「爆裂狂のプレリュード」 (Bakuretsu-kyou no Pureryuudo)
“Prelude to an Explosion of Madness”
At last it’s here. Explosion. And not just any ordinary explosion, oh no. Big explosion. Fiery explosion. The sort of explosion that Hollywood animation experts get all hot and bothered about. And the best part? It won’t be the last of the season. Considering we’re just under halfway through, expect quite a few more where this one came from.
With the star of this episode being, well, the veritable star born, there’s not much really to be said otherwise. As expected Komekko stumbled across the thing (read: was given as a present by big sister) which Megumin first helped unlock way back in the first episode, and in true little sister fashion, did it in the way only Megumin herself could. As for Megumin, well, much like last time it was more emotional and heartfelt than inherently comedic. Much as stated before I really like this side of the girl, and between her being willing to give up the explosive dream for the sake of Yunyun and Yunyun herself doing what was necessary to rescue Komekko and Megumin, no better way of continuing to flesh out said side. It may ultimately only be skin deep compared to more complex tales, but these moments help keep giving life to the larper supreme.
Given we still have half a season left to go though, the question naturally turns to what’s next, and in that this week also continued giving some prominent ideas. Komekko breaking free the village’s resident dark god for one is a biggie, as first: it’s an enemy which requires Megumin to indulge in her pyroclastic one and done routine; and second: gives a reason for the girl to venture beyond the village itself. With both her and Yunyun now officially graduated and no longer eligible for levelling freebies experience point earning becomes a major concern, and Soketto’s obvious fortune telling alone isn’t enough to push the pint-sized nuke thrower into finally meeting the rest of the Konosuba crew. Having an escaped god on the loose provides suitable impetus to move this story forward, not to mention keep the comedy flowing.
Well, cannot forget keeping Chomusuke out of the ravenous clutches of hungry imouto jaws, that’s also just a tad important.