Posted by psgels on 27 November 2011 with categories: Ben-To



The golden rule of comedy: if you’re going to make sex jokes, then make sure that they are good ones.

I’m not sure what happened here, but this was without a doubt the worst episode of Ben-To so far. I’m not sure what happened. Did the light novels have this exact same chapter? Did the animators not have enough budget to animate any more fights? Did they pull in a bad episode director? In either way, this episode was the typical bad episode that bad harem shows use to fill their time.

This episode was meant to introduce the two major characters of the final arc. And they’re incredibly stupid. That’s what I really dislike about most moe fanservice shows: they reduce their characters to idiots, just for the sake of fanservice. This is something I thought Ben-To avoided, but this episode made this show a whole lot more generic.

It’s a good thing that the creators still know how to tell jokes, because things like Saito’s dive were absolutely hilarious. At the same time though: this also was the point where the Saito Pervert joke passed their shelf date. For one they were repeated way too much in this episode, and for two this episode tried way too hard. The jokes were fun when they were subtle, like for example in episode one. This was once again “let’s strip Saito and laugh, and have him generate inspiration for Hana. I knw that there are people in this world who no matter what automatically laugh whenever a penis is involved, but at least try to also cater to the ones who don’t…
Rating: – (Disappointing)

8 Responses

  1. DJrunn3r says:

    Isn’t that the thing though? You can’t really satisfy everyone.

    There is no way to cater to the people that like the penis jokes and the people that don’t at the same time. Still, I do have to agree with you on how old these jokes get. But maybe there is a bigger audience in those that actually dig these jokes and that’s why shows like this fall into the sequence.

    Or am I just spitballing here?

  2. SNC says:

    Maybe I am bad person, but I am happy if you give a disapoint for this serie

  3. Firechick says:

    I’m glad I dropped Ben-To now that this episode has come up. My anime club showed the first episode and I didn’t like it…and I found Hana annoying.

  4. jzar says:

    For this show to fall so hard…..It was like they threw away what made so fun and fresh. Did the writers go on vacation? It has been such a good show till now. I kept expecting it to get better as it went and instead it got worse.

  5. dominus says:

    Yo I do agree that this was by far the worst ben-to episode yet(still it had its epic funny moments) but now making a funeral to the series because of this is simply retarted what´s next asking him to drop this ? People that hated the series since the start will gloat about this weak episode saying “I Knew this was garbage etc.. but Ben-to is not dead not even close .

  6. Stephan says:

    It’s like the show forgot for a moment that it’s a parody after all… The two new characters could still be a great addition to the series in that sense later on. Didn’t find this episode to be that dissapointing, since the clever comedy was still there.

    Who I wish a quick death upon however is Asebi. Goddamnit she’s annoying.

  7. ljf says:

    i’m confused… why did they think that satou was the white haired main character?

  8. ljf says:

    also, it wasn’t thaaat bad… I mean, I agree with the rating, but I was still perfectly able to enjoy the episode even if it was just a little bit.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:14 AM)
    @Aidan: And the animation. I mean, I know ARMS isn’t exactly known for their high-end production values, but come on. I’m pretty sure the animation of a cat jumping down from a tree branch consisted of no more than two key frames.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 04:29 AM)
    Oh wow, 4 chapters of Vinland saga released in one go.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 04:22 AM)
    Ha, now thats interesting, that voice actress for the female lead in Isuca also voices the female lead in blade dance, now there are two Kugimiyas.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 02:50 AM)
    @Aries: I can recall the second Nana live action movie went off and did its own thing, the first one more faithful, I used it as a good way to recap the earlier parts of the series when I went back to continue the show after leaving it alone for a long time, the acting however was rather weak.
  • Aries
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 02:46 AM)
    okay the nana live action film has me so giddy! All the characters feel so close to the manga that I can’t stop smiling lol omg

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