KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 3 Review

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 3 Review

Playing with Princess Iris

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 3 was even better than the first two episodes of the season. Princess Iris is adorable and I want to see more of her going forward. Luckily, it looks like that will be the case.

I could have watched an entire episode of Kazuma playing with Iris. Her reactions to everything he said and did were great. And, of course, Kazuma himself is great. I loved the way he acted each morning when he woke up in the castle.

Based on what I saw in this episode, the change in location for this season was the right choice. In Season 2, I started to get a little bored. It didn’t feel different enough from Season 1. Then, we got the Legend of Crimson movie, which took place in the Crimson Demon Village, and that was great.

Princess Iris asking Kazuma about Lalatina from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 3
Princess Iris asking Kazuma about Lalatina

With this season taking place in the Royal Capital, it feels more like Legend of Crimson than Season 2. What more can be done with Axel at this point? It’s kind of just a staging ground for the party to head out from on different adventures.

The Royal Capital is an entirely new location with new characters, conflicts, and wacky scenarios for our favorite party to get into. That’s very important for comedy series. Comedy stops being funny real fast when the same joke is used too many times. A new setting can prevent that from happening.

More importantly, though, new characters can prevent things from getting too stale. That’s exactly what Princess Iris brings to the table. She’s very different from the three main girls of the series. And, she’s even different from any of the other side characters. She introduces a new dynamic to the series.

Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness to the Rescue

I was kind of expecting Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness to go to the castle to get Kazuma. After all, they need him more than he needs them. Kazuma would be completely fine spending the rest of his days playing with Iris.

But, without Kazuma, the rest of the party doesn’t function. Sure, Aqua’s a powerful Arch Priestess due to being a goddess. Megumin’s the genius of the Crimson Demons and an expert in the most powerful type of magic. And, Darkness is a Crusader who can tank any hit.

However, they all have major character flaws that prevent them from using their full strength. Kazuma’s the one who makes up for that, despite not being very powerful himself. I can’t imagine those three being able to complete a quest without Kazuma there to lead them. It just wouldn’t happen.

Megumin, Aqua, and Darkness from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 3
Megumin, Aqua, and Darkness

Even if they did manage to complete the quest, they’d lose money in the process. Aqua would cause a flood or Megumin would blow the wrong thing up. Then, they’d have to pay for the repairs, just as we saw during the cabbage episode from Season 1.

The fact that Darkness is a noble doesn’t even help, either. Yes, she can technically bail them out. But, that would likely come at the cost of her giving up adventuring herself. She’d have to agree to be married off to some other noble. And, that’s not something any of them want to happen.

What about the big reward the party is expecting to get from the Crimson Demon Village? Well, this is the Crimson Demon Village we’re talking about. Either the reward will never materialize or it won’t be much of a reward at all. I’m guessing it will be some dangerous relic they found in nearby ruins.

Catching the Noble Thief

Okay, so I know I said that the Royal Capital being the new location for this season is a good thing. But, there’s actually something I wanted (and expected) to happen instead. I wanted Kazuma to take Iris on an adventure.

Kazuma told her that she should get out from within the castle walls more often and experience the world. The problem with that is that Iris is a princess. Anywhere she goes, she needs her royal guards with her. That makes it difficult for her to have experiences like Kazuma and his party have.

So, what’s the solution? Well, I thought it would be Kazuma “kidnapping” Iris and bringing her back to Axel. Then, for the rest of the season, she’d be a member of the party before ultimately leaving to go back to the castle.

Kazuma celebrating his plan to stay at the castle from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 3
Kazuma celebrating his plan to stay at the castle

This wouldn’t change the location in which the series takes place. But, the inclusion of Iris into the party would have shaken things up enough to keep it interesting. That’s what I really wanted to happen; it could still happen to an extent if Iris helps catch the noble thief.

However, at this point, I’m not expecting it anymore. I don’t think she’s going to play a major role. Instead, she’s going to be another supporting character, like Chris. And, speaking of Chris, my prediction is that she’s the noble thief. After all, she’s the only thief character we know.

The last time we saw her, she pickpocketed an item that produced gold coins from Kazuma. That happened in Axel, but there’s no reason she has to always be in Axel. And, in case you forgot, she was originally introduced as Darkness’s friend. So, she could have a connection to nobles herself.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of KonoSuba 3 Episode 3? Are you glad that it looks like the majority of Season 3 is going to take place in the Royal Capital? Do you want Iris to join Kazuma’s party, even if it’s only temporarily? And, who do you think the noble thief is?

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My review of Episode 4 is available now.

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