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Winter Season 2017 Final Impressions

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KonoSuba Ep 7 Review: Kazuma Dies Again

So, that title. Does that count as a spoiler? I mean it is a comedy so probably not really. I am not sure. It probably does though, just saying. So, yeah, not sure what else to say, but the series seems to become more enjoyable with each passing episode like Luck & Logic becomes less and less enjoyable each episode. With it getting closer and closer to the final episode, although that is still five more episodes, let’s get started.

The Plot:

As the title of this review suggests Kazuma dies. However the episode begins with him in a familiar world like episode one when he passed on. He questions if he really did die and is unsure exactly, although after a few seconds he realized he did.

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Flashing back some time Kazuma explains what happened after they beat Verdia. Winter soon came and his debt piled up more and more.

While Kazuma is annoyed by his debt, and Aqua not helping by complaining that Kazuma does not praise her more. He says she is the source of debt and wants to leave. This ongoing battle happens for a short time. Kazuma mentioning he nearly freezes to death at night. However now that Verdia is defeated the quests are plentiful, even more so since anyone who helped fight Verdia got a reward which will last them through winter.

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So, the group decides to go on a quest. A slight hint, (after reading what each light novel is about I knew, but I already assumed), of what the final boss in this arc will be, the group goes on a quest to hunt snow sprites. Kazuma is a little suspicious since Darkness is a little too excited for the fight.

The group gets into some winter clothing. Personally I think Megumin’s outfit looks the best of the three girls. Aqua comes in at a close second. Enough about the woman’s fashion. The sprit killing goes rather easy. Aqua wants to catch a few to save for later to make the food cold and drinks cold come summer time. For once her uselessness is thinking ahead.

konosuba ep 7 5So, Megumin decides to do her one-shot-one-kill-ultimate-super-attack, explosion. Which she proudly kills only 8 of the little sprits. She falls into the snow. But without another word a large snowstorm comes. The Winter Shogun, a creature that was brought here and abandon by someone who was reincarnated.  The Winter Shogun does not take to kindly to the killing of the cute fuzzy ball Snow Sprits.

Aqua apologizes for what she did and releases the ones she captured. Darkness gets rather pleased when Kazuma shoves her face in the ground. Although Kazuma is still rather annoyed that Megumin is playing dead. Kazuma goes to throw his weapon aside to apologize, although it is too late and he gets killed.

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Back to where the episode began Kazuma realized all this. A goddess appears before him and mourns for this death. She is rather kind, and her name is Eris. The name sounds familiar, well back in episode two when Aqua was trying to make money the goddess of the word, currency, and all that is Eris. That is the goddess before Kazuma.

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Eris tells Kazuma will be reborn into a nice, wealthy, and such a pleasant life in Japan. After a few seconds Kazuma has a teary eyed thing going realizing the world he just died in was not so bad, despite all its problems.

Just as she prepares Kazuma to go to his now third life in the series, Aqua interferes. She healed his body so he can come back. Eris says people can only be reborn ones. She is also referring to Aqua as Senpai. Although much like the line goes, Senpai does not notice her. Aqua insults her and even tells Kazuma to steal her breast pads if she does not let him go. Eris lets him leave.

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Back in the other world, Kazuma wakes up with the girls surrounding him. They abandon the quest and make their way home. Although realizing there is still the problem with their lack of funds, Kazuma, although annoyed about a lot in this world, is slightly content.

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Overall Thoughts:

I enjoyed this episode. It was about the same as last weeks. I think my most enjoyable one was episode 4 or 5.  But this one was rather fun in its own right. Between the problems that they now have to deal with and setting up more in this world, each passing episode makes me want to see more of it.

I did read what the plot for each novel is. It is one thing that saddens me is that we will only see a fraction of it. Despite all the laughs it does a wonderful job hinting at other parts of the world. Such as Eris, the Destroyer, and how there are plenty other people reborn from Japan there. The Winter Shogun showed off their impact. The show with the humor just blends it in so well it can be missed. This episode really demonstrated that perfectly.

As a whole though it might not of been the humor that I enjoyed this episode, since that is what I mostly look forward to, but the plot and seeing those subtle hints and realizing some made this episode much more fun.

A part of me is tempted to go back and rewatching, not thinking about the review or anything, just to see what other things I could have missed that I did not catch on the first time. To me it feels like there are more things out there. I do not know. For now this show has its little surprises that appear every once and awhile which makes it so much more fun.

Overall Enjoyment: 8.5/10

As always I would love to hear your thoughts on this episode.

As always I hope you enjoyed.  If you have any thoughts, ideas, or anything you would like to see here feel free to comment. If that does not work try to contact me through social media.

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Again, I hope you enjoyed and see you next time.

– Joe

Winter 2016 Mid-Season Impressions

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KonoSuba Ep 2 Review- Wait this is by DEEN?

Well, Kono Suba enters the second episode. It continues off the following day from episode one. Kazuma is awake and looking over a sleeping Aqua. He wakes her up and asks if they really are going to go on an adventure like she said she would. She says that they will and it should be easy since it is the starting area. Kazuma brings up, which I neglected to last week, that although it is a starting town and far away from the Demon Lord there is hardly any money for starting adventurers and no basic equipment.

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So, the quest they have is hunting five frogs in three days. These are not your typical frogs, but giant frogs that eat goats and goddess throughout this episode anyway. Aqua tries to fight one and nearly gets eaten in the process. Due to a rage fit she charges after another only to nearly get eaten again. She decided that getting eaten nearly twice was enough covered in drool and whatever else was in the frogs mouth she decides to end their adventure for the day with only two of the five frogs killed.

After cleaning up and over their evening meal Aqua and Kazuma begin to talk about adding another party member. Kazuma argues that they do not need to lose more money. They were making less nearly getting killed then the construction job they had during that montage in episode 1.

The second day is about recruiting members. Aqua only wants people with an advance job class. After waiting several hours someone walk over. Her name is Megumin. Long story short she is also an arch-mage who specializes in explosion magic. She is also a Chuunibyou, which is where the episode gets its name. So after dealing with Chuunibyou antics she joins them as they go hunting for more frogs.

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Megumin decides to use her explosion magic on one of them. Another appears and Aqua chases after it only to get nearly eaten again. The spell went off destroy the area causing a crater. Another frog appears. In a worry Kazuma looks over to see Megumin on the ground. She brings up the fact that the Explosion spell takes a lot out of her. It makes her body unable to move. Another frog then snaps her up to try to eat her.

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The quest was completed when Kazuma slayed the two frogs trying to eat the girls. As they walk back Kazuma tries to get rid of Megumin seeing that she can only use one spell and she confesses her love for Explosion magic and refuses to use any other. She tricks him by making a scene in public in order to stay in the party.

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The money earned was 110,000 (whatever the name for the currency) they had to split it up three ways. Kazuma lamenting how little they earned for nearly dying. As he does this a woman introduces herself, Darkness, a Knight. She then begins to heavily breath as she asks to join the party. Then the episode ends.

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Overall Thoughts

I am kind of glad Darkness showed up at the end. As I mentioned I read some of the manga adaptation. She is a masochist, but more on that next episode more than likely. So, this is not time to talk about her.

Anyway one thing that I loved about this episode was the music in the background. It is rare when I hear it. Normally it is to pump up the epic-ness of a fight. But it was just brilliant how well it worked to enhance the comedy. The show really did an amazing job with that this week. Hopefully they keep it up for future weeks to come. I really hope it does.

As I watched the episode and the fact that Aqua got eaten several times by a frog I do not know why but each time I just found it more and more funny. I expected it, mostly because seemingly everyone on twitter was posting pics and laughing about this episode. But regardless that part of the episode I did find funny.

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This episode was a lot more fun this week and really showed build up in terms of humor. There were little details as well that added to the world building, such as Aqua’s comment “The Demon Lord is not going to send anything to a town with starting adventurers,” in order to explain why it is so peaceful in a world that is threatened by the Demon Lord.  To me that line was a nice touch and really answered the fact why nothing seems to be bad around them. So although I do not expect much in the adventure in defeating the Demon Lord, hopefully there is more world building to expand the depth of the world.

As for the title, I know I could care less on the company who adapts things. But there are a few where I do. I am honestly surprised how well this is doing for a Studio DEEN anime. I would also like to add that this title was done on a poll on twitter between three other ones.

Overall Enjoyment: 9/10

As always I hope you enjoyed.  If you have any thoughts, ideas, or anything you would like to see here feel free to comment. If that does not work try to contact me through social media.

The Reviewer’s Corner has an official twitter, which is here. All updates, polls, and information on posts and future posts can be found there.

If you are a blogger who focuses on anime, manga, or comics and make you blog known feel free to visit the blog roll page and leave a message.

Again, I hope you enjoyed and see you next time.

– Joe

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