SSBS – Tokyo Mew Mew Episode 47: The Power of Love – I Will Protect Aoyama-Kun!

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Plot: Deep Blue has changed Pai and Taruto’s directive to destroying The Blue Knight.

Meanwhile, Aoyama proves to be a huge hit as a waiter in the cafe since all of the local girls crowd in to gush over him in his uniform. Shirogane, however, continues to be wary of their new team member.

The next day, the aliens attack with a floating blobby squid-like Chimera Animal. Aoyama and Ichigo rush into action together, soon met with the other Mews. After transforming, they try to take down the Chimera Animal, but to no avail. With a smokescreen, the Chimera Animal is able to blindside the girls and ensnare them all in its tentacles.

The Blue Knight tries to save Ichigo, but Pai stops him. The Chimera Animal lines up razor sharp tendrils to Ichigo’s head and threatens her life if he resists. The Blue Knight has no choice but to relent. Pai and Taruto then mercilessly beat The Blue Knight with intents to kill him. Ichigo is forced to watch her beloved get beaten within an inch of his life and it’s all for her sake – all because he wants to protect her and nothing else.

Ichigo cries out for Aoyama as several of her tears fall on The Blue Knight’s cheek. As his consciousness starts to wane, he remembers his dreams of Mew Ichigo crying on the ground.

With a flash, Ichigo is suddenly imbued with massive power, allowing her to break free and protect The Blue Knight from a surely fatal blast. Ichigo has taken it upon herself to be Aoyama’s protector just as much as he is hers. With the most powerful Ribbon Strawberry Surprise she’s ever conjured, she blows the Chimera Animal away and the aliens retreat.

The group and city are safe once more, but Kisshu looks on with suspicious eyes. That power may have been impressive, but it wasn’t Ichigo’s.

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– Eugh, this episode has the same weird eye problem the previous episode had. In fact, it might even be worse.

– I understand that Aoyama’s the reason why all of these girls are there, but why are the other Mews standing there watching him instead of….ya know…waitressing?

– OH MY GOD, AOYAMA WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU IN THIS SHOT?!

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Oddly, this shot reminds me a LOT of how Aoyama tends to look in the manga. It’s creepy, knock it off.

– Ichigo draws fanart of her boyfriend…..Okie dokie.

– I’ll bite my tongue on all of the Aoyama protecting Ichigo stuff because I know this episode has her protecting him, but watch it, show. I’m still salty about the trident attack from last episode.

– The animation on that Chimera Animal is so weird and not in a good way.

– Why haven’t Ichigo and Aoyama transformed already? Don’t they travel a lot faster that way?

– Wait, Aoyama got an entirely new and somehow shorter transformation animation for this episode. He flies up, glowing blue, then as they focus on his eye, we fade into BK and then we see him in front of a much better background than he had last time. Why was his transformation changed literally one episode after he first got his transformation? And why cut out the part with his sword? That’s really the only thing he was really doing in the original version.

– Wow, one of the only times I’ve ever seen legit streams of blood in this show. Why is it that blood only appears when the guys are on screen? The last time, it was Kisshu getting wounded, now BK’s sword strikes to the Chimera Animal cause it to bleed profusely even though Zakuro just hacked one of those same tentacles into several pieces and there was no blood to be found.

– I can’t keep quiet anymore – the animation budget and this episode apparently never met. It’s a tossup between this episode and the last as to which is worse, and I’m inclined to put more chips on this one. There are numerous odd faces and so many instances of paper-cutout animation that it’s hard to ignore.

– Pai’s acting really weird in this episode. Usually he maintains his composure and attacks with his powers, but here he’s losing his temper for some reason and is just wailing on BK with his fists.

– Guys, you have lightning powers than can take out whole towns, incredibly powerful poisons, so many ways to just kill the guy you were instructed to just kill, but you’re taking your sweet time pummeling him instead.

– Hrmmmmmm……I wanted this episode to be a real true example of Ichigo taking the reigns and being the protector this time around after last week angered me so much. Sad to say, it didn’t really work out that way.

The only reason Aoyama was in trouble in the first place was because Ichigo became a damsel in distress again, and the only way she protected him in the end……*sigh* was through her tears. Granted, she did come to the realization that it’s important to not always rely on Aoyama to be protected and that she needs to protect him right back (Which is something that she shouldn’t really need to learn. She’s protected Aoyama several times at this point) but she still only gained massive main character powers because she cried over Aoyama.

Also, again, the others Mews were entirely useless in this battle. You might as well save on animation and replace them all with sock puppets at this point. No one would notice.

– By the by, she’s glowing bluish with this attack and the power was triggered by intense emotions, so was Mew Aqua involved or somethi–

Kisshu: “Wrong.”

….Que?

Kisshu: “That power was not Ichigo’s.”

………….*rubs temples* Wait, let me back up.

Ichigo….cried….which gave her lots of power….lots of….blue power…..Her tears…..landed on BK’s face before it happened, and we saw an overlay of her face meeting BK’s right before she exploded with power.

…..Are

you

kidding

me?

Are you saying BK transferred his power to Ichigo or something, which allowed her to have this massive increase in power to take out the Chimera Animal in one fell swoop?

Are you saying, by proxy, BK saved HIMSELF…and proved, again, that he is the most powerful person in the group?

Okay, okay, hang on. Maybe I’m just jumping to conclusions. Maybe I’m reading too far into this. I’m going to do the rational thing and peek through the next episode to see–

*one peek later*

Fuck off. No, really. Do that. Fuck off. And fuck what I said about BK not being as bad as Tuxedo Mask in regards to making off like a guy is constantly saving the heroines – he is officially much worse. I know the twist of his true identity, I do, and logically it would make sense for him to be this powerful, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is basically the enraging previous episode only worse. Wanna know why?

Because either consciously or subconsciously, Aoyama knew he couldn’t fight the aliens because, if he did, Ichigo would die. So he transferred power to her to let her take the reigns so he could save himself and HER by proxy. In short, Aoyama was both the hero and heroine in this episode, and that’s just bullshit.

I may complain about Ichigo getting all the best powers and stuff, but this is one step short of when parents do something and secretly let their kids think they did it to make them believe they’re grown up or magic or something.

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This episode was 75% utter bullshit. The 25% is the first part of the episode where I really got jazzed because Pai was so intent on getting BK to the point where he was kinda frightening, he had a solid plan to do so, and I really wanted to see Ichigo just kick a door down or something and badass her way to protecting Aoyama.

But that’s not what we got is it? What we got was a lie. Even without the whole concept of BK transferring his powers to Ichigo, whether he meant to or not, he was only in danger because Ichigo was damsel’d, and she only triggered these powers through her goddamn tears. Far from the badassery I had anticipated.

Do I even need to bring up the other Mews? Mew Blank, Mew Open Space, Mew Placeholder and Mew Error 404 Not Found? They literally come out of nowhere, try to attack, but prove fruitless, then they’re also damsel’d but the focus is given to Ichigo because she’s most important. At least there’s finally one instance of BK trying to save a Mew other than Ichigo for a damn change, but that’s obviously just exacerbating the problem isn’t it?

I honestly don’t remember having this severe of a problem with BK the last couple of times I watched through this series. Granted, both of those times I wasn’t really so deep into reviewing or analysis, but seriously, how did I overlook this?

Plus, despite the gravity of this episode, the animation is distractingly terrible. There aren’t so many laughable frames as your typical mess fest Mew Mew episode, but they are there and there are so many instances of paper-cutout movement it’s ridiculous. They even do it when the movement is entirely unnecessary. Like, hey, Ichigo’s prepping to attack – let’s make her character layer bigger and create the illusion that we’re zooming in on her for no reason.

Next episode, a nice barbecue for the team, but they’re quickly targeted by Kisshu who wants to make his true final stand against BK.


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8 thoughts on “SSBS – Tokyo Mew Mew Episode 47: The Power of Love – I Will Protect Aoyama-Kun!

  1. Ouch! That plotting wasn’t so great. The fan outrage aspect was funny, but I’m sorry to hear about how much it annoyed you. Granted, I haven’t seen the show, so that’s new to me. At least I had a different Pierrot work to tide me over for an upcoming review.

    Side note: I don’t think I was aware that Noriyuki Abe (Yu Yu Hakusho, Bleach, Flame of Recca) directed this series. I didn’t think he’d have anything shojo in his repertoire.

  2. Anything you can do, I can do better
    I can do anything better than you

    In all seriousness, this was a hard one to read. Tokyo Mew Mew was my gateway anime, so to have it being verbally crushed this badly isn’t all that easy to see.

    • Sorry about that. 😦 Hopefully this will be the last time my nerves get plucked so hard during this rewatch. I do remember liking the ending episodes quite a bit, so I’m keeping my head up.

      • Don’t worry. You’re allowed to have whatever opinions you want. It’s not your fault I have a thin skin.

      • I know how you feel. I tend to feel very strongly about shows I’ve loved – I hate to see them get criticized, whether it’s justified or not. I even tend to avoid episodes of (typically angry) review shows that I love if they’re targeting something I really enjoy, even if they mean well and/or liked it too. For what it’s worth, I still do like watching Tokyo Mew Mew. It can be a lot of fun. I wouldn’t have reviewed so much of the franchise if I didn’t find some enjoyment in it. 🙂 (And I intend on reviewing everything in the franchise, barring the games)

  3. The animation director for this episode, Motosuke Takahashi, also did episodes 5, 15, 25 and 36. His style for this show is pretty easy to spot since the characters tend to have way bigger eyes and smaller noses than usual. Believe it or not, fans actually tend to like his animation style. He’s probably 2nd only to Satoshi Ishino’s work on the show among the fanbase.

    Warning, spoilers after this:

    As for Ichigo’s power up, you are right about it being Mew Aqua. This was hinted as far back as episode 13 and revealed fully in the final episode. Quiche has his theories and it’s true that the Blue Knight’s transformation is triggered by Ichigo but the power ups aren’t from the BK. It’s the Mew Aqua inside him.

    • Ooooohhh okay. In that case, I suppose it’s not as bad. I’m still a little salty about the last episode, but I suppose, in this case, it’s not as bad. Is BK’s power entirely reliant on the Mew Aqua or is it a subset of power from DB?

      • The Aoyama’s Blue Knight power is derived from Deep Blue but he gains this “good form” from Ichigo’s influence.
        In the latest manga sequel, Tokyo Mew Mew 2020 Re-Turn, it’s revealed that he still has some of that power left, with a transformation that makes him look like Deep Blue (Minus the ears, not to mention a nice pair of pants and boots XD.). So I guess, in a way, the Blue Knight was the only “casualty” of the 3 forms at the end of the original series.

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