KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2 – Mid Season Review
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2:
Original Air Dates: January 11th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: Kazuma Sato’s adventurer life has taken a nasty turn as he’s been accused of working for the Demon King’s army after causing a royal’s mansion to be destroyed. Despite his claims that it was all in an effort to save the city, he finds himself on trial for execution for crimes against the kingdom. Can Megumin, Darkness, and Aqua save him? Unlikely.
Mid Season (5 Episodes) Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Konosuba remains as hilarious as ever, but unlike Season 1 zero effort has gone into keeping the art consistent. Indeed even by mid season the show seems to frequently change art styles, sometimes adhering to Season 1’s general quality and at others the infamous episode 9. But in some ways the show is better for it, as the ever changing art style allows for more outrageous reactions and insanity, adding to the already superb comedy.
Linny: If you are extremely picky and particular about the quality of animation, Season 2 might get downright painful for sensitive viewers. It’s not the worst but some episodes undergo a very drastic change in the general look and style of the animation which can be a startling sight.
Tom: The first episode turned some viewers away, as Season 2 opened with what was essentially a culmination/continuation of everything season 1. But viewers less enamored with an episode heavily steeped in pay off and set up will find the next several episodes refocusing on the gang’s new/continued struggles to get themselves back in the Black financially.
Linny: Dedicated fans must be used to Konosuba basically being about Kazuma’s near rise to happiness and financial security, then losing it all, and the cycle repeating. This cycle continues in season 2 but manages to be just as hilarious as ever and while it is the overarching plot, the show manages to divide itself into amusing little one off stories at the same time.
Tom: As Linny mentions most episodes are self-contained by this point, offering up what are essentially one off narratives with little connection in between. These give us stories focused on each of the girls, Megumin, Aqua and Darkness, who fans will find gets an overwhelming amount of content in episodes four and five. But Darkness takes a break in the preceding episodes, giving fans less enamored with her masochist comedy a break to focus back on the absurdity that is Megumin and Aqua. Kazuma, as the main character, of course remains a central force throughout the season, but in someways acts more as a straight man during the episodes each focusing on the girls.
Linny: Though she does disappear for the earlier part of the show, Darkness makes a strong return in the fourth and fifth episode, not only taking over but becoming central to the most current story line. Good news for her fans who felt she was under utilized last season, bad news for anyone who is uncomfortable with her brand of masochistic comedy. For those of you hoping for some cast change ups, Season 2 has introduced a new character named Yunyun, meant to be Megumin’s self proclaimed rival, who seems headed to be a more regular cast member and offers a bit of a variety in character type by having her own weird traits.
Tom: No matter what all that matters in the end is the comedy. And Konosuba Season 2 is on point. Each episode has been a riot, with Episodes 2 and 4 acting as the biggest highlights. I think it’s safe to say that Konosuba’s comedy has only gotten stronger with this second season and easily out does the first.
Linny: The comedy in Konosuba continues to hit its mark and for those who loved its humour last season, there’s so much more of it to love this time around. Unless you are extremely unwilling to overlook any dips or changes in animation, there’s no doubt that fans of last season will embrace and continue to enjoy this new season.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2 is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com