Love, Witches, and Other Delusions
Story: Natsume Akatsuki
Art: Kurone Mishima
Translation: Kevin Steinbach
What they say
Kazuma’s first winter in another world isn’t going so well. With companions like Aqua (Arch-priest), Megumin (Arch-wizard), and Darkness (Crusader), his party of advanced classes should be the most powerful in Axel–but they’re so dysfunctional, even the easiest-seeming quest goes terribly awry, and they can barely save enough to afford a stable! When an opportunity arises to stay in a mansion, it’s like a dream come true–the only catch is that they have to exorcise the evil spirits haunting it. Goddess Aqua is an expert with the undead, so the quest should be a piece of cake, right…? Unfortunately, with this useless goddess, things have a way of working out for the worst…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a KonoSuba light novel… which is probably because there has only been one KonoSuba light novel—until now.
KonoSuba Volume 2 begins with Kazuma dying. That sounds weird, but bare with me here. The prologue starts with Kazuma’s death, which is funny because the first volume also had Kazuma dying. That was how he got transported to this world. Anyway, the story goes back in time after the prologue. Kazuma and company are trying to find a good job, but all the jobs available right now are the super dangerous jobs like fighting impossibly strong monsters and stuff.
It’s interesting how seasons affect the kind of quests people might get. Because it’s winter, a lot of the weaker monsters are hibernating. Meanwhile, only the strongest monsters are still around, which means beginning adventurers like Kazuma, Aqua, Darkness, and Megumin are pretty much up the creek without a paddle. This isn’t good for Kazuma, since he has been living in the stables and wants to move up in the world. He’s also in debt.
In the previous volume, Kazuma and company defeated Beldia, a dullahan working under the demon king as a general, causing insurmountable property damage in the process. While they were given a reward of 300,000 million valis, the cost of repairing the city is even more than that, leaving them in debt.
They end up taking a quest at Aqua’s discretion. It’s a quest to defeat snow sprites, which are surprisingly weak creatures that anyone can beat. There’s just one problem. Whenever people kill snow sprites, another spirit known as General Winter will come to protect them. This is actually how Kazuma died. General Winter cut his head clean off.
During his death, Kazuma is struck by the love bug. He meets Eris, a goddess like Aqua. However, unlike Aqua, Eris is apparently the embodiment of what a goddess should be. It seems he’d rather have her in his party than Aqua, who causes more harm than she does good.
Unfortunately, Kazuma is brought back. Thus the misadventures continue.
While the writing is the same as always, I liked this volume a lot better than the previous one. It feels smoother. The flow, the comedy, everything has a lot more bang than volume 1. The story follows a linear progression, but each chapter can also stand on their own. My favorite chapter was definitely the one where Kazuma hired a succubus to give him what was essentially a wet dream. The way he mistook Darkness for the woman he was dreaming about was hilarious. Like, holy shit, it was so funny. Just listening to Kazuma unknowingly harass his masochistic Crusader friend had me laughing so hard.
Overall, KonoSuba volume 2 gave me a lot of laughs. It still wasn’t as funny as the anime, but that’s like trying to compare a grapefruit to a watermelon.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13 & UP
Released By: Yen On
Release Date: April 18, 2017