Tokyo Mew Mew Reboot Drums Up Debate With Its Most Depressing Revision

There have been plenty of dark and depressing anime franchises released over the years, with series like Berserk and Made In Abyss exploring some sad and brutal moments throughout. One unexpected anime has gone viral for offering a depressing fact, wherein Tokyo Mew Mew's new reboot had to make a change to one of its statistics that has thrown fans for a loop. Needless to say, this change definitely is an eye-opener when it comes to comparing 2022 to the year 2000.

In the first episode of the new series, the main character does some research when it comes to the number of animal species that are on the verge of extinction, seeing as how she will eventually be merged with the DNA of one of the said creatures. In the original anime adaptation that was released in the early 2000s, the protagonist Ichigo notes that there were 2500 species that were looking down the barrel of extinction, but now, with the series' comeback in the year 2022, the figure has been changed to 15,000, showing how much more dire things have become for certain species.

See below a side-by-side comparison of the original series and the new reboot, with the original being produced by Studio Pierrot of Naruto and Bleach fame, while the current series is the aforementioned Studio Graphinica:

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(Photo: Pierrot)
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(Photo: Graphinica)

If you haven't had the opportunity to dive into this wild anime tale, Crunchyroll has offered the following description for Tokyo Mew Mew that has been given anime series and video games following the idiosyncratic protagonist: 

"On her first date with the cutest boy in school, Ichigo Momomiya is zapped by a mysterious ray that scrambles her DNA with that of the endangered Iriomote wildcat. The next day, Ichigo discovers that she has developed the agility (and occasionally the ears and tail) of a cat, as well as the power to transform into a pink-haired superheroine, Mew Ichigo. She and four other girls – each endowed with the genes of a different "Red Data" animal, have been selected for the top-secret Mew Project, which aims to protect the Earth from an alien menace known as Deep Blue."

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