The English dub aired from February 19th to July with only 23 episodes 26 in other English speaking countries airing in the United States. The show was later dropped from the 4Kids block.
All of the original background music was replaced with an original score made by 4Kids. All of the insert songs were replaced with new English songs , along with extra songs that were in scenes when songs weren't even played in the original ex: Both transformation songs, "Zoey's Theme", "Dance Another Day" and "Lucky Me".
Due to 4kids' heavy censorship, the original plot of Tokyo Mew Mew was nearly completely changed. However, the pilot episode is completely forgotten and regarded as to not have existed in the rest of Mew Mew Power. In addition, many cat puns are added for a humorous effect. Visual edits, such as Japanese text, are completely erased or replaced by English text to relate to non-Japanese countries. Body lines in the transformations are removed to prevent "mature themes. All Mew Mew marks are removed except for in the Mew's premiere episode.
Dialogue is changed, sometimes for an unknown reason, leading to complete plot changes and the creation of many plot holes. One example of this is having Corina Minto telling Zoey that Kikki Bu-Ling lived in a homeless shelter and episodes later, showing her home and her siblings. They added a line from Corina saying that it was something that they all assumed to be true, but since it was her that said it to make Zoey feel guilty for telling Kikki to "go home", it was obvious that this was done due to the English dubbers not watching ahead and straying away from the original script.
Another big change was the origin of the Aliens, known in this dub as the Cyniclons. In the Japanese version, Earth was their home but they had to move due to changes in the environment. So they had to move to another planet until Earth stabilized but the planet they ended up on was worse than Earth.
But since it took most of what they had to get there, they couldn't go back to Earth until millions of years later. By the time they were able to get back, they find humans living on Earth and polluting it. So the Aliens want Earth back before humans destroy it. In the English dub, this was all changed to the Cyniclons always living on a different planet but they polluted it so bad that the planet destabilized, so they had to leave but ended up on a worse planet.
They soon find out about the humans and want Earth out of jealousy of the humans for being able to keep a planet, despite the pollution they create on it. There were also many cuts made to the episodes some cuts even lasting 30 seconds to a full minute , even some that were important to the plot. Ichigo's merging with the Iriomote Wildcat was cut completely, causing confusion on how she got her powers.
The scene showing Bu-Ling's father training in China is cut as well, so it's unknown if she even had a father in the English dub. Almost 4 minutes were cut out of episode 13 altogether due to it referencing episode 12 which was put into discontinuity and made it take place right after episode So instead of Ichigo being afraid that Aoyama found out her secret at the cherry tree incident, they changed it to Zoey being afraid that Mark recognized her on TV.
Video showing a side by side comparison of the Japanese and English transformation sequences. The background in which Ichigo poses in front of is removed completely. Instead, the time the Mew Pendant is shown is lengthened. That scene also contained when Mew Mint's wings folded over to make her dress she later breaks from. The scene where Mew Mint is posing is cut completely. Mew Lettuce - Her entire transformation was cut due to her being naked during most of it.
Parts of it were only shown during the group transformation sequences 4Kids made. A small part when her main outfit comes on was cut as well. At the end, Mew Pudding is holding a different pose to avoid the Chinese reference at the end of the sequence.
Out of all the transformations, Mew Pudding's was the one with the most cuts if you don't count Mew Lettuce's being cut completely. To remove the fact that she was naked, 4Kids added a bra and underwear on her before her Mew Mew clothes appear. When Mew Zakuro comes forward to land gracefully on her ending scene, the scene is sped up, but her ending pose is kept.
Zoey's sequence was also sped up. Bridget was also given 4 different attack names. Her age is upped from 13 to Her animal changes to just a Wild Mountain Cat in the pilot episode but goes back to Iriomote Wildcat in later episodes. Zoey is more concerned with being a girl and having a boyfriend than the interests of Ichigo in Tokyo Mew Mew.
Her age is changed from 12 to Changes in dialogue cause her to be even more rude to Zoey than Minto was to Ichigo. It also causes her to appear to have romantic feelings for Renee Roberts Zakuro Fujiwara.
In one scene, she thinks about the person whom she might love and has a thought bubble of Renee An edit by 4kids. The original was of a male dancer. Bridget's age is 15 compared to Lettuce's Instead of wanting to help her friends feel better by letting them take their anger out on her in Tokyo Mew Mew, Bridget ends up being friends with "The Three Beckies" because she has no friends and wants to be popular.
Her age takes a large jump from 11 to Kikki seems to be more blunt and pushy than Bu-Ling but her eager and energetic personality is still intact. The dub at first added that Kikki was homeless but then changed it when her home and family were shown in a future episode. It was also added that Kikki is very secretive about her family compared to the original where she has told older characters Ryou, Keiichiro and Heicha's Teacher about her family situation. She becomes much older in the dub at 17 instead of 15 in order to be older than the other Mews.
While it is stated that she has many professions in both the original and English dubs acting, modelling and singing , while the Japanese say that modelling is Zakuro's main career, the English dub changes her main career to singing.
Quiche: Quiche is renamed to Dren Nerd spelled backwards. Most of his personality is intact but Dren isn't as pushy to get Zoey to love him as Kish was to Ichigo. Pie: Pie gets changed to Sardon which is short for the word "Sardonic" meaning "Marked by scorn, mockery, and cynicism".
He is given an English accent and is the only Cyniclon with named attacks. Chimera Anima: Chimera Animas are renamed to Predasites. They are mostly unchanged. Masaya Aoyama: Masaya Aoyama is renamed to Mark. His new last name is not given in Mew Mew Power and remains unknown. His age is changed to 16 instead of being He is depicted as a jock at the school and is extremely popular.
His age is changed from 15 to Mew Mew Power changes him and Wesley to just rich high schoolers. Coolridge III and becomes younger, switching from being 21 to He is the only character to be made younger in the 4kids dub. Wesley is depicted as a rich high schooler who is a very nice gentleman. Masha: Masha gets renamed Mini-Mew. While Masha wasn't able to talk in complete sentences, Mini-Mew is shown to speak perfectly.
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