[[caption-width-right:350:The main characters of the series. Backrow, from left to right: Momohime and Sarukichi. Middle: the Main Protagonist. Front row, from left to right: Kijime and Oinu.]]

''Dancing Blade: Katte ni Momotenshi!'' (Dancing Blade かってに桃天使!, lit. « Dancing Blade: Capricious Momotenshi! ») is an Anime FullMotionVideo / VisualNovel hybrid game series, by Creator/{{Konami}}.

Created [[FollowTheLeader in the wake of the success]] of Sony's ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' series, the ''Dancing Blade'' series distinguishes itself from the ''Yarudora'' series with a 100% Interactive Anime experience (unlike the ''Yarudora'' series' use of a few still shots sprinkled in the movie footage), but at the expense of a simpler [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure branch system]].

The story takes place in a Fantasy feudal Japan, mixing traditional architecture and clothing with magic, fantastic creatures, and technology; it also pokes fun at various Japanese folktales and myths.

The ''Dancing Blade'' series tells the story of Momohime, a young girl [[MosesInTheBulrushes born from a peach]], [[TheHerosJourney who's searching for her origins]]. Travelling along with the [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] Main Protagonist, a magician and her ChildhoodFriend she has a (mutual) crush on, they'll meet during her quest several characters who become their TrueCompanions: Oinu, a kind and meek [[{{Inugami}} demon dog assuming the form of a young girl]], specialist in [[LightEmUp light]] and [[WhiteMagicianGirl healing magic]]; Sarukichi, a giant [[PoweredArmor mechanized man]], expert in firearms and gadgets; and Kijime, a fun-loving FemmeFatale who excels in [[PlayingWithFire fire magic]] and at [[WhipItGood whipping]] people.

A light-hearted tale with lots of wacky moments and a few dramatic scenes, it's very akin to Japanese anime of TheNineties like ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' and ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'', [[WidgetSeries and as such]], [[NoExportForYou was never released outside Japan]].

The ''Dancing Blade'' franchise comprises two games, both released on UsefulNotes/PlayStation and UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, and later re-released as a bundle on UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork; as well as three Drama [=CDs=].

!!The ''Dancing Blade: Katte ni Momotenshi'' series as a whole provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: All three heroines, who kick ass with magic, and in the case of Momohime and Kijime, weapons as well. Suzuna from ''Tears of Eden'' also counts, she's a fierce PoweredArmor pilot.
* ChickMagnet: The main protagonist, who has the affection of all three main heroines, as well as Nayotake's in the 1st game, and Otsuhime's and eventually Suzuna's in ''Tears of Eden''.
* CoolSword: Momohime's sword, Hakutoumaru. Along with being an OrphansPlotTrinket, it also morphs into an [[OddlyShapedSword Oddly Shaped]] {{BFS}} when Momohime [[SuperMode turns into Momotenshi]], that allows Momotenshi to fly when she's riding it, let her launch waves of energy, and can protect her like a shield.
* CuteClumsyGirl: One of the {{Running Gag}}s in the series is Oinu being so in love with the main protagonist, she's too eager to heal him at the slightest hint of wound or illness, resulting in her overdoing it when using her healing powers on him and blowing him to AshFace.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How Sarukichi, and to a lesser extend Oinu joined the team:
** Sarukichi's case is an exact replica of Oolong's arc in ''Manga/DragonBall'' (just switch Goku with Momohime as the decoy girl);
** As for Oinu, she fought to get revenge on Momohime eating her grandmother's GingerbreadHouse, but backed off when the Main Protagonist, whom she has a crush on, pulled a StandingBetweenTheEnemies stunt and calmed down the situation.
* FiveManBand: Momohime's group is composed as this:
** TheHero: Momohime
** TheLancer: The main protagonist (even though he's the PlayerCharacter)
** TheSmartGuy: Kijime
** TheBigGuy: Sarukichi
** TheChick: Oinu
* {{Flight}}: In Momohime's band, Sarukichi (via his PoweredArmor's JetPack) and Kijime (via magic) have this ability. They have to carry the other members during emergency cases.
* GenderFlip: Momohime is a female version of Literature/{{Momotaro}}, the boy born from a peach from the Japanese folktale.
* NoNameGiven: The main protagonist, in the games. In the Drama [=CDs=], he gets "Kimimaru" as a CanonName.
* PoweredArmor: Sarukichi wears one equipped with lots of gadgets, weapons, and a JetPack, at all times. Due to that, it's not until ''Tears of Eden'' the player can get glimpses of his human appearance. [[spoiler: It turns out he's a tall, but slender LongHairedPrettyBoy!]]
* SuperMode:
** Momotenshi is [[spoiler: initially viewed as]] a SplitPersonality version of this for Momohime. [[spoiler: In ''Tears of Eden'', Momotenshi is revealed as the original personality, having been reborn as, and sealed inside Momohime, and sent to the lower Earth as punishment for a sin she committed in Eden]].
** And in ''Tears of Eden'', [[spoiler: Oinu and Kijime get a Super Mode as well, via artefacts given to them during the story]].
* TransformationSequence: Momohime has one when she goes under her SuperMode; and in ''Tears of Eden'', [[spoiler: so do Oinu and Kijime]].
* TransformationTrinket: [[CoolSword Hakutoumaru]] acts as one for Momohime; and in ''Tears of Eden'', [[spoiler: so do the legendary dog collar and lance for Oinu and Kijime respectively]].
* WhipItGood: Kijime is a master of the whip, using it flawlessly in battle. Also, her idea of showing her affection to the protagonist is to willy-nilly whip him (to the point it's {{lampshaded}} by Momohime in ''Tears of Eden''); as it's one of the {{Running Gag}}s of the series, it's always PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Youkai}}: Oinu is an {{Inugami}} (demon dog) type. She has the appearance of a young human girl, but has dog ears in her hair that pop up from time to time. The [[SpoilerOpening intro movie]] of ''Tears of Eden'' hints that she has a giant, grey-coated dog true form.

!!''Dancing Blade: Katte ni Momotenshi!'' (the 1st game) provides examples of:

* BoundAndGagged: Kijime does this to Momohime in order to [[PutOnABus Put Her On A Bus]] for the majority of Kijime and Oinu's storyline.
* PrecociousCrush: Nayotake develops a one-sided one towards the main protagonist.
* SickEpisode: This is the basis of Oinu and Kijime's scenario in this game, as the protagonist falls ills there, and they're competing for being the one who'll be the best at taking care of him, [[RuleOfFunny with hilarious results]].

!!''Dancing Blade: Katte ni Momotenshi II: Tears of Eden'' provides examples of:

* AttackItsWeakPoint: [[spoiler: The BigBad in the main route's climax is NighInvulnerable, shrugging off physical and magic attack alike with a force field. The main protagonist has to destroy the tiara on his head first, before he can destroy his sword and defeat him.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Suzuna initially seems to be this, but she's actually a kind girl who just hardly shows her feelings.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Otsuhime, towards the main protagonist. However, since she's a ShrinkingViolet, she has troubles [[CannotSpitItOut at spitting out her feelings]], so her sisters try to help her.