Tokyo Mew Mew New~❤
Infused with the DNA of endangered animals, five young sugary sweet girls fight monsters mutated by aliens. Ichigo Momomiya just wants a normal school life and a boyfriend, but then she is thrown into saving the world from monsters and finding the other four Mew Mews.
I love this series, I want to give this a 10/10 because I personlly enjoy it, but just because I'm in love with it, doesn't mean I'm blind to it's faults. If only. 😩
I felt the urge to write this review after checking out Kish's character profile. Some hate him, while most like him.
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Ready or not...
Plot holes kill me. Since this is a cheery little strawberry shortcake type of show, I learn to ignore things that don't make sense. After all, this is a remake of a beloved child's show I grew up with.
Some fans of the show have a problem with Kish's personality. I wouldn't want him to be a real person, but this is just anime. A lot of anime and manga have much worse things in them. He's certainly flawed, but only for the sake of being interesting.
As usual, many criticize one character's behavior, and maybe rightfully so, yet completely ignore bigger, worse issues.
The enitre premise of the show and manga is that five girls are infused with animal DNA in order to fight monsters. That seems fine, but if you think about it, who in their right mind would work for the same people that modified their DNA without their permission?
Season 2, or Part Two is slated for Spring 2023.
As a person who watched the previous version, I was very impressed with this remake of Tokyo Mew Mew.
I'm not going to talk about the animation and character design, because we're talking about 20 years of difference, which has allowed an evolution in all aspects. Despite everything, the current design of the character Mint is much better than the previous, in my opinion.
However, I expected more characters to have a greater impact on the story, or at least appear more often.
As for the story, I liked the fact that they kept it short: the girls meeting earlier, not putting certain stories in just to fill up the show, etc. The essence of Tokyo Mew Mew is present in this new version, and even though they changed the direction of some parts of the story, it still makes sense. I don't know if the Blue Knight will eventually show up, but the fact that the girls (especially Ichigo) don't have to depend on him too much was a nice addition (Girl Power :D). We have the comedy, suspense, romance, fantasy and magic that the previous one also provided.
The music is also quite nice to listen to.
Overall, I think this remake is very well done. One or two things could have been added, but I liked the excellent summary they did of the first 26-27 episodes of the old version.
If you've heard about Tokyo Mew Mew and were planning on watching this remake to learn about an old classic....don't. Check out the original instead. I've seen bits of the original dubbed series, and read all of the manga, and this show doesn't have the vibes I was hoping for. While the animation is obviously a huge upgrade, I'm not sure if anything else was.
Rushed is the one word summary of the first six-ish episodes. Not sure why there was such a hurry because this is a multi-season show, but the first chunk of this show was a mess. The first four episodes were so focused on introducing the characters as fast as possible, they jumped erratically and very suddenly from scene to scene without any proper transitions/pacing, giving the episodes a jarring feeling. It felt like full scenes were missing. Luckily after the mid-way point, the pacing slows down, allowing the scenes to breath properly. Hopefully this won't be an issue in the second season.
Other than that glaring problem, the story is okay, if somewhat generic, for a magical girl series. It follows the original manga fairly closely, but is more condensed than the original anime series (which created enough content to make it to 50 episodes). Tokyo Mew Mew New is about five who are injected with ~science~ to allow them to transform into magical girls themed after endangered animals. Their purpose is to defeat the evil aliens who want to pollute the earth for some vague reason. The premise is based on environmental activism, but that theme is lost after the first episode. Mostly it's typically Sailor-Moon-monster-of-the-week episodes. The last two episodes were probably the best ones,I enjoyed them.
One of my favorite parts about the plot is Ichigo/Masaya's relationship. It actually developes like a normal relationship and cuts out the bullshit most anime dives into. Right from the begining they casually start dating, without the awkward situations anime tend to put their would-be couples through. No constant crying over boys like Sailor Moon. They vaguely hint at a possible love triangle, but don't do much with it in this season.
Obviously a big upgrade over the original season. They dull down the neon colors to make the character designs more visually apealing. However, there were consistency issues. Sometimes the animation was detailed, not amazing but decent, while other times characters lost details and quality. But it wasn't noticeably bad.
Due to the messy first half of the show, we didn't get great character intros. They were oversimplified to get through each characters' introduction as fast as possible. And of course, since it's a 20-year old magical girl show, their personalilties are a bit generic (shy book girl, rich girl, loner girl, etc), so don't expect much there. There is a bit of character development, but not much.
I do however, love the designs of their magical girl outfits. It's probably based on nostalgia, but I like their simplistic animal-based designs because they don't have a million colors/bows/ribbons. The triangle-based trim is the only weird choice.
Overall, this remake is a solid "okay". Not amazing, not terrible. I haven't seen it in a while, but I remember the original show being more energetic and fun. This one lacks charm and depth, and the first half is a bit of a mess. However, it manages to recover at the end. Hopefully that's a good sign for the second season, but I wish as much planning was put into this season.
O-M-G!!! I am fangirling so freaking much right now like you can't understand! >w< Tokyo Mew Mew was probably the first anime I ever watched (when I knew what anime actually was) so for me to watch a remake 10 years later is so incredible! <3
I have only watched the first episode but boy-O-boy the little 12 year old girl inside me is so happy right now haha! XD
I do not know if others think the same that this is good anime but for me it is so very nostalgic! <3
I actually do not mind the new animation design ( + colors) and they have even made som changes to the storyline that I think are very nice because I don't think that they are gonna make this version a 52 episodes long anime? So maybe that is going to be disappointing or maybe it is going to be quite good who knows?
Well now I have watched it and some thing are great like I really like Ichigo's cat form it is totally cute but other things like the original has long episodes were here they put like 3 together to 1 and that is a little sad sometimes... but still really good for TMM fans! >///<
In a few days we will learn if Tokyo Mew Mew New, the 20th anniversary remake of Tokyo Mew Mew, will wind up things nicely with aliens defeated and given enough Mew Agua to save their struggling planet (or something else … I hate to think I ran a spoiler here), or a lead-up to a much hoped for (or dreaded ... it depends on what side of the aisle you're on) second season will continue the Mew Mew's battle to save the planet environmentally as well as free from all threats of space invaders.
It was hard to fathom how Yumeta Co. could super concentrate the classic 52-episode season into twelve. But it is feasible. It would just mean that we will never meet the despicable overlord Deep Blue. But then, having Deep Blue castigate the team of Quiche, Pie, and Tart would be sorely missed, especially as DP compares the alien trio with three incompetent humanoid characters (with Tart asking why the fat, bald fellow goes 'nyuk, nyuk, nyuk’ all the time). But, then again, Deep Blue brought in a whole lot of unnecessary complexity in the 2002 Tokyo Mew Mew. I mean, the doubling of voice actors over two or more roles. One could catch that Deep Blue was voiced by the seiyuu who did Aoyama. That there was a connection between Deep Blue and Aoyama as the forces of evil were turning Ichigo's sweetie into a fiend of infamy (yet, she loves him still! OMG!). that Deep Blue and Aoyama (Japanese for Blue Mountain) is the most obvious play-on-words in the history of anime. Maybe a short twelve-episode and done isn't a half bad idea.
The animation of the remake softens the origin characters with pastel effects. Not a bad approach, though some might say improvements were made for Ichigo and Lettuce, less so for Mint and Zakuro. Bu-ling was a hard act to follow, and she doesn't seem to be as animated as the 2002 version. The villains were more disjointed, as if Tart and Pie came to replace the love-obsessed Quiche. No radical changes to the plot, but shortened versions might miss an important point now and then.
This may lead to a number of unfair comparisons between the original and remake (e.g., a 2002 Chimera Anima could beat the snot out of a 2022 Chimera Anima). After all, what can you do to develop the personalities in twelve episodes which fifty-two had greater opportunities? You do have to depend on the original to guide you through Tokyo Mew Mew New. What if you've never seen the original? Well, call it what it is ... a fine salute to an anime classic.
And if they can tell the story in twelve easy episodes, it's fine with me. This would mean that Yumeta Co. deep-sixed Deep Blue. An act of anime genius!
Then again, I would welcome a second season to see how the remake tweaks the most vile nemesis the world of anime could imagine.