Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi
Published By: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: December 20th 2011
Genres: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy
Date Read: February 2018
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!
I Enjoyed this second omnibus collection better than the first Omnibus! Although, I still had some problems with this volume too! We get quite a few more shenanigans in this volume. Ichigo has been asked to go on dates with Masaya, but every time she agrees to meet him, she gets interrupted by her role to team up and defeat aliens. Additional points of note are that this volume ends on a slight cliffhanger with the appearance of another new character, and there is an extra bonus story in the back that is unrelated to Tokyo Mew Mew. (The bonus story isn’t necessary to read at all, but it’s just a fun little extra included)
Ichigo avoids Masaya out of fear that he knows her secret. Kish is joined by two other aliens, Pie and Tart. While Kish is confined for being unable to defeat the Mews Mews, Pie takes over attacking the girls and sends a chimera anima to attack Ichigo’s school.
To start with, why don’t we just forget about those other four girls on the Mew Mew “Team”? They have been thrown to the side lines for four volumes now, which has resulted in them hardly have any background information; absolutely no story lines of their own; and they only show up when Ichigo wants to complain about them or needs help in battle.
Instead the focus is entirely put on the relationship between Masaya and Ichigo. I don’t really like Aoyama that much. The main problem I have is Masaya’s character. He’s too boring. His character has no development. You end up rooting for the villain because at least Kish has a personality!
There’s a moment when Ichigo thinks her DNA has permanently morphed and instead of worrying about the rest of her life, her friends, her family, how things may never be the same way again and her entire life is gone, her first prominent thought on the issue:
“Maybe I’ll be stuck this way forever. Then I’ll never be his girlfriend.”
It is just incredibly frustrating when a female main character, who has such potential as a heroine, ends up crossing the line from having a crush on a boy to having really terrible priorities. I wouldn’t mind it if he was just the love interest, but then we have moments where she answers her phone during battle just to talk to him or when she tries to save the world really quickly because he’s waiting for her and she doesn’t want to upset him by being incredibly late while this thing is trying to kill people and she’s focused on trying to get to her date.
Ok, when the girl who is supposed to be saving the world is more preoccupied with being on time to her date with a boy she hardly knows, then you know you entrusted the powers of saving the world with the wrong person.
Other than that this was really fun Volume! Oh! Kish still fascinates me. I think he’s about the only random love interest who doesn’t annoy me, because I find him interesting.
The girls begin their search for mew aqua, but are pulled into another fight with Kish. During the fight, Masaya calls Ichigo to ask her to meet him at five o’clock and she agrees just before Kish’s chimera anima eats her phone. She is struggling to defeat the powerful chimera anima alone when a blond haired, blue-eyed alien who calls himself the Blue Knight appears and swears to protect her.
The Mew Mews are in for big trouble when the aliens plant a giant cocoon at the top of Tokyo Tower, a cocoon that once it hatches will spread deadly poison all through the air of Tokyo. It’s up to Ichigo and the Mew Mew team to save Tokyo and the world over, all in time for Ichigo’s date with Masaya in but a few hours! Not only that, but a mysterious new superhero has appeared by the name of The Blue Knight and he has sworn to protect Ichigo at any and all costs!
I enjoyed this volume! The art is very cute, but I don’t like the direction that the romance is going in, I might enjoy it more if the characters were aged up, but there still so young!
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.