Sabagebu! -Survival Game Club!- Episode #02 Anime Review

Sabagebu! -Survival Game Club!- Episode #02 Anime Review

Sabagebu Episode 2

War. War never changes.

What They Say:
Sabagebu! revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls’ high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the “Sabagebu!,” a club that conducts survival games.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Continuing from where the previous episode left off, Momoka awakens to find Miou and Platy (the animal mascot, finally given a name) sitting at her breakfast table. After playing Momoka’s mother like a fiddle, Miou is able to strong-arm her to school early for practice drills. There she learns Urara has grown jealous of Miou’s attention toward her, and learns Urara has a bit of a sadistic side to her when she feels her ‘good thing’ with Miou is seemingly threatened. Momoka is knocked out and dumped in with the garbage, leading Miou to assume she’s doing ambush drills. When Momoka finds the other girls on the hunt for her, she hides until a praying mantis freaks her out and she’s able to accidentally land headshots on all four of her pursuers. Miou is impressed, which upsets Urara to the point she runs off. When Momoka catches up to her, she punches her out as revenge, only for Urara’s crush to move from Miou to her.

In the next segment, Maaya asks for help learning how to eat natto beans as part of a commercial. Sticky foods freak her out and while Momoka and Urara are at first willing to help, they’re reminded natto beans help with bust size, which triggers a fit of jealousy with the gravure model. They lead Maaya through a hellish boot camp that culminates in dumping her in a steel drum of natto beans. The process ends up giving her a phobia of natto beans and the job of doing the ad is forced upon Momoka, which ends up being a goofy mascot ad which Maaya didn’t need to eat natto beans at all.

The final segment of the episode was Momoka and Kaya sitting in the Sabagebu clubhouse waiting for the other club members to arrive. In the meantime, Momoka freaks out watching Kaya changing costumes in rapid succession, eventually leading to her ‘Jill Valentine’ battle outfit. Believing Kaya was challenging her to a fight, Momoka draw her gun and fires. Their gunfight leads down into a hidden room of the clubhouse that may or may not exist. When the other club members finally arrive they’re drawn into the fight, which forces Momoka and Kaya to temporarily join forces and wipe out their opponents in rapid succession. When only the two of them remain, Momoka shows her ruthless side and fires at her after declaring a tie. In the shower, it was revealed it was all a misunderstanding and Kaya was just interested in Momoka’s costume from the natto ad from the previous segment.

Overall, the episode was a fun way to introduce Momoka to the other members of the club. The animation was solid, the action was well choreographed and the character models were still adorable. A few of the jokes fell a bit flat and the narrator was not as much of a force of nature as he was in the previous episode. But these are all minor complaints.

In Summary:
Sabagebu continues to be a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is quite enjoyable as the result. While the second episode doesn’t leave as strong an impression as the first, it’s still a cheeky half-hour of entertainment.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
27” Vizio VW-26L, Xbox 360