I never had any expectations for Sabagebu. It was never given any attention when I made that "season previews are worthless" post sometime before the summer season aired. I just saw that it was one of those "girls using weaponry" anime, remembered how I didn't give C3-bu much of a chance when it aired a year ago, noticed that it was the first thing to air in the season (even though it was due to being a pre-air), and gave it a shot. Was kind of surprised at how fast-paced and violent the premiere was, so I watched the second episode. And then the third.
And now I've finished the entire series.
- Watch out Witchcraft Works, because I think you've got competition for the best "hidden gem" of the year. And considering how fucking insane you turned out to be, that's saying more than America's word that West Africa will be ebola-free within the next five years.
What the advertisements for this show failed to get across to me is that Sabagebu is a black comedy, a genre that's kind of rare in anime and even rarer in shoujo. Sure you have plenty of 90s-era John Hughes slapstick knockoffs getting produced every season, but in terms of comedies where the humor deliberately comes from the characters being assholes (on purpose) in the vein of "the only good sitcom airing right now" It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia? With no attempts at being heartfelt, and whenever it does, it pulls the rug from under you? I don't think even Milky Holmes at its peak was this cruel.
And whilst the other characters contribute their fair share to the proceedings, the main reason this show works is because of the main character: Momoka. Why? Because she's just so impossible a character to sympathize with to the point that she becomes extremely interesting. While not exactly on the level of great British assholes like Blackadder or Bernard from Black Books, I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Momoka is quite frankly the biggest asshole you'll ever see in any other anime this year, and quite possibly the last few. Nothing about her is kind. She's not someone you'd ever want to be with in reality. If this was a romantic drama, she'd be that character that single-handedly ruins the series with forced conflict and a deal with the devil.
- Thankfully, Sabagebu is a skit-based comedic series that actually has a "reset button" license. Oh, one of the girls caused a helicopter to crash and killed two pilots in the process, sending them to meet the devil? Eh, nobody cares about those extras, so let's not turn her over to the police and just publicly humiliate her for the fact that she couldn't flush a toilet.
Once Momoka's behavior grounded me into the series, all the writers had to do was create short scenarios that exploited her, as well as the rest of the cast, for comedy and creativity. There's quite a few gags that don't really work (the fat stuff, the stalkers on the mountain, the school president thing that went on twice as long as it should have), but each episode always had one that was really great and it's paced quick enough so that you don't stare at a skit for too long trying to extract a laugh from your dirty ugly mouth.
- The punchlines get a little predictable as time goes on because it's pretty obvious before too long that someone's going to suffer by the time a skit ends. But it's done cleverly enough, again similar to Sunny, that it never really grows stale.
- And even if the jokes don't satisfy you, at least you can't deny that Sabagebu has great action chops. I haven't actually seen Aldnoah Zero's fight choreography despite the praise for it, but I'd be surprised to hear that it was of much higher quality than this show's "old people riding jeeps whilst shooting at youngsters" action.
- This ain't like the shitty "punch one spot multiple times and use stills for dramatic effect" stuff that Akame ga Kill seems to think qualifies for action. It isn't unstylized powerpoint like Tokyo ESP. It's not the utterly incompetent "couldn't hit the broadside of a barn" crap that Jormungand indulged in. No, this is hands-down expert gun stuff that isn't quite as good as Black Lagoon, but is worthy enough to stand in its shadow. And that's better than most gun action we get in Hollywood these days (fuck you shaky cam!).
There's not really much more I can say about Sabagebu considering it's a plotless comedy that never takes itself seriously. I do urge people to give it a shot if what I said appeals to you, because I don't think it deserved the low amount of attention it received whilst airing. Just be aware that the first episode is a little rocky and the second is when it starts to find its footing. If you're not hooked by the third - you monster - then the rest probably won't appeal to you. I definitely don't consider it the best anime of the year (Space Dandy, Tiger and Bunny: The Rising, maybe Terror in Resonance but I need to see how it ends first). Has a few too many "mehs" for me to really rank it too high, let alone consider it my favorite "cute girl" anime.
- That said, barring some explosion of quality next season, it's definitely going into my top ten anime for this year.
'I know what the title says, but don't go expecting real survival games!'
Do you enjoy an anime where girls battle out with guns? Well, there have been a lot of anime that fit that category such as C3 and Strike Witches. I know I've seen a few, and this anime is one.
There's nothing much to say about Sabagebu honestly. It revolves a hig-school club called the 'Survival Games Club' and we look into the crazy shenanigans these high-schoolers are put up into. Momoka, the character focus of the group, transferred to this high school and is forced into the club by its president, Miou. From
there, she leads her own not-so-ordinary life.
Now, what's good about this anime is the hilarious comedy. It never failed to make me laugh every episode. From the characters to the main story, it just brightens your day. The anime takes in many forms of comedy, whether dramatic or just plain stupid. Sometimes it just became Nichijou, but with a bit more understanding.
'This is all in the girls' imaginations. You can't die in a real survival game, so don't worry!'
I must really give props to the narrator. You probably never seen a lot of narrators in anime, so this kind is not wasted. He is definitely an awesome person whom I will never stop laughing at.
The characters are sweet and have nice personalities which has some similar tropes for a typical comedy anime. Momoka has a two-sided personality, Miou is rich and loved, Maya is a beauty who always die first out of the rest, Urara being a masochist always wanting to be near Momoka, and Kayo is a cosplay fanatic who doesn't talk much.
But I feel that there is some character development in Momoka, as she has a liking into the club and make many memories with it.
There are other supporting characters whom I find are always very funny in their own ways. Some of them reappear in different episodes and they love to create chaos or just fun to the club, or Momoka.
In the end, the characters are a funny bunch in their own aspects.
I'm not quite fond with the art in this anime. The character designs are quite stale, with weird hairstyles and body shapes, despite some of the characters have weird body shapes for the sake of comedy. The scenery is a bit bland and nothing interesting to see. The gun battles can be fun and exciting to look at, but the damage done seems a bit boring.
But still, facial expressions are amusing. I quite like the designs of the guns the characters have. The opening and ending visuals are nice with a taste of action and comedy.
The opening song, sung by Momoka's VA, Ayaka, has a great energy feel along with the beautiful vocals. The ending song, sung by the cast, has taken a more funny approach with the lyrics, along with nice dancing music. Honestly, I can't stop grooving at the ending song.
The background music varies a lot. Sometimes, in special occasions, they may play an interesting theme that matches. Otherwise, it has nice relaxing music that sounds like it come out from a typical slice of life anime. Nothing wrong, really, but it is good to listen. The voice acting is great, with a lot giving emphasis to their thoughts and feelings for comedy sake. There are some recognisable voice actresses in the anime.
No one should take Sabagebu seriously. It is definitely worth the laughs from the viewers like me. I enjoyed this anime very much and it brightens my day a lot.
Certainly, I would never see girls running around a battlefield wielding guns ever again, unless a season two arrives.
Plain and simple. That's the name of the game with this show. Sabagebu is a solid comedy that had surprisingly great potential early on, and then somewhat dips a bit below later. It never gets bad nor does it ever become amazing, but it does suffer from a few problems here and there. I was hoping for something akin to a successor to Yuru Yuri (I believe the director of both shows might be the same person, but I am not sure) and it was not quite that. Of course I cannot fault it for it not being something that it was not setting out
What I can fault it for are things like its music. One thing that drove me insane with this show was its extremely small soundtrack. All the songs are fun enough, but it is honest to goodness something akin to only two or three songs that just keep getting played over and over again, multiple times an episode. I'm sure plenty of anime do this (especially comedies), but never has it been so blatantly obvious to me.
The cast and voice acting are top notch however. Even the strange perverted otaku Lemon ends up being a ton of fun and always a pleasure to have around. The protagonist is definitely unique among your typical ones too and her cruel nature becomes the butt of most of the game's gags. Every now and then the show would remember the airsoft theme, but it feels odd how rarely utilized it actually is. From the getgo it tells you not to take it seriously, but even for comedic effect the shootings can be somewhat rare. That being said, what this show does best is shake things up. The circumstances and setting for each episode vary so greatly that you sometimes can question if the writer was changed constantly. It's a lot of fun too since it will refer to things like Predator, Alien, Chuck Norris, Arnold, and Otaku culture. It's a mix of a lot of different things so some episodes will feel familiar while others will be completely out there.
And despite the cast being so strong, I felt that most of them got no real time to shine, especially the cosplay fanatic and the model. I certainly never got tired of the show and always enjoyed every episode, but I wouldn't really say it's something I'm going to miss now that it's over. It's just your solid seasonal comedy. There's generally one every season. Nothing wrong with that either. I recommend everyone follow a show like this over the weeks as it can always bring a smile to your face even during rough times.
Welcome to the Survival Game Club! A place where we imagine battles with fake guns and take comedy to the extreme!
The anime was something I was unsure to watch, with it's bright palette it didn't seem to suit the military genre and I didn't know what to expect. After watching the entire series I can safely say it's something that I enjoyed from the start to finish. The anime was hidden due to the strong Summer line-up such as SAO 2, Glasslip and Barakamon. It didn't get as much justice as it should have in my opinion.
With the anime following the comedy route, you
see a lot of interactions between all the characters to make retorts and scenes as hilarious as possible. The story follows Momoka, a transfer student at a new high school and she gets roped into joining the Survival Game Club. The rest of the series follows Momoka meeting the members and their antics as the year progresses in the club.
They have games where they battle as if it's a real war and use their imagination to show blood and action scenes. With that being said, the battle scenes are something that I find really interesting. They take the normal scene and add special effects, slow motion, and music to make it different from the norm. The stunts and tricks they do amazed me due to the fact that it's something you don't expect from an anime like this one.
A big point that got me interested in this show, was that it wasn't only about survival games. With the show really making it emphasized that the anime would be about the club and their interests for survival, the anime has some episodes that stray away from that and bring out new concepts. You get an episode where Momoka gets a little too fat and has problems dieting, an episode where Maya tries to get over her dislike of natto, and an episode about modeling. The show isn't focused on one main idea and it does a great job showing that.
Characters are a big factor that can be a hit or a miss for almost anyone. The characters in this anime were unique to say. You're given someone who loves cosplay and solely joins the club for that reason, a girl who turns into a masochist, a model, and a senior held back due to misconduct. The cast seems pretty diverse and it adds for some really interesting interactions from them all.
Momoka is a character that really drives this anime from her facade and interesting personality. On the outside shes introduced as a sweet person, but is actually sharp-tongued and easily angered. She loves to get revenge and is the complete opposite of how people view her. She's someone you can't really connect with since her personality is all over the place and it really catches the viewer to see what she'd do next.
The other main characters all have unique personalities to keep some puns and jokes coming along the way, but some are obvious and you'll catch on right away. You get character develop for once in an anime with no story or plot to follow, surprising I know. You see change in the way Momoka views the club at first and towards the end. Her personality changes a little and you can see all the events that she went through did affect her in some way.
Art is something that i'm generally picky about, but this got me right away. With the bright palettes you get a sense that the anime isn't dark and it fit the mood of the anime right away. The scenes where the battles take place and the imagination of the characters make the battles much better and fun to watch. The background for each scene is top quality, the detail in the forests, backdrop and school are really on point. The guns are all really nicely drawn and has details that each one specifically only has and brings a sense of realism to them.
The sound is something that really brings out the anime and supports it greatly. With a wonderful opening to begin each episode, it's catchy and is one of the few that I never skip. Then you get an ending sung by the whole cast that gives a nice closure to each episode. The background music always fit each scene. With the anime having serious scenes and more mellow scenes, you get background music that fit each one and brought out the feelings that the characters are trying to give off. The voice actors in this anime are great. They all gave each character life and made it much more enjoyable to watch. Even the side characters have great voice actors and they all stepped it up to show emotion and comedy.
All in all I feel this is one that was over shadowed by the hype and praise that some anime got. I recommend anyone who just wants to watch a comedy and laugh till their sides hurt to check this out. It has great characters, wonderful art and a nice soundtrack to go along with it. It's not perfect, but it does a great job working with what it has.
I'll keep this review pretty blunt, since there's no point of trying deeply analyze a comedy such as this one. Sabagebu! is a lighthearted story about a group of girls who belong to the Survival Game Club. As you may know, there have been several other shows that have played around with this plot (for example, C3), but I'll tell you why Sabagebu! did it the right way.
First of all, this anime is pretty episodic. The pattern I've noticed is that the episodes typically consist of two or three short story arcs that each last for part of the episode. Sometimes the stories are
more geared towards action, and sometimes they're geared more towards school life, or whatever other random events may happen.
The cool thing about this series is that it has at least one thing that most people can enjoy. For me, it's the action and the actual "Survival Game" portion of the show. I love guns, anime girls, but especially anime girls with guns. However, this is where it gets a little different: the guns are actually air soft guns, and all the blood and death that is shown is part of their imaginations. This way, the show can cater to viewers like me who want to see guns and blood, but they also keep it cute, and actually pretty funny, and sometimes features a narrator who occasionally throws in an entertaining commentary.
I'll admit that the character development is nothing to brag about, though. A lot of the characters are just your standard run-of-the-mill anime archetypes, but a few characters such as the main protagonist have a unique personalities that definitely carry the show. Great art, OST and EST, and is a simple show that definitely entertains.
A cute and simple show with some guns and blood (part of their imaginations), and a good sense of humor all for a good, entertaining anime. Sabagebu! definitely delivers.
Short review, because you don't need to read a bible to make an opinion about something and it saves time too!
How do you feel about episodical plotless anime? You love it? You hate it? Because your enjoyment depends on it.
First 5 episodes are great!
We got interesting, funny situations. Sadistic, masochistic characters with little bit of schizophrenia. Who doesn't love that, right? Humor is great in this show, so surprising and unexpected. And it mix up some serious themes in between jokes like bullying, stealing, rejection. You can even learn some stuff from this anime with a help of narrator who involves viewer
in the show. And because this anime is self conscious it makes everything even more funny. And i love rule "never judge a book from its cover" when it comes to character (remember schizophrenia? yea the good stuff). Anime got tons of action, because it makes parody's of action movies.
Sounds like an awesome anime right? Well this is when the plotless part kicks in.
After 5 episodes you get used to crazy characters, jokes gets repetitive and expected. All the awesomeness from first episodes disappears. And it becomes just a random parody, of different movies. Still some episodes are funny from time to time, but ecchi and fan service didn't help at all.
So in the end i would say, if you like episodical anime and have no problem with it, then you will have some good time with this anime.
But if you are just like me, who cant stand repetitiveness and lack of development, then 5 episodes are all that you need too watch to have good fun.
Here’s a trivia question: what do you get when you take a bunch of cute girls, give them some guns, and put them all in a club? At first glance, you’re probably thinking Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu, a series that aired in Summer 2013. And of course, you’re not wrong either. Both series are about cute girls attending an all-girls school with the new girl transferring in from another school. However, there is an incentive about Sabagebu that invites more attention. No, it’s not just about the girls or ‘cute girls doing cute things’ gag. It’s more of the ‘girls kicking ass while having fun
while doing so.
Animated by Pierrot+, the studio has been focused on a variety of projects in recent years. Their latest work, ‘Baby Steps’ is also about a group of people in a club competing in a sport they enjoy. But for Momoka, it’s a bit different. She isn’t entirely fond of handling a gun, let alone compete in it with others. In fact, she “joins” the Survival Game Club after a little trickery by its founder Miou Ootori. And now as part of the club, there are the daily misadventures that Momoka becomes part of.
For starters, the series follows a standard premise. It’s about the misadventures of the Survival Game Club. The emphasis is perhaps on the prefix as the club often gets into trouble, sometimes among themselves. This is evident in the first episode when Miou gets into trouble with the law at a subway station. The creativity behind the scenes for the series is inevitable though. From start to finish, each episode transits from a fresh start with its “survival” genre and turns it into a cultural pop comedy with its gags and gimmicks. What’s more noticeable is the fake violence that is aimed to be imaginative. The “fake” violence is surprisingly more graphic as “blood” is spilled but played off as imaginary. The shows’ purpose for perhaps adapting this gimmick is the emphasize ‘survival’. Because let’s face it, a show about girls carrying guns invites nothing more mischief. For the Survival Game Club, mischief is part of their daily vocabulary.
The series offers a variety of characters despite most of their mischievous personalities and the energy they bring. As a club about survival, each of them possesses skills in various firearms. But more importantly, it’s the dynamic relationship the characters build with others that highlights the appeal of the show. However, just be aware that the show does not take itself seriously. Characterization isn’t its main goal as back stories are relatively non-existent. Instead, it focuses on more humorous and lighthearted relationships. Some even comes with yuri-undertones such as Urara’s borderline yandere attraction towards Miou (formerly) and Momoka. In one way, the show does this well with wit, energy, and doses of wackiness. It creates a feeling of sensation and makes you want more. However, it can also be repetitive and lacks creativeness. It doesn’t expand beyond its usual clichés and gimmicky concepts. The comedy is also die-hard with senseless commitment to characterization. None of the characters gets developed in any way. And while the show’s gimmicks can be entertaining for laughter, it falls under a line with dull drama rather than allowing it to speak for itself.
Individually, each character stands out in their own way despite all of them having skills in handling firearms. Each of them also wield a different firearm and holds a different position within the club. The most prominent member would be the President, Miou. Not only is she from a prestigious family of fortunes, her position at school also makes her a school idol as even girls have the hots for her. However, she also serves an anti-thesis as an idol with her behavior. In essence, she is not a good role model as a member. Perhaps as a person though, she could be respected since for her incentive to aid her friends in need. The other main character, Momoka would be somewhat of a contrast. She doesn’t stand out at school and often wears a poker face. The similarity between Miou and Momoka would be perhaps their innate nature – to be vicious as they need to be. This is often exaggerated but not for truly malevolent intentions. The show presents it as comedy with fantasy-like fan service. Who draws those the most? Perhaps Miou and Momoka. However, their relationship is dyed as dry. They aren’t very compatible with Miou’s popularity and Momoka social awkwardness. Putting them as two peas in a pod would not work well. Most of the other characters stand out with their personalities but lacks the highlight moments that Miou and Momoka receives. The only other character that perhaps can steal the show on occasions would be Urara, a girl of dangerous nature. Call her the classic bitch-in-sheep skin as she is no pushover when it comes to pursuing her targets. After all, have you always wondered why the club has so few members?
Plot-less with no direction of its story. The show is episodic in nature with no connection between each consecutive episode. In retrospect, don’t expect an angle to develop in the form of a complex story or arc. Instead, take the comedy as an over-the-top antic in order to appeal to the fans. As it displays a lack of realism for the club or its members, it tries to make it up with its meek action. Nonetheless, the action itself feels lifeless despite the energy poured in. It has puns and gimmicks wedged into situations that doesn’t create a spellbound story. The cosmetic touches often mixes in the wrong way with the characters with awkward situations that expands beyond the club such as with Momoka’s parents. However, if you enjoy out of the world comedy, Sabageou could be a ride for intimate laughter.
The effort put into the animation is sloppy and amateurish. It seems like on most occasions, the show gives up with its quality. The action has its cosmetic style with the gimmicks and is fast paced with surprisingly features of “gore”. However, the overall artwork lacks interest with the over-saturation of its energy and bits of fan service. Character designs looks goofy with cardboard quality. Even Miou can’t save the show despite her beauty. The only praise I give for the art would be the creativeness of its OP and ED songs. Shame though. The show’s artwork could have done some justice when it comes to design.
Soundtrack is moderate although gives attention to its already noticeable energy. Indeed, the hyper energetic show needs an enthusiastic soundtrack and surprisingly, it works out quite well. Similarly, characters’ voice mannerisms reflects the nature of the Survival Club well. In essence, they give off the feeling of playfulness. Because let’s face it, in the end, the club wants to have fun. Miou in particular has a noticeable voice with her trollish personality. Uraha’s contrast between her cute and aggressive personalities has a good switch between her voices. And finally, the OP and ED songs that is musically weird and alluring at the same time.
Sabagebu is a show that isn’t meant to be taken seriously. Despite the girls wielding firearms in a survival club, the series deconstructs itself with misadventures and its characters. Here, we have a whiff of silliness fused with mischievous deeds in a directionless plot. And with our peculiar cast of characters, you can expect some real zaniness going on. Just be aware that the comedy can go over the board though with its gimmicks. Development of its characters also suffer with a lack of characterization or focus on them at a more credible level. It trades this for comedy that could be a hit or miss. It’s 2014 and girls are still doing cute things. Only this time, they get firearms, attitude, and a whole lot of ‘what the hell’ moments.
Sabagebu! is an extremely funny Shoujo comedy that accomplishes it's primary goal: to make you laugh and it doesn't try to do much else. There aren't any "deep" themes or complex messages that the crew of Sabagebu! are trying to make you consider. While it may not be doing anything outstanding enough to be remembered decades in the future, Sabagebu! is still an excellent experience for anyone who simply wants to relax and have a few laughs. It doesn't bombard the viewer with melodrama or degrade its characters through fanservice, but instead focuses on being as funny as possible. And that's good enough
for me to give it a wholehearted two-thumbs up and recommendation.
The story is centered around transfer student, Momoka, being roped into joining one of the strangest school clubs of all-time, the Survival Game Club! A episodic Shoujo comedy, that follows Momoka’s various escapades with the other members of the survival game club.
So basically, it's your typical slice of life comedy anime, just with a lot more guns involved.
There’s never a dull moment in Sabagebu, and it’s this fast pace and over-the-top comedy that keeps the anime rolling along. The writer’s also do a great job of varying up all the different sketches that each of the 12 episodes are composed of, so the jokes don’t become stale and over-used. They do a good job with references and playing up certain things for comedic effect. There’s a Yakuza movie parody sketch that’s absolutely hilarious and they do a great job of shifting the focus on different characters and character dynamics with each different sketch so that you’re getting something new out of everyone.
It reminded me a lot of the other great anime comedies I’ve seen in the past like Gintama and Beelzebub, so if you enjoyed those shows, then you’ll more than likely enjoy this one as well.
The entire cast plays their roles extremely well, and they all provide a bundle of laughs. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t watched much Shoujo yet, but all of the characters seemed fun and several them had fairly distinct personalities I hadn’t very many times in anime.
Sonokawa, Momoka might be one of my favorite main characters to come out of 2014. Whereas the trend seems to be going towards protagonist who are built up to be perfect in every way, selfless and the Moral Compass of their respective series, righting every wrong and defeating every villain, Momoka goes in the completely other direction. She has a two-sided personality, She initially kept an appearance of a polite and kind schoolgirl but is actually sharp-tongued, merciless, and easily angered. She is prone to taking revenge, often disproportionately. She’s a vengeful, spiteful, jealous, petty, ruthless, and selfish person who has no problem betraying her fellow club members or allies, and has no qualms about pointing and shooting down anyone that gets her way. Cute little children, elderly people, cute animals, Cat-Aliens, her Mom, or even her own conscious! There’s no one she won’t turn her gun on in order to win or get what she wants, and this sort of ruthlessness is played upon to great comedic effect. It’s absolutely hilarious when someone’s tries to play upon her mercy or how cute and harmless they are, and then she puts a bullet right through their brain. It’s this sort of flawed character that makes her more relatable, and in the case of this comedy, the star of its humor. Her antics provide for tons of laughs.
Of course, she’s not necessarily that vicious, since they’re just paintballs, but she has no problem using others as a human shield, leaving people behind so she can get away, or any other dirty underhanded trick. She does have her tender moments though, that show she’s not so bad, but those usually come around to bite her in the ass at one point or another and at least once an episode she gets what’s coming to her for underhanded schemes and tricks. Seeing her get one upped by the other characters is always very funny to see and it sort of balances everything out for her rude behavior throughout the rest of the series. Well the other members of the cast are solid characters that provide for many, many hilarious moments, Momoka is definitely the high point in the character department and it's from playing off her brilliant characterization that the other characters are able to be so outlandish and funny.
The weakest aspect in the entire anime. There’s nothing animation or character design wise that really wows you at all, and well the fight scenes are well done every now and then, there’s nothing else that stands out at all. The art style is pretty standard, and doesn’t really make the characters pop at all. It’s pretty much average in this department, but that’s alright since this show isn’t about gorgeous animation or character designs and the way shots are presented and the use of quick cuts throughout the show are able to translate the humor from the pages of the script and through the screen well.
The voice acting in this is absolutely phenomenal. All of the voice actors do a great job of showcasing the character’s spectrum of emotions and can change the tone of their voice at the drop of a hat and showcase they’re range in spectacular fashion. Everyone fits they’re character’s personalities perfectly as well. A special shout-out has to go out to Urara’s VA, who can go from high-pitched cutesy voice to dangerously low and ominous voice extremely quickly.
Both the opening and ending are extremely catchy and fit the mood of the show perfectly. It probably helps that both are performed by the voice actors of the characters in the show, and it really gets you ready and excited for each episode when you hear them.
The only problem in the sound of the anime was the fairly limited and repetitive tracks that played in the show. There didn’t seem to be a large selection to pick from, and while everything fit what was happening in the show, none of it was great and made you want to go listen to it on your own.
Personal Enjoyment: B+ grade.
I had a blast watching this show and every episode kept me in good-spirits and laughing throughout the entire 20 minutes. I never left an episode without a smile on my face, and the show did its primary job of keeping me entertained and giving me a fun half-hour every time I turned it on. By far one of the best comedies I watched in 2014, and it’s made me more interested in the Shoujo genre as a whole.
Right off the bat, I'll say it: this anime is hilarious. This is "cute girls doing cute girl stuff" SoL anime done right. Well, not exactly right, but definitely better than most of those generic ones out there.
Most of the other anime embodying this trope are definitely decent but can sometimes get boring and cringe-y because of all the generic cliches and friendship skits and all that generic shit. It can get funny at times but most of the time they just fall flat.
But then I found Sabagebu. A school SoL of cute girls together in a club, yes. But not just any club, a
survival club where everybody wields guns. What makes it more interesting though is we see people getting shot like they were actually shot (in reality they are just pellet guns and there's no blood).
Most interesting though and what carries this show the most is the protagonist, Momoka. She's a full-fledged asshole. She is willing to get other people inconvenienced for her own desires, she is goddamned blinded by money more than anyone else, she cheats and uses underhanded tricks to win. She is a main character unlike most other main characters. Most mains are good and kind at heart, some outward and some mostly hidden. Momoka is a person who will shoot her conscience and the evil in her heart just to make sure they don't get a part of her own happiness. And she really makes it work because the anime is a school life SoL comedy.
I think the art could have been better, there are a couple of great designed characters but most of the others are just budget cute girl characters. Doesn't really take away from the greatness of the anime because the comedy is awesome and the action scenes are well animated.
The OP and ED are cute enough, not that special but it's fine. The sound effects used in the anime are on point, though. Really accentuates what is happening in a scene. I think they've done really well in this aspect, stuff that are funny are even made funnier usually because of the background music.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. Definitely one of the best comedy animes I ever watched, this anime's main character is a hilariously diabolical character unlike any I've ever seen. If you're looking for a comedy that would really make you laugh then you must try Sabagebu.
The cute girls with guns have been a niche kind of subgenres of the "cute girls doing cute things" with varying degrees of success, it also has to make the act of firing a "gun" play off to the moe aesthetics which are almost diametric opposites, so does Sabagebu! break from this mold of "cute girls with guns" or does it do the typical cliche stuff this kind of genre throws at us like Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu?...well time to find out.
Sabagebu! is a gag comedy anime adaptation of the manga of the same name and to
it's core it's all about the comedy in both meta-jabbing and character-jabbing under the setting of an all-girls survival game club.
The plot is about Momoka Sonokawa voiced by Ayaka Ohashi who through some unprecedented circumstances landed herself at first forcibly into the Survival Game Club by the mysterious Miou Ootori voiced by Yumi Uchiyama, Momoka later on joins officially and what with the wacky club members along with Momoka's quickly adapting into the Survival Game Club, well then hilarity and later on crazier scenarios ensues.
In terms of characters, the core Survival Game Club members and their comedic chemistry makes them a unique group outright. It's not just their running gags but how the running gags actually evolve with the skits they do. Individually, Momoko Sonokawa voiced by Ayaka Ohashi has be one of the more erratic main characters, as she has that "cute girls who isn't cute on the inside", has a hot temper trigger and doesn't want ANYONE try to one up her (well except Miou) and she obviously has the majority of the focus as we see the anime in her perspective. Miou Ootori voiced by Yumi Uchiyama is the mysterious yet wealthy sempai to the rest of the Survival Game Club members and is the president of the club, there isn't much to say other than her mysteriousness and outright quirkiness and unpredictability of her can easily drive the skits to her focus or she'll be the catalyst to how all the skits starts out as, she is also LA's favourite character in the series because of this. Next is Maya Kyoudou voiced by Lynn, a part time model and one of the butt monkeys of the club due to her *ahem* bust size annoying the other club members and is one of the more normal and kind character in the series, Urara Kasugano voiced by Rumi Ookubo is at first a sadist and an utter fan of Miou, not until Momoko arrived to the club where she then turned into a masochist and craves for Momoko's "punishments". Finally we have Kayo Goutokuji voiced by Nao Touyama, a vastly knowledgeable deadpan yet die-hard cosplayer otaku...aside from her skit moments...she actually had the least presences in the club besides Platy a platypus? and the mascot character for the anime and occasional deadbeat at Momoko's house. Really these core members really have chemistry together and how the comedy flows quite smoothly with these core members and clashing (not in personalities though it happens sometimes for comedic reasoning, as in literally clashing with their gun battles) and rather wacky personalities. Interestingly the Survival Game Club core members for the most part break the convention of typical shoujo club genre most blatantly from their character archetypes, the best manifestation of this statement of this being the main protagonist Momoka.
The minor characters, the only three characters that have "recurring characters status" become Ena Sakura voiced by Yui Horie, the ditzy club adviser, Lemon Karaage (yes..really his name is Fried Lemon Chicken) voiced by Souta Arai, a shooting game otaku and later on Momoka fan like Urara and Kazue Sonokawa voiced by Kikuko Inoue, Momoka's mother and BADASS mother who's more than Momoka realizes. The rest of the characters becomes really "red shirt mooks groups" that take on the Survival Game Club and no it's not just highschoolers, we got grade schoolers to the elders to heck the student council president become villains of the episode, with the student council president Yayoi Isurugi voiced by Eriko Matsui being a highlight gag "villain" for Miou.
LA has been talking lots about the characters dynamics and genre-"breaking" and their great chemistry but how about the meta-direction and the comedy in general?, well the meta-direction has a narrator in this anime (and is actually has a physical presences as the manager of the shop by the name of Tenchou voiced by Tessyo Genda where the Survival Game Club buys their guns), this narrator can be a double-edged sword, as he constantly (but not always) spouts what we already knew the first time he said it (the biggest one being "it's in the girls imaginations" during the battles and it can easily be grating in which we can easily say back to the narrator WE KNOW ALREADY) but the narrator is one of those snarky narrators and while still saying the obvious can be funny that even the narrator jabs at the characters, especially Momoka and some of the actual facts the narrator (and the occasional Kayo) says actually adds to the punchline to the skit. The meta-direction just isn't the narrator, as Platy and Momoka has "some" self-awareness what genre their in and Momoka especially due to her LITERAL trigger-tempered personality can easily make Platy, Momoka and the narrator bounce off their comedic timing with one another with the three changing jobs between boke and tsukommi ALOT. Rounding the meta-direction of Sabagebu!, LA can say that the comedy goes both ways, as once again comedy is subjective, if you don't like the narrator, well good luck as he's in ALL the episodes, LA at the first 3 episodes, thought that the narrator got annoying with the CONSTANT reminder that he repeated the same thing, but that died down before the halfway point. The comedy in Sabagebu! quickly for LA anyways from the character chemistry to the varying degrees of good to nearly-repetitive annoying meta jokes but it also has subtle to blatant movie to anime references peppered throughout the anime which worked in it's favor, the comedy was overall strong, it was the wacky anti-cliche characters and their chemistry together that definitely worked in it's favor for LA so Sabagebu!'s comedic strengths definitely outweighed it's weaknesses.
In terms of animation by Pierrot Plus, the animation for the most part uses the bright colors with their character designs and even the varies survival game locales are bright and poppy even if it's a "imaginary battlefield". The comedic moments do go into chibi to blank eye reactions at times but that is only solidifies it's comedy and disguising the "cute girls with guns" but defying convention of it taking the mickey of the moe genre but still have still laughing happily all the way through...yeah the animation overall is "limited and moe" but even the animation knows to defy your expectation that this is just your typical moe girls with guns anime.
In terms of voice acting, well for the majority of voice actors, they REALLY sticked to their "playing against the type", the easiest example being Ayaka Ohashi voicing Momoko, her erratic, fake-cute and brutish sadistic nature really gave Ayaka given her a wider vocal range LA didn't expect from Ayaka (as the only anime LA took notice of Ayaka was in The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls as the shy yet genki Uzuki Shimamura). Nao Touyama voicing a deadpan snark isn't the first time LA heard her like this, Yumi Uchiyama voicing the mysterious Miou Ootori was more or less perfect for her and her diverse vocal range but the MVP for Sabagebu! HAS to go to Rumi Ookubo in voicing the sadist turned masochist Urara Kasugano, Rumi's instant flipping the switches from moe-moe vocals to outright pissed off vocals (and vice versa) were an utter laugh and her vocal meshed quite well with Ayaka Ohashi's "playing against the type" vocals as well.
The final episode, well what can LA say but the final episodes 2 segments are what you expect from Sabagebu! and a nice reference to past episodic/recurring characters and BOTH of the ending punchlines from both segments caught LA off guard, but still funny as hell how unconventional-yet-"that escalated quickly" it went.
Sabagebu! is one of those "cute girls with guns" anime that fully embraces it's comedic aspects and runs with it going into crazier and wackier scenarios that simultaneously builds on the character chemistry jabbing all with "Survival Game where girls shoot each other" mentality in mind (the meta-comedy will depend on your taste really and how it blends with comedy in general, but LA will note that it DOES GET better by the halfway point, utilizing and timing the meta-comedy). Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu may have a similar premise to Sabagebu! but lost it's way halfway through with it's needless and pointless drama, but LA feels like that Sabagebu! nailed it what it wanted to be and executed itself quite nicely and crazily all the way through with it's heads held up high with gun in tow. So LA very early in the review said if Sabagebu! broke the mold from it's genre or is another typically cliche anime from it's genre. Sabagebu!, LA without a doubt can say that Sabagebu! breaks the mold from it's genre bandwagoners and if you want to see a refreshingly comedic gun totting "cute girls with guns"...then Sabagebu! is a perfect target.
This anime is about cute girls not doing cute things and it is hilarious!
Story- The story of Sabagebu was simplistic and didn't really have any progression past the first couple of episodes. The progression doesn't take away from the show what so ever having girls just do stupid gun battles and what not is the best thing i think i have seen. The best part is that they are just using BB guns for there battles but there imaginations make it look like a actual scene from terminator. The ending did come back to the statement that President said at the start of the
show which was nice but the best would have to be the crab riding the helicopter and the platypus shooting a machine gun. What more do you need.
Characters- With characters we don't really get any backstories or any information about them except there personalities which is fine regarding this show is episodic and doesn't need progression to do what it sets out to do. Sabagebu doesn't just have the typical female tropes and MC stuff like other anime these girls literally give no shits about one another and will throw each other under a bus just to get what they want and it totally works for the comedy it presents. Side characters were also really funny and brought some variety to different characters. Lemon(fat gaming nerd) brings out the worst in Momoka and she gives no fucks. She literally killed good and evil! The student council president even brings out some fun comedy for the president of the survival games club because in my opinion she was lacking the most. The mother is crazy motherfucker and it is nice to see a parent in anime actually have a purpose. Urara was the punching bag for a lot of comedy and was the brought out the best comedy in the show. Maya had funny boob jokes and Kayo was a weird Otaku girl which was funny at times. The narrator was even a character is was funny to see him as a guy from G.I. JOE. Kamo the platypus had a episode just to himself and he owned ass... it was golden!
Animation- The show looked good it wasn't the best and it wasn't really detailed but the colors did set the tone of cute girls not doing cute things. it was fluid in what it was presenting even when you see characters in slow motion flipping in the air it looks nice.
Sound- Sound is probably the weakest of everything the OP was great but just the music in the show wasn't memorable.
Overall i do think the comedy is one of the best i have seen and i couldn't stop laughing at some scenes. it is a must watch if you are looking for comedy. The characters do a good job at not be stereotypical people and you don't know what will come next with them. I cant stress enough how this show has some of the best comedy i have seen.
When you think of high school, or college for that matter, what comes to mind is education, parties, and extra curricular activities. But for the girls of the Survival Game Club, it's less about these things and more about just having fun, with a gun or two thrown in for good measure.
Somewhat generically, the story begins with our new transfer student, Momoka, enrolling in a new high school. Upon entering, she discovers the "Survival Game Club", a group of girls dedicated to fake-gun battles.
Much in the same vein as Nichijou, Sabagebu! takes the approach of smaller mini-episodes to
convey what plot it has. Naturally, there is no over-arcing goal to the whole show; its all about what is happening in the moment. And for a show like this, it works great. Since it doesn't have to worry about an actual narrative, it can take its time creating these crazy yet interesting scenarios that the girls are put through.
As an example, one of the best mini-episodes features Urara and her unfortunate time in the bathroom. It showcases many of the shows strong points: cultural references, nostalgic music, running gags, great comedy, and light-hearted fun. Many of the episodes early on are like this. They would always present these hilarious situations that the girls would be faced with, from fighting a master light-gun shoot-'em-up player to Momoka facing in a death-match against her mother.
Personally, I felt that the first half of the show was strong but got pretty weak by the second half. It felt as if they were re-using the same jokes a lot of the time. Again, running gags and similar comedy are always good fun, but it felt as if the writers were running out of ideas. That isn't to say that there weren't strong mini-episodes here and there, just that the quality seemed to trail off.
However, one of the things that never faltered was the show's use of a narrator. He would constantly make "appearances," letting us know what the situation entailed or how the characters were thinking. I always found his interjections to be hilarious, simply because his fourth-wall breaking was always nicely timed.
Sabagebu's art style is somewhat plain or rather dull looking. Many of the locales are simple backdrops that don't elicit any feelings of wonder. The color palette as well utilizes softer colors (light purple, baby blue, pink, etc.) that coincide with the plainness of the show.
The animation itself isn't anything amazing. I was never taken aback by how the characters moved or what was happening on-screen. There are some nice acrobatic stunts that are pulled off, but nothing too out of the ordinary.
I will say that, as part of the comedy, I loved their excessive use of the fake blood. We all know that the games they are playing are fake, but I would always chuckle when I saw their bodies lying in a pool of red paint.
Honestly speaking, even for a show like this, the characters are pretty one-dimensional. There is the proud captain, the pretty girl, the otaku, the masochist, and the sadist. All of the girls stick to their character quirk and don't budge much from it throughout the entirety of the season.
To clarify, this doesn't mean the characters themselves are not enjoyable. In fact, it's part of what makes the show so funny to watch. Maya always getting killed first, Urara taking bullets for Momoka, Kayo's cosplaying, and Miou's optimistic attitude. But the star of the show is Momoka. She is pretty ruthless, willing to do whatever it takes to win the game or get by in her daily life. Her antics were always the most fun to watch, because seriously, she does not care about anyone or anything as long as she gets her way.
In this type of show, there isn't going to be much character growth to be had. And that was the case here. Even so, I would have liked to have seen their characters at least diverge a bit from what they normally would do. But part of the appeal is liking the character trope they are portraying. If you don't like tropes, then you won't like the characters.
I actually found the OP to be fine. It gives off this happy vibe that pretty much fits the show. There isn't any drama or emotions at play within Sabagebu!, so the OP works. For the ED, I quite liked it. It has a wonderful beat that I would always find myself bobbing my head to. Plus, it sounds kind of crazy, which fits perfectly with the show.
The soundtrack's most memorable moments were definitely its use of famous pieces of music. You would definitely recognize the pieces, since they are used in pretty much every other medium. They were used in just the right situations for good comedic effect and were always a blast to listen to.
The voice acting is nicely done by all the members of the cast. No amazing performances, but Momoka's VA did a nice job in the cast lead.
Sabagebu! is a pure comedy show. It's quite funny early on, and the laughs persist throughout the whole season, even if it isn't as strong in its second half. Part of the enjoyment from the show comes from the absurdity of what they are doing. Being "normal" high school girls who shoot bullets at old men and women in a cross-country derby race is as hilarious as it sounds.
Again, a lot of the fun is generated by the way the characters interact with one another. Whether that be Momoka shooting an innocent Kayo or Miou dragging everyone to a candy-decoration shop, you have to like the way in which these characters "get along" in order to have any fun with the show.
And that's what the show does so well. Everything in it just "works." Even when things are getting as crazy as they do, it's Sabagebu!, so there is nothing to be worried about.
Story: Fine, funnier first-half with weaker second-half
Animation: Bad, plain and dull with generic art style
Characters: Fine, fun characters if a bit trope-y
Sound: Good, OP and ED are nice with interesting soundtrack
Enjoyment: Good, lots of laughs about a silly premise
This series is nothing, but a burst out laughter waiting in each corner. It's also a masochist wet dream too and a gun fanatic paradise. But with all the craziness mixed in this series stands out above others in being pretty unique.
Well, this series doesn't really have an actual story, unless you consider 3 different random shorts per episodes as a story, then go for it. The score is low due to not having a story, not cause it was bad. Each episode has the similarity of an American cartoon, focus more on episodic episodes rather than
a story-wise series. So not much to explain. Other than this series focus on a girl who transcend past demon and angel, she is Momoka Sonokawa, who was forced into joining the Game Survival Club, by Club President and Gun fanatic Miou Ootori. Each episodes have Momoka going through crazy, odd, and weird antics in her daily life. Each time showing how sinister Momoka really was.
The art was really well done, it had an adorable je ne sais quoi type of style to it. The coloration were a bit too bright, but it blended with the quality of the show being light-hearted (Meaning it wasn't a type of show focused on heavy/dark-elements). The distortion of the character were also cute. Its an animation that is pleasing to the eyes.
Ost and OP & ED were all catchy, the voices, were well-done. Nothing really went wrong with this part, it was well done through and through.
This part is where 'Sabagebu!' really shines. I will explain each character of course:
Momoka Sonokawa- The main, main character of the series. Oh boy this one, this one is a special one, every masochist out there would love to have her, and those who value their life, I would recommend to stay away from her as far as possible. Sinister is not even enough to tag her personality. From the outside she looks like a cute, innocent, and decent girl, but in-reality a darkness so evil lives within her. She lives by this code "An eye for an eye" meaning nothing you do to her that anger her, will slide, she will get you back in the most destructive matter. I can go on and on, but you all should understand by now. Also she's a very deadly accurate sniper. (She uses a pistol).
Miou Ootori- The club's President and the one that forced Momoka to join. She's a bourgeoisie, meaning her family, is very wealthy, enough to have a squad of helicopter at her disposal. She is and eye-candy as every girl in the highschool literally adores her, and want to either be praised or noticed by her, can you say "please notice me senpai" much? She's the only member that can buy an actual gun, due to being an adult, since she was held-back a year. She's very dense about stuff that isn't about gun or survival, meaning alot of things get passed by her.
Urara Kasugano- She's a masochist through and through, she's an odd-ball, and in that club that says alot. She's extremely strong too, however she plays the whole cute girl facade to fool her classmates, but only the clubmates knows her true self.
Kayo Goutokuji- She joined the club, not cause she's a fan of survival game, she's an otaku who loves to cosplay, she mostly joined because they allow her to cosplay. She plays as Momoka's rival.
Maya Kyoudou- She is a young gravure model, who even has her own lesbian... I mean fan club. She's a major airhead of course, and has the best body out of all the members. This of course strikes jealousy in Momoka for being flat.
I was going to rate this 9 but that's a bit too high, while this series indeed was nothing but pain in the stomache, tear jerking laughter. It still lack some form of entertaiment, such as a story, but if you can look pass it, this show is very enjoyable. It will make you laugh one way or another. It's fun, weird, and just has no sense in it.
Overall, a pretty decent series, if this flew under your radar, you can try it out, if you want a change of pace and want something, in a more happy mood. Just remember there is no story so if you're a story-based person this show won't be that enjoyable, but for those who like randomness then this would be up your alley, so it's a give or take from your perspective.
*This review ended up sounding like I'm favoring this series, but honestly I just couldn't find anything negative in this show, the animation team really did a good job with this one.*
Like Plastic Nee-san, Check.
Like Punchline, Check.
Like Deadpool style fourth wall breaks, Check.
Like insanity and stereotypes, Check.
This anime is a formulaic school club story on antidepressants. I didn't know what to think when I started this. it flew under the radar and bombed my funny bone.
The send ups of Japanese cultural stereotypes is amazing.
I'm reminded of an educational show with their factoids about armed sports and outdoorsmanship, but it never takes away from the entertainment value of the show, and often enhance the
The girls themselves are parodies of stereotypical schoolgirls in any culture, and really stand out on the show.
On the whole it's short sweet and to the point very funny. Enjoy.
Wooooooooo! Sabagebu! or Survival Game Club is absolutely fantastic. Pure comedy gold I tell ya. A great cast of characters with a plot about absolutely nothing! Slice of life with super cuties and guns! BB guns that act like real guns because of the power of imagination, how cool is that!!!!!!!!!!!
Following the super cuties Momoka Sonokawa, Miou Ootori, Maya Kyoudou, Urara Kasugano and Kayo Goutokuji. All of them are extra cute and pretty, the inclusion of guns works surprisingly well in Sabagebu. Favorite is definitely Momoka with Urara and their reactions to one another, the masochist and sadist angle is so funny!
lot of great little stories per episode, I feel a little guilty not doing this anime in an episode by episode type of review, since there is so much to talk about. Some episodes were really crazy, especially the pantsu episodes later on; it came out of no where but the fan service was amazing, totally not necessary, but most definitely amazing.
The action scenes in Sabagebu! are incredible too. The "imaginations" the girls have is pretty spectacular and the animation with nice colors really lends itself a huge 5/5, 100/100, big thumbs up from me. I loved the little animation scenes of the girls getting into pose before a battle, it was like watching a magical girl henshin, but not a henshin, more like a total bad ass let's fight transformation! A whole lot of good comes from watching the battles and just the general aesthetic that Sabagebu! has, for sure.
Music, OP and ED's! All top notch stuff, especially the audio. Sure the guns don't sound like it's from Battlefield or anything, but it's explosive, strong and sounds soooo gooood~~~. OP and ED's are great fun to listen to and the music, when it's used throughout the anime, is fantastic too, especially the last episode, most definitely the last episode!!!!
Biggest surprise is Momoka's mom, I should have seen it coming, but I didn't, so it was fun seeing her get involved multiple times.
I'm probably going to have to watch this one again, just because there is so much content available to remember, it's really freaking good.
Sabagebu! gets a 10/10 from me! Most definitely recommended if you're looking for a super funny slice of life involving girls and guns!! Also, outrageous scenes too!