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Retasu Midorikawa is a character in Tokyo Mew Mew. Appearing in both the manga and anime adaptation. She is one of the main heroines of the story. She is the third member of Tokyo Mew Mew to be introduced and her DNA is merged with a Fin-less Porpoise. She is a shy, second year junior high student who attends Okumura Junior High (Excalibur High School in the English anime adaptation) and works at Café Mew Mew.

Plot

Life As A Child

In the anime, Retasu has a younger brother named Uri. Her parents, Yomogi and Eizaburou Midorikawa, always encouraged her to "Be herself, and someday, she will have real friends.".

Before meeting Ichigo, Lettuce still had her 'friends' from school. "The Three Beckies" as they're known in the English dub.

Arrival In The Manga

Retasu first appears in chapter 1 of the first manga book. Her name is not revealed until chapter 3. She is at a museum for an endangered animals exhibit. While attending, she is being picked on by the trio of girl-bullies. Ichigo runs to get help but Bu-Ling Huang gets to the girls first and they run away. Retasu mentions that she'll have to apologize to them later. She won't see Ichigo or Pudding again until an earthquake that later occurs.

During the earthquake, Retasu, Ichigo and Bu-Ling became trapped in a room. A ray zapped Retasu, resulting in her DNA being infused with that of the Fin-less Porpoise. Allowing her the ability to transform into Mew Lettuce.

Later in the manga, Retasu and the three bullies are sitting in Café Mew Mew. The girls talk about a mysterious ghost-girl haunting a school's pool. They try to get Retasu to investigate it, but she doesn't want to. As the girls begin to shout and harass her, Ichigo runs over and dumps food on the girls. Afterwards, Keiichiro Akasaka takes the girls to get cleaned up; giving Ichigo a chance to introduce herself to Retasu. Retasu reveals that she only hangs out with the girls in hopes that they'll be her friend. Upon the girl's return, Retasu leaves the café.

That night, Minto and Ichigo went to Retasu's school to see if the mysterious ghost was a Chimera Animal. Making their way to the pool, Minto and Ichigo discover Mew Retasu to be the ghost. Her powers go out of control; accidentally attacking Minto and Ichigo out of fear. Retasu begins to cry saying she'll, "Never have any friends."

Minto spoke a few comforting words to calm Retasu. Ichigo then tickles and hugs Retasu. Tricking her into thinking Ichigo was going to attack her for hurting people, they fell into the pool.

Some time later, Retasu starts working in Café Mew Mew with the others.

Her Arrival In The Anime

  • Tokyo Mew Mew

Unlike the manga where Retasu first appears at the exhibit, Ichigo bumps into Retasu while running late for school. She is carrying four bags. While pondering why Retasu has that many bags with her, the three girl-bullies appear. They tell Retasu to "Hurry up!". She a apologies to everyone, including Ichigo.

  • Mew Mew Power

In Mew Mew Power, Bridget is bossed around by three popular girls called 'The Three Beckies'. Bridget vents her anger at night in her school, causing the ghost-girl rumour. However, Zoey Hanson and Corina Bucksworth befriend her and she stops hanging around with the three girls.

Later In The Anime

Once, during a time of crisis, a drop of Mew Aqua appeared to aid Mew Lettuce. Her lower half changed into the tail of a porpoise. The Mew Aqua aided transformation occurs twice; Once, so she could save Iruka and a boy from drowning. The second, was to save the life of Ryou Shirogane, whom she has a crush on.

Personality

Retasu a sweet but shy and timid girl. She is very polite and always speaks formally, even to her friends and family. After befriending Ichigo and Minto, she becomes more confident. Retasu does not like to get involved in fights unless it will prevent her friends from being harmed.  

Appearance

Bridget(Mew Mew)

Mew Lettuce

Civilian

Retasu has light skin and dark green hair with two long braids at the back. She has blue eyes and thin glasses.

Cafe Mew Mew

Retasu's Cafe Mew Mew waitress outfit is identical to the others, with the exception of it being a dark green colour.

Mew Mew

Mew Lettuce's hair turns a lighter green and her eyes change from blue to green. She wears a green strapless dress with a skirt that fans out in a flower-petal like appearance, with green garters on her arm and left leg. She has a green choker that her Mew Pendant dangles from, and white lace lining on her choker and garters. She has long white antennas on her head that reach her feet and knee-high green boots. Mew Lettuce's Mew Mark is on her chest, with two curves that resemble fish.

Relationships

Love Interest

In the later episodes, she seems to have a crush on Ryou. Retasu saved Ryou from drowning by kissing him in episode 41 and in episode 49, she shared a cake with Ryou showing interest in him. Pie also shows interest in her but it is unknown if Retasu has feelings for him.

Abilities

Transformation

Mew Lettuce Transformation

Mew Lettuce Transformation

Mew Lettuce's Transformation

Mew Lettuce's transformation begins with a kiss on her Mew pendant and a declaration of her metamorphosis. Her pendant begins to glow while her DNA morphs, initiating the sequence. Lettuce parts her hands from the Mew Mark on her chest, and she twirls into a flurry of bubbles, causing her Mew uniform to appear. She performs a final spin as her antennae sprout from her head and she lands safely on the ground, clapping and striking a pose. Retasu's DNA is infused with the DNA of the Fin-less Porpoise, a cousin of the dolphin, so Mew Lettuce's legs can transform into a porpoise's tail when she is underwater (if she is in possession of Mew Aqua), greatly improving her ability to swim. She is the third girl to join the Mew Mews and, at first, is afraid to use her powers, but this changes because of Ichigo Momomiya and Minto Aizawa's encouragement.

Weapons and Attacks

Mew Lettuces Attack

Mew Lettuces Attack

Mew Lettuce's attack stems from her weapons known as the Lettustanets. During her attack sequence, she rises up into the air with her arms crossed over her chest. She then parts them and manifests the Lettuce castanets in each hand. Playing a small rhythm with them, she spins around and then fires a blast of watery power at the opponent.

International

Name Changes (Manga)

As in most cases, the characters' names in Tokyo Mew Mew went through changes upon translation. For English manga translations, TokyoPop and Kodansha used the food translations for both the characters' names and Mew Mew names. For the Singapore English translation, publisher Chuang Yi chose to keep both the civilian and secret identity names.

Language Title Publisher Name Mew Name
Japanese Tokyo Mew Mew Kodansha Retasu Midorikawa Mew Lettuce
English Tokyo Mew Mew TokyoPop & Kodansha Lettuce Midorikawa Mew Lettuce
English (Singapore) Tokyo Mew Mew Chuang Yi Retasu Midorikawa Mew Lettuce

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 Retasu/Lettuce or Bridget often translated their words for "Lettuce" as her first name; for example: Wō-Jù, and Alface all mean 'lettuce' in their respective language.

Language Title Name Mew Name Voice Actress
Japanese Tokyo Mew Mew Retasu Midorikawa Mew Lettuce Kumi Sakuma
English Mew Mew Power Bridget Verdant Mew Bridget Bella Hudson
Mandarin Dōng Jīng Māo Māo
(Tokyo Cats / Tokyo Mew Mew)
Wō-Jù BìChuān Mew Mew Wō-Jù Xiè Jiǎo-Juān
Cantonese (TVB Dub) Dung Ging Miu Miu
(Tokyo Mew Mew)
Hueng-Choi BikChyun Mew Hueng-Choi Ng Mui
Cantonese (ATV Dub) Maau Maau Jin Deui
(Cat Team / Mew Mew Team)
Hueng-Choi BikChyun Mew Hueng-Choi Taam Suk-Ying (Rebecca Tam)
Italian Mew Mew Amiche Vincenti
(Mew Mew Winning Friends)
Lory Midorikawa Mew Lory Elisabetta Spinelli
Korean Berry Berry Mew Mew Leti Bae Mew Lettuce Jeong-Hwa Yang
Hebrew Tokyo Mew Mew Retsu Midorikawa Mew Retsu Hagar Tishman (Season 1)
Na'ama Ozen (Season 2)
Brazilian Portuguese As Super Gatinhas
(The Super Kittens)
Brigiti Verdant (None) Letícia Quinto
Portuguese (Season 1) Mew Mew Power Bridget Verdant Mew Bridget Sónia Neves
Portuguese (Season 2) Tokyo Mew Mew Alface Midorikawa Mew Alface Solange Santos
Danish Mew Mew Power Retasu Midorikawa Mew Retasu Thea Ulstrup
Thai Tokyo Mew Mew Lettuce Midorikawa Mew Lettuce Arunee Nanthiwat
Albanian (Albania Production) Vajzat Mjau - Mbrojtëset e Planetit
(Mew Girls - Defenders of the Planet)
Brixhet Verdant Mjau Brixhet Desantila Kristo
Albanian ("Jess" Discographic) Luftëtaret Mace
(Cat Warriors)
Lori Midorikawa Mjau Lori Suela Xhonuzi
Hungarian Vadmacska Kommandó
(Wildcat Commando)
Bridget Verdant (None) Piroska Simonyi
Latino Spanish Miau Miau Power
(Mew Mew Power)
Bridget Verdant Miau Bridget Dilma Gómez
French Mew Mew Power Bridget Verdant (None) Géraldine Frippiat
Dutch Mew Mew Power Bridget Verdant Mew Bridget Meghna Kumar
Serbian Družina Mjau - Mjau / Mjau - Mjau Tokio
(Mew Mew Team / Tokyo Mew Mew Team)
Bridžit Verdant Mjau Bridžit Ana Maljević
Croatian Mijau Mijau Družina
(Mew Mew Team)
Bridžit Verdant Mjau Bridžit N/A
Bulgarian Силата Миу Миу / Silata Mew Mew
(Mew Mew Power)
Bridget Verdant Mew Bridget N/A
Greek Mew Mew Power Bridget Verdant (None) Stella Mponatsou
Turkish Mew Mew Power / Sihirli Kizlar
(Magical Girls)
Bridget Verdant Mew Bridget N/A

Trivia

  • In Mew Mew Power, Bridget is shown to be intelligent, while Retasu is not mentioned to be especially smart.
  • Retasu eyesight improves as Mew Lettuce, no longer needing glasses to see.
  • Even though she can swim as Mew Lettuce, Retasu at first could not.
  • The fin-less porpoise (known as the "Sunameri" in Japan) look like small beluga whales, and are called 'fin-less' because they have no dorsal fin. They are found in the coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific.
  • Retasu's birthday, April 29, is the "Day of Green" in Japan.
  • In Mew Mew Power, the beginning portion of Retasu/Bridget's, transformation is cut due to the brief nudity and 4Kids high standards of broadcast.
  • She shares her surname with voice actor Midorikawa Hikaru, who voiced Keiichiro. Although, the kanji used for "Green" is different.
  • In Berry Berry Mew Mew, Retasu speaks formally in the first half of episode 3 and speaks informally later on; while in the original Japanese version, she speaks formally all the time.
  • Retasu's name means, Lettuce Green River. "Midori" means green, while the character for "Kawa" means river.
  • As a pastime, Lettuce enjoys making dolls.
  • Retasu's favourite foods are shortcakes, grapes and stewed foods.
  • Her least favourite food is shiitake mushrooms.
  • In both Cantonese dubs, the translated name they chose for her, Hueng-Choi, actually means "Parsley".