Binbougami Ga! Weekly Update – Episode 10

Bobby and Momou return! I have been waiting for them to come back for a while now! The two make a comeback with a sledgehammer in tow ready to shatter the fourth wall. It’s a fun scene where Bobby exclaims he would be a better female protagonist… I hope the producers don’t open pandora’s box and create a show where the horny priest is a cross dressing protagonist.

This week Ichiko finally takes a step towards protecting those around her by containing her fortune. Instead reacting to the misfortune her luck creates for her loved ones, she’s finally actively trying to fix the situation.

I just wish this development was catalyzed by a member of the cast and not some random cat Ichiko found at the beginning of the show. As a viewer I don’ have any emotional investment in the kitten even though she is quite cute. I understand that I might be a bit biased considering that I am a dog person… But lets just ignore that fact for now.

Ranmaru and Momiji would have been better hooks to make us believe the change. Hell, even Suwano would have sufficed even though he hasn’t be in the show since the first episode. It’s because I understand the relationships she has with those characters. They have been around and have some chemistry with the female lead. At the end of the day, it feels like a missed storytelling opportunity.

Episode ten left an awkward impression. Between shattering the fourth wall and the random omakes, it tried to fit an emotional stepping stone in Ichiko’s growth. None of the careful pacing in the last two episodes mattered where because of the story much of the humor had to take a backseat.  It’s as if the show was going through comedic withdrawal, letting out all the jokes it didn’t have an opportunity to say.

While the moments here are funny they seemed unnecessary because they drowned out the plot. I know the shift towards more melodramatic elements has had a polarizing effect on fans of the show but I for one enjoyed them. I love the company of Ichiko and Momiji so naturally I’d like to know more about them. Considering that there were already issues with the storytelling elements  in those sections the comedy becomes all the more suffocating.

Other than those complaints I wish we had more Ranmaru this episode… I think I have a crush…

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