「この素晴らしい仲間たちに祝福を！」 (Kono Subarashii Nakama-tachi ni Shukufuku o!)
“God’s Blessing on This Wonderful Party!”
KonoSuba 2 ends with a bang, and so much sakuga.
A finale of a favorite series is always sad—especially when it doesn’t get the insta-greenlit sequel like the first season got—but at least KonoSuba 2 went out with one helluva bang. All its signature comedy was on display—Aqua being terrible, Darkness being too perverted to be useful, etc—but there were some pleasant surprises, and even some bona fide heroic moments to boot.
The crazy angry dude being the baddie wasn’t a surprise, though the nature of him was; I didn’t expect another leader from the Devil King’s army to appear, much ess get dispatched so quickly. (Also, didn’t expect Aqua to be right about the hot springs, haha!) For my money though, it was all Wiz. Her getting pissed and going full Ice Witch mode was awesome! Not only was it a nice surprise, it allowed them to dial up the strength of the villain by giving the protagonists more tools to combat him.
Speaking of, it might have been Kazuma’s plan that enabled the whole thing, but this was definitely Aqua’s time. That was the neat part—despite Kazuma being the main character, and him still receiving what seems like disproportionate deference and/or love from his teammates, he’s largely absent from the final battle. Aqua (and her followers in the Axis Cult) are the heroes this time!
Yuck. It doesn’t feel right, saying that. Aqua, being anything other than terrible? Bleh. My mouth feels dirty.
Not that our heroes—to use the term lightly—get to win in the end. Aqua ended up doing the Devil King’s work for him, and they got run out of town . . . but, well, the homecoming was nice. It feels like we’re returning home ourselves. Just in time to leave it, alas, as the season ends. Onto the final impressions below!
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It’s always hard to know whether a sequel will be as good as its forbears. Will the magic of the original be lost? Will it be mostly good, but not have as much budget as it used to, and slowly coast down into mediocrity? Will it try something new and fail horribly? Or, hope of hopes, will it be as good as its predecessor—or even better?
There’s no way to know until it airs. Even though, when we do the RandomC season previews, we force ourselves to try. It’s always a risk to mark a sequel as deserving of a High expectation level, but we took that leap with KonoSuba.
Boy, were we right!
KonoSuba is at heart a comedy, and there’s not much I can say about that which I haven’t said many times before. The old jokes worked again, though maybe that’s the real trick—they managed to make the same basic patterns still funny, by taking them further, by developing the story around them, and by not beating any of them to death (though a few came close). New elements were emphasized more, new characters were added, a new setting as dabbled in, but at its heart, KonoSuba is KonoSuba. What they did was not screw it up.
Not that it was perfect. The animation got janky a time or two, though that was true of the first season too. Mostly though, this thing knocked it out of the park, and I’m totally happy with the results. (Yes, I can only think of one criticism.) And—actually, you know what? It’s late, I’m tired, and if you’re reading this, you’re in one of two camps. Either A) You watched KonoSuba, and almost certainly loved it, in which case you’re a wise, charming, handsome and/or beautiful, and all-around awesome. (And super smart!) Or, B) You haven’t watched KonoSuba, and you’re wondering whether you should, in which case the answer is YES, you idiot. Go watch it, it’s tons of fun.
Also, season 3 plx. STILTS OUT!