Tokyo Mew Mew anime review

Tokyo Mew Mew anime review
On her first date with the cutest boy in school, Ichigo is zapped by a mysterious ray that scrambles her DNA with that of the endangered Iriomote wildcat. The next day, Ichigo discovers that she has developed the agility (and occasionally the ears and tail) of a cat, as well as the power to transform into a pink-haired superheroine, Mew Ichigo. She and four other girls, each endowed with the genes of a different "Red Data" animal, have been selected for the top-secret Mew Project, which aims to protect the Earth from an alien menace known as Deep Blue.

Although you may not guess it by reading the synopsis, Tokyo MewMew is near perfect clone (parody?) of Sailor Moon. Everything and everyone in this show references back to the first season of Sailor Moon, and yet, it's too blatant (and too charming) to be easily dismissed as a cheap rip-off.

You have Ichigo, the ponytailed ditz who can only think of boys and food, Mint, the raven-haired prissy snob who thinks she's better at everything than Ichigo, and Lettuce, the painfully shy smart girl. Ichigo wields the power "Ribbon Strawberry Check", which is almost excatly like "Pink Sugar Heart Attack", Mint's "Ribbon Mint Arrow" is just like "Flare Arrow" , and "Ribbon Lettuce Rush" is "Shabon Spray". Yet, the girls aren't exactly like Usagi, Rei and Ami. Ichigo isn't a crybaby at all, in fact, she's rather headstrong and brave. (Except when it comes to ghosts. She hates ghosts.) Mint is always calm and collected, and much more devious and sneaky in her teasing of Ichigo. Lettuce...well, she's even more of a wallflower than Ami was. Hopefully she'll develop more of a personality as she show goes along.

Tokyo MewMew also has the ridiculous monsters-of-the-week, magical items (Lettuce Castanets!) and frilly costumes that Sailor Moon made popular. But that's about all it has in common. Its premise of merging girls genetically with animals is rather original. They aren't really true magical girls but more like advanced bioengineered superhumans. Their 'magic' items were created in a lab, not granted by any otherworldly being. Tokyo MewMew takes the all-girl magic sentai team and gives it a fresh facelift and a more modern premise, which works well.

The animation is above average for television, and has more of the old style cel look to it rather than the new glossy computer colored style that shows like Angelic Layer and Full Metal Panic have. What impressed me was that they used this style and managed to not make it look cheap or low budget. The shoujo bubbles are pure CG however, and incredibly beautiful (and cutesy). It gives Tokyo MewMew a bright, happy feel. The music is standard magical girl show issue. Nothing really remarkable or memorable. The only song really worth mentioning is the end song, which is hyper-cute and silly.

Tokyo MewMew isn't groundbreaking by any means, but it is fun, and rather enjoyable to watch. Sailor Moon fans wil absolutely adore it, and even fans who think that they've grown beyond Sailor Moon can find something to enjoy in this show. But MewMew is it's own show, and it's not over yet. I can't wait to see where this series is heading.

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