Keiichiro Akasaka (赤坂 圭一郎, Akasaka Kei'ichirō
) is the manager and baker of Cafe Mew Mew and Ryou's partner in the Mew Project. Five years before the start of Tokyo Mew Mew
, Keiichiro worked with Dr. Shirogane, Ryou's father, on the Mew Project in the United States. After Ryou's parents were killed in a lab explosion, Keiichiro went with Ryou to Japan to continue working on the Mew Project. Keiichiro cares a great deal for Ryou, and worries when he risks himself to help the Mew Mews. Knowing he couldn't stop Ryou, though, he only makes him promise to return because he'll be waiting with tea to welcome him home. Keiichiro's age is not given in the manga and anime adaptations. In the official game guide for the 2002 Playstation game Tōkyō Myū Myū – Tōjō Shin Myū Myū! – Minna Issho ni Gohōshi Suru Nyan
, he is listed as being twenty-one years of age. In Mew Mew Power
promotional materials, he is stated to be seventeen.
Keiichiro is considered to be a gentleman by the Mew Mews, with a charming, tactful, and kind personality. He is shown to have a mischievous and flirtatious side, however, such as offering to kiss Ichigo to change her out of her cat form. Ichigo once wondered if Keiichiro might be the Blue Knight after she sees he has an injury in the same spot that the Blue Knight had been injured in earlier in the day. The injury, however, came from Pudding having an accident while practicing a trick. Although Keiichiro is not shown to have any romantic interests in the manga, in the fourteen episode of the anime adaptation, he is shown to have an ex-girlfriend named Rei Nishina, a researcher studying butterflies. He broke up with her due to their both having busy lives, however he always makes a special cake at the cafe for her birthday. She is attacked by the aliens and her spirit is stolen in an attempt to turn her into a chimera anima. After she is saved by the Mew Mews, they go their separate ways.
In the anime series, his voice actor is Hikaru Midorikawa. In the Mew Mew Power
English adaptation his name is changed to Wesley J. Coolridge III and he is voiced by Andrew Rannells.