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, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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