Ben-To – 07, 08
「オムっぱい弁当 752kcalとロコもっこり弁当 1100kcal」 (Omuppai Bentō 752kcal to Rokomokkori Bentō 1100kcal)
“Omelettits Bento 752kcal and Tent of Seafood Bento 1100kcal”
While episode seven brought the token excuse to show our heroines in lesser attire, it was anything but excellent Ben-To affairs. The incredulity of our protagonist’s passion to see his fellow comrades with breasts in swimsuits gave much reason to snort milk out of one’s nose, as the jokes continue to excel with comedic timing and creativity. Even the thickly layered juvenile jokes were funny. Satou’s reactions especially incite some guffaws on their own, no doubt thanks to Shimono Hiro’s long career voicing such characters. Reacting exaggeratively over a female’s ridiculousness has been made into an art form by Shimono, and he deserves no less respect.
Though it’s great that the humor hasn’t lost itself, the change up from the usual “routine” was easily welcome. Having Ren (Mr. Foxy) stick around opposite to Satou gave a new relationship to focus on for a change, and one can’t help but cheer for his crush on the Wanderer. It wouldn’t hurt if they became recurring characters. Ren also brought with him new light to the situation with Satou’s title, and as to be expected, he’s yet again dealt the worst cards. Even though the origin of the other wolf titles were revealed to be a bit short of glorious, at least their names have the illusion of cool. Strategically, “pervert” is actually a great title, with enemies undermining your abilities by not taking you seriously in the least. Fitting for a newbie rising the ranks so quickly.
And as per usual, the episode ends with a fight for half-priced bentos, though it was certainly unexpected one would even occur, much less with a new twist. The brawl that ensued begged the idea that fighting in bikinis should really be a thing. But oh wait, it is. Seeing the various characters from episodes past make their appearances one by one brought a nice sense of continuity, and after all the backstory shown, it’s now much easier to get behind the motivation of the characters to win their bento, which translates to more fun watching for the result. Kind of like sports.
「たっぷりニラハンバーグ弁当 765kcal」 (Tappuri Nira Hanbāgu Bentō 765kcal)
“Jumbo Garlic Chive Hamburger Steak Bento 765kcal”
Shifting gears in what appears to be a transition into a new arc, we’re introduced to Sawagi Kyou, twins who apparently share the same name. It’s said that the concept of a Ryou was determined to be unpopular after a short meeting one afternoon at David Production. The straight (wo)man is played by Horie Yui, seiyuu legend, while the excitable one a Tamura Yukari, second seiyuu legend. Yukari’s frequent change in tone, from femme fatale to squeals only a child is expected of, brings the necessary entertainment to an otherwise dragged out joke at the hospital. The dynamic between the twins leave something to be desired, as they are not exactly funny between themselves, but more so at the expense of Satou. While this is true for pretty much every other character in the series, the others have more of their own flavor. Despite an entire episode to showcase who they are and why we should like them, the Sawagi twins pale in comparison to Shaga. Perhaps twincest is their actual forte. Plus Sen.
The long scenario at the hospital leaves little room for much else, making this episode dryer than the previous few. Considering the efforts from the twins are completely thrown away like their shoddy nurse uniforms, it probably would have been best if that were actually the halfway point, leading into a bento battle at the end like usual. If you’ll remember, episode three had similar issues. What’s mainly different is the obvious fact that they’re twins, meaning two fighters at once on the field this time. No doubt they have their special double-team moves, well synchronized and unbeatable compared to the wolves who are used to going solo. Will the budget pull through..?