KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! (Episode 8) – A Loving Hand for Our Party When We Can’t Make It Through Winter!

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It’s still winter and things are getting desperate. Aqua tried to used Kazuma’s tracksuit to keep the fire going which prompted Kazuma to look at upgrading his skills and he knows just the person to learn from.

What happened?

Kazuma takes Aqua to a small shop in town and before entering tells her not to overreact or cause a scene. She’s furious that he would think she would do that, but as she’s loudly protesting, Kazuma walks in leaving her behind. Inside the shop, they are greeted by Wiz – a Lich. That sets Aqua off who seems to be determined to purify her.

Kazuma stops her and then tells Wiz that he would like to learn a skill from her. It would be useful to have something that he can use in a battle and it’s almost impossible to learn from a Lich as they are usually trying to kill you. Wiz shows him how to drain magic from someone and transfer it to another. Kazuma learns the skill and manages to stop Aqua from purifying Wiz again.

They first met Wiz when they took on a mission to help keep spirits away from a graveyard. Wiz would regularly go to the graveyard and helped the spirits move on to the next life. However, that’s now Aqua’s job. After enjoying some tea, they discover that Wiz is one of the eight Demon Generals that work for the Demon Lord.

After deciding to let Wiz live and keep her secret, someone enters the shop with an urgent quest. A wealthy landowner has a mansion that is haunted and no matter how often the spirits are exorcised, more appear. Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness move in as they attempt to cleanse the place.

Kazuma wakes in the night and needs to use the bathroom, however, there is a creepy doll sitting on the chair staring at him. He closes his eyes and hopes it’ll go away. It doesn’t before long, he’s running through the halls chased by a horde of creepy dolls.

KonoSuba Episode 8 Aqua about to purify Wiz

What did you think?

This episode was hilarious and it also finally moved Kazuma and Aqua out of the stables. The introduction of Wiz was done nicely. It made it clear that they already knew her, even though we’d never seen her, instantly making me want to know more. Thankfully, they quickly explained how they met Wiz and who and what she was. All of this will become much more important as the episode and series go on.

It’s rare to see Aqua so fired up about someone and that instantly creates an interesting dynamic. There’s much more to Wiz than we’ve been told and I can’t wait to find out more.

All right, let’s talk about the dolls. That was insanely creepy, especially Kazuma waking up to see one sitting opposite him. However, when he closed his eyes and tried to pretend it wasn’t there, things got far worse. Seriously, though dolls were so creepy. The best thing about this episode was the origins of the dolls, which I’m about to get to.

KonoSuba Episode 8 Kazuma surounded by spirits

What have you learnt?

It’s very easy to just make things happen and watch the characters react to them. However, it’s far more satisfying when their own actions are the cause of their latest plight. This seems to happen a lot in this series and that makes for some great moments. Of course, it was Aqua being lazy that caused the spirits to settle at the mansion. I love when the author looks at cause and effect. Everything the characters do should create a new situation and some of them should absolutely come back to bite them on the bum!

KonoSuba Episode 8 Kazuma and Megumin running from spirits

What is Aqua wearing?

In episode eight of Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!, it was cold. Real cold. So cold in fact that Aqua sold her coat for firewood and was prepared to burn Kazuma’s tracksuit. it would probably be warmer if she was wearing underpants… although the jury is still out on whether she is or isn’t. It really is a mystery and I’m starting to wonder if we will ever find out. That doesn’t mean I’m about to give up… oh no! I will uncover the truth…

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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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