“Kazuma Sato … welcome, to the after world.”
“I…want…money!” Due to the debt that Aqua has accumulated, Kazuma and his party is in deep money trouble.
It’s winter. In the morning at the stable they wake up with frozen eyelashes. In order to escape such a meager lifestyle, they reluctantly pick up a quest of purging “Snow Spirits.” They set out to a snowy mountain.
Unarmed Snow Spirits do nothing but fly away, making the purge quest goes unexpectedly easy, or, so it seemed… A moment when Kazuma thinks the quest is completed, the master of the snow fairies arrives at the scene. The Winter Shogun.
Completely overwhelmed by the formidable power of the monster, Kazuma has no choice but to follow Aqua’s advice. Do the “dogesa” – drop down on the floor with your stomach and forehead flat on the ground. He surrenders in the dogesa style just as told, and thinks it softened the wrath of the Winter Shogun. But no – Kazuma forgets one crucial thing; the weapon. It’s still attached to his body, making himself a subject of the furious Winter Shogun’s colossal blow.
Script: Aoi Akashiro
Storyboard: Masahiro Ise
Direction: Masato Miyoshi
Animation Director: Tomoyuki Kitamura, Miyuki Honda, Hiromi Okazaki
Art Director: Masakazu Miyake
— TVアニメ『このすば』公式ツイッター (@konosubaanime) February 24, 2016
Review (spoiler alert)
Aqua and Kazuma argue about money from the morning. Kazuma is worried about the debts, but, as if she has forgotten who had caused the debt in the first place, she demands Kazuma to let her live a luxurious life style.
Anyway, Kazuma and his team members are in dire need of cash. While all the town people are drinking merrily on the special bonus from the Demon King elimination quest, Kazuma and his party set out to the quest they picked out: Snow Spirit conquest.
Thrashing obedient Snow Sprits is a piece of cake, thanks to Megumin’s fire-explosive magic. However, the Snow Spirits’ master, The Winter Shogun, comes to their rescue. This powerful monster’s attack is so deadly that the nation puts a price tag on its head. Darkness tries to exchange a couple of blows but the Winter Shogun easily snaps her sword in two.
According to Aqua, as long as you surrender and sincerely apologize, The Winter Shogun will let you go without harm. While Kazuma is trying to persuade Darkness to follow the suit and surrender, The Winter Shogun’s raging blow kills him.
Kazuma wakes up in the after-life world again. The newly appointed goddess, Elis, guarantees him that in the next life he will be born to a wealthy family in peaceful Japan, and he will be granted with anything he wants. While he recounts various life events in the other land where he spent time with his team members, he starts complaining about each one of them. At the same time, just a thought of departing with them makes Kazuma sentimental. Tears well up in his eyes.
Out of the blue, Aqua’s voice booms through the room. She is chanelling herself from the other world to this after life world. She threatens the goddess Elis and forces her to revive Kazuma immediately.
Kazuma safely goes back to the familiar town in another world, rejoining Aqua and the others.
It was a heartwarming story. So it turned out that Kazuma doesn’t hate living in the other world. Watching KONOSUBA kinda convinces me to think that living in a fantasy world is not a bad idea, hmm. Grimgar and KONOSUBA are both set in another world, but at the same time, the two worlds are completely different. Anime is really fun.
I think I saw a glimpse of Aqua acting like a true goddess in this episode. This party is the strongest, don’t you think?
Well, how did you enjoy KONOSUBA Episode 7?
Let me know what you think. See you next time!