Ogy Anime Reviews: Momo: The Girl God of Death

Ogy Anime Reviews: Momo: The Girl God of Death

Momo the Girl God of Death DVD Case

Show Index:

Name: Momo: The Girl God of Death
-Other aliases:

  • Ballad of a Shinigami
  • Ballad of a Shinigami: Momo the Girl God of Death
  • Shinigami no Ballad: Momo the Girl God of Death

Date Released: Spring, 03/02/2006
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, Romance, Supernatural, and Tragedy
Age Range: 8+
Total Episodes: 6
Runtime: 24 minutes per episode
Original Story by Keisuke Hasegawa (or K-Ske Hasegawa)
-Other works:

  • Jii-chan Jet!!
  • Mizutama Panic

Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
– Other works:

  • My Dear Marie (OAV)
  • Princess Nine (T.V. Series)
  • Zettai Shonen (T.V. Series)

Production: Pony Canyon
Animation Production: Ginga-ya & Group TAC
Sound Production: Jinnan Studio
Other Media Chronology:

  • Light Novel: Written by Keisuke Hasegawa. Illustrated by Nanakusa. Published by ASCII Media Works. Imprint: Dengeki hp. U.S. Licensor: Seven Seas Entertainment . 2003 – 2009 12 volumes
  • Manga: Written by: Keisuke Hasegawa. Illustrated by Asuka Izumi. Published by: Hakusensha. Magazine: LaLa & LaLa DX. U.S. Licensor: CMX Manga . 2005 – 2007 3 volumes
  • T.V. Drama: Directed by: Kōtarō Terauchi. Studio: Tornado Film & SF Planning . 2007 12 Episodes
  • Radio Program / Audio Drama: ???

Licensed by Maiden Japan.

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Beginning Story:

Shinigumi License
– Story Insight:
Momo, or Shinigami #A100-100, is on a mission to keep the souls that she has to reap at peace before taking them into the afterlife. With this she will temporarily enter the mortal’s life that the saddened soul has cared for to give them advice or the confidence to move on and continue to live their lives to the fullest.

 
Characters:

A.)

Momo the Shinigumi

Name: Momo
Gender: Female
Personality: Calm, helpful, and caring.
Role: Main character and helpful spiritual guide.
VA:
Jessica Boone (English)
Other Roles:

  • Azumanga Daioh (Series) as Chiyo Mihama
  • Chrono Crusade (T.V. Series) as Azmaria Hendric
  • Maburaho (T.V. Series) as Yuna Miyama
  • Magikano (T.V. Series) as Ayumi Mamiya
  • Nanaka 6/17 (T.V. Series) as Satsuki Arashiyama
  • Princess Tutu (T.V. Series) as Rue or Princess Kraehe

Akiko Kobayashi (Japanese)
Other Roles:

  • Angel Tales (T.V. Series) as Tanuki no Midori
  • Cookin’ Idol Ai! Mai! Main! (T.V. Series) as Misan
  • Kakurenbo – Hide & Seek (Movie) as Suku
  • Save Me! Lollipop (T.V. Series) as Zura

 

B.)

Daniel

Name: Daniel
Gender: Male
Personality: Twerp like and out spoken like a little brother.
Role: Main character and bratty assistant (familiar) to Momo.
VA:
Nancy Novotny (English)
Other Roles:

  • Azumanga Daioh (Series) as Koyomi Mizuhara or Yomi
  • Madlax (T.V. Series) as Madlax
  • Maburaho (T.V. Series) as Raika Nario
  • Nanaka 6/17 (T.V. Series) as Chie Kazamatsuri & Kemiko
  • Tamako Market (T.V. Series) as Hinako Kitashirakawa
  • UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie (Series) as Hydra

Ai Shimizu (Japanese)
Other Roles:

  • Akiba-chan (T.V. Series) as Akiba-chan
  • Cosplay Complex (OAV) as Athena Imai
  • Rakugo Tennyo Oyui (T.V. Series) as Suzu Koishikawa
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Production quality:

-Animation:
The animation quality can match today’s shows, but with this the DVD transfer every now and then will ridge up the character’s outline while there moving.

Animation Rating: 3.25/5 (C) Iffy DVD transfer.

Momo the Girl God of Death DVD Disc

-Sound:
The opening song “no one” and the closing song “White Messenger” are both performed by KOY and does an excellent job of setting up the tone of the main theme of this story dealing with the death of a loved one and the anxieties of these stresses. The BGMs matches this concept as well. This is important because as touchy of an issue as this is one wrong step and this could be offensive to a massive general audience.

Sound Rating: 3.75/5(B) Understanding.

Overall Production Rating = 3.5/5 (B)

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Pros, Cons, and Other Thoughts:

-Pros:

  • This series of OVAs does understand it’s tone and delivers its premise in a light hearted manner
  • The character’s emotions are written and delivered well
  • It understands it’s demographic and makes it relatable

-Cons:

  • Some episodes take a long time before Momo appears
  • Some DVD transfer issues
  • Sometimes the pace slows down due to the amount of information given to the viewer (Technically not a bad thing but it’s noticeable)

-Other Thoughts:
Between holiday festives of Halloween and Christmas is the turkey in the middle November. This series to me has a blend of both Halloween and Christmas in its spirit.

First off, let’s go over its release in North America. Why North America? Because that’s the country where I live. This is one of the few series that got it’s Light Novel, Manga, and Anime series released in this country. However for the light novel it only got two volumes released due to low sell; however, CMX did release all three volumes of the Manga. Sadly the Live Action series hasn’t officially made it over here.

Now on to the show…

I did enjoy my time watching this series. It was like a better version of Are You Afraid of the Dark with it telling tells of a shinigami encounters with the local junior high school students of Japan. With these students they have one common struggle, grief.

Back of Shinigumi License

Her license has got her back.

The shinigami herself, Momo or Shinigami #A100-100, just has one goal which is to guide those who she has caused grief to or have a weak will to live into having a will to live life to the fullest. Another charater to compare her to is Sakaki From Azumanga Daioh!

Out of Context

Momo just judging how she is dressed turns out that she is not a Lolita character, but a young lady that wears very modest and respectable clothes who also reaps people of their souls. The red shoes might mean youthfulness. She doesn’t like to take away the lives that she must reap but with her guidance to those who are mortal her warm heartedness will embrace the viewer.

 

Almost looks like a Battler of sorts

A possible Battle Field Combattler V reference?

A side from the DVD transfer issue, the only thing I’m lost with is before Momo appears the person will hear the jingle of small bells. I am not confident to say that its death’s calling (Hell’s Bells) or something culturally known in Japan. I have been trying to look up what this is, but failed to get results. I do wish to know if there is more of a meaning to these bells.

*Pro’s, Con’s, and Other Thoughts Rating: 3.75/5 (B)

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Overall ratings:
  • Plot: 3.75/5 (B)Each episode is a new story and is refreshing while two episodes have a subtle continuity.
  • Performance: 3.5/5 (B) Enjoyable.
  • Pace: 3/5 (C) Due to the amount of information each episode brings within its time period can be exhausting if the viewer decides to marathon this series.
  • Characters: 4/5 (B) They’re relatable to its demographic and I can see Momo’s passion and emotional pain of the ones mourning.
  • Production Quality: 3.5/5 (B) Animation: Questions DVD. Sound: Respectable.
  • Pro’s, Con’s, and other thoughts: 3.75/5 (B) It delivers.
  • Overall total: 3.58/5 (B) Take a second to relax and let Momo guide t a better out look on life.

 

Believe it Momo

Believe it!!!

Note: Due to my own belief and further defining anime as a pop art, no rating will ever receive a 0, 1, or 5 (a Z, F, or A in my book). For this reason is that times will change as opinions. Anything can be far greater or worse than before. That’s just human triumph and error.

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What was needed?
  • A full release of the Light Novel
  • A release of the Live Action show
  • An anthology anime movie
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Demographic:

8+ Age Range, Both Genders

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Similars:

• Are You Afraid of the Dark (Not by tone)
• Ano Hana
• Ghost Hunt (Not by tone)
• Boogie Pop Phantom (Not by tone)
• It’s a Wonderful Life (MARY!!! MARY!!! MARY!!!)

Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

They rest

 

This show can be bought through Right Stuf.

About donjobo

Greetings and hello my name is Donjobo!!! I collect anime media like DVDs, Blu-Rays, and VHS tapes. I enjoy and watch many anime series and also review them as well. From the new to the old and from the know to the unknown.

4 thoughts on “Ogy Anime Reviews: Momo: The Girl God of Death

  1. toholdnothing says:

    A series that could’ve done well as a longer adaptation, but I suppose the studio didn’t think it would net a lot of money, so they did the Petshop of Horrors route and adapted the best stories for animation.

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