「この凍えそうな季節に二度目の死を！」 (Kono Kogoe-souna Kisetsu ni Futatabime no shi o!)
“A Second Death in This Freezing Season”
The episode in which KonoSuba pulls off heartfelt, for just a second.
Kazuma’s Tsundere Complaining
Kazuma has managed to subsist as the show’s one comedic foil, and also as the resident complainer-in-chief—a role which would usually annoy, but since he has so many legitimate issues to complain about, hasn’t so far. That doesn’t mean that this episode wasn’t wise, though. This episode softened Kazuma’s gripes and gave him resolve, of a sort, which is essential to keeping a reasonable guy like him on the “Kill the Maou” track.
I’m impressed that KonoSuba executed on heartfelt. I didn’t expect it, which is part of the reason it worked. Kazuma was recapping everything that had happened, which I thought was odd since we didn’t need a recap yet … and then the soundtrack cut off, and a tear rolled down his cheek. Turns out, the recap wasn’t for us; it was for him. For a guy who seems like he would be content with the easy life, especially if he allowed Eris (Suwa Ayaka) to reincarnate him in an affluent family in Japan, what motivation does he have? Turns out, Kazuma realizes what we all had figured out: even if his friends are crazy, they are good people, and loyal friends. (With the sometimes exception of Aqua.) Wanting to spend a little bit more time with them is understandable, and it gives him a reason to stay in the world.
The Real Heroine Revealed
Not that I actually think Eris is the heroine of the show—that’s still clearly Aqua, with Megumin and Darkness batting next—when it comes to Kazuma’s interest, it looks like Eris is more his type. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about it, other than that Kazuma proclaiming a goddess he will presumably only meet again upon dying is interesting. That feels like the kind of thing that cold subtley change the contours of the story, which could be a good thing.
In the meantime, KonoSuba is funny, KonoSuba made me feel Kazuma’s feelings, and KonoSuba is full of friendship. To quote an old McDonald’s ad: You deserve a break today. No wait no wrong one.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The show can do funny. We know that. What about surprisingly heartfelt? Turns out it can do that too #konosuba 07
- Kazuma’s little response lines (“Kazuma desu” “Kazuma dayo”) never fail to make me laugh, and I’m not entirely sure why. Something about his disregard for the normal flow of conversation and his companion’s space to speak, perhaps. Either way, hah!
- Megumin’s legs are covered more in her normal getup than in her snow getup. Though in fact, all of her clothing choices were as odd as her name this time. Not that I’m complaining.
- They didn’t need to stop to explain how the Winter Shogun came about, unless they later reveal it was Mitsurugi’s fault. In which case, I can’t wait for Kazuma to find out.
- But seriously, Darkness is hopeless. In the best way. Waku waku~
- “I don’t mind if they’re [breast] pads.” An anime hero who isn’t just looking for big boobs? Gasp! Another points for Kazuma.
- Megumin was crying, and both her and Darkness were happy to see Kazuma return, d’aaaawww! Friendship. I love friendship ;_;
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