Born with a silver spoon, Ichiko Sakura is overflowing with good fortune. She is wealthy, beautiful, athletic, and smart. Not only that, but everyone around her does whatever they can to ensure that her perfect life is not disturbed in any way. Talk about luck! Unfortunately for everyone else, it turns out she is actually sponging up all of the good fortune from them and leaving them high and dry! On the opposite end of the spectrum lies Momiji, who is a god of poverty. She has been sent to take Ichiko down a peg or two in order to restore balance to the world, and will attempt to use everything else at her disposal to suck out all of that fortune. Binbougami Ga! is a battle between fortune and misfortune. A battle that will employ verbal jabs, dirty tricks, and odd-ball bets. Will the human with all the luck in the world or the deity with nothing but misfortune come out on top? – My Anime List
Based on 22 review scores:
Road Rash Reviews
This very specific Japanese brand of crazy humour is awesome and well worth adding to your DVD collection.
Good Luck Girl is easily one of the funniest anime out there. The series has an exceptional cast, TONS of laugh out loud moments, and a story that seemed like your standard fare that turned into something special. The re-watch value is extremely high as well, as long as you’re a big anime fan then you will love going back to catch all the references to anime past!
Good Luck Girl! may have been given a ridiculous name in the West, but its name change doesn’t damage the actual content of the show in the slightest. While it is almost always light-hearted and rather simple at times, the random and off-the-wall nature of the show that keeps viewers on their toes while they are also laughing continuously makes Good Luck Girl! a series that shouldn’t be passed up.
Good Luck Girl hits a lot of the right notes for me and revisiting here after the simulcast definitely reinforces it. Some of the larger themes of the series are made a bit clearer when watched in marathon form but it also keeps a lot of enjoyment on an episode by episode basis with all the parodies and simple outlandish humor and slapstick gags. The show is a bit old school and traditional in some ways as I could easily see this being produced in the 80’s, but it’s a bit more layered and obviously a lot more fanservice and just general wackiness. While the show was a bit uneven in some places, there’s a lot to like here and Sakura is a surprisingly sympathetic character as it goes on, something that I definitely didn’t feel the first time around when I watched it on a weekly basis.
Good Luck Girl! follows last week’s Ben-To as another bizarre but incredibly well delivered and very funny pieces of anime. If you don’t know this series, you absolutely should.
Anime News Network
It has its bumps and messily slain jokes, not to mention the occasional outright derailment, but Good Luck Girl! is a hugely enjoyable comedy—one of the rare gagfests to successfully find and nurture an honest-to-goodness heart. And it’s too bad that dub fans can’t get the full experience in their preferred format. Oh well. That’s what subtitles are for.
Overall, this is a well made and enjoyable show only held back by some poor characters and misguided attempts at humour. It is not the funniest comedy you will ever watch and it is not the most heartwarming but it has enough of both to be worth a reserved recommendation. It might have got more if it had stopped talking about breasts for five minutes!
A great example of its genre that everyone should see, regardless of their interest.
The Foodie Geek
The People’s Movies
Anime Reviewer Girl
This show was really funny and the serious parts of the show actually were good when I needed a break from the comedy. Like always comment down below what you thought of this review or show and I will comment back.
Good Luck Girl! is a non-stop comedy rollercoaster, with hilarious and awkward situations, fantastic animation including random battles, tons of “super-deformed”, a bit of romance, friendship and a bit of fan service. And there’s even a song dedicated to fan service courtesy of Bobby the monk and Momo.
Lets cut to the chase…this a standard eechi anime with lots laughs…there is no need to give a intricate summary… this is not bleach…geash! you get what you pay for…time well spent! A good straight forward comedy!
The Hollywood News
With a bright palette of colours, and a script that becomes self-referential at times, Good Luck Girl has tweaked a tiresome formula enough to warrant inclusion in any collection.
My Anime List
Binbougami Ga is one of those series that’s highly mixed. Every positive aspect of it is balanced out by something negative. It’s not a bad series, nor is it a good one. All in all, it’s pretty mediocre. My final rating is going to be a 5/10. Next week I’ll be looking at Kuuchuu Buranko. Until then, have a fabulous time.
I love this series, with the laughs, the slapstick violence, the crude humour, and the way the story revolves around a girl who is as lonely as a leper on devils island. Refreshing show. Not for kids under fifteen. But highly recommended for the above age.
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.
While the style and pacing of the humour is keenly on-point, your enjoyment may vary depending on how much you enjoy off-colour and crude jokes, not to mention your tolerance for the aforementioned fanservice. Good Luck Girl isn’t trying to be cerebral, and it knows it all too well. However, if you’ve got a penchant for the puerile and a few hours to spare, then you’ll undoubtedly enjoy this tale of one girl and her guardian frenemy.
A fun and charming referential comedy series, hindered by DVD problems.
That is where the heart of this show lies. It’s full of zany antics and ridiculous characters (wait until you smell the bathroom god!), getting ever more absurd as Momiji tries again and again to get Ichiko’s luck, but the real point of the story is getting this isolated, and emotionally distant rich girl to open up and start to engage with the world. Ichiko may have all the good luck there is, but her past is a sad and emotionally traumatic one, and she’s been closed off ever since. It takes the kind of adversity that Ichiko and her allies offer, the view from the other side of the tracks that Tsuwabaki offers, the stubborn friendship that Ranmaru gives to get Ichiko to start caring again. The show is all about the growth of this character into a functional and engaged member of society, and that is why, despite all the show’s clichéd zany comedy, it still manages to connect on a genuine, heartfelt level. If all that isn’t enough for you, you’ll love the pop culture references, with countless other anime and manga referenced with jokes and sight gags, so there’s yet another level on which to enjoy the show.
The Anime Accord
I had so much fun watching Good Luck Girl! The whole show is full of hilarious homages, references and parodies of other animes and depending on what ones you can recognise, it really makes the show special. The show is brilliantly self-aware, it takes great pride in making fun of many typical anime tropes. For example, the show has a “bath house episode” which it opens with a musical entitled “Ode to the Fanservice episode”, I’m sure you can figure about what it’s about. I just loved the nonsensical randomness, it’s not random for the sake of random, there is a lot more though involved. The characters are all centred on one major characteristic and aren’t that detailed but I didn’t think that it was really a problem, considering the nature of the show.
The Nihon Review
Binbougami ga! is a fun comedy in spite of the worthless drama. Its core isn’t much different from many comedies, but the execution of the gags puts it a cut above most. The end of the anime leaves a clear setup for more. Hopefully, if the show does receive a second season, it leaves the drama at the door.