Note: This review is part of an event called "The Nine Hells". This is Day VI (The Circle of Heresy) and contains mild spoilers. While this doesn't give everything away, your discretion is still advised.
"KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World 2" is the 10-episode second season to the light novel-based isekai (sent-to-another-world) comedy. This time around, after a valiant deed gets a corrupt lord's home destroyed (and with no help from even his near-worthless friends), Kazuma now faces being jailed for his misdeeds on top of the country-sized debt that him and his group built up from their past mishaps when they were trying to train for their assault against the demon king.
There are comedies that don't even have a goal at all and just embraces the shenanigans of the premise (or lack therof) and there are comedies that actually have at least one main goal within their storyline and follows it. In the case of KonoSuba Season 2, it falls into the latter of the two, but ends up straying far away from the main goal despite a leap of progression in the very middle of the show after some of the pacing within it drags on. After that leap, it just ditches the main goal entirely and jumps into a completely unrelated sub-plot aside of some details about the former servants of the demon king in the last few episodes. The plot conveniences from the latter half doesn't even help a bit and the same goes with some moments that were better shown than told like Aqua's royal screw-up with the hot spring water. With exceptions of a few events, it's basically a glorified filler story instead of an expansion pack to progress the plot even further.
This time around, most of the returning characters have all changed in terms of quality for the worse, but with some exceptions while there are a few newcomers that have only gotten in my bad or neutral graces with one lone exception. Although bringing in some darker humor with him this time and along with some others, Kazuma ends up staying the same ambitiously scummy person as he was back in the previous season and hasn't changed beyond that. While some may end up despising him at this point if they haven't already been disgusted with him at Season One, he still ends up being one of the more fun characters if the viewer fancies complete jerkwads. Megumin also keeps her good standing with her interactions with the rest of the cast on top of some nice development with her rival, Yunyun, whom is re-introduced as a newcomer for those that have skipped Season One's OVA. However, Yunyun stays in the low-neutral zone for her "rival" character trait being the only thing driving her throughout the entire show with every passing scene that she's in. Although Wiz takes a backseat as a fanservice character through most of this season (with the disappointing exceptions of any hot spring nudity from her) until a pivotal point, she maintains her neutral standing alongside Eris, whom has much less screen time, but ends up being the short moment of reprieve for the show when she can. The best and most fun of the bunch turned out to be Vanir of all people due to his troll-like attitude and personality alongside his motives towards the main cast as a villain and maintains it after his battle against Kazuma's group. (He's also got some very cute dolls as his minions.)
Now, to go more in-depth with those who changed for the worse (in the case of the returning characters) and made it to the worst side of Evil Town, Darkness / Lalatina's entire character used to be shockingly fun, but now she ends up being worn out after her marriage arrangement problem with the corrupted lord's son (or so I presume). Darkness' hard masochism often made some scenes worlds worse and even contribute to this show's gravest sin, which will be touched on later. The newcomer, Sena gets no reprieve from me either due to being an annoying and snobbish character that serves nothing else other than to make Kazuma and company's lives even more of a mess on top of being a failure as a straight woman to any of their antics. The worst character of the entire cast, counting side characters in no doubt Aqua due to pretty much everything about her. Her personality is more atrocious than before, the humor involving her is ineffective and she just makes this show far more unbearable than possible. The Axis Cultists aren't much help either and only contribute to being mostly unbearable in the short amount of time that it took for their shtick to wear out. This leaves the remaining characters not mentioned to be on the neutral, but forgettable zone with special mention for the final boss of the season, whom ended up being the only good highlight for the latter half of the show aside of them also being quite unmemorable.
Pros and Cons
To start off, the cons do end up outweighing the pros for this go-around. The iffy art style and average-looking animation for this go-around remain mostly the same, yet changed for the worse to have the characters be more expressive for the latter. The hiccups in these departments were meant to be part of the humor, but it often has less of an effect at times and as for the battle effects, they have gone up in quality, but only a tiny smidgen due to the CGI helping in some parts more than others. The fanservice is in the neutral zone this time and has increased by quite a bit, but may also irk those that don't like nudity involving guys and gals in case of the bath-related scenes. Same goes for some rather... Choice attire in Darkness' case. This season's music is in the same level of atrocity as ever with a less than catchy opening theme, an ending theme that sounds too much like Season One's abysmal ending theme and less than memorable background music with the exception of Megumin's explosion theme.
Onward to the gravest sin that this show has committed: There are multiple instances where the same jokes (new or otherwise) are repeated for slightly better or far worse and the rest of the overall humor takes a very high nosedive. Many of the new gags and character shticks end up mostly overstaying their welcome here alongside of the repeating gags and scenes with at least one of them causing some major déjà vu. That very sin also affected the story enough for this show to end up becoming what it parodies; an isekai psuedo-harem story with not much else left to offer.
After having to slay this fell dragon and spill two years worth of it's own blood, as promised from myself, I'm glad that I had to put the final nail to this coffin. Although, it did get a few laughs from me, KonoSuba Season 2 was far too lazy and contrived for me to give it anything higher than it's earned Absolute Terror rating. For those that loved the first season and would like to try it out, be my guest, but for me, I cannot recommend either part of KonoSuba at all, especially not after this mishap of an adventure. You are better off checking out another comedy anime. Now that The Circle of Heresy has been cleared, I have caught enough bodies for The Circle of Violence and things will only get grisly from here on...
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Second best anime of this year by far. Hate the fact that this is just a promo for the light novel and there might not be a third season. As for the animation, there a difference between terrible and stylish. Like Kemono Friend which is total garbage of a show, yet people like and to be fair I guess there is some charm to the crappy cgi animation sort of like One crappy one punch man comic and mob psycho. The animation does a great job at exaggerating hilarious moments, and does a good job at making it have it's own identity and stand out, like Grimgar of Fantasy except not super god damn mother freaking generic as hell with the characters.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT