Wedding Peach

Wedding Peach

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Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedingu Pichi (Wedding Peach) ran from 1994-1996

Wedding Peach is a magical girl manga by Sukehiro Tomita. It originally ran for six volumes between 1994 and 1996. The main character, Momoko, is an average schoolgirl, albeit a little clumsy, who loves weddings and has a passion for photography.

One day she is given angelic power by the goddess Aphrodite to protect the love generated by Earth, as Rain Devila and her minions wage to destroy it. She is Wedding Peach!

This was one of the first titles I found afer discovering Sailormoon. The two titles are very similar and Wedding Peach is often criticised for its incredible likeness to Takeuchi’s characters – particularly when comparing main characters, antagonists, and the whole celestial-guardians-reborn-on-Earth-to-defend-love-and-justice backstory – so pretty much every fundamental aspect, really! What I was beginning to realise as I read this was what made the mahou shoujo genre so popular: all the main ingredients where maintained by each one branches off and explores issues in their own way. It’s what kept readers coming back for more, hence the continued popularity of titles like Tokyo Mew Mew, Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, and Magic Knight Rayearth.

Ten years ago I was devouring every mahou shoujo manga I could get my hands on (which mainly entailed ordering from the States and consuming every penny I made from my part-time job) and I soon started to be able to compare mangas and judge on their merits.

Having recently re-read Wedding Peach, it just reconfirmed my opinions. On the grand magical girl scale it’s not the best, to be honest, but it doesn’t deserve to be seen as a watered-down Sailormoon. In some cases, I would consider it superior.

7In particular, the relationship between Momoko and Yosuke seems more real than the pre-destined love between Usagi and Mamoru. Momoko and Yosuke are not as ‘safe’, there is more reluctance and danger, more believable obstacles thrown in their path. The plot is not the most ingenious, but it does have twists and turns that keep it interesting, even though you ultimately know where the conclusion will inevitable end up. Really, the clue is in the title…

I believe that Wedding Peach keeps itself in the magical girl running with its supporting characters. There are considerably less ‘angels’ than ‘sailors’, which allows a quicker establishment of personalities, even though they are a little stereotypical at first: Yuri – mature and ladylike; Hinagiku – loud and tomboyish; Scarlet – cool and aloof; Yanagiba-senpai – school heart-throb; Yosuke – not as good as Yanagiba-senpai. The story allows them all to develop to the extent where you want them all to overcome their past and for love to really conquer all.

At fourteen, Wedding Peach was the second magical girl manga I ever discovered, and I am still enjoying it over ten years later!