「この中二病に爆焔を！」 (Kono Chuunibyou ni Bakuen o!)
“An Explosion For This Chuunibyou”
The Arch Wizard cometh, and she’s bringing the EXPLOSION!
RPG Logic, Satirized
What I’m enjoying about this show so much is how it’s rubbing off the thin veneer of heroism from the typical adventuring life and exposing it for what it would probably be like … only with all the Grimgar-style grimness replaced with ego destroying hilarity. As a one-two punch, the grimdark seriousness of Grimgar and the goofy satire of KonoSuba is an unexpected treat, because it shows two different ways to skewer the same target.
Ego, Meet Fall
One of my favorite recurring gags is how, every time someone’s ego gets a little too big for their britches, they immediately get smacked back down. Kazuma learned his lesson last episode, but every time Aqua got a big nose, she paid for it. Those frogs man, those frogs! I don’t know why they were griping about not being able to take out the frogs. They developed a fine strategy with the first two, near-death experiences aside. Aqua is already a master of healer tanking. Or face tanking. Or full-body-getting-eaten tanking. She makes up her own rules.
You Want Explosions? We Got Explosions
As I expected, the pint-sized powerhouse Megumin (Takahashi Rie) immediately became my favorite character. I have a soft spot in my heart of irredeemable nukers, and a useless Arch Wizard who can’t do anything but cast Explosion is right down my alley. Which, by the way, that animation for the explosions? I know where all their budget went.
What I didn’t expect was just how much I enjoyed her personality. Her intense chuunibyou is just great, which is only magnified by the reactions it elicits in Kazuma. But best of all was the emotional/social blackmail at the end. Her desperation was great, she had such a weak bargaining position and she knew it, but then the crowd turned it around. Poor Kazuma! (Not)
Looking Ahead – Beautiful Crusader
The goofy (and unexpected, and pleasant) thing about this series is that, even though Kazuma is partied with two cute girls, they’re so stupid there’s no hints of romance. It’s Darkness (Kayano Ai) who gets the first blush out of our beleaguered hero—I guess he has a thing for sexy onee-sans. I already know this won’t end well for him, though, and I think he knows too. Keep on playing the straight man, Kazuma. I appreciate it, even if it’s all pain for you.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Explosion girl joins the team, and she’s borderline useless. Par for the course #konosuba 02
- Our heroes sleeping in a barn sure makes ya appreciate those fair labor standards, where we’re lucky enough for them to exist. At least they cleaned out the horse shit.
- With Megumin’s eye patch, I was trying to figure out how her secret (we all knew it wasn’t real) would get discovered. I didn’t think she’d admit that it was a lie so quickly. Hah! Good comic timing.
- I agree with Kazuma. I don’t want to hear that the inside of a giant frog is nice and warm.
- He should have let Megumin join when she was offering to work for food/sundries and carry their bags. That’s a good deal even without her being able to occasionally incinerate all their foes.
- I like the ED a lot. It’s very peaceful and idyllic.
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ED: 「ちいさな冒険者」 (Chiisana Boukensha) by Amamiya Sora, Takahashi Rie,
& Kayano Ai