Alright so it's been a hot minute since I saw this anime when I was a kid (as it was my first anime besides the usual pokemon on cartoonnetwork) but that doesn't mean I'll be blinded by nostalgia.
It's the classical magical girl anime storyline with kemonomimi characters named after desserts. That concept alone pulled me in right away as a child while reading the manga.
And I still hold true to that! The character designs are cute just like the art, that gives off a very early 2000s anime vibe that I enjoy!
The music, I find, can be a bit...badly put together. As a kid I tried to convince myself that the girl's transformation music was totally epic cool but it's really not.
As for the story, it can get super repetitive at times and the main love interest is the only bland character to me. Like his only motivation is being a cool dude™ tree-hugger that makes the main magical girl's heart go doki doki Even when he's in his *spoilers* other form(s).
I hate to say it but having passed my "subz>dubz!!11!1" days, the 4kids version holds my attention way more, even if only in a funny type of way. The 4kids transformation music is much better as well so it also has that going for it.
(Ps. If you plan on watching any version of Tokyo Mew Mew, you ought to know that the original and the 4kids version are so different they're like completely different shows so just keep that in mind,, it's not just a regular english dub. They were cutting and splitting hairs at every crossroads which was the main reason why I never respected it as a kid. But I mean, now that I've gotten older, I get creative liberties and all, I don't care as much about that now so yeah what I said above still stands)
Best Part of this Anime: Magical girl character designs (I will love to draw them all the time!)
Worst Part of this Anime: The bland ass tree hugging gary stu of a love interest like wtf this boy is blander than the early disney movie princes tf
Tokyo MewMew isn't a popular anime, I know. But I love it, its amazing.
WARNING-CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS
Story-Its all around the scene of 'true love'. I cower. I dont like extremly serious with love animes like this, but there were some parts that were just funny-well, with Ryou and Ichigo and Kishhu and Ichigo, yeah that was cute. Maybe its just that I dont find Ayoama enjoyable whatsoever? Nevermind then, maybe its just Zoey and Mark that really ticks me off.
Animation-Totally cute and loveable! Adorable eyes, cute hair and accesories.
Sound-The songs are catchy and adorable in both English and Japanese. They're voices fit their character enough.
Characters-Amazing. Mint can be a little-not even gonna say it-but the others are amazing. Although I feel Lettuce is left out far too much. The show pays little to no attention to her, and she dosent really get many episodes to herself. Its probably why i dont pay much attention to her and rather the others...I guess none of the characters get many episodes focusing on them unless thats Zoey or the whole team together.
Screw it 10/10
Tokyo Mew Mew isn't perfect. There are some things that are amazing, but there is also a lot that could have been done much better. I love nekomimi, and the main chacter being part cat was what originally drew me in. Overall it is a decent series.
I love how in the final episodes a lot of small things come together and make sense, yet the actual ending is pure cliche. It truely dissapointed me. Not that i don't like happy ending's but how everything magicly gets resolved in the final epidode is just a terrible story line which seems to have no real thought put into the ending. A bit of Tradegy never hurt anyone.
This is the only thing that truely annoyed me every time I watched this. Espicially in the fighting sceenes the background would always stay the same when Ichigo used her move (Cloudy sky) even if it was nightime or she was in building. The other's I could understand because the backgrounds went with their Red Data Animals, But i don't get hers. If I ever watched many episodes in a row I got to the point where I would skip the long metomorphisis Sceenes, simply becaus they happened to often (EVERY TIME) and when all 5 transformed at once it took almost two minutes of the same thing i saw over and over again.
I honestly didn't listen to rate the sound. Besides talking i don't think I ever picked up on background noise unless it was part of the story.
In the begining the charictors are all cliched, and as the story progresses only a few of them actally develop and change. Unless there was an episode focus solely on one character you never got much background information on their lifes, For example you never see Lettuce's Family or house, or ever hear of them i don't think. However for the characters that did chaneg their stories were very good. For some reason I grew attached to Kish and he became my favorite character even with his insane evil outbursts.
Story: With the distinct feeling of a Sailor Moon anime, Tokyo Mew Mew brings on a variety of characters. With the five girls banding together to fight the forces of evil and saving the world they are transformed into animals with the powers of the elements. A different villain at every turn and new elemental powers.
Animation: The animation style was a little more on the cartoony side although the series was drawn very well.
Sound: The sounds was of good quality with a catchy theme song.
Characters: The characters are not as developed as the characters is Sailor Moon, although there are glimpses of life outside of the Mew Mew group the stories are not really divulged at great length. Although there has been a wonderful emphasis placed on the distinct differences between them.
Overall: Another feel-good comedy with family-friendly fights and enough excitement to keep the plot moving right along.
Story: Up to date, this has to be the worst anime that I have seen. I do not know what kept me from stopping because I have little good to say about this and I am incredibly embarrassed to have say I have seen all 50 something episodes. It started off badly and ended that way with a plethora of fillers in middle. It's like a crap sandwich with stale bread so to speak. Fillers have little point and feel like waste of time. The "romance" was flawed and Mew Mew reeked of typical shojo which is annoying girl with little redeeming qualities somehow attracts high status boys. If you like that type of shojo, then Mew Mew maybe semi-enjoyable. For magical girl lovers, this falls flat. The transformation are bad Sailor Moon ripoffs and Ichigo has one move with one upgrade while the others only have one (which were not very good in the first place). Mew Mew's demographic is also confusing because I'm not sure who exactly is supposed to like this. Content too mature for youngins and too immature for teens. Maybe preteens is a good age, I'm not too sure.
Animation: I guess for it's time that animation was decent. I was not a fan of the costumes and the eyes of the characters. All of the girls had such sluttly looking uniforms. The male characters were superior to the girls but not by too much. Ryou and Kish were lookers but Ryou was ruined with his wardrobe. The chimera animals were ridiculous and scenes were sometimes incoherent. Not very visually appealing to say at the very least.
Sound: The female voices got pretty annoying and there seemed to be the same audio tracks being played for every emotion. It wasn't that bad but not that good either.
Characters: Little development that does happen falls flat. Hella annoying and far from likable. Not very memorable either. The aliens and Deep Blue-sama had potential that was never filled.
Overall: I would not recommend this to someone nor every watch it again. I truly question why I bothered in the first place.