「この紅魔の娘に友人を！」 (Kono Kurenai ma no Musume ni Yuujin o!)
“A Friend For This Crimson Demon Girl!”
Pyrrhic victory, thy name is Megumin.
Behold Yunyun (Toyosaki Aki), Archwizard of the Crimson Demon clan and Megumin’s eternal rival (self-declared)! For those who watched the OVA—which I didn’t blog, because I’m terrible—you’ll have met Yunyun before, but for those who didn’t, you’re in for a treat. Apparently this episode actually predates the OVA, because in that she just sort of showed up, whereas here we see their first meeting since Kazuma’s arrival. Not that it wasn’t instantly apparent what the two girls’ relationship is like.
What I love about Yunyun—aside from her hopeless personality, cute reactions, and basically everything—is the change she inspires in Megumin. When interacting with Yunyun, Megumin becomes spiteful and dismissive, which changes her from a frequent victim of her own (Explosion-related) and/or Kazuma’s antics, and makes her the aggressor in the relationship. It’s refreshing, adding a new layer to the comedic dynamic! Plus, it’s just flat out funny.
Of course, there’s the fact that Megumin spent much of her childhood basically bullying Yunyun, which, even if it was out of desperation, isn’t a good thing to do. We can agree on that, right? It’s like Kazuma saying he fights back if he’s the victim of unjust romcom violence. We can agree that violence is generally bad, right? Including the aforementioned romcom violence. (Kazuma calling Megumin’s bluff, however, was amazing.) Everyone here is a broken, horrible person, except for Wiz and Yunyun. They’re just broken. Especially Yunyun. Which is what makes KonoSuba fun!
Fortunately the show is firmly on the side of Megumin as a horrible person, since the victory she attains in the duel with Yunyun is as pyrrhic as they come. Yunyun might be forever alone, but Megumin’s done some shit in her time. We probably shouldn’t be laughing at poverty any more than bullying, but Megumin is just so prideful most of the time that I can’t help it! (With Yunyun, we’re probably just bad people. We’d it right in with Kazuma & co, clearly.)
If that was all, this would have been a hilarious episode, but we also got a reprise of the toad incident with a bonus Sena along for the ride. Poor Sena-san, she’s going to regret being involve with Kazuma’s team.
The only part that was weird was Chomusuke showing up out of the blue. KonoSuba is a comedy, and a lot of randomness can be forgiven (and justified) in the name of comedy, but that was pretty abrupt. Probably it’ll feed into a joke later on, so it’s fine. For now, I think we can all agree that being Yunyun is suffering, being Megumin is also suffering (her fault), and that they probably should have taken turns in the bath instead of what ended up happening, even though it was funnier this way. LoliNEET, hah!
- Warn inside the toad? Megumin, no… >_< (Doujins undoubtedly incoming, unfortunately.)
- Chomusuke has good taste in oppai. I’d give that cat a medal, but here’s already tasted far better.
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ED: 「お家に帰りたい」 (Oie ni Kaeritai) by Amamiya Sora, Takahashi Rie, Kayano Ai