「開戦と合同訓練」 (Kaisen to goudou kunren)
“Outbreak of War and a Joint Training Exercise”
We came, we saw, and we…conquered? Apparently, because at least by KnM standards we just got war and aftermath combined in the same episode. Admittedly maybe it was my expectations of a new multi-episode arc starting (not the first time they’ve failed me mind you), but damn did things kind of run all over this week. From empires to demonoids and even one hell of a random Chika-esque ED: we got it all, and if anything it’s only the start of the chaos.
Considering KnM’s focus on the fluffier side of isekai so far it’s not too surprising how the war treatment went this week, but it’s still strange just how quick we got the shift. Barely moments into the episode and we go from invasion to stab in the back and sudden emergence of the real threat—talk about magical whiplash. As promised at the start of this show though such rushing was likely at some point considering KnM’s origins and the usual light novel adaptation strategy. With these series there’s always a targeted point to reach at the end, and come hell or high water that point will be reached. At least to KnM’s credit we arguably got the best situation with the most appropriate material cut out; after all the real threat is the demonoids and whatever they’re specifically after (rather than nameless sacrifice of the moment), and by the looks of things we won’t have long to wait before seeing the fruits of Schtrom’s recent labour.
In preparation for that labour we also got the necessary good guy training with a little cross discipline exercise and bonding. No real deviance here of course—I mean who didn’t see the ubiquitous arrogance to humility and respect development coming from a mile away?—but KnM at least kept the usual above average by having Shin more or less restrained and spicing it with some choice downtime banter. Gary Stu tropes? Oh most definitely, but fun Gary Stu tropes. Don’t deny, you know you love pure combustion with a taste of anger fueled flair too. Plus we got to see the first bit of hilarious jealousy on the part of our one man murder machine, so it can never be all that bad. KnM functions best when it plays to the lighthearted humour baked into its character relationships, and so long as we can keep getting stuff like this (move over Sicily, Maria is now best girl) I have few problems with where this show may be heading. It may never be top shelf isekai, but that’s no reason it cannot keep being a guilty pleasure.
All we have to see is how well cutesy relationship in all but name shenanigans holds up against the likes of evil peeps doing evil things.