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My Sister, My Writer Specials

My Sister, My Writer Specials

Specials Overview

The My Sister, My Writer Specials (Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai Specials / 俺が好きなのは妹だけど妹じゃない新規短編アニメーション) are two special episodes bundled with the Blu-ray/DVD release of the My Sister, My Writer anime series. And I’d like to start this review by saying they’re technically better than the series.

While the main series episodes are the standard 23 minutes long, the special episodes are only half that length. And honestly, I think that’s probably for the best. Even watching these shortened episodes was a tall order, but I’m willing to take one for the team.

As some of you may know, I have a complicated relationship with this series. The anime is undoubtedly bad, and I always knew it would be. But at the same time, some of the ways in which it’s bad are just so funny that I can’t help but like the series.

Unfortunately, the specials do away with most of the terrible things that made the series so “good.”

Suzuka Nagami from the My Sister, My Writer anime specials
Suzuka Nagami

From a technical perspective, these special episodes are higher quality than the main series — which some of you might expect. But I really wasn’t expecting that to be the case from this series. I was expecting the absolutely horrible animation and sideways scenes I’ve grown to know and love.

I don’t believe I mentioned this in my review of the main series, but My Sister, My Writer actually features a fair amount of references to both anime/manga and pop culture in general. And both of these special episodes are based on a reference to one of the most well-known anime (light novel) series, Sword Art Online.

Instead of SAO’s Nerv Gear VR headset, these special episodes feature the Nerd Gear.

The Game of Life (Episode 1)

Staying true to the system it’s based on, the Nerd Gear has some questionable bugs features, including that players can’t exit the game until they win. Luckily, there’s no “if you die in the game, you die in real life” feature.

In the first episode, Ahegao Double-Peace Sensei calls together the main and major supporting characters of the series together. She needs their help testing out her company’s new full-dive VR system. And the game they playtest is a special version of the Game of Life — the board game you’re probably familiar with.

However, this version of Life is classified as a GNTR (gender-swapped Netorare) game. Rather than simply playing through a game with standard life event cards, all of the event cards in this game involve the female players stealing the male player from each other.

Everyone playing the GNTR Game of Life from the My Sister, My Writer anime specials
Everyone playing the GNTR Game of Life

These events are also all extremely lewd — making this episode extremely ecchi. Something I’ll discuss more later on is that these special episodes are also uncensored, and this episode, in particular, lends itself extremely well to that. Every scenario in the game is borderline hentai.

Honestly, all of the scenarios we get to see are pretty good. My favorite is definitely the final scenario involving Suzuka for a few reasons. First, Suzuka is just the best girl in the series. Second, the scenario was the most developed. And third, the event card that led to this scenario was called “Taboo Love” and featured a picture of Yuu and Suzuka.

Saw and Die Hard (Episode 2)

The second special episode features the Nerd Gear again, but this time a single-player “action” game is played by Yuu. In this game, Yuu’s goal is to rescue his younger sister, who looks and acts just like Suzuka because the Nerd Gear uses scans of his brain to generate the NPCs.

Rather than referencing a board game, this episode references two movies, with the first being Saw. If you’ve seen the first Saw movie, you’ll probably be familiar with the scene pictured below. But unlike in Saw, the only way for Yuu to escape this game is to completely undress Suzuka and redress her in a Lum Invader cosplay from Urusei Yatsura.

Saw recreated in the My Sister, My Writer anime specials
Saw recreated in My Sister, My Writer

Yuu fails to complete the goal in the allotted time, which sends him to the second level of the game. The fact that you have to lose to progress through this game is a bit strange. You’d think that most people buying this game would want to both accomplish the level goals and progress through the game.

The second level of the game is a Die Hard reference. I thought it was just a generic action movie reference, at least until a particular line was said and the reference became clear.

This time around, Yuu’s goal is to touch Suzuka’s body until the “ecstasy meter” in the explosive collar she’s wearing fills and the collar unlocks. Yuu does end up accomplishing this goal, but it wasn’t really all that interesting to watch.

In fact, neither of the scenarios in this second special episode were that interesting or exciting when compared to the first special episode. There were fewer scenarios, there was no variety in girls (although Suzuka is the best), and the scenarios were much more tame.

Uncensored Version

Yesterday, I reviewed the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special, and mentioned that since I had watched the original series an uncensored version had been released. The same is true for My Sister, My Writer. Not only were these special episodes uncensored, but you can now watch an uncensored version of the main series.

As with Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?, I didn’t go back and rewatch all of My Sister, My Writer now that it’s uncensored. However, I may actually do that at some point in the future, because as I mentioned, I do think it’s a funny anime.

With that said, I did skim through the first two episodes of the uncensored version to check out what it was like. I didn’t remember there being many scenes that an uncensored version would actually matter for — and that seems to be the case.

Within the first two episodes, aside from one uncensored fantasy Yuu has about Suzuka, the rest of the uncensored content is basically background content. Pictures in magazines, banners at the doujinshi convention, and Ahegao Double-Peace Sensei’s work on her tablet are examples of things that are uncensored.

For the most part, the characters in this series wore underwear for a majority of the ecchi scenes. So unless the underwear has been removed from later episodes, there shouldn’t be that many real changes. I don’t remember if Suzuka originally had underwear in the fantasy scene involving her from episode one.

Basically, the first special episode should have a lot more uncensored content than the main series.

Conclusion

The My Sister, My Writer Specials are actually better than the main series, which I wasn’t expecting. I’ll give them a 4/10. They’re still definitely bad, but they’re better than the main series was. And I’m not just saying that because they’re uncensored and the main series was censored when I watched it.

Of course, the main series is probably slightly better now that it’s uncensored, but that was never the real problem with it. The two real problems that cause the main series to be rated lower than the specials are that the animation quality is trash-tier and the comedy comes from how bad it is.

The animation for the specials is passable and there’s actually a fair bit of comedy that landed this time around — mainly in the first episode. Aside from that, though, I wouldn’t say there’s much of a difference between the series and the specials.

Also, the specials don’t have an OP/ED. I was a little disappointed by this, but it’s not the end of the world.

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Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special

Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special

Special Overview

Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? (Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? / なんでここに先生が!?) is an ecchi series made up of 12-minute episodes. I originally reviewed the series when it finished airing, and now I’m coming back to the series to review the special.

Reviewing specials and OVAs separately from their main series is something I’ve tried to limit doing more recently. Usually, there isn’t all that much to discuss in regards to the single episode or few episodes that make up Specials and OVAs on their own.

But since it’s been so long since I watched the main series (almost a year), there’s a major update to the series I’ll be addressing in the final section of this review. And if you couldn’t guess, it’s the fact that the uncensored version was released with this special.

Anyway, this special follows all four couples from the main series as they go on a trip together to celebrate the end of the year — and graduation of two of the students. They take a trip to an onsen (hot springs) hotel, and once there the couples all split up and do their own thing.

Chizuru and Kou

Chizuru Tachibana is the school nurse, and her boyfriend Kou Tanaka is one of the two graduating seniors. Chizuru is your typical dandere character, which means she’s very shy, reserved, and somewhat incompetent when it comes to social interactions involving anyone other than Kou.

Chizuru Tachibana smiling from the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? anime special
Chizuru Tachibana smiling

After finding out that their original hotel reservation was improperly made, Chizuru and Kou head off in search of another hotel to stay at. Chizuru ends up selecting a love hotel without knowing it, and true to its name (and purpose), the two of them do the deed multiple times.

Hikari and Takashi

Hikari Hazakura is the gym teacher, and her boyfriend Takashi Takahashi is one of the two underclassmen. Although their relationship is romantic (and potentially sexual) in nature, they have a big sister/little brother vibe due to their history with one another.

Hikari Hazakura and Takashi Takahashi from the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? anime special
Hikari Hazakura and Takashi Takahashi

Like Chizuru and Kou, Hikari and Takashi leave the original hotel they planned to stay at and instead head to an internet cafe to play video games all night long. Unlike Chizuru and Kou, nothing happens between Hikari and Takashi, though Hikari was preparing herself for it.

Mayu and Rin

Mayu Matsukaze is a teacher of some sort, and her boyfriend Rin Suzuki is the second of the two underclassmen. The relationship between Mayu and Rin is the most wholesome of all the couples, even more so than that of Hikari and Takashi.

While all the other couples are either doing exactly what you would expect them to under these circumstances, or at least thinking about it, Mayu and Rin are just having a nice, relaxing time. Mayu soaks in the onsen with Kana (because they’re staying at the original hotel) and then receives a back massage from Rin upon returning to their room.

As far as we know, nothing happened between them — although I kind of feel like they already went all the way in the main series. I could be wrong about that, though. I don’t actually remember.

Kana and Ichirou

Kana Kojima is another teacher and her boyfriend Ichirou Satou is the second of the two graduating seniors. Their relationship is the most mature of all the couples. And although some people would probably call Kana “vanilla,” I think she’s my favorite girl of the series. She’s cute, mature, and just a little bit mean.

Kana Kojima and Ichirou Satou sitting back to back from the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? anime special
Kana Kojima and Ichirou Satou sitting back to back

Thanks to Japan’s infamously thin walls, after returning from the onsen, Kana and Ichirou hear some questionable noises coming from the room next door where Mayu and Rin are staying. Of course, these are simply the noises of Rin giving Mayu a massage, but Kana and Ichirou believe otherwise.

Not wanting to be left behind, they get down to business just like Chizuru and Kou — with the exception that Ichirou doesn’t embarrass himself as Kou did.

Uncensored Version

The special episode of Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? released with the Blu-ray/DVD release of the series. And with it came the uncensored version of the series as well. That means that this special episode was uncensored, as is the rest of the series if you were to look it up today.

But back when I originally watched the series, the uncensored version hadn’t been released. And to say that the censoring was a bit much is an understatement. I think there were a few instances of acceptable levels of censoring, but for the most part, the entire screen was censored whenever anything happened.

Now, I haven’t gone back and rewatched the main series since it’s been uncensored, but based on how the special is, I can give you an idea of what to expect.

It’s not a hentai, but it’s an uncensored ecchi. That means that you’re not going to see anything below the waist, but everything above is fair game. It also means that any time you would have seen something below the waist in the original series, there’s probably still some censoring involved.

There was one such scene in this special when Chizuru and Kou were in the bath, and that was used “natural” censoring. I’d imagine the main series would do the same thing.

Conclusion

The Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? Special episode is a 6/10 from me, which is one point higher than what I rated the series. I think with the series now uncensored, that’s probably a 6 as well too. I’m not typically someone to lower a score due to censoring, but the excessive nature of the censoring did impact this particular series.

However, one thing that hasn’t changed since I watched the main series is how good both the OP and ED are. The OP is now uncensored just like the actual content, but the ED remains the same. Either way, I love the art and music of both the OP and ED and I have no complaints about them.

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods anime series cover art
The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods

Season Overview

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods (Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin / 七つの大罪 神々の逆鱗) is the third season of the Seven Deadly Sins anime. And I need to say this right at the start of the review: This is a terrible anime that I don’t recommend anyone watch.

To bring you up to speed, apparently, Meliodas died at the end of the second season. I don’t recall that happening, but I guess it did. And then there’s also a time skip between seasons two and three as well. So with those two sentences of information, you already know more than I did going into this season.

This season is slightly different than the two that came before it. In the first season, the Sins were fighting against random demons. In the second season, they were fighting against the 10 Commandments. And in this third season, they’re fighting against everyone, including the Commandments, the Archangels, and even themselves.

Why are the Sins fighting against so many people? Good question. It’s because a bunch of enemies keep showing up out of nowhere so that the power scaling doesn’t hit a ceiling. More demons associated with the Commandments are revived, the Archangels of the goddess race are revived, and Meliodas even swaps sides to join the demons.

There’s also a part of the season focusing on Arthur acquiring Excalibur in Camelot, but as far as I remember that doesn’t really lead anywhere in this season. I think the idea is that eventually Arthur will be able to wield the true power of Excalibur, but he can’t right now because the enemy power levels need to scale up before that happens.

How to Kill an Anime: Part 1 – Bad Writing

As you may have figured out from that brief overview of the season, the writing is absolutely horrible. I actually enjoyed the first season of this series to an extent. I ended up giving it a 6/10, after all. But with the second season, I began noticing a lot of problems; that one was a 4/10.

And I’m pretty sure at the end of my season two review I mentioned that I would not be picking up season three. Well, that was until I saw how laughably bad season three looked and decided I had to watch it. And let me tell you, it really is that bad.

I think the arbitrary power level system was introduced in the second season if I’m not mistaken. The third season expands upon this. It doesn’t expand upon it in a good way, by making the system no longer arbitrary, but instead just introduces more characters who can read power levels.

Hawk no longer needs to be present for us to know how (relatively) strong someone is.

Chandler from the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods
Chandler

The story also jumps around a lot without any explanation of what’s going on. It jumps throughout time and space like it’s nothing. For example, somewhere in the second half of the season, it was brought up that Ban hasn’t been with the rest of the Sins in over a year. I thought he was with them the whole time, but I guess that was a different timeline.

And, of course, I can’t leave out the fact that all these “ancient evils” keep showing up as new antagonists. The demon clan? Fine, they were the first. The commandments? Okay, they’re with the demons. The Archangels? Alright, I guess. The other random demons who are apparently stronger than the Commandments? What? No.

How to Kill an Anime: Part 2 – Bad Animating

I know this part is called “Animating,” but it’s really about both the art (mostly) and animation. The art for this series has never been particularly good — it’s been passable at the best of times. I’m not saying that’s why this anime is bad, but it’s just one of those things that compounds with the other issues.

However, there is one aspect of the art itself that does make this season of the anime worse than those that came before it: The censoring. In fact, it was the censoring in this season that actually made me want to watch it because it’s so absurd.

I don’t know whose decision it was to censor this series. It could have been any one of the new broadcasters brought on as producers. It could have even been Studio Deen (A-1 Pictures did the first two seasons). Whoever it was made the wrong choice, though.

Merlin hovering over a dead demon from the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: The Wrath of the Gods
Merlin hovering over a dead demon

As you can see from the image above, blood was censored. Most of the time it was censored just as depicted here, in white. This made some of the injuries characters had look fairly questionable — on account of the white liquid appearing to be a different bodily fluid.

Hearts were also censored. For example, Ban rips a heart out of a demon’s chest, and it’s just a black silhouette of the heart. I think they tried to explain this away as it being black because it’s a demon’s heart, but it was clearly censored.

And to make things even more confusing, partway through the season they stopped censoring some of the blood. Some scenes were completely censored. Others weren’t censored at all. And then there were the odd ones that were partially censored.

Finally, the animation itself. It’s bad. That’s it.

Conclusion

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods is the worst season of the anime so far, and I have to give it a 1/10. There really isn’t anything redeemable about this season, and that’s unfortunate for a series that I enjoyed when it first aired.

While I don’t expect a fourth season to be any better than this one was, I’ll probably still watch it whenever it airs. I’m in too deep to quit at this point, and at least it gives me something to write about.

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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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