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Masaya Aoyama is Ichigo Momomiya's classmate and love interest in the Tokyo Mew Mew series.
Tokyo Mew Mew
Masaya is Ichigo's classmate. At the beginning of the series, he and Ichigo go on a date to the Red Data animals exhibit where Ichigo meets the other Mews and became a Mew Mew herself. At first, she thought Masaya was oblivious to her feelings, but in episode 27, he reveals that he shares her feelings and they begin dating.
Masaya is the only person outside the Mew Project to know Mew Ichigo's real identity, but initially pretends otherwise as he knows Ichigo does not want him to know. He was supportive of it when she finally told him in episode 38, and said he would help her hide it.
In episode 38, Masaya reveals that as an orphan, he began acting like a "perfect child" to be adopted. In reality, however, he felt sick of humans and disgusted by how they treat the planet. He also reveals that Ichigo is the sole exception, and it was only with her that he felt like a "real human being".
In episode 45, it is revealed that Masaya is the Blue Knight, but Masaya did not know that he was the Blue Knight, nor did the Blue Knight appear to have any knowledge that he was Masaya until then. Once Masaya becomes aware of his transformation, he realises it was born of his desire to protect Ichigo. Shortly after this revelation, Masaya collapses and reawakens as Deep Blue, the leader of the aliens and the Mew Mew's final enemy.
Deep Blue claims that he created Masaya in order to deceive the world until the time was right for his awakening. Masaya sacrifices himself by releasing the final Mew Aqua inside his body in order to stop Deep Blue, and is revived when Ichigo gives her life to save him. In turn, the Mew Aqua remaining his body then saves her.
At the end of the series, Masaya decides to go to England to study the endangered species used for the Mew Project and the Mew Mews hold a mock wedding for Masaya and Ichigo before he leaves.
Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
In Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode, Masaya is the first to sense the new danger to the Mew Mews, and encourages Ichigo to return to help her friends. Towards the end of a la Mode, he also returns to Tokyo.
Ichigo describes Masaya as "smart", "cute", "very athletic" and "popular at school". He is also depicted as being a polite and calm person, and will protect Ichigo at any cost when he transforms into Blue Knight.
The truth is that he despised the human race ever since he was a child. Everything he did and said was just an attempt to blend in and be accepted. However, once he started to spend time with Ichigo, he began to soften and changed his view of humans. He's noted to be very eco-friendly and an animal lover since he participates in recycling and using environmentally-friendly material.
Powers and abilities
As the Blue Knight
As the series progresses, it is revealed that Masaya is the Blue Knight, but that Masaya did not know that he was the Blue Knight, nor did the Blue Knight appear to have any knowledge that he was Masaya. Once Masaya becomes aware of his transformation, he realizes it was born of his desire to save Ichigo.
As Deep Blue
Shortly after finding out he was the Blue Knight, Masaya collapses and reawakens as Deep Blue, the leader of the aliens and the Mew Mew's final enemy. Deep Blue claims that he created Masaya in order to deceive the world until the time was right for his awakening.
Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode
At the end of the original series, Masaya decides to go to England to study the endangered species used for the Mew Project. In Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode, Masaya is the first to sense the new danger to the Mew Mews, and encourages Ichigo to return to help her friends. Towards the end of a la Mode, he also returns to Tokyo.
Name Changes (Manga)
All English translations of the manga keep Aoyama's name. However, unlike the original Japanese version, TokyoPop's translation has Ichigo refer to Aoyama by his first name.
|Japanese||Tokyo Mew Mew||Kodansha||Masaya Aoyama|
|English||Tokyo Mew Mew||TokyoPop & Kodansha||Masaya Aoyama|
|English (Singapore)||Tokyo Mew Mew||Chuang Yi||Masaya Aoyama|
Name Changes (Anime)
While some dubs keep Aoyama's original name, most dubs use his Italian first name, Mark (Including the 4Kids English dub.). The Chinese dubs (Mandarin and Cantonese) use their pronunciation of the Kanji that's used to spell his Japanese name.
|Language||Title||Name||Voice Actor / Actress|
|Japanese||Tokyo Mew Mew||Masaya Aoyama||Megumi Ogata|
|English||Mew Mew Power||Mark||Scottie Ray|
|Mandarin||Dōng Jīng Māo Māo|
(Tokyo Cats / Tokyo Mew Mew)
|Yǎ-Yě QīngShān||Yú Zhèng-Shēng (Paul Yu)|
|Cantonese (TVB Dub)||Dung Ging Miu Miu|
(Tokyo Mew Mew)
|Nga-Ya ChingSaan||Lei Ga-Git (Rocky Lee)|
|Cantonese (ATV Dub)||Maau Maau Jin Deui|
(Cat Team / Mew Mew Team)
|Nga-Ya ChingSaan||Chan Ting-Hin (Turrick Chan)|
|Italian||Mew Mew Amiche Vincenti|
(Mew Mew Winning Friends)
|Mark Aoyama||Patrizio Prata|
|Korean||Berry Berry Mew Mew||Minu Huang||Sanghyeon Eom|
|Hebrew||Tokyo Mew Mew||Masaya Aoyama||Yehonatan Magon|
|Brazilian Portuguese||As Super Gatinhas|
(The Super Kittens)
|Portuguese (Season 1)||Mew Mew Power||Mark||Quimbé|
|Portuguese (Season 2)||Tokyo Mew Mew||Mark Aoyama||Quimbé|
|Danish||Mew Mew Power||Masaya Aoyama||David Owe|
|Thai||Tokyo Mew Mew||Masaya Aoyama||Nirun Boonyarattaphan (Modernine TV Dub)|
Itthipol Mameket (Amigo Dub)
|Albanian (Albania Production)||Vajzat Mjau - Mbrojtëset e Planetit|
(Mew Girls - Defenders of the Planet)
|Albanian ("Jess" Discographic)||Luftëtaret Mace|
|Mark Aoyama||Erion Dushi|
|Latino Spanish||Miau Miau Power|
(Mew Mew Power)
|French||Mew Mew Power||Mark Gautier/Gottino||Philippe Allard|
|Dutch||Mew Mew Power||Mark||N/A|
|Serbian||Družina Mjau - Mjau / Miau - Mjau Tokio|
(Mew Mew Team / Tokyo Mew Mew Team)
|Mark Aoyama||Nebojša Milovanović|
|Croatian||Mijau Mijau Družina|
(Mew Mew Team)
|Bulgarian||Силата Миу Миу / Silata Mew Mew|
(Mew Mew Power)
|Greek||Mew Mew Power||Mark||Stamatis Gardelis|
|Turkish||Mew Mew Power / Sihirli Kızlar|
- The Japanese version is the only one where Masaya is voiced by a woman. Masaya is voiced by Megumi Ogata. She also voices Deep Blue and the Blue Knight, who are Masaya's alter-egos.
- Masaya is extremely skilled in Kendo and one of the best in his Kendo club at school.
- In most Mew Mew Power dubs (excluding the French version) Mark doesn't have a last name.