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BINBOGAMI GA! #4 - - Special Review

It all comes back to DBZ, doesn't it?

I’ve never been one to hold off on saying, “I told you so” - - so it’s quite gratifying to see my prediction about this show’s formula playing out.

True, Sakura doesn’t actually like too much of a jerk in this episode, but the little puppy still expects her to act like one and he is subsequently surprised by the depth of character she exhibits by getting so torn up about her poor butler. It’s an unusual formula, certainly, but it’s still a formula on the order of Mutta’s various neurotic ticks being spun around into positive strengths in each episode of SPACE BROTHERS.

Also, yes I’m aware that I’m reviewing this episode after saying I’d be stepping back from the series yesterday. I don’t know who should say, “I told you so,” in this case, but I never said I wouldn’t return. It just happened that fourth episode was up, so it was as easy as opening a new tab on my browser. Past this point, I may still keep up with this show, but it’ll have to be sporadically.

Anyway, BINBOGAMI-GA’s pendulum swung back to “funny” with a vengeance for this episode. Boy, did it ever. It did. It did. I’m going to pull this show up as a counterpoint for every time some T&A show tries to get a free pass when it just plainly isn’t funny. Me being able to catch more of the references this time certainly helped, as well (pretty surprised they pulled out the MONONOKE costume.)

Actually, speaking of MONONOKE, this is probably the nerdiest possible thing to say - - but the whole (gimpy?) get-up with “Sado-Masochistic, Little Brother Puppy Dog” (as I call him) has once again reminded me that I finally need to study up on my Shintoism one of these days. Never realized there was a connection between MONONOKE’s wolves and Amaterasu from OKAMI, but dogs do show up a lot in these stories… and it ain’t a coincidence, and I want to find out why.

To be picked up on later…?Watch this episode, "He Shrank, Didn't He?!” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon July 30, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

I might have to actually check this out if you are saying that the references and wacky situations are actually humorous and not just dumb like most anime.

takashichea moderator is online on July 30, 2012 at 7:26 p.m.

Wait, I was not wrong! You just tweak your predictions a bit. The creator of Binbogami Ga! is a dog lover. I forgot what chapter he mentions about his passion for drawing dogs.

This episode was hilarious.

Hit me baby, one more time!
Hit me baby, one more time!
Sonata moderator on July 30, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.
This was a fantastic episode, and hilarious!XD 
 
 
Kurohigeon July 31, 2012 at 7:37 p.m.

I gotta check this out.

Sonata moderator on July 31, 2012 at 9:15 p.m.
@Kurohige: You should it is awesomeXD
Daniel_Newton moderator on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.

@Lurkero said:

I might have to actually check this out if you are saying that the references and wacky situations are actually humorous and not just dumb like most anime.

Oh the entire anime is pretty dumb, but the right kind of dumb.

@takashichea said:

Hit me baby, one more time!
Hit me baby, one more time!

...I found that far funnier than I should have.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Aug. 1, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.

Also, glad to see you're not ready to drop this show just yet Tom, that last review had me worried. It's definitely worth riding this out all the way, it's one of the most popular shows this anime season from what I can tell.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 1, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

@Daniel_Newton:

Sweet, I'm glad you enjoyed that weird Brittney Spears reference.

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