「紅魔の里のガーディアンズ」 (Kouma no Sato no Gaadianzu)
“Guardians of the Crimson Demon Village”
Three episodes in and what else is there to say: it’s Konosuba alright. From the fun of Megumin doing Megumin things to, well, Megumin doing other Megumin things, everything you could’ve wanted from this side-story is present and proving thoroughly entertaining. And if you happen to want a break from the various Megumin-isms, never say Yunyun doesn’t know how to provide.
Compared to the original Konosuba, one of the things I’m really liking here is the occasional and almost sly reveals of hidden personality features. Megumin after all isn’t just a chuuni-addled explosion lover with a serious chest complex, oh no – she’s also a girl who cares a lot about her family and also the friends she makes along the way. Her love for Komekko and taking care of her is obvious for one (and a nice build on what the movie showcased regarding Megumin’s family life), but her quiet and oftentimes adorable regard for Yunyun really seals the deal. Pull away the always funny rivalry and the usual comedic relief and you get a good understanding that Megumin is as much in on the joke as she endeavours to suggest otherwise. It’s a nice bit of nuance to an otherwise parodic story, showing in part that Megumin isn’t a one-trick girl.
Mind you, regardless of cute and cuddly comedy is still very much the name of the game here as this week’s events highlighted. Bukkorori’s obsession with Soketta after all is basically a match made in hilarious heaven – quite literally once you pick up on what was meant by Soketta not being able to tell her own fortune – but this story runs the gamut from embarrassed teasing to ridiculous(ly funny) monsters and probably my favourite in Pucchin the teacher who not only makes his entraces dramatic, but also makes sure said entrances leave the door open slightly. Don’t ask me why, I always get a hearty chuckle out of that every time, alongside his own commitment to the rule of cool. This may not be the absolute top tier of comedy, but as a fun and comfy ride this Konosuba is doing everything right and keeping at least interesting in seeing just what comes next.
Considering we have yet to even touch on the kids practicing magic, what comes next is bound to be very interesting indeed.