The wait is over. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 or simply KonoSuba 2 is here. The fun ride continues from the first season and we get to see Kazuma and his friends up the usual antics. The plots are funny and the story is mostly based on the manga(which is good thing). I would recommend that you read the manga along with the anime.
The story progresses as the same in KonoSuba 1. The crew is up to their usual pranks and you get all of them together. Also joining the journey is the cute Chomsuke, who has become a sensation on the internet(I don't know why).
The sexy masochist Darkness, cute Megumin(and her cuter friend YunYun), the great Damegami Aqua Sama and our hero Kazuma. along with the their friends continue completing missions. The story continues just from where the first season ended and we see our heroes fighting terrible monsters and doing brave deeds(I am joking).
The plots are great and so are the sound effects. The only problem is that the animation quality has dropped considerably from the first season. They should really try to improve the animation.
Overall if you loved KonoSuba and are looking for a healthy dose of laughter, KonoSuba 2 will not disappoint you.read more
*THIS REVIEW WILL BE UPDATED EVERY FEW EPISODES*
*Updated as of Episode 7*
KonoSuba Season 2 can be described simply as "Disappointing" or "Mediocre". There was lots of hype around the second season, however, thus far, it has been a mess. That's what I initially thought, however, it seems like KonoSuba Season 2 is just overrated.
There are many problems with the second season of KonoSuba. Firstly, the art has gotten worse compared to the first season. There are many scenes where it feels like the animators just got lazy and didn't do their best. The character faces sometimes look weird with the eyes in "interesting" positions. The art isn't bad compared to other anime, but it isn't what it used to be, something that the animators could feel proud to have produced. The characters are also less detailed but the backgrounds are fine. It feels like the studio and animators have gotten lazy or maybe just didn't have enough money. Keep in mind that this anime has lots of fanservice and sorta feels like it could be an ecchi. After a thorough examination, the art isn't that bad. It's definitely a downgrade but it isn't bad. There are some parts where the framerate feels like I am using the crappy internet, but the problem was the animation. (Mostly Ep6)
The story has been mostly filler for a majority of the episodes that have been aired so far. Nothing serious is happening yet, only time will tell if the story actually gets better. Many episodes have been detached from the main story and do not add anything new. After many episodes, there is finally some story development and things start happening. However, I'm not sure how long this will last. Any plot development is limited by the character's stupidity. This is getting pretty annoying for me.
Many new characters have been introduced and some seem promising, however, there is a lack of character development and most characters are one sided two-dimensional characters. The main character Kazuma is as funny as he was in season one. I think he has gotten funnier but the rest of the cast isn't doing too well. Over time, some of the characters get a bit annoying due to the lack of change and they keep making the same jokes again and again. The characters are more like a bunch of weird traits stuck together with crappy glue. Some of the characters *cough Aqua cough* get pretty annoying at times because she resets all the progress the team makes during the episode. This makes the story more painful to watch. Many of the characters have very large breasts, which can get annoying because of the fact that almost all of the female characters, except Megumin, have abnormally large breasts. If you love large breasts than this anime would be great to watch for you. If not, it may make the whole experience worse.
The opening and ending songs are good like the first season and there are no problems with the VAs. The background music isn't memorable at all, like in most mediocre anime.
However, most people don't watch KonoSuba for the story, but for the comedy. In my opinion, season two is very enjoyable to watch and even made me laugh out loud a few times, which isn't too common. My personal enjoyment is pretty good at a 7+. Personally, I don't want to review anime based on my enjoyment, but I prefer to show you the facts and let you decide if you like it.
If you want to laugh a bunch with some fanservice in between, then KonoSuba season two should be on your "Plan to Watch". I look forward to laughing for 25 minutes each week. It is one of the best anime this season, even though the winter 2017 season is quite weak in my opinion. It is rated too high in my opinion, but typically most comedy anime are rated highly.
If you want something with a more in-depth plot or characters, then you could consider skipping over KonoSuba unless it gets significantly better later in the season. Even though I do not think KonoSuba is the best thing in the world, it definitely isn't a bad anime, not even close, but it is also far from being something amazing.
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What NOT to do in your second season : A Diatribe on KonoSuba S2
[A Diatribe on KonoSuba Season 2]
So this season isn't over yet. Almost half of this seasons episodes have aired, since I believe it'll have a ten episode run similar to Season 1. So my opinions very well may change, however, I have to get this off my chest. It's been bugging me for a while now.
KonoSuba season 2 does literally everything the second season of a hit show should do wrong. Every single aspect of this show's second season is what I personally believe to be a completely misguided attempt at continuing this show. Now I understand it's adapted from a manga. I get that. And you know what? If this is a really faithful adaptation, then my criticism could extend towards the manga as well. However, I doubt it is since the show itself is so short and needs to adapt to much. There is literally no way they could do that without trimming down on a lot of aspects.
In this hopefully brief rant, I aim to explain why exactly KonoSuba Season 2 fails, and what it could've done to improve. I want to say, even though it goes without saying, that everything here is my own opinion and isn't really subject to objective analysis.
So what is a second season supposed to do? Since KonoSuba's layout is similar to that of a sit-com, I will be bringing up American sit-coms to help explain my points.
So when you are creating the second season of a hit show, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. More specifically, goals you should have when developing the story and continuation for this show. Especially if this show is somewhat serialized.
1.)You should be raising the stakes.
2.)You should be making sure those stakes stay raised and are actually something palpable, rather than tacked on for plot devices.
3.)Don't rest on your laurels as a writer. As in, don't rely on past gags to fill up this season.
4.)Understand and develop. Have a good knowledge on these characters and further push their interactions into different territories.
5.)Bring in new, interesting characters to create different dynamics within the show that you haven't explored before.
6.)Establish the world.
KonoSuba fails in just about every way here. But lets take a peek at a show that hasn't failed. Or I should say, various shows that haven't failed. First of all, Community, an NBC sitcom that ran for six seasons and is critically praised, often regarded as genre-breaking and absurdly original. It just so happens to be the best sit com ever made, in my opinion.
For it's second season it introduced a background arc that tells a long-form story about a characters pregnancy. It is full of mystery and maybe even some drama, without actually losing what made the show popular to begin with. So it raised the stakes and they are a constant looming threat throughout the season.
It also raised the bar conceptually, introducing crazy and original ideas throughout the season that served as a commentary on the entire sitcom genre as a whole. It also created new and original jokes, instead of rehashing the same tried-and-true jokes that became popular in season one. This helped keep the show fresh.
It also fleshed out the world it built within the show. Having previously established characters appear, as well as new and unique characters make their debuts as well. These tertiary characters are usually defined by one-or-two fun quirks that makes them stand out and instantly recognizable.
-It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia-
A more episodic show, It's Always Sunny, instead of introducing a season-wide arc, decided that it should instead introduce a new character into the cast overall. Danny DeVito ended up joining the entire cast in season 2 and made for a completely different, and wholly more creative second season.
The characters had a completely new person to bounce their chemistry off of and that made for something that not only stays fresh, but it stays consistently funny.
I bring up comedy because the biggest aspect of a sitcom is it's comedy. So of course you have to be funny. And if you read my original KonoSuba review where I dissected the meaning of a joke, and how it works, you'd know that the only way a joke works is if it isn't expected. Comedy works because it is unexpected, the only way an expected and obvious joke would make someone laugh is usually ironically. Of course there are nuances to this, but unfortunately KonoSuba S2 doesn't really tackle those nuances. I'll get to that later.
Comedy needs to stay unexpected to be fresh. The way it stays unexpected is by constantly switching up character dynamics and putting characters into different scenarios and situations. A great example is Always Sunny, which has the entire cast usually embark on more and more audacious journeys as the show progresses, consistently ratcheting up the stakes and creating for new dynamics.
There is also small wordbuilding that goes into the show, as different characters are consistently introduced and kept within the shows world. Many sitcoms do this. An original and funny world is what makes a show like Parks and Recreations so fun and memorable. The environment in which our main characters operate in is inhabited by often hilarious side-characters.
So each of these three sitcoms does all six of these points. They establish a world, create new dynamics within their characters, introduce funny side-characters or maybe even main characters to keep things fresh, and raise the stakes for the sake of comedy.
So I was instantly disappointed with the second season. Not because my "hype" was high, or anything, in fact, it was fairly "meh", since while I enjoyed the first season of the show, it did very much get stale and repetitive during it's very short ten episode run. So the second season was kind of a, "lets see if they can spice things up."
So instantly, with the first episode, the studio decided to emphasize the shows lack of artistry. Instead of improving on the derpy art that made the show kind of likeable in the first season, they made it uglier. Now, personally, that instantly took away a lot of the charm. Not because now the show was hilarious malformed and ugly, but because it no longer felt natural.
Now that it was clear the studio was purposefully drawing these characters to look like radioactive mutants rather than cute anime characters, it no longer had a certain rugged charm to it. It was a procedure now. That and the fact that the show became completely reliant on 'wacky faces' as their punchlines. Which, once again, while charming in the first season, quickly grows old when it's the only kind of joke you see for the majority of every episode.
-Raising the Stakes and Establishing a World-
So during the second episode, the art-style actually improved, which kind of contradicts the first episode for whatever reason. But that's fine, at least these characters are back to being dumb-looking dumb-people, rather than monstrosities. However, other aspects of the 6-point rule were completely ignored.
Firstly, the establishment of a world. Whoever praises KonoSuba for its world building is questionable in my book. I honestly do not understand that at all. It is supposed to be a generic fantasy world, yes, but you don't actually get to see much of it. Which, in a way, is fine, if the one area you do get to see is memorable and fun, but it really isn't. It's just a shell to house the characters.
So for the second Episode, instead of... oh I don't know, creating a new monster, the show remembered back to the first season's second episode and went "Oh yeah, frogs were funny!" and just kind of brought back the frogs again...
Are you starting to see a pattern? Every joke is the same thing we've already seen. I criticized the first season with having predictable character dynamics, which it did, since it usually split character conversations up too handedly and created boring, stale character dynamics, but it never went into the territory of retreading what worked.
It was just repetitive.
Here, though? They are literally repeating the same thing. The same thing goes for the entire story of the second season, since once again the characters have to try earn money, except this time it is for another reason. That's about it. The "looming threat" and "stakes" are pretty much the same thing as they were in season 1, except the threat is judicial rather than starving on the street. So not only is it artificially created, it's literally the SAME THING.
So they introduced some secondaries. They are all boring and lack any discernible qualities whatsoever. The law girl who kind of just orders the gang around has one quirk, it's that she likes being ordered around herself, she has a kink! Wow, nice. I'm sure that won't get annoying with her blushing and moaning alongside Darkness' blushing and moaning alongside other girls' blushing and moaning.
That's about it for tertiaries that appear. Darkness' parents appear and they just play as cardboard cutouts for plot. So they lack any discernible qualities. And that's about it for secondaries.
Oh. There is a cat. It's about as predictable as it gets.
-Faces and Dynamics-
So the character dynamics are the same as they were in season one. Aqua yells at Kazuma, Megumin is kind of a jack of all trades, and Darkness blushes and moans a lot. That's that.
The way these characters interact is virtually the same, except now there is some weird sexual tension between Megumin and Kazuma that made me frustrated if anything. It just kind of sits there for no purpose other than to create loli fanservice scenes that are made to look like they are supposed to be funny.
When I say "made to look like they are supposed to be funny", i'll be more specific. The show does that thing I hate where it points out a cliche but still does it. As if pointing it out makes it okay to still do? For example, a cliche anime scene was going to happen where two characters, spur of the moment, were going to get into a bath together. So one character cuts it short, pointing out it is a cliche and walks off. Boom, that's semi-funny, right?
Wrong, that character gets called out and acts completely out of character, stripping down naked and getting into the bath still. So they pointed out the cliche, subverted it, and then...reverted it? WHY? For the sake of still including the fanservice while still having a "punchline"... or I should say, "Love-tap line". Since it lacked any sort of punch whatsoever.
This further continues with the complete and utter reliance of wacky faces to delivery jokes. We get it, the artstyle is dumb and you can make it look dumb. That's funny in moderation. When every joke is just a character reacting with a silly face, it's not really a joke, is it? This isn't the late-seasons of Spongebob. Can we stop with this?
So I doubt i'm done with this review. I'll still be watching this show. I'll make sure to update it if my thoughts change, however, as a whole, the second season of KonoSuba has literally just tried to copy season 1. So instead of making an interesting progression, they instead decided to make a show that has literally no focus and is just retreading what made season one above-average for an anime comedy.
Its sad, since the premise is just ripe with satire. There can be so much done with the "mmo-stuck-in-a-world" premise and there are so many shows that are so easily satirized. KonoSuba really doesn't do that at all. Even the MMO elements that were parodied semi-often in early season 1 are completely forgotten in season 2.
But the biggest sin of all, so far, is that the show just isn't funny. While the 6-point system outlines how to make a show funny in its second season, there are ways to subvert all of that. KonoSuba, so far, hasn't done any of it. It just kind of waddles about trying to rehash what made season 1 popular.
The sad thing is it is working. This show is sitting at such an absurdly high score for a show that is lacking so much originality. I had no expectations going in and i'm still disappointed.
KonoSuba 2 had potential to be much better than what we've gotten so far , but it gets bogged down by bad art and animation, characters who are mere caricatures, and an inability to decide what it wants to be.
The story is a direct continuation of the previous season. The first episode follows Kazuma as he gets arrested and tries to clear his name. This whole season will essentially follow Kauma and his adventuring band as they face (many) hiccups along their ultimate goal: defeating the demon king. A pretty standard goal for a fantasy setting, but we all know that KonoSuba differs when it comes to its execution.
The characters are what made the original season of KonoSuba so unexpectedly entertaining. KonoSuba is a parody of anime set in a fantasy world (see: Sword Art Online), and most of the entertainment comes from how the character tropes from that setting are either subverted or exaggerated. Part of the reason why the first season seemed so entertaining was because of the novelty; what KonoSuba was doing felt like a breath of fresh air in a stale room filled with innumerable "set in a fantasy/game world" anime . However, by now, the novelty has worn off. KonoSuba is doing the same thing with its characters as it did in the first season, but it is no longer as entertaining as it was.
The characters have a few quirks that provide for most of the comedy in season 2, but by now you should've noticed how the characters' personalities are defined almost only by their quirks and nothing else, which starts to become stale. In fact, most if not all of the characters can be summed up in one sentence. Buxom masochistic knight. Chuunibyou explosion loving loli wizard. And so on. So far, there is little character development to speak of. I know that that is par for the course for comedies. Character development isn't very funny, so it is sacrificed for comedic antics, but KonoSuba is not a plot-less show. As the plot develops without the characters significantly developing, the discord between the character and plot development becomes more and more apparent. And mixing comedy and character development is not impossible, it has been done before.
Moving on to the art and animation, this might actually be the worst part of the anime. The art was a significant step down from season 1, even for my untrained eyes. The episodes aren't consistent either in terms of art quality. Talking specifically about the character designs, they aren't detailed enough. From certain angles, the characters have a shadow of a nose (which is just a speck) instead of having an actual nose. And the boob sizes were unnerving and unnecessary. I was left wondering how all those women weren't wearing back braces to deal with the back pain caused by the weight of those boobs. You may think i'm exaggerating, but some of the characters had boobs that were bigger than their heads and had the movements of sturdy water balloons. It was comical, and not in a good way. The anime isn't following the source material in this regard, so that isn't the reason. The art otherwise is more or less the same it was in season 1. Bright colors with each main character having a particular color scheme, and pretty backgrounds.
The music was decent. The OP is upbeat, the ED is lullabylike, and both fit the show well. The other situational tracks aren't memorable, but they serve their purpose well.
One more point of contention before I wrap up this preview is how KonoSuba is slowly (but surely) going from a parody of the fantasy anime genre to becoming one of the anime it parodies. Assuming you consider parodies to be separate, it is possible to be both the thing you parody and a parody of it (Seto no Hanayome did it, and it did it well), but my first impression from season 1 of KonoSuba was that it was a clear cut parody. Let me clarify: KonoSuba slowly starts incorporating those fantasy anime tropes that it previously lambasted, and rather than a parody it starts becoming a comedic anime set in the fantasy world.
To conclude, I know I may have criticized it quite a bit, but KonoSuba 2 is so far still a decent show which will definitely be a source of entertainment for people who enjoyed the first season. I know I will finish watching it (eventually) when it finishes. I just think it could've been much, much better than what we have so far.read more