Fortune x Misfortune is the new OTP of this season
|Binbogami ga begins by explaining that Japan is full of different Gods, as if to hint that this isn’t even close to the most obscure God we’ll see in an anime plot. Someone out there decided they could get away with using a God of Misfortune as a perfect concept to base an entire manga (and now an anime) around. Whether or not it was a good concept…well..that’s why we have blog posts like these, isn’t it?|
|Hello everyone! Fosh here again for another epic first impressions post with a hilarious episode of Binbogami! Originally I was not going to even watch this, but I heard from a few people out there on twitter that it has the same writing team as Gintama? After hearing that I was curious to see how that would work? Anyway onto the review! I hope you enjoy this crazy tag team post.|
|Hello, I’m back for another (late) first impression! Just like Fosh, I didn’t even try to bother this until I found out that Gintama‘s director will be directing it, and it will be under Sunrise‘s care. Just like OC’s short description, this anime sounds somehow odd. But maybe that’s the charm of it? Let’s see how well Gintama‘s director did with this anime.|
anaaga// Here’s a show that’s actually plain but refreshing at the same time. The concept of Japan’s deity has been used gazillion times in anime/manga, making this part of Binbougami ga to be one in a million. There’s nothing new about Momiji’s status as a God of Misfortune, really. The only thing that makes her standout somehow is her attitude that reminds me of a lazy silver-haired samurai who has permanent perm, but that’s not something to talk about here. To make it short, the whole Japan deity business is nothing remarkable. It’s just the same ol’ divine-being messing around with a human for a certain reason, and as time passes by, the deity and that certain human (in this anime, Sakura) develops a strong bond that surpasses friendship but below the romantic level. Let’s not forget other supporting characters that will provide more stories. Oh, and also their angsty backstories as the plot progresses (There must be a reason why Sakura is shown alone in her room and Momiji in a dry land)! Don’t forget the canon romance that will spice things up too! Typical Jump stuff. The only refreshing part here is the whole fortune system, but it comes into a huugeee play since that’s what this anime/manga is all about. That’s not the only charm the fortune system has though. The silliness of it gives a lot of room to make silly humorous things happen. And since ridiculous gags happen, it allows ridiculous characters possible to exist. Yup, that’s the only thing that makes this show somehow remarkable. Take out the whole fortune thingy, and this anime will just be nada. Nah, not really nada. Just plain. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s humorous. I like it. Unfortunately, the humor element will always be under Gintama’s shadow.
Fosh // This series feels a bit like Haiyore Nyaruko-san in terms of all the random anime references like four minutes in we get hit with a sudden Madaka box parody and that series just ended oh and there was one for the Lupin fans out there! What else was there? Oh there are some easy ones to spot like Goku and Vegeta from Dragon ball Z? Along with a special scouter and I think they also managed to include the dragonballs in that container filled with Sakura’s “good fortune” that tells me right there that the creators of this series seem to be in love with Dragonball universe. Just kidding I counted the orbs and we had eight, but hey nice try right? Oh and how could I forget this one the random nose picking scene?! Usually when a character picks their nose what series do you normally think of? For me and a few others fans out there our minds jump straight to Gintama because Gintoki often does that whenever he is bored or generally spewing something very intelligent to other characters around him. Well that pretty much concludes all the references for the first episode of Binbogami! Stay tuned next week for more hilarious fun.
Overcooled // Allow me to warn you that my taste in humour is a bit odd. Everyone’s funny bone has a slightly different physiology (shh, pretend this is an actual bone in your body), but mine seems to be especially hard to tickle when it comes to anime. So it might be partially the gaping chasm in my chest that I call a heart talking here when I say that Binbougami ga isn’t funny at all. Considering this is primarily a comedy show, this is very distressing. All of the jokes are things I’ve heard before such as boob jokes or are delivered with senseless screaming that has no reason or rhyme. It’s like they watched Nichibros, saw that a bunch of punchlines were said in a louder volume, and copied that without understanding what it meant to do so. The jokes aren’t painfully bad, but they always miss the mark of even getting me to smile or chuckle. I might have been watching Grave of the bloody Fireflies based on the expression I had throughout the show.
A comedy show that fails at being funny is already a strike for me and I won’t be watching any more, but let’s go through the motions and look at what else could potentially save the show. It’s not a total wash, because I wasn’t bored enough to stop watching it. Something about a God of Misfortune trying to terrorize a human girl (who does equal amounts of terrorizing) seems to work. It’s not an incredibly clever premise, but it works well enough to base a bunch of gags around without them all being the same joke. It’s unfortunate that they’re trying to inject some drama in the story as well, because it doesn’t work.
anaaga // Maybe the characters are the biggest reasons why this anime can work for lots of people. Sakura is a bitch. Momiji is a lazy-ass god who shows little respect to her boss. No matter how deep and dark their backstories are, it will never change the fact that they’re characters with terrible personalities that will never work in real life. Having a friend like Sakura would be the worst thing in my high school days, and owning a subordinate like Momiji will just give me stress. But that’s why these terrible characters can work in this anime. There’s nothing fun in a comedy anime than to see two characters with the worst personalities ever to brawl with each other. Heck, these characters made this anime seem humorous when the humor fails (the whole TV show gag was lame, but Momiji’s expression and apathetic tone was great). And really, it’s a fact that most people tend to like characters with bad personalities. So are the characters great? No. But they’re great for an anime like Binbougami ga!
Overcooled // Seeing Sakura as someone to sympathize with is nigh impossible. From the get-go she’s introduced to us as a selfish bitch. I was expecting her to be a sweet girl who was super lucky and thus in a constant state of high energy and glee. I love seeing a ruthless bitch as a main character instead of the usual blushing moeblob, but it’s not working here. The shift between scenes where she was being selfish about her own happiness clashed with the softer scenes filled with tears and dramatic monologues. I can’t take any of the drama seriously. I bet you anything this girl will slowly become more benevolent and start sharing her luck with others, thus losing some of that cool edge. I couldn’t care less about that. I would prefer to just see her argue with the Binbougami all day. Luckily, there appears to be a big cast waiting to spring out at us. Hopefully their special, dramatic moments will be slightly more endearing than watching a rich brat learn what it means to not care about someone holding your schoolbag every day more than making the world happier. :/ Sakura and the Binbougami are both pretty solid characters, but they’re both a bit too wild to have good chemistry together. There needs to be more balance and more than just two girls screaming at each other all the time. It won’t fix the fact that I don’t find this show funny, but I think it will get more interesting.
Fosh // Wow! I certainly had a lot of fun with this episode and after it ended it left me wanting more! Seriously there has been a huge void left in my life of anime watching without my weekly adventures with Gintama. I mean sure comedy style anime is one of my favorite genres to explore. Over the past few seasons there have been fun comedies like the hilarious Nichijou! followed by me laughing my ass off with Haiyore Nyaruko-san! And now I am in love with the girls from Yuru Yuri. But there is just something fun about Binbobami Ga! that makes it very entertaining. That said I honestly think this level of “out there” comedy tends to be a huge hit or a giant flop for people. However, there are a few select fans out there who understand this type of comedy and they can laugh at every crude joke! Trust me if you can look past the side gags you might find yourself addicted to this unique series.
anaaga // This episode did not come out great as I expected it to be, but it wasn’t below the average level. Sunrise really did not lie when they said that they’re going to have a Gintama-equivalent anime for this summer. Too bad it didn’t reach the Gintama level though. This anime tried too hard with the gag at times, while Gintama feels natural with it. Why does this matter again? The Director for this anime is also the director of Gintama. Yup, it’s our man Fujita Yoichi. He did so fabulous in Gintama, so the directing of this anime disappoint me a little. This is just the first episode, so I shouldn’t complain much. But I hope that Fujita Yoichi can make the gags better somehow in the later episodes. If this keeps up, I might have to abandon this anime.
But all hope is not lost. The directing might be disappointing somehow, but each of the seiyuu is doing a good job voicing them characters. Hanazawa Kana is oddly getting better at voicing extremely bitchy characters, which is our Sakura in this anime. This might be her true seiyuu call. I haven’t watched any anime with Uchiyama Yumi before, so I can’t really compare Momiji with her other characters. But I don’t think I should compare anyway, since Momiji’s voice is. Just. Great. Momiji sounds like the laziest being in this world, but somehow that lazy voice of hers can work during the dramatic moments. Good job, Uchiyama Yumi! Keep up the good work, oh glorious seiyuu! Maybe I don’t have to abandon this anime after all. I’ll be sticking around a bit to see whether the directing and the gags will improve or not. And I hope they do. I want to stick with this anime.
Preview: A perverted monk and a “sacred” sword. I have a feeling we’ll finally get to see Sakura’s weapon.