Binbougami ga! – 01
OP: 「Make My Day!」 by Piko
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「神は神でも貧乏神じゃなくて貧乳神の間違いじゃないの？」 (Kami Ha Kami Demo Binbougami Janakute Hinnyuu Kami No Machigai Janaino?)
“You May Be a God, But Aren’t You More Like the God of Flatness Than the God of Misfortune?”
From long experience with anime, I have learned not to judge a show by its premises (mostly). This one didn’t initially grab me, with its God of Misfortune following around a super lucky high school girl and trying to suck her dry of excess luck like a gold digger marrying a 90-year-old oil magnate “for love”. HOWEVER, it is in the execution that great stories are made, and this one is executing well so far.
It became clear from minute one that this is a character-driven comedy, so let’s start there. Our main human lead, Sakura Ichiko (Hanazawa Kana), could easily have been a boring, mary sue-type character, but in addition to making her “perfect” they also made her shameless, manipulative, quick to violence, and delightfully rash. I looove characters who wholeheartedly enjoy what they’re doing, even if it doesn’t always make them a good person exactly (actually, especially then, when it’s a comedy!), and from the minute Ichiko started laughing at the jealous girls, I was won over. As for Binboda Momiji (Uchiyama Yumi), she is so far acting more as a catalyst for Ichiko than a straight source of comedy herself…until someone talks about her chest, or pisses her off, or she starts cosplaying and bickering with Ichiko. Both of them have solid comedy potentially that is already being used to great effect, and the interactions between them are gold from the start. That’s what good character-driven comedies are built from, and I see it here. A good sign!
But cake ceases to entertain if you eat it every day, and such is the case for comedy as well. What of the more serious, ploty side? Well, it was actually quite good! I took a liking to Suwano (Naka Hiroshi) almost immediately, mostly because it was clear how much he earnestly cared for Ichiko like she was his own daughter, though also because he’s a bit of a pervert. Wonderful hobbies indeed! Anyway, this made it so that when Ichiko’s fortune vampirism struck him down, there were actually the stirrings of something like feelings somewhere deep in my black heart. Plus, the whole thing humanized Ichiko, revealing that she’s actually quite lonely, and that she’s kind-hearted and really loves Suwano. Then she fired him(!!), but for his own good, so he could go off, find a wife, and be happy. A nice little d’aaaww moment amidst a lot of good comedy.
Other than that we had some funny references (Medaka Box, Dragonball Z, Lupin III, others) that didn’t go too overboard, some gloriously painful puns (catastrophy, HAH!), and fanservice out the wazoo, yay! What’s not to like? Let me just say that while I won’t be blogging this series due to real life commitments I need to take care of this summer, it’s one I would gladly write about any other season, and I will definitely be watching it every week. Now that Ichiko and Momiji are apparently living together, I only see it getting better from here!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shamelessly manipulative yet kind-hearted bitch vs violent, cosplaying God of Misfortune. Hilarious! #Binbougami
- I really enjoyed the OP song, which is nice and upbeat and I must have played six or seven times while writing this post, but the ED wins in terms of sheer fanservice. DAT SERVICE!!
- From Moomba, while he was encoding the OP and ED for me (thanks mooms!): “IT FINALLY HAPPENED! Someone in Japanese media commented on characters whose eyes are perpetually closed! I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS DAY FOR SO LONG!” I told him this means he needs to watch Kannagi, but I still laughed ^^
- Double Ichiko (busty and loli versions!) urging Suwano to live was very sweet. Glad it worked.
- Also: Suwano, you beast. You work fast! I’ll miss you, you old pervert.
ED: 「恋暴動」 (Koi Boudou) by HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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