Friday, August 22, 2014


I feel like this show maybe flew under the radar for a lot of people, I haven't really seen a lot of buzz about it on the internet, so I'd like to take a minute to talk to you all about Sabagebu!

Point of fact: I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode of Sabagebu!  It delivered the slice-of-life with a healthy spoonful of absurdity that I was hoping to get out of Stella-something-or-other-C3bu.  Sabagebu! is the "K-On! with assault rifles" I've been looking for (for those of you that don't get what I'm talking about, K-On! was an anime slice-of-life comedy about a light music club in a girls' school.  The description doesn't do it justice, but I thought it was absolutely charming and hilarious).

Sabagebu!, named after the "Survival Games Club" (SABAibalu GE-mu BUkatsu, see?), is a colorful trip into the world of airsoft tomfoolery and doofy antics of its members, created by Hidekichi Matsumoto and brought to us now by studio Pierrot+, the same studio as the dark, graphic Tokyo Ghoul.  Now that's juxtaposition for you.

Quick synopsis: Momoka Sonokawa transfers to a new school is making her way when she catches the attention of Mio Otori, who tries to get her enrolled in her club, the titular Survival Games Club.  Momoka refuses, thinking she's above all that weird crap, but after Mio feeds her poisoned bread (not kidding), she's in.  Hilarity ensues.

This show is bizarre.  To expound, it lets its freak-flag fly and is absolutely hilarious.  There's a strange platypus creature that nobody seems to feel the need to address, a shop owned by Japanese Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a bit about a girl avoiding being noticed because she was wearing a ghilliesuit in school, just to name a few of the gags the first episode had to offer.

There's really nothing I find wrong about this show.  It's not really serious, so if you need that, than Sabagebu! is not for you.  But if you want a light-hearted comedy, or maybe need something that's funny and doesn't take itself too seriously to take the edge off from this week's Tokyo Ghoul, than this is just the show to do it.

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