「この右手にお宝(ぱんつ)を！」 (Kono Migite ni Otakara (Pantsu) o!)
“A Panty Treasure in This Right Hand”
Darkness has joined the party, and she’s maxed out her MP. Only with her, M doesn’t stand for mana.
Kazuma, The Panty Master
In another parallel with Grimgar, it looks like Kazuma is pursuing the thief’s life, and in both cases I heartily approve. As with in Log Horizon, where it was refreshing to have a support caster as the main, it’s nice to piggyback along with a thief instead of the standard shining knight. And Kazuma grabbing a bunch of thief skills comes with an added bonus: His mischievous thief sempai, Chris (Suwa Ayaka).
Megumin will forever be my favorite, because silly + chuunibyou + cute + explosion fetish just ticks so many of my boxes. But Chris is already a close second. It’s nice to occasionally see someone who is competent, because then we don’t get the isolating feeling that Kazuma is the only sane person on the planet—he’s just the only sane one in his party. But better than that was her reaction to the entire panty theft gag. Her initial (and I’m going to guess honest) reaction was fantastic, who doesn’t like seeing a cute girl blush? (Anyone who isn’t interested in cute girls and that girl herself, I suspect, but those are minority viewpoints!!) But her trolling afterwards raised it up a level. I want her to join their party, but that’d kill Kazuma’s Only Sane Man [in the party] role, so I just want her to reappear. Often.
Also, Explosion-chan has some pretty advanced panties. Or so I’d say, but black underwear is one of the most common colors, and bows are tame. Come back when you graduate to lace, little girl. Nowaitdon’tcry!
The Mighty, Masochistic Knight
About the only critique I can give this episode is that I feel like Kazuma should have figured out that Darkness is a hard M way earlier than he did, though that was in service of comedy, and the comedy worked, so water under the bridge. (No, stop it, Aqua. Pick up some real skills godsdammit.) But in addition to being a masochist, apparently she’s an exhibitionist too. (Yahtzee!) Really, the entire flying cabbage thing was just the kind of ridiculous absurdity that reliably extracts peals of laughter from me. Kazuma silently screaming that his teammates are all dysfunctional while the crowd misunderstands is a thing of beauty, and the fact that he didn’t turn into the buttmonkey—he still helped out and impressed his teammates—made the ending feel more warm and fuzzy, less comedic sociopathy. Face it Kazuma, whether you like her or not, she’s in.
One quick note: clothing damage. As with many such overused tropes, the best way to use it is to be shameless about it, or to lampoon it while indulging in it. KonoSuba takes the latter route, and it works. (They even kept some of the clothing and armor damage at the end, instead of rubbing it away off-screen. Continuity!) I hereby dub Darkness the Patron Saint of Clothing Damage! I dunno about you, but it just works better when she wants it to happen. I’m a gentleman like that.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Darkness is a hard masochist/exhibitionist, & Kazuma is the Lord of Panty Thieves. Plus, flying cabbage armageddon! #konosuba 03
- Just kiss already. You (un)lucky bastard.
- “Come, now, and walk the path of explosions with me!” + “A storm is coming.” You will never not be my favorite, Megumiiiin!
- Love the guys in the background giving Kazuma thumbs-up, while all the women look at him like he’s slime. Hah!
- Why do I keep getting the shows with the flying vegetables?
- These cabbages will not go quietly into the night. They will not be cooked without a fight. They’re going to fly on. They’re going to survive. Today, we celebrate or Cabbage Harvesting Day! *music swells*
- Comedy is so often in the little details, like near the end where Kazuma’s just off to the side, continually saying: “Really?”
- Author’s Note: I’ll be on vacation next week, so Takaii will be blogging episode four. (And just when Kazuma finally gets some real adventurer threads.) If the past is any indication, that means the next episode will be amazing. I shoulda sunk more points into my Luck stat.
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