Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! /Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Review (Spoiler Free)

Here’s an anime that was on my radar after hearing that the story was written by the same person who wrote Konosuba! Didn’t need much else beyond that.

As always, I’ll try to best share my thoughts without spoiling anything.

Synopsis

After the evil Kisaragi Corp. has managed to all but take over the Earth, a plan is enacted to prepare for the invasion of a second planet. In order to prepare for this, Combatant No. 6 is teleported there with an android girl, Alice, in order to establish a base and learn more about the world’s situation.

We then follow No. 6’s escapades on this new world and it’s inhabitants.

Premise

First off, Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! has a very novel premise. It’s not often that we follow someone from an evil organization (more on that later), and it’s not often we get this sort of isekai but not quite isekai setup. I can think of some older mecha anime that sort of mix future technology with a fantasy setting, but they aren’t quite the same as this.

I guess just the idea that our protagonist is effectively working with the goal of preparing this new world for invasion by an evil mega-corporation is pretty cool. On it’s face, it’s a really interesting idea.

Setting

Tying into the last point, bring an avid fan of fantasy settings, be it isekai or not, I have to say that I loved the setting here. This world that No. 6 is teleported to is a fantasy world. And while it’s not exactly the most unique fantasy world ever created, it’s a fantasy world. Watching No. 6’s interactions with this world, given his access to technology from back on Earth, is a fun experience that gives us some interesting moments.

Fan Service

I know many people aren’t a fan of fan service, but I personally am. And I thought it was really well done in this series. Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! is a series that does not take itself seriously, and as a result, really is the perfect sort of anime to throw in some fan service. It’s not at the level of a proper ecchi anime, but it’s enough that I felt it was well done and didn’t take away from any other aspects of the story.

Swing and a Miss

Unfortunately, aside from the overall ideas behind Sentouin, Hakenshimasu!, I think this is a series best characterized as one that strikes out a lot.

Comedy

The comedy is in the same vein as Konosuba!, with No. 6 quickly becoming surrounded by a ragtag band of very quirky girls, as well as No. 6 himself being quirky in his own way. Unlike Konosuba!, many of the jokes just didn’t work for me. The comedy is very hit and miss. It hits enough that I won’t say it’s bad, but it misses enough that I wouldn’t exactly praise this series for its comedy. That said, it still is better than nothing if you’d like to experience comedy that’s somewhat similar to Konosuba!.

Combatant No. 6

No. 6’s character is one of the biggest downsides of the series, I think. And he is part of the reason why the comedy doesn’t work as often as it could. Without spoiling too much, I’ll just say that No. 6 is a very flip-floppy character who will exhibit certain qualities one moment, and then exhibit the exact opposite qualities at other times. He’s just too inconsistent to really enjoy as a protagonist, and this inconsistency really hurts the series.

Kisaragi Corp.

Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but I feel like I have to point this out.

Despite being a villainous mega-corporation, we don’t really see too much of the villainous side. No. 6 is very wishy-washy in this area, as are ALL of the major characters we see in Kisaragi Corp., which are basically all of the corporation’s leadership. I understand that it’s supposed to be a caricature of an evil corporation, but I felt like nothing was really done to prove to us that Kisaragi Corp. was evil, or villainous, or whatever, which took away from the premise.

In addition, one of the key mechanics used in this series is an evil points system, where No. 6 obtains evil points from committing acts of evil, that he can then spend to have items from Earth teleported to him. While it’s an interesting idea, I felt like it didn’t work well, and ended up just being an arbitrary system that also took away from the series at times.

Rating

Despite all of the issues I had with Sentouin, Hakenshimasu!, I’m going to give it a 7 / 10 rating.

Ultimately, while it has many issues, it’s still a fun story, in an interesting setting, with some fun and strange moments. While a lot of aspects of the anime didn’t really work for me, I still finished it out feeling like it was a decent watch.

And as such, if you’re looking for a decent comedy to check out, and enjoy fantasy settings, I think that Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! is still worth checking out. I enjoyed it, even if I finished it feeling like there were many areas that could be improved.

If I had to make a comparison, that wasn’t Konosuba!, I’d say that Cautious Hero is in the same ballpark as this one. Only, Cautious Hero manages to do a lot of things better, and I would recommend watching it over Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! if you haven’t seen either!


That’s it for this review.

Hope you enjoyed it, and feel free to let me know what you thought about Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! in the comments.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading.

2 thoughts on “Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! /Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Review (Spoiler Free)

  1. “I’d say that Cautious Hero”

    That’s it! I’d been trying to think of what this reminded me of, and it’s Cautious Hero.

    I’d add one more thing to your list of reasons it almost but didn’t quite work: Not enough Grim. But that might just be me…

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    1. I think you’re right about that. Grim was really funny, I was surprised that they didn’t really use her and just had her pass out / fall asleep / etc. so often. She definitely had potential with how wacky she and her magic are.

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