Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo – 03

KonoSuba - Megumin wins for dramatic poses

Megumin always wins for best poses

winter15-highw So now I know how Karakuri feels when she gets stuck on an otome game. Stuff gets behind. But I gotta write these posts sometime. So here we go with this week’s KonoSuba!

New Trouble: Darkness

KonoSuba - Rejected

This girl loves to take no for an answer

One couldn’t fault Kazuma for thinking that his party is a little unserious. When Aqua is spending all her talent points on party tricks to look like roman fountain, and Megumin won’t even bother to learn any spells except the giant finisher. So when Darkness, the blonde crusader showed up last week, he tried to warn her off, because he just doesn’t want to saddle anyone else with their party. To be honest, I really like this side of Kazuma. A lot of party leaders would try to get anyone they can into the party, the better they are, the better it is to have them, only to find out that they are a mismatch and cause problems with a breakup later. But Darkness isn’t deterred after he put her off last episode, and comes back to introduce herself to the rest of the group.

KonoSuba - the important stuff

Aqua is working on the important stuff…

But this time she’s brought a friend for some worldbuilding. I liked how they worked in the method for learning new skills, and it’s interesting that learning a new skill is easy, but perfecting it is harder. You really just have to see someone else do something to learn how to do it, and then spend your accumulated points on it. So in order to learn how to do some things, Chris teaches Kazuma a few thief skills. And to be honest, Kazuma looks a bit like a thief with the tracksuit and his thin build and sketchy demeanor. He even enjoys the thief skills he learns, particularly ‘Steal’, which is supposed to take something of value from the target.

KonoSuba - A treasure

The real treasure

But this is anime, so it ends up taking something of… value. In another good move for the show, Kazuma is extremely pleased with the result of his theft, but it pulls it off in a way that doesn’t make him seem like a total sleaze, even if that’s what everyone else in the guild hall thinks of him after Darkness’ description of their transaction. But that passes quickly, even after Kazuma strips Megumin of her panties as well (I think we get confirmation of Aqua’s commando nature when nothing happens to her…).

Quelling the Horde

KonoSuba - The wall

Almost tasteless, but not quite

Darkness’ ecstasy at the apparent sadism of Kazuma’s ability is short-lived, tho, soon to be replaced by a compulsory quest. There’s an invasion coming and they need all the adventurer’s to repel it. Sure, it’s an invasion of cabbages, but anything can be dangerous… and tasty. It’s a good tryout for Darkness, who is true to her word of being absolutely terrible on offense. But her defense is impenetrable, and ecstatic. Again, I liked that the show didn’t go too far. It could have had her shirt rip off or something like that, but didn’t. It ran right on the edge of going too far, and by not crossing that line it kept the show more interesting, I think.

KonoSuba - one happy group

It’s actually not that bad of a party

And much as Kazuma might dislike the idea, he’s now in a party with three weirdos, but at least they’re cute and endearing. And to be honest, they’re pretty capable. Kazuma, Megumin, and Darkness all made a good showing at the cabbage harvest, and Aqua’s… well, not completely useless. And Megumin and Darkness aren’t afraid of the Demon King at all. So maybe next episode they’ll start to make some progress toward that end.


KonoSuba is one of the funniest shows I’ve had the pleasure of watching. I bagged on last season’s Shomin Sample because whoever was making that show just didn’t understand comedy and timing, and KonoSuba is showing how timing should be done. It always hits the right beat, from Chris reacting to Kazuma’s theft to the interstitial scene changes to the debriefing after the great cabbage harvest. I really hope it keeps up.


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21 Responses to “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo – 03”

  1. HannoX says:

    I can see how a fighter that loves to take a hit but can’t hit anything would seem to be a poor choice for an adventuring party, but Darkness fits right in this one. And at least she’s effective as a shield.

    Besides ending the cabbage invasion Megumin saved them a lot of work chopping up cabbage. Definitely the most useful member of the party and best girl.

    • Highway says:

      Megumin’s the best party member because she’s the best foil for Kazuma. It feels like the writer knows this, and has them share more scenes than the others. There’s something there with them that was just completely missing with Aqua.

      • skylion says:

        They’re both cut from basically the same cloth, and it’s just he ends up being more “normal” in the face of her. Which isn’t what he needs to be in this world….

  2. Di Gi Kazune says:

    Cabbages always remind me of one thing: Cabbage Love.

  3. skylion says:

    Yeah, Aqua may have been tripping on the party tricks, but a goddess needs her worship….

    …like you say above, the source material and the show loves writing for Megumi, and that’s probably the best possible way to approach comedy and fantasy…

    Now, I just have to find a way to put a swarm of cabbages in my next sit-down RPG…

  4. zztop says:

    Kazuma even enjoys the thief skills he learns…but this is anime, so it ends up taking something of…value.

    The LNs explain that it’s his very high Luck stats that allow him to steal only panties from girls.
    Then again, he wouldn’t keep attracting crazy/dumb girls if his Luck was truly high. >_>

    Show ▼

    This girl loves to take no for an answer.
    I wonder if Darkness is a Masochist because she’s a Tank, or is she a Tank because she’s a Masochist?

    • Highway says:

      Well, masochism for some people isn’t something you dabble in, so it’s a self-reinforcing thing.

      I would wonder about how ‘lucky’ it is that he steals panties. That kind of behavior sure isn’t going to help him *get* lucky.

      I think that the ‘kooky’ nature of the girls is one of those things that’s made a lot of, but in general they’re actually good people to be with.

  5. zztop says:

    This episode covered half of Chapter 2, Vol 1. So there’s a chance this won’t be a super-rushed adaptation.

    • skylion says:

      I hear that multiples sh*ts really hit multiple fans by Vol. 4?

      • FVA says:

        Other than serious infighting from fan that join Axis Cult (aqua fanboys) after vol 4 and Eris Sect (best goddess fanboys) XD from those that read the translation, i think things are the same. until Vol 6 of course where the LN diverge from the WN

    • Highway says:

      I much prefer relaxed adaptations for shows. It allows a lot more of the detail that information-dense novels have to come through (even though television has more bandwidth for information transfer, it usually gets used to go even faster from start to finish, instead of widening the picture). Usually that makes for better shows: DxD would probably be a lot worse if they did 4 LNs per season, rather than 2, and didn’t 35th Shoutai do something like 5 LNs in its one (bad) season?

  6. Overcooled says:

    Kazuma’s a good leader to keep all these ladies together. I didn’t think he’d be so focused on completing his goal of defeating the demon lord at first. Turns out he’s the “responsible” one…although he definitely is a little bit odd himself, as much as he wants to think he’s the only sane one. Still, I’m loving the dynamics between everyone. It’s a fun party to follow!

    I liked how Aqua’s party trick actually came in handy in the end. It wasn’t a waste after all! Sort of!

    • ProtoSovereign says:

      Well he tries to keep things sane but with 3 eccentrics and 1 sane man something. Its pretty difficult to keep all of them in check. [spoiler] One of the events that soon comes up is caused by 2 of his party members being so weird :).

      • ProtoSovereign says:

        So how do you spoiler tag? cuz my last attempt failed horribly.

        • Highway says:

          You need to close it with a [/spoiler] tag as well. It only recognizes it if both are there. If you’re using the buttons on the commenting interface, click the at the start of the spoiler, then again at the end and it will put the correct tags in.

          And I don’t think what you put up there is really a spoiler. That’s vague enough that it’s not going to spoil anything. “Hey, some characters do something because of their personalities.” isn’t really a spoiler. 🙂

    • Highway says:

      I think it’ll be fun the more Kazuma realizes that he’s gotten exactly the party he deserves. You could see a little bit of it in this episode, but I think the realization will happen more and more.

  7. belatkuro says:

    I like the sound of the cabbages hitting Darkness. They sound so fresh with all the crunching noises they do when they hit someone.

    And Fukushima Jun should get more roles like this. He’s perfect for delivering tsukkomis. It has the right energy and timing to it. He sounds like he’s enjoying it a lot.

    • Highway says:

      You’re right about the sound of the cabbages. I wonder if that was something that they decided that just getting some cabbages was the way to go with that. It’s also a sound that people have heard, since one of the better ways to core a cabbage is just to whack it on the counter.

    • ProtoSovereign says:

      XD the sound the cabbages make, XD your comment made my day.

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