Summer 2012 – Binbougami ga!
Type: First Look
And so the gods ask themselves, “How can she be so stacked?” The law of conservation of fortune. That’s the key principle in this show. The amount of fortune one is having is equal to the amount of misfortune someone else is having. It’s a zero-sum thing. And that’s exactly what the gods of misfortune [...]
And so the gods ask themselves, “How can she be so stacked?”
The law of conservation of fortune. That’s the key principle in this show. The amount of fortune one is having is equal to the amount of misfortune someone else is having. It’s a zero-sum thing. And that’s exactly what the gods of misfortune aim to maintain.
Enter Ichiko, a super fortunate girl. She’s rich, smart, pretty… and stacked. That’s the most important bit. She’s stacked. But she’s not just fortunate, she actually drains the fortune of those around her, bringing direct misfortune to them. So a god of misfortune named Momiji is sent to visit her to balance things out.
But she’s not exactly a happy camper with the idea of her losing her fortune, so she resists Momiji’s attempts to drain her of her luck. And she pretty much succeeds, proving her fortune is way better than the misfortune of a god of misfortune.
But lo and behold, her butler, who is probably the only person she really cares about, soon suffers a heart attack, proving the truth of her ability to drain other people’s fortune. So after some reflection, Ichiko finally allows Momiji to drain her of her fortune. But she back-stabs her at the last minute, executing a good old german suplex. She steals of the concentrated luck, bringing that to the hospital and eventually spreading the fortune around.
The butler does manager to recover, but Ichiko lays him off in order for him to live his life, away from the danger she brings. So while that may appear to be the end of it, Momiji soon reappears in front of Ichiko, simply because all that fortune eventually found their way back to her. And so begins their see-saw battle between fortune and misfortune.
The show is pretty silly, actually. Not that it’s bad; it actually does silly pretty decently. I guess it helps that the one doing the silly comedy are two girls, so that’s kind of refreshing. It’s brand of silly comedy is pretty enjoyable, stopping well enough before it became too silly. And it does manage to pull off some serious stuff like Momiji commenting on how happiness is supposed to be shared.
There’s also quite a few references to pop culture as well, like personifying fortune with Goku and misfortune with Vegeta. Poor Vegeta, he really can’t catch a break, eh?
The art reminds me though of Beelzebub for some reason, and I found their comedy to be a bit similar. But while I wasn’t too fond of Beelzebub, somehow Binbougami ga works for me, at least for now.