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Momokyun Sword: Complete Collection (TheaterByte Blu-ray Review)

A pretty straightforward mahō shōjo OVA anime series, Momokyun Sword (モモキュンソード), based on the traditional Japanese folktale “Momotaro” follows the girl, Momoko, who was born in a giant peach. She is found momokyun-sword-coverby an elderly couple who raises her as her own. She has three magical animal companions as her only friends, Inugami the dog god, Sarugami the monkey god, and Kijugami the pheasant god. Momoko can merge with either of these animal gods and become a very powerful magical girl, and it is a skill she will need. A demon king has sent his minions out to search for pieces of an artifact that protects the land, but has shattered and scattered around. A group of beautiful, buxom, celestial goddesses have also descended to stop the demon king and gather these shards before the demon king can. Of course, Momoko, being so powerful unusual, and, well, beautiful, finds herself caught up in the mix and on the hunt for the shards as well, helping the goddesses out.

While this series will certainly not be groundbreaking to anyone the least bit familiar with the mahō shōjo (magical girl) or fan service genres, it is certainly pleasant enough to be mildly entertaining. The character designs are beautiful, having a definite moe appeal, even if this particular series never crosses the line into full-on fan service, for those who like that sort of thing. The interaction between Momoko and her bestial companions is cute, sometimes too cute, or Momoko is sometimes too cute, one of the major weaknesses of the series, as are constantly shifting allegiances of the antagonists in the series. It gets a little difficult to keep track of who’s on which side sometimes.

The Video

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This is a solid release to Blu-ray of the AVC 1080p digital animation for Momokyun Sword. While it isn’t flawless (some softness and banding can be spotted) colors look vibrant and it is satisfying on the whole, and free from motion artifacts.

The Audio

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Only the Japanese soundtrack is on offer here — no English dub – accompanied by English subtitles. As far as the sound goes, it is a fairly good mix for a stereo track with decent dynamic range, clean dialogue and exciting sound effects. The voice cast hit the mark and get you involved in the characters, the comedy, and the adventure, even if the story itself is a bit disjointed.

The Supplements

Momokyun Sword comes with a typical slate of clean opening and closing animations and a selection of promotional Sentai Filmworks trailers for additional releases.

The Final Assessment

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The girls all look beautiful, which I guess is what you want in a series like Momokyun Sword. What you don’t want, however, is an entire series where basically the only really memorable character is the protagonist, and maybe one other.

Momokyun Sword: Complete Collection (TheaterByte Blu-ray Review)
3.1 / 5 TheaterByte Rating
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Sentai FilmworksStudios & Distributors
Yanagi ShinsukeDirector
Tamai TsuyoshiWriter
300 Mins.Run Time
$59.98MSRP
26 Jan. 2016Release Date
1.78:1Aspect Ratio
AVC 1080pVideo
Japanese DTS-HD MA 2.0 StereoAudio
TV-14 (VSD)TV Rating
The Creative Content
The Video
The Audio
The Supplements
Summary
The girls are all sexy, the series is cute, but only the protagonist stands out in Momokyun Sword, leaving the entire series feeling pleasant, but hardly groundbreaking.
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