There are three known worlds—the human world, the angel world, and the devil world. The evil queen Raindevilla yearns to destroy the angel world with help or her many devil minions. The goddess Aphrodite sends an angel to the human world, Limone, to summon three love angels in the form of three school girls, Momoko Hanasaki, Yuri Tanima, and Hinagiku Tamano, who together become Angel Lilly, Angel Daisy, and Wedding Peach. The three girls must fight to overcome the evils of the devils, as well as their own lives, and restore peace to the angel world by gathering all pieces of the Sacred Four Somethings (or Saint Something Four) and defeat the evil queen once and for all.
"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.
Sailor Moon Crystal is a reboot of the original Sailor Moon anime. While many of the themes between the two series are similar, the story in the newer series more closely resembles Naoko Takeuchi's original manga.