「この理不尽な要塞に終焔を！」 (Kono Rifujin’na Yousai ni Tsui Homura o!)
“A Final Flame for this Over-the-top Fortress”
KonoSuba proves that it can do thrilling action, thank you very much, but it’s going to crack jokes all the way through. The anime industry also proves that it’s not entirely daft. Second season confirmed!
First of All
Before I get to this episode, let me say how annoyed I am that last week’s episode was the one I had to miss. It was practically the perfect ecchi episode! Er, not that I’m the ecchi blogger or anything. It was just good. Dammit Takkun. This is your fault somehow. Your Luck stat is too damn high.
KonoSuba Does Tension the KonoSuba Way
Endings for comedies are tricky. Do you just keep cracking jokes up to the end? If so, it might not feel like much of a finale. But if you go dramatic, that’s not exactly why people have been watching your comedy all along. The best idea, in all likelihood, is to go bigger and badder while still cracking jokes, which is difficult, but if you can pull it off it’ll be both funny and finale worthy.
As usual, KonoSuba shows us how it’s done.
The first phase of the battle against The Destroyer was awesome! From Darkness’ last stand to Aqua forcing down the barriers to Wiz and Megumin’s twin nukes battering down the Wild Wild West reject, it was just damn, damn cool. And I liked too that Kazuma’s contributions—talking to Darkness, bolstering Megumin’s confidence—were important, but not outsized. The dude is no Mitsurugi. Him taking center stage would have been odd.
But the comedy was there, and I wouldn’t go so far as to call it dramatic or tense. We all knew they’d win, basically, because this is a comedy, and unless there’s comedy in it they’re not going to let the protagonists lose—and when the failure state of a battle seems to be instant death, they’re not going to lose. Death can be funny—which probably shows how fucked up humans are right there—but KonoSuba doesn’t do gallows humor. What it did, was keep cracking jokes throughout, so we could both laugh and enjoy some measure of conclusion to the first season. That’s called having your cake and eating it too. And possibly your neighbor’s cake, ’cause that jackass didn’t do anything to earn it, the twat.
The Funny Parts
I’m tempted to list out all my favorite jokes from this episode, but that’s boring, so I’ll just briefly mention a few: Megumin being called the crazy girl and Wiz being called the destitute shopkeeper; Kazuma saying that yes, Darkness is that perverted; Kazuma ruining the poignant moment by saying her real name; Aqua’s battle face; Kazuma’s genre savvy about those cliched phrases; the succubi protecting the city in their own way; the old dead Destroyer creator and how much he sucked; Kazuma being the one male lead who expects the right thing, only this time it’s actually the wrong thing; Megumin’s gasp and blushing face; Megumin’s new fetish; and Kazuma getting shafted, because of course he would.
Okay, so I listed ’em all. Sue me! This episode was packed full of hilarious stuff. Encore, encore, encore! Speaking of…
Season Two Confirmed!
I’ll admit that shows like Hataraku Maou-sama! and No Game No Life broke some of my faith in the anime industry. It was those shows that made me realize, no matter how well a show is received, no matter what it sells, no matter how awesome it might be, it might still not get a sequel. It’s turned me into a sequel cynic. How can Prisma Illya get four seasons while No Game No Life doesn’t even get two? Not that I don’t think Prisma Illya should get them. I love that show, and I’ma keep blogging the heck out of it. I just don’t understand it. Thus, I’m a stolid “wait and see”/”don’t get your hopes up” man when it comes to the sequel watch.
(And don’t feel the need to explain why Hataraku and NGNL didn’t get greenlit. I’ve mentioned the possible reasons before. My point is that, while it’s easy to retroactively find rationale, it’s difficult to anticipate sequel decisions without inside information, because oftentimes the data points contradict.)
Which is why I’m so happy that KonoSuba got auto-greenlit for a second season! It’s been an amazing anime so far, with both solid source material and an impressive adaptation, and the industry needs more shows like this. The world needs them! I won’t say my faith has been restored, but I am happy.
For more thoughts, head to the final impressions below.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – KonoSuba does tension in the KonoSuba way—with plenty of jokes, & a season two confirmation #konosuba 10 END
- Glad to see Chris-chan back. My life needs more Chris-chan.
- The crab was kind of a tip-off that you’re from a rich family, Darkness. Also, the name “Darkness”.
- But seriously, that old dead bastard sucked. It just goes to show you what Edmund Burke said: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for lazy, petulant bureaucrats to be forced to actually work. Or something like that.
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Oh man, KonoSuba has been awesome. Did you know the last finale post I wrote was on Comet Lucifer? What a swing between two posts. There’s really no point in mentioning that shit pile, I just thought it was funny.
I started getting hyped on KonoSuba when I was editing the season preview, because Takkun was hyped on it in his preview. Here’s a RandomC protip: Takaii is optimistic, but if he gets properly hyped about something, pay attention. Dude’s got good taste. But mostly it was mention of a crazy cast of characters that got me excited, because if that can be executed well, it gives a comedy a fertile well from which to pull its jokes. And damn if KonoSuba didn’t do exactly that!
Aqua is probably my least favorite, which is the wrong way to say it; she was just outshone by the others, and had the thankless job of being a complete idiot. But she was hilarious, and the show wouldn’t have been nearly as funny without the albatross that is Aqua around Kazuma’s neck. Megumin is my personal favorite, as an explosion fetishist myself, and she’s both cute, earnest, and loyal on top of her dysfunction. Darkness’s masochism is hilarious, but I loved her honor and loyalty as well, even if her best moments were still when she was in full-on pervert mode; she’s the one most at risk of becoming a one-note character, but so far that hasn’t happened. Then there’s Kazuma. His genre savviness and insane luck stats were funny, and made him surprisingly effective, but it was his personality—a mix of honorable and petty, with plenty of snark all over—that made him both relatable as well as his own person. That’s a tough trick to pull off in a main character.
The adaptation was also well done. The animation could get a bit silly at times, but I wasn’t watching this for the luscious animation (Dragon Slave—er, Explosions aside). It’s the writing that was stellar. Comedic timing, direction, and pacing were all well done. And the voice acting! Everyone equitted themselves fantastically. The entire seiyuu team ought to take a bow. Comedy is hard, and they knocked it out of the park.
This is one of those shows I have no problems recommending to everyone I know. If you’ve ever played an RPG, you know the tropes they’re lampooning, and they’re doing it so well that it’s a treat. KonoSuba even pulls off the occasional poignant moment (Kazuma’s second death) and a few awesome ones (this episode), so it can do more than just tell jokes. But the jokes are so good y’all, that’s all I need! I’m happy this turned out so well, and I’m happy it’s getting a well-deserved second season. If you haven’t watched it, watch it. If your friends haven’t watched it, get ’em to watch it. This is good stuff! Thanks for watching it along with me, and I’ll see you in the next post.