「紅い瞳のウィザーズ」 (Akai Hitomi no Wizaazu)
“The Crimson-Eyed Wizards”
Well, it’s here, are you excited yet? Because you better be excited. Explosively excited. Or at least excited enough to give poor Yunyun (Toyosaki Aki) some well-deserved head pats. Oh yes, Konosuba finally returns to the seasonal anime schedule, and while it’s a season all about one crimson-eyed larper extraordinaire, don’t think it’s going to be boring in the slightest. If anything, it’s bound to be, heh, explosive.
As discussed in the RC Preview, the latest Konosuba is effectively Megumin’s (Takahashi Rie) origin story. This side-story focuses exclusively on the Crimson Magic Clan and how Megumin went from pint-sized terror to slightly larger (in all but the best ways) terror. In practice this means elaborating on what the earlier movie teased, where family life, friendships, and the academic grind are all front and centre for everyone’s favourite mage – including the presence of poor Yunyun among some other familiar faces. If you’re aware of Konosuba’s lore and certain character backstories everything here will be a blast from the past, and if not there’s still plenty to help fill in the blanks. After all, hard denying exactly what this show will be about after this display – boring this one shall be not.
Next to Megumin being Megumin, the main thing about this side-story is – as fully expected – the comedy. Although there was some uncertainty on this front given the lack of Kazuma for humour
pile driving, any fears of super serious plot can be safely discarded courtesy of teenage desires and lower class family life. Make a wish? Better have it be world domination. Eager for a literal red meat dinner? Don’t let dad do the selling. Hell even Megumin and Yunyun waste little time in getting into the routine of embarrassed rivalry and the best moxie the Crimson Magic Clan can muster. While I’m just a tad disappointed no signature explosions made it into the runtime here, considering how hard it’s being teased alongside a few missing features critical to the whole signature one-and-done look (Arue’s eyepatch will migrate soon I assure you), best be sure it won’t be long before the crazy truly kicks into high gear.
Just have to wait and see which big, over the top, and totally not hinted at event winds up rambunctious rascal into absolute explosive terror. Best strap in boys and girls, it’s going to be like Konosuba never even left.
OP: 「STAY FREE」by Machico