Hidden Gems: Binbougami ga!

binbougami ga

Binbougami ga, or Good Luck Girl (which for the record is one of the worst translations on a title I’ve ever seen) in English,  is a great fucking time.   I must say as a comedy anime connoisseur (lol whut amiright), Binbougami ga is among the best that comedy anime has to offer.

The premise is as follows, in a certain city there is a girl with an impossible amount of good luck.  She’s smart, athletic, rich, well endowed and all the boys love her.  Her name is Sakura Ichiko and she also the troublesome passive ability to unknowingly and unintentionally steal the good luck of those around her and add it to her already outrageous levels of good luck.  For this reason a poverty goddess is sent to drain her of all her good fortune and shut this luck draining ability down.  When confronted about this however Ichiko is not willing to give up her good fortune and hilarity ensues.

Premise aside what Binbougami ga brings to the table is well, basically everything.  The voice acting is superb, the characters are fun, memorable and more complex, or at least serious, than they first appear as are their underlying character arcs.  There are loads of Gintama-style references to other anime sprinkled throughout Binbougami ga.  The delivery of the gags is excellent and there is a surprising amount of action since Binbougami ga has a distinct battle-comedy slant to it’s overall makeup though this is more pronounced in the manga.  Perhaps most striking of all though is how few still frames there are.  There is very little sitting/standing around and talking and even though all the relevant characters go to high school like 99% of all other anime, they spend very little time in the classroom or at the school in general.

The show is almost frenetic, between it’s genuine action scenes and rapid transitions from joke to joke, and I mean that in the best possible sense of that word.  It’s exciting really because it felt a lot like Kill la Kill, in the sense that things were always moving, but the visuals never really seemed to take a hit despite that.  It even does a great job of adapting the manga pretty faithfully while making great edits where required.

I would abso-fucking-lutely recommend this to anyone and everyone, in fact I genuinely think anyone who doesn’t see it missing out on a truly great comedy.  No joke, I would give this a 10/10 because it is perfect for what it is trying to do.  See y’all next time.

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