Ranked #1430


Alternative Titles

English: Ben-To
Synonyms: Bento, Ben-Tou
Japanese: ベン・トー


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: David Production
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.531 (scored by 66,904 users)
Ranked: #14302
Popularity: #326
Members: 118,549
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Sato Yo is a high school boy who likes SEGA games. One day, he enters a grocery store to buy some food for dinner. When he tries to take a bento box, he loses consciousness. He comes around to find all the bento sold out. He notices there is a war game going on at grocery stores and players called "Wolves" compete for the half-priced bento. Yarizui Sen, the leader of the Half-Pricer Club, forces Yo to join the club and he enters the bento war.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Yarizui, Sen
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Ise, Mariya
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Shaga, Ayame
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Satou, You
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Shimono, Hiro
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Oshiroi, Hana
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Yuuki, Aoi
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Itagaki, Shin
Itagaki, Shin
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Animation Director
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hashimoto, Hiroyuki
Hashimoto, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Be Sticky, Natto Okra Rice Bowl Dish with Cheese Topping Bento 440kcal
Nebare, Nattou Okra Don Bukkake Cheese Topping Bentou 440 kcal (ネバれ、納豆オクラ丼ぶっかけチーズトッピング弁当 440kcal)
Oct 9, 2011
2 Mackerel Boiled in Miso Bento 674kcal
Saba no Misoni Bentou 674 kcal (サバの味噌煮弁当 674kcal)
Oct 16, 2011
3 Large Serving of Cheese-Filled Cutlet Curry 1080kcal
Oomori Cheese Katsu Curry 1080 kcal (大盛りチーズカツカレー 1080kcal)
Oct 23, 2011
4 Ginger Fried Pork Bento 852kcal
Butaniku Shougayaki Bentou 852 kcal (豚肉生姜焼き弁当 852kcal)
Oct 30, 2011
5 Fish Soup with Hokkaido Salmon 326kcal
Hokkaidou no Sake wo Tsukatta Arajiru 326 kcal (北海道の鮭を使ったあら汁 326kcal)
Nov 6, 2011

Opening Theme

#1: "LIVE for LIFE ~Ookamitachi no Yoru~ (LIVE for LIFE ~狼たちの夜~)" by Aimi (eps 1-3, 5-11)
#2: "Treasure" by Emiri Kato (ep 4)
#3: "Egao no Housoku (笑顔の法則)" by Mariya Ise (ep 12)

Ending Theme

#1: "Egao no Housoku (笑顔の法則)" by Mariya Ise (eps 1-11)
#2: "LIVE for LIFE ~Ookamitachi no Yoru~ (LIVE for LIFE ~狼たちの夜~)" by Aimi (ep 12)

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Jan 27, 2012
Times are hard, and in these days of global economic crisis and recession more and more people have joined the hunt to find the best bargains. As with anything in life though, experience is what counts, and veterans in the ways of saving money will usually have the upper hand in the war of the aisles. While there are a few young hotshots who have a natural talent for finding a store's bargain products, the truth is that wherever there are discounted groceries, there will undoubtedly be kings and queens who rule over them.

Now it may sound as though that whole paragraph is nothing more read more
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Jan 8, 2012
Ben-To is philosophy. Ben-To is art. Ben-To is everything, but bad for your health.

How does a show deliver such greatness that cannot be matched by other action shows? The answer is simple: Ben-To knows its place as an over-the-top parody work. Most shows suffer from being blatant copies of each other and turn bland by the time the second episode pops up. However, every single episode of Ben-To is simmered, well-roasted, and served with refreshments.

The show’s main appeal is its dramatic fighting sequences and Production David does well. Do not fear the “absurd” premise. In shopping malls, it is a well-known fact that discounted goods read more
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Oct 16, 2011
BEN-TO looks like one of those animes you would compare to the rest of the season then decide not to watch it but if you do that then your really missing out of some of the best laughs and entertainment for a long time.

Sato Yo is just a normal teenager who likes video games,he wakes up on the floor of the grocery store not remembering what had led him there,then he finds out though a girl who was in the store that he was beaten up because of the war games where students fight to get half price BEN-TO,interested Sato Yu joins in and read more
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Aug 4, 2015
Ben-to was a big surprise for me, when i saw it i didn't have high expectations for the anime to be good, man i was wrong and i ended up loving Ben-to and wanting for more.

The story is not complex but honestly, is good and refreshing to see a different anime with a good concept that they show well by having factions and everyone having their own territory. The story follows a monetary poor You Satou, who one day was discovered beaten inside a supermarket and sees a mysterious girl outside the supermarket this is where you say, i want to know what happened, he read more
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