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20 March 2017: The waiting begins for Konosuba season three

Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness.
They should put Megumin in charge of naming all the weapons.

The second season of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! ended after 10 all-too-short episodes, just as the first season did. Unfortunately, unlike the first season, the second season finale did not conclude with the announcement of a sequel. Given that Konosuba S2 sits comfortably on top of my list of winter 2017's best shows, above even Little Witch Academia TV and Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen, I'm certainly hopeful for a third season someday.

Aqua and Kazuma
Go on, Aqua, curse the bitch out.

Konosuba S2 basically did everything it had to do to ensure viewers who enjoyed the first season would like the second as well. If I had to identify a fault, I guess I'd say the second season pressed the off-model aesthetic a bit more than it needed to. In the first season, the characters would frequently go off-model for comedic effect. (I don't actually know if these instances were all deliberate or merely fortuitous.) Fans of the show reacted positively to these moments, and I'm sure this connection was not lost on the production team for the second season. I don't know if this resulted in even more off-model moments in an effort to capitalize on this sentiment, but it did seem as if they were more common, anyway. There weren't so many that they hurt the show, but it is the sort of gag which loses effectiveness once the audience starts anticipating it.

Aqua
Drink water, drive on.

On the whole, though, Kono2ba was beautifully done. In particular, Amamiya Sora is in her element as a petulant, uncouth goddess, and Takahashi Rie delivers Megumin's quips perfectly. So much of the comedy related to both of these characters was verbal, so their lines' delivery and timing made a huge difference which I think we would have sorely missed had they not been so good.


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