The fierce cats of Tokyo Mew Mew New are coming back! The all-new anime of Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi‘s Tokyo Mew Mew manga revealed on their official website the anime’s second season is slated to premiere on April 4 on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. A teaser PV for the series was also revealed on the website, along with a new key visual. The PV features the show’s new opening song “Megamorpho-se” (めがもるふぉ～ぜ♡) performed by Smewthie.
The anime commemorates both the 20th anniversary of the manga and the 65th anniversary of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine, which originally serialized it.
The series stars the members of the J-pop Idol unit Smewthie:
Yūki Tenma as Ichigo Momomiya
Mirai Hinata as Mint Aizawa
Ryōko Jūni as Lettuce Midorikawa
Momoka Ishii as Zakura Fujiwara
Rian Toda as Pudding Fong
Yūma Uchida (Fruit Basket’s Kyo) as Masaya Aoyama
Yūichi Nakamura (Haikyu!!’s Tetsurō Kuroo) as Ryō Shirogane
Yusuke Shirai (Handa-kun’s Kei Hanada) as Keiichirō Akasaka
Akira Ishida (Evangelion’s Kaworu Nagisa) as Seiji Aizawa
Iori Saeki (Nekopara’s Vanilla) as Moe Yanagida
Aina Suzuki as Miwa Honjō
Nobuhiko Okamoto (Blue Exorcist’s Rin Okumura) as Quiche
Yuichiro Umehara (Goblin Slayer’s Goblin Slayer) as Pie
Daiki Yamashita (My Hero Academia’s Deku) as Tart
Kaori Ishihara (Magi: The Kingdom of Magic’s Aladdin) as Masha
The staff includes:
- Director: Takahiro Natori
- Series Composition: Yuka Yamada
- Music: Yasuharu Takanashi
- Character Design: Satoshi Ishino
- Sound Director: Toshiki Kameyama
- Animation Production: Graphinica, Yumeta Company
What is Tokyo Mew Mew about?
Tokyo Mew Mew started as a manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi. The manga was originally serialized in Kodansha’s shōjo manga magazine Nakayoshi from September 2000 to February 2003. The chapters of the manga were compiled in seven volumes by Kodansha. A 52-episode anime series based on the manga was created by TV Aichi, We’ve Inc., Tokyu Agency, and Studio Pierrot. It was broadcasted in Japan from April 6, 2003, to March 29, 2003, by TXN affiliates.
Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode, the manga’s two-volume sequel, was serialized in Nakayoshi from February 2002 to January 2003. A new character named Berry Shirayuki takes over as the Mew Mew’s interim commander and is introduced in the sequel. Tokyopop initially obtained a license from Tokyo Mew Mew for English-language publishing in North America, and both the original series and à la Mode’ were released. A newly translated edition of the manga was released by Kodansha Comics in September 2011.
Mew Mew Power was the name given to the localized edited English version of the anime obtained by 4Kids Entertainment and was broadcast in North America. In addition to three extra episodes broadcasting on YTC Canada, the first 23 episodes of the series were aired on 4Kids TV in the US. 4Kids was unable to obtain the license for the remaining 26 episodes of the series and were also unable to release it on home video.
Kodansha publishes the manga in digital print and describes it as:
On her first date with the cutest boy in school, Ichigo is exposed to a mysterious ray that meshes her DNA with that of the endangered Iriomote wildcat. She soon discovers that she has developed superhuman abilities and enhanced agility. Her new powers are put to the test when she leads a team with four other girls, each endowed with special abilities of their own. Together, they must now protect the Earth from an alien menace known as Deep Blue.