「魔法学校のタブー」 (Mahou Gakkou no Tabuu)
“The Magic Academy’s Taboo”
Well, if there was any doubt about Konosuba: The Explosion Edition breaking with tradition, I dare say that fear has been put to rest. Jokes, character abuse, and good old-fashioned Kazuma faces: everything is on tap in this one, and I for one am very happy about it.
One of the things that makes this Konosuba side-story nice is the focus on characters (and lore) barely touched on before. Megumin’s homelife and the added adorableness of Komekko are obviously examples, but a big one for me is Yunyun and seeing that Megumin’s pointed beratement and denigration is a little more nuanced than first thought. The forming of groups is case in point: little miss explosion likes puttin Yunyun in her place – until Yunyun gets taken and shows the resident chuuni just what the experience of NTR is like. Couple on some choice Chomusuke insults and Yunyun just being cute all around and I’m really hard-pressed keeping the smile off my face. Managing that two episodes in is definitely worth a bit of praise – particularly when you factor in what some of what that Megumin bullying yields.
Of course what helps too at the moment is the overall comedy of setting. Besides the hilarity of teachers and residents both going all out in living those chuuni desires (statues causing utter chaos indeed), we also got the added gut busting of those individuals being fully aware of their impassioned larping. Launching grandiose magic spells (that still don’t match the majesty of explosions)? Best make sure the student body is watching those skills at work. Megumin trying to skirt the rules to keep other Megumin – i.e. soon-to-be Chomusuke – safe from the ravages of little sister appetites? Nothing a bit of acting cannot solve. Need to kill cute critters? Leverage the innocent to truly let your inner chuuni speak. Hell cannot forget Arue and her skill at ensuring her larping face never disappears even when the big and deadly come out to play. Let’s just say it’s going to be a blast seeing these various personalities at work once the real enemies come knocking and encouraging some character development.
It’s simply a matter of finding out what (and who) said threats will wind up being.
ED: 「JUMP IN」by Rie Takahashi and Aki Toyosaki