On Tuesday, the official Twitter account for the new anime adaptation of the Tokyo Mew Mew manga, Tokyo Mew Mew New, announced that Saki Nakajima, who previously played the protagonist Ichigo Momomiya in the original anime, will be voicing Ichigo’s mother in the new series. Satoshi Hino has been cast to play Ichigo’s father.
Additionally, the anime’s website released creditless versions of the new opening theme song, “Megamorphose,” and the ending theme song, “Can-do Dreamer,” which were both performed by the five main cast members’ unit, Smewthie.
The anime premiered on Tuesday on TV Tokyo and its affiliates, and HIDIVE is streaming the series as it airs. The first season premiered in July 2022 and HIDIVE streamed the series as it aired. The anime follows the story of Ichigo Momomiya, who transforms into Mew Ichigo (Strawberry) with the power of the Iriomote leopard cat to defend Earth against parasitic Chimera Anima aliens.
The five main cast members of the anime formed a unit called Smewthie, and they digitally released their first single in March 2021. Takahiro Natori, who previously directed Aria the Crepuscolo and Cannon Busters, is returning to direct the second season at Yumeta Company and Graphinica. Yuka Yamada, known for her work on Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Bungaku Shōjo, and Neo Angelique Abyss, is returning to oversee the series scripts. Satoshi Ishino, who previously worked on Date A Live and No. 6, is again designing the characters, while Toshiki Kameyama is directing the sound.
The anime celebrates the 20th anniversary of the manga and the 65th anniversary of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine, where the manga was originally serialized. The anime was announced in April 2020 by the staff. The original Tokyo Mew Mew manga was serialized by Reiko Yoshida and the late Mia Ikumi from 2000 to 2003, with Kodansha credited for the franchise’s original concept. Tokyopop published all seven volumes in English, and Kodansha Comics released the manga in three omnibus volumes with a new translation in 2011. The manga also inspired a 52-episode television anime series from 2002 to 2003.