What’s the show? Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Episode 1.
So uh… wait, why are we starting a weekly review of a new Fall 2018 anime half way through the damn season? Because Western anime streaming sites fell asleep on what could be one of the funniest and underappreciated anime’s of the year. And I had to resort to the dreaded P-word to even watch this show…
“The dread P-word”? What you mean ‘ped– No! I mean ‘piracy’! I had to ~illegally download~ this show because there is literally no legal way to watch this show (as of the writing of this review)!
Okay, well that’s happened before, wasn’t that creepy shota show an illegal download show too? If by “creepy shota show” you mean ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’, then yes, it was too. But this is different, this isn’t niche, this is big budget action-oriented comedy series. I mean sure it’s based on an MMORPG that probably ~nobody~ in the West has ever even heard of but who cares, I mean ‘Last Period’ got a Crunchyroll release, why not this?!
Mmm, I think it’s time we stop talking about the external circumstances around the show and focus on the show itself. If you can… I can and will, just gimme a minute. So yeah, the plot–basically its like ‘300’ remember that overhyped early 2000’s Hollywood movie. Except rather it being 300 vs 7000 or whatever that movie was. This is 6 vs 1,000,000. Yes, you read that right. Except they’re not all advancing all at once, so our group of “Arthurs” only has to verse 10,000 “Arthurs” in their first skirmish.
Wait, why did you refer to both the heroes and the antagonists by the as the same name? “Arthurs”? What’s that about? Okay here’s where things get ~vague~ so apparently anyone throughout every alternate reality who’s ever plucked ‘Excalibur’ from the stone and been dubbed ‘King Arthur’ exists in this world with whatever their own particular version of excalibur looks like. And so our protagonists, a motley crue of six adventurers plus their ‘fairy’ partners are tasked with defeating the 1 million pretenders from the various histories of untold parallel dimensions.
That sounds… vaguely unique and interesting! Well don’t expect deep plotting and story because this ostensibly a comedy much like ‘Last Period’ was.
You mentioned ‘Last Period’ again, I take it there’s a reason for it? Yes. Aside from being animated by the same company (JC Staff) it shares the same sense of joyous energy that made that show such an unexpected delight week after week during the Spring anime season. There’s more of an action focus here then Last Period had, and less parody but I still think the comparison applies—not that it does many of my readers any good since hardly anyone watched Last Period…
Well then how about you be a good reviewer and compare it to something a lot of people know of—or at least do a better job articulating what’s so good about it? I already think the characters are great and interesting and distinctive in that kind of comfortable familiar way where you know how each characters going to react based on their ~type~. The action is flashy and well-animated and the comic timing is absolute perfection.
Anything else you wanted to add? After the credits, there’s something of a short comedy skit(s) based on a 4-panel webcomic around characters from this series, it’s very dumb ‘Pop Team Epic’ style rapid-fire humour and it’s just another little something that makes this show stand out from the rest of this seasons’ anime and goes to show there’s a lot of love and effort gone into the making of this show.
So how do you go about recommending something that nobody can ~legally~ obtain in most countries? I don’t condone piracy if there’s a legitimate and reasonable way to obtain a product but there is literally no legal way to watch this show in any English speaking country so it is what it is. You could either wait in a vain hope that some streaming service picks it up, or just download it like I did. I’m not happy that I had to but I am happy that there’s still fansubbers out there providing a service and I’m extremely happy I watched this because it’s a heck of a lot of fun!
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