Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! episode 1 [First Impression]: Magical Boys

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Summary

(From MAL) This is the story of how five high school boys affiliated with the “Binan High School Earth Defense Club” aka the “Do Nothing Club” are charged by a weird pink wombat creature with protecting the world.

Basically, Mahou Shounen. And Chikuwabu somehow.

Impression

Was that supposed to be funny? Because… I think I laughed once in the whole 20 minutes…

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In any case, this is a lot less of a failure than I first expected it to be. When I learned that this winter would hold its first ever Magical Boys anime, I was kind of hyped… And kind of scared. It turns out that none of those expectations were really met in the end. This first episode was okay… Nothing more, nothing less.

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Nice mean guy design I guess.

Without taking into account the part where the magical girls are really effeminate guys, this show is fairly childish. With an extremely generic Mahou Shoujo plot and no attempt to try and diverge from it, the show’s storyline remains boring, and I expect nothing special from it other than generic bullshit that no one really cares about. The only good point on that is that even the show itself doesn’t take its plot seriously and doesn’t expect anything good to come out of it.

mahou shounen yumotoIt is a really good thing that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. Because honestly, this episode was absolutely ridiculous. Parodying the magical girl genre so much as that reminded me somewhat of Kore wa Zombie desu ka? and seeing the guys transform into a “love-making” combination and pull out their “love sticks” made me chuckle quite a bit (that was the only time I laughed). It seems that the yaoi innuendoes won’t go much further than that, however, despite the endless possibilities that arise from its plot (hence why I believe the show to be aimed for 12 year-old girls more than any other age group).

 However, the main problem doesn’t simply lie in the childish nature of the show. I feel like this show could have easily pulled some pretty good views if only it had tried to go a little bit more like Free! and if it had actually been funny. I mean, the whole first half of the episode was pretty boring, and all the “jokes” were full of humour that I never understood apparently, because I didn’t get a single laugh out of it. Maybe I’m just too old for this, but when a comedy show fails at making people laugh, it’s not worth watching. Yes, the show was ridiculous, yes, the concept of a Mahou Shounen is truly original and could have turned out really great, but without the actual laughter, I don’t see this show continuing into something better than what this first episode has given us.

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Is this guy really called Battle Lover Spinach? Come on…

Watch this episode at your own risk! There are sparkles, it’s ridiculous, some of you might find it funny, but I personally don’t see this show reaching its full potential and I don’t expect it to come out of the low average in this pretty average Winter Season full of crappy shows.

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