Manga in 200 Words: Tokyo Mew Mew
Premise: Five teenage girls have their DNA mixed with that of endangered species and gain their powers. Together, the girls fight to protect humanity, love, and mew aqua from a group of aliens who ruined their own world.
Magical Girls: I like these powers. Cat, bird, wolf, porpoise, and monkey- they aren’t mind blowing choices or anything, but it makes you wonder what powers your favorite animal would give you. A simple internet search will show you how many imaginations have been captured by this alone.
Enemies: They are mostly likeable, and not terribly serious. After all, if two of them end up as potential love interests for the mews, then they can’t be THAT evil.
Environmental Messages: They aren’t pronounced enough to be obnoxious, but Tokyo Mew Mew really does want you to protect endangered species. (The heroines have their powers! Look how cool they are! Save the planet! Yay!)
Overall: Tokyo Mew Mew is a pretty solid magical girl manga. It doesn’t deviate much from the standard formula, but at least it follows it well. If you just want a light-hearted mahou shoujo romp without any real surprises, try this series.
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