Plot: Momoko, Hinagiku and Yuri help out Momoko’s father on a photography job at the wedding of a very prominent old member of the school’s soccer team. The entire soccer team will be there to perform for him, and they all want an exclusive chance to see their dear Yanagiba perform.
Breakdown: ~Today on Teenage Girls Do Nothing but Gush Over Boys, Uhmm…well, that sentence combined with the plot synopsis pretty much summarizes it.~
Yes, this is another episode where half of it is dedicated to chasing after boys – or, more specifically, dear Yanagiba. It’s also another episode where I continue to be baffled as to why these three girls are friends.
In this episode, they not only continuously fight about who will get with dear Yanagiba, but Hinagiku and Yuri also go behind Momoko’s back to ask her dad if they can help him out with his photography at the wedding. And they do this right as Momoko’s in the middle of explaining that her dad has this gig and that she can use it as an opening to get in. Note that she wasn’t excluding Hinagiku and Yuri from this – she was just trying to point it out. Yet they still not only stopped listening to her so they could implement her plan without her, but they also abuse her connection without asking her.
In addition, they’re initially late to the wedding, so Momoko has to do a lot of the grunt work herself. The reason Hinagiku and Yuri were late was because they were getting all dressed up for Yanagiba. Meanwhile Momoko is still wearing her school uniform. To be fair, I’m not sure why she’s in her school uniform. Her dad had time to dress up, and I’m almost certain it’s on a weekend – surely there’s something she could have worn for this wedding.
They also interrupt Momoko’s dad’s work to take his cameras so they can creepily snap pictures of only Yanagiba during the soccer team performance.
At this point, it seems less like the girls as a whole are at odds with each other, even though they are, and more like Hinagiku and Yuri gang up against Momoko, which….is actually kinda worse. Because at least when they’re all at each other’s throats they’re also on even ground, but if Hinagiku and Yuri favor each other then that leaves Momoko at a steep disadvantage in this ‘friendship.’
Other than that, we have more Yousuke/Momoko stuff going on, starting with deja vu from episode two – that being Yousuke hitting Momoko in the head with a soccer ball, laying her out flat on the floor, and then he chastises her for spacing out in a dangerous area, which is dumb as balls, because she spacing out in a wedding hall. What was he doing kicking a soccer ball in a wedding hall in the first place? Yes, he’s there for a soccer performance for the wedding, which, I honestly find to be kinda silly. That guy’s wife has to be super understandable to let them do that. But why are they not doing this stuff outside?
Granted, the actual performance is just the boys bouncing soccer balls on their foreheads and knees, which somehow gathers a massive crowd of adults, but still. There’s no reason they should be doing this in the reception hall that is filled with breakable shit, food, and people in nice expensive clothing.
That aside, these moments with Yousuke and Momoko are getting sweeter as time moves on. Yousuke is still teasing her, but it’s in a cute manner, and Momoko is starting to see Yousuke in a better light, even if she does still get irritated by his teasing, moreso when he calls her Momopi above all else. He is legitimately concerned for her when she gets hit and he playfully teases her when she tries to take pictures. Later on, he specifically tries to get her out of the building when the bride goes nuts, and basically sacrifices himself so Momoko will have a chance to escape. Momoko also collapses in despair that Yousuke did such a thing. They’re getting pretty sweet together – I liked it.
The second half of the episode has Pluie trying to destroy this day of love by having Jama-P possess the bride and get her to attack everyone. She emits a sort of….I honestly don’t know what it is. Poison? Knockout gas? Either way, everyone in the reception hall gets knocked out because of it, except Momoko, who transforms into her wedding dress because I don’t know. I thought we established the Wedding Armor Peach mode was 100% more practical. Is she unable to use Armor Peach without transforming into the wedding dress first? If so…..Why? And…more why?
The possessed bride goes outside to find a bunch of newlyweds just hanging out on the lawn…for some reason, (Are weddings cheaper if you do them in bulk?) and she attacks them as well.
Oh and speaking of Momoko’s incredibly impractical wedding dress that she was stumbling over in the last episode – she somehow got on top of a cross (on the roof of the church) while wearing that thing.
Hang on, I need to check my notes. I had something really profound to say in response to this.
Oh yeah, yeah.
There’s no way in hell she got up there wearing that wedding dress. WHY is she even up there wearing that wedding dress? I understand it’s all dramatic, but that’s not a good enough reason.
Also, she jumped off of that cross and not only landed on her feet, but she didn’t break her heels. I don’t know why I’m so bothered by that because a lot of other magical girls wear heels and jump from high places with no problem. It’s just a thing that happens in these shows – it’s definitely not the most unrealistic thing in this genre….It really has to be the wedding dress motif. It’s making me notice this stuff.
So, at first I thought maybe Momoko would win her battle without changing into Armor Peach – she had brought back the bride’s memories of her love of her groom, which seemed to break the spell….but it didn’t, so Momoko changed into Armor Peach/Fighter Angel, whichever it is, I prefer Armor Peach, and won that way. I totally don’t feel like her being in the wedding dress was a complete waste of time. No sirree. She totally had to be in that wedding dress to remind the bride of her love. Necessary = yes.
Everything’s back to normal, everyone’s okay, the ending kinda-ish ruins the cute moments Momoko and Yousuke were having because no one remembers anything about the attack or the poison gas, so he thinks she’s crazy when she tries to thank him for saving her during the whole debacle. Which, I guess, means everyone just woke up on the floor with a bunch of stuff busted and never questioned it in the slightest, like…even a little. Momoko only took a few minutes to get back in the reception hall, and everyone was just sitting around laughing at the tables.
This episode was certainly the best one so far. The gushing and bickering over Yanagiba wasn’t quite as annoying as it has been, there were some very good moments between Yousuke and Momoko and even the story of the bride and groom was pretty sweet. I’m still annoyed at the dress thing, for some reason, but I guess that’s just something I’m going to have to learn to deal with.
Next time, Yuri becomes Angel Lily!
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Plot: Aoyama’s consciousness has breached Deep Blue’s, and now he has to face what he has done. Even if it wasn’t really him that caused all of this destruction, the guilt weighs heavily on his conscience. Ichigo embraces him and offers comfort by explaining that she always believed in him, and no matter if he blames himself or not, she knew he would return to her.
Their emotional exchange creates a glow between them – it’s the final Mew Aqua. It’s been inside Aoyama all along. He now knows what they must do. They have to use the Mew Aqua to reverse the damage and ease the pain he has caused on the planet and the people.
He embraces Ichigo one more time, but suddenly his consciousness is wrestled away by Deep Blue and he starts strangling Ichigo.
A massive internal conflict between Deep Blue’s desires to kill Ichigo and Aoyama’s desire to protect her at all costs causes Aoyama to thrash about in agony.
It seems like Deep Blue has won the battle for his body, claiming Aoyama has been truly erased for good now, though Ichigo still refuses to believe it even after Deep Blue attacks her again. He tries to use the Mew Aqua within him, but he’s halted yet again. Aoyama rises once more and grapples with Deep Blue’s spirit, ripping them both from his body.
He holds Deep Blue in place and tells Ichigo to deliver the final blow to Deep Blue while they have the chance. Ichigo struggles with this decision since she’s worried that attacking Deep Blue, especially when they’re grappled like this, will cause Aoyama to vanish as well. Aoyama tries to reassure her and pleads with her to believe in him.
Deep Blue resists and attacks Ichigo. She’s able to block, but she can’t muster the power to create an attack. Sensing Ichigo’s dilemma, the girls, who are exhausted and laid out on the ground from the Mew Aqua beams, band together and collect as much energy as they can to send to Ichigo.
With the power of her friends surging within her and trusting Aoyama with all her heart, she launches a Ribbon Strawberry Surprise at Deep Blue, who counters with a blast of energy. As the two collide, Deep Blue realizes Aoyama’s plan. He’s going to release the Mew Aqua from his body when he’s hit with the Strawberry Surprise and fix what he’s destroyed. However, he will most likely be killed as a result.
Ichigo’s attack finally breaks through, and Deep Blue’s influence is destroyed. Aoyama happily releases the Mew Aqua within his body, proclaiming his love for Ichigo one last time before he sacrifices himself.
A wondrous rain of colorful lights cascades over the city, repairing the damage, regrowing plant life, healing the Mews and even seemingly bringing Taruto and Pai back to life.
As Aoyama falls into the abyss after expelling the Mew Aqua, Ichigo rushes to his aid and refuses to let him die. With a kiss, she transfers her life energy to him.
The lights fade, and everything falls silent. Ichigo and Aoyama lay on the ground unconscious with their hands intertwined. Aoyama awakens in the rubble, but is devastated to find Ichigo’s lifeless body laying next to him.
The other Mews arrive and grieve over their lost friend. They suddenly lose their transformations and find that they can no longer transform at all. They’re finally regular girls once more.
The girls and Aoyama have little time to process what has happened because the base will soon fall apart, and with Aoyama and the other Mews as normal humans once more, they must figure out a way off the base without plummeting to their deaths.
Kisshu, revived from the Mew Aqua, offers his assistance as a form of repayment for Ichigo saving him. Pai and Taruto, realizing the situation, also rush in to help bring them back down. Kisshu reveals that the tiny bit of Mew Aqua left behind from Aoyama and Deep Blue should be enough to fix their current planet so they can save their species. They say their thanks and teleport the group back down to the ground.
The aliens take hold of the base and ensure that it dissipates without falling. A part of the base turns into a ship that they use to return home.
Shirogane reunites with the girls and learns of Ichigo’s fate. As they all finally take the time out to properly grieve, Aoyama kisses Ichigo one last time.
Surprisingly, Ichigo suddenly glows and floats in the air. She loses her cat ears and tail, and her red data animal disappears from her body. She awakens from her slumber and can now spend the rest of her life by Aoyama’s side as a normal girl.
Some time later, the lives of the former Mews have returned to normal, barring the massive forest across the city people are still trying to deal with.
The girls all coincidentally wander to the now-closed cafe for a walk down memory lane. As they enjoy some nostalgia, Shirogane and Akasaka appear from the shadows and explain that they’re just in time – a new enemy has appeared and Tokyo Mew Mew is needed to take them down right now!
Understandably confused, Shirogane points out that their Mew marks have all reappeared and their powers have returned. Apparently, their loss of powers was just a temporary side effect from the Mew Aqua exposure. While the girls are disappointed that their normal girl lives have once again been interrupted, they happily don their Mew gear once more and head off to save the world.
– I mentioned how the previous episodes have gotten quite the animation hike thanks to them being the finale episodes, but this episode is all over the place in quality. For the most part, the scenes are moderate, but then you have beautiful shots like the Mews on the ground before they transfer their power and then you have ick shots like this.
It’s like they were playing Hot Potato with the budget throughout the entire final episode.
– I thought they specifically said the final Mew Aqua was in the flying base. Or was the Mew Aqua within Deep Aoyama Knight the final FINAL Mew Aqua?
And if there was Mew Aqua inside Aoyama this whole time, why did it never glow when he and Ichigo had so many tender and emotional moments?
– Awwww they had Zakuro’s wolf ears twitch!
– I don’t know why Ichigo’s suddenly out of energy now besides making an excuse for the girls to transfer their power to her, but I won’t complain. It’s better than just letting them rot on the ground and do nothing.
– It’s kinda funny that, technically, Aoyama was the biggest hero in the end.
….Wait, okay, it’s not funny. Especially when coupled with the whole ‘the aliens got to do way more impressive/memorable stuff than the Mews’ thing from the previous episode.
I’m sorry, it’s just, you’d think the girls would get the most memorable/awesome/emotional things to do during the finale of a magical girl show, but almost all of it is the dudes. Not saying take those moments away from aforementioned dudes, but there’s room for everyone to have their big moment in the sun.
Yes, Ichigo gave her life to save Aoyama, but….did she? We never really get confirmation that she died. You’d think if she was dead, she’d have de-transformed, considering they de-transform when they’re exhausted, but that doesn’t happen until Aoyama kisses her awake. For all we know she was just unconscious for a long time and no one bothered to check her pulse.
And, even if she did give her life to save Aoyama, Aoyama still seemed to have saved her life right back, so, the scale is in Aoyama’s favor.
– Beautiful rainbow light show after Aoyama’s sacrifice, though. Not many ‘magical’ shows really give off such a magical vibe as this moment. It’s just so pretty.
– I don’t think Mint’s VA gives nearly enough oomph to that ‘Ichigo!’ yell to warrant the echo-y visual effect.
– I never understood how the tiny bit of Mew Aqua left behind was enough to fix the planet the aliens currently inhabit. If that were true this whole time, why did they even need to do all of this? The instant they got their hands on some Mew Aqua, their mission should have been complete. Were they really that intent on reclaiming a planet that had already been destroyed naturally once before and one they’d have to destroy again and rebuild from the ground up that they’d go through so much trouble for it?
– Part of the base just happened to be a spaceship? What? Also where’s the spaceship they came here on?
– Soooo….as I mentioned, was Ichigo ever dead or is normal human Aoyama magical? How did Ichigo ‘come back to life’? You can’t say Aoyama has more Mew Aqua in him because Kisshu took the last bit and Aoyama didn’t glow at all.
– Ah let’s treasure our one last bit of Ichigo favoritism – why was Ichigo the only one where we saw her animal leaving her and running off? Guess it fits considering we never saw the animals for the other girls fusing with them at the start either…
– What is up with Shirogane’s face here? Either his eyes are closed or his eyes are missing.
– Wow, that kinda sucks. The Mews save the world and all of humanity, and now people are complaining about them because they made a huge forest across the city that is making everything inconvenient….I mean, realistically, yes, that’d be a massive problem to suddenly have a forest covering a huge part of the city, but it’s just sad that everyone’s focusing on how they created a problem and not that they, ya know, saved the world.
– This sequel bait never made any sense to me. They all found that they couldn’t transform anymore and we even visually saw Ichigo’s cat leave her body. Yet, for some reason, the girls have their powers again. Akasaka says it was just temporary as a result of the Mew Aqua explosion, but that also makes no sense.
Since when does exposure to Mew Aqua kill their powers? It’s supposed to make them more powerful. Hell, the only reason the girls were able to transform again after losing so much energy the first time around is because Shirogane exposed them to Mew Aqua. If that is true, why was there such a delay between the Mew Aqua explosion and when the Mews all de-transformed? Why was there such a gap between when the other Mews de-transformed and when Ichigo did? Why did we see Ichigo’s cat leave her if it was just lying dormant or something?
Not to mention that, if you ask me, it kinda tarnishes the ending. The girls fought enough. They just want to be normal. It’s cool that they’re still ready and raring to go save the world from this vague ‘new enemy’ Shirogane doesn’t even bother telling the girls about before he sends them off, but I was content with the idea of the girls just living a peaceful life after all of that. Will they ever be able to live normal lives?
Why sequel bait and then follow that up with a title card that says ‘The End’ too?
I haven’t yet read the final volume of the manga, so maybe it was just following suit, but seems kinda weird is all. I know the manga has a sequel, but this kind of ending doesn’t properly lead into that story, does it?
– Oh hold the phone. Apparently we weren’t quite done with the Ichigo favoritism because, one last time, they have to have a transformation mashup and, OF COURSE, Ichigo’s the only one who has her transformation full out. The music even changes when it gets to hers. You honestly, legitimately, really couldn’t be bothered to squeeze in an extra handful of seconds worth of runtime to let every girl have their full transformation at the very last scene? Are you that intent on rustling my jimmies, Tokyo Mew Mew? I’m trying really hard to be pleasant.
It’s been one hell of a journey, hasn’t it? Ups, downs, all-arounds. It was pretty fun going through this series again – yes, even if I raged and ranted my way through several episodes. I mean no ill-will towards this series, honestly. I have fun watching it even when it’s illogical or the annoying running issues keep popping up. I wouldn’t have watched this series so many times if I hated it or didn’t enjoy myself while watching it.
It’s just that those disappointments that tend to get to me above all, like the utter neglect of the other Mews and the Ichigo favoritism, didn’t need to happen. They were beyond easily fixable. Not to mention that after watching this series numerous times and knowing how shafted the girls get the whole way through makes me a little saltier each time. But I’m quite certain you’re done listening to me jabber on about that, so let’s just move on to my thoughts on the final episode.
It was very much….okay. I hate saying that because I really wanted to sing the finale’s praises after a handful of really good episodes building up to it, but the finale just doesn’t stand up as well as the previous few episodes. The emotional impacts didn’t hit me as much, the action wasn’t on the same level and they even made the mind-boggling decision to make the final episode, of all things, have very inconsistent animation quality. I’m glad they saved the money for the better finale episodes, and the episode only has a few scenes that look really blech-y, but it’s still just weird to have such noticeable quality shifts in the penultimate episode.
The finale does have its moments, such as the reunion between Aoyama and Ichigo, Aoyama sacrificing himself to restore the earth and lives that were lost at his hand, the really beautiful rainbow light show, and Ichigo…’sacrificing-ish’ herself to save Aoyama, but the rest is a mess of convenient coincidences that neatly tie up literally everything and somehow manages to feel rushed. Everything is either explained away by ‘Mew Aqua did it’ or fixed by the Mew Aqua, and you can’t do that. It’s just lazy.
I was also disappointed that we didn’t get more time with the aliens before they left. No touching reunion between Taruto and Pudding at least? I wanted to see a better sendoff than them literally only thanking Ichigo for saving them before leaving. And even barring the obvious annoyance with that, Aoyama’s technically the one who saved them….
And then their final scene is…somehow sensing that Ichigo’s okay while they’re in deep space?
In regards to action, I was kinda bummed that all this Mew Aqua was around but we didn’t get any cool new attack or technique or transformation or anything as a final hurrah. They didn’t even bring the Mew Aqua Rod back out.
Finally, I may be in the minority of this, but I didn’t really want to see them taking up the mantle of the Mews again at the end. Can’t they just live in peace? Shouldn’t Shirogane and Akasaka be able to move on with their lives?
Even this sudden turnaround was so ridiculously convenient. The Mews, who haven’t seen each other in weeks or months, all ended up at the cafe at the same time somehow (I don’t think their powers lead them there. If that were true, the other girls would never have need to have been found in the beginning of the series) and Shirogane and Akasaka just happen to be waiting for them with a new assignment to fight a new vague enemy right then. And Shirogane and Akasaka are not in the least bit guilty about this when they promised they could return to being normal girls after the alien threat was eliminated?
Again, it’s cool that they’re fine with returning to superherodom, but I’m just a bit disappointed that they’ll seemingly never see an end to the fighting.
But, at the end of the day, the series finale is very much okay. It’s fine. It’s not topping any ‘Best finale’ lists of mine, but it’s certainly not approaching any worst lists either.
And with this I finally close out this Shoujo Step-By-Step that has technically been going on for seven years. I wish I was kidding, but apparently that’s my abysmal consistency in completing these series. I first did the Sub/Dub Comparison for the first episode of Tokyo Mew Mew/Mew Mew Power, which acts as the start of this review series, back on a different website in June 02, 2013 (Fitting that I’m also ending in June, damn near on the seventh anniversary no less.) I am such a terrible blogger. Lol
But, hey, I’m still not done with this franchise. I still have to complete the AniManga Clash and the review of Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode. Not to mention that there’s a new manga out, though I’m not sure if it’s finished or available in English yet.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed my reviews on this series. I’ve certainly had fun writing about it and talking about it with all of you. Thank you for being patient with me through the rough spots and enjoying the good moments alongside me. See ya around, nya~!
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Plot: The girls clash with Deep Blue again, but their attacks still have no effect. Done with the fighting, Deep Blue decides to end everything by summoning a massive floating base and retreating into it to implement the final phase of his plan. Pai is left behind to take care of the Mews.
According to Akasaka, the last bit of Mew Aqua is contained within that base. Deep Blue plans on concentrating that power into a blast that will annihilate the earth. The Mews try to rush in to stop him, but Pai stands in their way, vehemently defending the base and Deep Blue from their interference in their plans.
He creates a Chimera Animal that looks strikingly like the one that murdered Shirogane’s parents when he was a child and sics it on the girls. While Lettuce, Pudding and Mint fight the Chimera Animal and Zakuro fights Pai, Ichigo tries to infiltrate the base.
Pai won’t let himself be distracted, however, and moves to strike her. In a surprising twist, Taruto comes in to defend her. He’s tired of the fighting and doesn’t wish to see everything and everyone on the planet perish – even if that means fighting his friend.
While Pai is slightly sympathetic with his old comrade, he still doesn’t hesitate to strike him down in one fell swoop. Taruto is made the first casualty of this final battle, devastating Pudding.
As the Mews fight off both Pai and his Chimera Animal, Ichigo makes her way through the desolate base to Deep Blue. As soon as she gets through the doorway, and without a word spoken, Deep Blue starts his assault on Ichigo.
Meanwhile, Lettuce uses herself as a shield to block Shirogane from an attack from the Chimera Animal. Mint and Pudding pick up the slack, and Zakuro sets out to end her battle with Pai.
Deep Blue reveals that he plans on destroying everything in this planet, revitalizing it and keeping it for himself – not giving the planet over the Kisshu, Pai and Taruto’s species as he promised. Ichigo is about to endure another strike by Deep Blue when Kisshu arrives, seemingly pleading for Deep Blue’s forgiveness and offering to kill Ichigo in his stead since killing humans is below one such as him. Once Deep Blue stands down, however, Kisshu teleports back and puts a sai to his neck. He doesn’t care if he lied about giving the planet to the aliens or if he destroys the earth, but he won’t let him kill Ichigo.
As Kisshu attempts to finish off Deep Blue, he is met with a swift sword strike to the stomach. A tearful Ichigo rushes to his aid, but Kisshu can’t even gather the energy to kiss her one last time before he collapses in her arms.
Ichigo makes a desperate plea to Deep Blue as she readies her bell for battle, but this time it seems as though her words have effect. Deep Blue yells out in agony, causing the Mew Aqua within him to glow. The base reacts and shoots off numerous beams of energy that are atomizing anything they touch – including the Chimera Animal they were fighting. As a massive beam heads for the Mews and Shirogane, Pai, shockingly, has a change of heart. Remembering Lettuce’s words to him previously, Pai whips out his strongest attack to deflect the energy beam and save their lives, seemingly sacrificing himself in the process.
As the dust settles from the destruction, the other Mews lay alive but down for the count. Ichigo awakens in the rubble of the wrecked base to see…..Aoyama?
– Ah, cool. The girls kinda get new animations for their attacks. It’s just their weapons glowing as they say their attack names, but it still looks cool.
– I’d give it more points if their attacks didn’t collect in Ichigo’s bell so she could use it as her own attack…..
– Am I imagining things or does Deep Blue look quite a bit different than he did the past couple episodes? Maybe it’s just the slight hike in animation quality.
– How exactly did all of the Mew Aqua get so scattered? The aliens had access to at least some that they could lock away, but the rest was spread out over Japan. Did it get created naturally over time or was it scattered before the aliens left?
– So….Pai, right now, created the Chimera Animal that killed Shirogane’s parents? He reacts as if it is, and even the subtitles say this is the same one. Or is this just a Chimera Animal that looks exactly like it? I have to assume it’s the latter somehow because the former doesn’t make any sense. However, even if the latter is more correct, that still leaves the mystery as to where the Chimera Animal that killed Ryou’s parents is.
– Annndddd….the girls are relegated to the ‘I’ll take care of these guys while the hero does the actual important stuff’ role. Yup. That’s about right.
– Yay Taruto joining the Mew side!
– Damn, Pudding breaking down over Taruto is heartwrenching. 😦
– They really nailed the ‘final boss’ vibes with Ichigo walking through the empty palace-like base on her way to the main room while organ music plays.
– What exactly is the deal with this Chimera Animal? Before, the girls were taking on 100 Chimera Animals apiece with little issue. Now, three of them are teamed up against one (Zakuro’s fighting Pai) and they’re getting their asses kicked. Shouldn’t they also be super rejuvenated since they were all just exposed to some Mew Aqua? I know they were tired before, but the Mew Aqua should have been enough to bring them back to full strength so the final battle wouldn’t be so one-sided.
I’m not saying have the final battle against the Chimera Animal that killed Shirogane’s parents be quick and boring, with the skew more towards the Mews, but at least give us some buildup to it; a reason this thing is more powerful than the others. All it’s done this whole time is fly around and hit things yet they still can’t even really damage it.
– But, still, aw for Lettuce protecting Shirogane.
– Even when Kisshu goes full good guy, he still has to prove to be a little messed up by saying Deep Blue can have the earth, but he’ll never let him touch Ichigo.
– Kisshu was skewered with a sword through the stomach, but, like last time, there’s no wound. It’s just weird, because last time he was wounded, even though they didn’t show the wound initially, later on they did show blood all over. Here, there’s nothing.
– Maybe the flashback clipshow that Ichigo’s having of Kisshu shouldn’t include all those times he’s tried to kill her?
– I feel bad for laughing, but Ichigo’s hand was right behind Kisshu’s head when he was trying to kiss her, but when he died she just let him fall down.
– Each girl individually has yet to get their own battle/time to shine, but I’m at least appreciating Zakuro vs. Pai and Mint vs. the Chimera Animal. It’s not the most epic battle, but it’s still relatively exciting.
– Interestingly, Deep Blue’s face looks a lot softer and sympathetic after Kisshu dies and Ichigo makes her speech, perhaps hinting at the return of Aoyama. Could just be a coincidence, but interesting either way.
– I don’t know why I completely forgot that the body in front of Ichigo in Aoyama’s dream was Kisshu. You’d think I’d retain such an important detail. Man, my memory blows.
– Oh BULLSHIT! The Chimera Animal that killed Shirogane’s parents isn’t even beaten by the other Mews – it’s defeated by a random beam of energy shot from the base when Deep Blue went nuts? Come on! That was their one and only thing that was theirs to fight (considering Pai turns heel) Not only that, but what a lackluster resolution to such an important part of Shirogane’s backstory….
– I’ll be honest, I never got the PaixLettuce shipping thing. They had even less teasing than ShiroganexLettuce, and it just seems weird. It’s nice that Lettuce’s words and actions helped change his mind, but on a romantic level, I have never been able to see it.
– Even though I totally get Taruto’s change of heart and Kisshu’s, it’s always been harder for me to accept Pai’s. He knew all along that the entire world and everything and everyone in it would get destroyed by Deep Blue. He struck down Taruto without flinching to help him achieve this end. He listened to Lettuce’s speeches without giving a damn. But now, out of the blue (pun totally intended) he’s just suddenly decided to fight for the good guys just because he suddenly remembered Lettuce’s words to him?
Keep in mind, he doesn’t yet know that Deep Blue intends on keeping this planet for himself and not making some utopia for the aliens, which would have been a perfect reason for Pai to have a little redemption arc – realize the horrible things he’s done in Deep Blue’s name when Deep Blue was lying all along.
– Zakuro: “We’ve done all that we can until now.”
Mint: “Please, Ichigo.”
Lettuce: “The rest is up to you….You must protect the earth.”
Alright, last time I’m going to talk about this. I promise.
Actually….*sigh* Is it even worth it? Because that pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? We’ve done all we can. Which isn’t all that much.
Not on their end – but more from a writing standpoint, ya know? I applaud them for their efforts, really I do. Keep in mind, they’ve been fighting their asses off for hours now. But…at the end of the day….They didn’t…DO much, ya know? The ones who actually got big memorable moments….were the aliens. The guys who have been the enemies this whole series.
Let’s go down the list of what the girls got to do in the final battle.
Altogether: Fought hundreds of Chimera Animals, but they weren’t even actual enemies, they were distractions.
Got their asses kicked about….uhm…I’ll say four times between Deep Blue and the Chimera Animal. Damage to Deep Blue – Zilch.
Damage to Chimera Animal – they landed hits, but it didn’t seem affected by anything so, also zilch.
Acted as distractions for the lesser threats so Ichigo could save the day.
Mint: She got to fight one-on-one with the Chimera Animal. Neat fight, but didn’t beat it.
Pudding: Jack squat. She had an emotional moment with Taruto that was sweet, but that’s about it.
Lettuce: Saved Shirogane, which was pretty cool, but it wasn’t like a big sacrifice moment like with Kisshu or Taruto, nor did she get to kill the Chimera Animal. That would’ve been a nice and fitting moment for her (and Shirogane), but nope.
Zakuro: Fought Pai one-on-one, which is almost certainly the coolest thing any of the strawberry-free Mews did, but not really all that great of a battle and she didn’t even defeat Pai in the end.
If I recall correctly, I’m pretty sure all they do in the final episode is just give their energy to Ichigo so she can power up her bell for an attack, so this is really all they do for the finale.
Compare that to;
Taruto: Nobly fought his old comrade, letting Ichigo escape into the base and sacrificing himself to save Pudding, the other Mews, the earth and humanity.
Kisshu: Tried to take on Deep Blue directly to save Ichigo’s life with a slick bait and switch and paid for it with his.
Pai: Summoned a massive lightning blast with huge fans to combat an even massiver energy blast of Mew Aqua that leveled about a half mile radius so he could save the lives of the other Mews and Shirogane.
And now it’s all up to Ichigo. Though, to be fair, outside of playing defense, she hasn’t been doing much either. She’s been very reactionary through most of this arc. It’s understandable, given the circumstances, but most of what she’s done so far is just clash with Deep Blue, plead with him and cry. Everyone else has been doing most of the fighting to this point.
I’m not angry, Tokyo Mew Mew. Not anymore. It’s time to move on. I’m just…disappointed.
– Ichigo has no pupils when she awakens after all that.
– Aw the next (er, I guess final) episode preview is so sweet.
I know I had more notes this time around, but I still think this episode’s on the same level as the previous couple of episodes. The action is intense, the emotional moments hit you pretty hard, especially Pudding’s moment with Taruto, and the ending was a great mixture of both emotion and tense action. It was also a great spot to end on before the big finale.
I’m just eternally disappointed that this is all the other Mews end up doing in the finale and that was the big crescendo to the Chimera Animal that killed Shirogane’s parents (Still not sure that even was the same Chimera Animal. The logic isn’t adding up.)
Again, it really just seems like the aliens got the best moments, even amongst themselves like Pai and Taruto, and Kisshu and Deep Blue. And as much as I prattle on about Ichigo favoritism, the aliens even eclipsed her here. She spent most of the episode going to Deep Blue. She had a brief battle with Deep Blue, which was moreso her blocking his blasts, and then her plea triggered Deep Blue’s identity crisis.
The aliens did need their times to shine too if they were ever going to be redeemed, but I feel like it was at the expense of the other Mews and that just bothers me a little. Maybe just squeeze in one more episode or omit a filler episode to make room for another finale arc episode to really give everyone elbow room.
Pai’s turnaround was also a bit too sudden and out of left field for me to really believe it. I know they wanted to redeem all of the aliens, but the way they went about it with Pai was sloppy. Either establish more of a link between him and Lettuce, romantic or not, so her pleas more obviously get to him as the episodes went on or have him learn that Deep Blue doesn’t intend on holding up his part of the bargain with the aliens.
Taruto’s turn was believable because we know he’s a bit more sensitive, being younger, and we watched him bond with Pudding a few times now. One whole episode was basically dedicated to their budding friendship, and he ended up saving her life out of sympathy.
Kisshu’s been puppy dogging after Ichigo since day one – it’s fully understandable for this already heel-turned character to turn heel fully to the side of good and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Pai’s been stubbornly on Deep Blue’s side this entire time, knowing his intentions with the planet and everything. He’s never shown a shred of sympathy for anyone else besides his comrades, and he even turned on them when he ‘killed’ Taruto, who is also a child, mind you, all in the name of Deep Blue.
It was just jarring is all. It’s like Pai’s turnaround was a complete afterthought.
Finally, the art and animation, outside of one or two weird spots, was top-notch in this episode. I really liked that we at least got a little more variation with the Mews’ attacks in the end, even if it is just a bit of glowing. Some shots are really pretty and beautifully drawn.
The finale is up next! Ichigo has gotten through to Aoyama and brought his soul up to the surface of Deep Blue, but can he maintain this control? Can Deep Blue be stopped once and for all? Can the Mews truly save the world from utter destruction? Find out in the final episode!
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Plot: As the girls get ready to open the cafe, Shirogane makes a startling announcement – there is no need to open the cafe anymore. The staff of Cafe Mew Mew is going on vacation for a while. The reason? Shirogane and Akasaka are detecting wild energy signals in Tokyo similar to those detected during the previous massive disasters in other regions in Japan. The energy is growing more and more, but the odd thing is that no physical or visible disturbances have been reported in the area.
Shirogane and Akasaka are fearing the worst. The biggest battle of their lives might be just around the corner. In order to recharge everyone’s batteries and prepare, they thought it best to let the girls have a long vacation. While they’re all clearly concerned about what the future holds, they take Shirogane up on his offer and decide to take a break.
While all of the girls enjoy some down time, Ichigo discovers that Aoyama is mysteriously missing. He’s wandering the streets in a stupor towards some unknown destination – if he has any destination at all.
Back with the aliens, Kisshu explains to Taruto and Pai that he plans on taking the Blue Knight’s power and using that to restore their planet instead of relying on Deep Blue and waiting for him to awaken. He proposes that Taruto and Pai leave Deep Blue’s side and join his mission instead. While Taruto is more than willing to help out Kisshu, optimistic that his plan can work over Deep Blue’s promises, Pai can’t find it within himself to betray Deep Blue and refuses. Knowing that they’ll likely be enemies from here on out, Pai, Taruto and Kisshu part ways.
Kisshu and Taruto unleash Kisshu’s grand master plan. Over the time he’s been separated from Deep Blue, he’s been working on creating a massive legion of over 500 chimera animals to unleash on the city. Spread out over Tokyo, the girls will be distracted away from Kisshu’s real target – Aoyama, or more to the point, the Blue Knight. He doesn’t even really want all of Aoyama. He wants to extract his spirit. That way he has the Blue Knight’s power without the fuss of having Aoyama.
His plan seemingly works. While Shirogane eventually figures out that Aoyama’s the target, the girls are way too busy fighting chimera animals all over the city to help search for him. Ichigo’s focus is on Aoyama, but even she’s getting pulled aside to fight.
Kisshu and Taruto start extracting Aoyama’s spirit….but there’s a problem. The spirit won’t emerge – and when Aoyama breaks free of their assault, Kisshu and Taruto freeze in fear at the mere feeling of the power lying beneath Aoyama’s exterior.
Despite this, Aoyama falls unconscious. The aliens are confused, but they resolve to take Aoyama entirely – opting to figure out a way to extract his spirit later.
Thanks to the energy signal Aoyama emitted before he fell, Shirogane is able to get a lock on his location and sends the girls there. Ichigo arrives first, and her determination to protect Aoyama sends a much meeker Kisshu reeling back. At her call to him, Aoyama starts transforming while still unconscious.
Yet again, things take a turn for the peculiar.
The Blue Knight suddenly glows radiantly and all of the Mew Aqua in the area starts honing in on his location. In a massive surge of energy and a flash of colorful light – a figure emerges. He looks like the Blue Knight, but as the smoke clears, the truth is revealed.
Aoyama is actually Deep Blue. He has finally fully awakened, and he’s prepared to lay claim over the earth.
– I find it rather touching that Akasaka and Shirogane do clearly feel guilty that they put all of this danger and responsibility on the shoulders of the girls.
– All of these quiet moments with the girls (along with this sweet, gentle song) are very nice. It’s good to see them get some quiet time and reflection before the end comes.
– Yet another instance of Lettuce/Shirogane ship tease. This one’s really sweet, too. I still don’t get the purpose of this. You don’t have to make them endgame, but don’t waste my and everyone else’s time by doing this stuff and not even bringing it up in dialogue. Even with Shirogane and Ichigo they bring it up numerous times, despite obviously not being endgame.
I’m probably just a salty shipper, but you’re sinking a ship you built in port, writers. Hell, you’re not even done building the ship. It shouldn’t be in the water. Considering Ichigo has three viable love interests who are fully infatuated with her, you could let one of the other girls have one. Just…just…one.
I’m not counting that guy that Lettuce had a crush on who was both way older than her and about to get engaged to another woman. I also don’t count Pudding’s fiance, because that makes me really uncomfortable because of the age gap and I still don’t think Pudding likes him like that. I mean an actual two way street. Sometimes, it’s nice to let the other girls have–*Rambling rant alarm* Oh fine, I’ll stop beating the dead horse.
– Sooo…the girls typically have to team up to take down one chimera animal, but Shirogane has no real doubt that the girls can take on around 100 chimera animals individually? Eh, I won’t really harp on this since, if true, this is pretty much a confirmed power boost to the girls.
– Is uh…someone gonna come by and help Pudding actually destroy her enemies? Because her attack only seals them in jello.
– Also, why are the chimera animals fully disappearing when defeated? Aren’t they just infected animals? Once they get defeated, they typically revert back to normal.
– Let me guess….Ichigo’s the only Mew who gets a full transformation today.
(One set of transformation sequences later)
Yup……The other transformations were only barely edited, but still. Jimmies are a little rustled.
– Pretty badass reveal of Aoyama’s true identity being Deep Blue. I always thought that was cool.
– Kudos to the art and animation in the episode, by the way. It’s really nice. Top notch for the series.
Overall, really awesome episode. My complaints are really just surface level stuff, even the little mini-rant about Lettuce and Shirogane isn’t technically important, even if it does make me sad.
From start to finish, practically everything in this episode was at its best. Nice, quiet moments with the girls, even if the weight of the future is hanging closely overhead. Intriguing mystery concerning what’s wrong with Aoyama and why he’s wandering around in a stupor. The aliens going their separate ways. A massive 500+ chimera animal attack with all of the girls getting individual battles. And, of course, the reveal of our main baddie, Deep Blue, and the revelation that Aoyama was Deep Blue this whole time.
Plus, the music was awesome – I especially appreciate them knowing when to use silence effectively (COUGHCOUGH4KIDSCOUGHCOUGH) and even the next episode preview was well done.
Yes, everyone. I am finally at an episode of Tokyo Mew Mew where I am almost entirely positive.
Told ya I’d get there.
Let’s let the goodness continue.
Next episode, Ichigo has to confront the truth about Aoyama and they all have to prepare for the wrath that Deep Blue is sure to bring upon earth.
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Plot: The truth has been revealed – Aoyama was secretly Deep Blue the whole time.
Pai explains that Deep Blue is actually an amalgamation of all three beings. His spirit resided in the DNA of humans, and eventually his being split off into two mediums, Aoyama and the Blue Knight. However, his true form could not emerge unless he had met the proper conditions. Ironically, all of the conflict with the Mews triggered his Aoyama and Blue Knight forms to meet with his spirit and eventually awaken his true form. In the process, both Aoyama and the Blue Knight were erased from existence. There is only Deep Blue now.
Ichigo, paralyzed in shock, refuses to believe what she’s being told. She begs and pleads for Aoyama to remember her, but she’s only met with an icy stare that is soon replaced with an onslaught of attacks.
After Pudding and Ichigo have both been downed by Deep Blue, the girls resort to their only option – they may all be friends with Aoyama, and Ichigo may love him, but they have no choice – they must attack.
Ichigo, however, is still processing all of this. And now, she can’t believe that her friends have to resort to fighting Aoyama. While they give a good effort, the girls are quickly felled easily by Deep Blue.
Still lost in a delusion brought on by grief, Ichigo walks towards Deep Blue, showing him the bell Aoyama gave her and asking him to remember her. He swats the bell out of her hands and prepares to attack her. The other Mews stand in the way of the massive blast and get slammed into the nearby wall, causing them to de-transform.
Ichigo goes to them, still in a haze – confused as to what’s happening. Mint slaps her in the face and tells her that, while it’s understandable to need to grieve at this time, it’s also their responsibility to do what needs to be done to save humanity. She and the other Mews remind her of how much she’s brightened up their lives and all the good she’s done as a Mew, and now they need her to get up and continue being Mew Ichigo for the sake of the entire world. They return her bell to her, and Ichigo becomes reinvigorated by their words.
Just as she’s about to get back into the game, Deep Blue swings his powered-up sword and slams it into the ground, causing massive destruction within a mile radius. The Mews are able to weather the attack, but the other damage has been done.
Taruto, surprisingly, joins their side. He damns Deep Blue for his plan and supports a weakened Pudding. The other girls all get up behind Ichigo as she swallows her pain and sets out to attack as Deep Blue rears up for another assault.
As her Ribbon Strawberry Surprise and his powerful sword clash, she tries to remember Aoyama and everything they went through together. While she seemingly accepts that Pai was right and there is no Aoyama anymore, only Deep Blue, she resolves that she will wait to see his smile again no matter what.
Despite her power and resolve, Ichigo is starting to lose the battle against Deep Blue. As she staggers, Ryou (in Alto form) comes in to save her, cutting Deep Blue’s cheek in the process. Ichigo apologizes to Ryou, explaining that her voice no longer reaches Aoyama, but Ryou argues that that’s not true. There was a reason she was chosen to be a Mew, and her voice can certainly get through to him and save the world.
Ryou gives the other Mews the last bit of Mew Aqua that they have in order for them to transform yet again. Back in Mew form and ready for their final battle, the girls group up and attack Deep Blue.
For the sake of the planet Aoyama loved so much, they will defeat him no matter what.
– I think it’s a bit overboard for Ichigo to nearly faint at the Deep Blue revelation. But this is anime, where girls are constantly fainting.
– Maybe he just figured this out right now, but Pai is talking as if he knew all along that Aoyama, the Blue Knight and Deep Blue were one and the same. If so, he’s either got a really good poker face or a lot of his past actions have become quite confusing. And if he did know the whole time, did Pai figure it out himself or did Deep Blue tell him? If so, why not tell Kisshu or Taruto?
– The solidarity that the girls have when they react to the Deep Blue revelation is quite sweet. Mint in particular surprised me by explaining that she always admired the relationship the two of them had.
– Wow. Mint’s second Mint Echo was really cool with the way she flipped and shot.
– Okay, I understand that Ichigo is really just…not here right now. She’s still in shock and everything, but when it reaches a point where she’s so delusional that she’s putting the other girls in harm’s way, that’s when I start getting agitated. Ichigo would have died if the others didn’t jump in front of her.
However, I won’t really rant about this because they do handle this situation quite well. Mint slapping her and ramming her back into reality was exactly what I wanted to see happen.
I can fully understand her being in shock and not wanting to believe what she’s witnessing, and it’s nice that the girls gave her time to weep while they took on the battle for a while, but they have a job to do and they know they can’t afford to allow her to stay like that forever. The longer she does, the more they and the world are put at risk.
It’s not that Mint and the other Mews are jerks about it either. After Mint literally slaps some sense into Ichigo, which was necessary, she and the other girls all give her sweet words of encouragement to help get her back up and into battle to save humanity. It may hurt, and it may suck, but that’s the situation presented before them.
It’s also for Aoyama’s sake. The Aoyama she knew would never want innocent lives to be snuffed out or for the earth to be destroyed by his hand. It’s not just about saving the world, it’s about stopping him from suffering the guilt of doing such a thing if Aoyama is still alive somewhere in Deep Blue.
– Okay, so the whole thing about them hypocritically destroying the environment while also trying to reclaim the earth for themselves wasn’t nonsensical, it was just the aliens wanting to ‘reset’ the world before calling their kind back to it……No wait, that’s still nonsensical. Do they have the ability to quickly regrow plants and respawn untold numbers of animal species? Do they have a whole ecosystem of their own animal species they want to transport here? I find it doubtful many animal species can live on their current planet if it’s such a challenge for their own species to survive.
They could have just left it at them wanting to destroy all of humanity and anything manmade. I really can’t wrap my head around why they’d want to destroy all living beings. Just seems like it would damage their cause or otherwise be a massive hassle for them for little reason.
– Wow, thousands of people had to have died in that first strike considering all the buildings that were destroyed.
– Pudding only mentioned needing to protect her brothers as she got up. She has a sister too.
– N’aw! Taruto holding Pudding up and asking if she’s okay. N’aw!
– Even n’awer him apologizing and Pudding saying she’s 100x stronger now that he’s here! I love these two so much.
– So…were Taruto and Kisshu also unaware of Deep Blue’s intentions on destroying the world (before reinvigorating it, I guess) while Pai knew?
– That monologue and clip show of Ichigo’s memories of Aoyama was very touching.
– Am I not understanding something? Why did Ryou need to be in Alto form when he came in? I mean, he managed to scratch Deep Blue’s face, but he could have easily saved Ichigo without transforming.
– *Ryou jumps over massive crater* ?!?!
……Well…I guess I can just chalk this up to Ryou’s Mew powers, right? Ichigo has similar abilities when she’s not transformed, so I suppose it only makes sense that Ryou has some, even if he doesn’t have an actual Mew form (outside of Alto.)
– Ryou: “You are the chosen super lady.” This isn’t the subtitles because I can specifically hear Ryou say “super lady.” I dunno, it’s just such a weird way to phrase that.
– Ryou: “So the one who can save the earth….Mew Ichigo. Only you can do it.”
Ryou: “Also, Lettuce, Mint, Pudding and Zakuro, your role…”
Zakuro: “I know. In order for Mew Ichigo to get the Mew Aqua in the end…”
Trying so hard to shove down the blatant Ichigo favoritism on display here as the girls are literally relegated to ‘helpers’ while Ichigo is ‘the only one who can save the earth.’ I am holding out that hope that maybe the other Mews have some big finale moment that I’m just forgetting about, but that line kinda dimmed that hope. It’s even more troublesome because I definitely remember the aliens’ big moment but nothing is coming to mind in regards to the other Mews.
I mean, at least they’re allowed to re-transform after all that, but still.
– And even in their last transformation of the series (I presume) they can’t give the other girls their full transformation sequences….
I really do like this episode a lot, just not quite as much as the previous one, and, as petty as this is, yes, the only thing marring it enough for me to say it’s not at the same exact level as the previous episode is that frickin’ line about how Ichigo’s the only one who can save the earth and the other girls are basically just helping still.
Being absolutely fair, they kinda did get their time to shine…ish in this episode since they fought valiantly against Deep Blue. But even their combined efforts couldn’t make him flinch. Ichigo alone could clash energies with him head on for well over a minute before starting to falter.
And even though I did like Mint slapping some sense into Ichigo and the other girls building her back up to get back into battle, that is also technically more them getting focus because they’re supporting Ichigo.
I know, I’m sorry, it really seems like I’m harping too much on this, but I can’t help it. When I first made my review on Tokyo Mew Mew way back in the day, this aspect of the series was definitely annoying enough to note a few times. I thought rewatching this after so many years might give me a new view on this. Maybe there were moments I didn’t really give enough credit to. Maybe it wasn’t as bad as my inexperienced reviewer brain thought.
Now, even though I have gained more respect for certain aspects of this series on this rewatch, the favoritism thing….has only gotten worse the more I analyze the episodes. Before, I was really only complaining about how the girls don’t get more weapons and attacks or animal traits when not transformed like Ichigo does, or how Ichigo gets like every guy falling in love with her but the girls get practically nothing in the romance department, but now I realize how much the other Mews regularly take a back seat to Ichigo. Sometimes, they’re in the trunk!
Like I said, that bit of hope that my horrible goo pile of a memory is working against me is the girls each have their own bright moments to shine in the last two episode is still alive, but each episode episode that goes by makes me increasingly worried.
But enough of that malarkey, we’re heading into the final stretch and the entire world’s on the line! Can’t Ichigo’s voice truly make it through to Aoyama, if he is still inside Deep Blue somewhere? Can the Mews save the world from Deep Blue’s destruction? And what of the other aliens? Will they stand in their way?
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Plot: Aoyama continues to have the same nightmare about Mew Ichigo crying, only now the dreams are becoming slightly more detailed. There is a person lying on the ground in front of her in silhouette and she is yelling something inaudible before he wakes up.
Later, the Mew team enjoys some rare relaxation time in the woods. They have a nice barbecue and down some tasty shish kabobs for a while before Shirogane and Akasaka reveal the true reason why they brought them to this location – there was a signal from the last bit of Mew Aqua in the region. They’re now tasked with searching a perilous nearby mountain to find and retrieve the Mew Aqua before the aliens do.
The strange mountain feels more like a maze as the girls and Aoyama search. The sky turns an ominous green color, and Macha pops up detecting a nearby alien. Everyone transforms to prep themselves for the oncoming battle, but right as they finish, the ground splits beneath them and separates them all. The Blue Knight saves Ichigo from falling off the rock on which she was standing, but he falls into the abyss below as a result.
Now de-transformed, Aoyama finds himself face to face with Kisshu – alone – and Kisshu wants nothing more than to exact revenge against the one who ruined everything for him; his plans, his trust with Deep Blue and, most importantly, his chances with Ichigo. This whole excursion to the mountain was a trap of his design – he sent a fake Mew Aqua signal out to trap Aoyama and have a true one-on-one fight.
However, it’s not so much a fight as it is a brutal beating. Aoyama is unable to transform without Ichigo around to protect, so Kisshu just gleefully shocks the daylights out of Aoyama and blasts him around like a ragdoll.
Meanwhile, the girls, now separated, barring Lettuce and Pudding, are trapped within the rocky confines of the mountain. Their power has been nullified by the strange force-field that has encompassed the mountain – a force-field that is linking them to an alternate dimension. When Kisshu has a sudden mad burst of power, sending electricity surging around the entire mountain, he inadvertently shocks Ichigo, prompting her to call out for Aoyama.
Somehow hearing her plea, Aoyama gets up, realizing that he’s always been able to hear Ichigo’s voice calling out to him. When he hears her, he gets incredible powers. His becoming The Blue Knight is all because of Ichigo.
Kisshu readies his final strike against Aoyama, which prompts him to quietly call out for Ichigo. She is able to hear his call and she’s suddenly teleported to Aoyama’s side, her power deflecting Kisshu’s attack.
He continues his assault, this time on both of them. He knocks Aoyama out and pins Ichigo to the ground, believing he’s finally claimed his prize as Aoyama is certainly beyond saving by now. Ichigo vehemently refuses his advances, however, because she insists that she’ll always love Aoyama, even if he dies – she’ll never love Kisshu or go with him.
Angered by her words, he opts to kill her instead. His threat against Ichigo’s life triggers Aoyama to transform back into the Blue Knight. He and Kisshu clash, and Kisshu mockingly talks about how he’ll make Ichigo suffer and break before the Blue Knight’s eyes.
Enraged at Kisshu’s taunts and threats at Ichigo’s life, the Blue Knight goes insane. He loses himself in a massive glow of his own power and he’s liable to explode at any moment.
The other Mews also teleport into the scene and create a shield around Ichigo, fearing the incoming explosion of power.
The Blue Knight unleashes the full brunt of his energy, much to Kisshu’s utter delight as this had also been part of his plan all along. Kisshu vanishes, and the surrounding area, including the mountain, is completely decimated by the sheer force of the Blue Knight’s power. At the center of the event is a tremendously deep crater.
Aoyama comes to, though he is clearly feeling guilty and concerned about what happened.
Meanwhile, Pai and Taruto reunite with Kisshu, having detected the massive surge of energy. He had risked his life on a gamble to test out a theory involving the Blue Knight’s power and he was proven right. Now he believes the Blue Knight is their one true savior.
– Okay, I don’t understand a lick of what Shirogane and Akasaka were doing with this barbecue. There’s no need to trick the girls to come out to the location, if that was the reason. They’re responsible girls who are more than set in their mission at this point.
If that wasn’t the purpose, then putting on a barbecue for a while when the last of the Mew Aqua, quite possibly the most important macguffin in the world at the moment, is sitting nearby and you know it’s a race against time to get it before the aliens do, is just reckless. It would have been better to tell them ‘Hey girls, the last of the Mew Aqua was detected here. Find it, and, as a reward, we’ll have a celebratory barbecue!’
It just seems mean to put on a relaxing barbecue to give the girls a well-deserved break and then stop about an hour in and go ‘Lol JK! Go to this scary-ass mountain and find Mew Aqua!’
– So Aoyama’s back to his silly Windows 98 background transformation again.
– Why are the girls just slamming themselves against the rockfaces as if they have the power to Kool-Aid Man their way through them? Is that a power they’re meant to have? I don’t remember them being that physically strong.
– If this alternate dimension nullifies the girls powers, 1) Why didn’t Kisshu use this alternate dimension trap sooner? Seems like it’d be easier to lure them there, get rid of their powers and then kill them.
2) How are the girls still in Mew form if their powers are null here?
– I just realized how ironic it is that these aliens have such amazing abilities, particularly those that control plants and the weather, and yet they somehow couldn’t stop their planet from incurring such apocalyptic natural disasters.
– So…how did Ichigo teleport? I’m not going to get angry at this one, I’m just confused. I know Aoyama’s voice calling to her triggered it, but was it his powers, his Mew Aqua or Ichigo’s power that allowed her to do that?
– See, another reason why it wasn’t smart to never really question or investigate how and why Aoyama had these powers and what he actually was is because, for all they knew, he was dangerous to himself or others – intentionally or otherwise.
– Now all of the girls can teleport? What?…That makes even less sense. At least with Ichigo, she had her link with Aoyama to somewhat explain it. There’s nothing to explain this.
– Wait, Ichigo has shield-making abilities too, right? Why are the other girls gathering around her and making a shield to protect her from BK’s power instead of her participating too? Maybe I wouldn’t be as irked by this if they weren’t kneeling down as if she was royalty (They don’t need to kneel to make the shield. They’ve done it while standing numerous times. In fact, this is probably the first time they’ve done it while kneeling), but even if they were standing I’d be asking why she’s not helping or why she’s the most important to protect.
Also, wouldn’t it make more sense to try and make a containment shield or something instead of just protecting Ichigo under a small bubble? I know they don’t know how much power is being expelled (It’s basically a nuke) but that makes it all the more vital that they at least try to contain the blast instead of just letting it happen and killing the local flora, fauna and….Oh yeah, Shirogane and Akasaka standing nearby the mountain….
This episode has a lot of good about it and some bad.
First of all, this concept is very solid. Kisshu and BK finally having a face off without Ichigo and the other Mews around is a great idea. Granted, we didn’t get to see much of this fight because most of it was Kisshu blasting a defenseless Aoyama until he was nearly dead. However, the idea was very good and we did get to see some action between them.
I really liked the barbecue part, even if it’s seemingly a pointless ploy to get the girls to do Mew work that I still don’t understand. Still, I like when they’re just having fun hanging out together and all the girls are bouncing off of each other. I would have much more preferred the barbecue be some fun downtime for a full episode, though – yes this means I’m asking for filler – before we got to the heavy stuff. I don’t dislike what we got, but I was disappointed that it was cut short.
Kisshu is just a delight in this episode. I still don’t care for him treating Ichigo as a prize and property, but when he’s being just the right level of frightening and crazy, he makes for a great villain. It’s especially impressive considering every part of this was planned by him. He got his cake and ate it too because he got to beat the snot out of Aoyama for being such a pain in his ass and being with Ichigo while also proving that Aoyama has the power to help the aliens achieve their goals.
BK’s literal explosion at the end was awesome. The coloring, the direction, the expression on his face, the voice acting, the aftermath – all of it was incredible and really drove the point home that Aoyama is a source of unfathomable power, even if he’s not aware of it and doesn’t understand it.
The two main downsides I had with this episode were the following:
1) I feel it’s redundant to even bring this up anymore, but the girls were sidelined again – and even Ichigo suffered from being totally useless this time around. The only thing she did besides get rescued three times (Once from falling, another from being attacked by Kisshu and finally from the BK blast) was act as a shield against Kisshu’s attack on Aoyama, which was either her consciously protecting Aoyama or it was convenience via BK’s power and hers.
The other girls were fully sidelined the entire episode, only miraculously popping up in the end to protect Ichigo from the BK blast, even if I still don’t understand why Ichigo wasn’t also creating a shield nor were they trying to contain the blast instead of shield themselves from it. I’m not going to harp too much on the latter because maybe they thought their shield could do nothing to contain it, but it’s not exactly the heroic option. For all they knew, there were people in the area (even besides Akasaka and Shirogane) who could’ve been injured or killed in that blast and their priority was to bubble up Ichigo.
2) I’m sorry, I’m still getting irritated at the boys fighting over Ichigo and all the prattling on about protecting Ichigo. I feel like it’s been forever since any of the girls have really done anything impressive on their own two feet, but the more they lean into this idea that Ichigo needs to be protected by her boyfriend and her boyfriend lives to protect her, the more my nerves get plucked.
I do give them props for having Ichigo stay firm in her resolve to not be treated as a prize – she’s certainly not resigning herself to going with Kisshu anytime just because things look dire – but it’s a continuing trend that has annoyed me for a while and keeps getting worse. I know this will end soon, but I still feel the need to bring it up when I see it.
I did enjoy this episode a lot, but those two problems were enough to distract me during my watch. The plot is coming down to the wire, however, so I expect my irritation will wane even further episode by episode as we approach the end.
Next episode, the city is being overrun by Chimera Animals, but Aoyama is nowhere to be found. He’s been confronted by the aliens, but something’s wrong with him. A new figure emerges….
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Breakdown: ….Ya know….I was once a teenage girl. I’ve done all of the embarrassing teen girl things. I gushed over guys a lot. I loved boy bands. I even had an extended kiss with a poster….Yup. Not telling you who it was a poster of either. The point is, as annoying as depictions of teenage girls can be, and as annoying as they seem in hindsight, I have been one. I understand. I get that there is some truth to the stereotypes.
That being said, holy crap, these girls are annoying kinda sad. I thought I was watching a magical girl anime, which, admittedly, does have romance as a mainstay in the genre. But, nope. I’m watching another episode of ‘Teenage Girls Literally Have No Lives Besides Gushing Over Boys’.
What happened at the beginning of the first episode?….Oh yeah, yeah. Momoko and her friends, Hinagiku and Yuri, gushed over and fought over the hottie, Yanagiba, for half the run time.
They’ve even given him the pet name ‘Dear Yanagiba.’
It’s just getting to the point of pathetic when the three of them are at each other’s throats over whose lunch Yanagiba is going to eat. And how are they not in the least bit embarrassed to be arguing over that right in front of him?
Not all of the fifteen minutes is gushing over Yanagiba. About two are dedicated to Yousuke and Momoko having a romantic trope-off. Yousuke carries her to the nurse’s office when she gets hit by a soccer ball, and they blush. He’s forced to stay alone with her in the nurse’s office because she’s conveniently not there. They blush. After bickering a bit, he falls over onto her and their faces are all close while, not kidding at all, light, sparkles and RAINBOWS burst in from the window. They blush.
Right after that, they’re back to bickering over Yanagiba because Hinagiku and Yuri want to update him on Momoko’s condition behind her back. I have to wonder how these three stay friends.
There was one minor scene at the beginning where the baddies go over their plan, kinda. The queen says to kill everyone who is in love, loves someone, and especially anyone who is going to get married. I appreciate the effort to try to go a bit dark to off-set all this hyper love stuff, but that’s a lot of people to slaughter. Are you talking about every form of love? Even non-romantic friendship love and familial? Because that’s damn near everyone.
They’re also very blatant about her getting a fake ruby ring at the beginning. Gee, I wonder if she’ll use it as a decoy because she knows the enemy is after her real one. Oh look. She does. I have no problem with this trick as it’s actually pretty clever, but they shouldn’t have shown her clearly buying this fake ring at the start. Have it be a surprise.
As for the second half, the bad guys knock out everyone in school, including Hinagiku and Yuri, and Momoko transforms into her completely impractical wedding dress and somehow gets on the roof while wearing it.
Oh well, at least she’s getting more mileage out of it than most people who spend $4000 on a dress they wear once….Man, I’m being really negative about romance today.
I will give them props because they chose to show that this wedding dress is, SURPRISE, insanely stupid to wear while trying to fight someone. She’s stumbling all over on the roof while Pluie is slashing at her with a sword, and she nearly gets killed after losing a shoe. Good transformation choice, Aphrodite. Next time, call in the god of fashion.
Limone tells her to change her dress into Fighter Angel mode, and I feel the need to repeat myself from last time – why is this not default? What, besides wedding aesthetics, is the purpose of the main dress transformation?
Her Fighter Angel mode, which she summons by saying Wedding Armor Peach, is laughably ironic, because, gurl, you barely have any armor on. Yeah your boobs, two inches of your right thigh, your wrists and your shoulders will be very safe. Thank God you don’t have any more vital points on your body. Granted, this is probably the most armor any magical girls get, but calling it ‘Armor Peach’ is like calling me a Earthbender when I throw a rock.
Correction: Either the subs were wrong or I misread them (I no longer have the same video file to check) but, as per what someone pointed out to me and what I read in the subs for episode 4 “Wedding Armor Peach” is meant to be “Angel Amour (As in love) Peach” so my little tangent there was unwarranted. I apologize.
Limone tells her to use her brooch to use a new attack called Saint Mirior (Not a typo?) Bridal Flash, which is actually a cool laser beam….that, of course, is in the shape of a heart.
I always feel like the main character completes a tutorial level in episodes like this. “How do I fight?!” “Press B to use Saint Mirior Bridal Flash!” “Success! You’ve completed a quest!”
Everyone wakes up and the girls believe they took a catnap because it’s warm out, not remembering seeing Pluie or Jama-P before they were knocked out. Okie dokie. You girls might want to get a CAT scan.
This episode is half irritating and half pretty much just establishing more vital parts of the show. I might be able to forgive the never ending panty flooding for Yanagiba and the constant fighting over him taking up way too much time in the episode again, if not for the fact that the second half is pretty lazy.
All Pluie did was put everyone in the school to sleep and try to nab Momoko’s ring. That’s it. No clever plan. No monster of the week. No trap. Just snatch and grab. He would’ve been better off mugging Momoko for crying out loud. At least then he’d think to check her pockets.
After hearing more people say how much they like this show, I hope to enjoy it more organically in future episodes. As of right now, I’m just enjoying it for the typical magical girl goofiness that I always have a soft spot for. It does take a handful of episodes for shows to get their footing and I gave Bakugan, of all things, more leeway than this, so here’s looking to brighter days.
Next episode, Momoko, Hinagiku and Yuri help out Momoko’s photographer father at a wedding. The groom is closely related to someone on the soccer team, so everyone’s there.
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Plot: Deep Blue has changed Pai and Taruto’s directive to destroying The Blue Knight.
Meanwhile, Aoyama proves to be a huge hit as a waiter in the cafe since all of the local girls crowd in to gush over him in his uniform. Shirogane, however, continues to be wary of their new team member.
The next day, the aliens attack with a floating blobby squid-like Chimera Animal. Aoyama and Ichigo rush into action together, soon met with the other Mews. After transforming, they try to take down the Chimera Animal, but to no avail. With a smokescreen, the Chimera Animal is able to blindside the girls and ensnare them all in its tentacles.
The Blue Knight tries to save Ichigo, but Pai stops him. The Chimera Animal lines up razor sharp tendrils to Ichigo’s head and threatens her life if he resists. The Blue Knight has no choice but to relent. Pai and Taruto then mercilessly beat The Blue Knight with intents to kill him. Ichigo is forced to watch her beloved get beaten within an inch of his life and it’s all for her sake – all because he wants to protect her and nothing else.
Ichigo cries out for Aoyama as several of her tears fall on The Blue Knight’s cheek. As his consciousness starts to wane, he remembers his dreams of Mew Ichigo crying on the ground.
With a flash, Ichigo is suddenly imbued with massive power, allowing her to break free and protect The Blue Knight from a surely fatal blast. Ichigo has taken it upon herself to be Aoyama’s protector just as much as he is hers. With the most powerful Ribbon Strawberry Surprise she’s ever conjured, she blows the Chimera Animal away and the aliens retreat.
The group and city are safe once more, but Kisshu looks on with suspicious eyes. That power may have been impressive, but it wasn’t Ichigo’s.
– Eugh, this episode has the same weird eye problem the previous episode had. In fact, it might even be worse.
– I understand that Aoyama’s the reason why all of these girls are there, but why are the other Mews standing there watching him instead of….ya know…waitressing?
– OH MY GOD, AOYAMA WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU IN THIS SHOT?!
Oddly, this shot reminds me a LOT of how Aoyama tends to look in the manga. It’s creepy, knock it off.
– Ichigo draws fanart of her boyfriend…..Okie dokie.
– I’ll bite my tongue on all of the Aoyama protecting Ichigo stuff because I know this episode has her protecting him, but watch it, show. I’m still salty about the trident attack from last episode.
– The animation on that Chimera Animal is so weird and not in a good way.
– Why haven’t Ichigo and Aoyama transformed already? Don’t they travel a lot faster that way?
– Wait, Aoyama got an entirely new and somehow shorter transformation animation for this episode. He flies up, glowing blue, then as they focus on his eye, we fade into BK and then we see him in front of a much better background than he had last time. Why was his transformation changed literally one episode after he first got his transformation? And why cut out the part with his sword? That’s really the only thing he was really doing in the original version.
– Wow, one of the only times I’ve ever seen legit streams of blood in this show. Why is it that blood only appears when the guys are on screen? The last time, it was Kisshu getting wounded, now BK’s sword strikes to the Chimera Animal cause it to bleed profusely even though Zakuro just hacked one of those same tentacles into several pieces and there was no blood to be found.
– I can’t keep quiet anymore – the animation budget and this episode apparently never met. It’s a tossup between this episode and the last as to which is worse, and I’m inclined to put more chips on this one. There are numerous odd faces and so many instances of paper-cutout animation that it’s hard to ignore.
– Pai’s acting really weird in this episode. Usually he maintains his composure and attacks with his powers, but here he’s losing his temper for some reason and is just wailing on BK with his fists.
– Guys, you have lightning powers than can take out whole towns, incredibly powerful poisons, so many ways to just kill the guy you were instructed to just kill, but you’re taking your sweet time pummeling him instead.
– Hrmmmmmm……I wanted this episode to be a real true example of Ichigo taking the reigns and being the protector this time around after last week angered me so much. Sad to say, it didn’t really work out that way.
The only reason Aoyama was in trouble in the first place was because Ichigo became a damsel in distress again, and the only way she protected him in the end……*sigh* was through her tears. Granted, she did come to the realization that it’s important to not always rely on Aoyama to be protected and that she needs to protect him right back (Which is something that she shouldn’t really need to learn. She’s protected Aoyama several times at this point) but she still only gained massive main character powers because she cried over Aoyama.
Also, again, the others Mews were entirely useless in this battle. You might as well save on animation and replace them all with sock puppets at this point. No one would notice.
– By the by, she’s glowing bluish with this attack and the power was triggered by intense emotions, so was Mew Aqua involved or somethi–
Kisshu: “That power was not Ichigo’s.”
………….*rubs temples* Wait, let me back up.
Ichigo….cried….which gave her lots of power….lots of….blue power…..Her tears…..landed on BK’s face before it happened, and we saw an overlay of her face meeting BK’s right before she exploded with power.
Are you saying BK transferred his power to Ichigo or something, which allowed her to have this massive increase in power to take out the Chimera Animal in one fell swoop?
Are you saying, by proxy, BK saved HIMSELF…and proved, again, that he is the most powerful person in the group?
Okay, okay, hang on. Maybe I’m just jumping to conclusions. Maybe I’m reading too far into this. I’m going to do the rational thing and peek through the next episode to see–
*one peek later*
Fuck off. No, really. Do that. Fuck off. And fuck what I said about BK not being as bad as Tuxedo Mask in regards to making off like a guy is constantly saving the heroines – he is officially much worse. I know the twist of his true identity, I do, and logically it would make sense for him to be this powerful, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is basically the enraging previous episode only worse. Wanna know why?
Because either consciously or subconsciously, Aoyama knew he couldn’t fight the aliens because, if he did, Ichigo would die. So he transferred power to her to let her take the reigns so he could save himself and HER by proxy. In short, Aoyama was both the hero and heroine in this episode, and that’s just bullshit.
I may complain about Ichigo getting all the best powers and stuff, but this is one step short of when parents do something and secretly let their kids think they did it to make them believe they’re grown up or magic or something.
This episode was 75% utter bullshit. The 25% is the first part of the episode where I really got jazzed because Pai was so intent on getting BK to the point where he was kinda frightening, he had a solid plan to do so, and I really wanted to see Ichigo just kick a door down or something and badass her way to protecting Aoyama.
But that’s not what we got is it? What we got was a lie. Even without the whole concept of BK transferring his powers to Ichigo, whether he meant to or not, he was only in danger because Ichigo was damsel’d, and she only triggered these powers through her goddamn tears. Far from the badassery I had anticipated.
Do I even need to bring up the other Mews? Mew Blank, Mew Open Space, Mew Placeholder and Mew Error 404 Not Found? They literally come out of nowhere, try to attack, but prove fruitless, then they’re also damsel’d but the focus is given to Ichigo because she’s most important. At least there’s finally one instance of BK trying to save a Mew other than Ichigo for a damn change, but that’s obviously just exacerbating the problem isn’t it?
I honestly don’t remember having this severe of a problem with BK the last couple of times I watched through this series. Granted, both of those times I wasn’t really so deep into reviewing or analysis, but seriously, how did I overlook this?
Plus, despite the gravity of this episode, the animation is distractingly terrible. There aren’t so many laughable frames as your typical mess fest Mew Mew episode, but they are there and there are so many instances of paper-cutout movement it’s ridiculous. They even do it when the movement is entirely unnecessary. Like, hey, Ichigo’s prepping to attack – let’s make her character layer bigger and create the illusion that we’re zooming in on her for no reason.
Next episode, a nice barbecue for the team, but they’re quickly targeted by Kisshu who wants to make his true final stand against BK.
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Plot: A pair of magic rings created by Majorina is accidentally dropped to earth. As (bad) luck would have it, Candy and Miyuki find the rings. The rings magically attach themselves to Candy and Miyuki, which causes them to switch bodies! Candy is forced to try to pretend to be Miyuki all day at school while they try to figure out a way to get back to their original forms.
Breakdown: I don’t much care for body switching episodes. Even if it does make for some funny moments, it’s mostly just awkward and follows the same path over and over.
Oh no, they switched bodies. Oh haha, they’re awkward because they switched bodies. Oooohhh they fight because they’re both crap at being the other. Yay they learn to triumph in the other’s body. Aww they learned something from the experience and gained more mutual respect. Whoo they switch back at the end.
This episode is ultimately more of the same. They even do the voice switch and, somehow, certain bodily functions shifting yet not really? It’s pretty confusing.
I will say that I loved how they changed both Miyuki and Candy’s designs a little to reflect the change. When Candy took over Miyuki, her lips curved, her eyes got rounder and wider and her pigtails got curlier and floppier. When Miyuki took over Candy, her eye design changed quite a bit.
I also adore that they had Miyuki transform, battle and use Happy Shower while in Candy’s body instead of just having Candy do it in her body. It was really cute and funny.
Majorina also had many really funny moments, especially with Wolfrun and Akaoni. She’s easily becoming my favorite character.
However, this episode didn’t really need to happen – and I don’t mean that in a filler way. They never explain why Candiyuki had to go to school when they could have just excused her and kept her home, with the other girls trying to figure out a way to switch them back while at school – maybe contacting Pop or something – but then we wouldn’t have a plot and crazy Candiyuki shenanigans.
I was also a little disappointed that we never really get Miyuki’s view on this whole situation. She’s been turned into a little rabbit fairy thing but she never really says anything about it besides doing that thing with her ears. The final battle as Miyandy makes up for that quite a bit, but still.
All in all it’s a VERY tired cliché plot, but it’s done fairly well in this circumstance. It didn’t bring anything new to the table, but it put a fun spin on it that I enjoyed.
Next episode, Yayoi’s playing a not-funny April Fool’s Day prank involving her moving away. I assume awkwardness and displeasure abound.
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Plot: Momoko wishes more than anything to find the love of her life and have a beautiful wedding like her late mother once had. One day, as she’s out with her friends Yuri and Higagiku, a strange man named Pluie kidnaps her and tries to steal her beloved ruby ring, which once belonged to her mother. Another man, an angelic being named Limone, rushes in to save her. Pluie possesses her friends into attacking her for her ring. Limone hands her a brooch, which gives her the power to transform into the magical girl Wedding Peach and save her friends.
Breakdown: Another magical girl anime, and like most magical girl anime, this one has to deal with being called a Sailor Moon clone. A lot of people fling that accusation around, though. Magical girl anime existed before Sailor Moon, and people tend to get blinders on when it comes to some anime genres like mecha or slice of life.
This one, however, I’ve seen on more than one occasion be accused of being one of, if not the worst clone offender in existence. That’s a hefty charge. But let’s weigh Wedding Peach on both its own merits and its clone status before we send it to anime jail.
….And hoo boy, they don’t waste any time do they? This theme song is so similar to Sailor Moon’s, I’m almost tempted to go ‘she is the one named Sailor Moon’ during the chorus. Just add some organ music, bells and tweak the verses a tad and you have Wedding Peach’s OP.
Alright, I’m jumping the gun. It’s probably just a coincidence. Give the rest of the episode a chance.
*22 minutes later*
Wow……Okay. Let’s just get everything out of the way.
Our main character, Momoko, is a klutzy, ditsy, gluttonous airhead who is obsessed with love and boys. She has a particular obsession with getting married because, well, of course she does. She’s a female protagonist in a magical girl anime.
Her friends have a nickname for her when she’s being airheaded or dumb – turtle, which is also a name stemmed from her hair style. Her hair makes it seem like she has a shell on her back. Usagi was nicknamed bun-head/dumpling-head/meatball-head due to the round buns in her hair.
Their names are themed, which can be taken as ripping off Sailor Moon, but is a thing in most magical girl shows. Momoko’s name means ‘peach tree child’, with her last name, Hanasaki, meaning ‘to bloom’ Her friend, Yuri’s name means ‘lily’ and her other friend, Hinagiku’s, name translates to ‘daisy’.
Momoko’s hair is styled in reference to her name (peach shaped), like Usagi has her trademark rabbit ear style. And, like Usagi’s, her hair is also insanely large.
Momoko is a princess. It hasn’t been explored yet, but she is. She’s princess of the Angel World and a descendant of Aphrodite.
Her love interest, Yousuke Fuuma, hates her at first, and the feeling is mutual, is secretly another sexy bishounen character named Viento (Wind), and their eventual blooming love is one that was met with disapproval due to their being from different worlds (he’s half demon, she’s half angel. In Sailor Moon, Serenity was princess of the moon and Endymion was prince of the earth kingdom.) Being fair, his character seems to be a legit enemy.
Since he’s an enemy, we obviously need someone else filling the Tuxedo Mask role (unless they pulled a Tokyo Mew Mew on us) and that person is Limone, whose name means Lemon in Italian. He’s, shockingly, not Momoko’s love interest in disguise, but he is Yuri’s. Being fair, his human form, Yanagiba, is lusted after by nearly every girl in school, especially our three main leads.
Their main powers are love based and the devils whom they fight hate love.
Her transformation brooch could not be more late-Sailor Moon-esque if you tried – most particularly the Crisis Moon Compact, though Eternal Moon Article and Prism Heart Compact work just as well.
And you’ll never guess what’s inside of it…..a silver crystal!
They’re not even trying to hide how blatant this is.
I’m going to give the transformation sequences a pass because it’s not a trope that started with Sailor Moon nor is the transformation scene close enough for me to care (though her transformed outfit does wrap around her in ribbons…)
I will, however, vent slightly about something that makes no sense here. Angels and demons – that’s the premise we’re working with. So why, pray tell, do the transformation sequences result in wedding dresses? Why is she called Wedding Peach? What do weddings have to do with any of this besides love being a central theme? Closest I can gather from what Pluie (Rain) said is that the dresses make them look like angels sorta kinda a little I guess. The devils must be based on divorce lawyers.
And you might be saying to yourself ‘Wow, I thought sailor uniforms were hard to fight in. A wedding dress? Are you nuts?!’ Yes, this is incredibly impractical, even moreso that usual. That’s why you don’t really see her move in it. Don’t worry, though, this outfit isn’t her main love angel uniform. There’s a fighting version of the outfit…..Why transform into this clunky disaster if they have a fighting uniform? Because the fighting uniforms don’t look wedding-y enough.
Of course, she gets a post-transformation speech and her own pose, but, again, this is common in magical girl shows.
Enough clone-age, though. How does this episode fare on its own merits?
Our lead character, Momoko, has a dream of finding her one true love and getting married with a lavish wedding because her deceased mom did…..Okay.
Her two friends, Yuri and Hinagiku whose personalities seem so interchangeable at this point that I still have difficulty remembering who was who, gush over a star soccer player named Yanagiba, fight over who will get to be with him, have an angry encounter with another soccer player named Yousuke Fuuma as they try to interview Yanagiba for the school paper, eat crepes, then Momoko gets kidnapped by Pluie, who demands her mother’s wedding ring. What significance the ring holds is not revealed in this episode.
She’s suddenly saved by an angel named Limone who starts swordfighting Pluie. As Momoko goes to tend to her friends, having been knocked out by Pluie, he possesses them both with tiny demons called Jama-P.
Limone gives her the brooch and the god of love herself, Aphrodite, tells Momoko what to do in order to save her friends. She transforms into her wedding dress, making her Wedding Peach, and she expels the Jama-P through her power, Lovely Operation Tempete. If you think that’s a stupid name, the items that give the girls their powers are called the Saint Something Four. That sounds stupid, but, believe it or not, it has a reason to sound so sloppy.
The items are based on the ‘Something…’ superstition in weddings. In order to bring the bride and groom good luck on their wedding day, a bride needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Each trinket is meant to represent one of those items.
Even with the explanation, which isn’t given in this episode, by the way, I still think the name sounds silly.
We get an overly long ‘remember you’re my friends’ clip show for having only known these characters for 18 minutes, especially since a few of those minutes were dedicated to the three of them fighting over a guy. One of them even said the line ‘When it comes to love, women’s friendship is a fragile thing.’
Pluie leaves and Limone bids farewell. Momoko passes out, and Yuri and Hinagiku don’t remember anything. In typical anime fashion, they brush it off as a dream when Momoko tries to explain what happened. But the brooch in her pocket gives her proof that it was true.
As a first episode, this works very well, though I really wish they had focused more on highlighting at least some differences between Yuri and Hinagiku. Yuri’s supposedly the quiet, polite and kind one while Hinagiku is the rougher tomboy, but they only slightly hint at this. I had to go to the Wiki to really iron that out.
It’s really just your average magical girl fare down to its core. Like many magical girl shows, the changes mostly lie in the aesthetics. I have yet to read a damn thing about this show that makes me go ‘Wow, that’s unique.’ Even taking the magical girl tropes away, it’s just blah.
There are a staggering amount of similarities to Sailor Moon, and I definitely expect more to come. For instance, the enemy bishounen also seem to be themed in their names much in the same vein as The Four Heavenly Kings. Viento, who is Yousuke, means ‘wind’ while Pluie means ‘rain’. I’m stretching a bit for that because, again, Tokyo Mew Mew and some other shows also theme names fairly commonly. All they’re missing is a cute animal sidekick and a Beryl ripoff….and that’s coming.
It’s just….distracting. But is it too distracting? Mm…that’s yet to be seen.
The art and animation are par for the course for the mid nineties. I’ll at least say that didn’t remind me much of Sailor Moon, mostly just because it’s basic anime style. But what is up with Higagiku’s hair? Bright green with a weird toothpaste blob in the back? What? The animation isn’t bad. In fact….I’d actually say it’s better than the early day Sailor Moon episodes.
The music is forgettable, though fitting. It’s somewhat dated, but outside of the complete ripoff that is the OP, it’s not very reminiscent of Sailor Moon’s.
Next episode, the intro to Fighter Angel mode.
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