Koushi Inuzuka is a smart high school student who aims to become a public prosecutor. Unfortunately for our good guy, he was born into a martial arts family whose head (ie his father) only knows one language: violence. When Koushi was still a baby, his father made a pact with his biggest rival to marry Koushi to his opponent-turned-friend's daughter. The union of the two blood lines is supposed to bring forth Earth's strongest martial arts clan.
Skip forward: Koushi is in high school, oblivious to the marriage arranged for him at his birth. Enter Momoko Kuzuryuu: sugar bomb, airhead, loli martial arts artist and Koushi's self-proclaimed bride (the strongest on Earth, no less). Her wish for sexual intercourse meets with Koushi's square refusal as he has absolutely no desire to get it on with someone who looks like she could be his little sister, not to mention that he doesn't have the foggiest idea who she actually is.
Meanwhile, a war has broken out between the martial arts families. For Koushi, this means that numerous fighters are out to challenge/assassinate him. As if that weren't bad enough, our protagonist also has a fight phobia due to a traumatic incident that took place in his childhood. Now it's up to Momoko and her superhuman fighting skills to protect her "husband." Will the two sweethearts survive the trials and tribulations ahead of them? More importantly, will Momoko get her way receiving a baby from Koushi?
Sumomomo Momomo.. an anime that for 21 and 9/10 episodes I liked... and was prepared to put this into my list of one of my more favorite romantic comedies. But I was horribly let down. And I am pissed off about it! Why!? Well I guess you'll have to read on!
The premise is pretty simple and in typical anime fair, ridiculous but cute in its own way. Momoko's father having told her that she will never be able to master her families martial arts clan signature move, must go seek out the strongest man and make strong offspring! To which Momoko replies, "Hai!" I found this pretty humorous at the start of each episode. Though this is a bit of a falsehood since we learn shortly that Momoko's father and Koushi's have made a prearrange marriage for the two of them to unite the martial arts world and keep peace. While this seems to be an interesting premise on the surface the story never really develops this concept, beyond different factions sending assassins to kill Koushi. There is even a scene towards the middle of the series where several female martial artists unknown to the story up to then make comments about making him their husband but then we never hear from them again. Other characters also appear seemingly having more to offer the story and then just as quickly vanish without any explanation. I do give the story a good rating though solely on a couple of arcs that are pretty interesting and funny.
With the exception of Koushi (more on him later) I give Sumomomo's characters a very good rating. Momoko , Iroha, and Sanae are great. The series does a great job in developing their personalities and backgrounds, though Momoko's back story is surprisingly weak compared to the other two female leads. The show does a good job at keeping the cast at a minimum for the most part, which is a good thing. A lot of shows allow themselves to be bogged down with huge numbers of characters that take away from the development of the mains. I fell in love with all three of the girls, especially Momoko (who couldn’t love her!). Hanzo was also very funny as was the appearances by the old landlady who provided a lot of laughs in her search for rent money or her bizarre training of Sanae.
Now on to the bad of the characters.. Koushi. Momoko’s love, she devotes herself totally to him, unselfishly protecting him from assassins, cooking and cleaning for him, unconditional love.. like a puppy. Regardless of how cruelly she is treated in return. Koushi's reject on her is pretty funny, especially of her more outlandish behavior (like pulling a futon out of nowhere to make babies), at first. But the show beats this over and over and over again until it starts to become unfunny and starts to just be mean. Koushi comes off, well like an asshole. While sometimes he seems to have feelings for her, it is completely forgotten 5 minutes later and was back to where we started. So for a show that is supposed to be a romance as well as comedy there is really zero development on this plot point. He also is wimpy, hides behind girls the entire show, and seems to be selfish and the only time he seems to have any genuine concern about someone else is when his own skin is in danger and not having that person around means he’s getting his butt kicked. Why Momoko, Iroha, or Sanae want to protect him or even like him baffles me at times. By the end of the show I find myself thinking that Momoko should have just let the jerk die.
The art is pretty good, the show uses "chibi" style animation a lot, which is a favorite of mine and it does it well enhancing the comedy in a number of places. Though the non-chibi models of Momoko and Iroha are a bit too small for their supposed ages and them come off a little too loli like and is a bit creepy sometimes. I am a big Aya Hirano fan and her voice for Sanae is great, the other acting is good too, though I think Momoko's voice sometimes doesn’t fit all of the time. The songs are a mixed bag too, the first opening song is pretty good but the rest are fairly mediocre.
Overall I did like this show for the most part, and I was going to give it a rating of 8. But did I mention that ending? Yeah, it was that bad IMO. If you thought all of Momoko's hard work and feelings was going to be accepted and end in a satisfying emotional reward, well um not really. Just when you think you’re about to get the payoff, your let down. It’s like going to a cake shop and seeing this wonderful looking cake and buying it and then when you taste it finding out that it doesn’t taste as good as it looked. The show has a lot of funny things in it and maybe for a lot of people you will probably not mind the end as much as I did. But if you in any way like to see a show wrap up with real endings that show something did change from episode 1 to the final, then you will probably be disappointed in it as well. read more
The thing about Sumomo mo Momo mo is that for the first few episodes you're convinced that it's all just loli fan service and hilarious chibi jokes. In fact, even up to episode 14, that's still fairly accurate. But saying just that doesn't really cover everything that the series is.
STORY: 8 out of 10
The plot is basically that Inuzuka Koushi and Kuzuryuu Momoko, the respective heirs to their martial arts family bloodlines, are arranged to be married in order to maintain peace among the Zodiac families. Momoko, heir to the Dragon line and an awesome martial artist, is seriously excited about marrying Koushi, but Koushi, heir to the Dog line and a terrible fighter who just wants to be a lawyer, isn't exactly thrilled. Assassin's that oppose the marriage try to kill Koushi, noting that he's the weak link of the two. Simple, silly plot line. However, the story develops in such a way that we learn more about each of the characters involved without really losing relevance to the overall story that often. Filler episodes aren't common (though they do exist), but when they crop up, they are at least funny.
ANIMATION: 7 out of 10
This series isn't the prettiest to look at, both in matters of animation and style (that's without mentioning the fantastically ridiculous cg). However, the character designs are cute, and the animation is at least utilized in an effective manner. One thing in particular I like is that they didn't cut animation costs by making the characters talk out of the sides of their mouths when they're in profile --- their mouths and jaw's actually open! Kudos for that, at least.
SOUND: 8 out of 10
The first OP and ED are both catchy as hell once you get used to how cracked out they are, and the background music serves it's purpose in mood setting. I have yet to decide whether I like the new OP and ED, though, because I was so attached to the first ones.
CHARACTER: 10 out of 10
Yes, I know the series has tons of fan service. But underneath that, you see that the characters are more than just fan service/comedy machines. Despite thier ridiculousness, their storylines manage to make you care deeply for thier troubles, and wish the best for them. For example: Though Hanzo has every chance to take advantage of Iroha (who he is obviously attracted to), he doesn't. He's older, larger, and lives alone with her, and yet he respects, fears, and adores her for who she is. Even though you need to peel back the layer of anime humor to see this, it's still there.
ENJOYMENT: 10 out of 10
Definitely one of the most fun series I'm currently watching. Not only is it hilarious, it can also be surprisingly touching. A good, lighthearted series. In my book, a show needs only to achieve it's goals to be successful, and in that, Sumomo definitely passes.
OVERALL: 9 out of 10
Definitely recommended for anyone who can get past the fan service long enough to see this series worth. read more
This is my first review, so yoroshiku onegaishimasu :)
I don't remember how I came across this anime, I think it was because it was tied to To LOVE-Ru because it has a similar setup. Anyway, I was very very very skeptical about how this anime was going to turn out. I came out of the first episode thinking, meh, that wasn't horribly interesting or engaging. But one day I got bored, and I mean REALLY bored, so I thought "what the heck, I'm feeling like something stupid and ecchi". That really is all it seems like at first, but as the story develops, the characters and the plot become strangely addicting, simplistic as they may be.
It isn't the greatest or most original story. Kuzuryu Momoko's father made an agreement with Inuzuka Koushi's father (both being martial artists) that their children would marry to "produce the strongest offspring". When I saw this line 2 minutes into the show, I thought "you've got to be kidding me..." Sure, there is the whole predicament with loads of martial artists battling over the fate of Japan, but since you don't see enough of that, it becomes virtually irrelevant in the plot. That doesn't seem to matter, however, as the plot always stays engaging in some sense or another. Mainly what you see are the funny interactions between Koushi and Momoko, and how other girls play into this affection towards Koushi. He pays most of them no heed, except for one. Expect many love webs, basically. All in all, the plot is not horribly complex, but it is refreshingly simple.
I very much disliked the art in the beginning of the anime. Whenever I start to watch an anime with unfamiliar eye styles, I get thrown off. This was one of the reasons behind me dropping the show, but after I watched more of it, I began to get used to it. It annoys me how Momoko looks 10 years old, but whatever. Besides that, the art is very... average. Nothing astounding, but that's not what's great about this anime.
Again, nothing special here, just your average sound effects. The first OP really annoyed me at first, but now its so catchy that I can't get it out of my head... noooooo. Anyway, just expect the usual here.
At first all the characters seemed very... well, stereotypical. The sound, art, and story were, so I wasn't expecting much from the characters. However, as more and more people are introduced into the plot and you learn more about the past, you get to know the characters very well, and begin to favorite or despise certain people. I find myself getting into each episode, even if its a filler, and usually each character has enough screen time so that you can get to know them, which is refreshing.
I was VERY surprised at how addictive this anime became. With a somewhat interesting plot, average sound, and OK art, you would think the enjoyment would go along the same path. You, my friend, can join me in the world of People who were Wrong about Enjoyment Values of Certain Animes (Pretty neat world, really).
Anyway, back to the main point. There is rarely an anime that makes me literally laugh out loud. Naruto re-uses the same jokes, Bleach was never horribly funny. But sometimes this show will throw something at you with such great timing and humor that you can't help but laugh. Some of the moments on this show are so priceless, especially when you aren't expecting them. Of course, there is also the ecchi part of this anime that falls under the enjoyment factor. Lots of situations like this happen almost every episode, and its this that bonds the anime together. Not like that's a problem though; every episode is great, and I don't find myself asking "is this a filler? I hate those things..." Every filler stands up for its name: It really does fill the space with quality material.
Sumomomo Momomo proves that it's not the action that makes the anime: It's how much it can engage you, and draw you in with something unique. It truly has this special uniqueness, although it may be a bit cliche. The characters are what this is really about; when you know everyone well, you can really understand why each situation is played out the way it is, and the characters never do something unusual or without a reason. Sumomomo Momomo is definitely one of the most under-rated animes, and with such great enjoyment and character values, it deserves more time in the spotlight. Give it a try, don't get thrown off by the first few episodes. Enjoy :)read more
Holy shit. When a series throws ecchi and slapstick comedy at you for 20 episodes straight and then gives you a dramatic, tear jerking ending... your brain explodes and you're just left speechless. I had to think a while to decide what kind of a review I was going to give this series, more importantly I wasn't sure on the rating. I could give it a 9 for pulling off such an incredible combination or I could give it a 3 for being absolutely ludicrous. I decided to give it a 9, read on to find out why.
First of all, this series should be listed under the Hentai category. It starts off in the weirdest way possible. The female lead, Momoko is an innocent looking girl who aspires to become the world's top martial artist. She fails to master a certain technique and what's her father's solution to that? To find the world's strongest man and make babies who will later become the world's most powerful martial artists. Her reply? "HAI!"
What follows then is a series of absolutely the wackiest scenes you will ever see in an anime series. I guarantee you that. Momoko finally finds her man, Inuzuka Koushi, and after a set of even whackier scenes wins his father's approval for a marriage. She then prepares a makeshift bed and asks Koushi to make love to her and Koushi promptly refuses. Yeah and this is only the very beginning of the very first episode.
As it turns out, Koushi's father and Momoko's father have made an arrangement when they were born and that arrangement was to have Momoko and Koushi marry. Soon the whole thing comes into picture as we learn that Momoko and Koushi both belong to greatly respected martial arts famillies and their marriage was arranged to produce the world's strongest martial arts clan. Koushi however is not a martial artist but rather a weak, though intelligent, person who is not interested in violence in the slightest.
Barely 2 episodes later we already know most of the main characters and the true over top craziness begins. Koushi takes on the role of the stereotypical sex symbol and every girl around him literally begs him for sex. I'm not trying to be funny either, this is what actually happens in this anime. I'm only giving you a heads up, discretion is advised. There's not a single episode where Momoko doesn't stun us with lines like " I need your juice" or " Rock me sensless ". The rest of the main female cast, Iroha and Sanae is no better. It's like they're ready to do anything for Koushi without hesitation. Indeed, the meeting of Iroha and Koushi is sure to give even the most experienced romance/ ecchi connoisseur the nosebleed of his life. And this anime will bombard you with these type of sexual and more often than not perverted scenes episode after an episode, scene after scene. Interestingly enough, the girls are the only ones who are being naughty here as the male lead, though attractive, has absolutely no sexual drive or interest in any things sexual. He's more of a selfish self-centered bookworm more concerned with his studies than anything else.
The rest of the male cast is not even worth mentioning, they're only there to be jealous of Koushi and his female fanclub. None of them are given an episode and even though we are given some background information on them, they're so shallow and plot-insignificant they could have just as well been removed from the anime and you wouldn't even notice it.
The series progresses like this, with occasional serious or dramatic moments, up until episode 20 and that's when the seriousness and drama starts. All I'm going to say about the ending is that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It could have been a lot more satisfying but it wasn't bad. As many reviewers have already mentioned and I mentioned it myself too, Koushi is a bit of a prick with an attitude problem, especially with the way he treats women. Unfortunatelly that doesn't change in the end and it's just one of those things that annoys the hell out of you.
The sound and art are both good. I have no complains in this department. The design on the girls and the male lead are perfect and the slapstick comedy oftenly involves scaled down chibi versions of the main characters which worked pretty good and didn't ruin the overall feel of the series. Voice acting was convincing and not once did it feel out of place, likewise the opening and ending songs were very good.
All in all this series makes a great job at taking all these ingredients together - ecchi, romance, comedy, harem and even drama and a slight bit of seriousness - and mixes them and produces a truly great anime series. This will be going into my favourite anime list and I will be rewatching this series in the not so distant future. And that is the reason why I gave it a 9 and that's the reason why I personally recommend this series to anyone reading this review. read more