This episode of Konosuba is all about dealing with the PTSD Kazuma obviously got after being killed a third time. He does it by attempting to be what we all strive for: Lazy and rich, only moving from your sofa to do some fancy travelling.
Japanese Original Episode Title:このふてぶてしい鈍らに招待を！
A positive attitude is very important when trying to achieve your goals. Kazuma and Aqua know this, so seeing them practicing for the fabulous life they still don’t have should serve as an inspiration to all of us. Especially that scene where they imagine slapping with wads of cash the people they plan to hire to fight with the Devil King in their stead.
For some reason, Megumin does not seem to understand any of this as her personality makes her come up with crazy ideas like wanting to be useful and brave, to go out there and keep on fighting. Not being a fan of dying repeatedly myself, I would definitely be on the same boat as Kazuma, planning my retirement and plotting ways to make other people fight for me.
Of course, their behavior would freak out anyone who knows them, and the way Kazuma was just forcing himself not to snap was beautiful. We know he was dying to just throw that tea at Aqua, you could almost feel the tension on his face. Apparently that’s not something super rich people would do at all.
Therefore, Megumin is concerned and annoyed, but soon she realizes her efforts to convince them are not going anywhere, so she changes her arguments for a proposal to go to the Hot Springs. Sadly, we still don’t know if they will ever get there because of the attack, and Darkness getting lucky was pretty much all the action this episode had. Oh and that fierce Rock-Paper-Scissors fight.
The attack of the ostriches: It was a little bit disappointing for us, rooting for Kazuma’s lazy lifestyle, see him standing up for their mess like a responsible person, but maybe having other people hurt because some beasts specifically targeted your team’s stupidity was too much for his conscience. When in need, you might not be able to count on Kazuma’s kindness or altruism, but you can definitely trust his conscience to help you out.
The reactions of the guards that were supposed to fight in this situation to Darkness dumbass-ness was awesome. They were as inspired as I felt at the beginning and Darkness’ thirst is honestly getting out of control. It’s not every day that you see someone actually jumping into their own unintentional bondage.
The Rock-Paper- Scissors fight: Aqua really likes to prove herself against Kazuma whom she should already know has exceptional good luck (for stupid things, if you ask me). The thing is that she gave up her chance of being in the carriage by just ignoring the rest of the girls and deciding to go up against Kazuma on her own. This also makes me think about the main reason this happened: The baby dragon in the cage. I really hope to see some dragon action, and from the bottom of my heart, I wish the dragon to cause disaster. It could also end up being owned by them, and used as a weapon in future battles.
Themes & Trivia
Did any of you think that Vanir and Aqua’s bickering is an actual confrontation between a goddess from heaven and a prince from hell? That shade he threw against good-for-nothing gods was very entertaining (especially because most of them hit the nail), taking into account that Aqua is very much useless as a goddess herself. On that note, I wonder if his business relationship with Kazuma isn’t a scam. It wouldn’t be the first time we see a demon luring people with material stuff in a story, making them deviate from their main goals. Then again, this is a comedy anime.
In this episode, we get another Yunyun appearance, which could almost be classified as a cameo. Girl was so hyped about challenging Megumin just to find her absent, and that made her all appearance last about 1 minute and a half. I think this was purely fan-service.
I’m definitely very pleased with the fact that the humor has been improving with each episode, at least to my tastes. I didn’t find it as predictable and dull as some past releases. Also, it is very easy to forget they actually have a goal when they spend all their time doing unnecessary things.
The interaction between these 4 characters always amuses me. Ironically, it is Aqua and Kazuma who share the most similarities, and that makes them very good teammates as well as rivals. That said, it is very interesting seeing how even when they start having a goal in common, the ways to get there can vary so much depending on the character and the situation. It’s good because no matter how different they are, they have one thing in common that makes it all work well in the end: They’re all idiots.
Will we get to see someone naked?
I do hope we get a continuation from exactly where we left: With Kazuma on his knees begging for forgiveness and the ostrich beasts about to make Darkness very happy by stomping all over her until she dies. I can’t really wait to see if they will actually get to the Hot Springs and get excited about all the possible disasters that might happen. Meanwhile, go ahead and check out the rest of our Winter 2017 reviews here in MANGA.TOKYO!
NEXT TIME: Sightseeing in This Pitiful City! (この痛々しい街に観光を！).
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