Wed. May 22nd, 2024

Review: Konosuba, The Legend of Crimson

I finally got around to watching Konosuba, The Legend of Crimson, the anime movie from 2019. I liked it a lot, gave it four stars over on Letterboxd, but had some reservations. This film comes after the first two seasons of the Isekai tv anime, and continues to follow the adventures of Kazuma, Megumin, Aqua and Darkness. The plot, such as it is, has them visiting Megumin’s Crimson Demon Village to help her clan defeat one of the Demon King’s generals called Sylvia. It’s a fun time, with some great animation and humour, but some of that humour is questionable – at least to my Western eyes. There’s a scene where Kazuma is almost raped by a horde of female orcs with pig faces. Because, you know, rape is apparently funny – or at least when it’s being done to a man. Something similar happens later when Kazuma encounters Sylvia, a big-breasted giantess demon who it turns out has ‘something extra’ downstairs (ie, ‘they’ are trans). Some reviewers on Letterboxd suggested that Kazuma was transphobic because of his response to Sylvia. I’d like to know the specifics of this criticism, because my reading of Kazuma is he’s just responding normally to some sexual harrassment. As usual, the ‘Japanese’ sensibilities of some story points continue to fascinate and appal me, the fan service keeps coming, and I keep watching these things, because I love them so much. I am so watching this one again very soon!