「この貴族の令嬢に良縁を！」 (Kono Kizoku no Reijou ni Ryouen o!)
“A Betrothed for This Noble Daughter!”
Kazuma is the villain this episode. Except . . . no, yeah. Definitely the villain.
Okay, first off: How good are the seiyuu in this show? You could say that this entire episode sets out to answer the question “Just how good of a seiyuu is Kayano Ai?”, and the answer to that is, spoilers: very. She’s very good. I can’t even begin to describe what I would give to have been a fly on the wall in the recording booth when Kayanon was going to town. But everyone else is friggin’ phenomonal too, and consistently! Fukushima Jun’s Kazuma is always a winner, but sometimes he goes above and beyond, like that little chortle when he’s saying “Lalatina-ojousama.” Amazing! Even Darkness’s father had amazing voice acting, but c’mon, when it’s Inoue Kazuhiko, of course it is. The script is doing them a world of good, though. Good voice actors + good script = friggin’ amazing! Can’t sing their praises enough.
Now, as a few commenters guessed last episode, it was a marriage plot this time, with Darkness at risk of being married off. The main characters having to foil an arranged marriage meeting is a common enough plot—I feel like Love Hina did that back in the day; a Motoko plot, probably?—but while that’s fertile enough comedic soil, KonoSuba took it in another direction: instead of the protagonists being on the same side, trying to save their friend, Kazuma went into full-on bastard mode.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a group of friends who defend one another above all else; anyone who’s read my fiction knows that. (Buy my books, etc.) So when Kazuma first started showing signs of betrayal, I gave a cry aloud. (Literally out loud. I got my non-anime watching roommate hooked on KonoSuba, so it wasn’t weird. That’s how good this show is!) But, once I thought about it for a split second, I realized how amazing this was going to be. Kazuma, undermining everything—yes. Yes please!
Look, I could explain all the ways this turned out wonderfully, but explaining the joke kills it, right? Just watch it. Watch the majesty. You’ve already watched it? Watch it again! Partway through I went off on a tangent about Walther’s won’t-hit-girls sexism vs Kazuma’s “equality,” but after the rest of the episode I just can’t. I can’t! (I mean, the bottom line is to try not to hit anyone, it’s a good rule to live by.) I can’t talk about anything approaching serious because this was so hilarious it obliterates serious thinking! I’m raving too much, probably. I just loved it. Shit was funny, yo.
Probably my favorite thing was how clear it became that Kazuma is Darkness’s ideal man. I’m a sucker for romance too, so despite the fact that all the main characters are horrible (except Megumin) (and Wiz) (and Chris and Yunyun and)—OKAY, basically just Kazuma and Aqua and Darkness are horrible! Anyway, despite the fact that most of the main characters are horrible, and one assumes that Kazuma would probably be involved in any shipping ’cause this doesn’t seem like a show that’d go for a lesbian couple, more power to it if it does but I’m not seeing any text so far, mostly—despite the fact that Kazuma is uniquely horrible, my hopeless romantic soul still hopes for some romance. It’s a disease, I can’t help it! So when it became clear that Kazuma is Darkness’s type, and she even faked pregnancy with him—ohhh, I can’t help it! Do I dare ship them? Do I dare? I’ll have to consider this. Shipping decisions are important. Stay tuned for more.
That’s it. This episode was great. That’s all you need to know.
- Aqua is the only one that can make a maid outfit seem somehow . . . well. Not fetishistic, at least. That’s not a kawaii maid, it’s just Aqua. Move along, nothing to see here.
- I forget how busty Darkness is sometimes. Damn. Just damn.
- Sir Walther is way too good for this world. Get him out of here, I never want to see him again!
- Author’s note: I’ll be out of town next week, so Takaii will be taking care of episode five. Thanks Takkun!
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