The manga series Tokyo Mew Mew
, written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi, is comprised of 27 individual chapters. First serialized in Nakayoshi
magazine between September 2000 and February 2003, the story focus 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 individual chapters compiled into seven tankōbon
volumes by Kodansha with the first volume released on February 1, 2001 and the final volume released on April 4, 2003. A sequel, Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
written and illustrated solely by Mia Ikumi, was serialized in Nakayoshi
from April 2003 to February 2004, and published in two tankōbon
volumes. The sequel introduces a new Mew Mew, Berry Shirayuki, who becomes the temporary leader of the Mew Mews while they face a new threat in the form of the Saint Rose Crusaders.
Tokyopop licensed Tokyo Mew Mew
and Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
for English-language releases in North America. It released the first volume of Tokyo Mew Mew
on April 8, 2003 then released subsequent volumes every other month until the seventh volume was published on May 11, 2004. The first volume of Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
was published on June 7, 2005 and the second on December 8, 2006. In the original Japanese releases the chapters are unnamed and unnumbered, while Tokyopop added chapter names to their English release. Tokyo Mew Mew and its sequel are among the first manga series Public Square Books chose to release in Spanish in North America. Tokyo Mew Mew
was released in English in Singapore by Chuang Yi. It is also licensed for regional language releases in in France by Pika Édition, in Poland by Japonica Polonica Fantastica, and in Germany, Denmark, and Sweden by Carlsen Comics. The series was adapted into a 52 episode anime series by Studio Pierrot which aired in Japan on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo from April 6, 2002 through March 29, 2003.