Ben-To – First Impressions

After reading Ben-To‘s ridiculous premise, I dismissed it as a series I would potentially follow.

Nevertheless, I always give all anime a chance by watching a few episodes to see how it really is. Ben-To is one of those series where I’m glad I did.

The story is about a high school boy stumbling into an ongoing war for half-priced bento boxes when he tries to purchase one at a grocery store. In this “war”, the last ones standing after they compete in chaotic physical combat are the ones that end up with the bentos.

Seeing how the participants all looked like your average office worker or student, it reminded me of Fight Club since the bento war could be viewed as an underground fighting club. Even though it all sounds pretty random, Ben-To was actually quite entertaining to watch.

Rating: Good

6 Comments to “Ben-To – First Impressions”

  1. Shizuo says:

    Ben-To madnesss!!!

    ROARRRRRR……………..!!!!!!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Indeed, I’m still liking it thus far!

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  2. Eru says:

    That picture…SOLD!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Not enough bentos for everyone!

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  3. Mushyrulez says:

    Ridiculous premise? If there’s anything I learned after watching… 10… anime, it’s that the premise /never/ matters. You can judge an anime based on its art or depth or music or whatever, but it’s downright impossible to judge it based on its premise. Not that you /shouldn’t/ judge a show on its premise, but that you /can’t/. It’s impossible.

    Not only does the wording and translation of the premise screw it up, most of the time, the execution of an anime is far different than what its premise entails, for the better or worse.

    Furthermore, Ben-To is DEEP. Instead of thinking ‘man, this is so stupid, why are they fighting for food’, think of this as a person who has nothing to eat, no money to buy food, and a job – as a slave. Of course you’ll fight over every fucking last morsel of food! But of course, you’ll also have at least some sense of pride and human dignity so as to obey a few respectful unwritten rules.

    Really, dismissing this anime as pointless is too much of a first-world attitude. Some people really don’t have anything to eat.

    tl;dr: I whine about nobody understanding my plight

    P.S. I eat four buffets every five hours
    P.P.S. herp derp what’s a supermarket my parents feed my food to my mouth

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    Reltair Reply:

    I agree. Putting aside the premise, I think it is simply impossible to accurately judge a series before watching a substantial amount of episodes. This means my first impressions are usually only based off 1-3 episodes, so a lot can change. *shrug*

    Haha, Ben-To is deep and fun to watch at the same time.

    First-world problems.

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