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Shoujo Airsoft Manga 'Sabegebu!' to Have TV Anime Adaptation

by symbv
Sep 2, 2013 11:58 PM | 42 Comments
"Sabagebu!", a manga serialized in shoujo manga magazine Nakayoshi about a school airsoft game club, will be adapted into a TV anime series. The director will be Oota Masahiko and series composition will be handled by Aoshima Takashi, who both previously worked in the same capacity for shows like "Yuru Yuri" and "Love Lab". The manga started serialization at the beginning of 2011, and so far 4 volumes have been published with volume 5 coming out on September 13th.

Source: Natalie

Sabagebu! on MAL

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i shall gratefully pass on this one

Sep 6, 2013 10:05 AM by Mr_Gutts

Just don't expect too much since most of the time its SoL.

Sep 6, 2013 1:53 AM by Oohoshi_Awai

Well, it already sounds better than C3-bu.

Sep 5, 2013 11:44 PM by Misha-Marches

WHAA-AAAT!!!?
Hell yeah!!!

danilodsz said:

So it'll have flowers and sparkles everywhere xD


And a lesbian yandere stalker. (lol)

Sep 5, 2013 10:30 PM by Oohoshi_Awai

Oh wow Kiniro Mosaic is right below the third volume of Free in the rankings.

Sep 3, 2013 9:14 AM by Hoppy

symbv said:
... Anyway, it seems from that episode on, with the Yura character getting darker and unsociable, the feedback (and in general sales ranking) just headed to the south. So it seems I am far from the only person who is being disappointed.
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Judging by the free fall of C3bu v1 to rank 7500 and on down, you, me and Hoppy are far from the only people disappointed.

Sep 3, 2013 9:08 AM by hpulley

symbv said:
VioLink said:
I don't think Yura's change is that bad. I mean usually in these types of series we get a main character who always does the right thing with a cheerful attitude, so having a character who messes up and goes to the dark side is kinda refreshing. Besides, we all know she will be back to fun loving self by the end of the series.
The thing is, the staff of C3bu made a big thing about depicting the FUN of airsoft and its appeal in this anime, and judging by this yardstick, the change from the manga is really incomprehensible (and I am not even talking about the supernatural episode) because except for a few fights which are often exaggerated to the point it looks like shounen fight (by contrast, depiction of fights in Girls und Panzer is universally praised as being grounded in reality) I do not get much sense of the fun of the game and the sports. All I see is mostly the counterexample of how the game may be Not Fun and how this sports can influence people to become a ruthless leader who will only push her team-mates hard and there are even loopholes in the sports to win game unfairly without getting caught (don't forget not only Yura becomes much darker than manga, Rin is also changed to be considerably meaner in the anime). While I learn quite a lot of things and have curiosity aroused for Hyakunin Isshu when I watch Chihayafuru, for Go when I watch Hikaru no Go, for tanks when I watch GirlPan, I feel little excitement about airsoft after watching C3-bu. What is truly mystifying is after a lot of fans complaining about the supernatural episode, the staff who wrote the screenplay of that episode even tweeted to rebut those fans, saying that the episode is indeed about the fun of airsoft - well I guess all of us are just too uncultured to see his point. Anyway, it seems from that episode on, with the Yura character getting darker and unsociable, the feedback (and in general sales ranking) just headed to the south. So it seems I am far from the only person who is being disappointed.

Well I am not speaking for everyone or even other fans of the show, just my own personal take on how the show has developed. I can indeed see how fans of the manga would and those who expected something else would be disappointed. But as I said I don't think all is lost. I expect there to be a turn around for Yura's character as early as the next episode, whether it will gain its fans back is unknown though (probably not lol).

symbv said:
The Natalie link in my first post has a few pages from the manga Sabagebu. The artstyle is not the classic shoujo but more gender-neutral artstyle that can appeal to both male and females. So I guess in the anime perhaps the shoujo aspect will get further toned down and we will see a male-oriented character design and art style.

Indeed, you can tell just by looking at Miou's cover outfit with dem short shorts. There is even some fan service seen in the early chapters of it. It still has the classic shoujo sparkles and bubbles but they are mostly used as an ironic joke hahaha.

Sep 3, 2013 8:08 AM by VioLink

VioLink said:
I don't think Yura's change is that bad. I mean usually in these types of series we get a main character who always does the right thing with a cheerful attitude, so having a character who messes up and goes to the dark side is kinda refreshing. Besides, we all know she will be back to fun loving self by the end of the series.
The thing is, the staff of C3bu made a big thing about depicting the FUN of airsoft and its appeal in this anime, and judging by this yardstick, the change from the manga is really incomprehensible (and I am not even talking about the supernatural episode) because except for a few fights which are often exaggerated to the point it looks like shounen fight (by contrast, depiction of fights in Girls und Panzer is universally praised as being grounded in reality) I do not get much sense of the fun of the game and the sports. All I see is mostly the counterexample of how the game may be Not Fun and how this sports can influence people to become a ruthless leader who will only push her team-mates hard and there are even loopholes in the sports to win game unfairly without getting caught (don't forget not only Yura becomes much darker than manga, Rin is also changed to be considerably meaner in the anime). While I learn quite a lot of things and have curiosity aroused for Hyakunin Isshu when I watch Chihayafuru, for Go when I watch Hikaru no Go, for tanks when I watch GirlPan, I feel little excitement about airsoft after watching C3-bu. What is truly mystifying is after a lot of fans complained about the supernatural episode, the staff who wrote the screenplay of that episode even tweeted to rebut those fans, saying that the episode is indeed about the fun of airsoft - well I guess all of us are just too uncultured to see his point. Anyway, it seems from that episode on, with the Yura character getting darker and unsociable, the feedback (and in general sales ranking) just headed to the south. So it seems I am far from the only person who is being disappointed.

Anyway...

The Natalie link in my first post has a few pages from the manga Sabagebu. The artstyle is not the classic shoujo but more gender-neutral artstyle that can appeal to both male and females. So I guess in the anime perhaps the shoujo aspect will get further toned down and we will see a male-oriented character design and art style.

Sep 3, 2013 7:55 AM by symbv

hpulley said:
Also disappointed in C3-bu, where or where did my Yura go? Was all set to buy that show but... ah... no...

So we shall see if this one does better. Yuru Yuri and Love Lab have me interested!


I'm glad I'm not the only one who got screwed out of importing an anime this season due to bad direction.

This should be decent if it focuses on the survival game and/or has some slice of life in it and doesn't devolve into a romance and ends up too much of a bishie fest

Sep 3, 2013 7:52 AM by Hoppy

It might turn out really good considering Oota Masahiko's previous work like Minami-ke and Yuru Yuri. I still believe Minami-ke other seasons would've been as good as the first one if he was the director. I will check this out for sure.

Sep 3, 2013 7:51 AM by Han-yuu

Also disappointed in C3-bu, where or where did my Yura go? Was all set to buy that show but... ah... no...

So we shall see if this one does better. Yuru Yuri and Love Lab have me interested!

Sep 3, 2013 7:39 AM by hpulley

symbv said:
Orix said:
The changes in C3-Bu are necessary because it the original manga doesn't have an interesting premise.
I am not sure how much more "interesting" are those supernatural stuff in the anime... From what I see of the manga that is being circulated by fans of the manga who are unhappy with the drastic change in the character personality and the story in the anime, I would say that the manga is a lot more interesting.

I don't think Yura's change is that bad. I mean usually in these types of series we get a main character who always does the right thing with a cheerful attitude, so having a character who messes up and goes to the dark side is kinda refreshing. Besides, we all know she will be back to fun loving self by the end of the series. I haven't read much of the manga so I can't say how it compares to the adaptation though.

The MC for Sabagebu!, Momoka is refreshing as well since she has two differently personalities "how people expect her to act" (the usual transfer-student shy attitude) and how she actually is. I am quite fond of characters that stray from the norm.
JoksPacifist said:
So, is this really popular or the producers think C3-bu is commercially viable and want a part of the cake ?

I doubt it since I don't think C3-bu is doing that well sales wise.

Sep 3, 2013 7:36 AM by VioLink

symbv said:
The director will be Oota Masahiko and series composition will be handled by Aoshima Takashi, who both previously worked in the same capacity for shows like "Yuru Yuri" and "Love Lab".


Two of the animes I really liked. Sweet! I'm going to go get a headstart on the manga.

And god do I hope this won't turn out like the trainwreck that C3bu was. And hopefully so with that director. I don't know what the hell was happening with Gainax but past ep 5 or so of C3bu became really drab to watch.

Sep 3, 2013 7:34 AM by Ricetaffy

This sounds pretty awesome. Looking forward to it :)

Sep 3, 2013 7:28 AM by Pullman

So, is this really popular or the producers think C3-bu is commercially viable and want a part of the cake ?

Sep 3, 2013 7:25 AM by JoksPacifist

Orix said:
The changes in C3-Bu are necessary because it the original manga doesn't have an interesting premise.
I am not sure how much more "interesting" are those supernatural stuff in the anime... From what I see of the manga that is being circulated by fans of the manga who are unhappy with the drastic change in the character personality and the story in the anime, I would say that the manga is a lot more interesting.

Sep 3, 2013 7:20 AM by symbv

It doesn't interest me as much as C3-Bu.
The changes in C3-Bu are necessary because it the original manga doesn't have an interesting premise.

Sep 3, 2013 7:13 AM by Orix

I've only read 3 chapters so I can't say much but It's pretty hilarious, I hope the adaptation is set for winter. Can't wait for animated Miou and Momoka, these two are a lot of fun.

Sep 3, 2013 7:03 AM by VioLink

imma watch this.

Sep 3, 2013 6:54 AM by Tengai

It sounds like C3-bu, with the whole airsoft thing, but it has potential to be better. C3-bu was quite the let down as well, so here's hoping.

Sep 3, 2013 6:52 AM by marx-chan

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