「この不浄な温泉街に女神を！」 (Kono Fujouna Onsen Machi ni Megami o!)
“A Goddess for This Corrupt Hot Springs Town!”
Poor Aqua. She deserves every moment of this. Hah!
There are several take aways from this episode. First: Kazuma knows how to push Aqua’s buttons. No surprise there, and it was funny, but it was so overshadowed by later funny that I almost forgot about it. It was the opening joke that softened us up for the onslaught to come.
Second, onsen time! Note to all kids: as funny as he is (“Don’t mind me.”), don’t be like Kazuma. It’s refreshing to have someone be so baldfaced in their perversion, but you don’t want to be that guy. Even if she was beautiful.
Also, though I was for a second worried that the onsen moments would be short and entirely focused on Kazuma, nope! My favorite part was not actually the naked, fanservicey Darkness and Megumin, though, yeah. Definitely top two. For me, it was them talking about Kazuma, and—earnestly!—praising him despite his faults. I mean, sure, they still knew he was probably listening, and it ended up that he was and they found out, but their words had the ring of truth to them. It’s nice to know that they still do like and trust Kazuma, just as it’s nice to see him reciprocate that from time to time—even if, where Aqua is involved, there’s no honesty. Just salt. So much salt.
Speaking of, this was definitely Aqua’s episode. While Megumin may still be best girl—something about how she and Kazuma reacted the same to the Axis hustle reminded me or how comparatively non-bonkers she is, which is saying something given her explosion fetish—Aqua was killing it all episode. Once again, Amamiya Sora deserves a ton of credit—I can’t imagine a better seiyuu cast than the one they’ve got. But the whole thing was just a gas. The head priest and Kazuma; Aqua’s hot spring jealousy, leading to her speech; her failed coming out as a goddess, and the literal friggin’ mob that resulted—hah! Half of me says “poor Aqua,” while the other half knows she richly, supremely, absolutely deserves everything that happened to her. Your followers are turbo crazy; that’s your bed, and now you get to lie in it. And we get to laugh!
- I don’t know what I think about the water-on-the-camera effects. Honestly, I don’t think of them much either way—doesn’t add anything to me, but doesn’t detract either.
- Some commenters mentioned last time that Verdia wasn’t initially the one waving at Wiz from the other side, but her old party members from when she was an adventurer—and, lo and behold, here they are. I think this was a good change, because the visual gag required immediate understanding, and was most potent the first time around; this second time, when it wasn’t going to be as funny anyway, might as well get in the exposition. Plus, that works best done by Wiz when she’s awake, which we had this time. Good adapting, that!
- Looks like Megumin might be nopan this time. Or hastily drawn #probablythatone
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