Sisters Murakami Momoko and Sakura are two average single girls--one a high-school student, the other an office lady. In a series of 5-minute animated shorts, we catch a glimpse of their daily trials of being a woman--late periods, diets, breast size, bodily functions, boyfriends, "the first time," marriage ... nothing is off-limits for these girls!
After social commentary and sex comedy as jaw-dropping and laughingly real as Ebichu and as cunning as Sex in the City, I went into this series with perhaps what were unrealistically high expectations.
Contrary to popular belief, blushing, bashful Japanese ladies are a dying breed. Just the other day in an izakaya I overheard three classy-looking OL's loudly swapping stories about men; seducing boys half their age, toying with the hearts of married men, comparing conquests...unbelievable, right? Such is the sentiment of this animation's subject matter.
Though unfortunately, rather than being delivered in a fast-paced, clever manner, Momoiro Sisters is lacking in wit and comes across as more of a collection of stale cliches being poked fun at. The trials that the show tries to pass off as funny only come across as mildly ecchi, and rather than celebrating womanhood (like a smart sex comedy would), we simply witness more of the same thing any ecchi anime uses to resort to cheap laughs: breast groping, lesbian jokes, ecchi double entendres ("ooops, did I say that? tee-hee.") and older sister Sakura (voiced by Orikasa Ai ... who might as well have been reading a rejected Tenchi Muyo! TV script) jumping those still sexually chaste.
That isn't to say Momoiro Sisters is a total waste. High school student Momoko's classmate, Moeko, is an archetype that is dying to be written into a more mainstream anime. Maybe because I have been intentionally avoidingthe majority of high school comedies, but how many of you have been wanting to see one of those annoying otaku yaoi fangirls (Moe-ko. Get it?) satirized? I sure as heck have. This girl is extreme - from cosplay to shoving the latest doujinshi in her girlfriends' faces, to insisting Momoko's lower-classman boyfriend belongs in a man-on-man love scene ... and she almost brings on a laugh or two ... but still only managed to get a smirk out of me, simply because the jokes weren't taken far enough.
Momoiro Sisters can't seem to decide what it wants to do. On one hand, it wants to be an edgy comedy about the plights of a woman, on the other, it wants to be your money-making run-of-the-mill ecchi anime story. One side is offering self-containing vinettes, but then the mood changes and you have episodic plots carrying over to the next episode. What gives? Even more ironic is that this title was supposedly aimed at women--when, as a woman myself, I find the jokes to be quite offensive. It's as though our lives revolve around sex, sex, men, sex, sex...and yeah, while sex does take up a more considerable amount of our brains than we would like to admit, I have no qualms in calling ever y single one of these characters sluts or flakes. There is no in-between.
This show would have probably been more interesting if the characters consisted of more than just T&A...you know, maybe having a bit more gray matter. But then again, they are "pink sisters." You can't blame them for false advertising now, can you?
Lacking of any substance, and the animation is yawn-inducing. Add a star if you happen to be a fan of the Tenchi Muyo voice cast...you get several of them here. — Melissa Sternenberg
Recommended Audience: Regardless of what websites say--this is not for women. Recent post-adolescent boys are probably the only ones who would get a kick out of this, since OMGBOOBS! are still fresh material for them.
Version(s) Viewed: digital source
Review Status: Full (24/24)
Momoiro Sisters © 1998 TBS / Studio Deen
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