Konosuba! The Legend of Crimson

Sequel to Season 2 of Konosuba! God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

Genre(s): Isekai, Comedy, Fantasy, Parody, Ecchi

Age-Appropriateness: 15+ (Sexual humor, suggestive themes, language, fantasy violence)

Platforms: Crunchyroll

Episodes: One 90-minute movie

TheAwersome Rating: 9.2 / 10 (Konosuba at its best)

Premise: Yunyun gets a letter saying that the village of the Crimson Demons, also Megumin’s hometown, is going to be attacked by a general of the Demon King’s army and her forces. After mistaking her friend’s fanfiction (in which Yunyun and Kazuma’s child defeats the Demon King) to be a prophecy, Kazuma feels that they should still help. You know, just in case. Follow the crew as they explore the village of the Crimson Demons, meet Megumin’s family, and see just what horrible antics they all get into.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This here movie was pure Konosuba perfection. From start to finish, the comedy was perfectly on point, with every beat masterfully executed. There was a perfect balance of subtle humor, slapstick, over-the-top craziness, and crude humor that I never felt a style, gag, or joke got overdone. And all of this was perfectly interspersed with an engaging plot coupled with outstanding action sequences that are guHORGeously animated. All the voice actors hit it out of the park for this piece making for an absolute top-quality performance by all involved, be it writer, actor, animator, editor, all of it was just money. There’s a also satisfying character development, you get to see a bit under everyone’s general 2D personas enough to get some solid feel-good connections, but they’re all still the most lovable group of horrible idiots.

TLDR: Everything great about Konosuba amplified and refined.

Something I absolutely love about Konosuba in general, and this movie excels at it as well, is how it doesn’t rely on crude or sexual humor. That’s what absolutely separates the comedy of Konosuba to, say, the comedic moments of Castlevania. In Castlevania, they decide they need to have some comedic relief, so they awkwardly throw in an out-of-nowhere sex joke with a repeat side of “Haha Trevor is a beer-loving dumb guy” and expect that to be enough. It’s too much like the “edgy” kids in High School who think that lots of swearing and offensive subject matter alone make them hilarious. Konosuba, on the other hand, is gut-bustingly hilarious and happens to use sexual and crude humor as a frequent delivery service.

That all being said, the amount of ecchi is slightly upped for the movie compared to the rest of the series, (especially in the “jiggle physics” category) so maybe not the best one to use to introduce your parents to anime. Unless your parents are down with that, then yeah go for it.

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