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
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 ending.
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. read more