KonoSuba – 03

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And then there were four. Two of whom, Megumin and Darkness, are extremely eccentric individuals with no concept of personal space whom Kazuma wants nowhere near his party, even though he’s well aware he and Aqua aren’t enough to make it in this world. (It was also a little mean of him to call Megumin a “little girl”…she may just be small for her age!)

Ultimately, Darkness doesn’t endear herself to Kazuma so much as she simply doesn’t go away and refuses to take no for an answer, because for her, “no” is a pleasurable experience. The sterner and harsher the rejection, the happier she seems to get. Kazuma’s usual arsenal of repelling barbs only embolden the bombshell.

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KonoSuba enters ecchi territory when Darkness’ thief friend Chris teaches Kazuma the “Steal” ability, then challenges him to steal back his coin purse from her. Instead, he scores her panties, which distresses Chris to no end and makes Darkness jealous that she isn’t the one being humiliated in the streets.

That being said, Chris is otherwise a pretty normal and capable kinda person, one of the first to enter Kazuma’s circle. So of course he ends up doing something terrible to her, due in part because he’s an adolescent virgin shut-in. He ends up with her panties because it’s where a part of his dirty mind happens to be during the Steal process.

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Just as Megumin shamed Kazuma into surrender last week, Chris shames him in front of the entire adventurer’s guild (though it’s at least partially an act). I gotta say, while Kazuma sports the lion’s share of annoyed, exhausted, and flabbergasted expressions, he gets plenty directed at him here, even from Aqua and Megumin.

When he demonstrates his new Steal ability on Megumin, he claims her panties as well, which astounds him because he thought the loot he’d receive would be more random (not that he’s complaining). Darkness continues to make her case for joining the party, feeding off of Megumin’s energy.

Kazuma, a little thrown off what game he usually has by the craziness, ends up motivating both Darkness and Megumin by pointing out how tough his and Aqua’s quest to defeat the Devil King will be. In fact, all the talk about how tough it will be make Aqua nervous and reluctant to proceed.

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Circumstance brings this Dream Team of Ineptitude together in the form of a town-wide emergency quest alert. A swarm of…something is quickly approaching the city, and all adventurers gather at the gates to meet it.

When that something turned out to be flying cabbages, well…I nearly fell out of my chair. Yes, in this alternate world, harvesting cabbages is more of a hunting frenzy, as they don’t go gentle into that good…salad.

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After mutiple swings from her sword fail to claim any heads (of cabbage) Darkness decides to prove her worth by serving as a shield for some overwhelmed fighters, getting more and more excited as the cabbages pummel her and her armor is shed and her clothes torn, she feels the uncultured men gawking at her and feels tremendous, wonderful shame.

Megumin inadvertently causes a near-“crisis” in Darkness by launching another one of her patented one-off explosion attacks, being as unable to hold back as Darkness. But while there’s quite a bit of collateral damage, she’s able to harvest enough cabbages to give the party a very nice payday (Correction: her explosion doesn’t really help much; it’s Kazuma who collects most of their cabbages with his Lurk skill.) Aqua is able to do little things like hydrate the other adventurers and keep the cabbages cool.

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After tasting this world’s cabbage for the first time and being pleasantly surprised by its superior flavor, Kazuma looks around to see what fortune hath wrought: he is now “cursed” by not just a variably competent arch priest and unreasonably specialized arch knight, but a gorgeous but clumsy, masochistic crusader.

I placed cursed in quotes, because that’s only one limited way of looking at his situation. Sure, he may foresee hardships in the future with a party that looks a lot better on paper than in the field, but time should yield better teamwork, and even when everyone screws up it tends to turn out okay.

Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness may be as much blessings as curses in this wonderful world. And together they’re a swirling vortex of comedy gold. Which is a blessing for us.

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P.S. Tilt-shift is often over-used in live-action TV, but I love its usage in KonoSuba’s beautiful ED.

Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

4 thoughts on “KonoSuba – 03”

  1. I’m pretty sure they show this at the end of 3, though they confirm it at the beginning of 4, but Megumin is not the one that got them the nice payday. Once again it was actually Kazuma using basic thief skills that got far and away the most cabbage. The ongoing joke seems to be that while he’s surrounded by three of the most advanced classes, they’re all such morons that he in the most basic class ends up doing 75% of the work every time.

  2. The cabbage swarm was a very funny take on the sort of crisis that regularly threatened the adventurers in Log Horizon, where swarms of goblins etc regularly threatened the adventurers in that series. That made the annual cabbage swarm all the funnier for me. The fact that everything in this fantasy world is kind of underwhelming makes for some very entertaining viewing.

    1. When they were in the distance, they could have been anything. When they turned out to be cabbages, it was a surprise, but it was tinged with that feeling of “that’s it?” Seriously?! reflected perfectly in Kazuma’s reaction.

      The girls don’t seem romantically interested in him (and this doesn’t seem like something that will happen anytime soon – probably a good thing), I do worry that he’ll become too much of the Surly Complacent MC with the awesome harem who never lightens up over the fact he’s surrounded by beautiful women.

      To his credit, he acknowledges how unaccustomed to being surrounded by beautiful women he is, and I guess it’s also to his credit he isn’t simply over the moon that he is. These girls are terrible at their chosen jobs, and that matters to him, because he’s trying to get better and probably hopes they’ll improve along with him.

      I kinda doubt they will, but I don’t want him to be a one-note eye-roller because of it. The fact he had a little fun with the Steal ability (and Chris’ competence) was a nice break from his usual unimpressed attitude.

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