「黒幕の名は」 (Kuromaku no na wa)
“The Name of the Curtain”
Well if there’s one thing you can firmly bet on it’s KnM offering no real surprises going forward. As promised heading in and proven these past couple of weeks it’s pure vanilla isekai in this magical world, albeit with a hefty helping of sprinkles to complete the look. Is it going to be the best thing since sliced
harem bread? Most definitely not, but KnM certainly has the concept of bubbly fun down to a fine art.
As hinted at last time with the reveal of our (first) big bad, KnM’s central premise won’t be throwing any curve balls. Oliver Schtrom for example turned out exactly as everyone probably expected—i.e. a demonoid with a greater than average fashion sense—and his first showdown with the magic prodigy wound up ensuring their next encounter will be slightly more climactic (although death by converging sun rays was pretty damn fun to watch). It’s easy to guess from Schtrom’s arguably quick reveal and the blatant teasers in the OP that the demonoid threat will only be gaining in prominence from here on out, and that Shin’s second taste of stardom is but the beginning of some more serious and complex fights. After all, given the kid’s new company and that relationship just waiting to happen, you know full well it won’t be long before someone winds up being the damsel in distress to whatever plot the enemy has planned. Rescuing Sicily and getting a cutesy kiss scene for the effort? It’s more likely than you think.
The relative simplicity of KnM’s main conflict however does mesh nicely with the show’s more comedic, slice of life focus, and it’s here where once again KnM shines the brightest. While blushing scenes and the appropriately mischievous Maria are naturally top of this list (snaggle tooth is best tooth), Shin and his reactions to the usual Gary Stu events are still proving amusing, particularly when paired with the noticeable lack of fawning and worship we often witness in similar series. The award scene for example could have easily been overblown into something less than appropriate, while the likes of sudden popularity could have quickly become a four dimensional love tesseract versus the hilariously prescient indication of monogamous relationship in the making. It’s simple and unassuming stuff overall (not to mention nothing particularly unique), but KnM has so far done a good job of keeping it entertaining, something arguably boding well for the more important things to come.
We may not know exactly where this little magic story plans on heading next, but you can bet the ride won’t be slowing down anytime soon.