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「豚肉生姜焼き弁当 852kcal」 (Butaniku Shōgayaki Bentō 852kcal)
“Ginger Fried Pork Bento 852kcal”
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OP2: 「Treasure!」 by 著莪あやめ (加藤英美里) (Shaga Ayame (Katou Emiri))
Watch the 2nd OP!: Streaming ▼

The breast grab really completes the picture.

Quite the contrary to last week, this is the best episode so far, by far. Starting off with Shaga, the massive fanservice vehicle, certainly didn’t let my mind wander this week, and while I’m usually bugged by fanservice, this works. Why? Because the anime doesn’t go out of its way to do it. Almost all fanservice in the episode is related to her, and the close-ups and pans have their reasons, eg. Satou-can’t-help-it. It also fits her outgoing personality, and represents the close relationship she has with Satou (though I wonder how many of you were comfortable watching knowing she’s his cousin), which leaves erection fuel dead last on the list. It’s like as blatant as you can get to incorporate fanservice into your work to make money, and still come out with some dignity as a writer. I approve. I also really like Shaga’s character. Who wouldn’t? The episode sold her everything. She makes every character even more likable, even the annoying one, because who isn’t going to love Ume now for generating a lesbian scene? She’s also skilled, endowed, outgoing so your introverted ass doesn’t need to do anything, and roleplays every single archetype there is. Throw in Kagami’s fanbase from Lucky Star, because that’s her voice actress (Katou Emiri). Fuck, she’s so amazing, she got her own opening. Brain twist of this week is to reimagine this whole episode with Shaga as a guy instead. Suddenly it’s creepy, rape-y, and disturbing. Yay double standards!

“The length of my single bang is
a 12 on the douche scale.”

Shaga wank aside, the “story,” as feeble as it is right now, tacks on an antagonist who plans on sacrificing the wolves to achieve worl-bento domination. Yarizui and Shaga create a rivalry due to territory intrusion, and if it wasn’t obvious enough with the foreplay, Shaga’s reason in keeping such a rivalry is a desire to keep close to Satou, which she probably won’t admit to for a while. Satou most likely impressed the fox-haired guy that probably threw the fight, so more of that “chosen one” development. The rest were random skits for humor and selling Shaga, which, as promptly explained in the previous paragraph, was quite enjoyable. Oshiroi and Ume are still a mystery, but I’m starting to think the fujoshi antics are her outlet to deal with the influx of lesbian trauma. In general, I’ve decided a coherent enough of a story to match together eventual fights is good enough for me.


Illegal in China.

I’m still seeing the same lectures/morals during fights, which isn’t actually the main problem. The problem is that they’re not molded uniquely enough to Ben-To’s world, which has too much flavor not to have something memorable. Nonetheless, the fights this time around destroy the past few episodes thanks to some actual tactics in trading blows. Chopsticks are used by Shaga to defuse punches detailed succintly in animation, with Yarizui countering by switching to her boots, and hey look, I’m watching a Jackie Chan film. This is way more incredible than it seems, since the only studios I can think of that can match style/coolness in fight choreography is Gainax, Madhouse, BONES, A-1 Pictures, Funima- okay there’s a lot, but you won’t see a better known studio like J.C. Staff care to pull this off. David Production’s matching the top-tier studios through some way other “better” known studios won’t/can’t, so props to that. Either way, my mind is blown probably as much as their budget is right now. Hope it doesn’t affect the later fights.

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So, girls, fights, and food. If you eat while watching, you can complete a trifecta of testosterone-inducing heaven. Keep this up Ben-To, and you’ll be second favorite only to Chihayafuru this season. Only watching 3 though. The monotone erotic fiction bit from Yarizui alone was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen (probably because it was so unexpected), and ended the episode even better than it already was. The only question remains, will Shaga be the only thing you’ve got?


October 31, 2011 at 3:47 am
  • October 31, 2011 at 4:04 amfragb85

    Lesson of today’s episode: Describing the contents of your future lunch will make you stronger in brawls.

    But damn, THIS is how you introduce a new character. Everything about Shaga’s introduction was just perfect, she’s hot, funny and awesome and her interactions with everyone is just perfect. Also HOT lesbian baths.

  • October 31, 2011 at 4:30 amEnmire

    Even this post had me laughing, while the episode had me on the floor in tears. Definitely the best so far.

  • October 31, 2011 at 4:31 amCobalt Wargear

    damn it this show just keeps getting better! :P first u got a cute girl like Oshiroi now u thrown in a fine piece of hotness like Shaga. Also I have never laugh so hard @ a fight scene such as this having Shaga wearing that dress then use chopsticks as a weapon of choice ROFLOL!!!

  • October 31, 2011 at 4:59 amFencedude

    If Ume deigned to participate she’d dominate the Bento brawls.

    Of course, I’m quite certain that not only does Ume not need to buy half-off bento, she doesn’t buy supermarket bento at all.

    Also, for all that Ayame was persistently sold to us the entire episode, you did note that when the chips were down, she failed, twice actually (once against Ume, and again against Sen). Interesting twist.

    • October 31, 2011 at 7:39 pmKiiragi

      Only so that you can even sympathize with that pouting losing face.

  • October 31, 2011 at 5:18 amBass.EXE

    hey look, I’m watching a Jackie Chan film.

    I got the exact same vibe. That’s how you know these are well-choreographed. well-animated fight scenes.

  • October 31, 2011 at 5:21 amewok40k

    Shaga vs Shy Guy :P

  • October 31, 2011 at 5:56 amSeishun Otoko

    So we’re taking every opportunity we can find to bash J.C. Staff huh? ;P
    Maybe Shaga would have won if she has better quality chopsticks. Mmmmm… tofu burger

  • October 31, 2011 at 6:41 amfrubam

    No mention of the awesome Yuri scene or how you’re tired of Ume being a bitch (O.o)? I am disappoint.

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:02 amKayDat

    To quote Asami Mizuki from Cross game:
    “Cousins can get married [in Japan]“

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:11 amEnd0rphine


  • October 31, 2011 at 8:09 amEbisu

    -.- I’ll keep waiting for Ume to be put in her place. Shaga kind of disappointed me here. She should have kicked Ume’s ass after bullying Satou and not for “fall for her”.

    World half-priced bento domination! :D

    • October 31, 2011 at 1:17 pmFencedude

      Ume’s the strongest character in the show. She just doesn’t fight in the Bento wars.

  • October 31, 2011 at 8:33 amPM63

    I really do love this show lol and for some reason, despite the character designs not being wholly original, I’m really attracted to Shaga. It might also be her character too.

    etc etc, continue watching I must

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:19 amFlamingYu

    As expected, Ume is awesome!
    and a Hoshii Miki + glasses look-alike appears.

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:30 amTez

    Sweet Fei Fong Wong is in this show! Can’t wait to see him unleash his Kem Po Karate!

    • October 31, 2011 at 12:39 pmTez

      Hmmm… no Xenogears fans here I guess -.-

    • October 31, 2011 at 5:25 pmfrubam

      Lol, no, I thought the exact same thing X03! He’s the spittin’ image of him, lol. So much so, I wonder if it’s a homage.

      • November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pmgrant

        Pssh… Fei could knock this douch upside his ass in 1 minute. (30 seconds as ID)

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:44 amGuardian Enzo

    LOL, Kiiragi – I was thinking watching this ep “Boy, if Shaga was a guy, the fans would be ripping this show to shreds. But I bet they’re going to eat it up.” There’s no medium as double-standard friendly as anime… Hey – I was laughing along with everyone else – when Ume wasn’t on-screen, anyway.

  • October 31, 2011 at 12:04 pmYanDaMan263

    This show just gets more and more over the top each episode. Not that its a bad thing.

  • October 31, 2011 at 12:22 pmChloesong

    This show is still hilarious. I miss the first OP though. It’s nice having a change, but I hope it goes back to the first OP. :P

    Trying to imagine Shaga as a guy is so wrong. D:

    I still don’t get Ume.

  • October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    For some reason, the banner image isn’t working x_x Keeps giving me a 404.

    Anyway, definitely LOVED this episode. Took a month, but it was definitely worth the wait for Ayame!

    • October 31, 2011 at 2:18 pmKiiragi

      Apparently I didn’t upload it. It’s up now.

  • October 31, 2011 at 4:18 pmVile1285

    Given how well she’s been received by pretty much everyone commenting so far, I’m probably going to get ripped apart but…

    So far, I don’t like Shaga. From the get-go with her own special opening, it feels like she’s just barging in here and trying to steal the show. If it weren’t for Sen defeating her in their showdown, I’d be putting out a Canon Sue early warning alarm; gorgeous, skilled, gets most of the main cast to like her without difficulty and seems to make every scene she’s in all about her…

    To be fair though, this is her debut episode so it’s kinda expected that the focus will be on her and I’m just getting paranoid. Time will tell.

    Otherwise, yeah, some great fighting this episode and the beginnings of a potentially bigger plot/conspiracy. Good times.

    • October 31, 2011 at 8:03 pmwendeego

      Actually, my favorite thing about this episode was that Shaga was practically a subversion of the Canon Sue. She’s given her own special OP, has the most sexual tension with the protagonist of perhaps every character in the show and pretty much disrupts everything in her wake…only to run screaming from Ume and lose badly in her first big fight with the Ice Witch. I think it says something that while she was happy and carefree at the very beginning of the episode, she was very despondent by the end–considering that she got her very OP at the beginning, maybe things didn’t turn out as well for her as she thought they would.

      It’s little moments like this–coupled with chopstick-fu and the sheer ridiculousness of what appears to be a secret organization devoted towards keeping tabs on ben-to fighters–which make this show so much better than it honestly has any right to be. Sure, the fan-service was occasionally over the top and Ume remains a pretty unlikable character, but when dime-a-dozen light novel tropes are executed with this much intellegence…

      • October 31, 2011 at 11:50 pmYanDaMan263

        I wouldn’t say she lost “badly”.

  • November 1, 2011 at 12:12 amx

    Hard to dislike this episode. I liked this anime so far anyways XD. Can’t wait to see what comes next…

  • November 1, 2011 at 1:32 amewok40k

    gods have mercy… now I have 9th show in a weekly schedule…
    btw, my GF is so much like Shaga, from being into brawls to teasing me mercilessly…

  • November 1, 2011 at 3:20 amThe17thNoah

    “Oshiroi and Ume are still a mystery, but I’m starting to think the fujoshi antics are her outlet to deal with the influx of lesbian trauma.”
    Lesbian TRAUMA? As a guy, that’s inconceivable! Yuri is always welcome( = ヮ = )৩

  • November 1, 2011 at 4:07 amKinny Riddle

    Dammit, my anime watching schedule has just gone busier. Blame it on all the lesbian-charged innuendo this episode, started by Shaga and fuelled further by Shiraume.

    And to cap it off, at the end of the episode we have Yarizui with her deadpan rendition of erotic dialogue from Oshiroi’s yaoi novel. My stomach hurts from laughing too much. LOL

    PS If you ever find time to visit your local Japanese supermarket (usually attached with your local Japanese department store), then you’ll most likely recognize some of the background jingles being sung in the supermarkets shown throughout the series.

    • November 1, 2011 at 5:40 amsarcastic_weasel

      Oh God yes. Those jingles, they HAUNT me. I just went shopping at my local grocery store in Aichi Prefecture today, and… my GOD… even down to the “sakana, sakana” kind of song in the fish dept. And the store’s theme song replays itself about, oh, every 15 seconds, in case I haven’t heard it enough to make me want to jam chopsticks in my ears until the pain goes away. (Kids, don’t try this at home!) And of course, you can hear 2-3 different songs playing against each other if you stand in the right spot. It’s so awful, it’s wonderful.

      The production staff did a great job of reproducing the generic grocery store I keep running across in Japan. (Well, in Aichi-ken.)

      Shaga was awesome… especially when she would put on the “Voice” for Satou. That cracked me up. I love Ume, too. She’s totally whacked in the head. Is it Saturday Night already?

  • November 1, 2011 at 1:31 pmmist666999

    With all the awesome shows this season, this one one of like 2 that I keep up with on it’s weekly release. That’s how much I’m enjoying Ben-To!

  • November 1, 2011 at 1:34 pmmist666999

    (double post sorry)
    Also did anyone else notice the way Shaga handled that *ahem* fight stick?

  • November 1, 2011 at 9:05 pmtorleywowlol

    Kiiragi’s reviews suck, majorly.

    • November 1, 2011 at 9:17 pmCybersteel

      I think this anime is about bento.

    • November 1, 2011 at 11:35 pmKiiragi

      Oh come on now, you’re not even trying!

  • November 2, 2011 at 12:08 amDa5id

    New font?

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:09 amKiiragi


  • November 3, 2011 at 8:37 amkingdragun

    This episode was pure win…! Also Shaga looks like a Megane Hoshii Miki! (the multiple outfits at the OP plus the singing didn`t help either giving her the idol vibe)…

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