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.
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.
If your wondering , is this anmie worth looking at , let me assure that not only is it worth your while , it will leave you very satisfied afterward as well.
The one thing that hit me the most about this anmie , was just how well developed and written the story and its characters were.
whilst not being the most original of tales, nevertheless it had the ability to cause you to connect and relate to each and very one of
it characters , each with their own loves, hates, quirks and follibies. its that good.
I dont even remember,the last time,I felt for a character like I felt for sanae Nakajima ( the Horse girl) in her unique situation.Any more would be a spoiler
But , if there was someone i was rooting for it would be her.
So the fact , i would fee like that , is hats off to the folk would produced this gem.
This anime could've been better. After finishing it i'm disappointed. Because at the start it was funny, unique, fast paced, espontaneous, entertaining. And all those assets start to slowly drop as the series goes on.
They did a great job making it look like the characters progress, like they overcome their most secret and personal problems, but it's absolutely all the contrary. The characters and the story never progress after the very first episodes. Again, the series did a great job making it seem like it. After that we are left with some sort of repetitive slice of life, two filler episodes and a rushed all-of-a-sudden
Koushi and momomo burn out in the first episodes and become repetitive very fast, specialy Momomo saying Koushi-dono 10 times per episode. It woldn't be a surpise if you end up hating on her.
How does the series compensate for this? Adding a mumbo jumbo of new villans every 3 episodes, villans that don't add anything but to make time for the rushed ending that is supposed to give this series a meaning.
The thing that i disliked the most was the use of CGI.
This just has one unique purpose in the series and we're going to see it a lot. Sometimes it's done so badly, it breaks the whole picture. Making the scene look horribly goofy. 2D and 3D definitely don't mix well in this anime.
The art is very basic, in the sence that character desings and backgrounds are just that, basic. Nothing new. Not a single time you'll stop the video to appreciate the image because there's nothing stunning about it. It's just ok, it's acceptable. So let's move on.
Now with all of this said, was it worth it? I'm doubting but i'll say yes. Because a strong point for this anime is it's "comedy". They're no jokes but funny scenes. And a lot of them. Very well made.
That's why i finished this series, the humor covers a little the mess of the plot, and how the series goes in circles for 22 episodes.
Some things do progress and change, the family gets "bigger" if you will.
But nobody gets what they say they want.
This was a 9 that developed as a 7 or 6.
If you're looking for a definitive ending, and not an open one. Then you should read the manga since the anime finished before it.