Posted on 4 December 2011 with categories: Ben-To



You know, I really want to hate this episode for having so much episode and main character abuse. But it was done so well. It’s been a while since I laughed at an episode as much as with this one. laughed, and the direction was amongst the best of the series so far.

And don’t get me wrong: if the creators would have just regularly animated this episode like how most moe shows do it, it would have been absolutely horrible. The direction really made this episode. This ranges from interesting camera angles, the way in which the first half show the same events at different angles, and the incredible force with which they showed Ume here. Both as this obsessive stalker as tour de force.

The part before the OP was also utterly hilarious. Finally! A version of the “terrible cook”-trope that isn’t derived! Instead of just having a character screw up majorly when scrambling an egg, or just throwing in random stuff that makes no sense, this dish here was so bizarre with its flavors that it finally brought some new life in a horse that I once thought was dead.

Seriously though, with Basquash, I already noticed that Shin Itagaki was a special kind of director, who really had a knack for making things unbelievably fun, despite seeming juvenile at first. With Basquash, he lost his touch after about 6 episodes, until being fired from the show completely, but here we’re at episode 9 and you can still see his influence on making the scenes have impact and doing the manga source material really justice. He’s still rather inconsistent, as evidenced by last week, but still: I notice a definite improvement and maturation in his style, and I look forward to seeing more of him.

My one complaint is that we haven’t seen food battles in two episodes now. What the hell?
Rating: *** (Awesome)

11 Responses

  1. CJay says:

    Im hoping that they are saving up their budget with these last two episodes for the finale! But I couldn’t agree more about the direction in this episode, it was some of the best of the series. Not to mention the MUSIC! I have never seen a show in this genre with this good of a soundtrack its amazing.

  2. Random_Passerby_Number_612 says:

    It’s episode 9, though…

  3. tk007 says:

    Isn’t it supposed to be 9?

  4. gandalf8 says:

    It’s quite sad to see how Ume didn’t want to face the reality of Oshiroi being a yaoi fangirl. She was clearly in huge denial even with the irredeemable evidence in the form off Oshiroi’s fanfic novels. She even has posters off manly men in each others embrace plastered all over her room for god’s sake. Really had a big lol though at seeing her handiwork with that mag, plastering You’s face on pictures off body builders I presume.

  5. dominus says:

    That last part with the Ice witch was fun and cute at the same time I like very much the way they manage the image of the Ice witch in Ben-to .

  6. dominus says:

    That last part with the Ice witch was funny and cute at the same time I like very much the way they manage the image of the Ice witch in Ben-to .

  7. Oroboros says:

    No food battles?

    Son, I am disappoint.

  8. Scruffy says:

    I found the molestation of Hana by Ume a bit too much for me. Apart from that this episode was really good. I enjoyed the twin presidents vs Ume in the episode facing off, mainly because I want to see someone take down Ume .. who must be one of my most hated anime characters of recent memory.

    I also love how they use multiple viewpoints of the same event. It just works really well.

  9. jzar says:

    I would have slapped her back….why is he so awesome in food battles and then a failure with Ume, who is clearly insane with hormones.

    Still way better than the last episode, I hope they don’t go off track again.

    How many episodes will it have? 12?

  10. sheratan says:

    Probably the weakest episode in my opinion. There is no food fight and the random molestation scene was kind of lame too.

  11. roninski says:

    This episode killed me. The series has been great so far, but I absolutely HATE Ume as a character, she seems to be there solely for the purpose of yuri fanservice and to beat up Sato. And it bugs me. I thought the episode would be kind of interesting with the opening, something to do with the two schools, but then they just killed the episode. Weakest episode in the entire series.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 06:30 PM)
    Well when it comes to anime quailty we really have no right to bitch.
    Hands up! Who actually buys there anime?….anyone?
    I mean if they set up a steam service where you could buy anime with daily sale you bet I would pour money into that baby like mad but to stay up to date with anime ya got to pirate.
  • Anon
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    Im interested in that show called “cultural leanings of the magical realm benefit the glorious nation of japan” lmao
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 06:17 PM)
    @Aidan Lol, I had a good laugh at that chart
  • Megumi-san
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 06:09 PM)
    Hello. I am writing due to the review of Free! Eternal summer. I really enjoyed the first show but i think the second show is a bit too much because it messed the whole show up with all of the characters. Like the guy with the orange hair that is obsessed with Gou-chan and the other guy the threatened Haru.
    In conclusion, I think that the second series just ruined the whole show.
    Thank you for reading.
    Megumi.
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    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 06:07 PM)
    *1000
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    @Aidan Amen. But I’m kind of curious about the bishoujo that launched a 100 flags.
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    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 06:04 PM)
    I think we will be fine as long as our anime season doesn’t look like this.
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    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 06:00 PM)
    @Anon According to the Bam’s of the world I’m killing the anime industry. Better stop me before it’s too late.
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    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 05:57 PM)
    Majimoji Rurumo 7: Speaking of pandering… But this show is actually kind of decent.
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    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 05:55 PM)
    @ninja There is no problem with liking moe. You’re the demographic the studios aim for, lol

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