Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Season 2 Episode 1 First Impressions


The wait is over. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 or simply KonoSuba 2 is here. The fun ride continues from the first season and we get to see Kazuma and his friends up the usual antics. The plots are funny and the story is mostly based on the manga(which is good thing). I would recommend that you read the manga along with the anime. KonoSuba 2 had potential to be much better than what we’ve gotten so far , but it gets bogged down by bad art and animation, characters who are mere caricatures, and an inability to decide what it wants to be. The story is a direct continuation of the previous season. The first episode follows Kazuma as he gets arrested and tries to clear his name. This whole season will essentially follow Kauma and his adventuring band as they face (many) hiccups along their ultimate goal: defeating the demon king. A pretty standard goal for a fantasy setting, but we all know that KonoSuba differs when it comes to its execution.


The characters are what made the original season of KonoSuba so unexpectedly entertaining. KonoSuba is a parody of anime set in a fantasy world and most of the entertainment comes from how the character tropes from that setting are either subverted or exaggerated. Part of the reason why the first season seemed so entertaining was because of the novelty; what KonoSuba was doing felt like a breath of fresh air in a stale room filled with innumerable “set in a fantasy/game world” anime . However, by now, the novelty has worn off. KonoSuba is doing the same thing with its characters as it did in the first season, but it is no longer as entertaining as it was. There are many problems with the second season of KonoSuba. Firstly, the art has gotten worse compared to the first season. There are many scenes where it feels like the animators just got lazy and didn’t do their best. The character faces sometimes look weird with the eyes in “interesting” positions. The art isn’t bad compared to other anime, but it isn’t what it used to be, something that the animators could feel proud to have produced. The characters are also less detailed but the backgrounds are fine. It feels like the studio and animators have gotten lazy or maybe just didn’t have enough money. Keep in mind that this anime has lots of fan service and sorta feels like it could be an ecchi. After a thorough examination, the art isn’t that bad. It’s definitely a downgrade but it isn’t bad.


However, most people don’t watch KonoSuba for the story, but for the comedy. Season two is very enjoyable to watch and even made me laugh out loud a few times, which isn’t too common. Personally, I don’t want to review anime based on my enjoyment, but I prefer to show you the facts and let you decide if you like it. If you want to laugh a bunch with some fan service in between, then KonoSuba season two should be on your “Plan to Watch”. I look forward to laughing for 25 minutes each week. It is one of the best anime this season, even though the winter 2017 season is quite weak . It is rated too high, but typically most comedy anime are rated highly. To conclude, I know I may have criticized it quite a bit, but KonoSuba 2 is so far still a decent show which will definitely be a source of entertainment for people who enjoyed the first season. I know I will finish watching it (eventually) when it finishes. I just think it could’ve been much, much better than what we have so far.


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