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「史上最強の魔法師集団」 (Shijou saikyou no Mahoushi shuudan)
“The Mightiest Corps of Magicians Ever”

Well we wanted super serious isekai battle shenanigans in KnM, and I dare say we got said actions this week. From big explosions to big fight hints, KnM sacrificed some of its slice of life splendour for the sake of making things go boom, and I dare say it wasn’t half bad. Sure the show won’t be winning points on originality (it’s established fact by now), but even in the most conventional of scenes it still knows how to keep things fun.

Considering KnM was always going to end on some form of cliffhanger, the way this final arc is playing out makes a lot of sense. Demonoids attack innocent town, Shin and the Ultimate Magicians (insert complementary snicker here) literally fly in to save the day, and the big bad in Schtrom himself belatedly shows up to help keep the momentum going. Cue final showdown between our two magical powerhouses, another stalemate and promise of round three later, and boom let the light novel sales commence. Simple in practice of course, but KnM still manages to add some flair. Schtrom for example, as anyone who’s seen last episode can remember, was supposedly unaware of this attack even taking place. How did he find out, and (more importantly), wind up coming in to save his compatriots? We’ll probably find out one way or another once the inevitable pre-fight clash of viewpoints happens, but it’s sure a funny development considering Schtrom is supposed to be finished with the world and doing anything in it ever again. Who knew, I guess leadership can be a burden.

The primary fun though doesn’t rest as much with Schtrom’s (and his subordinate’s) upcoming duel as much as the actions of our good guy crew this time around. Much like with the training arc previously and Shin’s lack of monopoly over his magical powers, we got a full face of equally strong and crazy magicians effectively steamrolling the competition with barely an eyelash batted. Gary Stu saving the day and rescuing all the damsels in distress? Not so much here, as key examples were helped by others, too busy saving themselves, or outright removed from the action. I’ve said it before, but KnM’s ability to keep its isekai trappings under control by emphasizing the secondary cast really helps add strength and longevity to the series as a whole. Just having Shin share the weekly spotlight makes some otherwise boring events more entertaining than they have right to be, and ensures that when the brown stuff finally hits the rotary device Shin won’t be the only one who can possibly save the day. Mind you he still will likely be the one who does (because main character), but thanks to the hilarious carnage witnessed this week, the conclusion is definitely up in the air.

There may be only one episode of KnM left, but it’s setting up to be the most lively of them all.

June 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm
  • June 19, 2019 at 10:25 pmGreed

    I have to admit, while I do like how a “hinata-like” girl is the main female love interest, I still want to find a female heroine that gives a more “sexy” vibe

  • June 19, 2019 at 11:27 pmmac65

    This is a series that isn’t really taking its antagonist too seriously.
    I really can’t imagine how the last episode is going to wind things up
    because they’re in the middle of an arc right now (I guess they’ll exit
    after the city battle, but it won’t really make sense overall). Oh well.

    I think the first part of the series was pretty fun, but kinda went into
    meh territory the last 3/4 episodes.

    • June 20, 2019 at 8:46 amGreed


    • June 20, 2019 at 10:42 amkiryuu

      Can’t speak for LN/WN, but the manga is a good bit darker.

    • June 20, 2019 at 10:26 pmPancakes

      Just shows how well the slice of life worked IMO, without a proper buildup for the serious aspects (especially earlier on) we get this result.

  • June 19, 2019 at 11:39 pmNinjaSyao

    I don’t remember Shtrom doing anything at this point in the manga and he certainly wasn’t part of this battle… anime original ending incoming? Nope, just checked and he’s not a part of the current arc in any significant way.
    Don’t count on a 2nd cour then it seems…

    Gotta agree with mac65 though: fun little show at first, but it got meh in the latter half. Would recommend the manga instead as it has more stuff to it, the manga had some really brutal things in it that the anime goes out of its way to censor/remove, and is a better read/watch, even despite the more extreme mood swings in story-telling.

    There’s a ton of isekai shows, but I must admit it’s really hard to find a good one. Tate no Yuusha is the only that’s been good/great for the most part (a few episodes where things went stupid not counting) imo.

    • June 20, 2019 at 10:28 pmPancakes

      Second season was always going to be a long shot even if KnM was more popular. These types of adaptations are primarily for source material publicity, which at least KnM arguably succeeded at. Certainly one of the better derivative isekais to pop up of late :P

  • June 20, 2019 at 12:00 amSong Huang

    They are going for an original ending here.The web novel has Schtrom, Maria, and others watching, but not participating. The light novel has Schtrom, Maria, and others ignore the demonoids after the empire is destroyed. And the manga is close to the anime but Maria and Schtrom doesn’t show up.

    • June 20, 2019 at 10:31 pmPancakes

      Not even surprised to be honest haha, things have been moving a little to fast for it to stay on the rails :P

    • June 22, 2019 at 7:54 pmPlayer

      Interesting to know this, thanks.

  • June 20, 2019 at 12:01 amSong Huang

    Anime original ending here!

  • June 20, 2019 at 5:26 amChris hall

  • June 21, 2019 at 10:25 amtheirs

    Can’t help but notice. Almost all the boys are taken.
    The only way for these girls to get a boyfriend from the group is for Tony to get a harem.

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