Manga / Sumomo Mo Momo Mo

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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 borderline-Gag Series 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 work provides examples of:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: During the scavenger hunt the first clue for class rep was to grab the person she loved and go to the finish line. Iroha’s attempt to steal the clue for herself was thwarted by Tenka allowing class rep to win the race. However when it was time to show Inuzuka what the card said she discovered that Tenka had actually given her Iroha’s card which read slave.
  • Absurd Phobia: Momoko and her unusually specific fear of hard-boiled eggs with faces drawn on them.
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: The Koganai clan ability especially Tenka who can carve trenches in stone
  • Abusive Parents: Moutatsu Inoue raised his daughter as a boy going so far as to regularly beat her anytime she showed attraction to men and even regularly buying prostitutes for her. All of this as some sort of Misplaced Retribution against Unken Inuzaka who was stronger and more popular then him hoping that Shintarou would defeat Koushi and take over his title as head of the eastern army
    • Its so bad that Shintarou doesn’t even realize that she is a girl as Moutatsu has led her to believe that he feminine body is a sign that she is unskilled and undisciplined.
  • Accidental Kiss: While chasing after Momoko trying to get her to stop her from screaming obscenities he accidently ran into Shintarou where this happens
  • Accidental Pervert: After watching a commercial Shintaroe spent all day drinking coffee thinking it would cause her to manlier. Naturally this made her incredibly hyperactive preventing Sanea from studying. When she called her out Shintarou force fed her coffee preventing her from sleeping. The next day Senea yelled at Shintaroe about never letting her into her bed or bath again Shintaroe replied that she was sorry she forced herself on Sanea and that she just wanted to be more of a man. Needless to say her classmates saw her as more of a man than ever.
  • 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.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The fact that this is not true is Tenten’s Berserk Button
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Endou ancient ability though powerful is very dangerous. So dangerous that it is beyond the slender constitution of the Endou clan
  • Awesomeness by Analysis : The main way Koshi ever defeats anyone.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Tenka Koganai was the one who seriously trained Koushi
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tenten Kogai
  • 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.
  • Captain Ersatz: Wc DONALD’S
  • Cast from Hit Points: The myriad seal is an art that shares one’s life with another. If you overuse this ability you will die
  • 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.
    • Tenten Kogahai in an anything goes death match where any and all weapons are allowed she chooses her henchmen as weapon to slowly wear Iroha down.
    • She them broke Hanzo and Iroha’s masterful teamwork by first getting Iroha to bluntly state exactly how he feels about him then tell Koushi that she loves him flustering her
  • 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.
  • Cursed with Awesome / Blessed with Suck: The Shikago clan were a weak clan, short lived, cowardly and unsuited for battle of any kind. However they had one fearful secret and that was the power to nullify the abilities of any martial artist who opposed them: Myriad Seal.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Endou Clan Ancient Ability Volatile Primate Eruption though powerful is very dangerous because with each use the armor piercing attack puts more and more strain on the user’s body. The slender constitution of the Endou Clan takes this trope up to eleven.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Coward: Moutatsu
    • Souten Koganei when attacked by assassins he abandoned the clan and fled month’s later he returns stating that he had been granted ultimate power and now wishes to overthrow the Kuzuryuu and Inuzuka clans. He even went so far as to beat his sons half to death when they refused to help him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Koushi exposed him as a Small Name, Big Ego and Momoko showed him up (repeatedly) Daigoro engaged her in a number of increasingly ludicrous challenges. Stating that if he wins he’ll flunk Koushi
  • 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.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In order to show just how much she loved Koushi Momoko took the same poison that was killing him so that they would either live or die together. Forgetting that the poison would make her too weak to fight for the antidote
  • Eye Beams: The specialty of the Inuzuka clan.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Tenten can’t understand why Hanzo would risk his life for Iroha when she doesn’t love him
  • 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.
  • Fanservice
  • Fantastic Racism: The twelve clans hated the Shikago clan for being weakest of warriors yet possess the greatest of powers, the Shikago were feared, cursed, shunned. Contact with them became taboo.
  • 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.
  • Forgot About His Powers: All the time Momoko spent as his housewife caused Koushi to completely forget how to take care of himself (cooking, cleaning, ect) when she went back to her father to recuperate. To the point where when the lights went out he just crawled into bed and went to sleep
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Tenrei. Turns into a Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend once he notices how easy Sanae's Uma Kamen outfit comes off...
  • Gambit Roulette: Tired of Koushi’s blanket refusals Momoko devised a new more forceful method. She tricked him into signing a sex contract knowing that a man who wished to become a prosecutor wouldn’t attempt to break a sacred contract.
    • To get out of it Koushi told her that as minors they had to get their parents consent to consummate their relationship and gave her a contract saying it was already signed. When Momoko signed it she found out that it was actually a refusal contract
  • 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."
  • Heel Realization: Koushi has had a few of this given his treatment of Momoko but what really took the cake was the Rant-Inducing Slight he gave her after Yuusoke’s "The Reason You Suck" Speech. This finally cause him to start taking his training seriously.
  • 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.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Daigoro Nittai is such a pathetic loser that you can’t help but feel sorry for him
  • Innocently Insensitive: Koushi telling Sanae he hates martial artist and thinks they’re all freaks without knowing that she is one of the zodiac clans.
    • Koushi likes to spend time with Sanae because he doesn’t know she is the heir to the horse style. He often vents his frustrations with martial artist at her not knowing that his word are incredibly damaging
  • * Tenten referring to Hanzo and Iroha’s friendly banter as shameless flirting hit a Berserk Button for Iroha who as a member of an assassins clan felt that she and Hanzo’s relationship was Like Brother and Sister. This hit Hanzo hard as he really does have feelings for Iroha.
    Hanzo: well she’s right, of course I’m her subordinate and I know I’ll never be anything more than that. I’ve always known but, when you put it that frankly it’s hard to stop the tears
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Sanae was unaware that her grandmother rigged the Shingo Willpower Pegasus Raiment to rip apart when attacked to fall away piece by piece as it is struck.
  • Insult Backfire: After starting the get more woman the Koushi and Iroue club Hanzo and Tenka were teased by the second year fine foursome sending them into an angered frenzy gluing noh masked to their face and forcing them to ask out girls like that. Hanzo taunted them when they were turned down by saying that they were nothing but looks and that a man was only as good as his heart. They replied by saying how what they did attract women
  • Jerkass Façade: After finding out that he was going to die in a week Koushi did this to Momoko hoping that she would move on with her life. Luckily she saw right past this
  • Ki Attacks: This is how you know someone is a really top-level martial artist in the show.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The students wondering why Daigoro Nittai is always the substitute teacher no matter the class.
    • Turns out he takes every job he can
    • After koushi’s Accidental Kiss with Shintarou Hankou mentioned a game he brought to Irou that features a girl raised as a boy due to the traditions of her family. Who accidentally kisses a boy and falls in love with him as they were walking right by them.
  • Latex Perfection: Iroha and Hanzou use this constantly.
  • Like Brother and Sister: How Iroha views Hanzou. Unfortunately for Hanzou.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: The Koganei Clan is known for using their superb physiques to excel not only in martial arts, but in the bright and glitzy sporting world as well because of this they usually combined the two. Two such arts created by them are.
    • Gladiatorial Soccer: a brutal Blood Sport where the goal is to launch opponent’s body into the opposing goal using any means necessary.
    • Martial Arts Pool: a form of Sojutsu that involves the use of a pool cue as well as launching billiard balls at opponent.
  • 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 Instincts Are Showing: Martial artist in this series seem to gain power by embodying the animal their style represents so not only do they gain their strengths they gain their weaknesses as well
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Koushi had actually started taking a shine to Momoko while he still wasn’t willing to marry her she had given him his confidence back so he would no longer run away from confrontation which he was grateful for. However after her battle with Inoha Momoka left with her forgetting that Koushi was still stuck in a deadly trap. After that he wanted nothing to do with her again
    • While Koushi’s mother blocked his potential purely so that he could lead a normal life. She had to have known that as the heir to the Inuzaka family she was putting his life in danger
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Tenten’s poison only affected the seal placed on Koushi’s martial arts abilities now that that seal is gone the myriad seal is at his disposal
  • 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.
  • Nosebleed:
    • 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.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Witnessing Sanae return Koushi’s notebook Momoko mistook it for a loving gesture and took it Tenka walked in on them after Koushi fell on top of her while trying to wrestle the notebook away.
    • The reason Moutatsu hates Unken is because he mistook Kimie Nakajima acting as Unkens protector as a sign that they were having an affair.
  • Oh Crap!: Katsuyuki Saigo after seeing Momoko perform the Black Dragon Morning Destroyer
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When Nikkou went to sooth Shintarou over her fear of becoming the new leader of the eastern army she mentioned how there was something wrong with her body. Nikkou though she was referring to more male puberty problems
    • During their one month anniversary Momoko had gotten it into her head that Koushi had waited for that day to copulate their relationship. He on the other hand was waiting for a sale for a modeling set. The whole day he was talking about what he would do when he got the set and how much fun it would be while she though he was talking about sex. Her imagination went into overdrive when he asked her to go to the toy store with him.
  • 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: Koushi's father is fine with regularly going off and leaving Koushi and Momoko to their own devices. Momoko's father drops her off with Koushi's father. Shintarou is all but forgotten by the head of the Inoue clan when the latter gets shocked at what happened with Kimie Nakajima.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Momoko's father in the epilogue in the manga. After all that happened, he wants assurances that Momoko will have a strong husband, so he refuses to grant permission for the two to marry until Koushi can defeat him in martial arts. Koushi accept this limitation and is chaste with Momoko, to her chagrin.
  • Pillar of Light: Uma Kamen's ancient power does this.
  • Power Nullifier: The myriad seal wraps the user’s ki around the energy pathways of the victim, thus “sealing” his or her powers inside.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: When Momoko beat him Daigoro broke down into a sobbing fit.
    • He later threw a temper tantrum because nobody liked him
  • Psycho Serum: The Miyamoto family’s muscle enhancing elixir
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: The reason Koushi’s initial response is to run away from confrontation is that when he protected Momoko when they were kids not only was he beat up he was completely humiliated utterly destroying his confidence. A combination of having Momoko back in his life and having to deal with the assassins has allowed him to get his confidence to the point that he stood up to the punks who used to bully him after witnessing them strike the class rep. unfortunately having his confidence back doesn’t change the fact that he gave up martial arts a long time ago and he ended up receiving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • 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.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Momoko has not once realized that Koushi doesn’t know martial arts
  • Shout-Out: The Inuzuka family's ultimate attack, 'Tenjou Tenge Yuiga Dokuson' is the Mikuru Beam.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Momoko and Iroha's battle.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Sanae felt her granddaughter relied to heavily on the Shingo Willpower Pegasus Raiment so she tweaked it to start ripping apart when attacked without telling her so that she could learn to harness the great potential within her
    • Tenka Koganai agreed to train Koushi but refused to deviate from the Kohanei ways
  • 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.
  • * Small Name, Big Ego: Daigoro Niitai was a member of the 1984 Japanese Olympic Gymnastic Team and he will never ever let you for get it. However he specifically only competed in the preliminaries. His students despise him for being utterly pathetic and not realizing it.
  • Speed Echoes: Momoko is able to side step so fast she can create one of these
  • 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 Serum: The resurrection of the ancient power is brought about by periodic dosage of a special drug that artificially expands the tank of ki that a warrior can draw upon. Up to ten times the size of an average modern warrior’s tank.
  • 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 a girl.
  • 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."
  • The Power of Hate: Momoko took Koushi’s death really hard where before Tenka was able to completely No Sell all of her techniques afterwards she completely dominated the battle
  • The Spartan Way: This is why Koushi’s father let him fight the Koganai alone. He quickly realized that it was a stupid thing to do
    • The koganei aptitude test
Koushi: this seems less like a test and more like warfare.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: all human beings harbor deep within them some form of subconscious talent. Sporting ability, scholastic aptitude, the martial arts. The key to unlocking that great power can be anger, sorrow or in Sanae’s case shame
  • Training from Hell: Unfortunately for Koushi when he does decide to buckle down, this is the only training method his father seems to know.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Nikkou while in the bath discovered that Shintarou was a woman and passed out from blood loss. When he woke up he had forgotten the whole thing
  • 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."
  • Unknown Rival: When they were young Moutatsu has a crush on Kimie however he mistook her being Unken’s secret protector as a sign that they were having an affair despite the fact that Unken has no feeling for her what so ever
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: This is the reason why Tenten hates Iroha out of all the Miyamoto clan he was the only one who saw through her façade that in combination with him being a nice guy made her see him more then just a puppet. However he was completely fascinated with Iroha
  • Weak, but Skilled: The Endou clan has always been the brain of the twelve heavenly generals. Their innate battle skills are far, far inferior to those of Inuzuka
  • "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.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Moutatsu wanted Shintarou to be a boy so he deludes himself into thinking she is one and has deluded Shintarou into thinking this as well
  • 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.
    • The Big Bad seeking for one is actually the only reason that makes him... well, bad.


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