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Posted 9/11/14 , edited 9/23/14
by Zerogouki

Combining mythology and cute girls certainly seems like a winning formula, and Momo Kyun Sword delivers amply on both fronts. Speaking of fronts, this show is not at all shy about reminding you that it is primarily a delivery service for animated breasts. Whether that's a problem will depend on the viewer, but it is an inescapable part of the show, so there's no sense in hiding it. It works well enough for what it is, but thankfully, the show has other material to put on either side of the more breast-heavy moments.

Momo Kyun Sword is about Momoko, a gender-swapped version of Japanese folklore stalwart Momotaro, who appeared floating down a river in a giant peach before being adopted by a childless elderly couple (for the uninitiated, a lovely little opening illustrated in a traditional style appears at the top of the first episode). In the folktale, Momotaro made friends with three animals, usually a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant, and went off to fight oni on a nearby island. All of those elements are still here, although the animals are guardian gods who can talk and give Momoko some additional powers (namely, the ability to combine with them and assume more powerful forms), and the oni are all over the place, not just on one island. Momoko has to track down shards of a mystical artifact called the "Michimi Peach" that the oni intend to, naturally, misuse.

This all works out quite well, as a premise for some fun adventuring, but the show doesn't quite know what to do with it, it seems. Assisting Momoko and her animal god pals are the Celestial Maidens, representatives from Heaven with powers of their own. This is all well and good, but for such a short series, everything seems rushed. We haven't even seen Momoko use any of her powers or do just about anything by the time the Maidens show up, and things move so quickly that there are already nine(!) main characters traveling together by episode three. They aren't all regulars or main characters, but it feels like overload. As nice as it is to see a diverse group of female characters, even ones used for so much fanservice, adventuring, and as welcome as any appearance by Abe no Seimei is, the show manages to feel slightly overstuffed before it even really gets out of the gate. Combine that with the immediate introduction of three central villains, including Onihime, a rival for Momoko, in the second episode, and the show strains slightly to distinguish everyone. This is mitigated by the fact that so many of them are archetypes and pre-existing folktale characters, but for viewers without any knowledge of the stories, it could prove annoying, at least.

By the time episode four, the swimsuit episode, rolls around, just about every character has had their more extreme traits watered down just enough for the show to become more of a slice of life comedy about a bunch of incidentally supernaturally characters enjoying a day at the beach. There's nothing wrong with that, per se, and it would be quite the shift if it was stuck with. Instead, it feels like the show is trying out different flavors because it can't quite decide, or doesn't want to decide, what it fully is. That's an understandable impulse, mostly because the premise of the show is too silly to really sustain heavy drama (and it remains to be seen whether it'll try), but too fanservice-heavy to be fully relaxing.

Visually, the show never stops being colorful and bright, a welcome sight. It's clear that it's a show made with nothing but fun in mind, and that enthusiasm shines through. There's nothing groundbreaking in terms of plot or jokes, but the ones that work end up working really well. There's one moment in particular that should have been an utterly predictable eye-roller, but works wonders solely because of an entertaining vocal performance. It's those little details that draw a viewer back in after one too many lazy bouncing breast shots.

Those shots are always done with great care, obviously, which is only an issue when the surrounding animation seems weak by comparison. That's representative of the show as a whole: There are parts that it clearly cares a great deal about and has taken the effort to create something compelling and interesting: Momoko and Onihime's designs show a lot more effort put into them than, say, the Celestial Maidens, who in their Mortal Kombat-esque palette swap costumes, feel rather generic, despite their otherwise appealing designs. Abe no Seimei and the oni, too, apart from the named ones, are just pulled straight from their ISO-Standard designs, with horns, breastplates, and clubs for the oni and stiff, tall onmyouji hat and tiny pince-nez glasses for Seimei. When the show wants to be creative and fun, it absolutely is, but it leans on the easy a little bit too often. That creativity and sense of fun is always present, and in small doses, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better way to get your fix of Japanese myth and cute girls all at once.
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Posted 9/22/14 , edited 9/23/14
But there is the whole "I miss you my sister!" detail and the "forbidden love" drama and the "why did you lie to me?" cliche...

Also perhaps maybe some sister-con!
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