Satou joins the deadly fight for half-priced bento boxes.
Just from the premise, you know this is going to be crazy. And it is. In the best possible way. There’s something irresistible in watching nightly fights for half priced food. Everything is on the line: pride, hunger, and survival itself. After the fighting’s done, the warriors gather around the table to partake of the spoils or commiserate in their defeat. It’s so utterly ridiculous, and the creators treat it with a perfectly straight face. Ben-to is hilarious.
The characters certainly manage to keep things interesting. My personal favorite is Oshiroi, who has delusions about Satou and plasters his head onto the bodies of muscle men. I also liked Ume, who was obsessed with Oshiroi and abused Satou. All of the wolves were fun to watch.
This show also has some, shall we say… creative fan service. It’s not your usual falling on top of girls. Instead we have our male lead running around school naked, being abused, and getting attacked by nurses in the hospital. The fanservice isn’t just there for the heck of it, it’s an essential part of jokes.
Overall, I loved Ben-to. This is what a comedy ought to be like: fresh, funny, and creative.
- Plot / Script – A – Hilarious.
- Characters – B – Some crazy characters, although the two female leads were probably the least interesting.
- Production – B – Looked decent. The music wasn’t great, but it was used to good comedic effect.
- Overall – B+