Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Ben-To ベン・トー (Ben Tō)


You Sato is a new high school student living in the boy dorms. While seeking cheap meals at the local market, he finds himself being beaten up and semi-conscious with fleeting glimpses of a girl during the moments of his collapse. As his memories recover the next day, he discovers that he is trying to purchase half priced lunchboxes that can be hazardous to his health as free-for-all fights with local students for the discounted food is the nightly routine. The girl from the night before, Sen Yarizui, is an upper classmate known as the Frozen Witch and is one of the local Wolves who dominates the area. She educates him on the rules of the game where Wolves eat well while Dogs settle for cup ramen. With fellow first year student Hana Oshiroi, a fetishistic germaphobe, You Sato sets out to discover if he too has what it takes to be a Wolf and taste the sweet victory of half priced boxed banquets or wallow in the bitter defeat of reconstituted noodles and salty broth in a styrofoam bowl.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fighting, Harem, School, Supermarkets, 

Episode: 12 Episodes + 6 Special

Original Run
Series: October 9, 2011 – December 25, 2011
Special: December 21, 2011 – May 16, 2012

1. Treasure                                                     [Second Opening]
2. ~Ookami~tachi no Yoru                            [First Opening]
3. Housoku                                                     [Ending]


1. Ben-To Zero: Road to Witch
    Published: April 21, 2011 – September 3, 2011
    Volume: 1

2. Ben-To Another: Ripper's Night
    Published: October 11, 2011 – August 25, 2012
    Volume: 1

3. Ben-To Sankakkei
    Published: October 2012  June 2013
    Volume: 1

4. Ben-To A La Carte
    Published: December 2012 – June 2013
    Volume: 1

Light Novel: Ben-To
Published: February 22, 2008 – February 25, 2014
Volume: 15

Here is the Additional Information regarding the Bento Brawls:

-         Big, all-out, free for all battles for half-priced bento boxes, where victors are decided by who claims the bento first.

-         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 Discount (the ones who put the half-priced sticker on the bento boxes) put the stickers on the bento boxes and leave to the break room before beginning to battle. To take the bento beforehand or to harass the God of Discounts is disrespectful as the last things they need at the end of their shift are people harassing them for their discount.
·        If another brawler manages to get a bento for themselves, they cannot be attacked. If 2 or more brawlers get their hands on the same bento, then they had to 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 man one less bento for someone to get.
·        Any methods can be used to obtain a bento from simply brawling to using baskets and chopsticks as weapons, and even running around avoiding fights altogether are valid strategies.  

-         Sometimes, brawlers fight in group such as Half-Priced Food Lovers Club (Yo, Sen and sometimes Hana) and the Orthos pair who will often fight with each other while going after separate bento or team up to take out the treat before brawling with each other.
-         Those that fight for bento known as “wolves”
-         Inexperienced bento brawlers known as “dogs” (as they do not understand the essence of bento brawls and use tactics that are looked down upon)
-         Those that go against the rules and selfishly go after the bento and harass the staff are known as “boars” and have no respect among brawlers.
-         Bento brawlers will often do anything in their power to stop boars from obtaining the bento as they go against everything the brawlers stand for and thus do not deserve the bento.
-         Strong and notable brawlers are often given titles (which usually associate with their personalities or appearance), though how they get their title (and in the case of Yō, the title itself) are usually less than impressive.  

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