Ben-To – 03
「大盛りチーズカツカレー 1080kcal」 (Ōmori Chīzu Katsu Karē 1080kcal)
“Large Serving of Cheese-Filled Katsu Curry 1080kcal”
Well that wasn’t very interesting at all. Food tasting better after some hard work is easily relatable, as any reward feels much more earned. The interesting part is realizing this doesn’t go for all people. Some, like the Hunting Dogs, prefer efficiency and tactics. Maybe even possess an affinity for racism. Sure, it’s bland, but you end up at the top every time. And that’s capitalism folks. Well, it would be if there were stronger forces coming up with ways to usurp the Hunting Dogs. Now that’s competition folks. The Half-Price Bento club, staking their pride on pure fighting skill, as vague as it is, is economically a mind fuck. This makes the events over this episode an isolated case. In the real world of Ben-To (or so I would imagine), The Hunting Dogs cannot win every time, since this would make them the highest enemy. Exemplified by the previous two showings, there are better opponents out there (like The Goddamned MagicianTM). They cannot be the high enemy. Therefore Satou rejecting them to the alternative, the scrambled Wolf team that has oddly left the Hunting Dogs to continue winning multiple times without interference, shouldn’t make any sense in the fabricated fighting universe of half-price bentos. Of course, said Wolf team could be so high-tier, they’re not even bothering with these low-tier supermarkets anymore, implying that the Ice Witch is rather weak in comparison. Maybe this was just an underlying public announcement that White supremacists are boring and not the way to go to get what you want. The Japanese do love their Black people, though their obsession with blonde hair blue eyes is more prevalent. Germans?! That could explain everything.
But wait, that sounded pretty interesting. Yeah, since I made up everything (so it might also be incoherent). No matter, as it doesn’t change the fact that there’s no depth in this episode. At all. My second sentence covers all there was. But Ben-To is not to be taken seriously! Really? I think it has to be when the pacing slows down to focus on an apparently important part to the Ben-To universe. A bento must be earned to taste good. Like the first lesson a master Yoda would teach to his young padowan. That’s great and all, but spending an entire episode on it… boring. It took him ten minutes of screen-time to figure out why the bentos weren’t tasting as good. It took me 2 seconds after he took his first bite.
Also, does anyone else find it difficult to sympathize with the post-bullied trauma they’re pumping into Oshiroi? When you’re fathomed and kidnapped by a lesbian on a daily basis, it’s kind of hard to believe that you’re still hung up on bullies. Ume is definitely getting up there in annoyance.
Surprisingly, this is the worst episode so far. Didn’t even laugh once! I have a faint feeling they’re dumbing the light novel down. Like the hunch that the anime’s way of adapting the countless amount of prose depicting how good food is perhaps one such example. The fight scenes are still sweet though. And rather than Sonic, I think the author just likes Sega in general. Story-wise, it’s probably Shaga’s bonding material with Satou. Shaga seems like the perky tomboy, whereas Yazirui is the calm tomboy (though fighting is the only thing I can say that swings her over to tomboy territory). Refreshing dynamic to me. Oh. They’re blood-related. Wait, that might actually improve some of your fantasies…