Sabagebu! Survival Game Club! Review

Momoka Sonokawa transfered into an all girls’ school hoping to make something of herself. What she never saw coming was being dragged into a bizarre survival club named Sabagebu, filled with gun fanatics with way too much time on their hands.

Even though all the violence is from slap stick and paint guns, the show enjoys showing you what the characters “imagine” seeing, which shows all the gun shots as if they were real. Lots of blood, though often rather comically done. The show is ever reminding viewers via narration that it’s not real, but if the sight turns you off, skip this title.

With the violence ranked up, the language is a bit higher than previous shows too. So more sh-ts and a few b-words flung about. Nothing as excessive as a typical American film, but not PG either.

Due to more than one female character digging another, nearly all the characters being female AND what male characters there are pretty much being pervs, there are a lot of body jokes and implicated sexual references. There are even a few scene with characters getting clothing shot off (no kidding) and whatnot. Although no detail is shown, it’s nothing you can easily ignore. That said, I oddly didn’t find much of the show offensive. Perhaps because everything was so sarcastic and over-the-top. Even so, definitely not PG.

There’s not much to worry about here, besides the usual idle remarks about God or Buddha made in passing. Nothing about doctrine.

Personal impression:
When I started this show up, I didn’t expect to like it all that much. And I have to admit that while I was amused, I was only convinced I was getting something different on episode two. That’s when I realized just how strange and sadistic the main character was and how fun that was going to make this show. If you like heroines that do the exact opposite of what a heroine usually does, you’ll love this title. That said, the comedy is pretty over-the-top at times so I could see how it might turn people off. The art and music are pretty bland, but in a comedy-based show like this it hardly matters. Also, there’s very little in the way of character development, something that actually runs against this show. Because, while it’s amusing, it has little substance and thus can be forgotten rather quickly.
If you enjoy sadistic comedy and/or a show that never takes itself seriously, this is a fun watch. Just be sure you give Nichijou and Pani Poni Dash a try too. They are the real bread winners of the comedy section. And they, shockingly, have development. Which is probably one of the reasons they’ve stuck around in fans’ minds longer.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: PG13
Genre(s): Comedy, slice of life, action
Company: Pierrot Co.
Official streaming: Crunchyroll
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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

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