News Ben-To School Comedy Action Light Novels Get TV Anime (Updated)
posted on 2011-02-22 05:40 EST by Egan Loo
The wraparound jacket band on the seventh volume of Asaura's Ben-To "school serious/gag action" light novel series is announcing on Friday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The story revolves around a poor high school student named Yō Satō. Satō goes to the supermarket one day and discovers a bentō (boxed meal) on sale at half price. Just as he reaches to grab it, he ends up on the floor unconscious. Satō has just entered the fierce, no-holds-barred "supermarket survival battle" for half-price bentō.
Asaura has been publishing the light novel series through Shueisha's Super Dash Bunko imprint since 2008. Kaito Shibano (Luminous Arc simulation role-playing games' character designs) illustrates the volumes. The official website of the anime will be at the http://ben-to.net/ address.
In Takarajimasha Inc.'s 2011 edition of its Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! guidebook, Ben-To is #5 on the list of the top 10 light novel series. It is the eighth series on the list to get an anime, after Toaru Majutsu no Index, Baka to Test to Shōkanjū (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts), Bungaku Shōjo, Seitokai no Ichizon, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo), Durarara!!, and Kami-sama no Memo-chō. The only two without anime are Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and Sword Art Online.
[Via Moon Phase]
Update: More background information added.
Update 2: The anime's website now has the Japanese equivalent of a "Coming Soon" notice with the copyright notice "© Asaura, Kaito Shibano/Shueisha Super Dash Bunko."
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