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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Konosuba 2)

After the success of its first season last year, it was inevitable that Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, or Konosuba, as it's more commonly known, would receive a second season. It was one of the few anime that actually benefited from its poor artwork, enhancing the gags and jokes that were littered through the course of the season. Fortunately or otherwise, Studio Deen has decided to keep things the same for the second season. Like the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", right?

The first episode immediately picks up where the last episode of the first season left off, with Kazuma being arrested for destroying a noble's mansion unintentionally during the final battle against the Destroyer. A trial ensues and things go downhill quickly from there, like many other things in this anime. The end result leaves Kazuma and gang with an empty mansion while still requiring him to prove his innocence. So much for saving the town from the Destroyer.

Konosuba's second season has a less episodic format than the first, having two overarching plots that span half the season each. The first arc, as previously mentioned, has Kazuma and gang taking on the task to prove his innocence and the second one takes the party out of Axel for once and into Arcanretia, a hot springs town that's anything but normal.

Out of all the episodes that have aired so far, I enjoyed the first one the most. It hit all the right notes from the get-go, employing the use of the iconic Star Wars crawler and Kazuma's trial to remind viewers of the events that happened in the first season. The end of the episode wasn't any less thrilling, with our favourite masochist Crusader, Darkness revealing her trump card to delay Kazuma's prosecution. If you're wondering what it is, take some time off and start watching the anime already!

The supporting cast is no slouch either. Megumin's childhood friend and self-proclaimed rival YunYun, magic shop owner Wiz and Vanir, a commander of the Devil King's army threaten to steal the limelight from the party whenever they're onscreen. YunYun features heavily in this season, only having made an appearance in the OVA previously. She is properly introduced here and her disturbing lack of friends or any form of companionship is constantly made fun of. This is highlighted via the episode previews that show her letters to her clan members Dodonko and Funifura or her appearances at Kazuma's mansion in the later episodes, not knowing that the gang is out of town.

It's a shame that there are only ten episodes slated for the second season. I'm eagerly awaiting the OVA that's bound to be bundled with an upcoming volume of the light novel and the announcement for a third season. Till then, I might just start on the light novel series plus the spinoff featuring the dimunitive chuunibyou Arch Wizard, Megumin.

Written by ET

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