「工作員、派遣します！」 (Kousakuin, Hakenshimasu!)
“Spies Will Be Dispatched!”
Gentlemen (and ladies), say hello to explosions. Mystical explosions. Magical explosions. I cannot believe they’re not Megumin explosions. Or, you know, the next logical step for Konosuba-esque isekai. That’s right, Sentouin Hakenshimasu is now here to grace us with its comedic presence, and just as suspected in the RC Preview, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Per the preview linked above, Sentouin at heart is simple: evil organization conquers the world, and rather than rest on its laurels, sends off its best and brightest to continue the adventure on other worlds. Literally. It’s pretty much a “real world” isekai in the sense the poor and unfortunate (and thoroughly perverted) Agent Six (Shirai Yuusuke) and
loli cutie pie android Alice (Tomita Miyu) don’t really have a way home after getting teleported into the great blue yonder, but the likes of Zvezda and Overlord are I think very good comparisons for this premise. For Sentouin it’s not so much about any alternate world shenanigans as much as the comedy which can be derived from it.
In terms of specifics as well, Sentouin shouldn’t prove too surprising. Besides Agent Six pulling the mature Kazuma route (if dick festivals count as mature) and being perfectly – and hilariously – foiled by the deadpan, wholly uncaring, and totally not Terminator Nep Nep Alice, the evil organization Kisaragi is typical Akatsuki Natsume in being outrageously over the top. Well, at least if you don’t count clothing. How does one acquire Evil Points and obtain items in exchange for them so far from home in a device no one knows works? Beats me, but you can never go wrong trusting monocled pipsqueaks with a taste for the dramatic – 100% success rates guarantee it. As long as you keep the childhood friend far away from the controls of course.
And as for the world Six and Alice find themselves in, well, let’s just say this is where the fun begins. Besides the fantasy trappings courtesy of paint by numbers medieval kingdom and local wildlife that all but hint towards pulling a reverse “saving the world” trope out of this conquest hat, we also have some pretty blatant suggestions pointing towards this fantasy running closer to reality than expected. Tanks;
magical mechanical water boxes; the inability of the kingdom’s finest to use magic; I’m half expecting at some point for the situation on this particular world to turn into some ridiculous (yet hilarious) version of Stellaris primitive enlightenment gone wrong. Which wouldn’t disappoint me in the slightest. Considering who actually runs the kingdom and lead knight Snow’s (Kikuchi Sayaka) open embrace of predatory capitalism, something tells me there’s lots of comedy to derive if things go that route.
While Sentouin is unlikely to appeal to everyone given the humour at work and isekai trappings, this one is definitely worthy of some attention if you need a laugh or two this season. No idea if I’ll wind up covering it yet, but without a doubt I’m down to seeing just what the next couple of episodes bring.