KonoSuba, a popular name for whenever the Isekai genre is brought up. Written by popular Isekai author Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima, KonoSuba first appeared on the user-generated light novel website Shosetsuka ni Naro. This happened back in December 2012, you know, when things were normal and peaceful. Later on, because of its rising popularity, it was taken up for publication by Kadokawa Shoten under their Sneaker Bunko Imprint. This published version ran from October 2013 all the way until May 2020. The light novel series also inspired a manga based on the story. The manga adaptation was illustrated by Masahito Watari and Joseph Yokobori and published by Fujimi Shobo in their Monthly Dragon Ace manga magazine in the year 2014.
The Light novel itself inspired many spin-offs after it ended on the 17th volume. So Natsume ended up writing three spin-offs for the characters Megumin, Dust, and Vanir. The novel was licensed in English for North America by none other than Yen Press on May 20, 2016, onward. The anime adaptation based on the manga is a very popular example of Isekai shows in general. KonoSuba fulfills every fan’s Isekai dreams quickly and simply without adding much of a difficult stir in the story itself.
The anime was adapted by Studio Deen which aired from January 14, 2016, and March 16, 2016. The anime has had a good run of 2 seasons and multiple OVAs. Ever since the second season ended, fans have been rooting for a third one.
So, what is KonoSuba about? Where are we in the story so far? And when are we getting the third season of the show? Let’s find out.
As mentioned before, KonoSuba is adapted from a novel by a famous Isekai writer. And so, it is the prime example of an Isekai show. The story follows the life of Kazuma Sato, a teen who gets offered to be transported to a parallel world. This world would not be like the normal one as it would have game-like MMORPG elements where he could wield powerful weapons and fight monsters. And even though he gets an offer to receive a great weapon, he chooses Aqua the goddess to accompany him instead.
They land in the town of Axel and Kazuma soon finds out that choosing Aqua was a pretty bad idea. She is now trapped with him because she cannot be reincarnated as a goddess unless the Devil King is defeated. The two go on to recruit two other members to the party. A magician who dreams only about explosions and a crusader named Darkness.
Realizing it is almost impossible to defeat the Devil King, Kazuma gently gives up on the whole quest. Instead, he tries to live a lavish life but the way his Isekai life is set up, every following day brings him closer and closer to going up against the Devil King himself. How long until he has to battle him to the death?
Story So Far
The 10th and final episode of season 2 aired on March 16, 2017. In the episode, we saw Kazuma and his friends get away from an angry mob only to find out that the source of water was being poisoned by a slime. The slime turned out to be the army leader of the Devil King and was named Hans. Hans had consumed the overseer of the Hots Spring and taken over the source so he could poison it and kill as many people as possible. Dead bodies had started dropping all over the place.
Wiz battles Hans while Aqua attempts to purify the source with the help of her followers. Soon, they realize that bodies consumed by Hans can still be revived and brought back. Seeing this to his advantage, Kazuma lets himself be eaten as Wiz and Megumin try to bring him down. Late, Aqua arrives with the full force of her followers and they all finally defeat Hans and resurrect Kazuma. However, Aqua ended up purifying all the hot springs water with her powers so the villagers kick them out and they return home to Axel.
KonoSuba Season 3 Release Date
So far, no official announcements have been made regarding the release of KonoSuba season 3. Doubtlessly, with the light novels only ending in 2020, there is a lot of source material to go by. And with the growing popularity of the show, we can see that a season 3 might be possible. So, accordingly, we can expect the third season to start airing sometime in the last quarter of the year 2022 or the first quarter of 2023. Until then, fans will have to wait for an official announcement from the makers.
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