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BINBOGAMI GA! #6 - - Special Review

Sado-masochistic puppies. No longer shocking?

I don’t know what it says about me - - or about society at large, perhaps - - when a adorable puppy putting himself into bondage for some fetishistic gratification actually comes across as rather quaint.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s droll line from ED WOOD actually springs to mind- -“Well, I see the usual cast of misfits and dope addicts are here.” This gang of twisted gods and assorted degenerate mystics has holed up in Ichiko’s flat for so long that, by now, their quirks are happenstance. So much so that I don’t even blink when a… *AHEM *… gag like the one above comes up.

(Thanks to Sonata and Takischea for the image, by the way.)

Honestly, if you told me at the start that BINBOGAMI GA! would eventually get into a rhythm swinging the ol’ tonal pendulum back and forth between the poles of Comedy and Drama every episode, I wouldn’t have been excited. I could very easily picture the attempts at seriousness being very awkward and ill-advised. Now that proof’s in the pudding, though, I’m frankly a little stupefied by how effectively Ichiko’s extended lesson in sympathy has been presented.

As I brought up in the Vice Pit, this series plays like a Dickens parody to me. Now, however, it almost seems like a very demented Dickens pastiche. Part of the reason I detest CHRISTMAS CAROL parodies so much is that they make the lead’s redemptive arc so over-simplified and trite. Again, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think this show’s making the angle work much more effectively by drawing that arc out and adding all this messy complication. It’s seeming less and less like a parody and more like a cheeky supernatural high school soap in the vein of something like RANMA ½. Who'd have figured?

Oh, and this episode’s stand-out gag was definitely the Turtle God’s not-so-subtle “recap duties.” Meta-haha!

Watch this episode, "Open Your Eye-es!” 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

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 10, 2012 at 9:21 p.m.

This show is the anime version of The Family Guy... with gods of misfortune an an two other important um stuff.With anime parody an pranks for all.It may be to good to be real.But if it is a dream one hopes it does last for a good 24 episodes.

Also.. odds are the best open an close music for this anime season.I would say also the best use of a dog god.Who is into s&m. But their really is no best use of that ever :/

takashichea moderator on Aug. 11, 2012 at 1:16 a.m.

I liked this episode,and it's interesting that they skipped chapter 5, a tennis match. It would have interrupted the flow of new characters, and how they slowly smooth out Ichiko's rough edges. I'm excited to see Ranmaru Rindou in the next episode.

I kind of see a bit of Christmas Carol but not much.

@Marshal Victory:

I agree that opening and closing are so awesome. I say Gintama is more close to the anime version of Family Guy than Binbogami Ga! with its satire and crude jokes.

Great review, Tom!

Nightwolfon Aug. 11, 2012 at 8:06 a.m.

WTF.

Sonata moderator on Aug. 11, 2012 at 8:17 a.m.
It was a good episode,  Yamabuki sitting there in class with head hitting the ceiling was funny. I'm definitely looking for to the next weeks episode Ranmaru looks like she may be a favorite of mineXD
Marshal Victoryon Aug. 11, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.

@takashichea: I would agree Gintama does lean Family Guy .But its set in its own alt earth. BINBOGAMI GA! on the ohter hand has its own modern earth.. with gods of misfortune who want to punish Ichiko good fortune because some one, some where ,stubbed their toe.

Sony i think does the music for BINBOGAMI GA! an i really wish i could get into Gintama as much as i like it BINBOGAMI GA! just is more fun for me.

No_name_here staff is online on Aug. 17, 2012 at 2:36 a.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

This show is the anime version of The Family Guy... with gods of misfortune an an two other important um stuff.With anime parody an pranks for all.It may be to good to be real.But if it is a dream one hopes it does last for a good 24 episodes.

Huh. Good way to put it.

Also.. odds are the best open an close music for this anime season.I would say also the best use of a dog god.Who is into s&m. But their really is no best use of that ever :/

Can't recall - - was Brian into that sort of stuff?

@takashichea said:

Great review, Tom!

Thanks!

I kind of see a bit of Christmas Carol but not much.

Well, it's not an outright parody, but it's definitely a Dickensian supernatural morality tale.

@Sonata said:

It was a good episode, Yamabuki sitting there in class with head hitting the ceiling was funny. I'm definitely looking for to the next weeks episode Ranmaru looks like she may be a favorite of mineXD

Hah! I don't even get to look that far ahead with these.

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 18, 2012 at 10:48 p.m.

@No_name_here said:

@Marshal Victory said:

This show is the anime version of The Family Guy... with gods of misfortune an an two other important um stuff.With anime parody an pranks for all.It may be to good to be real.But if it is a dream one hopes it does last for a good 24 episodes.

Huh. Good way to put it.

Also.. odds are the best open an close music for this anime season.I would say also the best use of a dog god.Who is into s&m. But their really is no best use of that ever :/

Can't recall - - was Brian into that sort of stuff?

seems so

from

http://www.squidoo.com/cartoon-animated-gif

dont recall the exact episode tho..

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