Just moments after the anime finale aired, Tokyo Mew Mew New was renewed for season 2 and confirmed the upcoming release slate.

As the 2022 Summer anime slate draws to a close, series prepare to air their final episodes and subsequently for the surge of fan questions asking about renewals.

So far, we have seen just one major anime being renewed for another season on the day of its domestic finale – that being Rent A Girlfriend season 3.

Well, excellent news for fans of the Tokyo Mew Mew New series as the anime has indeed joined Rent A Girlfriend in being renewed for a new season – the release slate for season 2 has also been revealed!

Tokyo Mew Mew New season 2 release date confirmed

Only a matter of minutes after the season 1 finale aired domestically in Japan, the official website for the Tokyo Mew Mew New anime confirmed that season 2 was in production.

Fantastic news for fans of the show: the release window for Tokyo Mew Mew New season 2 was also revealed for April 2023 on the Spring broadcasting slate in a new trailer, see below.

“The second season of “Tokyo Mew Mew Mew ♡” will air on TV Tokyo, BS Teletext and AT-X from April 2023! Please look forward to it! We won’t give up on the earth, love, or dreams! The story is based on “Tokyo Mew Mew Mew” and has been renewed!” – Tokyo Mew Mew New season 2, via YouTube.

Whilst a specific release date was not shared, fans can expect the anime to return with season 2 episode 1 on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 – in accordance with the original programming block from season 1.

The second anime broadcast is expected to be simulcast internationally on HiDive, also in accordance with the first season.

The production staff and main voice cast from season 1 are all set to reprise their roles in the upcoming second season, with new some new additions:

  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Quiche
  • Daiki Yamashita as Tart
  • Yuuichirou Umehara as Pie
  • Aina Suzuki as Miwa Honjou
  • Iori Saeki as Moe Yanagida
  • Akira Ishida as Seiji Aizawa

Series popularity vs franchise popularity

Tokyo Mew Mew New season 1 was met with a generally positive, if not slightly underwhelming reception, from fans and critics alike.

After episode 12 was released worldwide, the anime sat at scores of 7.4/10 on IMDB, 3.5/5 on Anime Planet, 64% on Anilist and 6.64/10 on MyAnimeList – with only 4,000 reviews and 33,000 members.

Whilst these scores are certainly not in the realm of instant-renewals, fans need to consider the wider Tokyo Mew Mew franchise before reaching a conclusion about the recent ordering of season 2.

“Honestly, I have been rather disappointed in the reboot so far. I was quite excited for it initially, as I loved the original anime. However, I don’t really care for the reboot. I also don’t like the animation much – the design looks clunky and the characters have visually lost a lot of quality…I just feel it has fallen flat compared to the original. It’s okay, they added some scenes and stuff that weren’t in the original, I just don’t feel its worth the time as a reboot. Maybe it can be better enjoyed if you haven’t seen the original. Maybe I am just bias, but yeah..” – User review, via MyAnimeList.

Tokyo Mew Mew has been a staple of both the manga and anime industry since 2000 when the series made its first debut. Since then, two video games, two manga spin-offs and the Tokyo Mew Mew New reboot have each been ordered.

So, whilst international ratings are indeed a fantastic way to measure the chances of an anime renewal, Tokyo Mew Mew New has proven once again that production is still dependent on how much money is generated for a wider company or franchise. In this manner, fans can look forward to plenty more Tokyo Mew Mew New content in the future.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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