Konosuba: An Explosion On This Wonderful World Season 1 Review – An Amusing Spin-Off That’s Average At Best

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1: The Crimson-Eyed Wizard -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2: The Magic Academy’s Taboo -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3: Guardians of the Crimson Demon Village -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4: The Crimson-Eyed Lonely Master-| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5: Prelude To An Explosion of Madness -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 6: The Raison D’être of an Explosive NEET -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7: Troublemakers of the City of Water -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 8: Fanatics of the Water City -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 9: Destroyer From The Crimson Village -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 10: Outlaws of the Town for Beginners -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 11: The Explosion Girl and The Forest Irregularity -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 12: An Explosion On This Wonderful World -| Review Score – 2.5/5


With Konosuba’s popularity skyrocketing after its first two seasons and feature film, it made sense for a spin-off series to air down the line. Instead of focusing on Kazuma, Aqua, or Darkness backgrounds, this spin-off examines the backstory of one of its most popular characters, Megumin. Although this series doesn’t contain the fun storytelling, humor, and animation found in the mainline Konosuba series, it has some good aspects that many will enjoy.

As stated earlier, Konosuba: An Explosion On This Wonderful World follows Megumin, a young girl saved by a mysterious wizard. Several years later, Megumin enrolls in the Crimson Prison Magical Academy to become an incredible wizard and wielder of explosion magic.

Megumin must triumph over many students, including her rival, Yunyun, to achieve her dreams. One day, she hopes to reunite with her role model and demonstrate her more profound understanding of explosion magic. This narrative will appeal to folks who adore Megumin’s character. It gives viewers a decent explanation of her past, the village she airs from, and some potential rivals that will push her to strive for better.

This series features fun slice-of-life aspects with a boatload of gags, jokes, and one-liners. From Megumin and her friends battling monstrous hordes to her assassinating ducks, some comedic bits here will make fans chuckle. T

The anime has fine world-building and memorable locales that will strike fans at their core. It introduces fans to people from Megumin’s village, such as Arue and Bokkokori, and various antagonists, like Host and Arnes. Megumin participates in many school-themed activities that will strengthen her understanding of magic and the world around her.

Furthermore, the series doesn’t have our cast stay in one place like other magic academy anime which aired during the Spring 2023 season. Some will enjoy the hilarious banter and events Megumin participates in at Arcanretia and Axel.

Unfortunately, the story’s praise stops there as it has multiple issues. Many of this season’s arcs felt rushed and underdeveloped. From Megumin blitzing through her magic academy training days to the weird handling of Host’s demise, the story should’ve opted for better pacing to expand its subplots. On top of that, some comedic bits felt repetitive and less entertaining than others. For example, one of the episodes has Yunyun defeating a montage of different groups without Megumin’s assistance.

While it’s funny at first, the joke wears out over time. Furthermore, the anime occasionally builds up Megumin’s encounter with her role model Lady Wolbach but ends with Yunyun meeting her instead. It leaves a sour taste in fans’ mouths since the show addresses this as one of Megumin’s reasons for learning explosion magic in the first place.

On top of having a mix of silly and predictable resolutions, Konosuba: An Explosion On This Wonderful World’s story comes off as a mixed bag. As for its cast, Megumin and Yunyun are the only ones who stand out. This series gives viewers a decent description of what they were like before their interactions with the main Konosuba cast. These girls have a rocky relationship at first, but through their experiences, they grow a tight connection over time. They also get into some fun mischief and display incredible wizardry in their battles with demons and ghouls. The side cast had potential but failed to deliver a solid and memorable impression.

Konosuba: An Explosion On This Wonderful World’s animation produced similarly mixed results as its storytelling. Unlike the previous seasons, Studio Drive animated this spin-off. With this in mind, fans will be delighted to know that much has changed from a visual perspective. This spin-off looks and feels like the mainline series that Studio Deen animated in 2016. While characters and monsters look off-model in some scenes, the magic battles are stylish and colorful, like in Konosuba’s other seasons. These segments will get audiences pumped, even if the story doesn’t elicit an enthusiastic response from them.  Nonetheless, with news of Studio Drive returning to work on Konosuba season 3, I’m hoping they put more effort into Konosuba’s casual scenes with that one.

The soundtrack and voice acting is decent throughout this spin-off. The music helps put folks in the anime’s amusing and compelling mood. Moreover, I can tell the voice cast from Rie Takahashi (Megumin) and Aki Toyosaki (Yunyun) had fun recording their lines for this.

For a spin-off series, this anime was okay at best. It doesn’t contain any depth, but it’s littered with compelling interactions, enticing revelations, and a boatload of comedic scenes to keep folks entertained. Thankfully, the mainline series’s third season has been green-lit and will air sometime in 2024. Despite this spin-off’s lackluster explosive finale, it has enough charm to warrant a viewing from all fantasy and comedy fanatics.

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  • Verdict - - 6/10

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