Posted on 6 November 2011 with categories: Ben-To



Okay, this was just hilarious. This was meant to be the episode to set up the main conflict of this series: a huge battle between the people from the east and west side of town, but in the meantime the creators inserted a ton of comedy around Sato cross-dressing. The creators still manage to create fresh ways to do it. The best part is how they used the serious Kaneshiro in order to make him even more embarrassed. This really shows that with good direction, even overused jokes can be get new life.

The best part about this series for me is how it balances its serious and silly side, and how it does both parts well. Because of that it’s ridiculously fun to watch, while at the same time it has a story and characters that can be taken seriously. The main storyline is quite silly when you think about it, but because everyone takes it serious without being parody-like, it somehow ends up working.

My only gripe is the new girl: she feels out of place, because she is exactly the kind of one-sided character and moe stereotype that this show has averted so well. Thankfully she played a small role here and there was plenty of fun stuff about this episode as well. But at the very least, I can appreciate her place in the story as a random friend that Shaga hangs out at school with.

It’s something subtle, but again: this show really hints that the characters have lives and do stuff whenever they’re not on the screen. Or at least the good guys. I still can’t imagine the main villain that was introduced in this episode doing something other than looking scary, sitting in his chair and starve himself….
Rating: ** (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. Random_Passerby_Number_612 says:

    Kaneshiro didn’t make an appearance in this episode, though. You’ve mistaken Nikaidou Ren for him.

  2. nodbgp says:

    Hehe, I make the same confusion last episoede, anyways, a miracle just happened someone was able to make me laugh – hard – with an overused cliche… Kudos to the director!!!

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    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 03:49 PM)
    Gosh, I remember the excitement in the late 80s/early 90s getting transformers toys.
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    @Friend@Vincent: People have assumed that because I write poetry/have a lot of disconnected ideas, that I’ll be a good partner/writing assistant…not sure if I’m THAT good.
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    @Friend If you do manage to finish it, link that shit. I used to have a Unicron figure when I was a kid.
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