Manga Review: Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi (Omnibus 1; Volume 1 & 2)

Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi (Omnibus 1; Volume 1 & 2)

11476862Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi
Published By: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: October 25th 2011
Genres: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: January 2018
Links: Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Booktopia | Book Depository

Ichigo is out on a date with her ‘crush’ when suddenly she’s involved in an odd incident in which her DNA is merged with the DNA of an almost extinct wildcat. When four other girls’ DNA is merged with the DNA of four other almost extinct animals, it’s apparent that they’re part of a much bigger plan. Ichigo and her friends have been chosen to become a part of a secret project called the “Mew Project.” Their mission: To protect the planet from aliens who are using animal to attack humans!

For those unfamiliar, Tokyo Mew Mew is a magical girl series centred around Ichigo Momomiya and four girls – Minto Aizawa, Retasu Midorikawa, Bu-Ling Huang, Zakuro Fujiwara – that become her teammates in an on-going battle against a race of aliens who are trying to take over the Earth by infecting animals with alien parasites to use as biological weapons. Ichigo and the girls are all fused with the DNA of various “red data” animals that are near extinction to help them combat the alien threat.

I’m a sucker for magical girl books. All I ask for is cute art, a sweet main character, a quest, and silly catchphrases and I will love it probably way more than it really deserves. The environmental theme – the Mew Mew girls have all been infused with the DNA of endangered animals, and there’s a “saving the environment” thread – is not exactly well-developed. It’s just the backdrop for fighting monsters in adorable costumes. But I am totally fine with this.

Personally, I don’t think that anyone should let that prevent them from giving this series a try. It tends to be pretty light-hearted, and for a lot of younger individuals, this was the gateway defining magical girl series for them. It’s fun and the characters have a lot of heart, and my opinion of it hasn’t diminished since I watched the Anime as a young teen. I grew up watching the English dubbed anime and I was so upset when they discontinued the show. So, I recently decided to eventually pick up the manga to try and catch up to the part where they left off in the show.

Volume 1:

Ichigo is out on a date with her ‘crush’ when suddenly she’s involved in an odd incident in which her DNA is merged is with the DNA of an almost extinct wildcat. When four other girls’ DNA is merged with the DNA of four other almost extinct animals, it’s apparent that they’re part of a much bigger plan. Ichigo and her friends have been chosen to become part of a secret project called the “Mew Project.” Their mission: To protect the plant from aliens who are using the planet’s animals to attack humans.

I’ve been meaning to read this manga for a while. Apparently it’s really different to the anime, and English dubbing butchers it anyway, so this should be interesting. This is adorable so far.

I loved the transformation sequence–where she was merging with the cat. One problem though would be that it’s hard to follow the page layout sometimes. Another thing that’s bugging me–the fight scenes barely last a page! There’s little action in them, really, though it is early on. I suppose it is shojo and I shouldn’t expect much violence or action. It’d be nice, though…

I have lots of hopes of the story getting stronger as it continues, and I’m glad to find something else to add to my manga collection. Let’s hope this’ll get interesting…

Volume 2:

Kish sends out numerous chimera animas to infect the various wild animals on display at the park. Ichigo was just another normal seventh grader – until she was involved in an odd incident in which her DNA was merged with the DNA of an almost extinct wildcat. Now, she’s transformed into a crime-fight cat named Mew Mew and must find the rest of the Tokyo Mew Mew crew as soon as possible. However, that mission turns out to be much more difficult than she ever imagined!

This was a bit better than the first volume! There was more action in this one, and the Kish drama is continuing. I must say, the guy’s a creep, but I’m enjoying the whole situation with him more than I should.

Though, am I the only one who’s a bit disturbed knowing that Ichigo’s only eleven? That’s an awful lot of romance for an eleven year old… not to mention she looks about fifteen!

There is absolutely nothing spectacular about this manga whatsoever. This has the same formula that started in Sailor Moon. A couple of girls has some cute outfits and use their unique powers to defeat the evil bad guys.

While I never watched or read Sailor Moon I know that each of the girls represent a certain planet and each have unique powers. Tokyo Mew Mew is no exception. But there are a few twists. Instead of each girl representing a planet, each one is representing an endangered animal species.  I am enjoying this series though, and will Continue it!

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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