Posted by psgels 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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  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 11:09 AM)
    @ninja: I certainly hope that they got better shit to do.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 11:08 AM)
    @Emma: I agree. I also had no clue that it was a Shoujo, tines have certainly changed. I enjoy me a Ray Mustang type of character every once in a while.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:52 AM)
    @Bam: Furthermore watching these ovas , its like being twelve again =P
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:49 AM)
    @Bam: Of interest twilight of the dark master is considered shoujo and its such a shame that the demographic has gone to for most part shit since the old days.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bam All this talk about drugs being bad is for the benefit of my personal NSA monitor. I just want them to know I’m right with the DEA. The NSA is reading everything we type so it’s nice to give them some fanservice when you can.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bam: And would you believe Akiyuki shinbou directed this? It was interesting enough to trace back to his early work/beginning of his directing style and compare it to now.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:46 AM)
    @Bam: I just finished twilight of the dark master, enjoyable nonsense. What I liked about these old ovas is that you don’t really end up caring about the why, you get a bit of fun violence, an artstyle you just don’t see enough of anymore, the plots are simple, quick, entertaining and digestable.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:31 AM)
    @Emma: easier said than done. The results of a mixture are often strangely unpredictable and quite overwhelming
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:21 AM)
    @ninja: a bit of an over-generalization don’t you think m8?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 07:53 AM)
    @Friend: And speaking of scenes from a marriage, I really do wish that anime could, like some films like that, focus on a mature couple.

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