Which one is the real one, indeed…
If you’re going to be an anime comedy, bringing in Shimono Hiro to play a masochistic Dog God is probably never a bad idea. And Hiro-Hiro really sinks his teeth into the role of Momou the Inugami, an old bondage buddy of Momiji from the world of the Gods and her latest weapon in the battle to leech Tittyko’s good fortune away from her. If Binbougami has a favorite parody so far it would seem to be Dragonball, and we get a taste of it here as we see that Momou goes all Super Saiyan when his pleasure/pain buttons are pushed hard enough, and turns into a tiny terrier with huge eyes, a kind of stealth weapon of terrible cuteness against the reprehensibly lucky Sakura.
So far, the balance of evidence suggests this series is pretty good at mixing absurd comedy with just enough heart. It’s not so much heart that it’s actually making me like Tittyko – she’s still pretty insufferable most of the time – but it’s enough to paint her as a human being and not a caricature, and thus when something akin to Momou feeling sorry for her happens, we can sort of understand why. And the comedy generally is funny, which certainly helps – Shimono-san is particularly good as Momou this week, overacting as few others can. Much of the teleplay in the episode is in fact Momou’s internal monologues as he plots ways of stealing Tittyko’s fortune, then comes to see a different side of her as she digs through the dump all night looking for her box of letters from Suwano (a box she’d lost to one of his divine helpers being partially successful at stealing her good fortune).
It’s not so much that Sakura’s feelings for Suwano vindicate her character entirely, but they do reveal that under the right circumstances she’s capable of selfless love – which plainly serves as the spine of the story here. If I have a complaint it’s that we’re not seeing enough of Momiji lately. I still find her the funnier of the main pair, and her head-on collisions with Sakura provided some of the funniest moments of the first two eps. The last two have worked pretty well with Momiji in a much smaller role, but I’m ready for more of her. As to the series on the whole, I’m still not 100% that this basically very simple premise can maintain its forward momentum for a full cour, but so far so good.