Ben-To – 02
Satou is coerced into the half-price bento club by a mixture of threat and breasts. So like.. threasts? Gets a mission to go try and get his first bento, gets his ass handed to him repeatedly. Oshiroi goes MIA due to lesbian kidnapper Ume, but Satou luckily gets some help from The WizardTM. Due to some very strange motivational speeches, Satou manages to grab his first bento. Grabs the honorary one. “Must be talent,” she says. “My ass,” Kiiragi says.
This… certainly follows the “typical” route of a dude getting wrapped up in an eccentric girl’s life, but under the circumstances of fighting for bentos, all the clichés seem to pale tremendously in comparison. I’m too busy having my mouth open the entire time than to complain that Satou has no personality at all as a character, is completely uninteresting, and keeps wandering his vision to breasts. Maybe that’s like a thing that they’re doing, like each episode focusing on a different area of the female body. I didn’t mention it, but the last one did thighs. Who’s got bets on what the focus is on next time? Eyes? Ass? Ankles? The pacing’s really nice though, speeding through what could have been dragged out to be several episodes, and combo’d with the frenetic fights sprinkled between scenes, it’s hard to stay bored.
Well, it’s hard to stay bored in any of the scenes really, because they’re all completely ridiculous. Lesbian kidnappers? The WizardTM? Boars? Cubs needing to be Wolves? Pride? Animal metaphors in my anime? MC can’t win, stronger dude gives wolf metaphor motivational speech, Satou suddenly knows kung-fu. It’s sort of like Kamina’s speeches, but farther off the deep end. I feel like they kind of were supposed to have that feel of being preposterous yet incredibly inspiring, but kind of failed at invoking any such emotion other than my scrunched face mouthing “what the ****?” It seems that whatever group Satou is in, they are the wolves. Everyone else are just… pigs. Oh, the three little pigs, and the whole wolf eating th- How cute.
Miyano Mamoru as The WizardTM is awesome, a major plus being that he seems to be an ally. I’m thinking he might be Satou’s future trainer. There’s still two more girls to be introduced too, as well as the primary antagonist, which will probably use up another few episodes. I’m hoping the blonde girl isn’t the annoying foreigner blabbermouth type. Currently leaning on no, based on her expressions in the opening. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell is UP with the Ume chick.
I found this episode to be a little less interesting than the last, mostly because there wasn’t enough of my white-haired goddess. But seriously, it’s probably more due to whatever makes Ben-To refreshing not showing up as gallantly as the first showing. There’s vague appearances of what I wanted to see given Patrik’s reviews, such as the passionate talks about honor, so here’s to that and everything else surfacing completely by the next few weeks.
And yeah, I was bored of the old format, so I conjured up something new.