KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (also known as Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! In Japanese) is a Japanese anime show which is based on a light-novel series of the same name. The light-novel series, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, was first published on October 1, 2013, and a year later, on September 9, 2014, it spawned a manga series of the same name. Three years after the publication of the novel series, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! was made into an anime show, and Season 1 of KonoSuba premiered on January 14, 2016. It was an immediate hit among fans of the novels and the manga, and subsequently, KonoSuba was renewed for a second season.
Season 2 of the anime show premiered a year after Season 1’s release, and hit viewers’ screens on January 12, 2017. Although a few OVAs have been released after that, fans of the show and the source material are all awaiting news on Season 3. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 3 thus far.
KonoSuba Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
KonoSuba season 2 premiered on January 12, 2017. Since then, there has been much speculation about if and when Season 3 will make its way to viewers’ screens. Understandably, there has been no dearth of rumours surrounding Season 3, and many have claimed that the show’s creators indeed have plans to make a third season. That being said, as things stand, there is no release date for the Season 3 as of now, and it has been reported that a new movie based on the show is slated to come out in 2019.
The fact that a new KonoSuba movie is coming out is an encouraging sign that the anime is far from dying. The flip side to it, however, is that fans of the anime show will have to wait even longer for Season 3 to be confirmed and released. Our best guess is that KonoSuba season 3 release date could fall sometime in 2020 or 2021. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
KonoSuba English Dub:
The English translation of this series is handled by Yen Express. Many voice-actors were brought in to ensure that the transition from Japanese audio to English audio was as convincing as possible. As it turns out, they have done a good job, and fans can watch all the episodes of KonoSuba dubbed in English on Crunchyroll in HD.
The anime show is a pretty close adaptation of the source material and revolves around a teenage boy called Kazuma Satou. A video game-loving shut-in, Kazuma’s life comes to an untimely end when he meets with a humiliating and pathetic traffic accident while on his way back home after buying a game. Despite being dead, when Kazuma opens his eyes after the accident, he is graced by the presence of a beautiful girl, who claims to be a goddess called Aqua. During their interaction, Aqua gives Kazuma two choices – either continue to heaven and enjoy the afterlife, or be reincarnated in a real fantasy world. However, there’s a catch – the fantasy world is threatened by evil forces led by the Demon King and Kazuma, should he choose to get reincarnated, has to defeat him and bring peace to the world. Being a gamer out and out, the chance to live in a real fantasy world is an option which Kazuma just cannot ignore, and he accepts Aqua’s offer to get reincarnated. When Kazuma makes the choice, Aqua also gives him the option to bring any one weapon or item with him. However, Kazuma doesn’t pick any, and chooses to bring Aqua with him instead. Thus begins his second shot at life in the fantasy world.
Yet, when Kazuma begins his new life, he realizes that living in a fantasy world is extremely different from what it appears to be in games. Instead of embarking on an epic quest to defeat the Demon King right away, Kazuma and Aqua have to first find a way to make money to take care of their day-to-day expenses. To compound Kazuma’s problems, he realizes that Aqua is absolutely useless and has no mind-blowing powers, and cannot aid him in his quest to defeat the Demon King. As the two grind to earn a daily wage and get a foothold in the world, other problematic characters also join their party. One one hand, Kazuma and Aqua have to deal with their crusader, Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford, who is a useless masochist who dreams of self-harm. On the other hand, there’s Megumin, an explosion magic specialist who is so useless that he cannot cast more than one spell per day, and refuses to develop his skills.
Throughout the show, we see this merry band of misfits embark on many adventures and misadventures as they try to make enough money to sustain themselves, and try to free the fantasy world from the tyrannical rule of the Demon King.
Although KonoSuba has dozens of characters, the band of misfits described earlier are the main characters in the show. Below, we’ve given you brief backgrounds of each of these main characters.
Kazuma Sato: The main protagonist of the show, Kazuma is a 16-year-old teenager obsessed with gaming. In the real world, Kazuma had an almost non-existent social life and no friends, owing to his own self-imposed exile from the world. However, after he dies in an embarrassing traffic accident, he is given a fresh shot at life by Aqua, which he takes. Once he makes the choice to get reincarnated in the fantasy world, he wakes up in the world along with Aqua, and the two have to scrounge to make a living and survive. The fantasy world Kazuma finds himself in works in a similar way to massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), and Kazuma chooses the character class called Adventurer. Although the lowest-ranked class in the world, being an Adventurer allows Kazuma to learn various skills which are unique to other classes, albeit at an increased cost. As the show progresses, and as Kazuma strives towards his goal of defeating the evil Demon King, he slowly learns the ropes, and gains several skills such as archery, basic magic, monster detection, and stealing.
Aqua: Another main character in the show, Aqua, as her name suggests, is the goddess of water who, initially, carries the responsibility of choosing and sending dead humans to the fantasy world. However, Aqua’s world gets turned upside down when Kazuma chooses her as his companion in the fantasy world. Although energetic, Aqua is a simple-minded Archpriest and goddess who looks for reverence from others and is easily upset when she doesn’t get what she wants. However, she’s not completely useless, and can use her godly powers to devastating effectiveness against demons and the undead. Further, she is also able to resurrect recently deceased people, and can purify water supplies. Despite being blessed with powers, Aqua’s major problem lies in the fact that she spends most of her skill points learning useless party tricks.
Megumin: 13-year-old Megumin is another main character in the show and is part of Kazuma’s party. An Archwizard who is the descendant of the powerful crimson demons, Megumin, in theory, is supposed to be a tremendously powerful character. She is indeed powerful, and knows only one spell which causes immense damage to her enemies. However, once she uses the spell, she is incapacitated for the rest of the day, rendering her useless in anything which comes afterwards. While Megumin holds the potential to harness great power, her problem is that she is moody and refuses to learn any other skill.
Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford: A noble from the influential Dustiness family, Lalatina is a Crusader who boasts powerful offensive and defensive capabilities. Despite her abilities, however, Lalatina is let down by her masochism, and she almost always dreams of being ravaged by monsters or being married to an abusive husband.