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"For the earth's future, I'll be at your service Nya~!" - Tokyo Mew Mew.

Ichigo Momomiya is a character from the manga and anime series Tokyo Mew Mew, and the main protagonist and heroine of the story. She is the first of the Mew Mews to be introduced and her D.N.A is merged with an Iriomote WildCat.

Plot

Tokyo Mew Mew

Ichigo is first introduced when she is on a date with her love interest, Masaya Aoyama. She is attending a Red Data Animal exhibit with him (Although she believes that he is oblivious to her feelings, he later returns them and they begin dating). She meets the future Mew Mews at the exhibit. (Manga only) In the anime, Masaya and Ichigo go to the park after going to the exhibit. Suddenly, there is an earthquake and then Ichigo is injected with the D.N.A of an Iriomote Wildcat in order to save her life. Later on, she begins acting like a cat, by eating a lot of fish, being more acrobatic (as in she can land on her feet like a cat does), and sleeping a lot. During the date, she passes out when she is injected and has a dream of a cat going inside her or merging with her. When she wakes up, Masaya says she has been sleeping for hours. A bit later Masaya is then attacked by a Chimera Anima and Ryou Shirogane gives her a Mew Pendant and encourages her to transform into Mew Ichigo.

Midway through the series, Ichigo gains a mysterious protector – the Blue Knight who later turns out to be Masaya. Throughout the series, Ichigo repeatedly rejects repeated advances by Quiche, one of her enemies, but, even though she could not accept his final declaration of love, she cried and held him when he died, showing how kind Ichigo is.

Ichigo dies while transferring her own life force into Masaya after Masaya sacrifices himself to kill Deep Blue, another one of her enemies, but is subsequently revived by the Mew Aqua in Masaya. Later on, Masaya decides to go to study aboard in England but before Masaya goes off to study abroad in England at the end of the series, Ichigo participates in a mock wedding with Masaya (manga only).

Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode

Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode reveals that Ichigo lost all of her Mew Powers and joined Masaya in England, but returned to Japan when her powers began to manifest again to aid in the battle against the Saint Rose Crusaders with her new teammate Berry Shirayuki.

Personality

Ichigo is sweet, and ready for anything. Sometimes she will go crazy if she is mad or excited. She is head-over-heels in love with Masaya. Ichigo cares very much about her friends, and cannot bear to see someone hurt. However, she's also got a very bold nature and is very friendly. She's also very hard working, and very brave (the only thing that scares her is ghosts). She's a very good leader of Tokyo Mew Mew. Her hobbies are buying clothes, and spending time with Masaya Aoyama. Her favourite food is pastry with maple syrup, popcorn, pizza, pancakes, and fried tuna fish. She dislikes carrots. She is hyper and a happy, cheery person. Her friends Moe and Miwa support her relationship with Masaya. She acts quite preppy in Mew Mew Power.

Appearance

Zoey(Mew Mew 2)

Mew Ichigo

Civilian

Ichigo has cherry red hair. She normally has it in pigtails tied up in red ribbons. She wears a red ribbon with a bell on it around her neck (given to her by Masaya Aoyama), and is usually found wearing her school uniform. When not, she is often seen wearing a yellow shirt and red shorts.

Cafe Mew Mew

She wears a red dress with a white, heart-shaped apron and pink and white ribbons. She also wears pink socks and laces with black shoes. Instead of pigtails, Ichigo's hair is clipped with a lace headband and let down.

Mew Mew

When Ichigo is transformed, her hair and eyes turn bubblegum pink and she grows black cat ears and a tail. Her tail has a dark pink ribbon tied around it with a bell. Her hair is let down and is curlier than her civilian form's. She wears a short light pink dress with matching arm garters and a leg garter on her right thigh, along with a choker around her neck. Her gloves are dark pink that reaches to her wrists. Her boots are dark pink with black laces and reach to just below her knees. She has dark pink lace lining the top of her dress and the top and bottom of her arm garters, leg garter, and her choker. Her choker has her Mew Pendant dangling from it.

Her Mew Mark is a pink version of the imprint on her Mew Pendant on the inside of her right thigh.

Abilities

Ichigo is the leader of the Mew Mews. Ryou Shirogane, a wealthy, 15-year-old boy, gave Ichigo her Mew Pendant so she could transform into Mew Ichigo. Later on in Tokyo Mew Mew, Ichigo meets a grey cat called Alto, who was actually Ryou as a cat, who first finds Ichigo's lost choker. Her D.N.A is infused with the Iriomote Wildcat. Her transformation phrase is "Mew Mew Strawberry... Metamorphose!", and she transforms into Mew Ichigo. At first, Ichigo constantly frets that Masaya would not return her feelings due to her powers, but when he did find out, he didn't mind. She first transforms when Ryou pushes her out of a tree. Ichigo's powers are love-based and emotion-fueled. She transforms partially (cat ears and tail appearing) when she is excited or embarrassed.

Feeling Frisky

Ichigo, with her ears and tail popped out during an argument with Ryou.

If she is very excited or embarrassed she turns into a small black cat and must kiss another animal or human in order to return to normal. Ichigo can return the chimera animas back to normal.

Zoey(Cat)

Ichigo in cat form

With the D.N.A of an Iriomote Wildcat, Ichigo is granted certain cat-like abilities. One is being able to land easily after falling from a great distance. Another is being able to predict the weather.

Transformation

Mew Ichigo Transformation

Mew Ichigo Transformation

Mew Ichigo's Transformation

Ichigo's transformation, as expected, is the most elaborate sequence out of the five team members. It begins with her Mew Pendant glowing with a burst of rainbow light. The next scene shows Ichigo in a curled up position, surrounded by the power of the Mew pendant with her DNA morphing in the background. She then throws her arms upward and twirls around in a burst of sparkles and her Mew uniform appears on her body in a swirl of pink energy. Her tail pops out and her gloves dissolve onto her hands. Finally, her ears sprout from her head and she concludes the transformation by gracefully lifting her leg and sending a stream of sparkles from her hand, which spirals around and dissolves into her choker and Mew Pendant. She then strikes her signature pose.

Tokyo Mew Mew PS Game Ichigos Transformation upgrade

Tokyo Mew Mew PS Game Ichigos Transformation upgrade

Weapons and Attacks

Manga

Mew Ichigo's weapons are the Mew Aqua Rod and the StrawBell Bell. It is first seen in chapter 1 of the manga and episode 1 of the anime. In episode 15 of the anime, Ichigo's weapon gets joined up with the Mew Berry Rod to make an Upgraded Version of the StrawBell Bell. In chapter 8 of the manga, the weapon is given the ultimate upgrade and named StrawBell Bell Version Up, because the Mew Mew's weapons join up with hers, excluding the Mew Berry Rod.

Her attacks are "Ribbon Strawberry Check!" and "Ribbon Strawberry Surprise". The first attack consists of Mew Ichigo aligning the heart-shaped jewels on both her glove and Bell and rising into the air, surrounded by multicolored sparks. She then blasts enemies with a rainbow colored energy blast from the StrawBell Bell. Ribbon Strawberry Surprise, on the other hand, is more powerful version of it. Another attack is "Ribbon Aqua Drops", in which she summons the power of the Mew Aqua Rod and in a swirl of light, she rises in the air and spreads blue, bubbly energy across the surface of the Earth. She has a joint attack with Berry named "Ribbon Doubleberry Check".

Anime

Mew Ichigo's weapon name in Mew Mew Power simplified to "Strawberry Bell", and her attack is "Strawberry Bell, Full Power!" When the wings are attached, the weapon is given the name Rose Bell and the attack is called, "Rose Bell, Full Power!". Her third weapon is called the Strawberry Scepter. Her Mew/Blue Aqua attack, is named "Strawberry Sceptre! Blue Aqua Drops!".

International

Name Changes (Manga)

For the English translations of the manga, Ichigo's name is the same as the original Japanese version.

Language Title Publisher Name Mew Name
Japanese Tokyo Mew Mew Kodansha Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo / Mew Strawberry
English Tokyo Mew Mew TokyoPop & Kodansha Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo / Mew Strawberry
English (Singapore) Tokyo Mew Mew Chuang Yi Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo / Mew Strawberry

Name Changes (Anime)

Tokyo Mew Mew was dubbed and localized in many different languages. The names of the characters were also subject to change. Many of the dubs that didn't use Ichigo or Zoey often translated their words for "Strawberry" as her first name; for example: Chau-Mui and Morango all mean 'Strawberry' in their respective language.

Language Title Name Mew Name Voice Actress
Japanese Tokyo Mew Mew Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo
(Mew Strawberry)
Saki Nakajima
English Mew Mew Power Zoey Hanson Mew Zoey Amanda Brown
Mandarin Dōng Jīng Māo Māo
(Tokyo Cats / Tokyo Mew Mew)
Méi "Xiǎo Méi" TáoGōng Mew Mew Xiǎo Méi Qiū Méi-Jūn
Cantonese (TVB Dub) Dung Ging Miu Miu
(Tokyo Mew Mew)
Chau-Mui TouGung Mew Chau-Mui Chin Wai-Ling
Cantonese (ATV Dub) Maau Maau Jin Deui
(Cat Team / Mew Mew Team)
Chau-Mui TouGung Mew Chau-Mui Dang Git-Lai
Italian Mew Mew Amiche Vincenti
(Mew Mew Winning Friends)
Strawberry Momomiya Mew Berry Debora Magnaghi
Korean Berry Berry Mew Mew Berry Hong Mew Berry / Strawberry Misuk Jeong
Hebrew Tokyo Mew Mew Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo Liat Har-Lev
Brazilian Portuguese As Super Gatinhas
(The Super Kittens)
Zoey Hanson (None) Samira Fernandes
Portuguese (Season 1) Mew Mew Power Zoey Hanson Mew Zoey Sandra de Castro
Portuguese (Season 2) Tokyo Mew Mew Morango Momomiya Mew Morango Bárbara Lourenço
Danish Mew Mew Power Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo Amalie Dollerup
Thai Tokyo Mew Mew Ichigo Momomiya Mew Ichigo
(Mew Strawberry)
Sansanee Wattananukul
Albanian (Albania Production) Vajzat Mjau - Mbrojtëset e Planetit
(Mew Girls - Defenders of the Planet)
Zoi Hanson Mjau Zoi Esmeralda Metka
Albanian ("Jess" Discographic) Luftëtaret Mace
(Cat Warriors)
Luleshtrydhe Momomiya Mjau Shtrydhe (Mew Berry) Laura Nezha
Hungarian Vadmacska Kommandó
(Wildcat Commando)
Zoey Hanson (None) Titanilla Bogdányi
Latino Spanish Miau Miau Power
(Mew Mew Power)
Zoey Hanson Miau Zoey Alejandra Ramírez
French Mew Mew Power Zoey Hanson (None) Sophie Landresse
Dutch Mew Mew Power Zoey Hanson Mew Zoey N/A
Serbian Družina Mjau - Mjau / Mjau - Mjau Tokio
(Mew Mew Team / Tokyo Mew Mew Team)
Zoey Hanson Mjau Zoi Marija Dakić
Croatian Mijau Mijau Družina
(Mew Mew Team)
Zoey Hanson Mijau Zoi N/A
Bulgarian Силата Миу Миу / Silata Mew Mew
(Mew Mew Power)
Zoey Hanson Mew Zoey N/A
Greek Mew Mew Power Zoey Hanson (None) Sofia Kapsampeli
Turkish Mew Mew Power / Sihirli Kızlar
(Magical Girls)
Zoey Hanson Mew Zoey N/A

Trivia

  • In an episode of Mew Mew Power, Ichigo said that she was not a good dancer. She provided evidence for this when she revealed that, when she attempted to do the famous Macarena dance, she sent five people to the emergency room, just by dancing.
  • Iriomote Wildcats live in Taiwan. There are only 60-100 left there.
  • Ichigo is the only Mew Mew who needed some help for her mutation to speed up. All the other Mew Mews' mutations are all complete and they are either unaware of the mutation (Minto and Bu-Ling) or they found out how to unlock it (Retasu and Zakuro).
  • Ichigo is the only member of the group whose garter is placed on her right leg, whereas the other members' garters are placed on their left leg. In A La Mode, Mew Berry also has her garter on her right leg, which may mean it signifies that they are the leaders of Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Ichigo's transformation phrase and attack is the only one not including her name, hers being "Mew Mew Strawberry Metamorphose" and "Ribbon Strawberry Check", while the other Mew Mews have their names included in their transformation phrase and attack. (The reason for this is because her name "Ichigo" is the Japanese translation of strawberry).
  • Despite popular belief, she and Ringo Akai are not related in any way, despite having a few similarities.