and Zakuro (purple).
  • Yandere: Quiche.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In the beach episode, Ryou encourages Retasu when she's depressed over almost drowning herself, by telling her that she shouldn't be so hard on herself and that there's more inside her, this later gets her to overcome her fear of water and to save two children from drowning.
  • You Have Failed Me: Quiche is replaced by Pie and Tart for failing to kill the Mew Mews, and after Deep Blue begins to awaken, Quiche is cast aside.
  • You Killed My Father: Ryou's parents were killed by a chimera. Goes farther in the anime, where the actual monster responsible is the final Monster of the Week.


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Alternative Title(s): Mew Mew Power


Ichigo's Weird Chocolate

Ichigo tries her hand at making Valentine's Day chocolate for her crush, but since she's never cooked doesn't go over well.

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