Wedding Peach is a Magical Girl Warrior manga and anime, 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.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Lily, Daisy, and Potamos had blonde hair in the manga, which became brown, green, and purple in the anime, respectively.
Adaptational Heroism: In the manga, Pluie was a loyal demon to the end and died when he tried to take Momoko with him by tackling her into a demon vortex. In the anime, he was nice enough to throw Momoko her ring back as he fell in, and didn't actively try to make her fall in.
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".
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.
Big Bad: Rain DeVila. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Potamos fangirling over Ignis before she kills him.
Monster of the Week: Anime-only. 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.
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.
Proper Lady: Yuri is very polite, is a quarter French, and is the most focused of the trio.
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.
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: Jama-P is a reformed devil that works with the love angels. He looks like a plushie crossed with a cat, especially in the manga.
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.
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.
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.
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.