Tokyo Mew Mew, also know as the Mew Mews or the Mew Project, are a group of seven girls, their two overseers, and a boy. Their headquarters are located underground below Café Mew Mew.
The active Tokyo Mew Mew consists of the characters:
Other members consist of:
The girls become and are considered to be Mew Mews because their DNA has been merged with corresponding animals. Because of this process, a Mew Mark appears somewhere on their body. All the girls are known to have one on their skin except for Berry and Ringo, whose marking locations are unknown -- if they have them at all. Ryou also has a Mew Mark on his body due to an experiment with the DNA gun.
With Mew Pendants, the girls can transform into human-animal hybrids in special suits. When transformed, each member is referred to by a fruit-themed name (i.e, Bu-Ling is Mew Pudding, instead of Mew Bu-Ling) and the prefix "Mew".
At first, Ichigo, Minto, Retasu, Bu-Ling and Zakuro were the only members of the group. In the PS1 game for Tokyo Mew Mew, Ringo joined them (as well as in the mini-manga series Petite Mew Mew) as the 6th mew mew. Berry Shirayuki joined the Mew Mews and became the temporary leader in the manga Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode, making her the 7th and final member.
The girls first took up the name "Tokyo Mew Mew" after their battle with a Chimera Anima was broadcast on TV all over Tokyo.
To help get rid of chimera animas and collect samples of them, Ryou and Keiichiro created the robots R2000, or Masha as Ichigo called him, and R3000, named by Berry as Ucha to assist the Mew Mews. The two accompany the girls who named them.
In episode 46, Ichigo's boyfriend Masaya joins the Mew Project in support.