Review: Sumomomo,Momomo Vol 3 by Shinobu Ohtaka


Title: Sumomomo, Momomo Vol 3

Author: Shinobu Ohtaka

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0759530898

Reading Level: Older Teens


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Eager to prove his strength to his fiancée, Hikaru challenges Koushi to a duel. Touched by his heartfelt display, Momoko stands down, leaving Koushi to face the charge alone! But the class rep can’t let Koushi come to harm because of her secret affection. Donning the guise of the Heavenly Warrior Horse Mask and swallowing her pride, Sanae unleashes her hidden power at last!


This is one of the titles that I am kind of embarrassed that I like.  Ok, I’m a lot embarrassed about liking it.  For me, it is very over the top and packed with incredibly stupid humor and obnoxious fan-service.  The only reason I can tolerate it is because both genders are portrayed as being equally idiotic.  The coolest character in the series is Momoko, and she will never be accused of being the brightest crayon in the box.  I did get turned off by Sanae’s alter-ego, Heavenly Warrior Horse Mask, but thankfully she was only in the first chapter of this volume.  Ugh!  She needs to demand a new costume designer!  If she is going to be forced to romp around in next to nothing, she should at least look cool while she’s strutting her stuff.  UGH! I know! I know! I am not the target market!!  Somehow I got sucked into reading this anyway!

I was in the mood for stupid, brainless reading, and that is what this series delivers each time I read it.  Koushi just wants to be left alone to study and read his books, but no – from the moment Momoko entered his carefully ordered life, he has suffered through Hell.  Assassins at every corner, people wanting to beat the crap out of him, general unpleasantness for our violence-avoiding hero.  He of course draws girls to him like flies to a compost heap, despite his tendency to take the chicken exit whenever trouble is brewing.  The girls chasing after him could handily beat him to a pulp, which makes his conflict avoidance even more ridiculous.

I just don’t understand why Koushi is so dead-set against getting hitched to Momoko.  She is the perfect girl for him.  She will fight his battles, cook his favorite meals, and generally wait on him hand and foot.  There is the ick factor, since she looks like she’s about 10, but in a few years she’s be the right age to tie the knot and save Koushi from a life of martial arts.   I think he’s being a little shortsighted here, because Momoko is practically tripping over herself to take care of him.  He doesn’t have to lift a finger when she’s around.  I have got to question this guy’s intelligence for constantly trying to ignore her.

Sumomomo, Momomo is one of the silliest series that I am following, and despite the overabundance of fan-service, I find it a very funny read.

Grade: B

Review copy provided by publisher

4 thoughts on “Review: Sumomomo,Momomo Vol 3 by Shinobu Ohtaka

  • April 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Is this a shoujo or shounen manga?
    It looks interesting but the word fan service sort of put me down.

  • April 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

    It is shonen and there is a ton of fan service. It’s a lot of fun, though it isn’t normally what I read.

  • April 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Ton of fan service? thanks for letting me know.I will now avoid this manga 😉

  • April 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Yes, and it doesn’t help that Momoko looks like she is 10. Sometimes I get a little creeped out about that…

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