「参戦！てんこうせい」 (Sansen! Ten Kousei)
“Join the Fight! Transfer Student”
Best sit down and grab that popcorn boys and girls, because everyone’s favourite isekai crossover is back for more. Isekai Quartet 2 is arguably one of the more pleasant isekai sequel surprises of late, and while you’ll know more or less where you stand on it after the first season (you did watch it right? Good), there’s no denying this one will be a blast. After all, that quartet just became a quintet.
Considering Isekai Quartet relies entirely on one’s familiarity with the franchises and characters involved, I’ll dispense with the usual introductions and just say this season has so far stuck to the expected—and hilarious. Konosuba’s Aqua continues her crossover trend of becoming the world’s greatest goddess punching bag for all involved (oh that crying, glorious), while Overlord’s Ainz remains as beloved—and feared—as ever before (though I think love is starting to outweigh all in the grand scheme of things). Re:Zero’s Subaru is as Subaru does, and Darkness, well, should need no further introduction. It’s like nothing has changed, and damn am I happy about it.
The big shift of course is the introduction of Shield Hero’s trio of Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Filo, although given this episode’s introductory nature we never really saw what they’re capable of so far. Naofumi’s (non-)entrance may have been a blast alongside Filo indulging in her hobby, but adding these three in is likely to dilute the other relations and pairings built up last season, particularly with Naofumi and assumedly Raphtalia as part of the second class and the accompanying focus on it—and that’s before touching on the other franchise(s) supposedly waiting for their own introductions. Isekai Quartet has really added on the developmental workload for a ~13 minute short, although I’m going to remain firmly optimistic until we see what comedy plans are in store for our new arrivals. Considering Chomusuke is joining the
party class to hopefully yield some more Megumin shenanigans, I don’t think that’s a bad idea in the slightest.
While I’m unlikely to cover this one further (shorts and comedy never really leave much to talk about), without a doubt I’m watching Isekai Quartet through to the end. It’s cute, it’s crazy, and with new characters to look forward to, you can be assured it’ll top the first season in more than one way.