Finished being fansubbed about a week ago, so here is the review of Sumomomo Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth. Man, I always forgot the extra -mo in Sumomomo.
Inuzuka Koishi, the son of a legendary martial art practitioner, finds himself being engaged with the lusty daughter of his father’s best friend whose aim is to bear his children no matter what. A top student in his school, he proudly declared that he wants to become a prosecutor while hiding the fact that he is a coward and do not know any martial arts despite his lineage. With his engagement, he becomes the target of numerous assassins who wants to stop the marriage, and have to rely on his fiancee to get his ass covered.
From a promising start, this story quickly turned into some kind of harem-romantic-comedy anime, and just as quickly, the story went down the drain. Up to one-third of the storyline covered pointless episodes that revolves around the characters’ life but do not contribute to the main story or characters’ development. The story that matters probably can be crammed from 22 episodes to the standard 13 without any noticeable difference. The pacing of the story suffered because of this as I endured watching the middle sections of the show. The ending is decent and kinda open-ended, but there are no signs of a new season.
The only reason why I finished watching the series at all is because the series is actually very funny in numerous parts of the show. The efforts of Momoko to have Koishi impregnates her are hilarious. Not to mention her various fantasies about Koishi making love to her etc. She is one of the biggest reasons why this show is watchable in the first place, saving the show from the boring plots and predictable ending.
The overall character design is good, I think, although there are no one that really stands out from the rest like Enma Ai. With the exception for Momoko, the rest are stereotypical designs that are suitable to the role they play.
Voice acting here is average overall, and Hirano Aya did not show the performance she did in Haruhi Suzumiya.
The first OP theme is good, the OST and the rest of the themes are not. No 3-straight great music here unfortunately.
Probably the best point in the series. The animation is fluid and seamless, inclusive of the CGI scenes. Fighting choreography is actually pretty good too, with pretty CGI special effects. Plot directions though are not exactly great.
6 out of 10. The very slow pace of the story in the middle of the show ruins it. And the story is not exactly spectacular anyway.