Category Archives: Ben-to

Ani site updates: Feb 23, 2012

Also on the Ben-to.net main site, was a sort of card game listed for Yahoo Japan’s Mobage site. In order to access the Smartphone side of that site, you’ll need a phone of course, or, if you know how to change your user agent, change it to either the iPhone user agent or Android user agent (Firefox users can use the wonderful User Agent Switcher addon) Look at those chibi’s, so cute, especially Muscle Cop girl 😛

Some marketing:

 Ano Natsu de Matteru

High resolution (1500×996) pics for this week’s episode, #07

Aquarion Evol game

The music from the site

 I am rather interested to know how this game is. Anyone want to give it a go? (for Android, iPhone users go here) It seems like one of those games, if you have been there during the Michael Bay Transformers marketing run, there was a game where the top winners would win prizes before the first movie came out. Apparently, for this Aquarion Evol game, it has a similar look to it, where players log onto the game and rank up somewhat, and the prize for Season 1 is an Aquarion toy. Season 2 is where the real prize is, where the grand prize (1st place?) is a Macbook Air 128GB SSD, and 5 (second place?) winners will win a Neo Diva case.

The toy

Ani Site updates Jan 12, 2012

Something I forgot to mention last time is added to this post instead.

Highschool DxD Episode 02 preview

 The preview for episode 02 is up, and if I had to be blunt, the story bit looks to be a snoozer. At least they threw in some fanservice, eh? 😄 Speaking of this series, I just realized it’s pronounced as Highschool D D….. and I always added an “x” when I say it 😛

Ben-to extras
The images are in their original size so don’t bother clicking them to see a larger one 😦

Not sure if you folks remember, but the Ben-to BDVD extra’s used to be line art only (sorry, can’t find the images which I thought I saved.) Well they’re in color now, as well as a new Ayame Dakimakura just went up 😀

Q & A with mangatron: Big ones, Small ones, and any in-between?

The post title is a joke from the Full Metal Panic manga, specifically the second one. I believe its volume 03, when Sousuke worked in a video rental store. I bought that manga in a US Army base bookstore back in 2006 when I returned to Germany, hence why it’s rather special to me. Except for the part where I left it in Germany.

If you read my last post, you’ll find I’m in favor of small, sporadic posts instead of once-a-blue-moon big posts, and to continue that, there are much questions going about that my PM inbox at the Animesuki forums cannot contain. Seriously, I have to empty that almost twice a season 😄 So today I’m going to tackle a question that has arisen a number of times the past 3 seasons: Who is that girl in your avatar?

Q: Okay, it’s been going on for awhile, but why the bouncy avatars?

A: It’s a fairly recent thing. I’m not really known for it, but as usual something happened and it ended up being a habit. It all started with the Anime version of Astarotte’s Toy, and Lotte’s well endowed mother. Specifically, episode 05. And I made it no secret my love for my Queen, but I had the fun idea to take it a step further by placing her in my avatar, perhaps a first for a mature woman such as her 😄

The avatar that started it all

Of course, it made a heavy impact: at the time, my “lolitron” nickname was as prevalent as ever, then all of a sudden a bouncy woman resides in my avatar space? Shortly afterwards, I never failed to receive a PM/visitor message about “Who is the girl(yes she has been called a girl) in your avatar” during this time, and I thought “Oh, there’s not many viewers for this show, maybe I can recommend a lot to it” and I proceeded to pounce on any chance I can get to animate her screen time.

The second Mercelida avatar from episode 09

From that point, I have had a “big” avatar since. If there wasn’t a new pair of big ones that week, the avatar remained. The best part: I have had so many PM’s about questions of what series my avatar came from, and I have directed them to the appropriate thread, thus making them watch a series they never would have had it not been for my avatar. Thus, the story of my bouncy avatars, why I continue to use them, and why it remains the #1 PM I get 😄

Just some of the avatars I’m responsible for since Spring 2011:

This one deserves special mention. My favorite, one that lasted for almost a month, and the most controversial avatar I have used that brought smiles and a headache to mods and regular members alike, which was also responsible for making me clean out my PM inbox twice: R-15’s Chief-chan.

Up next, is… actually, I think I should finish that tutorial first. I was also hoping to resume 7DA afterwards.

Something hilarious for now

As my health and real life take a toll on me, I was trying to work on that tutorial I promised for the Shirley edit. Since photoshop happened to be open, I decided to do something quick and cheap to reinforce a joke (I am about to make) @ Animesuki:

Naked Apron MATSY!!!!!!! Awhooo

 Why is it quick and cheap, even though it looks so good? Because I am employing the Eye Deception rule, by making the above image smaller to compensate for lower details. Here’s how it looks originally:

Click for larger image

I will not pursue this photoshop job merely for the fact that my life is taxed at the moment….

Ben-to episode 01

One look at this photo, and the average viewer nowadays screams “Harem!”. So sad. First of all, the loli clearly loves her meatball, the blonde with big ones is simply trying to give a face massage to the guy with her boobies, the silver haired beauty is posing for a gravure shoot, and the 2 girls on the right are so in their own little world… all of this on a single serving of food.

Ah, Bento. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such a thing before… if it was an already prepared food, it’d be from the Deli (not necessarily already packed for you.). That is somewhat the main reason why I just didn’t know how a series would be like for these characters to fight over food, but then again, this is Japan, and Bento’s are a regular item in stores.

Ayame Shaga, a rather cute girl with glasses :D
But they aren’t so regular when they are regularly priced. Once they get marked down to clear stock, that’s when the fight (and fun) begins, and what this series has going for it in terms of story. A rather entertaining take on a battle series I say, and for a very good reason. Looking at the original prices they go as high as USD $5.00, which I know some would simply get a much cheaper (and less healthy) meal at Mc D’s.
Asebi Inoue, perhaps the resident loli of this series. Voiced by a great tsundere voice actress (no not that one)
This is also a series where the male lead isn’t a romcom invincible punching bag, as we see he did go to the hospital and he did sustain some sort of injury to the head that although it required a bandage, he can still attend school. You know, school, as in…. gotta use your thinking power. Need to spend some more time in the hospy, dude.
Two girls who are twins, but… according to the main site, they share the same name, Kyo Sawagi.

To wrap up the ep, this male lead (You. No really, that’s his name, not yours) tries his luck again at the Bento Wars, but get’s kicked by a girl wearing pantyhose. SERIOUSLY, I so want to be kicked by Sen. Never mind the eventual pain of being kicked by the boots, but the legs…. those legs….

My high score of the flash game….after several tries. My right hand must be so broken to not be able to guide the mouse properly. Offline playable here.

Miscellany pics:

She looks like… Dark Frost Witch? :P (Sadly she doesn’t look like she’ll make an Anime appearance.)

I hope this DVD cover is a sign that the Blu-Rays will include clothing damage :D