Sakura Ichiko is a 16-year-old girl who leads a charmed life and is blessed with beauty, brains, and health. She has an abundance of "Happiness Energy," which can make people happy, but at the cost of absorbing all the "Happiness Energy" from her surroundings. She has caused the energy balance of the world to become unbalanced and because of this, she becomes the target of a Poverty God named Momiji. Momiji goal is to remove Ichiko's power of absorbing other people's Happiness Energy and to return all the energy she has taken to its rightful place.
Volume 1: Kaette Kudasai. (Binbougami ga! pilot)
This is certainly the first time I've ever given a 10 to everything, but i just couldn't find a reason why anything should be less than such.
Binbougami ga! at first glance might appear to some like your run of the mill comedy manga were a supernatural being and a human end up living together and the humans life is made miserable by said free loader, no doubt I myself suspected as much when i first read the synopsis. I'm glad to say however that I was not entirely wrong but not entirely right either. you'll get what i mean by the end. needless to say this is by far the funniest manga i have ever read, and by far the most enjoyable.
in my opinion binbougami ga is to manga what azumanga is to anime.
what makes this manga's story so much better than those of other similar manga's is the fact that the humour doesn't repeat the same trope over and over again (god or demon using normal human methods to defeat the human protagonist only to be thwarted) for comedic effect, Momiji puts a lot of thought and effort into using every possible advantage at hand including Ichiko's friends - once she gets some - as well as items that she orders from the world of the poverty gods, in order to usurp Ichiko's happiness energy.
There's a certain sense of believability in here as well not only because the task at hand would be a believable job for a poverty god, but also because the characters and events in Ichiko's life make sense when you look at how she turned out and how she treats the rest of the world. As well as this something which you don't see very often in these kinds of manga is the fact that Momiji and Ichiko are equally matched and many of the funniest parts of the manga occur when they enter into an epic duel that lasts ages, which brings me to another point. in most manga like this the supernatural being is so humanized and displays so little power or sign of their divinity that often times you forget that their supposed to be a powerful entity all together.
This never happens with Momiji, she is the first depiction I've ever seen of a poverty god in manga or anime where she actually seems like a god and not just some unlucky chump who makes everyone poor and miserable. she is able to turn into a spirit she can increase her size to whatever she wants she can materialise objects out of thin air as well as clothing, you never get the sense that she's human as she always uses her godlike powers throughout the manga which makes for a nice change from the pitiable poverty god who you're meant to feel sorry for.
the art in Binbougami ga! is fantastic for functional reasons. while the art is not ga-rei level it certainly is appealing to look at however the art style they've gone for functions extremely well within the manga particularly for the comedy, there's an element of exaggeration in all the characters designs but this gives the artist the freedom to alter their images without it messing up the flow of the manga an example would be the scene where Ichiko is trying to hide from a certain character who she dissed previously and who just transferred into her class and her method of hiding is to not appear like herself and thus she takes on a very intense atmosphere and the artist displays this seriousness and intensity by altering her appearance so she looks pretty much like a more muscular version of He-man to which Momiji feeling competitive and not reading the situation decides to compete with her and dons a similar appearance and before long most of the class has taken on this appearance which ultimately draws more attention to Ichiko. It was hilarious to say the least.
here is were the series shines brightest, as the characters are fantastic and incredibly deep for a comedy manga. They are all developed and portrayed very skilfully for example: while Ichiko may appear to be a selfish and apathetic person at heart as you learn more about her history and as she learns more about making friends she shows a more vulnerable and weak side to herself that leaves you feeling blown away by not only how believable it is but also how complex she is in reality. while Momiji's character is less developed she does seem to develop a certain level of care for Ichiko and this is shown by how she cuts her plans short when they leave Ichiko too upset, however she is the primary joker of the manga and most of the humour stems from her and the way the people around her respond to her shenanigans.
this manga has some of the best facial expressions I've ever seen in manga the sheer level of absurdity that they take is not only unexpected but hilarious.
the mangaka is well aware of the comedy tropes in the manga world and he makes this abundantly clear by making the trope itself the focus of the joke, for example in a scene where an ojou sama type character appears trying to kill Ichiko, Momiji responds by saying she is the typical ojou sama character and she's probably gonna start saying ohhohohohoho any minute now. in essence the mangaka is as sick of the tropes as we are and so he turns the idea on its head and makes the tropes very existence a source of comedy.
how could you not enjoy this manga, great plot, great characters and ab buildingly funny comedy what more could you ask for.
you should definitely read this manga you certainly won't regret it . read more
I died laughing on the floor at this so if you need a great laugh, here's the manga for you.
Story: great story with interesting shocks and too much comedy but with seriousness that can still make you laugh. It also has some romance that towards the end can be really cute and funny. It's a parody kind so one moment you see Naruto and the next you could be seeing Fist of the North Star, Rosario + vampire, and Dragon ball. (Watch at least some of these that I mentioned and you'll get the jokes.)
Art: Amazing unique art because while Momiji (the God) could look like a hobo (I guess) she is so cool in so many ways. Also some of the jokes go towards breast since Sakura has a large one and Momiji is flat.
Characters: they have amazing personalities, even if they are only mentioned once, and make the comedy even better.
As you can see I enjoyed so much I gave it a 10 in total!!!!!read more
thought's: If i were to describe Binbougami ga! in just a a few words it would be drama and comedy
story: Is about Sakura, Ichiko a girls who has exponential Fortune energy and lives her ideal high school life. Until a god of misfortune comes to take it away from her.I find the story in this series to be great in how it the premise of this manga expanded upon it tossing in a lot of interesting plot development to make a great cohesive and entertaining story.
Art- while good overall i do have my gripes for instance during a fighting scene in which there could be something interesting going on with the art but the scene itself feels good, or okay but not great . well this series isn't really about cool action packed fights. One pro i give character do look quite different from each other yet similar.
Sakura, Ichiko: while original had the personality of a selfish girls who only did things if it to help improve her current charmed lifestyle but as time passes she begins to trust other, gaining friends and learning happiness is best shared with others.
Binboda Momiji: her character is lazy and comedic usually parodying or making jokes every other panel of a chapter. while her character also develop this all you need to know
Enjoyment- My enjoyment was quite high for the series more so during the earlier more comedy focused chapter but it is entertaining to see some of the more darker and sad parts of the stories. my enjoyment was only hindered when i was a few chapters behind and had to read waves of dialogue that came with those 50 page or so chapter it felt like a drag a the time.
Overall: It's a great manga to read if you have time to kill and want something with funny jokes , good character , and story.read more
To be honest the story was just ok. It wasnt bad at all, but it wasnt particularly gripping. Now just because it wasnt the most intricate plot doesnt mean that the manga itself was shit in the slightest. Thats mostly due to its immeasurable character development and its masochistic sense of humor (it often made fun of itself and all of the cliches we see in a lot of other mangas). The romance was orgasmically done. With just enough suspense to keep you reading without dragging it out too long. You also cant help but fall in love with practically every character you meet and change along with them on their journey. It was perfect for a late night pass time. Only thing that could have possibly made this show better would have been more hentai. What the hell man, theres literally only like two things, and you have to preform a black sabbath to find them.read more