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Manga: Wedding Peach

"...for that, I cannot forgive you! The Love Angel Wedding Peach is extremely displeased!"

Wedding Peach is a standard Magical Girl Warrior show, reminiscent of Sailor Moon (more in the anime than the manga, mainly because the Sailor Moon anime and Wedding Peach anime both share the same character designer), but with a wedding motif, and only a fourth as many episodes. The manga ran for 6 volumes.

Momoko is clumsy, gets bad grades, but does have a job at the school paper and has her father's skill in photography. Her two best friends, Yuri and Hinagiku, also work on the school paper, and are rivals with her for the affections of the oblivious captain of the soccer team.

One day, Momoko is awakened as Wedding Peach, a warrior in the ancient battle against the devils. What a surprise, her two friends also end up awakening as warriors: Yuri as Angel Lily, and Hinagiku as Angel Daisy. They all fight for truth and justice, and to protect the Saints Something Four from the devils. Occasionally, they get in real trouble, and Limone has to come use his trusty sword to help.

You can more or less tell where this is going if you follow Magical Girl shows. While there is a strong sense of Follow the Leader here, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you want a crash course in Magical Girl Warrior tropes, this certainly covers as many of them as possible.

The manga was licensed in full by VIZ Media, while the anime was licensed and dubbed by ADV Films; currently it is in danger of being on the fence due to it not being part of its mass licensing transfer.

Has nothing to do with Princess Toadstool getting married.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The manga ran out of pages before it could tell Rain Devila's story.
  • Action Mom: Celestia, Momoko's mom. While she took a break from demon busting to raise her kid, she proves a 15 year retirement did not make her rusty.
  • The Abridged Series: Wedding Peach Abridged.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Rain Devila at the end of the anime.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Lily, Daisy, and Potamos had blonde hair in the manga, which became brown, green, and purple in the anime, respectively.
  • After School Cleaning Duty: Yousuke has to stay behind to clean the school's pool as punishment for being late. In the first of many Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other, Momoko stays behind to help and their relationship takes a step forward.
  • Aloof Ally: Salvia eventually agrees to ally with the other three love angels but she still doesn't agree to be friends with them.
  • Alternate Continuity: The manga's Young Love spinoff.
  • Always Chaotic Evil / Always Lawful Good: Devils and Angels respectively; the latter are all portrayed as evil and the latter as all good. There are exceptions latter on, with many demonic Heel Face Turns and Salvia being more of an Anti-Hero than a straight up love-love hero.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: The beginning of the OVA reveals that the Love Angels chose to have their memories wiped of the ordeal of the battles in the TV series. The OVA then proceeds to show them that it wasn't such a good idea. See also the Victory Guided Amnesia trope for more details as it works in conjunction with this trope
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Yousuke's mother found his father passed out with a bad case of amnesia. After helping him recover they fell in love, with Yousuke being the result. His father abandons them because he recovers his memories of a powerful devil who acts as The Dragon to the Big Bad. He is the source of Yousuke's devil half Viento. At the end of the manga series, his father comes back, presumably to restore his relationship with his family. Power of Love, indeed.
  • Anti-Magic: Wedding Peach has the power to negate devil powers: possession, illusion, mind control etc will be dispelled with her "Lovely Operation Tempete".
  • Artistic License - Religion: The Judeo-Christian viewpoint is that angels are forbidden/unable to have romantic relationships and they're serving a Greek goddess. Devils are supposed to be angels turned evil. The Halloween episode is a inversion; the holiday was referred to as "All Saint's Day Eve," which is what the word Halloween actually means.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: Inverted. "As long as love exists in this world, those of us with hateful hearts will never know peace." It's the villains who know that something intrinsic to the human heart will always be around. The solution, naturally, is to wipe out everyone who can love.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: In the anime during transformations.
  • Bat out of Hell: Blackie, Ignis's Jama demon.
  • Big Bad: Rain DeVilla. The Queen of the devils and the main antagonist. She started the Angel-Devil war pre-series and is responsible for the main narrative's conflict.
  • Big Good: Aphrodite, Queen of the Angels and the ultimate superior for the heroes. She acts as the Barrier Maiden for the angel world, maintaining the barrier that protects it from the devils with her love wave. She's the one who awakened the love angels and aids them when able to.
  • Bishōnen: Sir Limone and Pluie are both handesome men with long hair.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Momoko and Yousuke and spelled out by Yuri: "A good relationship is one worth fighting for".
  • Blow You Away: Pluie, Tornade, Uragano, and Viento can do this. Daisy's Daisy Blizzard counts as this too.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Yousuke has this happen to him when his half-devil gene starts to manifest and turn him into Viento. More Than Mind Control also comes into play with since it's not the standard type of brainwashing that Yousuke falls under as Viento. Since Rain Devila is the queen and his devil gene has awakened he's only following Rain Devila's twisted orders as a result of his devil gene.
  • Breast Expansion: A body swap, that turns the love angels into cat girls, also makes their chests grow slightly.
  • Broken Aesop: Sometimes the morals of the episodes don't fit the events of the plot.
    • For example there's the 'fat' episode where guys say they like slim girls. The Aesop being there's more to attraction than looks but the girls themselves (despite knowing this) still crush over Yanagiba based on appearance. In the same episode it's played with, as the guy in the episode's couple broke up with the girl not because she was magically fat but because she ruined the hard work she put into athletics.
  • Broken Bird: Nocturne of the Night, who was bitter because she was betrayed by a friend.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Scarlett Ohara is half Japanese, and Yuri is a quarter French. The latter's grandmother and her marriage to a Japanese man serves as the background as to how the "something blue" of the Saints Something Four came to be.
  • By the Power of Grayskull! (twice for each angel) with separate incantations.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The techniques such as 'Bridal flash' which is a flash of the Power of Love
  • Care Bear Stare: Used to defeat villains by filling them with love, and turning them good.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: Potamos to Momoko's catchphrase in the third OVA. This could be seen as an hilarious parody in itself since Kotono Mitsuishi voiced Potamos and is most famous for playing the titular Sailor Moon whose catchphrase is very well known amongst Magical Girl series fans.
  • Cat Girl: In the OVA, the girls get body swapped with cats, and their human bodies change to reflect that.
  • Cats Are Mean: Jama-P has catlike features, and is evil at first.
  • Cephalothorax: Jama-P, and others of his kind.
  • Chainsaw Good: A string of yarn is imbued with The Power of Love, and not even a chainsaw can cut it.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: When Momoko first knits a muffler, it's for Yanagiba and later in the episode it's unraveled to save some classmates in a magic maze. One and a half story arcs later Momoko is re-knitting it, but this time it's for Yousuke.
  • Clark Kenting:
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: The girls are prone to this around guys they like.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Potamus makes a nice contrast to the Heroine Momoko. She's a devil Yandere and her rival in love. In one scene she transforms between human and devil forms by shouting her true name, similar to Momoko. Then she has a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Declaration of Protection: Takaro with the first problem. He wants to protect Hinagiku but he's a whimpy muggle while she's an athletic Magical Girl.
  • Dual Wielding: Salvia uses a sword in each hand.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: On a cosmic scale. In the anime, Rain de Villa took over the Demon Realm and waged nonstop war against the Angels because the man she loved married someone else.
  • '80s Hair: Limone and Plue could front for just about any Hair Metal band; same with Momoko.
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: The Angel World sparkles for extra awe.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Downplayed Trope in that, while Momoko is technically a princess her mother is the Queen's younger sister, Sakura, meaning that she was a princess, and by extension, Momoko is one too, it is never brought up.
  • Everyone Can See It: From from Hinagiku and Yuri, to Yanagiba, to a random alley cat passing by, everyone ships Momoko and Yousuke.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Averted in that at first Yousuke transforms into Viento and because of his devil gene does serve the villains but later does a Heel-Face Turn and keeps the costume.
  • Evil Counterpart: Noise, Cloud, and Blitz in the Young Love spinoff to Peach, Lily, and Daisy respectively.
  • Evil Plan: Raindevila's plan appears to be kill people and ruin relationships because she's Allergic to Love. In the anime, it's revealed that she's a Broken Bird (her first crush had an angel girlfriend) and believes she's acting out of self-defense. The manga has no explanation for her evil.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Not just the angels' first transformations, but so many other dresses show up that it makes the show border on Costume Porn.
  • Fashion Show: Yuri's mother has one for her dress line.
  • Filler Villain: Tornade, minor Jama demons, and Rampo in the manga. Many demons in the anime.
  • Fist Pump: Limone in the toku parody video, as he announces the events.
  • Five-Man Band: In the Toku pastiche episode, Potamos becomes the fifth angel.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The OVA outfits have these on the shoulders, that can grow into full wings. In the third OVA episode, Scarlett wears a feather boa.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: This is the central theme of one of the anime episodes. As it turns out, Hinagiku's dad actually remembered - he was just so busy he couldn't bring it up in a suitably romantic context, thus prompting her mom to rage at him for forgetting.
  • Forgotten Superweapon: Lily's Sacred Stardust Scepter and Salvia's Passionate Cake Cut were only seen once in the manga.
  • Four Is Death: Playing with a Trope Salvia, the four angel, survives and is a good guy but the death of her best friend is crucial to her backstory.
  • Frills of Justice: Their second transformation outfits, which are different in the manga and anime (for one thing, Momoko's manga outfit is loaded with frills).
  • Frilly Upgrade: In the OVA, their shoulder guards are now feathers that can grow into wings.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: They often show up in the Fairytale Wedding Dress examples.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Keeping some in their rooms. Jama-P can travel with Momoko disguised as one because of this trope.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Salvia's dress and armor are both purple and she herself is more mature (or at least more focused) than her fellow angels.
  • Grand Theft Me: In one episode of the OVA, demon-possessed cats switch bodies with the girls, and while in the girls' bodies, they become Cat Girls.
  • God Is Good: Aphrodite is the local equivalent, being the ruler of the angel realm and boss of the angels. She provides what support she can to the love angels and one time she rescued Limone from the Vortex of Destruction. When Momoko's mother Sakura returns Aphrodite offers to shoulder her burden for a day so she can spend it with her family.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: One of the monsters gets the school stuck in one.
  • Hair Antennae: Yuri has two strands of hair that stick up.
  • Happily Married:
    • Yuri and Hinagiku's parents; the Forgotten Anniversary example for the former ends with the three angels awwing.
    • Momoko's parents including after he mother came back. They're so lovey-dovey that even a love angel tells them to get a room.
    • All four main couples (Momoko/Yousuke, Yuri/Yanagiba, Hinagiku/Takurou, Scarlett/Dean) at the end of the manga.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Jama-P becomes the Love Angel's Team Pet as a result of this trope. Several other villains also undergo this, but generally only in the anime.
  • House Wife: In the anime, the love angels have frequent fantasies about being this for Yangiba.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: In the third OVA episode, Salvia is romanced by the villain and then mind-controlled via a jewelry gift.
  • I Am Your Opponent: Between Limone and Pluie. Limone always steps in to fight Pluie when the latter tries to intervene directly.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Jama-P when he discovers a girl he liked is in love with someone else.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: The omake spoofs involve mecha, with one being an outright spoof of giant mecha shows.
  • In the Name of the Moon:
    • The anime has "...for that, I cannot forgive you! I am the Love Angel! I am Wedding Peach, and I am extremely angry with you!"
    • The manga has "The Love Angel Wedding Peach is extremely displeased!"
  • Japanese Pronouns: Hinagiku notably uses "ore," even in her frilly-dressed Angel Daisy form.
  • Kick the Dog: Salvia kills Potamos's familiar Pumpie even though he was pretty harmless.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: The girls can fight in the wedding dresses as well as their mini dresses.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Scarlett has to do this to her love interest in the OVA after he becomes monster-ified and asks her to Mercy Kill him.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: How the girls act around Yanagiba.
  • Knight Templar: Salvia. "My personal crusade is to eradicate all devils in existence." She thinks reforming devils is stupid and kills even the harmless ones.
  • Lethal Chef: In the anime, Potamos cannot cook.
  • MacGuffin: The Sacred Four Somethings, which are based on an old rhyme about what a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck. They are precious objects that each of the Love Angels' families had, and each one hosts vast magical powers that can tip fortunes to either the angels' or the devils' favor. When bought together, they can make a Holy Hand Grenade. The four objects are:
    • The wedding ring that Momoko's mother Sakura was given ("something old"). Momoko carries it as a memento.
    • A pair of hand-crafted blue earrings that Yuri's grandfather made for her grandmother ("something blue")
    • A pendant that Hinagiku's mother received from her father ("something borrowed"). In-story, Hinagiku herself is given the pendant by her mother.
    • Finally, Scarlett's mother had a tiara that she used for a play, and she eventually wore it for her wedding. (something new)
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Whatever it is Wedding Peach cannot forgive.
  • Mad Love: Potamos's infatuation with Ignis, and later Viento.
  • Magical Girl: In this series they are called "Love Angels" but they have the frilly superpower costumes and such.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: All the girls have special weapons and the second Transformation Sequence is to make a costume better suited for fighting but Salvia stands out. She uses her Saint Pure Sword as as a sword instead of a beam weapon.
  • Making a Splash: Potamos. She can also control ice.
  • Mama Bear: In the anime, when Viento attacks Wedding Peach, Action Mom Celestia one shots him.
  • Master of Illusion: Nocturne and Cloud have this as their special power instead of beam weaponry.
  • Memento Macguffin: Peach's ring came from her mother and she discovers it's part of the Saint Something Four. Later she finds her mother isn't dead.
  • Mercy Kill: Potamos considers killing a power-drained Ignis to be this.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: A magic phrase turns their wedding dresses into short, armored dresses. Uniquely the new versions are still supposed to be wedding dresses.
  • Minion Shipping:
    • Pluie/Aquelda. Like you didn't see it.
    • Potamos fangirling over Ignis before she kills him.
  • Monster of the Week: Every week there's a monster with a plan to ruin love. They are often even goofier than those on Sailor Moon. Special mention must go to the one whose power was to make rice fattening with the intent of causing teenage girls to become chubby so their boyfriends would break up with them.
  • Mood Whiplash: Near the end of episode 45. It's also a Moment Killer...
  • Mysterious Protector: Limone shows up to help the love angels fight Pluie and for many episodes they know nothing about him because he disappears afterwards.
  • Names to Know in Anime: The main 4 Angels:
  • No Indoor Voice: Noise is aptly named.
  • Official Couple: Lily and Limone are first, since all they had to do was recover pastlife memories / find their lover, respectively. Momoko and Yousuke first had to admit to themselves and then to each other, which took a while.
  • Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: The Saint Something Four/Sacred Four Somethings.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "I will devote the love wave to you."
  • Omake: Two bonus anime omakes were produced for the original Japanese releases and were released on the two respective box set editions of the American DVDs.
    • The first short bonus episode was a parody of mecha anime featuring the girls piloting giant mecha that resembled their transformed wedding dress appearances.
    • The second short bonus episode was a pastiche of Toku shows (in particular the Super Sentai shows).
    • Other extras include interviews with the Japanese seiyuu.
    • Another bonus is a music video of the three angels as Idol Singers, singing the second ending song, "Virgin Love".
  • One-Winged Angel: Jama-P does this in the manga, though he's still beaten easily. The villain of the second OVA does this too.
  • OVA: Wedding Peach DX
  • Pair the Spares: Done in the manga, with all the love angels getting a boyfriend, but humorously averted in the Young Love spinoff with the other girls chasing Sir Limone.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The love angels' wedding dresses, and several other dresses that show up, bridal or otherwise.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Pink shows up a lot, like in the weapons and transformations, because this is a show about love angels.
  • Playing Hard to Get: Hinagiku forcely denies affection for Takuro and walks off. In the next scene she says, "You should have come after me! Takuro you are so slow at picking up on things!"
  • Playing with Fire: Ignis has fire power.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The girls' new costumes in the OVA have shoulder feathers that grow into full wings.
  • The Power of Love: The theme of the show, usually used to cause enemies to make a Heel-Face Turn Including the Big Bad herself.
  • Prehensile Hair: Nocturne uses this, as does Cloud in the Young Love spinoff.
  • Pretty in Mink: On the cover of a soundtrack album, Momoko wears a green mini dress with white fur trim, and a white fur headband.
  • Race for Your Love: In the manga, Scarlett pursues an embittered and rejected Dean upon finding out he's returning to America and yes, she does indeed love him. She's stopped behind security. Eventually the power of the Saint Something Four teleports her in so she can confess and say her last goodbyes. A variation in that Dean does leave for America, but as a result of the confession they start a relationship and eventually marry.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Salvia often sports this posture because she's the only anti-hero among the four.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Salvia's hair is scarlet and she is the fourth love angel.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, both Ignis and Potamos reform just before their deaths.
  • Red String of Fate: Played with. Momoko knits a muffler as a present to Yanagiba and Imagine Spots them wearing it together. In the next frame a thread leads offscreen, and reveals that Yosuke somehow invaded the Imagine Spot and is also wearing it, much to her displeasure
  • Reincarnation Romance:
    • Between Lily and Limone. It's made more painful for the latter because he didn't die and so he had to wait for his love to be reborn.
    • In the anime, Potamos and Ignis fit. The former is reborn as a human and glomps a boy that looks a lot like Ignis and is willing to have tea with the cute girl he just met.
  • Roofhopping Monster fighting occasionally involves this.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Momoko who is kind and sweet and girlish.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Takuro and Hinagiku. The former is a straight A student but physically inept and the later is the star of the Judo Club. It's especially visible when she literally dragged him on a triple date to help Yuri.
  • Sentai: The love angels are a task force commanded by The Leader of the angel world to defend mortals from demons. They have uniforms and poses and everything.
  • Series Mascot / Team Pet: Jamma-Pi is a reformed devil that works with the love angels. He looks like a plushie.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Momoko wears one in an Omake picture, and Potamos wears one for a festival, even though it's not explicitly for Christmas.
  • Shipper on Deck: Exploited as the girls are happy to ship each other with someone other than Yanagiba so they themselves will have less competition. After one of them wins, it's played straight as they remain supportive of each other.
  • Shōjo (Demographic): The show stars three (later four) love angels that fight monsters while doing school issues and looking for a boyfriend.
  • Shout-Out: In the third OVA episode the character of Golden Mask could very well be in refernce to Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. This could be all the more probable considering Sailor Moon's seiyuu, Kotono Mitsuishi, was in the episode playing Potamos.
  • Spoiler Opening: The second season of the anime technically spoils one of the plot character revelations not because of the animation but because of the song. At one point the singer sings "Tenshi" (Japanese for Angel - cue Momoko) and then "Akuma" (Japanese for Devil - cue Yousuke) promptly followed by him being kidnapped by Rain Devila thereby giving away his identity when no clues about it were ever given.
  • Stealth Parody: Both the anime and manga were created by the lead writer of the Sailor Moon TV series. Possibly as a space to vent.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Limone to Lily in their backstory.
  • Taking You with Me: In the manga, Pluie tackles Wedding Peach and himself into the path of a demon vortex.
  • Tentacle Rope: With vines in episode 16.
  • Theme Naming: All of the girls have names which relate to their Angel name.
    • Momoko means "peach child"
    • Yuri means "lily".
    • Hinagiku means "daisy".
    • Scarlett Ohara both references both Gone with the Wind and her first name references Scarlet sage, another name for two types of Salvia.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hinagiku and Yuri; the former is a boyish athlete and the former is closer to Proper Lady in demeanor.
  • Transformation Sequence: Again twice for each angel
  • Trouser Space: One of the devils pulls a carnival strong man test from his pants.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: The love angels think Yanagiba has a girlfriend because of this trope. Later when they try to stage it themselves, Yousuke comes (with an umbrella) to pick him up instead.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: For an animated show, the girls' have a surprising variety in their everyday outfits.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Jama-P to his friend Jama-Cho.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Played with in the first piano episode. First Parodied: Yuri's plan consists of invoking the ghost of a friend's dead sister with piano music so she will encourage the friend to resume practicing piano. Both Momoko and Hinagiku think this plan is ridiculous. Played straight in that their real plan, have Momoko pretend to be said dead sister, is interupted by a devil attack, but ultimately inverted as the plan never goes into motion because the real ghost actually shows up and encourages the girl, just as in the original conception.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Potamos has "Ya know" for the English version, and the original Japanese was "mitai-na" which translates to "something like that".
    • Jama-P adds "-p" to his sentences-p.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Hinagiku and Takuro despite her claim to the contrary.
  • Victory Guided Amnesia: This only happens in the anime, and not even in the main series, but in the first OVA episode, as a Plot Device. Then the OVA goes and undoes it in the space of the first episode, but only for the four main heroines.
  • Wedding and Engagement Tropes: Too many to count because of the name and the theme etc.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jama demon Blackie disappears partway through Volume 6 after serving to distract the Love Angels. The author notes this and comments that he's probably living peacefully in the redeemed demon world.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Salvia gets this from the other girls, over her attitude of no mercy to the devils.
  • Woman Scorned: The villains make some women act like this when they are Brainwashed and Crazy. Rain DeVilla becomes the villain due to this trope.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Yuri. In addition to being the girly girl to Hinagiku's tomboy she's described as 'mature, responsible and polite'. Her Imagine Spots of Yanagiba involve cooking and elegant ballroom dancing.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Momoko and her mother have pink hair, Daisy and Pluie have green hair, Potamos has purple hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Momoko wears them for what she hopes is a date with Yanagiba; when Yousuke shows up instead this part is what tips him off when Momoko makes an excuse. "Taking photos in that outfit?"

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