I have friends that like this series and this seemed like something that would be right up my alley for shows to watch. It has animal transformation which is a subject that I’ve found fascinating since childhood. So I figured that I would give the series a shot.
So I watched episodes one and two. And these two episodes, while they were adorable, had major flaws that I could particularly overlook. One of my pet peeves in a series is when major plot points aren’t fully discussed head on. And a major plot point in this series is the creation of the Mew Mews. You have two high school students (Ryou Shirogane and Keiichiro Akasaka) who somehow spearhead this large plan to infuse specific people with the DNA of endangered animals. Now before I really get into this any further, let me say that parts of these things are explained readily. Like the necessity of the Mew Mews, why it is that Ichigo was infused with the DNA of the Iriomote Cat, and what needs to be done to save the world. But who are Ryou and Keiichiro? Other than two high school students. Why are high schoolers in charge of such important power and information about aliens? And what is it about the DNA of the Ichigo and the other Mew Mews that makes the prime targets for having their DNA infused with animal DNA? Also why are aliens on the earth?
My guess is that all of these things will be explained later on in the series. Which I can accept. Sometimes it is better to hold off on an explanation because perhaps it aids in the plot somehow. The do explain what the aliens are and what it is that they do. Just not how the aliens got their or how long they’ve been there. It seems to me that this is something that’s important and should have at the least been touched upon mildly in the first episode. And the detail about Ryou and Keiichiro is admittedly a nit-pick. High schoolers are typically the major players in most anime series. Taking upon jobs that no regular high school student could ever take on. And being a scientist and holder of some secret knowledge about aliens is something that you will not see high school students doing.
Will I continue watching this series? Yes. These are just my initial impressions of the series and it would in no way be a fair assessment of the series to just leave it with the first two episodes.
(Admittedly while I was typing this I looked up information on some of the characters and did learn the answers to some of these questions, thus potentially ruining some surprises in the series for me. But I’ll continue to look on the series and will assess it fairly after watching the other 50 episodes.)