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2011 | 15 | DVD Anime’s never short of crazy ideas, but Ben- To’s high concept is a whopper. In this 12- part series, warrior tribes fight ferocious gravity- defying battles… for bargain meals in Tokyo supermarkets! Yes, really. The fights play like Scott Pilgrim in a grocery store, with chopsticks particularly to the fore, though it helps if you’ve seen other zany anime, like Good Luck Girl!, to get the show’s wavelength. It’s broad slapstick, full of stock situations and schoolkids, but many gags hit home and the absurdism lifts it up. As in American Pie, the wish- fulfilment eye- candy of the cute/ sexy girls is balanced ( a bit) by the painful humiliations of the schoolboy hero.