In its first update since the tragic passing of series co-creator and artist Mia Ikumi, the upcoming anime Tokyo Mew Mew has released a new trailer both confirming the series’ release date and revealing two other cast members.
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First announced in 2020 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the manga’s release and the 65th anniversary of the publication in which it appeared, Kodansha’s Nakayoshi Magazine Tokyo Mew Mew New will serve as an all-new adaptation of the popular 2002 anime. Ikumi and author Reiko Yoshida. magical girl manga, Tokyo Mew Mew.
On May 28, the Yumeta Company and Graphinica anime series released its second and final trailer, highlighting the transformed versions of the five Mew Mews.
The trailer begins with Ichigo’s date with Masaya Aoyama before the earthquake whose destructive force heralds a mysterious light that fuses his and his teammates’ DNA with that of various animals, granting them a multitude of powerful abilities.
Standing next to a very bizarre CGI rendition of the animal she now shares half her DNA with, an Iriomote cat, the trailer then cuts to Ichicgo as she undergoes her first transformation sequence, after which she appears as the Strawberry Bell – wielding Mu Strawberry.
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As the leader of the group, his transformation is unsurprisingly the most elaborate of the group, starting with his glowing Mew pendant with a pink link before transforming into a door, through which a bright pink Iriomote cat then proceeds to leap. .
The cat then envelops Ichigo as she undergoes a usual magical transformation sequence, covering her body in what looks like the cosmos while her Strawberry Mu Gear appears on her person.
Following her transformation, the trailer then shows a brief glimpse of her signature Ribbon Strawberry Check! offensive.
Aligning the heart-shaped jewels on both of her gloves with the StrawBell Bell, the attack sees Mew Strawberry blast enemies with a hot pink energy blast – a change from the manga, where the energy is at the rainbow color background.
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Next, we see Minto Aizawa, whose recent fusion with the DNA of a blue lorikeet grants her the mantle of Mew Mint, as she wields her MinTone Arrow weapon and unleashes her Ribbon Mint Echo attack towards an unseen enemy.
In another change from the manga, Mew Mint’s arrow blade is depicted in light blue, whereas it was first depicted in pink.
After Mew Mint comes Retasu Midorikawa, whose finless porpoise DNA allows him to become Mew Lettuce.
Charging his Lettustanet’s signature attack, the third team member unleashes a powerful stream of water.
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Taking the lead from her teammates, Bu-Ling Haung, otherwise known as Mew Pudding infused with golden lion tamarind DNA, then takes center stage.
Spinning her PuRing Rings on her fingers, the chipper street performer unleashes one of her signature PuRing Ring Inferno attacks.
Finally, the trailer shows Zakuro Fujiwara, whose fusion with Gray Wolf DNA transformed her into the vigilante-turned-member Tokyo-Mew-Mew Mew Pomegranate.
Charging her ZaCross whip, Mew Pomegranate cracks her weapon to launch a ZaCross Pure Ribbon Attack.
(Fun fact: The 4Kids version of the 2002 Tokyo Mew Mew anime removed the cross from Zakuro’s whip due to concerns about the symbol’s religious associations.)
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Coming to an end, the trailer then confirmed that the series will begin airing on July 5, 2022. For overseas viewers, it will be available to stream exclusively on Sentai Filmworks’ HIDIVE service.
In a post-credits teaser, the trailer gave fans their first look at new Tokyo Mew Mew appearances from the series’ main antagonistic alien trio, who appear on Earth wishing to “reclaim” it from humanity.
The first is the most dedicated and stoic teammate of the group, Pie (CV: Yuuchirou Umehara, Goblin Slayer, Goblin Slayer):
Followed by the youngest member of the team, Tart (CV: Daiki Yamashita, Izuku Midoriya, My Hero Academia):
And finally, Quiche (CV: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Katsuki Bakugo, My Hero Academia), their de facto leader who secretly yearns for Ichigo’s affections:
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Originally published between 2000 and 2003 – with its first 52-episode anime adaptation produced by Studio Pierrot and simulcast between 2002 and 2003 – Tokyo Mew Mew, as Kodansha sums it up, opens with the “first date you of Ichigo with the cutest boy in school, where she is exposed to a mysterious ray that mixes her DNA with that of the endangered Iriomote wildcat.
“She soon discovers that she has developed superhuman abilities and enhanced agility,” he continues. “Her newfound powers are put to the test as she leads a team with four other girls, each with special abilities unique to them. Together, they must now protect Earth from an alien threat known as the Deep Blue.
Kodansha re-released the manga in 2011, updating its translation and releasing the story in three omnibus volumes.
As noted above, this new trailer is the series’ first update since the tragic death of Ikumi, who suffered a sudden subarachnoid brain hemorrhage at the age of 42 earlier this year.
Before passing away, it was announced that Ikumi would draw the covers for a new re-release of the 10-volume Tokyo Mew Mew manga, commissioned to commemorate the new anime, as well as oversee the anime.
According to an obituary of the mangaka posted by Kodansha Nakayoshi’s editorial department (via DeepL), Ikumi had “already drawn the cover artwork for all new editions,” as well as “some, but not all, of the newly drawn manga. to be included in each volume.
“Ikumi has been lovingly overseeing the anime for two years now, and we are very happy to be able to deliver the new edition to you,” the publisher continued. “We, the surviving family members, will continue to treat his works with great care and we will continue to produce them with great care while enduring our grief, so that we can carry on his legacy.
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