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I want to make it known that when I call it "Diet Sailor-Moon," I don't do so out of spite, as I enjoyed Wedding Peach. I simply acknowledge that there are similarities, and in my opinion Wedding Peach's similarities are inferior to their Sailor-Moon counterparts. Well as far as the anime is concerned, which is what we're covering. with that said, let's get into this.
Momoko, Yuri, and Hinagiku are high school newspaper girl, fond of covering the school soccer, and more specially the team captain Nanagama. Things take a turn for the worst when they're attacked by a demon servant of the devil queen Raindevilla, and Momoko becomes the first Looe Angel, Wedding Peach. As Raindevilla continued her attack on unsuspecting couples in Japan, Yuri and Hinagiku also discover their Love Angel abilities and help Momoko defend Japan from Raindevilla. During this conflict, the Love Angels are aided by the enigmatic angel Lione.
As the story continues, The fourth Love Angel Scarlet o'hara, the angel Lione is revealed to be Nanagama. And Lione and Yuri are revealed to be reincarnated angels who were lovers. And Kyosuke is revealed to be a devil prince. After all these revelations, The Love Angels confront and defeat Raindevila.
The negatives for me revolve around all the elements similar to Sailor-Moon. My problem isn't that they exist, but that they are poorly executed. I wanted the elements to be as good or better than Sailor-Moon and in my opinion, they weren't. Everything felt very by the numbers despite the vast potential on display. Momoko while being a simple minded klutz like Usagi/Serena, but lacks Usagi's nuance.
As in Momoko lacks any interests outside of falling in love. It's the same with her friends Yuri and Hanigiku, and final angel, Scarlet. The relationship between Momoko and Kyosuke feels like a watered down version of Mamoru and Usagi. So much so that I'm surprised that Kyosuke wasn't the secret identity of the golden haired angel Lione who assist the Love Angels.
And Raindevilla felt like a watered down version of the 1992 anime adaptation of Queen Beryl. And by that I mean she’s a one dimensional villain. Which is sad because RainDevilla has a tragic back story that informs her actions of ridding the world.
Raindevilla was a devil that fell in love with an angel, but because she was shunned and cast out of Heaven, she vowed to rid the world of all love. We don’t get a hint of that from RainDevilla’s personality, but she’s given so little screen time which shoots her potential as a villain in the foot. As a result the final conflict was underwhelming.
The good deals with how Wedding Peach divers from Sailor-Moon. The difference being Lione and Yuri's relationship, and the fact that they are resurrected lovers who lost their lives in battling the devils.
I liked this because I expected Lione to be Yousuke and fall in love with Momoko. So for Lione and Yuri to be in love was a nice change, along with the change in Yousuke and Momoko's relationship.
There was also the relationship between the fire demon Igeneous and a boy named Takuro. It starts off toxic and parasitic, as Igeneous invaded Takuro's body, and used Takuro to meet his ends. But over time their relationship becomes a genuine friendship. As a result Igeneous' death at the hands of his admirer Patamos.
And speaking of Patamos, she's probably the third most interesting antagonist in this series aside from Igeneous, and Yousuke after he learns of his origins. Aside from her annoying utterance of "Don'tcha know" in the dub, the fact that she's able to get over killing Igneous and fall in love with Yousuke shows character development, which I welcome.
And then there's Yousuke, as while his relationship with Momoko starts out with them arguing like Mamoru and Usagi in Sailor-Moon, unlike Mamoru revealing to Tuxedo Mask, Yousuke is revealed to the devil Viento, who lead the Rafaal tribe. This rocked Yousuke and Momoko's relationship, as Yousuke was distraught over being a devil. It added an interesting dynamic to what was looking to be a dull relationship, as over time Yousuke accepted Momoko's willingness to help him.
And then there was Limone and Yuri's relationship. When Limone was introduced, he had massive Tuxedo Mask vibes, so him falling in love Momoko seemed a given. So when he was revealed to be Kazuya Yanagiba who was the school soccer team captain, I was taken aback. Even more-so when it was revealed that Yuri and Limone were past lovers during the angel/devil war. While Limone was lacking in the character department, I welcomed this tragic layer of his relationship with Yuri.
In case I wasn't clear, I like Wedding Peach. It's just that the similarities to Sailor-Moon felt inferior by comparison. It's only when it broke away and did its own thing that Wedding Peach shined. Granted the elements that differed needed to have more meat to them, but they were a welcomed aspect to the series for me.
I'm not sure why this was the case, though I suspect it was due in part to Sailor-Moon popularity in Japan during the early 90s. Though I stress that I don't know that for certain.
As a result Wedding Peach is a C+ anime, though I'd recommend it to fans of magical girl anime and manga.