Misgivings for Momo

 

Popular romance and harem anime To LOVE-Ru features one of the largest cast of potential lovers for a male protagonist. Although the series primarily centers on Rito Yuuki’s perverted mishaps, it does manage to flesh out one of the most unique girls to come out of anime.

 

Momo Belia Deviluke is one of the younger sisters of Lala Satalin Deviluke. Although Lala is betrothed to Rito, Momo devises a scheme to wiggle herself into Rito’s heart. According to her logic, if Rito marries Lala and becomes king of the universe, he will be able to set any rules he wants. A change under his power would be to marry as many girls as he pleases. Momo wishes to persuade various girls to admit their own feelings for Rito in an effort for him to build a harem. It is within the harem that Momo believes she can feel the happiness of gaining Rito’s affection while still maintaining the other girls’ satisfaction.  Definitely already belongs on any of the best yuri anime lists.

 

Despite believing she would be fine at any rank in Rito’s heart, Momo like many anime girls is shown to, at times, not be content with falling short of first place. She often masks her vulnerability by making flirtatious advances toward him whenever possible. However, when given the opportunity to act seriously upon her emotions, she has been shown to shy away from them. The internal conflict Momo faces in regards to wanting everyone to be happy and admitting to herself what would make her happiest becomes an engaging point in To LOVE-Ru.