Tokyo Mew Mew New’s official profile reported that Mia Ikumi, illustrator of the original manga, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the area between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater in the brain). The newsroom was unable to find Ikumi’s age.
Tokyo Mew Mew was serialized by Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi from 2000 to 2003 in Nakayoshi, with seven compiled volumes. From 2003 to 2004, the authors published Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode. In December 2019 and January 2020, they even published Tokyo Mew Mew 2020 Re-Turn. A spin-off, Tokyo Mew Mew Ore, has been serialized by Madoka Seizuki na Nakayoshi since 2019, featuring male leads.
In the story, Ichigo Momomiya (Zoey Hanson, in the Brazilian version of the anime) and her friends gain powers from extinct animals, to prevent aliens from finding a stone with a great source of power and conquering our world. Fighting against chimeras created by enemy generals, the five warrior girls of the series, in their spare time, work as waitresses in a cafe that, moreover, is the base of their operations.
Brazilians are most familiar with the franchise for the 52-episode animation produced by Studio Pierrot and shown in Japan from 2002 to 2003. The production was directed by Noriyuki Abe ( Yu Yu Hakusho, Bleach ).
In the US, the series arrived via 4Kids, “transforming” into Mew Mew Power, with cut scenes, changed episode order, a new soundtrack, new character names, and only half of the series released – the other 26 episodes weren’t released. graduates.
This was the version that came to Brazil in 2006, titled As Super Gatinhas, by Cartoon Network. Publisher Panini launched the manga in Brazil in 2010, using the original name, Tokyo Mew Mew. A new animation is on the way.
Ikumi was also responsible for the manga adaptation of the anime Super Doll★Licca-chan, aired in Brazil by Cartoon Network in 2002.