Hammer Time – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 2 Review

Hammer Time – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 2

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 2.

So how’s this episode? You know how I spent a lot of the review for Episode 1 comparing this show to ‘Last Period’? Well I was wrong… okay, not wrong but rather I found a better comparison… although it’s less the show I’m comparing it to and moreso that I’ve found a comparison for the main character.

Right, well let’s hear it. So ‘Dancho’ our occasionally air-headed protagonist with a penchant for embarrassing herself and with an undeniable perverted streak. She’s totally like Kazuma from KonoSuba! Also she’s absolutely like Aqua from KonoSuba! And there’s also a bit of Darkness from KonoSuba too!

I think Dancho is definitely gay, either that or just horny.

Uh-huh… anyone else from that show she’s like? Not yet, but I totally could see her invoking some Megumin style rage later on!

Great, so now that’s out of the way, how’s this episode? It’s not as laugh-out-loud funny as the first but it’s another top notch effort. Basically this episode focuses on Renkin Arthur the loli with the giant hammer and I’m so glad they’re already beginning to flesh out these characters’ backstories–even if at one at a time means we’ll be half way-through the season before we’re done. But that doesn’t mean the action or ‘hunting down of Arthur’s and Excalibur’s’ takes a back seat this episode, we get a very “interesting” villain of the week in this episode. Why’s he so interesting? Well because this ‘Arthur’ has his Excalibur not in the form of a sword but in the form of a pair of magical glasses!

Renkin says this a couple of times but they never specify her age, so I’m unsure whether she just doesn’t like being treated as a child or she’s actually an adult.

Wait, the sword are glasses? It makes sense, with the innumerable number of parallel universes that all these ‘Arthur’s’ come from that ‘Excalibur’ would inevitably find different forms. Besides not only do the glasses have the offensive capability to fire lasers, but they also have the ability to see through people’s clothing!

Gives a double meaning to “offensive capabilities”… but why can it do that specifically? Because this is an anime, shut up. Besides, it can also be used to look through walls and even right through skin to see the bones underneath, but this particular Arthur is a bit of a pervert and lolicon–hence why he uses them to ~observe~ what’s underneath Renkin’s clothes.

Poor Renkin, having to be subjected to such treatment!

And I hope this pervert gets what’s coming to him?! Assuredly, the captured Renkin is rescued by Dancho and they lay the smack down on him!

Cool, so overall thoughts on the episode? It’s heaps of fun, with a lot of great character moments–and even though it’s more focused on Dancho and Renkin (as well as Renkin’s fairy companion Bodach)–there’s still that great ensemble vibe. It was also interesting to learn some more information about the rules of the world they are in like only the original owner of a ‘Excalibur’ can use it (much to Dancho’s dismay as she tries to use the x-ray glasses on Yamaneko!) There’s a lot of funny quotes and moments, it looks good, it sounds good, the stuff after the end-credits is suitably nonsensical, it’s just an all-round fun time!

Plus even some unexpected ~feels~!

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Author: Cactus Matt

I love anime and more recently manga too. What else do I need to write here?

2 thoughts on “Hammer Time – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 2 Review”

  1. I’m super-enjoying this show, and think they’re doing a good job with characterizing individuals and not really focusing on Dancho Arthur. They’re doing well enough at showing that she’s paying attention, even if she’s a weirdo. And they’re also doing really well integrating the support fairies into the whole thing. It’s kind of hard to get that ‘attached character’ thing right, but they seem to have it in a good spot, not just for supporting the characters, but for providing another venue for laughs (so far my favorite bit in the show has been Coupy’s “Wooowww” when the wanted poster showed Yamaneko lounging on the beach).

    The show’s also got ALL THE VA TALENT. Maybe one reason that Dancho reminds you of Aqua a bit is that Sora Amamiya is the VA for both of them. But it’s got a boatload of other actors that I really like: Suzuko Mimori, Rie Takahashi, Nao Touyama, Yuu Serizawa, Inori Minase, Natsuki Hanae, even Ayana Taketatsu. Sometimes a show won’t use a cast like that well, but this one’s letting them shine.

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    1. I did actually find out that Dancho is same VA as Aqua after I wrote my review while just clicking on names on Wikipedia. That might have something to do with the connection I made. And as you said such a great cast who are obviously having a lot of fun with this series. It’s still mind-boggling to me that Crunchyroll (or anyone) didn’t pick it up considering some of the stuff they do actually pick up.


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