Bu-Ling Huang (pronounced 'Purin' in Japanese) is a character in the manga and anime series Tokyo Mew Mew, and one of the main heroines of the story. She is the fourth Mew Mew to be introduced and her D.N.A is merged with a golden lion tamarin.
Bu-Ling likes doing acrobatics and is very playful. The other Mew Mews agree that her monkey DNA is a perfect match for her personality, as she is full of energy and loves having fun – to the point where Minto considers her very immature. She is also the most hyperactive member of the team, even more-so than Ichigo. But she can be serious at times.
Bu-Ling usually has light blonde hair, burnt-orange (almost brown) eyes. She usually wears Chinese-themed clothes when she is home, at a party, or visiting. She is the shortest of the Mew Mews.
When Bu-Ling is transformed into Mew Pudding, her hair turns golden yellow and her eyes turn a lighter orange. (In some manga and game illustrations, Bu-ling's eyes may appear yellow or yellow-orange.) She wears a short yellow jumpsuit, yellow legwarmers with orange ballet-flats. The strings of the ballet-flats wrap around the legwarmers. A yellow garter belt on her left thigh, a yellow choker with her Mew Pendant attached just below, and yellow arm bands; As well as a pair of orange, furry, finger-less-gloves. She has orange lace lining the bottom of her jumpsuit as well as her choker, arm bands, and garter belt. She has an orange monkey tail and ears.
Her Mew Mark is two monkey tails on her forehead.
Because her mother died when she was very young, Bu-Ling was left to care for her five younger siblings, as well as managing the family's finances. Alternatively, the manga never mentions Bu-Ling's mother. When asked about her mother, she often tries to change the subject as the topic is very painful for her.
Bu-Ling's father is a master of many different fighting styles. He is constantly training in the mountains of China, so she doesn't see him often. The only person -other than Ryou and Keiichiro- who knows about Bu-Ling's family situation is Heicha's teacher.
To support her family, Bu-Ling used to do tricks in the park to make money.
Midway through the series, Bu-Ling befriends Tart when he captures her and holds her hostage. She is reluctant to fight Tart during the final battle until he affirms they have no choice. She cries over him after he is defeated. Bu-Ling kisses Tart at the end of the series and tells him she "Does not want it to be goodbye.". He replies by saying that he "...may return to see her.".
In the anime adaptation, the relationship between Bu-Ling and Tart is expanded upon and the circumstances of their initial friendship changes – instead of being saved by the Mew Mews, Tart himself saves Bu-Ling from an underground cavern when he realizes that she is suffocating from a lack of oxygen.
In Episode 33: A Fiance Appears! Puddings's Fated Marriage?!, a mysterious man saves Bu-Ling when she is attacked by Tart's Chimera Anima. The man reveals himself to be Yuebing Long, an apprentice of Bu-Ling's father. In a match to decide who will inherit the family fighting style, as well as the right to her, Yuebing defeats Bu-Ling. He later spends time in Bu-Ling's home taking care of her siblings while she works at Cafe Mew Mew. He ends up rescuing Bu-Ling from a rogue Chimera Anima and travels to China with the intent of learning to protect his new fiance, Bu-Ling.
As a Civilian
Bu-Ling is an accomplished circus performer, knows how to clean and cooks pretty well, despite her age. She is full of energy, is very agile, flexible, fast and has a lot of endurance. Bu-Ling is strong at martial arts, thanks to her father, a Chinese martial arts master, who taught her. She knows how to swim.
Bu-Ling's transformation begins with her kissing her Mew Pendant and raising it to her head where her Mew mark is. Her DNA commences the morphing process and Bu-Ling is flung into a burst of yellow light. The endings of her hair change into tiny braids while streams of energy wrap around her hands, causing fur in the shape of finger-less gloves to appear on them. More streams of energy are wrapped around her body and manifest her Mew uniform. She then bends over and her Tamarin tail pops out from the base of her back. The sequence concludes with Mew Pudding performing somersaults at a very high speed and then striking a pose.
Weapons and Attacks
In the original Japanese anime, her weapon is called PuRing Rings, and her attack is Ribbon PuRing Ring Inferno. This attack involves Mew Pudding performing a series of acrobatic flips, kicks and somersaults before summoning a tambourine and a bell on a ring. She taps them together, performing a melody in the air. Her Mew Mark glows and she brings the instruments down, unleashing a blast of yellow energy which encases the enemy in a force field similarly shaped like jello. In the 4Kids dub, her weapon is the Golden Tambourine and her attack is renamed to "Tambourine Trench".
Name Changes (Manga)
As in most cases, the characters' names in Tokyo Mew Mew went through changes upon translation. For English manga translations, TokyoPop and Kodansha used the food translations for both the characters' names and Mew Mew names. For the Singapore English translation, publisher Chuang Yi chose to keep both the civilian and secret identity names.
|Japanese||Tokyo Mew Mew||Kodansha||Bu-Ling Huang
|English||Tokyo Mew Mew||TokyoPop & Kodansha||Pudding Fong||Mew Pudding|
|English (Singapore)||Tokyo Mew Mew||Chuang Yi||Purin Wong||Mew Pudding|
Name Changes (Anime)
Tokyo Mew Mew was dubbed and localized in many different languages. The names of the characters were also subject to change. Many of the dubs that didn't use Bu-Ling/Purin or Kikki often translated their words for "Pudding" as her first name, despite the fact that her first name does not translate as the food ("Bu-Ling" literally means "walking bell."); for example: Pudim means "pudding" in Portuguese.
|Language||Title||Name||Mew Name||Voice Actress|
|Japanese||Tokyo Mew Mew||Bu-Ling Huang
|Mew Pudding||Hisayo Mochizuki|
|English||Mew Mew Power||Kikki Benjamin||Mew Kikki||Kether Donohue|
|Mandarin||Dōng Jīng Māo Māo
(Tokyo Cats / Tokyo Mew Mew)
|Bù-Líng Huáng||Mew Mew
|Lín Měi-Xiù (Angel Lin)|
|Cantonese (TVB Dub)||Dung Ging Miu Miu
(Tokyo Mew Mew)
|Cantonese (ATV Dub)||Maau Maau Jin Deui
(Cat Team / Mew Mew Team)
|Italian||Mew Mew Amiche Vincenti
(Mew Mew Winning Friends)
|Paddy Wong||Mew Paddy||Tosawi Piovani|
|Korean||Berry Berry Mew Mew||Puring Huang||Mew Puring||Seoyeong Kim|
|Hebrew||Tokyo Mew Mew||Purin Fon||Mew Purin||Dana Rishfi (Season 1)|
Michal Reshef (Season 2)
|Brazilian Portuguese||As Super Gatinhas
(The Super Kittens)
|Kikki Benjamin||(None)||Lene Bastos|
|Portuguese (Season 1)||Mew Mew Power||Kikki Benjamin||Mew Kikki||Maria João Luís|
|Portuguese (Season 2)||Tokyo Mew Mew||Pudim Fon||Mew Pudim||Maria Camões|
|Danish||Mew Mew Power||Purin Fong||Mew Purin||Bette Dandanell|
|Thai||Tokyo Mew Mew||Pudding Fon||Mew Pudding||Arunee Nanthiwat|
|Albanian (Albania Production)||Vajzat Mjau - Mbrojtëset e Planetit
(Mew Girls - Defenders of the Planet)
|Kiki Benjamin||Mjau Kiki||Suela Qoshja|
|Albanian ("Jess" Discographic)||Luftëtaret Mace
|Padi Wong||Mjau Padi||Megi Mysliu|
|Kikki Benjamin||(None)||Getrúd Szabó|
|Latino Spanish||Miau Miau Power
(Mew Mew Power)
|Kikki Benjamin||Miau Kikki||Shirley Marulanda|
|French||Mew Mew Power||Kikki Benjamin||(None)||Marie Van Renterghem|
|Dutch||Mew Mew Power||Kikki Benjamin||Mew Kikki||Lizemijn Libgott|
|Serbian||Družina Mjau - Mjau / Mjau - Mjau Tokio
(Mew Mew Team / Tokyo Mew Mew Team)
|Kiki Bendžamin||Mjau Kiki||Vladislava Đorđević|
|Croatian||Mijau Mijau Družina
(Mew Mew Team)
|Kiki Bendžamin||Mjau Kiki||N/A|
|Bulgarian||Силата Миу Миу / Silata Mew Mew
(Mew Mew Power)
|Kikki Benjamin||Mew Kikki||N/A|
|Greek||Mew Mew Power||Kikki Benjamin||(None)||Stella Mponatsou|
|Turkish||Mew Mew Power / Sihirli Kızlar
|Kikki Benjamin||Mew Kikki||N/A|
- She is a 6th-year elementary schooler according to her official profile in the Playstation game introduction. In Japan, 6th year elementary schoolers start their grade at 11 years old, aging to 12 before the end of the school year. Because her birthday is August 7th, she ages very quickly to 12, as the Japanese school year begins around April 1st, and ends in late March. (August occurs only 4 months after that initial April.) She would be a bit older by Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode.
- The golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) is a small New World monkey native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil. It is "endangered" on the IUCN Red List, with an average population of 3,200 in the wild.
- In the manga, she owns a monkey named An-Nin / Almond.
- Bu-Ling's father is Chinese but her mother's nationality is unknown.
- All of Bu-Ling's siblings names end in the suffix "-cha". The Chinese character of "Cha" means tea.
- Her favorite foods are tientsin (sweet chestnuts), pudding and Chou à la Creme.
- She dislikes rakkyo (Chinese onions).
- Bu-Ling refers to all of the Mews as "onee-chan" (Big Sister). In Japan, this Japanese honorific term may be used by a younger person towards an "older sister" type figure. However, it is not always meant literally, and it is possible Bu-Ling could stop using this term once she's older, as the Mews are not literally related. (This is something that happens frequently in anime, especially other shounen [aimed at young boys] and shoujo [aimed at young girls] series.)
- Japanese school system page. ("School year starts in April and ends in March.")