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Tokyo Mew Mew
The profile of a smiling young girl with pink hair, black cat ears and a black cat tail wearing a pink outfit with red gloves on a pink strawberry patterned background.
The first volume of Tokyo Mew Mew, published in Japan by Kodansha on February 6, 2001
東京ミュウミュウ
(Tōkyō Myū Myū)
Genre Magical girl, Romance
Manga
Illustrator Mia Ikumi
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher Tokyopop North America
Chuang Yi Singapore
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Original run September 2000February 2003
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Noriyuki Abe
Studio Studio Pierrot
Network TV Aichi, TV Tokyo
English network YTV Canada
4Kids TV United States
Pop Girl United Kingdom
Original run April 6, 2002March 29, 2003
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Manga
Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode
Author Mia Ikumi
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher Tokyopop North America
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Original run November 2003April 2004
Volumes 2 (List of volumes)
Game
Hamepane Tōkyō Myū Myū
Developer Winkysoft
Publisher Takara
Genre Puzzle game
Platform Game Boy Advance
Released July 11, 2002
Game
Tōkyō Myū Myū – Tōjō Shin Myū Myū! – Minna Issho ni Gohōshi Suru Nyan
Developer Winkysoft
Publisher Takara
Genre Role-playing game
Platform PlayStation
Released December 5, 2002
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Tokyo Mew Mew (東京ミュウミュウ Tōkyō Myū Myū?), also known as Mew Mew Power, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from September 2000 to February 2003, and later published in seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha from April 2003 to May 2004. It focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of rare animals that gives them special powers and allows them to transform into "Mew Mews". Led by Ichigo Momomiya, the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to "reclaim" it.

The series was quickly adapted into a fifty-two episode anime series by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 6, 2002, on both TV Aichi and TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on March 29, 2003. A two-volume sequel to the manga, Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode, was serialized in Nakayoshi from April 2003 to February 2004. The sequel introduces a new Mew Mew, Berry Shirayuki, who becomes the temporary leader of the Mew Mews whilst Ichigo is on a trip to England. Two video games were also created for the series: a puzzle adventure game for the Game Boy Advance system and a role-playing game for the PlayStation.

Tokyopop licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America and released the complete original series as well as the sequel. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast. Heavily edited and dubbed, 23 episodes of Mew Mew Power aired on the 4Kids TV channel in the United States and 26 episodes aired on YTV in Canada. 4Kids Entertainment was unable to license the remaining 26 episodes of the series, thus were unable to complete its broadcast. They have not released the series to home video.

Well received by English-language readers, several volumes of the manga series appeared in the Top 50 sales lists for graphic novels in their months of release. Critics praised the manga as a cute and entertaining series with free-flowing style and character designs. A la mode received praise as a good continuation of the series, but was also criticized for offering nothing new. The anime adaptation received high ratings while airing in Japan, resulting in numerous marketing tie-ins. Despite criticism for extensive editing that removed most of the Japanese elements, the Mew Mew Power dub became the highest rated 4Kids show during its broadcast. It was licensed for regional release in several other countries instead of the original Japanese series.

Contents

Plot

At the start of the series, a young girl named Ichigo Momomiya attends an endangered species exhibit with her 'crush' and future boyfriend, Masaya Aoyama. After an earthquake, Ichigo and four other girls are bathed in a strange light. A cat appears before Ichigo, then merges with her. The next day she begins acting like a cat and, after meeting Ryou Shirogane and Keiichiro Akasaka, learns that she was infused with the DNA of the Iriomote Cat. Ryou and Keiichiro explain that this allows her to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful heroic cat girl. She is ordered to defeat chimera animas—alien parasites—which infect animals and turn them into monsters. Ryou and Keiichiro instruct Ichigo to find the four other girls from the exhibit—the remaining Mew Mews. They are Mint Aizawa, a spoiled, wealthy girl who is infused with the genes of the Ultramarine Lorikeet; Lettuce Midorikawa, a meek but smart girl who endures constant bullying and absorbs the genes of the Finless Porpoise; young Pudding Fong, who receives the genes of the Golden Lion Tamarin; and Zakuro Fujiwara, a professional model infused with the genes of the Gray Wolf.

The five Mew Mews battle the chimera animas and their alien controllers, Kish, Pie and Tart. Kish claims to be in love with Ichigo; he tries to gain her love despite the fact that he is trying to eliminate the other Mew Mews. Two more aliens, Pie and Tart, later join Kish in trying to destroy the Mew Mews.

As the fighting intensifies, the Mew Mews are tasked with finding "mew aqua," a material created from pure water that contains immense power for combating the alien attacks. During a battle with Kish at an aquarium, Ichigo is in danger of losing when the mysterious Blue Knight appears and rescues her. He returns periodically throughout the series, protecting Ichigo from various dangers; it is later revealed that the Blue Knight is in fact Masaya. Shortly after this discovery, Masaya collapses and transforms again, into Deep Blue—the alien leader who wants to destroy humanity. After explaining to Ichigo that Masaya was a false form for temporary use, Deep Blue attacks the Mew Mews. Masaya's personality briefly reappears and he uses a nearby mew aqua drop to destroy Deep Blue, killing himself in the process. Crying over his body, Ichigo pours her power into Masaya to save his life, losing her own in the process. Masaya kisses her, changing her back to a human, and revives her. Ryou gives Pie the remaining mew aqua to save the aliens' world, after which Kish, Pie and Tart say their goodbyes and return to their own world.

Sequel

In the two-volume sequel, Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode, Ichigo and Masaya move to England to study endangered species. The remaining Mew Mews continue to eliminate the chimera animals left behind by the aliens. They also face a new threat, the Saint Rose Crusaders: humans with special powers who desire to conquer the world and create an utopia. Berry Shirayuki becomes the sixth Mew Mew and temporarily takes Ichigo's place as the leader. Berry is the first Mew Mew to be infused with the DNA of two endangered species, the Andean Mountain Cat and the Amami Rabbit. As one of the strongest Mew Mews, Berry is targeted by two of the Crusaders, who attack her at school. Ichigo returns to provide assistance during this battle. For their final attack, two Crusaders hypnotize the citizens of Tokyo and set them against the Mew Mews. Berry and her childhood friend Tasuku Meguro use their new-found feelings of love to reverse the hypnosis and cause a change of heart in the Crusaders.

Production

Mia Ikumi spent a year designing the Tokyo Mew Mew manga before the release of the first volume in February 2001.[1] The story she originally presented to her editors, Tokyo Black Cat Girl, featured a heroine named Princess Azumi. An intergalactic police officer named Masha gave her the ability to transform into a cat-girl and asked her to aid him in defeating alien invaders called the Baku.[2] After the production team decided to focus on five female superheroes, Ikumi was asked to reconstruct the lead character. She had reservations about the changes, as the character was originally designed for a more dramatic series.[3]

As Tokyo Mew Mew became a viable project, Kodansha hired Reiko Yoshida to be the series' scenario writer and story supervisor.[3][4] Yoshida and two other editors determined each volume's plot, created a scenario by adding stage directions and dialogue, and presented it to Ikumi. Ikumi added her own ideas and changes, creating the manuscript's first draft, which was taken to the publishers for final review and approval. This differs from most manga series, in which the manga writer also creates the scenarios and stories before submitting to their editor for approval.[4]

After the first volume's release, a two-day Tokyo Mew Mew festival was held during the Golden Week holiday—a week long span in late April and early May during which four public holidays occur[5]—to promote the series. Events included a Tokyo Mew Mew art gallery and the release of new merchandise. Ikumi, the series' artist, created a special poster for the event, featuring all twelve characters. She also cosplayed as characters from the series, as Mint Aizawa on one day and Lettuce Midorikawa on the other.[6]

Media

Manga

Written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi, Tokyo Mew Mew was first serialized in Nakayoshi magazine between September 2000 and February 2003. The twenty-nine chapters were then compiled into seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The first volume was released on February 1, 2001, with the final volume released April 4, 2003.[7][8] In April 2003, a sequel called Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode premiered in Nakayoshi. Running until February 2004 and written solely by Mia Ikumi, the sequel was published as two volumes.[7][8]

Tokyo Mew Mew and Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode are licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop. The first volume of the main series was released on April 8, 2003, with volumes released every other month until the seventh volume was published on May 11, 2004.[9][10] The two volumes of Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode were published the following year, with the first volume released on June 7, 2005 and the second on December 8, 2006.[11][12] Unlike the Japanese releases, each Tokyopop chapter is named.[13][14] The main series is licensed for an English language release in Singapore by Chuang Yi.[15] Carlsen Comics has licensed the series, through its regional divisions, and released the series in German, Danish and Swedish.[16] The series is also licensed for regional language releases in French by Pika Édition, in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica, and in Finnish by Sangatsu Manga.[17][18][19] Tokyo Mew Mew was one of the first manga series released in Spanish in North America by Public Square Books.[20]

Anime

Studio Pierrot adapted Tokyo Mew Mew into a fifty-two episode anime series, directed by Noriyuki Abe. Broadcast on both TV Aichi and TV Tokyo, the series premiered on April 6, 2002 and aired weekly until its conclusion on March 29, 2003.[21] Most of the music for the series was produced by Shin Yoshimura and composed by Takayuki Negishi. Two pieces of theme music were also used for the anime series. "My Sweet Heart", performed by Rika Komatsu, was the series opening theme. The ending theme "Koi wa A La Mode" is performed by the five voice actors who play the Mew Mews. In Japan, the series was released across nine Region 2 DVD volumes. The ninth volume included a bonus DVD containing extra content.[22][23]

Tokyo Mew Mew was later licensed for an English-language dubbed release by 4Kids Entertainment. In its announcement about the series, 4Kids noted that the show would be renamed to Hollywood Mew Mew and that they would be heavily editing and localizing episodes so that viewers would not recognize its Japanese origins.[24] Subsequent 4Kids press releases about the series referred to the new series as The Mew Mews and its original name Tokyo Mew Mew.[25] When the series premiered on Fox Kids on February 19, 2005, it aired under the name Mew Mew Power. Characters and episodes were renamed, scenes were cut and story lines were modified. The music was replaced with a new score and the opening theme was replaced with the song "Team Up", performed by Bree Sharp.[26] Twenty-three episodes of Mew Mew Power aired on 4Kids Entertainment in the United States; because 4Kids was unable to acquire the remainder the series, however, the show was canceled.[27] The 4Kids episodes aired on YTV in Canada and on the Pop Girl satellite television channel in the United Kingdom; these included three dubbed episodes never broadcast in the United States.[28][29]

Although Mew Mew Power has not been released to home video in North America, ten of the 4Kids episodes have been released to Region 4 DVD in Australia and New Zealand by Magna Pacific[30][31] and all twenty-six 4Kids episodes were released to Region 2 DVD in South Africa.[32] Mew Mew Power was licensed for regional airing in French by Arès Films, which released nine dubbed 4Kids episodes to DVD in February 2006 as a single volume through Warner Home Vidéo France.[33] The company also licensed the remaining twenty-six episodes of the series that 4Kids had not obtained, releasing them in two DVD box sets through AK Vidéo.[34][35]

Video games

The cover of the second Tokyo Mew Mew video game that was released in Japan on December 5, 2002. It has the original Mew Mews standing behind new character, Mew Ringo, who was designed by Mia Ikumi specifically for the game.[36]

Two video games based on the Tokyo Mew Mew series were launched in 2002 by Takara. The first, Hamepane Tōkyō Myū Myū (はめパネ 東京ミュウミュウ?), a puzzle adventure game for the Game Boy Advance, was released in Japan on July 11, 2002.[37]

The second title, Tōkyō Myū Myū – Tōjō Shin Myū Myū! – Minna Issho ni Gohōshi Suru Nyan (東京ミュウミュウ 登場 新ミュウミュウ! みんないっしょにご奉仕するにゃん?), was released in Japan on December 5, 2002. It is a PlayStation turn-based role-playing game in which the player controls a new Mew Mew, Ringo Akai (赤井 りんご Akai Ringo?), as well as the original five heroines. They must defend Ringo's island from Kish, the chimera animas and a new alien named Gatō dyu Rowa (ガトー·デュ·ロワ?).[38] Both Ringo Akai and Gatō were created by the manga's artist, Mia Ikumi, following design specifications from Takara. The game uses voice actors from the anime series, with the two new characters voiced by Taeko Kawata and Ryoutaro Okiayu, respectively. Ikumi was pleased with how both characters turned out and expressed a desire to use Ringo as a regular character in a future manga series.[36] Ringo later joined the other Mews Mews in the Petite Mew Mew bonus story in the second volume of Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode.[39]

CDs

Multiple music and character CDs have been released for the Tokyo Mew Mew series by King Records. The first, a CD single, contained the full and karaoke versions of "Koi wa A La Mode", performed by the five voice actors who played the Mew Mews, and a second song performed by Saki Nakajima, who voices Ichigo.[40]

On July 24, 2002, a five-disc limited edition collector's box set was released containing character songs for each of the Mew Mews, performed by their respective voice actors and a remix of "Koi wa A La Mode."[41] The individual character song discs were released as standalone CDs on September 4, 2002.[42][43] An additional character CD set, containing remixed version of two songs from each individual album, followed on December 25, 2002.[44] A second character CD for Ichigo, containing five new tracks performed by Nakajima, was released on February 26, 2003.[45]

The first full anime soundtrack, Tokyo Mew Mew Original Soundtrack was released on September 25, 2002 by NEC. The CD included the series opening and ending themes and twenty-seven pieces of series background music.[46] NEC released a second soundtrack on January 22, 2003; it contains the opening and closing themes, along with an additional twenty-nine tracks of background music.[47] On March 26, 2003, two "best of" CDs were released for the anime series: Tokyo Mew Mew Super Best Hit – Cafe Mew Mew side and Tokyo Mew Mew Super Best Hit – Tokyo Mew Mew side. Each CD includes ten of the series' "most popular" musical pieces.[48][49]

Reception

The Tokyo Mew Mew manga series was well received by English-speaking audiences. In March and April 2003, the first volume sold an estimated 1,597 and 1,746 copies respectively. This put the volume at the low end of the top 50 sales for each month.[50][51] By 2004, with most of the series released, it became a mild success for licensor Tokyopop.[52] It was ranked number 16 on the list of Manga Top 50 for the first quarter of 2004 in the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Anime/Manga, based on sales from both mainstream bookstores and comic book shops.[53] Sales of the sixth and seventh volumes dropped slightly; however, both were among the top 100 best-selling graphic novels in March and May 2004.[54][55] The first volume of Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode debuted 63rd on the list of top 100 best-selling graphic novels of May 2005, with nearly double the sales figures of the last volume of the main series.[56] On the Nielsen Bookscan charts, the volume debuted at rank 39 before quickly climbing to the 14th spot.[57] The second volume of a la Mode saw similar success, debuting in the 69th slot before advancing to the 12th position, a result of the Mew Mew Power anime show appearing on 4Kids TV.[58]

Tokyo Mew Mew was generally well received by reviewers, who described it as cute and entertaining. Though AnimeFringe's Patrick King notes that it is not a very intellectual series and that it avoids complex plot points, he lauded it as engrossing "brain candy" and an "endearing action-romance" that has no "delusions of grandeur".[59] Critics praised the artwork in both Tokyo Mew Mew and the sequel Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode. Ikumi's "free flowing" style and character designs were seen as a perfect fit for the series.[59][60][61][62] Criticism of Ikumi's art focused on images which regularly spilled out of panel borders and speech bubbles with ambiguous speakers.[60] Patrick King of Animefringe stated: "one of the most attractive aspects of Tokyo Mew Mew is easily Mia Ikumi's ultra-cute artwork. Big eyes, cat ears, fuzzy tails, and short skirts all come together in a cuteness combo that's hard to resist."[59] According to Carlos Santos of Anime News Network, "Mia Ikumi's artwork is perfectly suited to the story, and it's not even all that wispy and frilly compared to other shōjo material. Like many budding manga-ka, Ikumi's greatest strength is in carefully posed character portraits, and her prolific use of tones creates unique effects while also sidestepping the challenge of backgrounds."[60] Conversely, in writing for Manga: The Complete Guide, Shaenon Garrity criticizes the series, calling it "uninspired", "insipid" and "creative[ly] bankrupt" and feeling it was "clearly designed by its publisher to ride the magical girl tsunami for all it was worth: the creators' marginal notes are filled with references to big book signings, photo shoots, and models hired to dress as the scantily clad preteen heroines." She also remarks that the series makes poor use of its endangered species theme, while still having a "preachy environmental theme".[63]

Over all Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode had more mixed reviews. Critics praised it for being a modern manga that typifies the magical girl formula, highlighting both its strengths and weaknesses.[60] Mike Dungan, of Mania Entertainment, considered the original series to be "quite charming" and felt that a la Mode was a good continuation of the series with the "same fun and excitement" as its predecessor.[61] Others felt Berry was an overly shallow heroine and that the sequel offered nothing new for readers with the Saint Rose Crusaders' costumes and plans being nothing more than concepts borrowed from Sailor Moon. A la Mode was also criticized for having the character Duke dressed in a white robe similar to those used by the white supremacy group, the Ku Klux Klan.[62] Garrity felt a La Mode was a vehicle for referencing Tokyo Mew Mew fandom and merchandise and that Berry was a "transparent wish-fulfillment protagonist".[63]

The anime adaptation has been compared to Sailor Moon due to both having female protagonists; five original team members with signature colors and powers, and similar plot lines.[64] Tokyo Mew Mew received high ratings in Japan with extensive merchandizing tie ins and marketing events to promote the series.[65] When 4Kids announced their licensing of the anime, heavily edited and localized, fans of the series were openly dismayed and began multiple campaigns to convince the company to release an uncut version of the series.[66][67] After previews of the retooled series were released, viewers were less disappointed, but still annoyed by the cultural shifting and still desired an uncut DVD release.[65] Mew Mew Power became a successful broadcast series for 4Kids, becoming the highest rated 4Kids show at the start of the fall 2005 season,[68][69] but it was never released to DVD in North America. The 4Kids dub, rather than original Japanese version, was subsequently licensed for broadcast in France, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Greece, South Africa and Israel.[70]

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Tokyo Mew Mew also known as Mew Mew Power, is a shōjo (girl-oriented) manga and anime series, created by illustrator Mia Ikumi and writer Reiko Yoshida.

Contents

Tokyo Mew Mew

  • Masaya: Ichigo. Wasting tissue paper leads to deforestation.
  • Lettuce: I'm sorry.
  • Mint: Great job, Zakuro!!
  • Mint: *Sigh* It's too bad Zakuro isn't here today...
  • Mint: Let's go have some tea over there, Zakuro!
  • Kish: Darn it! I wanted to have you kiss me for saving you...
  • Ryou: Wanna kiss?
  • Ichigo: Alto?

Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode

  • Berry: He's like a little monkey!
  • Berry: Tasuku, how long have you been here?!
  • Berry: Tasuku, what are you doing up there? You're going to hurt yourself!
    Tasuku: I just wanted to make sure you got your hug first thing in the morning!
  • Berry: Isn't it cool? I'm a Mew Mew!
  • Berry: I didn't check up on anything about this school except the uniform...

Quote from Shows

Tokyo Mew Mew

Taruto: Being human is inconvenient, isn't it? (Pudding doesn't respond) Hey. (Pudding opens her eyes) Tell me you're scared already!
Pudding: I'm not.
Taruto: Wha-?
Pudding: I'm not alone. My friend is beside me.
Taruto: Friend??
Pudding: Yup. Me and Taru-Taru, we're friends.
Taruto: Stop kidding me! We're not friends! (Pudding smiles; Taruto looks paralyzed)

Kisshu: Going on a date with another guy? How naughty of you. You're my toy now.

Ichigo: I'm sorry, for being so much trouble...Aoyama-kun, I love you very much.

Ichigo: A lot of things have happened, but it was good to find a new friend.

Ichigo: It's finally Sunday, and why do I have to help out at the store?!

Lettuce: Ichigo-san is pretty absorbed when it comes to Aoyama-kun.

Ichigo: (as a cat) That's the first time I went to Aoyama-kun's house. Maybe it's not bad being a cat after all.

Ichigo: (after transforming into a cat) NYAAAA! I TURNED INTO A CAT!

Ichigo: That's enough from you. You're just a kid!
Tart: J-just a kid?! Take that back, you old bat!!
Ichigo: Ol-old bat?! Runt!! Runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt runt!
Tart: Shut up!! Don't call me a runt!!

Mint: I must have tea daily.
Ichigo: Mint!! You can't just sit there and drink tea all day!!
Mint: It's a part of my daily routine. *Takes a sip* Shouldn't you be working, Ichigo?
Lettuce: If I'm curvy, does that mean I'm fat?

Ichigo (hiding behind a tree) : I'm sorry, Aoyama-kun... I don't like to fight, but... (the camera pulls out to reveal Kisshu behind her)
Kisshu: We meet again, honey. (Ichigo turns around)
Ichigo: Ack! You- (flashback of their kiss)
Kisshu: Thanks for that kiss that time. But this time, we're going a little deeper. (Ichigo turns blue) What are you thinking about? Ah, I see my kiss was good, huh? Shall we try once more?
Ichigo: Stop playing around! (she swings her leg out) Like I'd do that again!
Kisshu: As usual, like a tomboy.

Kisshu: Hey, kitty. (Ichigo looks up and sees a shadow) This is where we first met, isn’t it? (He flies down to her) You've gained a little weight, huh?
Ichigo: Don't! (She pushes him away)
Kisshu: You're always so aggressive.
Ichigo: What did you come here for? (Kishu's facial expression changes) W-What?
Kisshu (pointing at Ichigo): I came to pick you up. (his eyes glow, Ichigo runs away, but runs into a dead end) Too bad... Let's go, Ichigo.
Ichigo (backing up): No!
Kisshu: Come on already. Even if you say "no", I'm taking you. I've already decided.

Kisshu: I came all the way to pick you up, so come with me.
Ichigo: NO! I have an important date! I don't have time for this!
Kisshu (walking toward Ichigo): I won't forgive you disobeying me. I will take you with me.
Masaya (thinking): What's this uneasy feeling? Ichigo, did something happen?
Kisshu: Come with me, Ichigo. Let's go... Come on. (he lunges for Ichigo, she runs, but he grabs her wrist)
Ichigo: No!
Kisshu: Why won't you do as I say?
Ichigo: Just why should I obey you? (Kisshu looks hurt)
Kisshu: "Why"...? Ichigo... (Ichigo looks confused) I went through the trouble of coming to pick you up... Now come with me... Just the two of us... To a world with nobody else, and without fighting.
Ichigo: Huh? What? What are you talking about, Kisshu?
Kisshu: This is the only way. This is the only option.
Ichigo: I don't understand. I don't get what you mean! (Kisshu pulls her closer to him)
Kisshu: Let's go. (Ichigo shakes her head) Don't be stubborn. I know you'll understand. You'll come with me, right? (Ichigo shakes her head again) I said this much, and you still don't understand?! (he flies up with Ichigo, but she remains on the ground) Come! Come already, Ichigo!
Ichigo: I can't! I can't do that, Kisshu! I want to go see Aoyama-kun! He's the only one for me. (Kisshu looks hurt again, and finally lets Ichigo go)
Kisshu: Ichigo, you're still thinking about that human? So you won't come with me no matter what? (a sword appears in his hand) If you don't come, I'll kill you!

Taruto: Hey, what are you doing, being buried? (he grabs on Pudding's tail, and pulls her out of the ground) The exit's blocked. It serves you right!
Pudding: Thank you! Thanks for helping me out. Wait a second. (she reaches into one of her pockets, and takes something out) Here.
Taruto: What's this? (camera zooms in to show a piece of candy in Pudding's hand)
Pudding: That's a present for saving me.
Taruto (pointing at him): For me?
Pudding: Sure! (Taruto takes the candy and looks at it)
Taruto: Stop fooling around! Why should I have that?
Pudding: Listen, Taruto... You don't have to act like a bad guy. You know, we can't fight in here anyway. (Taruto's face twists up with anger)
Taruto: I can get out of here easily by teleportation! You're the one who's in trouble here! (Pudding giggles; Taruto sticks his tongue out)

Taruto: Listen. The exit's blocked, which means you can't get out of here. You'll die here!
Pudding: Someone will come and save us.
Taruto: Forget it... Since the Chimera Animal is now digging uncontrollably, the dome will soon collapse and you'll be as flat as a pancake. So. Are you scared now? (Pudding giggles) What's so funny? (Pudding scoots closer to him)
Pudding: In that case, we will be turned into fossils, together. (she giggles again)
Taruto: Like I said, I can get out of here easily.
Pudding: So... (she grabs Taruto's hand) let's hold hands.
Taruto (taking back his hand): Why?! What are you up to?!
Pudding: I think if we're going to become fossils, it'd be more fun to be smiling and holding hands.
Taruto: ...You're so weird.

Taruto (after teleporting with Pudding in his arms and putting her down, and trying to wake her up): Hey, how much longer are you going to sleep? (Pudding wakes up)
Pudding: Taru-taru!
Taruto: Stop calling me that! (Pudding gets up)
Pudding: Those are...? So you saved my life, Taru-taru?
Taruto: I told you to stop calling me that! (Pudding smiles)
Pudding: Thank you, Taru-taru! (Taruto looks embarrassed; Pudding rushes to him) You're a friend!! (she hugs him) My friend, friend, friend! (Taruto pushes her away)
Taruto: Stop! (he flies up) Listen. I only saved your life because I haven't seen you crying yet! (he flies away, Pudding giggles; he opens his hand with the candy in it, laughs, and teleports)

Lettuce: That woman was very pretty.
Mint: Zakuro onee-sama was not bad too.
Ichigo: By the way, do you know where Pudding is?
Pudding (still wrestling with Taruto): Pudding wants that Mew Aqua!
Taruto: Don't act like a baby! I want it, too!
Pudding: You are the baby!
Pai: That's not a Mew Aqua...
Kisshu: They seem to be having fun, leave them alone.
Taruto: YOU are the baby! Hands off!
Pudding: No, you let go!

Ichigo (after Alto saved her): Alto.
Alto: C'mon, we're going! (he runs)
Ichigo: Oh, uhh... (she runs after him)
Alto: We'll be fine here. (Ichigo pants) See ya.
Ichigo: Yep, thank you. (Alto walks away, but stops)
Alto: Oh, yeah, you're the kissing maniac, right?
Ichigo: Huh? What? (Alto kisses her; he leaps and walks away)
Alto: See ya. (Ichigo picks him up, and he meows a lot)
Ichigo: Alto, what's with you? Apart from anything else, why do you always save me when I'm in trouble? You're like the Blue Knight. (she smiles) That can't be true. I'm always troubling you. (she holds him) I'll treat you to a can of cat food, so let's go. (she walks away; Alto squirms and meows)
Alto: It's at the limit. (Alto meows and glows blue)
Ichigo: Huh? What? (Ichigo falls back, he changes to a human)
Ryou: I'm out of time.
Ichigo (paralyzed): Shi-Shi-Shi... Shirogane!?
Ryou: Yo, are you doing good? Just kidding. (he gets up) Well, that's what's with me. Can't do much now you've found out. (he walks away)
Ichigo: No way, Shirogane's... Alto!?

Zakuro: Return this stone. (Pai turns around; Zakuro uses her whip) Ribbon Zakuro Spear! (Pai flies up and avoids the attack)
Pai: Cut it out. We don't want to fight for nothing.
Zakuro: What do you mean?
Pai: It's an ordinary stone that reacts to Mew Aqua. It doesn't have any value - for both of us. '(he drops it; Zakuro rushes and catches it)
Zakuro: It is not just an ordinary stone, ...for girls, at least.

Ryou (after kissing Ichigo and turning her into a cat): Idiot! Now isn't the time to feel sorry for me. (Ichigo meows angrily; Keiichiro picks her up)
Keiichiro: We are sorry. If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to help you return to normal. (Ichigo lets out a frightened meow; Lettuce, Pudding, and Mint fall in the room)
Ryou: You guys... (he walks out of the room; Ichigo runs over to Pudding and kisses her)
Ichigo: Shirogane! (Ryou turns around)
Ryou: Hmm?
Ichigo: I'll never... I'll never ever feel pity for you!
Ryou: That's a good thought. (Ichigo walks up to him)
Ichigo: But... I'll do my best. (she runs away; Ryou looks at her as she runs)

Keiichiro: Yeah, he's on the second floor...but right now, probably...
Ichigo: Then I'll go see Shirogane. (she runs up the stairs) Shirogane? Shirogane! (she knocks on Ryou's door) Hey, answer me. (she opens the door a crack; she sees Ryou without his shirt on) (thinking) W-what... How come he looks like that? (she looks at Ryou's room) A bed... and a computer only...? It seems kind of lonely. And yeah, how come he lives in a place like this? He's a high school student, but he runs this place. ...and how come he knows about aliens? (opens the door a little bit more) And he's always... with me- (Ryou looks at her)
Ryou: G-gahhhHHHH~?!!
Ichigo: WUAHHhh~!
Ryou: What're you doing peeping at me!!?
Ichigo: Well, hurry up, and put on some clothes! (Ryou quickly puts on his shirt)
Ryou: What do you want?
Ichigo: No, nothing! (she runs away quickly)

Mint (while Ichigo's walking up to Deep Blue with the bell): Stop, Ichigo. It's dangerous. (Ichigo continues walking, and stops in front of Deep Blue)
Ichigo: Aoyama-kun gave me this bell. It's my nuber one treasure. (she rings the bell; Deep Blue swats the bell out of Ichigo's hand; Ichigo whimpers, and falls down in front of Deep Blue; Zakuro picks up the bell)
Lettuce: Aoyama-san, you really don't know Ichigo-san?
Mint: Didn't you become the Blue Knight in order to protect Mew Ichigo? I was always admiring the relationship you two shared. Nevertheless, this is too cruel.

Kisshu: But be prepared... my purpose here today is to take Ichigo back to our world, then she will be mine forever.
Ichigo (thinking): It's the second floor, but I have to try. (Masha flies up to Kisshu, but gets swatted away; Kisshu sees Ichigo climb out of her window, and fall out) Wuahh! It's just too high! (she grabs a tree limb, but falls down) Wuahh, luckily I have these cat-like powers. (Kisshu laughs)
Kisshu: Wow, you really try hard. (Ichigo runs away) Okay, now it's my turn! (he flies after Ichigo; Ichigo coughs) You can run, but you won't get far.
Ichigo: Shut up! It's fault for picking such a time!
Kisshu: I couldn't help it. If we're to take Ichigo, there's no better chance. (he throws infusers at Ichigo) If you think your friends are going to save you, then you can stop hoping. (Ichigo turns her head slightly) At this same moment, Chimera Animals are striking all over the place. (he continues to throw infusers)

Mew Mew Power

Bridget: So, by the associative principle, I figure, if I do stuff for them, then they'll be my friends.

Corina: Oh don't give it back. You've sullied it.

Corina: You've always got this dull ache in your heart, like you ate bad sushi.

Corina: I've dealt with these kinds of divas before! I'm a dancer!

Mark: Hey, so I heard we have this sub today in history that looks just like a lizard, right down to the whole quick tongue flick thing between sentences...

Mew Mews: Mew Mew style, Mew Mew grace, Mew Mew power in your face!

Zoey: So you guys designed this place? This is your top-secret headquarters? *giggles* It's very manly! *giggles*

Zoey: Why?
Corina: To see the ghost, silly!

Corina: What's that scary noise I keep hearing?
Zoey: Ahh-h-h-h-h! (Corina blows on Zoey's neck) Eahh!
Corina: Heh, heh! Oh well, I guess it was just my imagination. Sorry to scare you.
Zoey: Can we go home now?
Corina: Go home? Whatever do you mean? We have to check inside!

Zoey: Ew! Who is that?
Corina: No one I know.

Zoey: Guy there! I mean, hi there!

Renee (to Gretchen): Now get out there and shine.

Zoey (hiding behind a tree): Sorry, Mark, but right now, I've got to do something that you just wouldn't understand...
Dren: What? You mean you didn't tell him about us?
Zoey (she turns around): It's you!
Dren: Now how do you think that makes me feel? If I didn't know any better, I might think you like him better than you like me. (Zoey's face turns blue as she moans) Perhaps it's time we told him. Huh? What do you think? You know you like me better than that simple schoolboy. Why don't we go find him right now?
Zoey: I don't think so. (she swings her leg out to kick Dren) Get outta here!
Dren: Ha! You know, I kinda like it when you get feisty.
Zoey: I'm gonna get a lot feistier!
Dren: Good, 'cause you're gonna need to, kitty cat.

Dren: Well, it's about time. I though those two would never come out of that fun house. Let's see if kitty cat can handle this one.

Dren: I've got plans for you, pretty kitty. So just play nice, and don't try any of those tired, old Mew Mew tricks.
Minimew: That's it! He can't talk to you like that, Zoey! I'll show him! Attack! (he flies up to Dren, who swats him away)
Dren: Huh? (Zoey jumps out of her window)
Zoey: I guessed I should have transformed first! (she grabs a tree, but slips down to the root) (thinking): I think I just split a seam in my jammies. (Dren laughs)
Dren: I didn't know you were a tree hugger. (Zoey growls and runs away) Tag, I'm it! (he flies after Zoey; Zoey coughs) Didn't Mama tell you not to run outside in your P.J.s?
Zoey: Well, Mama never thought I'd be chased by aliens!
Dren: Aw, she didn't, did she? Well, here's something else she didn't plan on. (he tosses a few bomb-like infusers at Zoey) If you think that's bad, you should see what your friends are getting.
Zoey: Huh?
Dren: That's right, schnookums. Your teammates can't save you this time. (he continues throwing infusers at Zoey)

Dren (to the Blue Knight): Find your own toy to play with! Zoey's mine!

Elliot: Piece 'a cake.
Zoey: What do you mean "piece 'a cake"?
Wesley: He means she'll get over it.
Zoey: But how can you be over it?
Elliot: Actually, I was just wondering if anyone wanted a piece of cake.
Zoey: Elliot, this is serious! Corina could be scarred for life; she's completely out of it! And why didn't you tell us that the fifth Mew Mew would be a lone-wolf drama-queen like Renée?
Elliot: Yeah... (Zoey growls; a red mark appears on her head; Bridget pales)
Kikki (nervously): The red mark? That means she's about to explode.
Zoey: Listen, Elliot, Renée may be the fifth Mew Mew, but she has no interest in joining up with us! And if we really need her, then we're in big trouble! And if I've been going through all this for no reason, then somebody's gonna pay, and it's probably gonna be you! And why do we need Renée anyway? We're strong enough the way we are! (Corina passes by with a vase full of flowers; Wesley, Elliot, Kikki, and Bridget all stare at her) I mean, the last time, Dren did have some weird new predasite. But still, I think we can take him! (she turns around) Huh? Huh?!
Elliot: Sorry, Zoey. Now what was it you were saying? (Zoey growls; two red marks appear on her head)
Zoey (angrily): YOU HEARD ME, ELLIOT!
Elliot (calmly): Look, if Renée said she doesn't want to join the Mew Mews, you'll just have to explain to her she's making a big mistake.
Zoey: YOU REALLY THINK SHE'S GONNA LISTEN TO THAT?!
Elliot: Yeah. (Zoey groans and tilts her head)

Bridget: Gretchen was almost prettier than Renée.
Corina: Nobody could be prettier than Renée!
Zoey: Hey, whatever happened to Kikki?
Kikki (still wrestling with Tarb): YOU'LL NEVER GET BLUE AQUA!
Tarb: VICTORY WILL BE OURS!
Kikki: NOT IF I CAN HELP IT!
Tarb: OUCH! YOU BIT ME!
Sardon: Should we tell them it wasn't Blue Aqua?
Dren: Why stop them now? They're having too much fun.
Tarb: LET GO OF MY EAR!
Kikki: YOU'RE GOING DOWN!

Renée: I'll be taking that necklace now. (Sardon turns around)
Sardon: Hmm? (Renée uses her Purple Dagger, but Sardon flies up and avoids the attack) That's enough! No need to waste your energy!
Renée: You afraid to lose?
Sardon: This gem merely reacts to Blue Aqua, but it is not the real thing. No sense in fighting over something that has no value whatsoever. (he drops the Rainbow Necklace; Renée lunges for and grabs it)
Renée: Someone loves this little Rainbow Stone. That gives it plenty of value.

Wesley: Look, ask Elliot what he thinks. Maybe he can steer you in the right direction.
Zoey: Yeah. Great idea, Wesley! (she runs up the stairs)
Wesley: But I think he's busy now!
Zoey: Elliot? Elliot. (she knocks on Elliot's door) Hey, are you in there? It's Zoey. I know he's home. (she opens the door a crack) Huh? (she sees Elliot without his shirt on) (thinking) Huh? What in the- What a goofball! He's posing for himself! (looking around his room) Hmm. So this is what his room looks like; pretty empty. Must need room for his ego. Wonder what makes him tick. Wonder what people would think if they saw my room. Wonder what-
Elliot: HEY! (Zoey screams) What are you doing spying on me?! You're like some kind of kid sister! Beat it, you pest!
Zoey: I was not spying! And I'm not a chest! (Elliot puts his shirt on) I mean, pest!
Elliot: Did you want something?
Zoey: Yeah right! (runs away angrily)

Zoey: All right. I have this meeting to demand better working conditions.
Elliot: Come off it, Zoey. Lives are at stake. Now isn't the time to be demanding anything. What's been up with your attitude lately?
Zoey: Attitude?
Elliot: Yeah. Not seeing your boyfriend enough? (Zoey growls, and turns red) (echoing): Not seeing your boyfriend enough? Your boyfriend enough... Your boyfriend enough... Your boyfriend enough... Enough... Enough... Enough... (Zoey screams)
Zoey: HOW DARE YOU BE SO CONDESCEDING?! YOU LISTEN HERE, MISTER, WE WILL NO LONGER GIVE UP ALL OUR PRECIOUS FREE TIME, SEARCHING FOR SOME DUMB HUNK OF CRYSTAL THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE BURIED UNDER THIS HUGE CITY! (Renée, Corina, Bridget, and Kikki all nod) ARE YOU WITH ME?!
Elliot: Oh yeah? Well, that's too bad!
Zoey (with her cat ears and tail out): You're nothing, but a slave-driver. And I've one more thing to say to you, boss-man: (she turns around and stamps out) I - AM - OUTTA HERE!
Wesley: Zoey, wait! (Zoey slams the door shut) So... I'd say we handled that well.

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