Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 Episode 1 [First Impression]
This really made my day.
Has the quality gotten even worse from last season? And why has that resulted in Konosuba actually getting funnier? I’m now starting to think it’s intentional. Even the OP looks like it was half-assed. Imagine how huge the returns must be for Studio DEEN. The input costs are so low that, even if Konosuba were to only sell moderately well, it would still be unusually profitable overall. All the director has to do is to tell his key animators to do a terrible job on purpose, and bizarrely they’d end up making more money than if they’d put in some effort and made sure everything looked nice. With the first season (it should be the same director) he must have been testing the waters to see what the reception would be like – it could have been chalked up as an experiment of sorts if things went horribly wrong, and DEEN have a reputation for being kind of a shit studio anyway so people would just laugh and forget about it. As we all know, it sold so well that it’s unsurprising a second season was immediately announced, scheduled for exactly a year in the future. Here we are, one year later and it now looks even worse. But that’s exactly it. It’s so fabulously bad it’s good.
I was worried that its charm would have faded away after so much time off, but I really shouldn’t have. The parody Star Wars intro all but indicated that it had no intention of being any less funny than the first season, although I have a feeling the password at the start might have worked if they’d tried ‘MEGUMIN’S REALLY THE BEST KONOSUBA CHARACTER’. I probably laughed the hardest to the combination lock and the guy in the turban accusing Kazuma of doing those creepy hand movements all that time ago, although the entire prosecution scene (complete with SHAFT-level body contortions) came pretty close.
Long story short, everyone’s a scumbag. Except Wiz, Yunyun and maybe Darkness. Although that’s not to say Kazuma isn’t a scumbag too. In fact, he’s a scumbag of the highest order. Everything that happened to him this episode basically amounted to a whole season’s worth of comeuppance from everything he’s inflicted upon the town and the people around him. I wasn’t quite sure how his sexual harassment crimes were strictly relevant to the accusation that he was a terrorist or related to the demon lord’s army, but they were still hilarious to hear about again. In the end, Chris or Kyouya don’t actually want to see him dead – Kazuma’s not a paragon of virtue, but they don’t hold grudges to the point that they would take advantage of the situation to get him executed. Not so for those two other girls, though. I’m surprised they could speak so boldly when clearly neither of them were wearing any panties, but I guess that way Kazuma can’t steal them. Also, the red-haired one with the pigtails is kind of cute. Speaking of nopan, there’s also Aqua as usual. The irony being that Kazuma’s shown zero interest in Aqua no matter how she’s been dressing.
Why was he even so terrified? Being executed will hurt, but Eris can just resurrect him even if he dies, right? Even if she doesn’t want to, Aqua will blackmail her into doing it. Admittedly, I’m not sure how far the slapstick elements of Konosuba actually extend – will everyone in the town and guild not question why Kazuma is somehow still alive and well despite having been beheaded in public? Is resurrection something Aqua can pass off as being one of her archpriest abilities? If we take several steps back, everything was Kazuma’s fault to begin with. If he hadn’t been such an asshole to Prosecutor-chan, she may never have asked that last question and the lie detector wouldn’t have gone off. Even if he had, he could claim that he’d spoken to Dullahan and that technically counts as having contact with the enemy too. But really, asking this guy to actually use his head is a bit much. Just you wait, he’ll probably pin the blame on Wiz later and use it as an excuse to bury his face in her crotch and take deep sniffs again.
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