B-TEN’s Anime of the Week: Sabagebu!

A lot of different anime has come out this year, and some have made a big splash like Free! Eternal Summer or Kill la Kill, while others haven’t received quite the fame and attention they deserve. Sabegebu, or Survival Game Club, is one of them!

Middle school girl Momoka is dragged into joining one of the strangest associations at her school, the Survival Game Club. Its members participate in various forms of paramilitary training under the watchful eye of charming and alarming president, Miou. How on Earth will the inexperienced Momoka survive her training, let alone Miou’s company?!

Cute girls with guns is not a new concept in the anime world, but Sabegebu is just a little different from the norm. The series follows Momoka Sonokawa, a transfer student who is coerced into joining her new school’s crazy and exclusive Survival Game Club. The club, run by wealthy heiress Miou Ootori, is all about war games and proving yourself with a gun. Well, a pellet gun at least. This all-girl group of gunslingers is composed of Maya Kyodo, a busty, part time gravure idol; Urara Kasugano, a sweet-faced masochist; Kayo Gotokuji, a treasure and cosplay fanatic; and Platy, the club’s weird, platypus mascot. Even the narrator is a main character of sorts, adding comments and jokes to each episode while also reminding you that when you see the girls shooting and “killing” each other, it is merely a part of their imagination, which is ridiculously active.

It’s fun seeing the different sides of each of the girls and trying to keep up with what exactly is going on, as well as what’s real or just a part of their imaginations. Nothing stays serious in this show at all. The scenes that are played out as serious or emotional will still keep you laughing. And though the jokes are crude and the situations outlandish, the animators still paid attention to important details like with the weaponry and equipment. Though perhaps that’s what makes everything seem even more absurd.

This anime is crazy, fun and hilarious. A lot of things make zero sense, but that’s what adds to the charm. If you enjoy shows like FLCL, Excel Saga or Ninja Nonsense, you’ll really get a kick out of Sabagebu. Or, if you just want to add in some comedy to your mix of shows, this is definitely the one to fit in!

Sabagebu has 12 episodes and can be found on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The three OVA episodes are not currently available online.

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