「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.