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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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:41 PM)
    @Wicked, think you hit the nail on the head there. The characters one of the main reasons I am not too gone on it.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:04 PM)
    Mob Psycho is well paced for a 10 minute show I think. It’s got a lot of these pseudo cliffhanger to play for jokes. The stories get better, it’s the characters that’s not as interesting as one punch man in my opinion
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 08:46 PM)
    Hmm, haven’t read Mob Psycho 100 much(just checked what its art looks like) so can’t comment on that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:43 PM)
    @masky, it does have better art but a much weaker story. I get the feeling the Mob psycho anime will be a five minute show.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:17 PM)
    Dunno, Mob Psycho 100 does have better art than ONE’s OPMan. Its still rough, but yeah.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 03:36 PM)
    @wicked, I wonder how that will work out, as ONE’s style is a bit of an acquired taste.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 12:59 AM)
    ah, they decided to go with ONE’s art style instead of really pretty it up with Mob Psycho 100
  • oldyang
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 06:36 PM)
    Ajin is interesting, but the character design is weird. Everyone looks lifeless and angry.
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:55 AM)
    it’d actually be a shame for them to make it into I Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, or worst
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:54 AM)
    @Aidan, Yeah that guy tries really hard to make it more than just fanservice though. I have a weird respect for people that can play ridiculous concepts straight.

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