The leading contender for best anime released in the Japanese summer of 2012, or possibly 2012 itself, would probably be Binbougami Ga! Literally translating to “God of Poverty“, this slapstick comedy of a show revolves between a high school girl with an unusually high level of luck that disrupts the world balance, and a God of Poverty who’s trying to regulate said balance but is always outlucked by the human girl.
Their brand of out-of-this-world comedy reminded me of Gintama, which I miss oh so much – situational parodies of other anime (DBZ, Doraemon, Lupin, etc.), breaking the fourth wall, fire-forged friendships, double act with the straight man and funny man, etc. This is a must-watch!
16-year old high school student Sakura Ichiko – rich, beautiful, intelligent, talented and blessed with a great body and nice rack, has caught the attention of the Gods due to her abnormal level of fortune disrupting the karmic balance of the world. They dispatch Momiji, goddess of poverty and misfortune, to fix the problem.
The following screens ensue:
Momiji’s reading about Rurouni Kenshin! Lol
After their violent first encounter, Momiji finally explains to freaked-out Ichicko about their situation. Thing is, if Ichiko consents to having her fortune taken away, she’ll experience bad luck as the first step of turning into an averagely karma-ed human. An example for Ichiko’s upcoming events in life would be to fail at school, lose her house, get married to an otaku and have five children together: with the father and children having the same face as their dog lol.
Momiji POV while wearing Gadget of Misfortune: Scouter
Of course, Ichiko rejects the goddess’s proposition, and that led to the all-out karmic war between goddess and human. The problem arising from their dispute is that if Ichiko still rejects to have her fortune sucked out of her via Momiji’s giant hypodermic injection, she’ll continue to absorb the fortune of other people around her until those people run out of luck themselves.
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