Tokyo Mew Mew New ♡ Catch-Up

Feature Image via the official 2022 Tokyo Mew Mew New ♡ Anime Trailer

Feature Image via the official 2022 Tokyo Mew Mew New ♡ Anime Trailer

Dania Hernandez, International Editor

The famous shōujo manga Tokyo Mew Mew has now received its own new anime adaptation as of this summer. The anime adaptation is in Japanese, however, subtitles are available. The only way to watch the new anime adaptation currently in the United States is through HIDIVE. Although Crunchyroll is insanely popular for streaming anime internationally, the reboot is not available to stream on their platform.


The plot of the series consists of Earth being under the threat of alien invasion, in which Ryou Shirogane and Keiichiro Akasaka devise the idea of Project Mew. The project recruits five girls who are infused with the DNA of an endangered species, and are assigned with the task of saving the world. The team is led by Ichigo Momomiya, and these girls wish to protect and reclaim Earth.


The new animation style is based off of the manga’s art style evolving over time. Tokyo Mew Mew New ♡ will primarily follow the events of the original manga with some changes. The main cast has aged up and are attending high school instead. Most notable of these character redesigns and changes include: Minto Aizawa, Pudding Fong, Masaya Aoyama, and Ryou Shirogane.


Masaya Aoyama’s character was changed to become more assertive compared to his original counterpart. Meanwhile, characters such as Minto Aizawa and Pudding Fong have received new hairstyles.  As for the rest of the Mews as a whole, they have undergone color palette changes with the exception of still remaining to their original assigned color scheme. Lastly, Ryou’s outfit was changed to look more like a scientist.


Even after the passing of the series’ creator, Mia Ikumi, it has been speculated the series’ sequel, Tokyo Mew Mew: À La Mode, may receive an adaptation in order to introduce new characters into the anime. Fans have expressed desire for both Berry Shirayuki and Ringo Akai to officially debut in the series. Berry is the only canonical Mew injected with the DNA of the Amami Black Rabbit and the Andes Mountain Cat; she is featured in Tokyo Mew Mew: À La Mode.


Ringo Akai was introduced in the exclusive 2002 Japanese PlayStation game, Tokyo Mew Mew: Enter the New Mew Mew! – Serve Everyone Together. She is the player in this game, and she was designed by Mia Ikumi herself. Many fans have speculated that Ikumi may have wanted to incorporate Ringo Akai later on into the franchise, however, this is unknown.


Tokyo Mew Mew New ♡ is currently ongoing, so stay tuned!