Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku Wo! 2 – 01
「この不当な裁判に救援を！」 (Kono Futouna Saiban ni Kyuuen o!)
“Give Me Deliverance from this Judicial Injustice”
Objection! The defendant is too damn funny.
KonoSuba is back, and I couldn’t be happier. I was actually hesitant to watch this episod,e because when I finally had the time I was in a fairly foul mood (for unrelated reasons). I was afraid my bad mood would infect the episode and make it less enjoyable. Then I started watching it, and nope! A dose of KonoSuba fixed me back up. It’s back, it’s back, it’s baaaack YAY!
This episode picked up immediately where the previous season left off, with resident fish-out-of-water and incorrigible pervert Satou Kazuma
(Fukushima Jun) being arrested by prosecutor Sena (Nabatame Hitomi) for the crime of blowing up the lord’s house (refer to last season for details). Though actually, referring to last season isn’t necessary, because they did a nice job of recapping what happened (since it’s immediately relevant) without making it feel like a recap. Cloaking it in the guise of a hilarious trial with Kazuma’s life on the line will do that. Old details, but we got to relive them in a different light.
Once again, the elements that make KonoSuba work so well are clearly in evidence: character and chemistry. The jokes are great, don’t get me wrong, but they wouldn’t work so well, given that they’re frequently at Kazuma’s expense—especially when all his friends and allies, save for the eternally kind (and undead) Wiz (Horie Yui), so casually abandon him—if Kazuma weren’t a bit of an ass himself. (Also, perverted and gets full of himself way too easily.) Ditto to the misfortunes that befall useless goddess Aqua (Amamiya Sora), masochistic tank Darkness (Kayano Ai), and even the explosion master Megumin (Takahashi Rie). If they all weren’t so hilarious broken, it would feel unfair. Here, it feels earned, deserved, and hilarious.
The big surprise this time, other than the trial plot in general, is that Darkness stepped up, revealed her family name, and won a stay of trial for Kazuma. Seeing her be effective with only the minimum of perversion is . . . nice. It’s nice, right? Mostly it’s confusing. Still, it leaves my interest piqued as to what will happen and when she’ll reappear. In the meantime, it’s time to introduce someone who OVA viewers may recognize. Bring on the crimson demons, woo!
Coverage note: Due to my busy work schedule(s), expect KonoSuba posts late Thursday night or early Friday morning. I don’t like posting so long after release, and sometimes I may get to it earlier, but my jobs keep me too busy to promise it. Thank you for your understanding.
- Was the animation a little jankier than last season? Though I have a feeling I may have just forgotten. Sakuga was never the point of this series anyway, so it didn’t bother me.
- This opening crawl alone was 100x better than Rogue One. Fight me, nerds! And I shall win, because I AM YOUR NERD KING!!
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OP: 「TOMORROW」 by Machico