Though, when you have a group as nebulous as our “heroes,” that’s probably to be expected.
[Note: This article contains spoilers for KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! and the first episode of KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! 2]
The first season of fantasy comedy KonoSuba ended on a cliffhanger, with our hero Kazuma saving the city from an exploding death-castle by teleporting it somewhere else–the problem being that “somewhere else” happened to be the local lord’s estate. Thus, Kazuma is arrested under the suspicion of being a terrorist and minion of the evil demon lord.
The second season begins the following night with Kazuma in prison, reflecting on the whole ordeal. The simple fact of the matter is that, when it came time for his allies–along with all the people he saved–to stand up for Kazuma, they didn’t. In fact, his closest three friends, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness, actively turned on him.
Aqua did it because she’s cowardly and not particularly intelligent, despite being a literal goddess, and would thus gladly turn on anyone to avoid suspicion herself. Megumin, on the other hand, is a blowhard and caved under simple fear when confronted directly. Darkness did it in the hope of going to prison herself–the ultimate fantasy for her ultra masochistic mind.
Or, to put it another way, his party is made up of four incredibly selfish individuals–and oddly enough, Kazuma may be the least selfish of the group.
Several times in this episode, Kazuma has clear ways out of his situation–the problem is that they all demand he betray one of his friends. At any time, he could reveal Wiz’s identity–and basically ensure the death of the reformed evil general. Or he could let loose the secret that Darkness is a noble of impressively high standing and use her name as leverage–or prove to the world that Aqua is a goddess in the flesh. But while each of them betray him on one level or another to protect themselves, Kazuma is unwilling to do the same.
When it comes down to it, he’s willing to–albeit very reluctantly–see how the situation plays out rather than give up anyone’s most personal secrets.
Though all this isn’t to imply Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness don’t care about Kazuma. Once the direct threat to each of them is over, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness attempt to break Kazuma out–though being that Kazuma is the brains of the outfit, the three’s plans don’t bear much fruit.
Instead, he lands himself in an interrogation room with a magic truth-telling device that rings whenever a lie is told. This setup makes for a scene that is full of both great humor and surprisingly depressing personal insight. Of course, Kazuma has secrets–and not just those of the others. He understands it would be a terrible idea to admit he is from another world.
But soon it becomes apparent that the only way through the interrogation is honesty brutal enough to destroy any and all vestiges of his ego. Kazuma, despite his best efforts, seems to understand his inadequacies. He is a lazy person above all else and wants nothing more than an easy life of no responsibilities. However, admitting it and knowing it in the darkest corner of your heart are two totally different things.
This, of course, makes for the episode’s most hilarious scene as Kazuma says out loud and in a monotone what kind of horrible person he is in order to prove that, at the very least, he wasn’t trying to kill anyone with his random teleport at the end of season one.
But, as you would expect from the tragedy (comedy?) that is Kazuma’s life, the moment he thinks he is safe, it all goes to crap and he finds himself on public trial for his many crimes–those both real and imagined–with his life in the balance.
To their credit, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness decide to stand by Kazuma–though that in no way means any of the three are competent to defend anyone in a courtroom. And soon Kazuma is snowballed by the testimony of friends and foes alike.
This excellent comical bit serves as a recap to the first season, letting us see Kazuma’s actions from an outsider’s point of view. This, like the previous interrogation scene, reveals more about Kazuma when all the silly context around his actions is burned away to reveal the “truth” (as subjective as that can be). It also does quite a bit of world-building, showing that the noble class is just as corrupt as Kazuma believed and revealing just how important Darkness’ family really is.
In the end, the trial is adjourned and Kazuma put under observation–but now with all his possessions confiscated and in crippling debt. He is now even worse off than when the anime started–as least he had some straw to sleep on back then.
If it weren’t for all the comedy sure to come from his despair, I’d probably be really depressed right now.
Image Credit: ©2017 Natsume Akatsuki • Kurone Mishima/KADOKAWA/KONOSUBA2 Partners
January 18, 2017 00:00 AM