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!