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->''Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth''

Koshi Inuzuka is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, handsome and intelligent with dreams of moving into the legal profession... but he's also a member of a martial arts family headed by his huge, muscular father, who persistently looks down upon his chosen path. Said father is very much pleased when Momoko Kuzuryu, the tiny, annoying, love-struck GenkiGirl daughter of another martial arts family, seeks out Koshi to sire a child capable of mastering her family's most powerful techniques. Naturally, this not-so-subtle strongarming into ArrangedMarriage (of course supported by the fathers of both youngsters) and newfound accompaniment of a pink-haired, KamenRider [[AssKickingPose henshin pose]]-copying, totally enamoured imbecile is not to the taste of violence-phobic and martial arts-hating Koshi.

However, they soon find the reasoning for the ArrangedMarriage goes a lot deeper than they thought - Koshi and Momoko are part of a plan to form a bond of blood between twelve [[EasternZodiac Zodiac]]-related martial arts families and prevent a colossal war between two warring factions of said families, one headed by the Dragon-based family of which Momoko is a member, and the other headed by the Dog-based family that includes Koshi. Naturally, some of the families view such a war as a perfect opportunity to rise above the others - and send assassins after Koshi to ensure the marriage does not proceed.

So far, a reasonably typical martial-arts-and-romance manga and anime. Now, factor into the equation that [[OnlySaneMan everything in the show except Koshi is bordering on the insane]], and anything and everything is taken to [[RuleOfFunny ridiculous extremes]].

The entire show possesses [[RefugeInAudacity the subtlety of a hard kick in the face]], and packs itself to the rafters with a horde of bizarre nutcases protecting Koshi, baying for his blood, falling madly in love with him and each other and generally going SuperDeformed a lot and doing big shiny martial arts somewhere between ''{{Fist of the North Star}}'' and ''{{Dragonball}}'' that transform the whole affair into some giant amorphous blob of {{Ecchi}} LoveDodecahedron borderline-GagSeries romantic comedy with lots of people beating each other up in completely over-the-top ways on a regular basis.

The title is based on the tongue-twister "Sumomo mo momo, momo mo momo, sumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi."[[note]]Literal translation: "A Japanese plum is a kind of peach, a peach is also a peach, both Japanese plum and peach are kinds of peaches." The first two clauses are sometimes left out. By the way, this is the same tongue-twister Yukari ponders in ''AzumangaDaioh''.[[/note]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} No]], [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} not]] ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender that]]'' [[PeachGirl Momo]], not that [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Sumomo]], and whatever you do, don't confuse with Manga/BoboboboBobobo.

See also ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', by the same author.

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This show provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Momoko, of course. And Iroha. And Sanae.
* ACupAngst: Momoko, when she discovers that Koushi [[BuxomIsBetter prefers a more developed woman]]. It's suggested that Iroha, who has a similar build to Momoko, also has this issue. Both even manage to get the "[[{{Pettanko}} Petta~n]]" UnsoundEffect previously seen in ''MahouSenseiNegima''.
* AffectionateParody: It's very hard to see how over-the-top the series is without thinking that it has to be an AffectionateParody to some extent of both martial arts and HaremAnime.: Although this is lost a bit in the anime, which introduces Tenka a bit later and then plays up the seriousness of the zodiac family feud.
* AgainstTheSettingSun: Parodied - Momoko and an adversary have a moment of newfound acceptance and friendship after a fight as the sun sets... and promptly forget to save Koshi from man-eating sea snakes in the background.
* {{Ahoge}}: Momoko has a self-made ahoge. Perhaps she subconsciously realized her personality required one. She briefly tries changing her hairstyle to attract Koshi's attention by adding more ahoge!
* ArrangedMarriage
* ArtShift: Frequently, with characters shifting in appearance based on their current mood and how they're looking at other characters.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis : The main way Koshi ever defeats anyone.
* BatmanGambit: Also a huge part of how Koushi ever defeats anyone - one example is early on, when he tricks some bullies into pressing Momoko's BerserkButton.
* BattleAura: All the top martial artists have one, but Momoko is actually able to use hers as a [[DeflectorShields force field]].
* BattleBikini: The Uma Kamen's outfit gives the user more power the [[{{Fanservice}} smaller]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} it]] [[{{Ecchi}} gets]].
* BearsAreBadNews: As bears are used in-story as the yardstick for how effective a martial artist is, it's bad news when Koushi is brought before one to show just how strong he is... or [[NonActionGuy is not]]. Also, when Iroha causes a mass escape at a zoo to assassinate Koushi and Momoko, guess what is the most dangerous of the escaped animals?
* {{Bifauxnen}}: [[spoiler: Shintarou Inoue, of the Boar clan.]]
* BloodKnight: Tenga Koganei.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Koganei Tenga states that he can't forgive himself for doing this. It's highly implied that he feels this way because the strongest martial artists, that developed martial arts by themselves, lived in the past.
* BodyguardCrush: Sanae to Koushi.
* BrokeEpisode: Iroha and Hanzou, every episode.
* ButtMonkey: Poor, poor Hanzo.
* CallingYourAttacks: It doesn't even seem to be the same overly-long incantation for each attack every time they're used.
* CatGirl:
** Err... well... close. Tenka is from the Tiger family and thus takes on catlike qualities, such as playing with a ball he is convinced talks to him called Becky. At one point he is defeated by being distracted by cat toys and his fear of clear water bottles or "nekoyoke".
** Tenka, after his HeelFaceTurn, uses this against his younger brother quite effectively. It's unknown whether the other Koganeis also act like this.
* CelibateHero: Koshi doesn't have time for romance, as he is studying to become a lawyer. Possibly not celibate so much as just having the sense to want nothing to do with Momoko's 'seductions'. He certainly seems approving enough of Sanae in general.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Subverted -- One of the promises thought he was entering into a marriage promise... The other was Momoko. Who thought it was a deathmatch challenge. HilarityEnsues.
* ClassRepresentative: Sanae.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Uma Kamen's outfit. It focuses power into certain parts of her body, and thus inverts the trope by becoming more effective the ''less'' of it that is worn. It's at its most powerful when all she wears is the boots.
* ClothingDamage: Sanae's fight with Tenrei revolves around this. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman her Uma Kamen outfit enhances her strength]].
* CombatPragmatist: Momoko is quite a one when facing adversaries that could mean a threat to her loved.
* CompanionCube: Tenka has his soccer ball, Becky.
* ConspicuousCG: Special attacks a-plenty.
* CosplayOtakuGirl: The character in question gets her powers ''from cosplaying''.
* DarkActionGirl: Tenten Koganei, Tenka's sister by adoption.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Tenka, Iroha, Shintarou. [[spoiler: Later, Tenga as well, who agrees to train Koushi.]]
** Held up as an ideal by Momoko's father, and it's strongly hinted that he and Koushi's father went through this process as well (although it's unclear if either won said fight or if it was a draw).
* {{Determinator}}: Koushi later in the manga, where he refuses to die in a martial arts duel so that he can fulfill his dream of becoming a prosecutor. His father, shocked that Koushi even had it in him, breaks down in ManlyTears.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Highlighting her life-long martial artist training, Momoko very rarely wears shoes, even during school. Later inverted when she finally ''does'' get a pair of shoes from Koushi, the first gift he gives her. She wears them any time she isn't fighting, despite the fact that they're several sizes too big. When Koushi throws them out due to being worn out, she throws out a DeathGlare potent enough to make both of their fathers, two of the strongest martial artists alive, scared.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Due to being force-fed tons of eggs in her youth, Momoko really dislikes them in general, with a particular dread of ones [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes with faces drawn on them]].
* EyeBeams: The specialty of the Inuzuka clan.
* FairPlayVillain: Koganei Tenga could've killed both Koushi and Momoko, as weakened as they were by the effects of the poison, yet he wanted to have a fair fight.
* FallenPrincess: Iroha, who was doted on by her father and never really bothered to learn about the basics of day-to-day living, or for that matter anything outside of clan disciplines. She discovers the downsides to this when she tries to earn money for her clan via part-time jobs.
* FanService
* FeedItWithFire: The main ability of Tenga is based on this. Attacking him only will result in him becoming stronger each time. Of course this ability has a limit as well.
* FightUnscene: Only "martial artist vision" can see the intense battle when Koganei Tenka fights his roughly ten-year-old brother. And maybe that's best.
* FlungClothing: Iroha seems fond of doing this whenever she leaps into battle, as does Uma Kamen.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Tenrei. Turns into a BespectacledBastardBoyfriend once he notices how easy Sanae's Uma Kamen outfit comes off...
* GenkiGirl: Guess.
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: The main reason why [[spoiler: an emotionally broken Momoko could win against an equally strong, yet much faster and undoubtedly way most experienced and matured than her, Koganei Tenga.]]
** [[spoiler: Except, you know, his being distracted by an extremely mad Koushi.]]
* GoodIsDumb: Iroha -- fearsome {{Ninja}}, ruthless fighter, not averse to drugging polar bears to assassinate people... until her HeelFaceTurn and subsequent transformation into a tiny schoolgirl with a voice two (very annoying) octaves higher and designs on Koshi's affections. Doesn't make her any weaker though. This turns out to be an [[InvertedTrope inversion]], as she was completely overwhelmed by [[NonActionGuy Koushi]] before said HeelFaceTurn... in his sleep. Iroha ends up losing every single time she tries to do something until she changes sides.
* GratuitousEnglish: [[spoiler:Saigo's "Good Ruck."]]
* HeirToTheDojo
* HeroicBuild: Many of the older male martial artists, such as Momoko and Koushi's fathers, are build like this. A few younger ones (like Sanae's would-be fiance Hikari) also have a similar physique.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Shintarou Inoue. While Shintarou's father does love his son, [[spoiler: he's either somehow completely ignorant or in denial about the fact that he has a daughter instead. This results in him smacking his daughter around for being attracted to men, trying to convince Shintarou to participate in [[LesYay orgies]] because having multiple women is a sign of manliness, and Shintarou continuing to [[{{Bifauxnen}} masquerade as a male]] because she worries that her father wouldn't love a daughter as much.]]
* IHaveTheHighGround: Iroha and Hanzou use this while stalking Inuzuka.
* IJustWantToBeNormal:
** Koshi wants to be a lawyer, not a martial-artist.
** Also Sanae, who hates martial arts, training, and the family heirloom {{Stripperiffic}} battle outfit.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Iroha is the most obvious example, but also includes [[spoiler:Tenka and Sanae]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Kimie Nakajima, who looked much like her granddaughter Sanae when younger and is a [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens Miniature Senior Citizen]] now. The head of the Inoue clan had a crush on her when he was younger, and was quite shocked to see how she aged.
* IdiotHero: Momoko.
* KiAttacks: This is how you know someone is a really top-level martial artist in the show.
* LatexPerfection: Iroha and Hanzou use this constantly.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: How Iroha views Hanzou. Unfortunately for Hanzou.
* LittleMissBadass
* {{Lolicon}}:
** At one point it's quite unbelievably claimed that Iroha is 15. On top of this Hanzo spends clan rebuilding money on a distinctly dodgy-looking {{DatingSim}}...
** Momoko is the same age and a similar build to Iroha. Then there's when Momoko asks point blank whether Koushi prefers women with well-developed figures. He immediately clams up and looks away, suggesting one of Momoko's (and Iroha's) major stumbling blocks is that Koushi ''isn't'' a lolicon.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Koushi never wanted an ArrangedMarriage or to be surrounded by lunatic martial artists bent on killing/loving him. But after Momoko finally admits she knows he doesn't love her, Koushi acknowledges that his experiences have broken him out of his fear of confronting other people (even if he's still a physical coward.)
* LoveDodecahedron
* LovePotion: Hanzou makes one... that doesn't work nearly as well as he thinks.
* LuminescentBlush: Iroha actually bursts into flame.
* MasterOfDisguise: Hanzo, with generous helpings of LatexPerfection and quick-change speed bordering on ShapeShifting.
* {{Meganekko}}: Sanae.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Iroha and Hanzo's landlady, Nakajima Kimie.
* MundaneUtility:
** In the {{Bonus|Episode}} HotSpringsEpisode, Momoko uses a {{ki attack|s}} to rocket a van up a steep road.
** In the manga, she also uses the same attack to propel herself high enough to vault over the school - for gym class. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* NamesTheSame: InUniverse, poor Sanae is subjected to this. Her ideal man is a {{Bishonen}} like the "Hikari" in her [[ShowWithinAShow favorite shojo manga]] who, of course, looks very similar to Koushi. She does react with interest when she hears that her grandmother [[ArrangedMarriage arranged her to be engaged]] to another guy named Hikari--only to be completely mortified when he turns out to be heavily-scarred and with a HeroicBuild rather than what she wants.
* NearVillainVictory: Actually, [[spoiler: Koganei Tenga was just one second away from victory, literally.]]
* NewTransferStudent: Momoko, Iroha, Hanzou, Tenka, and Shintarou.
* NobleDemon: Tenga, who disdains his sister Tenten's devious ways and her use of poison - in fact, rather than hold onto the portion of the antidote for Tenten's poison until he is defeated, he gives it to Koushi and Momoko so that he can have a proper fight afterwards.
* {{Nosebleed}}:
** At one point Hanzo bleeds out of his ''eyes'' upon witnessing Iroha covered in... ahem... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything cream-colored ice cream]].
** Not to mention any time Momoko thinks Koushi is open to marriage. Yes, what comes after the ceremony as well, but even the idea of him being open to the wedding results in [[ExpospeakGag epitasis]].
* OnlySaneMan: Koshi constantly remarks on the insanity of an underground martial arts war, and quotes the various laws being broken.
* {{Otaku}}: Hanzo
* PairTheSpares: Sanae and Tenka.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PillarOfLight: Uma Kamen's ancient power does this.
* RainAura: Momoko, episode 13.
* RaisedAsTheOppositeGender: [[spoiler: Shintarou]]. Tragic due to the fact that, due to how they were raised, they didn't even know their biological sex until someone outside of their family told them.
* TheReveal [[spoiler:Koushi is really the strongest martial artist but he doesn't know it and it's not revealed until the last five minutes of the final episode.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: Lampshaded in-story, when Iroha points out how ludicrous the concept of a girl being raised as a boy and involved in a [[HaremGenre Harem]] is after Hanzou has about an {{Eroge}} featuring said plot. [[spoiler: Of course, meanwhile, WholesomeCrossdresser Shintarou has just accidentally kissed [[HaremGenre Harem]] magnet Koushi and fallen for him.]]
* SayMyName: Koshi-dono!
* SecretKeeper: Tenka figures out who Uma Kamen is pretty much immediately and agrees to keep her identity from both Koushi and Momoko.
* ShoutOut: The Inuzuka family's ultimate attack, 'Tenjou Tenge Yuiga Dokuson' ''is'' the [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Mikuru Beam]].
* SingleStrokeBattle: Momoko and Iroha's battle.
* SleepLearning: Koshi uses them to further his studies... until Momoko hits upon this as a perfect way in which to make him love her. Makes things very awkward for Iroha when she attempts a nighttime assassination.
* StalkerWithATestTube: The ultimate aim of Koshi and Momoko's betrothal.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Uma Kamen outfit not only focuses the wearer's strength but is also the most transparent excuse for leathery horse-themed FanService you'll see in a long while, complete with a tail and a bit.
* SuperDeformed: Momoko seemingly spends half the series two feet tall and without hands or feet.
* SuperWindowJump: Uma Kamen bursts through a stained glass window in an outfit FAR too small to avoid the death of a thousand razors. None of the debris even reaches the ground to harm the non-martial artists in the wedding ceremony.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler: Subverted in Shintarou's case, as she didn't actually know she was a girl, due to her father raising her as a boy and insisting that she was one, until the Nakajimas told her that she was one.]]
* ThemeNaming:
** Each of the Zodiac families' names contains the kanji for their representative animal.
** There's also the EdibleThemeNaming for Momoko, whose head resembles a peach: "Momoko" literally translates to "peach child."
* TrainingFromHell: Unfortunately for Koushi when he does decide to buckle down, this is the only training method his father seems to know.
* TsurimeEyes: Iroha
* ATwinkleInTheSky: Ushi Kamen, the cow-themed woman at the end.
* TheVoiceless: Saigo, with Momoko able to translate because "People in love are connected by heart."
* WellDoneSonGuy: A minor example -- Koushi first wishes that his father would stop bothering him about the martial arts and just accept his dreams of being a prosecutor. It later becomes apparent that his father Unken ''does'' approve of Koushi's ambitions, only bothers Koushi to train in the martial arts because he's the target of assassins, and actually feels really guilty that Koushi has to go through all of this due to his parentage. Unken is just really bad at saying all of this.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Shintarou, who continues to present herself as a boy even after she's told that she's female.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Momoko and her unusually specific fear of hard-boiled eggs with faces drawn on them.
* TheWorfEffect: Poor, poor Saigo -- until he finally gets his own episode.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Kinu pulls this to try to turn everyone against Momoko.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Momoko though it takes the whole series to go from stalker to devoted companion, [[spoiler:willing to follow her man even into the next world]].
* WorldsStrongestMan: Tenga declares to be this himself.
* WorthyOpponent: Momoko is acknowledged to be one in her battle against the last contender of the Koganei clan.
** Also, the BigBad seeking for one is actually the only reason that makes him... well, bad.
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