Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth
Koshi Inuzuka is an Ordinary High-School Student
, 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 Genki Girl
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 Arranged Marriage
(of course supported by the fathers of both youngsters) and newfound accompaniment of a pink-haired, Kamen Rider 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 Arranged Marriage
goes a lot deeper than they thought - Koshi and Momoko are part of a plan to form a bond of blood between twelve 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 everything in the show except Koshi is bordering on the insane
, and anything and everything is taken to ridiculous extremes
The entire show possesses 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 Super-Deformed
a lot and doing big shiny martial arts somewhere between Fist of the North Star
and Dragon Ball
that transform the whole affair into some giant amorphous blob of Ecchi Love Dodecahedron
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 No
, not that Momo
, not that Sumomo
, and whatever you do, don't confuse with Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
See also Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
, by the same author.
This show provides examples of:
- Absurd Phobia: Momoko and her unusually specific fear of hard-boiled eggs with faces drawn on them.
- Action Girl: Momoko, of course. And Iroha. And Sanae.
- A-Cup Angst: Momoko, when she discovers that Koushi 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 "Petta~n" Unsound Effect previously seen in Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- Affectionate Parody: It's very hard to see how over-the-top the series is without thinking that it has to be an Affectionate Parody to some extent of both martial arts and Harem Anime.: 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.
- Against the Setting Sun: 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!
- Arranged Marriage
- Art Shift: Frequently, with characters shifting in appearance based on their current mood and how they're looking at other characters.
- Awesomeness by Analysis : The main way Koshi ever defeats anyone.
- Batman Gambit: Also a huge part of how Koushi ever defeats anyone - one example is early on, when he tricks some bullies into pressing Momoko's Berserk Button.
- Battle Aura: All the top martial artists have one, but Momoko is actually able to use hers as a force field.
- Battle Bikini: The Uma Kamen's outfit gives the user more power the smaller it gets.
- Bears Are Bad News: 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 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: Shintarou Inoue, of the Boar clan.
- Blood Knight: Tenga Koganei.
- Born in the Wrong Century: 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.
- Bodyguard Crush: Sanae to Koushi.
- Broke Episode: Iroha and Hanzou, every episode.
- Butt Monkey: Poor, poor Hanzo.
- Calling Your Attacks: It doesn't even seem to be the same overly-long incantation for each attack every time they're used.
- Cat Girl:
- 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 Heel-Face Turn, uses this against his younger brother quite effectively. It's unknown whether the other Koganeis also act like this.
- Celibate Hero: 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.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Subverted — One of the promises thought he was entering into a marriage promise... The other was Momoko. Who thought it was a deathmatch challenge. Hilarity Ensues.
- Class Representative: Sanae.
- Clothes Make the Superman: 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.
- Clothing Damage: Sanae's fight with Tenrei revolves around this. Justified, as her Uma Kamen outfit enhances her strength.
- Combat Pragmatist: Momoko is quite a one when facing adversaries that could mean a threat to her loved.
- Companion Cube: Tenka has his soccer ball, Becky.
- Conspicuous CG: Special attacks a-plenty.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: The character in question gets her powers from cosplaying.
- Dark Action Girl: Tenten Koganei, Tenka's sister by adoption.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Tenka, Iroha, Shintarou. 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 Manly Tears.
- Does Not Like Shoes: 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 Death Glare potent enough to make both of their fathers, two of the strongest martial artists alive, scared.
- Does Not Like Spam: Due to being force-fed tons of eggs in her youth, Momoko really dislikes them in general, with a particular dread of ones with faces drawn on them.
- Eye Beams: The specialty of the Inuzuka clan.
- Fair Play Villain: 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.
- Fallen Princess: 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.
- Feed It with Fire: 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.
- Fight Unscene: Only "martial artist vision" can see the intense battle when Koganei Tenka fights his roughly ten-year-old brother. And maybe that's best.
- Flung Clothing: Iroha seems fond of doing this whenever she leaps into battle, as does Uma Kamen.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Tenrei. Turns into a Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend once he notices how easy Sanae's Uma Kamen outfit comes off...
- Genki Girl: Guess.
- The Good Guys Always Win: The main reason why an emotionally broken Momoko could win against an equally strong, yet much faster and undoubtedly way most experienced and matured than her, Koganei Tenga.
- Except, you know, his being distracted by an extremely mad Koushi.
- Good Is Dumb: Iroha — fearsome Ninja, ruthless fighter, not averse to drugging polar bears to assassinate people... until her Heel-Face Turn 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 inversion, as she was completely overwhelmed by Koushi before said Heel-Face Turn... in his sleep. Iroha ends up losing every single time she tries to do something until she changes sides.
- Gratuitous English: Saigo's "Good Ruck."
- Heir to the Dojo
- Heroic Build: 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.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Shintarou Inoue. While Shintarou's father does love his son, 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 orgies because having multiple women is a sign of manliness, and Shintarou continuing to masquerade as a male because she worries that her father wouldn't love a daughter as much.
- I Have the High Ground: Iroha and Hanzou use this while stalking Inuzuka.
- I Just Want to Be Normal:
- Koshi wants to be a lawyer, not a martial-artist.
- Also Sanae, who hates martial arts, training, and the family heirloom Stripperiffic battle outfit.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Iroha is the most obvious example, but also includes Tenka and Sanae.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Kimie Nakajima, who looked much like her granddaughter Sanae when younger and is a 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.
- Idiot Hero: Momoko.
- Ki Attacks: This is how you know someone is a really top-level martial artist in the show.
- Latex Perfection: Iroha and Hanzou use this constantly.
- Like Brother and Sister: How Iroha views Hanzou. Unfortunately for Hanzou.
- Little Miss Badass
- 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.
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Koushi never wanted an Arranged Marriage 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.)
- Love Dodecahedron
- Love Potion: Hanzou makes one... that doesn't work nearly as well as he thinks.
- Luminescent Blush: Iroha actually bursts into flame.
- Master of Disguise: Hanzo, with generous helpings of Latex Perfection and quick-change speed bordering on Shapeshifting.
- Meganekko: Sanae.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Iroha and Hanzo's landlady, Nakajima Kimie.
- Mundane Utility:
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours
- Name's the Same: In-Universe, poor Sanae is subjected to this. Her ideal man is a Bishōnen like the "Hikari" in her favorite shojo manga who, of course, looks very similar to Koushi. She does react with interest when she hears that her grandmother 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 Heroic Build rather than what she wants.
- Near Villain Victory: Actually, Koganei Tenga was just one second away from victory, literally.
- New Transfer Student: Momoko, Iroha, Hanzou, Tenka, and Shintarou.
- Noble Demon: 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.
- At one point Hanzo bleeds out of his eyes upon witnessing Iroha covered in... ahem... 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 epitasis.
- Only Sane Man: Koshi constantly remarks on the insanity of an underground martial arts war, and quotes the various laws being broken.
- Otaku: Hanzo
- Pair the Spares: Sanae and Tenka.
- Parental Abandonment
- Pillar of Light: Uma Kamen's ancient power does this.
- Rain Aura: Momoko, episode 13.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: 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.
- The Reveal 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.
- Samus is a Girl: Lampshaded in-story, when Iroha points out how ludicrous the concept of a girl being raised as a boy and involved in a Harem is after Hanzou has about an Eroge featuring said plot. Of course, meanwhile, Wholesome Crossdresser Shintarou has just accidentally kissed Harem magnet Koushi and fallen for him.
- Say My Name: Koshi-dono!
- Secret Keeper: Tenka figures out who Uma Kamen is pretty much immediately and agrees to keep her identity from both Koushi and Momoko.
- Shout-Out: The Inuzuka family's ultimate attack, 'Tenjou Tenge Yuiga Dokuson' is the Mikuru Beam.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Momoko and Iroha's battle.
- Sleep Learning: 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.
- Stalker with a Test Tube: 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.
- Super-Deformed: Momoko seemingly spends half the series two feet tall and without hands or feet.
- Super Window Jump: 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.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: 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.
- Theme Naming:
- Each of the Zodiac families' names contains the kanji for their representative animal.
- There's also the Edible Theme Naming for Momoko, whose head resembles a peach: "Momoko" literally translates to "peach child."
- Training from Hell: Unfortunately for Koushi when he does decide to buckle down, this is the only training method his father seems to know.
- Tsurime Eyes: Iroha
- A Twinkle in the Sky: Ushi Kamen, the cow-themed woman at the end.
- The Voiceless: Saigo, with Momoko able to translate because "People in love are connected by heart."
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: 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.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Shintarou, who continues to present herself as a boy even after she's told that she's female.
- The Worf Effect: Poor, poor Saigo — until he finally gets his own episode.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Kinu pulls this to try to turn everyone against Momoko.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Momoko though it takes the whole series to go from stalker to devoted companion, willing to follow her man even into the next world.
- World's Strongest Man: Tenga declares to be this himself.
- Worthy Opponent: Momoko is acknowledged to be one in her battle against the last contender of the Koganei clan.
- Also, the Big Bad seeking for one is actually the only reason that makes him... well, bad.