「この痛々しい街で観光を！」 (Kono Itaitashii Machi de Kankou o!)
“Sightseeing in This Pitiful City!”
A stunning city of water and hot springs, with one tiny downside.
I’ve said it before, but it must be said again: just when you think you know how KonoSuba is going to play it, it chooses another path. Oh, the first half of the episode proceeded largely as expected, with two differences, one of them crucial. First, we have officially found Kazuma’s line. You know, that moral line he won’t cross? Apparently he does have one! Kazuma actually feels guilty—yes, Kazuma, of all people!—when his team is lauded for saving others from a situation that’s their fault. I never thought we’d see it. A moral stance from Kazuma. Wow, and hah!
(The other one? That nice little moment when Kazuma is repairing Darkness’ armor. It was a nice way to throw down some exposition while wrapping it in a nice character moment. I still saw it primarily as exposition, so I guess it could have been done better, but I still approve. It didn’t feel like a waste of time.)
But then we get to Arcanretia, and I was expecting fanservice hot springs time, but nope! It’s lousy with Axis Cultists, and they drive the point home. And it was hilarious! Maybe a bit overdone, but for some reason I don’t grow tired of repeated jokes as quickly with KonoSuba, as evidenced by Darkness’ perversion, which is always funny despite being largely one-note. I’m not sure why that’s the case, by the way; perhaps it’s the halo effect the show has from generally being so funny, or that they vary the gags just enough to keep them from going stale. (Or maybe comedy is just subjective, which it is.)
Whatever the case, I was cracking up at the Axis Cultists’ antics, even if the little girl at the end was predictable. Sometimes, knowing what’s coming just increases the anticipation. (Darkness knows what I’m talking about.) I still want to get to the hot springs fanservice, but I don’t mind taking time to get there if they’re going to hit us with funnies like that. We deserve it, and Kazuma’s team definitely deserves it too.
- “Don’t yell my name in that context!” Mid-sentence interjections like this are just something you can’t do as well in text, so I love it when visual/auditory mediums take advantage of them. And not enough do! Good on KonoSuba & Kazuma for reliably rocking them.
- Vacation clothes Darkness is nice. Jealous Darkness is nice too. Perverted Darkness is always nice. Never change, Lalatina! *snort*
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