Posted by psgels on 13 November 2011 with categories: Ben-To



I must say I love the camera work in this show. It doesn’t have the largest budget, but the clever use of camera angles, along with the soundtrack, has actually made up for this lack pretty well. And then there is the introduction of this episode which wonderfully played with that.

In any case, this was the midway climax for this series. The Monarch really looked like he was going to be the end boss… only he already got beaten. Looking back, he fits much more as a mid-boss like this. Have something more creative for the final fight.

Having said that, I’m impressed with how this show handled this climax. After the introduction, the comedy was completely gone, and it went for action and drama. And I have to say that it worked really well. Liking the Monarch together with the pasts of some of the other characters did a great job of putting some drama under the fights, even though it turned the side-characters into the interesting ones, and not Monarch himself.

And beyond that there still is the rock-solid characterization of this show. I especially like the part in each episode in which the characters just sit and eat what they conquered.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. AidanAK47 says:

    Now here’s where the series could go downhill. Looking at this I figure this to be the climax of the first book. The start of a story is easy to make good but keeping it going is the hard part. Usually with light novels the first volume is good but after that things get boring. Case in point, Index. First volume was great but after that…

  2. Random_Passerby_Number_612 says:

    Dunno, for me Index got mildly interesting just in the Sisters arc. From the first, only the fight with Stiyl left a lasting impression. In fact, the novels only got interesting (for me) around the time Accelerator got his protagonist seat and Shigure was introduced. In other words, I probably found Touma boring…

    About Ben-to, Monarch seemed like a typical mid-boss right from his introduction. Also, these two episodes were even more enjoyable due to the complete absence of Shiraume Ume. I can’t wait ’til someone draws a doujin of her being raped by Sato with Oshiroi watching and taking notes.

  3. RABUJOI says:

    The storytelling for this episode was really tight, confident and well-paced. Taku Iwasaki’s excellent score really gave it cinematic heft. We like how the comedy and fanservice were all but set aside so that the drama could unfold. Not a moment of runtime was wasted. The great thing about this series so far is that no matter how serious things get, there’s always that overarching absurdity of the existence of a bento fight club to begin with. I was dreading the “big, dark, regimented organization” dominating the rest of the show, but my fears were misplaced. This and Un-Go are our favorite Fall series so far.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 11:36 PM)
    *when playing visual novels
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 11:36 PM)
    @Aidan: Does it give any problems when playing visual novels? Windows 10 I mean, its just I see on the mangagamer site, kara no shoujo 2 for example is compatable with XP, 7, 8, I have windows 7 though. Would windows 10 give you bugs/issues with visual novels?
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 11:21 PM)
    @Kaiser: definitely don’t. Windows 10 should be avoided at all costs. You’re not a gamer so you won’t see the full effect of its dysfunctionality, but still it’s buggy, incompatible with a lot of things and very heavy on the CPU. It’s specially weird since it doesn’t even add that much to W8, so who knows where or specifically what they screwed up.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 11:13 PM)
    Jesus, I was actually just think of asking if I should update to windows 10 or not, I’d been thinking about it, my mother was thinking of doing so also. Thanks for that, I’ll wait for a bit then.
  • Shunakuma85
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 10:16 PM)
    This is just a theory, but based on the looks of the baby and the description of the father, I truly believe that the father of hatchin’s baby is that boy who dressed like a girl and showed her his junk, whos father was a male acting like a female, or “dan”
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 09:40 PM)
    After SquareEnix acquired Eidos it also got hold of all it’s subsidiaries, including Crystal Dynamics. A 6th Legacy of Kain game titled Dead Sun was planned for the PS3 and announced around 2013, but unfortunately got axed and it’s corpse formed the now in beta phase Nosgoth multiplayer arena game. To spite the publisher the team (which had both BO and SR veterans) released some of the work they had finished for cancellation backlash:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJqsjJ16EsI
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 08:54 PM)
    @Aidan: you should’ve avoided the W10 upgrade m8, they are dying to throw me a free upgrade so we can do free quality testing for them as they gather info on all the stupid bugs it creates. Also LoK IP is with SquareEnix now of all companies, so who knows what happens.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 08:49 PM)
    @Aidan: That’s probably for the best since even if you follow every game’s plot to the end you’ll just be disappointed with the conclusion and the presumable death of the franchise. LoK:Defiance is a much more finished and refine game than both Soul Reavers tho, and it does include a form of conclusion. SR2 can be skipped if you don’t care about Janus Audron.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 02:57 AM)
    Well I will be moving away from the legacy of Kain series for now. One cause I have found them rather lackluster and two because the steam version of Soul Reaver 2 which I bought does not bloody work. Potentially because I am using windows 10 or maybe my computer is too powerful. Steam ports are all well and good but at least make the thing work guys.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Sep 3. 2015 02:52 AM)
    @Bam: I know its connected to macross, which is pretty much my favourite anime franchise ever.

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