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Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl anime movie cover art
Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Movie Overview

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome / 夜は短し歩けよ乙女) is an anime movie that’s set within the same universe as the series The Tatami Galaxy, yet isn’t a sequel. Also, I’m not sure why the English title of this movie doesn’t begin with “The,” but we’re just going to ignore that.

Anyway, the movie is told from the perspectives of two main characters. First and foremost, we have the female lead who’s the true protagonist of the movie. She doesn’t have a name, but she’s referred to by the male lead as “the Raven-Haired Maiden.” I’ll be referring to her as “the girl” from now on.

The second main character is the male lead, who also doesn’t have a real name. The girl refers to him as “Senpai,” so that’s what I’ll continue to refer to him as. While the girl and Senpai look very similar to Akashi and the unnamed male lead from The Tatami Galaxy, it should be noted that they are different.

I bring this up because there are quite a few characters who appear in both that series and this movie. Specifically, if you’ve seen that series, then you’ll probably be familiar with Higuchi, Ryouko, Johnny, Jougasaki, Kaori, and Ozu (who goes by a different name this time around).

As for what the movie is about, that’s hard to say. It’s about one, severely alcoholic girl’s night out on the town. She out-drinks everyone she meets, performs in a flash musical, rescues used books from a nefarious collector, survives a pandemic, and more. And yet, in the end, I’m still not entirely sure what it was about.

Just Some Things I Liked

While I enjoyed the movie overall, I’d like to use this section of the review to go over some of the things I liked most about it. To start, I really liked the fact that watching the movie, you actually get the sense that there’s way too much happening for it to take place in one night.

The only scene of the movie that doesn’t happen within a single, eight or so hour span is the final scene at the end. Everything else occurs in the span of a single night, which is a fairly important point. The idea here is that both of the main characters gained years’ worth of experiences within a single night.

There were actually multiple times throughout the movie when I questioned whether or not all of these events were happening back to back. And then, every time I found myself wondering this, I remembered that that’s the point of the whole movie. So, the fact that this happened multiple times shows how well the movie achieved that goal.

The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking from the anime movie Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking

Another thing I enjoyed was the music during the musical theater sections of the movie. I noticed that multiple songs were effectively rip-offs of Queen songs. Maybe all of the songs were (I don’t know because I don’t know that much Queen), but I believe I noticed three different cases of this.

I don’t have anything else to say about that. I just enjoyed that there were references in the movie that I was able to catch.

And, the third and final thing I want to mention that I liked a lot was one scene that involved watches. There were some old men whose watches were running through years, the girl’s senpai (Higuchi and Ryouko) had watches that ran through weeks, and then the girl’s watch ran normally.

I thought this was a cool way to illustrate how the passage of time appears to be different for people depending on their age. To the girl, the night was extremely long, but to those who have been alive for longer, a single night is extremely short.

Comparison to The Tatami Galaxy

I think it would be odd for me to not set aside a portion of this review to compare this movie to The Tatami Galaxy. And the first thing I have to say regarding these two anime is that I liked how Night Is Short, Walk on Girl didn’t have dialogue that was quite as fast as the dialogue in The Tatami Galaxy.

There’s nothing inherently bad with the dialogue speed in that series, but I appreciated not needing to pause or go back just so that I could read the subtitles. But, I think that might be the only thing I liked about this movie more than that series.

In a lot of ways, this movie felt like it was trying to be The Tatami Galaxy rather than being its own thing. Obviously, the two are connected, so there’s going to be some overlap, but I didn’t get the feeling that this movie had much of its own identity. For example, as I already mentioned, even the main characters look (and often act) nearly identical.

The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking (again) from the anime movie Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
The Raven-Haired Maiden drinking (again)

The other way that I think this movie falls short of that series is due to the protagonist. The girl simply isn’t as interesting as the male lead of The Tatami Galaxy. That’s partially because she only has a single movie’s worth of development while he has a whole series, but I stand by that statement nonetheless.

It’s not her fault that she doesn’t get as much development, but I do think that’s a drawback of the movie. One of my favorite parts of the series was the protagonist’s spiral down into his own mind. The girl in this movie didn’t really have anything like that.

For her, it was effectively a very event-packed, yet fairly normal, coming of age story. Through her travels over the course of this night, she learned a lot about herself — mostly in the form of reaffirming that she can out-drink anyone — but she didn’t exactly have a defining moment in which she developed.

Conclusion

Overall, I think Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is a 7/10. It’s a good movie and I enjoyed it, but I don’t feel like it’s anywhere near The Tatami Galaxy. I feel like I tend to rate movies higher than series, but in this situation, that’s not the case.

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Re:ZERO – The Frozen Bond

Re:ZERO – The Frozen Bond

Re:ZERO - The Frozen Bond anime movie cover art
Re:ZERO – The Frozen Bond

Movie Overview

Re:ZERO – The Frozen Bond (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Hyouketsu no Kizuna / Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活『氷結の絆』) is an OVA movie that falls directly after the Memory Snow OVA chronologically. It also released before the second season, so you should probably watch it before that (but of course I didn’t).

I watched The Frozen Bond after episode 29, and I can safely say that you didn’t miss out on any context for the first few episodes of season 2 if you haven’t watched the movie yet. However, it’s my understanding that the contents of this movie will be relevant for season 2 in the near future, potentially as soon as episode 30.

The reason why this movie matters is because, although it comes directly after Memory Snow, it tells the story of Emilia’s past. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s her origin story, but it provides a lot of context for her relationship with Puck and how she interacts with people outside of Roswaal’s mansion.

While the Memory Snow OVA seemed to have a few small hints that will be relevant in the future, it was generally a fan service episode. That’s not the case with The Frozen Bond.

The Girl From The Forest

Emilia has a stranger past than I could have ever imagined. We all knew she was a half-elf, the same as the Witch of Envy, Satella. But beyond that, I never really gave much thought to the logistics of being a half-elf. She’s not an elf and she’s not a human. That much is straightforward, but how did she come to be? Who were her parents?

These aren’t questions that are answered in this movie. Instead, more questions are raised instead.

One day, Emilia awoke in the forest to find that everyone else around her was frozen. She didn’t remember anything about her past, but she had an understanding that these frozen statues were her people. But as it turns out, that’s only half right. These were true elves, so how Emilia, a half-elf, came to be is still a mystery.

Obviously one of her parents had to be a human, but was this human accepted by the other elves? Did the humans and elves have a good relationship before Satella appeared? Probably not. Was Emilia an outcast among the elves as she is among the humans now? We simply don’t know.

Emilia from the anime movie Re:ZERO - The Frozen Bond
Emilia

So what do we know? We know that humans and demi-humans fought a war at some point in the past and that the humans won. This would imply that humans and elves didn’t have a good relationship. And this further means that Emilia is probably hated by humans for two distinct reasons.

First, we know they hate her because she’s a silver-haired, bluish-purple-eyed, half-elf just like Satella. But, we now can also assume that another reason she’s hated is simply that she has elf blood in her veins. Even if she didn’t resemble Satella, she would probably be an outcast.

I’m hoping that the history between humans and demi-humans is expanded upon further in the future. I’m really interested in finding out how exactly someone like Emilia was born in an age when humans and elves seemingly don’t interact at all.

Melaquera, The Mediator

Melaquera is a new character introduced in the movie. From what I can tell, he’s a greater spirit just like Puck. However, while Puck primarily uses ice magic (I don’t think that’s all he can use), Melaquera is a fire spirit.

But despite both being greater spirits, Puck and Melaquera couldn’t be more dissimilar. On one hand, you have Puck, who Melaquera refers to as one of four great disasters. I forget the actual word he used, but I’m not going to go back and figure out what it was — great disaster is close enough.

On the other hand, we have Melaquera, who refers to himself as the mediator. What exactly he mediates seems to be the state of the world. He views Emilia as something that needs to be destroyed in order to protect the rest of the world from destruction. And according to him, this is something he’s done in the past.

Puck vs. Melaquera from the anime movie Re:ZERO - The Frozen Bond
Puck vs. Melaquera

As Melaquela states, Emilia has the potential to become a witch and is connected to Satella in some fashion. Just as Subaru has the Sloth Witch Factor after his dealings with Betelgeuse, Emilia was born with some sort of connection to the Witch of Jealousy — not a Witch Factor.

The best comparison I can make to explain Melaquela’s role in the world is The Darkness from the Monogatari Series. The Darkness is an entity that serves the sole purpose of “correcting” anything that could pose a threat to the state of the universe.

Melaquela appears to perform the same type of role. Witches are seen as calamities that could bring about the ruin of the world, so Melaquela’s job is to eradicate them before they awaken their full power.

Unfortunately for the world, Puck killed him.

Puck and Lia

Puck and Emilia form their pact at the end of the movie (spoiler), but even before that, they were connected. He’s been watching over Emilia ever since she awoke in the forest, and it’s implied that he was watching over her even before that — she just doesn’t remember.

There’s a lot we don’t know about how their relationship began, and I assume more details will be revealed in the future. But what we do know is that Puck made a promise to someone that he would watch over and protect Emilia. We don’t know who that person is or why they wanted Emilia to be protected, though.

However, since coming up with theories that are probably wrong is my specialty, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Puck and Emilia from the anime movie Re:ZERO - The Frozen Bond
Puck and Emilia

I don’t remember if this happened before or after Puck met Emilia, so I’ll just assume it happened before. Remember back in Memory Snow when it was mentioned that Puck and Roswaal fought for multiple days before their battle ended in a tie? What if after this fight, Roswaal was the one who asked Puck to watch over Emilia?

Roswaal probably knew there was a child who had a connection to Satella and also the qualities needed to become the next ruler. So he tasked Puck with protecting that girl until the time was right for them to make their move and enter Emilia into the ruler selection process.

Also, the fact that Roswaal fought Puck to a tie implies that he’s even stronger than Melaquera, which is no small feat.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this review is coming out just in time and the content within The Frozen Bond becomes relevant in episode 30 (which will be reviewed later this week). But if not, it’s still nice to know more about Emilia’s background considering she’s one of the most important characters in the series, if not the most important.

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Redline

Redline

Redline anime movie cover art
Redline

Movie Overview

Redline (REDLINE) is an original anime movie created by the studio Madhouse. Those of you familiar with Madhouse probably know that they’re pretty good at animating things. And that was just as true in 2009 when Redline came out as it is today. This movie looks amazing from both the art and animation perspectives.

The movie tells the tale of JP, a racer who ends up participating in the Redline — the most extreme motor race in the galaxy. The only rule in the Redline is that there are no rules. Well, except for the rule about all the vehicles needing to be powered by standard engines, not hover engines.

But as we learn early on in the movie, the Crab Sonoshee Sea is a hovercar, so I guess even that rule isn’t enforced.

JP's TransAM20000 from the anime movie Redline
JP’s TransAM20000

Because there are no rules, that means the racers can do anything within their power to win. There’s no set course, so they can take whatever route they please to get to the finish line. And weapons of all kinds are allowed, so there’s no shortage of vehicles decked out with heat-seeking missiles and the like.

However, the racers don’t only have to worry about each other. Redline is a race that only takes place once every five years somewhere in the galaxy, and this particular year, it’s taking place on Roboworld. The problem with that is that Roboworld is a militaristic planet that has taken a stance against the Redline.

But something as insignificant as the military government that rules over Roboworld declaring war against any Redline participants who make landfall on their planet isn’t going to stop the race. In fact, for racers and fans alike, that probably just adds to the excitement of the event.

Racers

“Sweet” JP is the protagonist of the movie. He’s a purist when it comes to racing and refuses to equip his TransAM20000 with weapons, opting instead to win with his raw talent and speed. Backing up JP there’s Frisbee, his mechanic who works with a mob boss to rig races, and Old Man Mole, a junk parts dealer.

The dynamic between JP, Frisbee, and Mole is one of my favorite aspects of this movie. I think the scene that illustrates this best is when Frisbee goes to visit JP after the Yellowline race. We learn a lot about their relationship just through their body language.

Sonoshee “Cherry Boy Hunter” McLaren is the female lead of the movie and JP’s love interest. Her dream is to win the Redline, and unlike JP, she’s willing to do so at any cost. Sonoshee is a cool character, and I’m almost positive she was named after Bruce McLaren so that just gives her bonus points.

Sonoshee McLaren from the anime movie Redline
Sonoshee McLaren

Boiboi and Bosbos are two female racers who make up the team SUPER BOINS. Their car is able to transform into a female-formed mech. Unfortunately, these two don’t get very much screen time, which means their theme song also doesn’t get played much.

LynchMan and Johnny Boya are two bounty hunters who make up another team. You can kind of think of LynchMan as Captain Falcon if you’re familiar with the F-ZERO game series (or Super Smash Bros., I guess).

Todoroki and Miki make up another team, as do Trava and Shinkai. These two teams aren’t really all that important, but Trava and Shinkai get more screen time than Todoroki and Miki do. And connected to Trava and Shinkai there’s an independent racer and member of the Roboworld military, Little Deyzuna.

The final two Redline racers are Gori-Rider and Machine Head, who are both independent racers. Gori-Rider is a gorilla-like police officer with an extremely violent sense of justice. Machine Head is the reigning Redline and primary rival of JP in the race.

The Good and the Bad

Let’s start this section off with the things Redline does exceptionally well. As I stated earlier, both the art and animation are amazing. I don’t think I have to say much more about that though because you can just use your eyes to figure that much out. The soundtrack is also amazing — and is one I regularly listened to long before watching the movie.

Character and world-building are two other things Redline excels at. Despite many of the characters not having all that much screen time or that many dialogue lines, we learn a lot about them through their actions, body language, and even speech patterns. The characters in this movie are built on the “show, don’t tell” foundation.

Likewise, the world(s) in which Redline takes place is built on a similar foundation. Yes, we’re told specific information about Roboworld and its moon, Europass. But the vast majority of the world-building comes from physically seeing the world and the various creatures/people who inhabit it, as well as how those people interact with the world in which they live.

Just looking at the background characters from the start of the movie, between the Yellowline race and JP’s arrival on Europass, we can learn a lot. We learn that the Redline (and its preliminary races) are a huge cultural phenomenon for people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the galaxy.

It attracts the young, old, rich, and poor. It even has casual fans, hardcore racing fans, and those who see it as a business opportunity.

JP feeling the need for speed from the anime movie Redline
JP feeling the need for speed

Now, I don’t really want to discuss the bad part of Redline too much, but I have to at least touch on it. The entire inclusion of the Roboworld military is bad.

They’re basically Robo-Nazis who don’t want Redline to happen on their planet because they don’t want the galactic media to discover their biological weapons. And that’s a pretty generic and boring plot. But it gets worse. None of these antagonists are very good characters — they’re basically just villain tropes.

Also, despite how bad the villains are, the movie always cuts to them at the most exciting moments, thus ruining the hype. If there’s one way to kill excitement in a movie, it’s cutting from edge-of-your-seat action to a bunch of boring characters talking in a dark room.

Conclusion

If you cut out all the parts of the movie involving the Roboworld military and just replaced it with more scenes of the actual Redline race, I think this movie would be a 9 or 10. But as it currently stands, I have to give it an 8/10. I definitely enjoyed it and would be willing to watch it again, but it has its issues.

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Promare

Promare

Promare anime movie cover art
Promare

Movie Overview

Promare (PROMARE(プロメア)) is an original anime movie created by the animation studio Trigger. I’m sure Trigger needs no introduction for most people, but it’s the studio behind series like Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, and the newly released BNAwhich I finished watching last week, so expect a review of that soon.

The first thing you need to know about Promare is that it’s probably the most visually stimulating anime I’ve ever seen. I love the angular art style used for the vast majority of the movie, and the colors are extremely vibrant. This clip from Bojack Horseman sums up what it’s like to watch this movie.

Moving on from the visuals, we have the music. I didn’t realize this was the case until I started watching the movie, but the soundtrack is done by Hiroyuki Sawano. You probably know him from his work on Attack on Titan, but he’s done a lot of great soundtracks over the years — this one included.

The Mad Burnish boss from the anime movie Promare
The Mad Burnish boss

Of course, I have to touch on the “controversy” surrounding this movie and the Fire Force anime series. Yes, they both involve “fire people” and a group of firefighters who oppose them, but other than that they have absolutely nothing in common.

Trigger began working on Promare in 2013, and it wasn’t announced until 2017. Meanwhile, the Fire Force manga didn’t begin until 2015 which is after production on Promare began, but before it was announced. There’s no way these anime were influenced by each other.

Throughout the rest of this review I’ll be discussing the main and side characters, as well as what I think the moral of the Promare story is. With that said, there are going to be major spoilers from this point on.

Main Characters

The three main characters are Galo Thymos, Lio Fotia, and Kray Foresight. They each represent a different worldview, though their views also overlap with each other at points.

Galo is the protagonist of the series and a key member of the so-called Burning Rescue team. Basically he’s a firefighter who uses a mech-suit and freezing weapons to fight fires and rescue those who are trapped within them. His way of life is all about rescuing anyone who needs help no matter who they are.

Galo Thymos from the anime movie Promare
Galo Thymos

Lio is the leader of a terrorist group known as Mad Burnish. Burnish is the name for those who can control fire, but it’s important to keep in mind that they’re also still considered human. Because of this, while there is an “us vs. them” mentality going on in the movie, it’s more gray than black and white.

And because Lio (and Galo) was raised up as some sort of LGBT+ icon when this movie was first announced, I need to point out that’s not the case. It’s possible that Lio is gay, but that never comes up. And it’s pretty definitive that Galo is straight due to how he responded to giving Lio CPR.

Finally we have Kray, the governor of Promepolis — the city in which the movie takes place. He’s initially held up as this decorated hero, which is how I knew from the first time I saw him that he was going to end up as the main antagonist. Spoiler: He did.

But Kray isn’t necessarily all bad. He leads a genocide against the Burnish, but he does so because he believes it needs to be done in order to save the human race. This genocide he causes is also the reason Lio forms Mad Burnish.

Supporting Characters

The supporting characters of the movie fall into the same three groupings as the three main characters. There’s Burning Rescue, Mad Burnish, and the government/Freeze Force.

Of the Burning Rescue supporting characters, the only one who really matters is Aina Ardebit. She’s a regular member of the team just like Galo and seems to almost be a love interest — but Galo is married to the job so he has no time for Aina.

Also I like Aina because she looks like an older version of Nonon Jakuzure.

The other Burning Rescue members are Ignis Ex (the chief), Lucia Fex (the mechanic), Remi Puguna, Varys Truss, and Vinny (a literal mouse). None of these characters have any real impact on the story and are basically just there to round out the Burning Rescue team.

Aina Ardebit from the anime movie Promare
Aina Ardebit

Gueira and Meis are the Mad Burnish lieutenants who serve directly under Lio. Like Lio, they’re completely dedicated to creating a world in which the Burnish can live in peace, and they’re even willing to sacrifice their lives to achieve this goal. These two play a bigger role than the majority of Burning Rescue.

Finally we have those who work for the government, including Heris Ardebit (Aina’s older sister), Biar Colossus (the governor’s second in command), and Vulcan Haestus (the leader of the Freeze Force).

The Freeze Force is essentially Promepolis’ version of ICE in the United States. Their job is to go around and capture any and all Burnish who commit even the smallest of crimes (and even those who don’t). Their name comes from the ice-based weapons they use.

And I want to point out that a lot of these characters have pretty good names referencing fire. Ignis Ex, Vulcan Haestus, and Deus Prometh are a few examples.

What was Promare About?

It’s interesting to think about the moral(s) of the Promare story because they appear to be more relevant today than they would have been back in 2013 when production began. For example, I already mentioned the parallels between the Freeze Force and ICE — an organization most people had never heard of until the past few years.

Obviously the Freeze Force is based on many similar state organizations like the SS in 1930s and 1940s Germany. But you have to admit the fact that it’s called the Freeze Force and in the US we have ICE is a 10/10 unintentional gag.

So, I’ve read a few short reviews of Promare and I’ve noticed a lot of people saying how this is an anti-racism story. While I agree that it does have anti-racism undertones, I don’t actually think that’s the focus of the story, though. As far as Trigger anime go, BNA is much more focused on that.

Lio Fotia using a sword from the anime movie Promare
Lio Fotia using a sword

The major moral of the story I saw while watching this movie is that we need to take care of and fix our planet. I know that may be a bit difficult to understand at first, but that really does seem to be what the movie is trying to say.

Consider the following: in Promare, the Earth is going to be destroyed specifically because the normal humans aren’t taking care of their fellow man (the Burnish). This is basically the same as the Earth being destroyed because humans don’t take care of it.

Then, rather than attempting to fix the problem and save the Earth, Kray decides it’s time to abandon Earth and save a small segment of the population while leaving everyone else to die. How is this different from, say, heading to Mars to start a new colony there rather than saving the Earth from being destroyed by human activity?

I think the point this movie is trying to make is that it’s easier — and generally better — to solve our problems than to run away from them. Saving the Earth is obviously easier and better than terraforming a new planet and letting the vast majority of humanity die.

Conclusion

Last week I gave KonoSuba: Legend of Crimson a perfect rating, and I think I need to do the same for Promare this week. As far as I’m concerned, Promare is a 10/10 movie. I would have rather seen the supporting characters play more of a role, but aside from that I really don’t have any complaints.

This may seem like a cop-out, but I really think the visuals of this movie are enough to make up for any downsides it has. This movie looks, and sounds, so good that not much else about it really matters. But that’s also not to say that those are the only good things about the movie. The three main characters are also all great.

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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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