It’s nice to know that after so many years (roughly three and a half), an anime can still hold its own. Binbougami ga! was something I watched about a month after my first Summer of Anime, so the nostalgia factor was heavily apparent upon my re-watch of it. The nice thing was that the nostalgia didn’t necessarily carry the show, but rather the show itself carried the show, which is how it should be, right? I’m starting to spout common sense like its nonsense. It had that same appeal it had when I first watched it; something that’s fairly rare upon re-watches. It managed to surprise me all over again with its high-spirited energy and dedication to entertain. Almost along the same vein as something from Studio Trigger or old Gainax titles, Binbougami ga! is memorable and enjoyable due to its own glorified spectacle.
The characters are the soul embodiment of this trait. Each one, while their development varies depending on the person, has a distinct position. Not one character can be viewed as “unimportant,” despite how silly they may be portrayed. It’s this level of importance and participation that makes the characters likable (or unlikable) despite their one-sided personalities. Those characters who do receive development throughout the show do a good job of showing that they’ve grown, or at least trying to grow. There are layers to pick off from this show, whether it be through the plotline or the character’s lines, that can spark appeal with most people. The animation is also a good supporter of this, too. The reactions of the characters and the overall brightness of the show and the antics included shine brightly upon those who choose to view it. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s one of my favorite anime to look at, but it doesn’t hurt its case with its animation and style.
That’s not to say the show doesn’t have issues. Like with most parody-genre anime, the logic behind the plot devices, characters, and whatever else is predictably ridiculous. I found myself impressed by how convoluted and hollow the issues of some of the characters’ background were, and how easily they were resolved. Breaking the rules of reality and human capability are also abundant within Binbougami ga!, which may serve for the sake of comedy, also leaves those looking for deeper meaning and wit tilting their heads. The serious scenes felt almost comedic to me, as I didn’t feel enough empathy for the characters and their relationship towards each other. It’s a tricky objective to blend serious and stupid together without feeling forced. Binbougami ga! falls prey to this, just as many others have.
A testament to vibrant enthusiasm and unfiltered energy. Binbougami ga! is a treat for those looking for the “turn off the brain and watch” comedy flick. Still, it has enough of a bite to its writing to leave those expecting shit to shrug their shoulders in defeat.
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