From fan service to Momiji service… I don’t know which is better.
I guess any way to enhance any and all service shots should be taken advantage of, so a public bath episode is just appropriate for all smirks and giggles’ sake. It may not be amusing at all at first glance but somehow, there is some relevance to the plot. But before getting there, why not explore some of the naked glory that had to be put on air.
The majority of episode eleven is the bath scene. Having one of these scenes/episodes is nothing new to the plethora of anime must-haves and Binbougami ga! is no exception to the cause. In fact, go for the kill and just exaggerate the entire outing with demolished walls, soapy excellence and nosebleeds. The guys of the series join the event and even they’re not exempt from the goodwill of some classic fan service shots. Black squiggly blobs are the equivalent to the perfect placement of soap bubbles and I’m not quite sure we ought to be thankful for that. If I was looking for a spoof here, I would be looking for elephants.
Seeing anyone naked for episode eleven didn’t rub me the wrong way, even if it’s not quite my thing at this stage in my anime-watching career. Important things that aren’t being simply glossed over include a more sincere love triangle that’s becoming both funnier and realistically honest and Momiji’s apparent hatred for baths because it has a silly effect on her, like being super moe. Well, if you’re a goddess of misfortune, being clean isn’t quite on your priority list. I found it quite dumb, but this dumbness made episode twelve somewhat special.
I actually ended up growing fond of this new Momiji. I don’t know — she’s freakin’ perfect, like she’s some godsend. That’s half true but damn, it was really fun just watching new rendition of Momiji pissing the crap out of Ichiko, who really insists that this is just a ruse to get her vulnerable. I mean, I don’t like needles either but this was going beyond paranoia. The best part of Ichiko’s crazy imagination is that a Death Note spoof took up a good chunk of it, and there was not relenting on how far Momiji may go to kill off Ichiko and her good fortunes. Honestly, this was the best time to laugh while the rest of the episode indulged a lot of my sentimental attachments to clean, moe-moe-kyun Momiji.
But alas, there exists garbage trucks and a hoard of bad luck in the world so even the new and improved Teddy returned to his former ugly self and the plot tries to right itself again by pursuing Momiji’s former poor version. I don’t know, I think somehow, things will work out between the two lead gals and go back to the way it was before, with mayhem, insults and funny faces. I’m looking forward to the finale.
GO Rating: 3.5/5
Don’t worry, I saved one of these screens just so I can put it up at the very end.