Tokyo Mew Mew New - Reboot Anime Trailer, Character Design Changes, Cast Revealed
Tokyo Mew Mew is one of the Nakayoshi magical girl anime getting a reboot, with Mint and Pudding getting new hairstyles in particular
The official Twitter for Tokyo Mew Mew New revealed a brand new key visual and trailer for the reboot, confirming more of the staff, cast, along with interesting character design changes.
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Tokyo Mew Mew New – Trailer, staff, cast, release date estimate
Initially announced in April 2020 and planned to air in 2022, Tokyo Mew Mew New is a reboot and remake of the Tokyo Mew Mew magical girl series. The original manga was drawn by Mia Ikumi and written by Reiko Yoshida, and was published from 2000 to 2004. The first anime series aired from 2002 to 2003 in Japan.
The new trailer for Tokyo Mew Mew New reveals the cast and staff of the reboot. Here’s the seiyuu list, with each of the characters’ colors to refresh your memory:
- Ichigo Momomiya (Red): Yuuki Tenma
- Mint Aizawa (Blue): Hinata Mirai
- Lettuce Midorikawa (Green) : Ryoko Jyuni
- Pudding Fong (Yellow): Rian Toda
- Zakuro Fujiwara (Purple): Momoka Ishii
Yuuki Tenma was picked to voice Ichigo after an audition with over 3000 participants.
- Director: Takahiro Natori
- Character design: Satoshi Ishino
- Series composition: Yuka Yamada
- Sound Director: Toshiki Kameyama
- Music: Yasuharu Takanashi (Team-MAX)
- Animation production: Yumeta Company, Graphinica
Satoshi Ishino worked as an animation director on the 2002 Tokyo Mew Mew anime series. Yasuharu Takanashi worked on the music of Sailor Moon Crystal.
Tokyo Mew Mew reboot – Character design changes
Longtime Tokyo Mew Mew fans have noticed how the hairstyles for Mint and Pudding, in particular, were changed. Mint now has some longer wavy hair. Pudding now has longer hair and longer twintail braids.
I’m personally not sure why these two were changed while the others are more or less identical. Mint and Pudding’s original hairstyles were super cute too, see for yourself and compare with the new key visual above:
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the new hairstyles look bad. I’m just puzzled by the change. Perhaps this is some attempt to go for what’s more popular among kids nowadays, though I’m sure the original hairstyles would have worked just as well.
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The original Tokyo Mew Mew manga was published in Nakayoshi magazine by Kodansha. Interestingly enough, several Nakayoshi magical girl series these past few years had sequels or remakes announced.
You could call it the “Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card hen effect”. Ever since Clamp launched that sequel in 2016, we’ve got among others: The Ojamajo Doremi 20th anniversary sequel movie, Tokyo Mew Mew coming back, and just a few days ago even Mermaid Melody Pitch Pitch Pitch got a sequel manga announced too.
Hopefully, Tokyo Mew Mew New will turn out nicely and isn’t some nostalgia cash-grab or a soulless attempt to ride the current mahou shoujo wave. What do you all think? You can always reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07.