Semai Sekaide

Anime episode reviews.

Binbougami ga – Episode 1

Subs by gg

Expectations

I’ve written this plenty of times, but it’s still true. I choose the shows to watch mostly on my guts, and this usually means that I plunge into something I’m not familiar with or something that I wouldn’t often choose to watch. And most of the times I actually got some great value out of this method. Examples are Sankarea and Papa no iukoto wo kikinasai, both shows where I thought that they’d be incredibly wrong (zombie ecchi and pedo stuff) but instead were amazing. I’m continuing this trend with Binbougami ga.

So here I am: a show with the genres adventure, fantasy/supernatural and comedy (95% of all anime are apparently “comedy”) and it’s about a goddess and good and bad luck. That’s it. I’m absolutely not into shows with youkai (Natsume Yuujinchou, Bakemonogatari and xxxHolic didn’t interest me for this reason) so I’m wary of supernatural stuff and gods, I have no idea for what kind of audience this is intended, and all because of a hunch that this will be a “new experience”. Time to dive in!

About this episode

Boom, there is my fear #1: this anime is going to be a giant pile of youkainess. The introduction (luckily) wasn’t fitting at all though. So what I found out was that this is a comedy. The humor is a bit like Seto no Hanayome with a bunch of references to anime. So we get a goddess of misfortune, Momiji, and a very lucky girl, Ichiko. She’s introduced quickly but effectively.

Then we get the scene where the other girls are talking about her. She’s looking down so obviously I assumed that she was sad that others thought so badly of her.

The picture that I had of her for a full minute: ruined.

But no, absolutely not. She’s laughing at them. And let’s be honest, she has all the right to do so. They’re being pretty pathetic and jealous, Ichiko hasn’t done anything “wrong”. By the way, the idea of her voice was ruined together with her image. I was expecting something softer, more polite. Nope, not at all. It’s fitting though. I actually like both Ichiko’s and Momiji’s voices, they’re interesting and they work well with the character that’s presented in every situation. Momiji uses this softer, sweeter voice a few times and this also sounds good. Same goes for Ichiko in her more serious scenes.

Subtle references are for losers. I didn’t expect Medaka Box of all things to refer to though.

I don’t quite get why Momiji hanged herself in her introduction scene. It’s a good shocker though.

Obvious stuff follows: Momiji eventually explains the story about fortune and misfortune, and we now have a good idea of what’s going on. I really pity Ichiko now, with her “future”. That guy looks terrible. The “You should totally do it” line was dry too, just because I have no idea if Momiji meant this seriously of not. It’s hard to tell.

This part especially really reminds me of Seto no Hanayome: the somewhat over the top humor, the eternal Momiji vs Ichiko. Ichiko is too lucky and always escapes the needle of death. I’ve said before that I’m not an over the top guy usually, but this was enjoyable. It did what it’s supposed to do: add extra energy to the scenes. I just had a blast watching this. Not like laughing out loud, but just enjoying the ride.

And stab, right back at you.

So I assume that in the coarse of the series, Momiji and Ichiko will become closer friends and eventually see each other as more than enemies. Ichiko is looking for friends and Momiji will become hers, that idea.

And then Momiji places a trap for Ichiko. I thought that this would really be like Seto no Hanayome (for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, replace Seto no Hanayome with “Tom and Jerry” and you get the picture) and we’d get this rinse and repeat plot of Momiji trying to stab Ichiko but failing every time. The funny thing is that this isn’t what happened. I wonder what happened with the trap that Momiji set because it subtly disappeared out of the story.

It’s only now that we truly find out why Momiji wants to get rid of Ichiko’s luck. Because she’s sucking up Suwano’s fortune, he’s about to die. So now the “I’m not going to sacrifice my own fortune for the sake of others” doesn’t stand as firmly as before, once Ichiko realises what’s going to happen. Still, I enjoyed that she didn’t just sacrifice herself but actually tricked Momiji.

Thanks GG for the pun.

I always try my best not to use GG subs after I had some terrible experiences with them on Sacred Seven. Their style is very apparent in this episode too: they’ve got some liberal translations and make the dialogue a bit coarser. Nothing wrong with that in itself, but do you really think that a girl like Ichiko would swear every two sentences? I kinda doubt it. Still, it’s fitting the show somehow so I’m all good with it for now.

And there comes the conclusion: Ichiko’s fortune does a great deal of things, and saves all the people in the hospital. The catch: it all goes back to her (since she’s lucky).

I liked Ichiko’s scene with her butler. She’s a good person, and I think she made a great decision. Random lols at the end for him getting married within a week.

And so the two are together now. The end. It’s a good episode: we’re introduced to our story, the characters and know what to expect.

Rating: +

I loved the humor, and the idea is original too. It’s not our standard romcom, it’s a fresh take on the comedy genre. I also like both of the characters already. Ichiko especially is fun to watch. The humor worked well in this episode: it wasn’t 20 minutes of back and forth chasing which I’m grateful for, and I hope that Binbougami ga will continue this trend.

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One response to “Binbougami ga – Episode 1

  1. Justin July 6, 2012 at 01:40

    “I’ve written this plenty of times, but it’s still true. I choose the shows to watch mostly on my guts, and this usually means that I plunge into something I’m not familiar with or something that I wouldn’t often choose to watch….

    I have no idea for what kind of audience this is intended, and all because of a hunch that this will be a “new experience”. Time to dive in!”

    You were rewarded.

    On that note, once I found out that the director of Gintama’ was on it, I knew I was expecting to LOL at certain points of the show. I can expect it to get more LOL worthy as the series goes on!

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