Penned by Jitakukeibihei (Natsume Akatsuki) KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! or Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!, the light novel series in Japanese was illustrated by Kurone Mishima in December 2012. The publishing rights belong to Shousetsuka ni Narou. In the third season of KonoSuba, the group receives a letter from the Crimson Magic Village. In the letter, the villagers ask for help in the battle against the Demon King Army and General Sylvia. Konosuba is among the positively reviewed series in recent times.
The story follows around a teenage boy named Kazuma Sato who is sent to a fantasy world after his death. He did not lead a very popular life and barely anyone knew him. He was extremely introvert and did not like to meet or talk to anybody. He was not very educated or employed and therefore he mostly lived his life in confinement. After he died an embarrassing death and was sent to afterlife, he meets a goddess named Aqua who gives him two options, either to reincarnate in the parallel world of Axel or to go to heaven. He wants to start a new life so he chooses to go to Axel. Aqua gives him a task to defeat the Devil King who is victimizing the world of KonoSuba with his power. She also offers him MMORPG elements where he can travel and fight with monsters. These elements have healing abilities that will help him to fight against the devil. Unaware of her absent-mindedness, Kazuma insisted Aqua to accompany him to the parallel world, but later she turns out to be completely useless. After reaching KonoSuba, the parallel universe, Kazuma found himself equipped with all the powers of MMORPG characters. He started exploring the place with the motive to defeat the Devil King. During his stay, he discovered that they can’t return without defeating the Devil King. Kazuma wanted to return to build a new life so he was very determined to defeat and destroy Devil King so they form a team with a wizard named Megumin and a crusader named Darkness. Wizard Megumin was obsessed with Explosions and he often used them in his magic tricks.
While on the other hand, Crusader darkness was obsessively masochistic. Due to the team’s fewer abilities, he gives up on fighting with the Devil. Kazuma now has no hopes of defeating the Devil King and has now accepted his fate to live in the KonoSuba forever. He starts living a lavish life. He has completely given up on the thoughts of conquering Devil King and going back to his own world and actually started enjoying his life in KonoSuba but many situations force him to encounter with the generals of Devil King. He realizes the life in the world of Axel is far from being luxurious, he concluded that living here in KonoSuba is not a forever thing and he somehow has to defeat Devil King to go back to the place where he belongs. Defeating the devil King was no piece of cake and Kazuma and his team of three more people were not very efficient. Considering his team, he was finding it really hard to even imagine defeating the devil kind and going back home. The group has to struggle and survive in a misfortunate world.
In the third season, the Demon King Army and General Sylvia decide to help the villagers and travel to Megumin’s homeland. This season also showcases the history of Megumin’s people. They later realize that the Crimson Magic Clan was formed by a Japanese person who got reincarnated. Kazuma tries to read some artefacts left by that person. Megumin keeps her explosion spells hidden because her clan despises explosion magic.
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Kazuma Sato: He is the main protagonist of this series. In his early life, he is a 16-year-old teenage obsessed with games. He had absolutely no social life and had no friends. He had secluded himself from the outside world and did nothing but played games. Kazuma was neither educated nor employed and had no intentions to familiarize with the outside world. He dies due to an acute stress reaction while attempting to save a friend from a truck. He travels to the parallel world and meets Aqua. When she offers to take him to KonoSuba to defeat Devil King with his special MMORPG powers, he started discovering his hidden powers which he never explored while living. He is good at magic, monster detection, archery as well as stealing.
Devil King: He is the main antagonist of this series. He has a dream to wipe out the human race. He is very talented and served by eight generals. His generals are very loyal to him and swore to protect and aid his evil intentions towards mankind.
Aqua: She is the goddess of water and also known for her energetic and absent-minded nature. She is sent to the RPG world to judge humans after their death. She travels to the parallel world of Axel with Kazuma. She is not very smart and can be deceived easily. She did not prove to be very helpful to Kazuma in KonoSuba. She becomes upset easily.
Megumin: She is a 13-year-old who is a part of Crimson Demon Race. She has red eyes and black eyes. She has the ability to do powerful explosion spells and is obsessed with his explosive magic tricks.
Darkness: She is an 18-year-old crusader who has skills that include offence and defence. Her real name is Lalatina Ford Dustiness. HEr character is crucial to the storyline of the anime.
KonoSuba Season 3 Release Date:
There are some rumours that the third season of KonoSuba was cancelled but sources claim that any cancellation reports were false. A new project was confirmed by Jun Fukushima and Rie Takahashi in an interview but whether it is a full-fledged series, an OVA or a film, we don’t know yet. Fans are pretty excited to see Kazuma, Megumin, and Aqua together again in the next season. The first season of KonoSuba was aired on 14th January 2016. The second was released a year later on 16th March 2017. The release date for season 3 may have been pushed further, but it is not cancelled.
The finale of season 2 when it aired in Japan ended with the message, “Thank you for the support, everyone! Our true battle has just begun, and this is just the beginning of our grand adventure in this wonderful world!” This may be an indication to all that is yet to come from the studio. Watch out for an air date. We will update this section when we know.
Konosuba English Dubbing:
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 made as convincing as possible. As it turns out, they have done a good job in making that possible. Fans can watch all the episodes of KonoSuba dubbed on Crunchyroll in HD.
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