Waifu Of Mass Destruction – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 10 (Finale) Review

Waifu Of Mass Destruction – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 10

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What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 10 (Finale).

So how’s this episode? It’s the first cour finale, and with that comes the pressure of this show ~actually~ having a plot! And by that I mean in this episode not only do we get a bigger idea of the world of this show and feel the scope of it enlarge in turn but we also get new antagonists who aren’t just the “baddie of the week” kind of deal the show has been dishing out for the last 9 episodes but rather will be recurring in the second cour!

Sounds like the show is evolving–for the lack of a better word. Yes, and it’s a necessary evolution–not that I didn’t enjoy the show as it had been but the scope always felt minuscule in the face of their task–something this episodes seeks to highlight and rectify.

Hey look, new weirdly dressed weirdos!

How so? Well the gang is faced with the prospect that at their current rate, defeating the remaining 900,000 Arthurs would take 267 years a sobering statistic that is only worsened by the fact that many Arthurs they face choose to flee rather than flight which only makes their job more difficult. Meanwhile a shadowy group of Arthur’s is formulating a plan to take out our gang once and for all. What is their plan you ask? Why nothing short of mobilising every hostile Arthur on the planet against them and declaring their intent to attack en masse, hundreds of thousands of Arthurs vs our 6 protagonists–it’s a battle of insanely stacked odds and ludicrous to imagine numbers.

I mean when you put it like that it sounds impossible!

And how does the show pull of animating such ridiculous numbers. Surprisingly well, obviously it more or less looks like a swarm of ants against six other ants in the wide shots but it still absolutely sells the scale of the battle. And while our protagonists do their very best to fight off the horde they can only do so much before their stamina wains and the sheer number of enemies overwhelm.

900,000+ vs 6.

Are they defeated? Well just as all seems lost a brilliant pinkish red bright light shines from the sky and a girl descends, turning a sword in her hand like the ticking hand of a clock and dressed like a spirit out of ‘Date A Live’. Her name is Pharsalia and she’s not messing around she launches one of her swords at a group of thousands and unleashes an explosion akin to an atomic bomb vaporising Excaliburs and Arthur’s alike with extreme prejudice. She continues, launching her missiles and killing hundreds of thousands of people all in the name of “saving” our protagonists. She then too eliminates the shadowy group who were watching on all the while her own team are watching on from a distance. This being the “new antagonists” I spoke of at top of the review.

Waifu of chaos, Pharsalia.

Right. And you’re calling them “antagonists” despite the fact they or rather one of them saved our protagonists? The scene is not played as a ‘victory’ this was a slaughter, this was overkill, this was… well in a pretty obvious visual metaphor using weapons of mass destruction on enemies unprepared and helpless to defend against them. Regardless of who these people actually turn out to be, for right now–they are the true enemy of our protagonists.

They dead.

Fair enough. So overall thoughts on the final episode? It’s hard to even assess this as a finale, because while certainly fitting in scale and grandeur it’s just the beginning of things to come, thus as far as cliffhanger finales go it’s perfect as it grabs hold and makes me long to see future episodes. Likewise it’s no slouch on the emotional side as it goes all out in making all of our protagonists feel like vulnerable human characters on the day before their big battle. Having each character share a tender and emotional moment with their respective fairy. While not strong in comedy, it excels everywhere else and if this is the type of show we’ll be getting next cour then I’m all for it!

Yamaneko and Coupy share a tender hug the night before the big battle.

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review
A Thorny Issue – Episode 7 Review
The Magic Within – Episode 8 Review
Worshipping The Idol – Episode 9 Review


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Worshipping The Idol – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 9 Review

Worshipping The Idol – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 9

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 9.

So how’s this episode? So a group of adventurers walk by a tree and an idol falls out on top of one of them.

I haven’t heard this joke before… Oh this isn’t a joke, this is how the episode starts!

I appreciated this shot a lot.

Err, okay then. So what’s this episode about then? It’s about an idol by the name of Kaguya who is being harassed by her self-entitled fans, up to and including one desperate fan who wants to kidnap her so she can be subject to his “experiments”.

Yikes!

Eek, that’s a bit dark! It’s funny, I’m finding an increasing number of anime painting fanatic idol fans with a very negative brush and I’m wondering if the overlap between anime otaku and idol otaku in Japan is relatively small. I mean it wouldn’t surprise me, one favours the flesh and blood over the animated so obviously there’s going to be a tangible difference of opinion but that’s a topic for another day…

I found it very amusing that they looked like Daru from Steins;Gate.

Right, so anything else happen in this episode? Well it’s mostly focused on Tekken Arthur, which is fine because I actually like him and it was nice to see him have some quieter scenes with Kaguya the idol which showed a different side to his character. Also I really like Kaguya too, she’s very cute and her voice actress was wonderful I hope she comes back in Season 2 even if it’s just for a cameo. Also the song she ended up performing was very nice and professional sounding too, makes me wonder if she is/was a famous idol?

Even in her bathrobe she commits to the ridiculous rabbit ears.

So overall thoughts on the episode? It was very good had some quality laughs (and a decent amount of fan-service–there’s a brief visit to a spa) and it was just plain entertaining throughout–sometimes things are pretty straightforward and there’s just not much else to say!

I can understand the appeal… still, don’t harass idols!

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review
A Thorny Issue – Episode 7 Review
The Magic Within – Episode 8 Review


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The Magic Within – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 8 Review

The Magic Within – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 8

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 8.

So how’s this episode? Remember last episode when I was complaining about the show not pandering to my specific tastes and how I was annoyed but still okay because I knew it’d be fixed by the next one?

Vaguely, yes. Well it’s fixed and everything is a-ok!

Uh-huh… and how much fan-service fixed this problem? None, actually! So you can cut out that judgemental tone! This was an episode about 3 girls who’d used their finding of their respective ‘Excaliburs’ to become magical girls and it was very fun and wholesome and cute!

Man this is so dorky and lame… I LOVE IT.

Okay, fine, I’m listening. What happens? So to sum it up quickly, Kakka, Renkin and Yamaneko go to a famously walled seaside town that though its history was prone to foreign invaders, except when they arrive they kind there is no wall to speak of–but that’s because the “invaders” are being fought off by three prototypical ‘magical girls’ and despite the fact these ‘Arthurs’ are using their ‘Excaliburs’ for inherently noble purposes like protecting the town it’s still our heroes job to stop them and destroy their excaliburs. And unlike other episodes where the ~evil~ Arthur(s) in question are easily defeated, here these magical girls put up a damn good fight, almost defeating our trio until the fairy partners save them by hiding them in the sewers.

At the risk of sounding like Rurou, look at Renkin’s cute underpants!

Wait, why are they trying to defeat people who are only doing good with their excaliburs? Because that’s their job, and I’m wondering if there’s going to be some deeper discussion about blindly following orders and how that’s problematic later down the track but then again I don’t think this is that kind of show. Anyway, after a period of time for each group to lick their wounds they confront again and have a close fight, only for the town to beset upon by robot invaders. So the six of them form a temporary truce and fight off the invaders together only for a boss robot to appear and in their fight against it the magical girls’ ‘Excaliburs’ are broken. It’s a convenient way of having our protagonists avoid seeming like the ‘bad guys’ by not having to destroy them themselves.

*giant robot appears*

I see, seems like a kind of serious episode? In a way. Though there’s requisite levity when applicable, like when the magical girl trio admonishes our three for interrupting them by attacking during their long-winded introduction. Also as usual the after-credits stuff is as bonkers as ever…

I mean obviously, how else do you explain it in all those other magical girl shows?!

Anything else to add? Oh yes. There’s a lovely moment when the magical girl Arthur’s are seemingly defeated by the boss robot and so the children of the town rush out and form a human wall in front of the imposing threat, followed by the rest of the adult townsfolk. It’s a genuinely touching moment and something so earnest that I’d dare say it’s unexpected from this series.

Look at these brave kids! *wipes tear*

So overall thoughts? While a drier and somewhat darker episode than some of the more comedic focused episodes this was still a lot of fun and helped remind me why I watch this series after the previous episodes’ various failings. Hopefully the show can maintain this level of focus and quality going forward!


Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review
A Thorny Issue – Episode 7 Review


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A Thorny Issue – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 7 Review

A Thorny Issue – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 7

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 7.

So how’s this episode? This show has a serious problem.

Oh, and what’s that? Me, apparently.

Well the first step is admitting that you’re a problem. But seriously, what do you mean? My enjoyment of any given episode wavers so wildly that at first I was like, “it’s the show’s fault, it should get better male characters!” But now I’ve realised it’s just on me for not liking the show’s male characters. Or rather, it’s not an issue of ‘not liking them’ they’re ~fine~ it’s just I don’t particularly care about them nor find them interesting, especially when the series is already stacked with interesting girls I want to see more of.

Funniest part of the episode was seeing Dancho’s fairy turn into a speedboat. What a versatile girl!

So I take it that means this episode is focused on one of the male characters again? Yes, Ruro Arthur, and you know at first I was like, “okay, maybe this’ll have some fun lolicon jokes” since his character is apparently a self-confessed lolicon and even in an episode where he’s masquerading (kind of) as the husband-to-be to a busty pie-making, flower growing lord there’s not a single joke of the sort–talk about a let down.

Rose’s cleavage was certainly not a let down!

Feel like you’ve jumped ahead in the plot a bit. Care to explain what happens at least? Fine. So Ruro gets washed down a waterfall and the gang try and find him, meanwhile he’s rescued by Rose Blossom the aforementioned busty lord of a small town called Flora that produces the most beautiful roses in the region. But she’s being hassled to marry by some douche with weird hair by the name of Dokumida Dokudami (I’m sure there’s a joke there but I don’t know enough Japanese to get it, unless it’s just that his first name is almost the same as his last name). Ruro assumes that he’s an Arthur (mostly due to the fact that he wields a giant spanner) but as it later turns out, Rose is the Arthur and her pruning shears are the Excalibur. The gang shows up, there’s a fight between them and the douche’s henchmen, Ruro reluctantly destroys Rose’s Excalibur and that’s the end.

Snip snip.

You don’t seem too impressed. There’s some good moments, mostly away from the main plot of the episode and to do with Dancho’s shenanigans. But everything else is just mediocre and it’s a shame because when this show is funny it’s really funny but I don’t even know what this episode was trying to be. It didn’t engender me to Ruro, it didn’t tell an interesting story and it didn’t offer nearly enough laughs in between.This is easily the weakest episode yet but in a series like this where nearly every episode is wildly different in both plot and character focus, I can live with it–I’ll just wait for the next episode to come along and enjoy that instead!

Even with context this villain is ridiculous, pretty funny though!

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review
Life’s A Beach – Episode 6 Review


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Life’s A Beach – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 6 Review

Life’s A Beach – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 6

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 6.

So how’s this episode? I don’t know if you recall at all but I mentioned in the last episode review how I was worried I might be “falling out of love” with this show, what with its propensity for putting Kakka Arthur (a character I’m not fond of) front and center in 2 out of the 5 episodes that had been aired up to that point. So it’s with great joy that I can report that ‘Million Arthur’ has won me back over…

…Oh god, I can only imagine what lewdness the show has produ– It’s a swimsuit episode! Featuring only the female cast of the show! I salute thee!

Yeah, could you salute with your pants on, please? Now who’s being lewd!

Thank you Dancho! Thank you for your one track mind!

Wait, you said “swimsuit episode”? Not beach or pool? I mean ~technically~ it could take be considered both or either since it takes place on an indoor pool resort (hilariously located on an actual beach) but know there’s a deliberate reason I say “swimsuit episode”. Not only is that the ~visual~ focus of the episode with enough bare skin on display to last a years worth of beach episodes but it’s also the plot of the episode as someone is snatching women’s swimsuits and it’s up to the girls to uncover the culprit behind these thieveries!

Uh-huh… so what’s the point of this episode then? What do you mean, “what’s the point?” I don’t understand the question.

I love the absurdity of an indoor pool resort on a beach!

I mean is this just pointless fan-service or is there a narrative purpose to it all? Well the bikini thief is possession of an ‘Excalibur’ that as it turns out is in the form of a magical fishing rod which he uses to snag the swimwear. So you know, in line with the rest of the episodes where the goal is to stop an “evil” Arthur from disrupting the peace of this world. But make no mistake this is wholly a comedic episode, from the villains motivations to being ‘fishing down a star to give to his dying brother as his last wish’ only to fish a bikini top instead, which ends up curing his brothers illness anyway and leads his brother to become an even more depraved pervert than him. Then of course there’s Dancho’s reactions to seeing the girls in swimsuits (especially Yamaneko who looks flawless in her white one-piece) as well as her reaction to Renkin stepping into be her ‘hand bra’ when her own is stolen.

Never underestimate the power of swimwear.

Well, I don’t doubt that you “enjoyed” this episode, but I’m having a hard time appreciating your point of view is not just motivated by looking at attractive anime girls in skimpy clothing? Where have you been? That’s practically 90% of what I do.

Right. Fair point. So overall thoughts on the episode? Would I call this a ‘return to form’? Not really as the show’s never really been ~off~ form, it’s just that last week wasn’t as enjoyable as it had been previously. Was this the funniest episode so far? No, but it still had plenty of laughs. Is it my favourite episode so far? Yes. Absolutely yes. I know what I like and I loved this and I’m not going to apologise for that!

Yamaneko in her white one-piece bikini. God tier swimsuit!

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review
Painted Into A Corner – Episode 5 Review


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Painted Into A Corner – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 5 Review

Painted Into A Corner – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 5

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 5.

So how’s this episode? So as you may recall, Episode 3 focused on a character I said I had “little to no interest” in, that being Kakka Arthur. So imagine my disappointment when we’ve seemingly got another episode about him and it’s only Episode 5!

Oh dear. Turns out there’s one way to make me be interested in a (male) character though–as I found out with this episode.

Oh? And what’s that (dare I ask)? Have them act like a female character for most of the episode. Whole nine yard; clothes, make-up, fake boobs–wonderful!

Yes! Just like this, ahem…

Uh-huh… any particular reason why? Of course, Kakka heads off on his own to prove that he’s capable of hunting down Arthur’s and destroying their Excalibur’s solo, but runs into a problem when the Excalibur is located in an all girls high school. Luckily Dancho is nearby and offers some assistance, dressing him up as a ~bishojou~ school girl! Kakka quickly becomes a hot commodity for his looks and voice and courts the attention of the art club who get him to pose for their “art” in increasingly more provocative outfits until he decides he’s had enough and attempts to escape! Turns out the president of the club is an Arthur, and with her paintbrush excalibur captures him and locks him away to be used as a model for her ‘lewd’ artworks! The climax of which is him being “assaulted” by two women dressed as handsome men while the club excitedly captures the moment on canvas.

Lewd!

This has “problematic” written all over it! It’s ~fine~. I mean it’s okay when a male character is getting objectified and put in increasingly sexual situations, right?

Wait, what kind of argument are you trying to make? I’m not trying to make any argument, you know I’m just about the least qualified person to talk about sexism in anime, for or against and regardless of the gender of the people involved!

You could say our villain of the week is a bit obsessed. But no more than most people who are into anime.

Then why bring it up at all? Seemed like something I should at least give it a passing mention. Anyway, Dancho saves the day (I loved how she defeats the Arthur in literally half a second) and everything’s back to normal. Well except that the ‘lewd’ art she painted of Kakka and the two girls dressed as boys didn’t go away when the Excalibur paintbrush was destroyed and she entered it in a competition and it won first place–much to Kakka’s horror!

Must have been weak competition.

Anything else you wanted to add? Despite what I said about me being more interested in this episode than episode 3 because Kakka was dressed as a girl, I think this may have been the weakest episode. It was certainly funny and very “low-stakes” compared to previous weeks, which makes for a nice change of pace but I don’t know… I didn’t really connect to it like I did with other episodes. I’m hoping it’s just a one off feeling and I get back on board with it 100% because I really like this show!

Just Dancho being Dancho.

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review
In A Pickle – Episode 4 Review


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In A Pickle – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 4 Review

In A Pickle – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 4

What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 4.

So how’s this episode? Man this show is goofy as heck.

Oh yeah? And are you painting that as a good thing or a bad thing here? Obviously good. It’s always been a silly anime but this episode… well I was going to say it “dialled the goof-factor up to 11” but let’s be real, this is like a 6.5 on the goof-o-meter, it still has a ways to go!

Can ‘dancing daikon girls’ be the new ‘left shark’?

Fair enough, care to elaborate? So this episode is focused on Yamaneko Arthur (or Yama-chan as Dancho and myself prefer to call her). And the episode starts off in a dark place with Yama-chan having a nightmare about the death of her parents by firing squad(!) followed by her retreating to her ‘happy place’ as she puts on her headphones and reminisces about an idol performance and dancing daikon radishes.

Yikes! Serious business.

…that’s pretty damn strange. It gets stranger. The next morning Dancho makes breakfast which includes a pickled daikon radish side-dish called ‘takuan’ which Yama-chan seems oddly fond of. Then a call comes in that an ‘excalibur’ has appeared on their radar and they need to destroy it. Upon hearing the name of the town where the excalibur has appeared Yama-chan volunteers and Ruro goes with her. The town is a place from history that was (and still is) famous for producing daikon radishes and the pickled takuan variant. But as they explore the place seems utterly deserted and seemingly in the middle of preparing for a festival too. Then from one of the buildings a father and her small daughter appears, her proclaiming that they need to get ready for the festival while he warning that it’s too dangerous to be outside. Then from a nearby hillside, a sniper takes aim, a shot rings out–the little girl is hit and she falls down to the ground as stick of takuan.

I feel for him, as silly as this whole thing is!

Excuse me? The sniper’s gun turns people into long yellow sticks of takuan. And for what it’s worth its pretty dramatic seeing her father wailing as he cradles his now pickled root vegetable for a daughter. But, the show fully commits to its ~serious~ tone throughout the episode which ends up making it more and more funny and more and more absurd the longer it goes on. Seeing hospital beds with a single takuan lying on each pillow as sombre music plays in the background was just… well gloriously goofy.

I’m going to find some takuan when I’m in Japan next and try it.

Okay… and what’s the sniper’s motivation for turning people into pickled radishes? Her father was robbed of his claim to fame as the best takuan maker in town during the previous festival’s competition and he was “ridiculed” as a result. And seeing the daughters overly-dramatic downward spiral is as ridiculous at is hilarious. That said is kind of inconsequential as Yama-chan and the fairy sidekicks form a plan to take her down using a ‘takuan-proof vest’ and it works, and they destroy the ‘excalibur’ in the form of a sniper rifle and all the townspeople turn back to their human forms and everyone is forgiven and they all lived happily ever after!

Of course! Genius plan!

And that’s it? More or less, I mean this isn’t the kind of episode that invites deep, introspective discussion. What is worth mentioning is that it takes an entirely silly premise and what could have potentially been a repetitive joke of an idea and commits to it fully, never once admitting that the premise is silly which not only makes it all the more funny but also endears itself too. This show absolutely knows what it’s doing and it’s kind of a shame not more people are appreciating it (which is understandable since it’s still not available legally anywhere in the West). So yeah, great episode, would recommend!

Yama-chan is best girl. Well, excluding the dancing daikon girls…

Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review
Mine Your Own Business – Episode 3 Review


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Mine Your Own Business – ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 3 Review

Mine Your Own Business – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ Episode 3

So how’s this episode? Well, unfortunately (for me) the episode focuses on Tekken Arthur and Kakka Arthur, the two characters I’d already decided I cared about the least on the show so you can imagine my disappointment!

But we’re only three episodes into an ensemble anime, how can you have already formed opinions on characters who’ve barely appeared? Because they aren’t cute girls! Ahem…

My thoughts exactly…

Oh dear, this again. Not everything has to be cute girls, you know? The cute girls are like 90% of the reason I go to the trouble of ~unconventionally acquiring~ this show in the first place!

Just say “illegally downloading”, nobody cares. *police sirens* Oh shi–

Is this ‘Family Guy’?

I take it your stalling because you don’t want to talk about the episode and are trying to pad out the word count? How dare y– okay maybe. But it’s not like I disliked watching this, it’s not bad by any means, this show could never really be bad, it’s just I didn’t care that much which for the sake of writing a weekly review is a far worse crime! I mean, credit where credit’s due, the episode made me actually ~kinda~ like Tekken Arthur even though he’s a dumb jock. Actually what is the Japanese equivalent of a “jock” do they have a word for that?

I don’t know… but you’re missing the point, it made you like a character you decided you didn’t like based off appearances alone, that’s good, right?! Yeah I guess, there’s just something endearing about the working class, you know?

Sounds a lot like a dictatorship… #justsayin

What? Oh this episode takes place in a Japanese version of a British working class coal mine town that’s being run by a ‘President Leicester’ who seems like a good guy but ~spoilers~ is actually selling rare minerals to the “foreigners” who are trying to invade and steal everyone’s jobs and… is this what pro-Brexit people believe in?

Ah of course, ‘Exanium 994’…

Oh god, please don’t bring politics into this, you’re problematic enough as it is! Harsh but fair. So anyway, secrets are revealed, the working class revolts, there’s a cool-ish looking fight and they all lived happily ever after. Meanwhile, in more interesting looking stories Dancho Arthur and Ruro Arthur are fighting Indiana Jones while Yama-chan and Renkin are getting caught up in rope-related shenanigans!

Indiana Jones was an “Arthur” and his whip was an “Excalibur”, sure why not.

Huh?! Shh, shh, just go with it, it’s better if you don’t ask questions.

I, ah… whatever. So overall thoughts on the episode? It’s good, I mean it’s ~fine~, get this boring male character related character development out of the way quick so we can focus more on the cute girls later! I’ll be waiting…


Previous Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur Reviews:

6 vs 1 Million – Episode 1 Review
Hammer Time – Episode 2 Review


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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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