As was mentioned several times by yours truly and others 20-Gay-Teen was an incredible year for yuri fans with many shows from various genres to choose from. There was one show however, that flew under my radar. A trusted ally touted about it but I did not make much of it. Then another showed up and some more people started asking/recommending it. So here we are checking it out…as a Yuri Quickie. I will explain why as we take a look at Hangyakusei Million Arthur.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Yuri.
Number of episodes: 24 (1st season 10, 2nd season 13+OVA)
The anime is based on the hit series Million Arthur. Set in a fictional “Britain” the story is about a group of six mighty warriors sent from the future back to the past to find and the million Arthurs and destroy their “Excaliburs”, swords pulled out of stones that transform into weapons based on wielders’ greatest desires. The reason they must seek and destroy the Excaliburs is that they are a threat to the future.
So what is the show like as a whole? Well. I will post the cover image of another show so viewers will get a better idea of its tone.
Yup. Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku. Like MGK, Million Arthur is an action-comedy that favors the latter, resulting in many funny moments while also delivering some simple yet still cool action scenes most of the time when our heroes confront the rogue Arthurs. Another similarity is not all episodes being action packed and humorous. Some have drama and heart. I do not mean Cerebus Syndrome level of drama. Not at all. Just the kind that gives viewers the fuzzies. Third similarity is both shows having a wacky yet very capable when the need arises cast. Heck there is even one, Rurou, I care as little about as a certain underrated lesbian icon’s relative yet he too has his moments (Episode 7). Each of the Hero Arthurs are accompanied by an Support Fairy, meaning the main cast consists of 12 characters. Worry not as we are about to get to the reason this is not a regular G-View. Each of the heroes get their time in the spotlight due to them splitting up in teams, giving the central team their time to shine and viewers understanding them better. As the show progresses the main plot thickens (of course). There are also cameos by more popular/famous Arthurs in the franchise like Thief Arthur and Utahime, the latter having a strong influence on the unlikeliest of our heroes.
Going back to the comedy each episode after the ED features some of what I like to call “WTF 4Komas” because every time I watch them I ask myself “WTF did I just watch?”. This is not a knock against the show at all. I like how nonsensical are.
Well. That is the gist of what to expect. A fun show with its serious moments every now and then.
Alright. It is time for the main reason you are all reading this.
Dancho. The star pupil of a certain overlooked lesbian icon.
I could pretty much copy/paste my thoughts on the iconic Eruna Ichinomiya and it would fit Dancho Arthur just as well. Put simply Dancho is a sexy, fun loving, energetic, charismatic (though like her master it does not always have the desired effect on her friends and love interests), dependable and of course perverted lesbian protagonist who is proud of who she is and tries to seduce her female teammates at every given opportunity. That or ogle at their cuteness/sexiness in various clever ways. Eruna taught Dancho all her best techniques and how to be a badass dependable protagonist who always tries being there for her friends and crushes when able. While she is Eruna’s greatest student Dancho stands out in her own way.
-Dancho loves to cosplay and often tries to get a fun reaction from everyone…with the expected results.
-She knows men mainly speak the language of “Look at dem tig ol’ bitties and dat ass bro!”, using it to her advantage.
-She is has a meatier body than her master who is a sexy beast herself.
-She was described as being more assertive than Eruna but I think they are equally capable in their seductive techniques and are equally hungry for cute girls.
The one nitpick is that due to the other heroes getting a chance to shine on more than one occasion our glorious leader does not always get to share the spotlight, which is a bummer but not a deal breaker as the other cast members (except Rurou. I am sure a certain someone respects him.) are equally as fun to watch.
So yes. I agree this show, while not over yet (The 2nd season is ongoing as of this writing), is a hidden gem of 2018. Give it a watch and catch up if interested. Support Dancho! She needs more love.