The world turned completely upside-down this week as Binan Koukou was hysterically fun time and Yatterman was a dull sad slog.
While I truly believe Yatterman has more potential in the long run, it’s lucky that it’s getting another week to show off against Binan because if I called it here, I’d call it for Binan in a heartbeat.
I don’t even know how to sum up Binan this week. Certainly, there’s no way I’ll be able to capture how funny it was by explaining the jokes to you.
In a nutshell, the boys are bored again this week but, instead of following Binan’s formula of waiting around for a monster to show up and then defeating it, they are much more active with a school wide plot before the monster appears.
That plot is the 1579th Binan High School Pretty Boy Contest, which they only participate in because Pink is deeply frustrated by his popularity stalemate with the pretty boy on the student council.
It’s more complicated than that and involves choosing club activities based on the paper quality of other club’s flyers (for use as paper airplanes) and the other guys get into the contest because they are so very bored and it annoys their wombat to no end.
Remember that Binan is an all guys school and that all of the characters are straight? Well, so do our heroes… at least, in theory. They get pretty carried away in their struggle to win the pageant.
In fact, Binan delivers the most over the top penis joke in the form of Orenge’s bank statement, which is glowing for some reason and the implication that he’s showing it to another man at crotch level while standing at a urinal. It’s epic and I don’t want to spoil the others but each participant accidentally wins the loyal heart of the guy or guys who’s proving a point to.
Then the ballet club advisor turns into the black swan and actually seduces the Battle Lovers before Red defeats him with a bit of therapy!
What sold it: the serious effort the Battle Lovers put into winning the votes of their classmates would be at home in any slice of life romcom or BL but the work better than that here because the Battle Lovers are only doing it for boredom and spite.
That aside, the timing of the human was spot on and, at the end of the day, I have to wonder how much of the rest of the series will call back on this episode where half of the cast has accidentally made it look like they were BL players.
My only criticism of this episode was that the boss fight followed the normal formula and, while the black swan was a good image, it just wasn’t as funny as the first half of the episode.
Verdict: I am sorely tempted to give Binan a 9. By far, this provided the most laughs of any show this season and, while Binan won’t make anyone’s best of the best list, its solidly built and smart.