How was your weekend? My exams went ok and I’m so glad and relieved they’re over right now but there will be the final exams in August!
Sunday I went to a Comic/Manga & Movie fair in Zurich. It was alright and I bought some very cool books but I will show them to you in a future entry. Instead I am going to review an Anime I watched some time ago and enjoyed very much! The Anime is called Ben-Tō ベン・トー and is based on the Japanese light novel series written by Asaura and illustrated by Kaito Shibano. It aired in Japan between October and December 2011.
The main character Yō Satō, is a high school freshman who gets dragged into a battle for half-priced bento. When he finds himself beaten up on the floor of a supermarket he soon learns that getting half-priced bento is an all-out brawl between customers. It is Sen Yarizui, the Ice Witch who invites him to join the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club. She’s one of the best fighters and the only member of her club.
Those who fight for bento boxes are often known as “wolves“. Inexperienced bento brawlers are considered “dogs“, usually considered as such when they do not understand the essence of bento brawls and use tactics that are looked down upon.
Sen Yarizui is a second year student who’s skill in bento brawls has led her to be known as The Ice Witch. Her title comes from her accidentally almost buying a beer called Ice Cold (氷結 Hyōketsu) because she liked the design and assumed it was a normal drink. She’s usually calm and does not particularly know a lot outside of bento brawls and can sometimes be pretty clumsy.
Ayame Shaga is Yō’s half-Italian first cousin who is an avid gamer and will often use her wily ways to get him to do what she wants. She is also a bento brawler known as the Beauty by the Lake (湖の麗人 Mizūmi no Reijin) after eating a bento on a bench at a park next to a lake and ended up falling asleep there. She’s well known for using chopsticks in battle.
Methods to obtain a bento can reach from using baskets and chopsticks as weapons to running around avoiding fights altogether. Sometimes brawlers fight in groups, such as the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club (Yō, Sen and sometimes Hana) and the Orthros pair who will often fight with each other while going after separate bento or team up to take out a threat before brawling with each other.
The brawls are governed by a set of unspoken rules among the brawlers, mainly to keep each brawl fair and even.
Every brawler must wait away from the bento area until the God of Discounts, puts the half-priced sticker on the bento boxes, and leaves to the break room before beginning to fight. To take a Bento beforehand and to harass the God of Discounts is disrespectful.
If another brawler manages to get a bento for themselves, they cannot be attacked. If two or more brawlers get their hands on the same bento, then they fight among themselves until the others let go of the bento.
A brawler can only take one bento, to take another would be greedy and would spoil the victory for another.
Brawlers should never do anything to cause a bento to spill, doing that would mean one less bento for someone to get.
Those that go against the rules and will selfishly go after bento and harass the staff are known “boars” and have no respect among brawlers. Bento brawlers will often do everything in their power to stop boars from obtaining bento as they go against everything brawlers stand for and thus do not deserve the Bento.
I found the Anime very entertaining and humorous! If you have the time and like to watch Anime stuff you should totally give this a try. I have an interesting list of Anime I would like to watch but I haven’t had the time to do so yet. The pictures in this entry are from here and I altered the text from here.
Have a lovely Monday everyone~