Anime of Tomorrow
Ben-to Ep. 1
Initial impression – so weird it’s good
Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Boxed Lunch) (more info)
Every once in a while I stumble upon an anime with a completely absurd premise that manages to surprise me with the quality of its presentation. Sometimes an anime needs a little bit of quirkiness in order to make the overall concept really pop in a way that can catch your interest and hold it for the duration of the series. Ben-to shows signs of being one of those types of anime. It’s a super-fighting anime at heart, which would have no chance of grabbing my attention. But the characters are fighting over boxed lunches (bentos for those who speak Japanese) and that’s funny without being too stupid. Throw in some girls that are easy on the eyes, but stay away from flagrant ecchi and you’ve got Ben-to. I’m looking forward to seeing how this wacky series unfolds.