KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! (Episode 7) – A Second Death in This Freezing Season!

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It’s winter and the stable is not a fun place to sleep. Kazuma is fed up and doesn’t know how much more he can take. Luckily, there are loads of quests now that the Dullahan is dead and all the other adventurers got their rewards.

What happened?

Everyone involved in the battle against the Dullahan received a reward, however, it was only Kazuma’s party that bore the brunt of the damages that Aqua caused. Part of their reward is held back from every quest they complete and that’s making things harder. They need to earn some money fast so it’s time to check the quest board.

After refusing several impossible sounding missions, Kazuma settles on killing Snow Sprites for one-hundred-thousand Eris a piece. It sounds easy and is easy. The Sprites are harmless and not that hard to catch, however, there’s something else to worry about.

A Winter Shogun arrives and he doesn’t like the Sprites being harmed. However, he’s actually a manifestation of the thoughts of another reincarnated soul from Japan. The Sprites latch onto mental energy and this is the result. Aqua prostrates herself and asks for forgiveness, Megumin plays dead, but Darkness cannot allow herself to beg.

Kazuma charges forward and makes Darkness concede, pushing her face against the cold snow. He’s so cruel, the way he makes her submit… huh, huh, huh! Anyhow, everyone seems to be good, but then Aqua points out that Kazuma is still holding his sword. Before he can react, the Winter Shogun attacks.

Kazuma wakes in a familiar place and finds a goddess sitting opposite him. She’s the complete opposite of Aqua and offers to have him reborn in Japan to a wealthy family. Kazuma can’t believe his luck, but for some reason, he misses the others. Then, Aqua revives him, which is against the rules, but she doesn’t care.

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What did you think?

I loved this episode. It built on a lot of the things that we’ve seen through the first six episodes and that was great. For example, we continued to see Kazuma responding to the girls in the same manner. Whenever they say his name, he simply responds with yes, I’m Kazuma. I wonder if this is down to the difference in the way cultures use names.

In England, it’s not that common to use peoples names that you know in conversation. It’s much more common when you are making a point or telling someone off. However, in Canada, everyone uses people names much more frequently and I often feel like I’m being told off or spoken down to, which isn’t the case, but that’s the way my brain has been trained. I would need some input from someone more familiar with the process in Japan, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was down to a cultural practice.

Also, and I’ve been thinking this for a while, I’m quite jealous of Kazuma and the crazy adventures he gets to have. I keep watching things and can’t help but wish I was there. So, seeing Kazuma getting frustrated at his situation was a little puzzling, however, once that was almost taken away from him, he finally got it. It’s not an easy life, but it’s far better than the NEET existence he was so used to.

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What have you learnt?

I think developing a relationship between the characters and the audience is one of the most important things in storytelling. Sure, you can have a great plot and intricate details, but if the audience can’t connect with the characters, it really won’t hold the same appeal. So, adding things that the audience can relate to is helpful, but I think if you can create a situation where the audience not only resonates with the situation but wishes to be there, then you have won. The connection between the audience and the character is king!

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What is Aqua wearing?

In episode seven of Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!, I was unable to find any evidence, however, they were out in the snow and still Aqua had her legs exposed and a short skirt/jacket combination. You’d have to imagine things are going to get chilly down there unless of course, she’s used to it! At some point, I hope to uncover the truth, but sadly that day is not today. Also, this image looks far worse without any context… so, I’m not going to give any…

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Series Information

English TitleKonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Japanese TitleKono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
GenresAdventureComedyFantasyIsekaiParody
DemographicSeinen

Anime

Season One
SeasonSeason One
ReleasedWinter 2016
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Episodes10
1This Self-Proclaimed Goddess and Reincarnation in Another World!
2An Explosion for This Chunibyo!
3A Panty Treasure in This Right Hand!
4Explosion Magic for This Formidable Enemy!
5A Price for This Cursed Sword!
6A Conclusion to This Worthless Fight!
7A Second Death in This Freezing Season!
8A Loving Hand for Our Party When We Can’t Make It Through Winter!
9God’s Blessing on This Wonderful Shop!
10Final Flame for this Over-the-top Fortress!
Season One – OVA
English TitleGod’s Blessings On This Wonderful Choker!
Japanese TitleKono Subarashii Choker ni Shukufuku wo!
ReleasedWinter 2016
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Season Two
SeasonSeason Two
ReleasedWinter 2017
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Episodes10
1Give Me Deliverance From This Judicial Injustice!
2A Friend for This Crimson Demon Girl!
3Peace for the Master of This Labyrinth!
4A Betrothed for This Noble Daughter!
5Servitude for This Masked Knight!
6Goodbye to This Irritating Living World!
7An Invitation for This Knucklehead!
8Sightseeing in This Pitiful City!
9A Goddess for This Corrupt Hot Springs Town!
10God’s Blessing on This Wonderful Party!
Season Two – OVA
English TitleGod’s Blessings on These Wonderful Works of Art!
Japanese TitleKono Subarashii Geijutsu ni Shukufuku wo!
ReleasedWinter 2017
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Movie
English TitleLegend of Crimson
Japanese TitleKurenai Densetsu
ReleasedSummer 2019
Animation StudiosJ.C.Staff
Season Three
SeasonSeason Three
ReleasedSpring 2024
Animation StudiosDrive
Episodes11
1God’s Blessings on This Bright Future!
2A Smile for This Dour Girl!
3A Re-education for This Bright Little Girl!
4Divine Punishment for This Handsome Gentleman Thief!
5Nefarious Friends for This Sheltered Princess!
6A Farewell to This Lavish Lifestyle!
7Rest for This Up-And-Coming Adventurer!
8Rest for the Master of This Lake!
9A Talking-To for This Runaway!
10Blessings for This Selfish Bride!
11God’s Blessings for These Unchanging Days!

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