"A wedding". What’s the first thing you think of when you hear these words? Most people would probably say "it’s the most happiest day for couples, maybe even an exciting new start on life." Or how about...fighting against the forces of evil in an attempt to save mankind? Enter "Wedding Peach", an anime series that takes the fundamental themes of marriage, and uses them to explain a different kind of story.
If you are no stranger to the "magical girl" genre, then the start up to "Wedding Peach" shouldn’t be anything unfamiliar to you. We start off with a young 15 year old girl named
Momoko, who is chosen to fight the forces of evil between the angel world and the devil world, as one of the Love Angels. She is not alone in this however, as she will be joined by devoted allies, trusted friends, and maybe even some she never thought would help. Wedding Peach has quite a lot going for it with it’s plot (despite the fact that it borrows heavily from Sailor Moon). The main heroines, always seem to be caught up in different situations in their day to day lives, most of which end up getting foiled by the forces of evil. This comes in the form of the devil world possessing human beings, or sending out evil monsters to do their bidding. Now the villains in this story aren’t sent just for the sake of causing havoc, they are looking for something called the "Saint Something Four". These four magical marriage items are extremely powerful, and whoever can get their hands on all the pieces will be given great amounts of power. However, they are hidden in different locations throughout the land. So as long as the Love Angels can stop them from obtaining these pieces, the world won’t be taken over. The plot works well enough for a magical girl title, as new information on the overall storyline is revealed at a steady but good pace. Most episodes don’t really lead into the next, unless a key plot point has been reached in the series. And in this, is where I feel Wedding Peach’s greatest weakness in the story lies. Whenever a certain key plot point is reached in the show, it seems to happen more at random than leading into any kind of build up. Without saying any spoilers, I can best describe it as this: picture you’re watching your favorite anime series. After many many episodes of waiting for your favorite hero to obtain something he or she needs, it is finally obtained and celebration follows. But, let’s pretend that instead of obtaining this item by defeating a foe, or doing it in a more stylized way, they instead have the main hero find simply by accident, or just have said item appear out of nowhere. In that mediphore, is the best way I can describe how some of the plots in Wedding Peach come into play. There is little to any build up, or even clues for the viewer, since some seem to happen at random (not all though). Fight scenes usually end up with the girls struggling against a foe, then using the same magic moves each time against an enemy, which can make the fight scenes get repetitive. To Wedding Peach’s credit though, there are good romance elements going on between many of the characters. These can lead into bitter rivalries, heart breaking misunderstandings, and deep romance twists. The Wedding theme doesn't play as big a part as some might think, but in fact "love" plays more of a role. As the villains can sense what is called "love waves" from any human that shows any kind of remote affection. There are episodes that feature couples getting married and what not, but they don't happen that often. The storyline takes many curves in it’s plot, and many of them are quite unexpected, and actually do play a big part in the story later on. The ending to this was quite good, as all loose ends are tied. So you don’t have to worry about going through the series only to be dissapointed in the end. Overall, Wedding Peach has it’s ups and downs, and most viewers fill find that their disappointment will walk hand in hand with their enjoyment. Not all episodes are winners, but they defiantly have their good points.
As far as possible offensive material goes, Wedding Peach has little to none. Some adult jokes appear every blue moon or so, but rarely ever. All the character relationships are kept clean, and there is no blood in this series. Some of the monsters could scare the little ones, but this anime is nothing past a PG rating.
Wedding Peach first aired in the mid 90’s, and despite the colors coming off as a bit washed out by today’s standards, the series itself was just beautiful for it’s time. Character animations run smoothly, magical attacks are quite nice to look at, and you overall get a nice array of color schemes in this. Cast members have good distinctions from one another too, and have some pretty good facial expressions. The only thing I didn’t like in the animation, was the actual monster design. They were garbage! The main henchmen that appear through out the series work well enough, but the subordinate monsters just come off as silly, and most times unimaginative. Such examples include a door with a face, and a small clown with a little hat. Most aren't even human size. The battle outfits are created with nice colorful detail and flare, but they also have different styles of Wedding Dresses that they wear before hand in order to heal the monsters. Not a whole lot of detail is put into the latter, but they still look nice.
You get a nice mix of high beat magical girl sounds in this series. The opening and closing themes change twice through both seasons. The first two opening and closing titles really match well with the wedding theme, and you of course get the traditional wedding instrumental played everytime the preview for the next episode starts. Background music isn’t really much in the way of special, but you do get some nice lite hearted tracks throughout. When deciding which version to watch (sub or dub), I would defiantly go with the sub version. They feel more natural and easier to listen to, because the English actors can get on the corny side. Especially when the dub version has some of the cast featured in *shudders* accents!
This was probably my favorite thing about Wedding Peach. The main cast interact well with one another, and get off some pretty funny lines. Friendship plays key role in this series, and the Love Angels certainly have big hearts in this department. Always willing to help get one another out of a jam. We have Momoko, who typically is a bit on the clumsy side, to Yuri, the well mannered of the bunch. Expect to see quite a bit of romance in this series, most of it starts out as baby crushes between the cast members, but later on in the anime develop into something beautiful. The only negative things are--there weren’t many staple supporting characters, and some of the cast didn’t get enough back story to them. Even still though, they were quite a lovable cast.
If you are a magical girl fan, then I think Wedding Peach should be given a chance at. Its ups and downs in the storyline might turn off some viewers, which doesn’t make it a series for everyone. But if given the chance, I feel many people will get caught up in it’s character development and romance themes. So while Wedding Peach might not be the big bash of all weddings, it never the less still remains a fun one.
Whyyy are there no reviews for Wedding Peach? I just noticed this and I decided something needed to be done about it!
Wedding Peach is, by far, my favorite pure maho shojo. What makes a pure maho shojo is that it is basically about a girl that uses some sort of device to transform into her "better" self, and gains super powers and defeats evil. And, of course, there has to be romance, and really heavy emphasis on friendship.
The most famous of maho shojo has to be Sailor Moon, and while that was always my favorite maho shojo for years, I watched Wedding Peach and realized
that Sailor Moon doesn't live up to wedding peach.
Story: The story is about Momoko, a girl with a LOT of pink hair that lives with her father. The plot line is similar to Sailor Moon--if you've seen Sailor Moon you'll definitely like Wedding Peach. The difference is that Wedding Peach is entirely wedding themed. All of the weapons that the Love Angels use have to do with love and marriage instead of love and planets, and there is even a wedding episode similar to an early episode of Sailor Moon.
But what really sets Wedding Peach apart is the romance. I don't want to give anything away, but the romance is soooo much better than the romance in Sailor Moon. Momoko takes a really long time to realize who she is in love with, and the romance happens to be very Romeo and Juliet-esque. They are forbidden to love one another and the last ten or so episodes are really romantic. I think that's why I loved it so much, because both of the characters really loved each other and went through so many struggles to be with one another even though the Angel and Demon worlds forbid it.
Art: Okay, yes, it's HORRIBLY '90s. It's the same style as Sailor Moon, and let me say, the wedding dresses are just awful. The only saving one is Angel Daisy's because hers is less frilly. I really liked how the guys had longish hair, unlike the guys in Sailor Moon, who had really ugly short haircuts. Wedding Peach is just slightly more updated.
Sound: Nothing wrong with the sound...um, Yuri's voice can get kind of annoying but I'll get to her in a second. I liked the opening song a lot, too.
Character: I loved Momoko, she is so cute and definitely not as annoying and whiny as Sailor Moon. My only issue is Yuri. She reminds me a little of Tomoyo from Card Captors. Kind of a breathy-whiny voice, and her character usually makes me annoyed. Her romance is definitely not as romantic as Momoko's, and I don't really feel all that sorry for her because to me, she's not that nice of a friend. :) Yousuke is AWESOME though, he is by far the best male character. And Jama-P, the little sidekick devil-turned-good thing is soooo adorable, it makes you wish you had a Jama-P. Also, the addition of the fourth Love Angel is nice, because though she's very stuck-up and doesn't want to work with the others, she's really pretty and an awesome fighter.
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed Wedding Peach. Every anime has its filler episodes but even the Wedding Peach fillers are bearable, unlike the Sailor Moon ones. I hated how the main focus of Sailor Moon was the "Villain of the Day" where you never saw a villain's character develop and got these really freaky looking monsters every episode. Wedding Peach tends to do the same but it's not annoying at all. I was really sad when the series ended and disappointed with Wedding Peach DX [DON'T WATCH IT unless you want to see a cute little maho shojo get ecchied up. Plus, it doesn't give you more of the type of stories you're craving for].
Overall, I give it a ten. Because it's the best pure maho shojo I've ever seen. Definitely give it a try if you're into maho shojo or just shojo in general. Yes, it sometimes does really remind you of Sailor Moon, but it's worth it and the story is a whole lot better!
Despite being one of the worst anime series I've sat all the way through, I can't bring myself to *completely* hate Wedding Peach. It does just enough marginally interesting things and dips frequently enough into 'it's so bad it's good' territory (in the English dub, especially) for it to not be a complete waste of time--though it's close.
Wedding Peach is essentially Sailor Moon, only wedding themed. Remember the marginally interesting things that I mentioned? This is one of them. It's also pretty dumb and more than a little creepy, but let's roll with it for a little. Basically, the three girls (for starters--one more
is added later) all gain the ability to transform into Love Angels, in order to do battle against the world of the devils, who seek to extinguish love from the human world. To do this, they are given the power to transform into wedding dresses and perform various wedding-based attacks ('Wedding Engagement Gift!' Saint Crystal! Love for You!') until the hapless devil succumbs to their Love Waves, transforms into a 'cute' version of itself, and disappears in a shower of sparkles, thanking the girls for the love they showed it. Yes, this happens every episode. Yes, there's a ridiculous amount of repeated animation. (For the record, I love Revolutionary Girl Utena and can handle my stock footage. Yet even I found the repeated animation and shortcuts in Wedding Peach to be too much to bear a lot of the time.) But, like Sailor Moon, there's something charming about its earnestness, and its ideal audience will probably love it.
It does other things worth noting as well: the biggest stand-out to me was how each of the three main female characters (the lead and her two side-kicks) each get a love interest. Typically only the lead does and the side-kicks are just out of luck, so this was nice to see. (Even if one of the girls sort of draws the short straw, so to speak.) Another little twist was how their 'cute' animal side kick actually starts out working for the bad guys, before being persuaded to join the Love Angels. Frankly, I wish he hadn't, because he might just be the most obnoxious anime animal sidekick in anime history, but there you have it. Other than the genuine laughs that the awful English dub and script will inspire, there's not much else that's too positive that I can say about Wedding Peach. Though I sure can say a lot of negative things. Let's run through these negative things briefly.
1. Dear god, the filler. There is so much of it. Seriously, at least half, if not more, of this series is downright filler. And I swear that a good fourth of every episode is the characters taking the time to tell us that anyone with half a brain already knows. Couple this pointless exposition with the repeated animation and literally half of every episode is essentially wasted.
2. This is an *ugly* anime. The backgrounds are washed out, minimal, and lacking in any interesting detail. The character designs are average at best and terribly ugly at worst. The characters rarely move like real people. The monster designs are impossible to take seriously. There is no hint of mood establishing, directorial flair, or style. It's almost completely artless.
3. The soundtrack is even worse. A couple of exceptions aside, it sounds like it was all done by one guy and his cheap synth in about a day or two of recording and writing. It's truly groan worthy.
4. The characters, oh man, the characters. Momoko might just be the worst heroine of all time. (Well, other than Tohru from Fruits Basket.) Her 'character arc' is laughable, her voice actress (in both versions) a squealing nightmare, her personality overbearing, and her intellectual capabilities practically non-existent. None of the other heroes fare much better intelligence-wise, but otherwise they're all winners compared to poor Momoko. I will say that the series handles her required several-episode span of depression better than series like this typically do, though it has the negative side effect of also turning the complete thing into a lifeless drag.
5. Speaking of the characters: can we just all agree that this series has the worst, most ineffectual villains ever? And in an unfortunate twist, they only continue to get worse as the series goes along. I mean, I was absolutely thrilled when the first villain finally bit the dust. I was thinking it could only go up from there. By the time the series was drawing to its close I actually *wanted him back.* Everyone that opposes the girls after him is not only even less threatening than he is, but they also manage to continue to grow steadily more and more annoying, culminating in Potamos, who, at least in the English dub, is the single-most grating character I have ever encountered in animation history. Ever. No exceptions. My hate for this character knows no bounds. Every time she showed up on the screen I fantasized about brutally murdering her, and I was sorely disappointed that she actually got a happy ending.
So, there you have it. I would recommend that you avoid it, but I suppose if you're purposely looking for an awful blast from the past then this might fit the bill. And looking back on it, I do feel a strange, totally unexplained warmth for some of the characters, which makes me think that maybe the whole thing would have worked better as a slice-of-life than as a Sailor Moon clone. Some of the relationships are 'nice,' and it's hard not to like Yousuke, the closest thing that the series has to a male lead. All that aside though, if you're the sort of person who regularly hosts bad movie nights (or perhaps bad anime series weeks?), then this should be on top of your list of things to check out.
Wedding Peach is a very interesting title if one takes the time to see it through. The first episodes are probably the worst of the show so if you are willing to bear with it, this is a very rewarding experience. At the start I felt the similarities with Sailor Moon were going to hurt its chances to be an original and concise series.
How wrong I was! Sure the first few episodes are very very similar to Sailor Moon but as I saw them through I could see that the plot was going somewhere a little different. Somehow detaching itself from the "Sailor Moon-ness". This
is of course to Sailor Moon what Rahxephon is to Evangelion. Like Rahxephon it takes a while to get off the ground but when it does, it even outdoes the source material in certain aspects.
The aspects I felt were handled a bit better here were the relationships between the leads. As the cast is considerably smaller than Sailor Moon's, a lot more time is spent to develop the characters; and some of them really needed it. The storyline also moves at a much better pace than Sailor Moon with things getting revealed early on still relevant in the end.
This is where I will stop with the comparisons to Sailor Moon and will now assess it on its own merits.
The animation for the title is quite good for its time. Slow scenes like fast scenes have a nice frame rate. The vibrant colours give it a nice feel and look. The character design is well done for the most part except a few scenes where Momoko and Hinagiku's hair just look strange. The repeated transformation/attack footage can get quite tedious but it is worthwhile here as it prevents from repeated footage of other scenes.
Some of the backgrounds are very well drawn and suit the scenes perfectly. Most of the action sequences take place in a "natural" environment like forests, fields or woods and these are drawn very well. The "fighter angel" costumes are really cute but the "bridal outfits" are pretty hideous.
The sound is an aspect this series just excels in. The two intros and outros are wonderful and are as fun and fluffy as they need to be. The second intro is my favourite of the lot as it is very well crafted Jpop. The background tunes throughout the series are also well done. The music from sad scenes are beautiful and emotive, a bit like the music in Ayashi No Ceres. I really want to get the soundtracks for this but them being out of print does not help
The voice acting is also very well handled here as a minimum of characters have either annoying voices or performed badly. Overall the seiyuus did a very good job with their characters. Hinagiku is voiced by the same lady who went on to do the voice of Asuka in Evangelion and she is one of the standouts here.
The story takes a few episodes to get off the ground but when it does, it really pays dividents. The story is about a war between the Devil World and the Angel World that has somehow moved to the Human World. This being the main story, it is not touched on that much at the start but given a nice chunk near the end to be fully explored.
At the start of the series we get the relationship of the three "Love Angels", Momoko, Yuri and Hinagiku and their attraction to Yanagiba. Momoko, over time finds herself more and more attracted to a different boy, Yousuke. That particular storyline is very interesting and has a beautiful pace. It also gives the series a real boost as it makes you care a bit more about the characters in general be they directly or indirectly involved in it.
Another aspect of the story I really loved was the Wedding theme. It was extremely fruity but they pulled in off with great panache. The revelation of the "Saint Something Four" was also quite clever. The only aspect of the story I had trouble with was the lack of one for Scarlet. Although with what is on offer she is a very well-rounded character, a bit more background would not have gone astray.
The pace is also a little wrong on some storylines like the Yousuke/Viento one but that does not detract from the series too much.
The characters here are probably the series strength. The main cast is given a very good chance to shine throughout and there are thankfully no inconsistencies in their behaviour. Momoko and Yuri are probably the best examples as they grow a lot as Love Angels and as teenage girls. Be it through their friendship or their love lifes.
The secondary cast is also great with some "Devils" stealing the show on more than one occasion. Potamos is an exquisite antagonist but also the funnest character in the whole show. With her extreme reactions or her use of "You know?" at the end of her sentences, how can you not like her, you know? She is not just used for comic purposes either and actually develops as a charcater too which was great to see. Other cast memeber who were interesting and very well portrayed include Takuro, Igneous, Celeste, Sound, Cloud and Thunder.
This anime has provided with a lot of fun times. It cheered me up whenever I felt down with the playful silliness of it all, also the great cast was very refreshing as they were universally good. I own the series of this and I can definitely say it was worth every penny. A thinpak collection has been released so you should get that as it has even more value that way.
I enjoyed this immensely and I would recommend it to most magical girl viewers, fans of comedy could also give this a try as it is quite comical most of the time. Sailor Moon purists will probably not enjoy it if they keep bringing it back to how it's like Sailor Moon. If you can approach it with an open mind though, there are some fun times to be had.
I really enjoyed this anime when I was younger, but I still enjoy it now. The idea of Angels vs. Devils is really neat, especially consdiering that it made the concept of angels and devils as races as opposed to inherently negative. My one complaint is that they did not address the idea of an evil angel in this series, but still the plot is great nonetheless. I also love the romance plot. Overall, the story was sufficently romantic and funny as well as imaginative. Story: 10/10
I went ahead and gave the art an 8/10 because I've seen more impressive
art in anime, but the way the Angel World and Devil World (particularly the former) were drawn very well, though I wish they done more in the Devil World so we could see more of it. I loved how the characters were drawn, especially in close up shots. Also, the transformation sequences were fantastic, but a little too long because there were two sequences for each person. Art: 8/10
The music is great. It's very catchy. Second season intro "Wedding Wars" is amazing in tune and in words; same with second season outro "Virgin Love". The first season themse were fitting to the general anime theme. Music: 10/10
The characters in this anime are great. Although I do have the distinct feeling that Momoko is supposed to mirror the cliche magical girl protagonist (based on other animes I have seen, including Sailor Moon)-Whiny, bad at school, etc.-I feel like she is more than some cheap imitation. Momoko is funny in her own right because of her temper and because she's hyper but accepts her responsibilities as a Love Angel without too much complaint. Also, Yousuke cracks me up. Yuri and Hinagiku are funny too. I wish they had more episodes focusing on Yuri and Hinagiku and their intended others as well as seeing more from yousuke's perspective, but I understand that this is probably a bit too much work. Character:10/10
The anime was funny and romantic and I love it so much. I laugh a lot when I watch Wedding Peach. Enjoyment: 10/10
Overall, I adore this anime, even if many did not like it. When I first started watching it, I had heard it was a Sailor Moon knock off. After watching it, I don't believe that at all. They share some similarities, being of the same genre, but I feel if people watched this before they watched Sailor Moon (and if they enjoy romantic comedies), I feel like this is the anime for you. I can say it's worth a watch for sure.
It is very enjoying to watch this anime - it is funny as hell. From this anime I started to want to be a really nice woman with great man and supreme wedding party. I think that all girls need to know how it is to want this kind of dream because those who forget to dream about happy family life never ends with such one.
Great story about dreams, hope, friendship and love which goes through time and space. In some creepy way - very beautiful.
I wanted to see this anime since I loved Sailor Moon, and as I expected, it followed the magical girl genre, but I love it anyway! I'm only half-way done, but I have read up on it, and read some of the manga. What makes this one a bit more unique is that all the heriones, Momoko, Yuri, Hinagiku and Scarlet all get someone at the end, which I'm glad of, even though I have yet to be introduced to Scarlet yet.
With the characters that have been introduced thus far, I liked all of them pretty well. Animation is decent for the era the anime
was made it, and I like the VA's very much. Storyline is fairly typical of magical shoujo anime/manga, but with its own unique twists and such.
Momoko is a bit of an airhead, but can stand her ground ok, but is a loyal friend to Hinagiku and Lily.
Yuri is the polite, lady like one, probably my favourite thus far. A bit proud at times, she is the richest and is there to support Momoko and Hinagiku.
Hinagiku in the tomboy of the group-a bit rash and rough around the edges, but overall a good character too.
Limone is just hot XD but also a good character who does what he can to help out the love angels.
Yosuke is just awesome as well - he kind of has a thing for Momoko, despite her saying she hates him, when it soon becomes apparent that she doesn't ;3
The romance is good, and for the most part fairly well-developed, and the characters each get their own chances to shine ect.,
If anyone wants to check this one out, I would recommend it!
he is a very excited soul, amorous, jealousy, angels, demons, two worlds, broken hearts many times, richer heroines.
it is a story where good and evil fight as always, there are four girls who are each linked by the same destiny and are friends.
each time these girls never give up and three girls fall in love with the same boy named Nicholas who complements the boy's heart the three girls are called SunRose (Momoko Hanasaki), Lily (Yuri Tanima), Daisy (Hinagiku Tamano) , and then they discover that the two girls feel feelings for the other boys one of them is Nicolas's best friend and the other
a childhood friend.
Wedding Peach is the best anime I've ever watched. Period. It gives me hope in real love and I cherish this anime from the bottom of my heart and soul.
It's a light-hearted funny anime with a fairly simple plot. Every episode is entertaining and can make you laugh unless you're a grumpy old man.
It really saddens me how some "anime fans" here put so much shade on this anime without even watching a couple of episodes. This is an anime from 1995, back then there were no fancy graphics or whatever you seem to hate so much, like "villain of the day" theme this anime
has. Why so much hate? Wedding Peach is also made for a younger female audience, hence the love stories etc.
I'm a 19 year old boy and I enjoyed every single moment of Wedding Peach.
The plot of the anime is simple but really immersive and each episode makes you want to watch another one, even though there are no major cliffhangers. Looking for bad things in the plot would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's primarily made for younger audience and there's nothing wrong with that. 10/10
Intro and outro music are perfect for my taste, they are inspiring and well-written. It gives you the hype for the episode you're about to watch :D I listen to intros and outros when I go to college sometimes. 10/10
Characters are wonderful, especially protagonist Momoko. Everyone will enjoy her love story, I bet. (I won't write any spoilers here)
Her two best friends Yuri and Hinagiku are something special, each with her own unique style and personality. They also have their own parts of the story and are VERY important in the overall plot itself. 10/10 Their friendship is amazing and inspirational.
Colors in this anime are amazing and vibrant, drawings are near perfect from up-close too.
Some moves like their wedding attacks are repetitive but remember this was made in 1995, plus their moves are cool anyway so I could watch them any day every day. :)
The 1st intro is based upon France Gall's "Poupée de cire poupée de son" song from 1965 which won the Eurovision contest.
This anime blew my socks off! I loved it! Everything was extremely well done it left you filled with love and I reccomend it to anyone who enjoys love!
Story 10: The story was amazing. At first I thought that a show souly on the purpose of weddings would be boring. I mean dont get me wrong I love weddings but a 51 episode anime on it seemed a bit far out to me. But then I watched and I realized it was about so much more. The love of friends, family, and the power it has on not only a group of love angels and
some devils but the whole world.
Art 9: The art was good but some of the devils were just plain creepy. Like that puppet guy with the weird teeth and eyes, even his face after he is converted by the love angels is scary.
Sound 10: The sound was great. The op end themes were great and realy represented the anime well.
Character 9: The characters were all pretty good. I liked all the angels even Salvia, but my real problem was with some of the devils. Dont you know realy killed me. When you watch the anime you wont miss her dont worry shes pretty easy to spot and good at irtating people. Takuro was also pretty bad when you first see him too, I mean he gets better when he goes after the other one but before that he just made me wanna drive my fist into the wall.
Enjoyment 10: I love this anime. I watched one episode or more every day until it was over. I had a very hard time putting it down and the suspense that some of the episodes brought always had me wanting to watch more of the show.
Overall 10: I think everyone young and old should give this delightful anime a shot.
(Fair warning: The reviewer watched this anime as a child and, despite attempts to not fall victim to nostalgic bias in this review, may inevitably do so.)
Generally speaking, when you ask people in the West what they know about this anime, it's as 1) a supposed Sailor Moon ripoff and 2) its somewhat odd-sounding premise.
In regards to the first point, it is true that the fact Wedding Peach's creator and head writer was a core writer for Sailor Moon's anime leading to some very obvious stylistic influences (the visual schema, the story revolving around celestial wars, a plot point about reincarnation), but ultimately they're about
as similar as any other magical girl show and Sailor Moon and comparing them too closely is a bit of a moot point. In regards to the second, the concept of weddings and marriage do form a motif, but ultimately the theme of the show is more about love; you see the girls daydreaming about getting married in a pretty dress from time to time, and it does have thematic purpose and usage as an ultimate affirmation of love, but the vast majority of the show focuses more on the concept of love (usually romantic, but on rare occasions familial or friendly).
At its core, this show is a shoujo anime aimed at young girls, so it has a fairly shallow premise (protecting love in the world with the power of love), and the fact that it's a shoujo anime about love makes it fairly inevitable that the main three girls are each going to hook up with someone by the end of it. The format of the story itself can be mainly divided into two parts; the first half is your run-of-the-mill monster of the week magical girl fare, but the second half is probably a fantasy romance story more than a magical girl story. There aren't a lot of "upgrades" to the magical girl powers (and none for the forms altogether) and there aren't a huge variety of attacks used, so those who are watching the series hoping for these kinds of gimmicks will probably be disappointed as the later part of the series focuses more on plot. (Particularly, the final "battle" isn't really an action battle as much as it's about the main couple's power of love.)
If there's any particular strength to the work as a whole, it's probably the characters and world lore (it doesn't get to the point of real worldbuilding, but there are some interesting parts about it); although, again, there's nothing particularly impressive or unique about them and the characters are still within shoujo archetypes, they're not excessively so and for the most part the anime handles them like human beings with individual personalities, fears, and motivations that are expressed during the normal school life portions of the show. For the most part, the love interests aren't written as they're there solely to be love interests, either; they're characters of their own whose relationships with the heroines are laid out in detail.
Overall, it's a fairly standard shoujo show. It doesn't really break from the standard very much, which makes it a very difficult show to recommend to people in this day and age 20 years after its airing; the tropes and shoujo cliches (which even then were common) used in it have been run to hell and back in other works since then so much that a new watcher is probably sick of them already, and from a feminist perspective it's still pretty drenched in Japanese gender roles from the 90s. But it does do its job; it's best described as "if you're into this kind of thing, you probably will like it, and if you're not, you probably won't".
There isn't much that's actually that bad about it other than some minor writing failures (some of which are considered more shoujo tropes than anything), but it brings very little that's new to the table; there are some plot twists that are foreshadowed fairly heavily and easy to pick up on if you're familiar with the genre, some instances of dramatic irony and toying with secret identities and magically-induced memory loss, all of which is common to the genre. There's no deconstruction, and other than a few visual elements that occasionally feel a little too creepy-looking for a young girls' show and the fact the second half deals more with emotional conflict than monster-of-the-week, it has an overall optimistic tone. If you're a fan of this kind of thing, or perhaps just into magical girls in general, or maybe if you're a hardcore OLM fan, you may enjoy it as there is indeed lots to see here and it is a solidly-made work in this respect, but don't go in expecting anything other than what you should be expecting from the romance shoujo genre.
-The primary romance between the main heroine and her eventual lover (i.e. the one you're supposed to be following the most) is executed surprisingly well; how they transition from constantly bickering to a committed relationship is slowly and gradually developed over the course of the story so that it feels natural and not like the only reason it's there is because it's required for a shoujo manga.
-From the start of the story, the three girls crush on a senior character on the grounds that he's cute-looking and start a minor rivalry over him that's used mostly for comedy purposes. That said, despite the fact that two of the girls start forming more meaningful connections with other boys as the story progresses, their hesitation in committing to their feelings and dating them comes primarily from the fact they're still hung up on their shallow crush for their senior, exemplified by the fact they immediately commit as soon as said senior starts dating someone. It's fairly obvious that they're going to do so, and it's not like they're wishy-washy about it, but it can lead to some feelings of irritation of "why don't you just forget it already?"
-There's no real love triangle in this work, but there are two points in the story when two characters develop crushes on the heroine and her eventual lover respectively. It is, ultimately, played for a little drama, but it's obvious the heroine/her eventual lover have no interest in them, and at the time they're introduced they're not really portrayed sympathetically (that said, depending on the person watching this can easily be a source of irritation all by itself). Of note is that the guy with a crush on the heroine immediately hooks up with a major character shortly after, in something that may feel a little like pairing up the loose ends for the sake of it; the manga has them blatantly into each other from the get-go, so it seems they were planned from the very start and that this is an execution failure on the anime's part.
-Partially due to the monster-of-the-week format and partially because it does actually take some time for it to get on its legs, the first handful of episodes are slow and it takes a while for the series to really figure out where it wants to go.
-As a whole, the two main romances (and one plot twist relevant to it) that aren't the lead heroine's don't get as much development and one can be argued to initially come straight out of nowhere (ultimately all three major couples get varying degrees of focus). Again, as the manga works on them quite a bit it can probably be considered another execution failure on the anime's part.
-There's one character whose primary purpose is to provide a new point of view to the narrative. She succeeds in this, and we learn a little about her motivations and backstory, but it would have been nicer to know a bit more about her.
-The wedding dress forms are fairly useless in combat situations and the anime goes to lengths to keep them relevant, mainly because part of the reason the series has a wedding theme to begin with is to sell dolls with the dresses on them.
-The ending is final with no cliffhangers or loose ends (you could theoretically argue that there's an open door for a sequel, but you'd be hard-pressed to expect one 20 years later). The OVA, DX, attempts making some short add-ons to the lore, but as DX is headed by a different writer and intended more as a fanservice series for the older male audience instead of a shoujo love story, the original series doesn't have much to do with it story-wise.
-The casting is good, and there are some surprisingly big names in it (most amusingly Kotono Mitsuishi of Sailor Moon herself playing a major villain). The ADV dub is a fairly by-the-book dub (as it was made for anime fans instead of a network), though it does make some of the corny situations a little cornier. The BGM is distinctive albeit not a particular standout compared to other anime out there; although the OP/EDs are all fairly standard fare for a shoujo anime, the second opening, Wedding Wars ~Love is a Flame~ by Erina Nakajima is probably the biggest standout.
-The animation is surprisingly good for OLM's first produced work, and unlike many other children's anime from the likes of studios like Toei or Gallop, there are very few discernible cut corners or moments where drawn objects look off-model. The colors and art style have pretty blatantly aged, but the overall animation movement and cohesion quality still holds up well and there are some pretty obviously high production values in this work, so it does have a sheen of quality in that respect. (Contrary to popular belief, even though KSS's name is on the credits, this work is far more attributed to OLM and its staff.)