This is rather late to be talking about my favorite anime of the past year. But, ’tis better to be late than never. The more careful of my readers already know which 2014 anime excelled all others in action, comedy, and likable characters: Sabagebu! Sabagebu! stands as a five star comedy in a year which featured many good but few great shows. The only other great show which comes to my mind is Shingeki no Bahamut. The show fits in the genres of parody and black comedy. The parody targets 80’s action movies. (The Predator and Mad Max episodes are practically unforgettable.) But, it also poked fun at samurai dramas, as we see in the hunting episode. Amusingly, all the killing and death occurs in the protagonists imaginations–even though certain scenes make one wonder. (Just what happened to all those guys who went down in the helicopter sent to rescue Urara from the ladies’ room? Was there even a helicopter to begin with? Hard to tell sometimes.) The members of the series’ Survival club are all screwballs but inherently likable. Momoka, the blissfully sadistic psychopath of the group, stands out as the most fun to watch and original character of summer 2014.
Fun might be the key word to describe Sabagebu! One of the obvious goals of the show is to promote gun culture. The narrator details certain points of Japanese weapons laws and effectively gives step by step instructions about how to obtain a hunting license. But overall, the show causes one’s sides to split with laughter or engrosses one in intense action sequences. These things hammer home the idea that recreational shooting offers participants a great time. In particular, the finale of Sabagebu! ranks higher than most other shows’ endings from that year. It absolutely owns Aldnoah.Zero‘s for example. At any rate, you feel my enthusiasm for the show. Every fan of black comedies (Others will find the humor atrocious.) and girls with guns ought to watch it.