"Good Luck Girl! Binbogami Ga! The complete Series" is an animated comedy series about a girl named Ichiko Sakura who is young, pretty, well endowed, and extremely lucky... A bit too lucky. Meanwhile in the other realm we are introduced to Momiji who is a Poverty God and she has been assigned a mission and that mission is to suck some of Ichiko's good luck right out of her as she has way too much and it is causing an imbalance that will cause harm to the world. We also learn that Ichiko is also a bit of a terrible person as she is very selfish and refuses to give up her luck even if giving up her luck means making other people happy as she doesn't care about other people. After an accident that leaves Ichigo Sakura's butler in hospital she starts to learn that being selfish comes at a cost. This is only one of the many things that happens in this show as Momiji's quest to drain Ichiko Sakura of her overbearing good luck leads to many weird adventures. Will Momiji get lucky and complete her goal? Or will Ichiko's good luck cause more harm to the people that she
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The writing of this show is very average in most of the episodes with repetitive gags that make every episode predictable. I also didn't care for a good chunk of the stories as they weren't very interesting and lead to scenes that dragged on for too long. The humor in this show is very random and full of non-sense and while I did like some of the gags there were also a lot of overdone jokes that are also unfunny and become headache material. The drama in this show was pretty good but there wasn't much of it which is a shame and if they toned down on the crazy jokes then this show would've been more balanced and tighter. One thing I found annoying about this show was that they liked to use Internet meme references which is never a good thing outside of the Internet (stop it Funimation). This show has also got some of the most annoying dialogue that I have ever heard in an anime as it is very irritating and juvenile to where I feel like an idiot for watching it and I'll even go as far to say that it made me embarrassed to be an anime fan.
There is quite a bit of fan-service to be found in this show and not just the one kind. You do get the sexual fan-service where you get a lot of sexy shots of Ichigo and quite a bit of bouncing breasts and a nude scene. Not only is there sexual fan-service of her but there are some scenes where men show off their manly abs while donning speedos just for the ladies. The other kind of fan-service you get is in the form of references to many other manga and anime like: "Dragon Ball Z (1989 - 1996)", "Fist of the North Star (1984 - 1987)", and "Aim for the Ace (1973 - 1974)" just to name a few. This is also a problem with the show as they like to overuse both kinds of fan-service to the point where it becomes very obnoxious to where it's annoying as all hell. I'm not saying that all of the fan-service is bad as there were some scenes where I did enjoy it but I didn't like the majority of them.
I did enjoy the characters when they were not being annoying as they were charming and likable but that only happened about 40% of the time and when they are annoying it is very hard to watch and make me forget about the positives of the characters. The main character I have a problem with is the main character herself, Ichiko. Her personality makes it very hard to like her as she can be a bit of a dickhead to the point where I do not want to support her and if you don't want to support a main character, you have something very wrong with the show. The only positive about her is that she is very sexy looking... So maybe this show should've been called "Bimbogami Ga!" instead. I know I said I liked the other characters but sadly that wasn't enough to save the show.
The artwork in this show is very nice looking with characters that are beautiful and well designed. Backgrounds were also really good with some nice detailing and beautiful coloring. Animation is decent but a few scenes did look a little rough. Despite me saying that this show has bad dialogue the voices aren't bad sounding as they worked with all of the characters well. The soundtrack to this show was pretty good with some nice pop-rock and hard rock tunes that worked well with the scenes. One thing that confused me about the soundtrack is there are some video game sounds that make no sense being part of the soundtrack.
While the special features section is a bit small you'll find some pretty neat stuff like audio commentaries by the English cast and crew on episode 4, 8, and 12. The audio commentaries weren't bad as they do give you some decent information on what it was like dubbing the show and they also answer questions sent in by fans. Episode eight does something different with the commentary as instead of having the standard commentary audio over the video of the show you have a video of the cast and crew talking in the studio with the video from the episode playing in the bottom corner. This "video commentary" concept wasn't bad at all as it adds a new way to look at commentary (no pun intended).
But wait, there's more as you also get all of the text-less versions of the opening and closing credit sequences. They were worth re-watching as they had some nice catchy rock music and very fun visuals that went along side it. Lastly you have the U.S. trailer for this show and it does its job at explaining what the show is about but other than that I have nothing else to say as there isn't anything else I can say.
Overall this show does have some good episodes but most of it is crap and has a lot of problems that outweighs the good of this show. I am not going to recommend this show as if you want "random comedy" anime you can do much more better than this. An embarrassment to anime.
Title: Good Luck Girl! Binbogami Ga! The Complete Series
Animation/Production Studio: Sunrise
Genre: Animation/Anime, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
Running Time: 325 minutes (13 Episodes)
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Rating: M15+ (Sexual themes, sexual references, nudity)