KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 8 Review

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 8 Review

The Silver-Haired Thieves Are in Town!

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 8 is yet another Darkness episode. And based on the end of this episode, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be the last. But we’ll get to that later in this review.

Today, we’re starting by discussing the Silver-Haired Thief Brigade. Apparently, they’re the reason why the Royal Capital isn’t sending knights to deal with the hydra. The knights are too busy trying to track down the thieves and recover the stolen divine treasures.

That’s certainly a consequence Kazuma didn’t see coming when he agreed to help Chris. However, that’s not even the worst part of all this for him. He also now has a wanted poster. Sure, Kazuma’s name isn’t on it and the sketch shows him wearing a mask. But, if anyone else finds out that’s him, things could be bad.

Darkness and Kazuma seeing Kazuma's wanted poster from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 8
Darkness and Kazuma seeing Kazuma’s wanted poster

Right now, there are only three people who know about Kazuma’s involvement. Those are Kazuma himself, Chris, and Darkness. If Megumin found out, it probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. She thinks the Silver-Haired Thief Brigade is cool, and she likes Kazuma.

But what if Aqua finds out? That might not go so well for Kazuma. And to understand why, we need to look closer at the wanted poster. Kazuma’s bounty is set at 200,000,000 (whatever currency they use). Aqua would absolutely sell him out for that price.

Oh, and there’s one more thing. The royal knights consulted a crimson demon fortune-teller for information about the thieves. That fortune-teller told them the thieves are hiding out in Axel. So, already, the net is closing in on Kazuma. Will he escape? Will someone (Iris) void the bounty? Hopefully, we see the resolution this season.

Axel’s Adventurers vs. the Hydra

For some reason, Darkness really wanted to defeat the Hydra in this episode. I say “for some reason” because we never got an explicit reason from her. But, there are a few clues we can use to infer why.

First, we know that Darkness likes Kazuma. She likes him as a friend, and there’s some level of romantic interest there, too. Though, I wouldn’t say she’s as romantically interested in him as Megumin is. Still, because of that, like Megumin, Darkness wants to avenge Kazuma’s death by slaying the hydra.

Second, at the end of the episode, Darkness leaves the party and Axel. So, we can assume that she wanted to defeat the hydra before she left. She didn’t want to leave the town and her friends in danger. Sometimes, Darkness acts like a real knight.

Darkness being crushed by the hydra from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 8
Darkness being crushed by the hydra

Eventually, Darkness does manage to take down the hydra. But she can’t do it alone. She and Megumin had been launching hit-and-run attacks on the hydra for a few days. However, the final battle against the beast involved the rest of their party and all of Axel’s adventurers.

During the fight, Darkness used her taunt skill to attract the hydra’s attention. Then, the rest of the adventurers captured the hydra with magic ropes and grappling hooks. Once the hydra couldn’t move much, Kazuma launched himself onto it and began using his drain skill to absorb its magic.

Finally, once the hydra lost enough of its magic, it could no longer regenerate. That’s when Megumin blasted it with her explosion magic, powered up by all the other mages. It was a masterclass on adventurer teamwork. But the most important piece of teamwork was Kazuma berating Darkness as they were getting crushed under the hydra.

Darkness Leaves the Party

As I mentioned, Darkness leaves the party at the end of Episode 8. She doesn’t give a reason, but I assume it has something to do with her commitments as a noble. It’s possible that her father found her a suitor, and it’s time for her to get married.

In fact, I’m going on record predicting that’s the case. And this is why I said that I don’t believe this will be the last Darkness-focused episode of the season. It’s not like her party is going to let her leave. They’re going to chase after her and bring her home.

I feel like there was a similar plot, maybe back in Season 1. However, even if the same thing happens again, it could be far more interesting this time around. We’ve met a lot more characters, and a lot has happened since then.

Lalatina "Darkness" Ford Dustiness from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 8
Lalatina “Darkness” Ford Dustiness

This could be the perfect excuse for Kazuma (and the others) to return to the royal capital. It could be a way to bring Iris back into the fold. And she might end up being the key to stopping whatever’s going on with Darkness.

Also, if an arranged marriage is what’s going on, who could Darkness’s fiancé be? One of the other nobles would be pretty standard. So, what if it was someone else who’s not a noble, but is in the royal capital? What if we’re already familiar with that someone? What if that someone’s name is Mitsurugi, and he wields a cursed sword?

I think there are many directions this stuff with Darkness could go, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens. But the one thing I’m still confident in is that Darkness isn’t leaving for good. The party’s chemistry doesn’t work as well without all four members.

Final Thoughts

What do you think about KonoSuba 3 Episode 8? Do you think Kazuma’s secret identity as a member of the Silver-Haired Thief Brigade is going to come out? Did you think Aqua’s egg would play a role in defeating the hydra? And how many episodes do you think it will be until Darkness returns to the party?

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