KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson is a 2019 comedic fantasy anime film based on the light novel created by Natsume Akatsuki. The movie was directed by Takaomi Kanasaki and written by Makoto Uezu.
After failing a quest, Kazuma Satō (Arnie Pantoja), Aqua (Faye Mata), Megumin (Erica Mendez), and Darkness (Cristina Vee) are approached by Yunyun (Kayli Mills) who tells them about her and Megumin’s hometown of Crimson Demon Village being attacked by the Demon King’s army. Their friend Wiz (Brianna Knickerbocker) teleports them there only for the group to discover the reports of destruction were exaggerated. That being said, the villagers have been attacked by the Demon General Sylvia (Carrie Keranen). While fighting off the Demon Army, Megumin finds it awkward when her parents want her to marry Kazuma for his “fortune.” This is short-lived as Sylvia arrives, desiring to find the Mage-Killer, a powerful weapon that she intends to use on the villagers and beyond.
Spun-off from the television show, it does a good job of picking up where the series ends while being a stand alone story. You could tell the showrunners were unsure if there would be a third because, while they did not conclude every arc, it gave a nice little send off for the characters. Fortunately, the success of this movie prompted another season and it is easy to see why.
The movie was brought the characters out of their complicated yet wacky dangers and into a circumstance with very high stakes. Once again, they are out of their depth, having no clue what to do and forced to improvised. I will say, my criticism of the innapropropriate humor does stand in this circumstance as well. I did laugh when there was some awkwardness with some female orcs who have the males in their tribe wiped out, but outside of that, it got a but heavy.
That being said, I enjoyed it very much. Kazuma, Aqua, Darkness, and Megumin all have incredible depth, despite it being a comedy, highlighting their contradictins. Kazuma is selfish, but also has the capacity to be self-sacrifice. Aqua is vapid and arrogant, yet has moments of cowardice. Darkness is shown to be a masochist, but also courageous. Megumin is timid, but also desires incredible strength, shown in her popular EXPLOSION spell. It is smart, humorous, clever, and cringe-worthy all at the same time.
Bottom line, KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson is perfect for the fans of the anime and a blast to watch.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Suggestive and sexual humor, Violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: In the name of true gender equality, I will dropkick any rotten woman who deserves it!
Check out the trailer below:
This article is based on the English dub.
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