KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson

KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson

KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson anime movie cover art
KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson

Movie Overview

KonoSuba -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: Kurenai Densetsu / この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!紅伝説) is the first movie for the KonoSuba anime series. Before this there were two seasons and two OVAs, with a third season hopefully coming eventually.

The movie follows Kazuma’s party (Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness) traveling to the Crimson Demon village along with Yunyun. The reason they head there is due to Yunyun receiving a letter from her father mentioning that the village is about to be attacked by the Demon Lord’s forces.

The army attacking the Crimson Demon village is led by one of the Demon Lord’s generals, Sylvia. I honestly forget how many generals the Demon Lord has, but Sylvia is the fifth one to appear in the series. The other four are Verdia, Wiz, Vanir, and the slime guy from season 2 whom nobody remembers.

Kazuma's party meeting Megumin's family from the anime movie KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson
Kazuma’s party meeting Megumin’s family

Legend of Crimson also introduces us to Megumin’s family, which is made up of her father, mother, and younger sister, Komekko. Megumin’s family is potentially the best thing about the movie. All three of them are great characters.

Megumin’s family is pretty poor, so when her parents learn that Kazuma is going to be a millionaire due to “his” inventions, they’re suddenly very interested in marrying Megumin off to him. Komekko is just the extra cute younger sister, and that’s all she needs to be. My only real complaint about this movie is that Komekko didn’t get enough screen time.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I do recommend watching it before continuing on with this review because there will be spoilers from here on out.

The Crimson Demon Clan

When we’re first introduced to Megumin in the series, she mentions that her name isn’t anything strange for a Crimson demon. And throughout the series she continues to exist that there’s nothing strange about the (chuunibyou) way she acts.

Yunyun is strange too, yet not quite in the same way as Megumin. But when we meet the rest of the Crimson Demon Clan in this movie, we can finally see what those two have been talking about this whole time. They are normal by Crimson Demon standards.

The entire clan of Crimson Demons are suffering from chuunibyou — basically that cringey phase middle schoolers go through where they think they’re special and take everything too far.

Members of the Crimson Demon Clan from the anime movie KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson
Members of the Crimson Demon Clan

Later on in the movie we also actually get to learn about the origins of the Crimson Demons, which explains why they act the way they do. Apparently the Crimson Demons are an artificial race created by a mad scientist whom Aqua previously sent to this world.

This scientist is also the one who first named their clan the Crimson Demons — a name he admitted was pretty lame. He then created a giant, magic-repelling machine to function as the “bane of the Crimson Demons” because they wanted to have something they could refer to as their natural enemy.

It’s this invention which Sylvia is after. And in what’s probably the best scene of the whole movie (Megumin’s family is still the best thing), we find out that the invention is sealed behind a door that requires the Konami code to open.

Also, I didn’t go back to the second OVA to check, but isn’t the mad scientist from this movie the same one who built the golem (mech)?

Kazuma x Megumin

The whole Kazuma x Megumin “ship” has been around for a long time, but it seems to have been all but confirmed in this movie. Of course, Megumin’s parents are also firm believers that Kazuma and Megumin should get together, but even if we ignore them trying to set the pair up, there’s some compelling evidence.

First, though, we should probably take a look at the alternatives. If Kazuma were to end up with anyone in the series, who are the possible candidates? Megumin is obviously one, but we also have Aqua, Darkness, Yunyun, Wiz, Luna, Chris, and technically Eris, I guess.

Aqua and Eris are both goddesses, so we can probably toss them out straight away. Wiz, Luna, and Chris also don’t really have a close relationship with Kazuma, so they’re out too. That leaves Megumin, Darkness, and Yunyun. And funnily enough, Yunyun attempts to “seal the deal” with Kazuma at the start of this movie — something Kazuma is more than willing to do.

Megumin laying on Kazuma from the anime movie KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson
Megumin laying on Kazuma

But over the course of the series as a whole, we get the idea that while Kazuma is certainly physically attracted to Yunyun and Darkness, there’s not anything more to it than that. And that’s where we finally come to Megumin.

Sure, Kazuma has been in provocative situations with Darkness, but he’s been in even more of them with Megumin. And I think Megumin is also supposed to be the one closest in age to Kazuma (aside from Yunyun who’s the same age as her). Maybe Darkness is closer in age, but we know she’s definitely older than Kazuma and doesn’t seem to view him in that sort of way.

With Megumin, though, there’s definitely some interest in Kazuma expressed. And in this movie, we actually see Megumin be the one to make the first move because she knows that Kazuma won’t do anything to escalate the situation.

So basically all I wanted to say with this whole section is that Megumin continues to be the best girl of the series and that it seems to be confirmed.

Conclusion

KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson is possibly my favorite entry in the KonoSuba series. It’s a 10/10 from me, and the only real competition it has is the first OVA, which (not so) coincidentally also has some great Megumin and Yunyun content.

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