Kaushik here, back for another review this week. Today we have Good Luck Girl!, known as Binbougami ga! in Japan. It’s a comedy series that aired from July to September 2012, and I had the good fortune of watching both the subtitled and the dubbed version of this show. The show is about a spoiled girl named Sakura Ichiko, and her life as a human with too much good luck. Without further ado, let’s dive in~ (make sure to check out fellow writer Inverseman’s review here)
A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment
The plot of the show, as it is a comedy show, is fairly simple. It plays on the rivalry between Sakura Ichiko, a girl with too much good luck, and Momiji, a Goddess of Misfortune who’s sent to Sakura to take her luck energy. The two are constantly at odds, and I think leads to a solid central relationship dynamic for the show. I’ll get more into this as I explore the characters, but needless to say Sakura Ichiko is not supposed a particularly sympathetic character. She’s somewhat obnoxious, self-centered to the extreme, and ridiculously spoiled, on top of being blessed with good lucks and exorbitant sums of money. A great combination, of course. The major contention in the plot is that Sakura Ichiko possesses too much good luck energy, so much so that she actually begins to unconsciously steal good luck from other people (thus giving them bad luck). Momiji is sent in, as a Goddess of Misfortune, to retrieve and redistribute Sakura’s luck.
I say this pretty often, but it’s my opinion that 90% of the time it’s the characters that make or break a comedy show. Good Luck Girl! is no exception to this, and luckily it’s blessed by some interesting characters. In particular are the main characters, Sakura and Momiji. Neither are particularly sympathetic characters. In fact, a lot of the time they are just plain mean. I like that; it’s somewhat refreshing and interesting to see. It makes it more fun to “pick a side” so to speak, when they have their endless contests over the course of the series. The supporting cast is okay I think, but none of the characters really measure up to Sakura and Momoji, and more importantly the relationship dynamic between them.
The art and animation for this series is pretty average in my opinion. As it’s a more or less a school comedy, a lot of the settings and set pieces are pretty generic and somewhat boring. The character designs are okay; I like Momiji’s crazy arm. I also enjoy Ranmaru’s design, something about it is inexplicably cute. Besides that, though, I don’t think this series has much going for it in the art department. Animation is similarly okay, it’s good enough to get the job done but nothing else really.
I’ve had the luck to watch both the show in both the dubbed English audio and the original Japanese audio. While I can’t compare the two of them directly, I will say that both of them were both just fine to listen to. I don’t watch much dubbed anime these days, and I know there’s a longstanding stigma of dubbed shows having bad voice acting, but I don’t think that applies to Good Luck Girl. The voices felt natural and smooth, and the casting decisions seemed fine to me. I can’t say any of the roles were standout, but they certainly weren’t bad in any sense of the word. I wasn’t a big fan of the BGM, or either the opening or ending themes either. The BGM was generic in the way that I didn’t even notice throughout the show, and I was just not a fan of the singer for the opening and ending themes.
— Good relationship dynamic between the main characters
— Non-sympathetic main characters are interesting
— Nothing really stands out about the show; not much makes it an exceptional watch. Ultimately average with some interesting characters
Director: Yoichi Fujita
Character design: Kenji Tanabe
Music: Masashi Hamauzu
Original creator: Yoshiaki Sukeno (manga)
Original run: July 4, 2012 – September 26, 2012
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