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Kou-Kou Banli
Kou-Kou Uniform
Japanese Name 板栗 蔻蔻
Mew Name Mew Cocoa
Age 17 (Original)
18 (Dub)
Animal Darwin's Fox
Transformation "Mew Mew Cocoa, Metamorphose!"
Weapon Cocoa Baton
Attack Ribbon Cocoa Shake
Zodiac Cancer
Birthday July 3
Height 150 cm (4’11”)
Weight 43 kgs (96 lbs)
Hair Color Black (Untransformed)
Brown (Transformed)
Eye Color Dark Brown (Untransformed)
Brown (Transformed)
Blood Type O
Likes Cooking, Languages, Horror Movies
Dislikes Bland Food, Natto, Drama Movies
Relatives Lan Banli (Mother)
Hai Banli (Father)
Biyu Banli (Sister)
Team Mythical Mew Mew
Position Agility
V.A. (English) Tara Sands
V.A. (Japanese) Rie Kugimiya
"No matter how hard life gets, you have to keep smiling and push on through!"

- Mythical Mew Mew

Kou-Kou Banli (板栗 蔻蔻) is a minor character in Mythical Mew Mew and one of the main heroines of Mythical Mew Mew à la Carte.

Appearance

Kou-Kou

Kou-Kou is a fair skinned girl with black hair tied into buns and dark brown eyes. Her buns are covered by white fabric tied with short gold bows. Her casual clothes are usually comfortable and easy to move in. Her school uniform is a pale lavender sweater over a white shirt with a red bow and red plaid skirt.

Her café uniform is a knee length brown dress with a white heart-shaped apron with pinkish-orange frills around the heart and pinkish-orange ribbons. Her white socks reach her upper shins with frills at the top, a brown bow is attached to each sock, her shoes are black with a brown heart on the tongue and brown laces. Lastly, she wears a lace headband.

Mew Cocoa

When transformed, Kou-Kou's hair and eyes turn brown and she grows red-brown fox ears and a tail seperated into several parts. Her outfit is a brown dress with a pinkish-orange strap around her waist. Her shoes are brown flats.

She also has brown garters on both arms, her left thigh, and a choker with a gold pendant hanging off. The bottom of her dress and the tops and bottoms of her garters and chokers are lined with pinkish-orange lace. Her Mew Mark, which resembles her ears with 9 tails, is on her right thigh.

Personality

A mischievous girl who finds enjoyment in playing practical jokes on others. Kou-Kou has a light-hearted view on life, and an attitude to match.

Abilities

Transformation

Kou-Kou's transformation begins with her kissing her Mew Pendant and declaring her metamorphosis. The next scene shows her with her DNA morphing in the background. Kou-Kou opens her eyes at the same time her ears appear, she then stands with her arms out as her choker, dress and garters disolve onto her body. Kou-Kou turns slightly as her leg garter and tail appear. She then stomps her feet, causing her shoes to pop into existence. Kou-Kou spins one more time and taps the choker, which begins to glow as her pendant appears. She then poses.

Weapon and Attack

Kou-Kou's weapon is the Cocoa Baton, a pinkish-orange baton with a brown jewel-like knob on both ends. A gold bow with a pink heart in the middle is attached.

Her attack is Ribbon Cocoa Shake, in which Kou-Kou spins the baton above her head before slicing downwards.

Story

Mythical Mew Mew

(TBA)

Mythical Mew Mew a la Carte

(TBA)

Relationships

Lan and Hai Banli

Kou-Kou is very close with her parents.

Ichijiku Aitani

Ichijiku and Kou-Kou are classmates and friends.

Etymology

Kou-Kou is the Chinese word for 'cocoa'.

Banli is the Chinese word for 'chestnut', a shade of brown.

Cocoa refers to a brown powder made from cacao seeds.

International

Name Changes

  • English - Amy Lee/Mew Amy
  • Italian - Kiki Banri/Mew Kiki
  • Mandarin - Kou-Kou Banli/Mew Mew Kou-Kou
  • Cantonese - Kau-Kau BáanLeoht/Mew Kau-Kau
  • Korean - Kou-Kou Ji/Mew Kou-Kou
  • Hebrew - Ko-Ko Benli/Mew Ko-Ko
  • French - Amy Lee
  • Portuguese - Amy Lee (Season 1) Cacau Banri/Mew Cacau (Season 2)
  • Albanian - Ami Li/Mew Ami (Vajzat Mjau – Mbrojtëset e Planetit 2) Kiki Banri (Luftëtaret Legjendar)

Voice Actresses

  • English - Tara Sands
  • Italian - Lucrezia Marricchi
  • Mandarin -
  • Cantonese
  • Korean - Eun-Sook Chang
  • Hebrew - Na'ama Ozen
  • French - Maia Baran
  • Portuguese - Carla Garcia (Season 1) Helena Montez (Season 2)
  • Albanian -

Weapon and Attack

  • English - Bronze Baton/Unnamed Attack
  • Italian - Kiki's Heart/Ribbon Strike!
  • Mandarin - Kou-Kou Baton/Ribbon Kou-Kou Shake!
  • Cantonese - Cocoa Baton/Cocoa Shake!
  • Korean - Ribbon Kou Kou Light of Movement!
  • Hebrew - Bronze Baton/Shaking Earth!
  • French - Bronze Baton/Shaking Earth!, Landslide Attack!
  • Portuguese - Bronze Baton/Unnamed Attack (Season 1) Cocoa Baton/Ribbon Shake!
  • Albanian - Bronze Baton/Unnamed Attack (Vajzat Mjau – Mbrojtëset e Planetit 2) Kiki's Heart/Ribbon Strike!

Trivia

  • Darwin's foxes live in South America. There are approximately 320 left.
  • She shares a Japanese voice actress with Kagura from Gintama.
  • She has the same English voice actress as Kaya from One Piece.
  • An alternate weapon name fitting the pun theme naming is CocoTon.
  • Kou-Kou went through two name changes, she was initially named Biyu Liu, then Yuzu Liu.