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MAL Rated 7.70, Ranked #1000 | Aired Spring 1992 | Produced by Toei Animation
Take a look at these amazing lunch boxes. Some of the ingredients are: onigiri, fried shrimp, fruits and veggies, noodles, sushi, dumplings, sausages, boiled eggs, and a variety of fried foods. Makoto is known to be a great cook, but Naru seems pretty talented as well.
MAL Rated 7.56, Ranked #1333 | Aired Spring 2014 | Produced by White Fox
This is probably the cutest kyaraben (a style of elaborately arranged bento) ever! Just look how kawaii the bunny’s creative carrot bow tie is! Other goodies include hard boiled eggs, tako wieners (little wieners made to look like octopuses), veggies and tamagoyaki (a sweet, rolled egg omelet). It’s so cute that you may regret eating it!
MAL Rated 7.95, Ranked #582 | Aired Summer 2014 | Produced by Production I.G
Futaba’s cute bento looks delicious! The ingredients include ebi fry (fried shrimp), tamagoyaki, sausage, potato salad, and rice with furikake (a dry Japanese seasoning).
MAL Rated 8.33, Ranked #191 | Aired Summer 2014 | Produced by Doga Kobo
This romantic bento, made by Nozaki-kun, includes seasoned rice, heart-shaped tamagoyaki, chicken kaarage, little eggs with smiley faces on them and tako wieners wearing adorable headbands. There are also some pretty vegetable flower decorations blooming throughout this yummy work of art.
MAL Rated 7.69, Ranked #1019 | Aired Summer 2015 | Produced by Doga Kobo
It may just be me, but doesn’t that kyaraben look kind of familiar? Yes, this is the famous Umaru-chan bento. The adorably fuzzy aura of everyone’s favorite little sister is so cute that you could just eat her all up.
MAL Rated 7.23, Ranked #2436 | Aired Winter 2015 | Produced by Silver Link
Another delicious-looking bento that consists of meatballs with cute food picks, potato salad, rice, apples, and tamagoyaki! Just looking at it can make you hungry!
MAL Rated 8.49, Ranked #107 | Aired Fall 2008 | Produced by J.C.Staff
This luxurious three-tiered bento made by Yuusaku’s mother is called “osechi ryouri” (a special bento made to celebrate the new year). It consists of inarizushi (a kind of sushi rice ball), steaks, lobster and many other extravagent ingredients. I guess in Japan, it truly is a Happy New Year!
MAL Rated 8.50, Ranked #102 | Aired Spring 1998 | Produced by Studio Ghibli
The famous Satsuki’s bento box consists of rice, umeboshi (a pickled plum), sardines, sakura denbo (sweet flaked cod) and edamame (a kind of bean). Very simple and tasty at the same time.
MAL Rated 6.38, Ranked #5318 | Aired Fall 2014 | Produced by Silver Link & Connect
Check out this Asian-styled bento. This type of fried rice topped with a fried egg is famous in Thailand, while the spring rolls and goi cuon banh xeo (crepe filled with bean sprouts and proteins, wrapped in lettuce and consumed with fish sauce) are Vietnamese cuisine. This is a great example of how it is okay to get creative when making a bento, even including a variety of foods from different countries.
MAL Rated 7.74, Ranked #936 | Aired Spring 2014 | Produced by Brains Base
Kaori Fujimiya and Yuuki Hase have shared many delicious bento on their school rooftop throughout the series; this is one of them. Salad, rice and tamagoyaki are just some of the delicious ingredients!
MAL Rated 6.88, Ranked #3617 | Aired Winter 2015 | Produced by Shaft
This bento may seem ordinary, filled with the usual ingredients, but that is not the case. This chicken karaage has a special seasoning and the sweet potato side dish is garnished with lemon.They say that trying out new things is the only way to find new horizons… This seems to be the case for making a bento as well!
MAL Rated 8.69, Ranked #42 | Aired Spring 2015 | Produced by J.C.Staff
This is a “three-kinds-of-onigiri” bento. The first onigiri is made of garlic pork soaked in honey, making the meat really tender. The second onigiri has a negishio sauce filling that is made of negi, chicken, ginger and sake. The last pair of onigiri has a shio kombu cheese filling. This amazing bento is made by Megumi Tadokoro.
MAL Rated 7.38, Ranked #107 | Aired Fall 2005 | Produced by J.C.Staff
What makes this bento special is how much Karin cares about Kenta, which is more than obvious due to the “I love Kenta” statement smacked on top of the white rice. There are also nimono vegetables, tako wieners, chicken kaarage and tamagoyaki.
MAL Rated 7.92, Ranked #625 | Aired Summer 2015 | Produced by P.A. Works
This beef tongue bento is not only delicious, it also comes garnished with a sakura-shaped carrot slice. Yuu really loves his decorated bento!
MAL Rated 7.74, Ranked #936 | Aired Fall 2012 | Produced by GoHans
Let’s now take a look at something a bit different – Kukuri Yukizome’s special veggie bento! Her lunch mainly consists of veggies, as you can see in the pic above. That’s why she loves sharing her lunch box with others, especially if they prefer meat to vegetables.
MAL Rated 7.75, Ranked #916 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Sunrise
Shinohara Mao’s bento is another example of an extravagant meal. It is filled with chicken kaarage, tamagoyaki, a rice ball, a shrimp, a sour plum and vegetables.
MAL Rated 7.80, Ranked #817 | Aired Spring 2014 | Produced by Madhouse
This simple bento contains eggs, rice and shrimp tempura! There are not many ingredients, but it is still arranged in a cool way and it looks tasty and nutritious.
MAL Rated 6.31, Ranked #5538 | Aired Winter 2014 | Produced by Arms
This bento is called “jubako” or a set of stacking boxes for food. Each part consists of different ingredients, so in this case, we see rice at the top, and then tamagoyaki, sausage, salad and fried chicken. There is also an umeboshi (pickled plum), which has a symbolic meaning since it represents the Japanese flag. It looks very luxurious and traditional.
MAL Rated 6.77, Ranked #4049 | Aired Fall 2014 | Produced by Studio 3Hz
Another eye-catching “jubako”, but this one is made up of uniquely shaped boxes. As usual, the first part is filled with rice and the others are filled with other ingredients such as tamagoyaki, veggies, and fried salmon.
MAL Rated 6.74, Ranked #4150 | Aired Summer 2011 | Produced by Production I.G
Saya’s bento looks unbelievably cute, especially the onigiri and star shaped decorations. Can you find the adorable Mokona hidden among the ingredients?