Light Novel / Konosuba

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The two main characters of the story, Kazuma and Aqua displayed on the cover of the first light novel. Along with their companions Darkness and Megumin in Chibi form.

Kazuma Satou is a hikikomori who died pushing a girl out of the way of a truck, only to wind up in the presence of Aqua, a beautiful self-proclaimed goddess... who proceeds to mock him for his embarrassing demisenote , before giving him a choice: either go to heaven to lead a boring afterlife, start over on Earth as a baby... or reincarnate with his current body and memories in a different world in order to defeat a demon king who terrorizes it.

Given his past life as an avid gamer, Kazuma picks the latter option, after which he was told to choose anything, an item or ability of any type, to bring into the new world with him. And out of sheer spite, he chooses Aqua as his "cheat" item to bring. And with that done the two are both dragged into a fantasy world of grand adventure...

...Oh, how Kazuma wishes it were that easy. Instead, he is stuck with three "problem children": Aqua, the lazy water goddess; Megumin, a delusional child mage; and Darkness, a masochistic lady-knight.

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, originally Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku O! (この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!, Blessing this Wonderful World!), is an ongoing 2013 light novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima, currently at eight volumes, with an anime adaptation by Studio DEEN released at the Winter 2016 block.

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime under the title God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!, which can be viewed here for audiences worldwide except for Asia, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand; and German, French, Italian, and Dutch Speaking Europe. The light novels and manga have been licensed by Yen Press.

There are also a few tie-in games, though the first two are blu-ray season pack bonuses - the first season's being an RPG Maker game, and the second being a Mega Man-esque platformer made by Krobon Station, the developer of Pharaoh Rebirth, with the plot being Verdia coming back from the dead, and brainwashing Kazuma's party, forcing the poor bastard to go beat them up himself before taking down Verdia himself. The first isn't really noteworthy, but the second got a lot of attention for being very well-made and fun on its own, and foreign players are hoping for an official independent English release. There is also a visual novel game in development, about Kazuma putting on a ring that steals the panties of everyone around him (because of course) and he needs to acquire the funds needed to deal with the problem.


Blessing this Wonderful World with Tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Winter Shogun's blade slices Darkness's sword in half when it attacks her.
  • And the Adventure Continues:
    • The original web novel ended with Kazuma successfully taking out the Demon King with a point-blank suicide Explosion. In the afterlife, he rejects Eris's reward of reincarnating him back on Earth in a wealthy, loving family with two beautiful sisters (his original wish to Eris). Instead, he chooses to return to Aqua. To his dismay, Eris promptly tells him that the Demon King was just the first of many, each one exponentially stronger than the last, before wishing him luck on his new journey.
    • The anime's second season ends with the charactes returning home after their fight with Hans and getting ready to continue with their lives, the same way as before. After the credits roll, Kazuma states the true battle is only beginning.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Parodied with the diary of the scientist who built the Destroyer. It begins like a classic example, then turns more and more informal, starts using "shiiiiiiit" like punctuation, and rather than ending in the usual omnious cliffhanger, the last words are of him calling whoever built the thing a complete idiot, right before remembering he's the one who did it. The readers end up understandably flabbergasted.
  • Armor of Invincibility: One exists in the form of Aegis, considered the most advanced of the artifacts that the Japanese could choose from. It holds that title because it is invulnerable to damage, heals the user as a passive effect, and is sentient.
  • Astral Checkerboard Decor: The purgatory dimension where Kazuma ends up in after dying has a chessboard floor pattern.
  • Battle Harem:
    • One jealous adventurer lampshades it when claiming Kazuma doesn't deserve a party full of beautiful, powerful girls, and wishes he could be the harem protagonist instead. He ends up changing his mind after he switched parties with Kazuma for a day, to the point where he begged to switch back.
    • Played straight with Kyouya Mitsurugi, whose female party members argue over the right to be his girlfriend.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite how each and every member of the Axis Cult is a Cloudcuckoolander in some way or another, there's two things they are terrifyingly serious about: demons and heretics.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Volume 5 reveals that the Crimson Magic Clan originated from chuunibyou humans who had their magic talent genetically enhanced. Oh and the idiot who came up with the idea to enhance said delusional mages in the first place? Why, the same numbskull who created the Destroyer, that's who.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The anime's second season ends with the heroes defeating yet another one of the Demon King's generals, even when his plan to cripple Alcanretia's economy succeeds after Aqua uses a form of God Requiem so powerful the medicinal hot springs water turned into ordinary hot water.
    • Belated Happy Ending: However, Volume 8 of the novels, well beyond the scope of the animated adaptations to date, reveal that it wasn't entirely a disaster — if anything, it was a blessing in disguise, as the resulting water was extremely potent holy water, which would in the long term prove to be even more marketable and thus profitable than were Alcanretia to remain a hot springs town.
  • Book Ends:
    • The web novel ended exactly as it had began; Kazuma in the afterlife being summoned into the fantasy world, and choosing a goddess to take with him. The twist is that he ended up choosing Eris to get back at Aqua for pissing him off.
    • Episode 3 of season 2 starts with Kazuma questioning what he's doing with his life after one of Megumin's Explosions creates a rainbow. He finds himself asking himself the same thing at the end, when he witnesses Aqua puking up a rainbow, after he spent all his Eris on alcohol.
  • Brick Joke: In several episodes, Megumin (and occasionally Kazuma) sings a song with the lyrics of, "bakuretsu, bakuretsu, la, la, la" (explosion, explosion, la, la, la). In the second season, Aqua uses the same tune to sing a song with the lyrics of, "otakara, otakara, la, la, la" (treasure, treasure, la, la, la).
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • Kazuma can be surprisingly effective as a Combat Pragmatist and can reverse engineer some Earth technology, but tends to laze around if he's sitting on a lot of money.
    • The Hikikomori members of the Crimson Magic Clan are powerful arch wizards capable of fending off the Demon King's army.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Megumin does this to Verdia in Episode 4, talking big about how her constant casting of Explosion on the abandoned castle he was living at was all a ploy to bring him out and face off against the adventurers in Axel. Though he seemed to only want to leave them with a warning, she continues to taunt him, causing him to cast a curse on her which would kill her in seven days. However, Darkness intercepts the spell, and Aqua easily dispels it after he leaves.
  • Butt-Monkey:
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes:
    • The Crimson Magic Clan are named after their deep red eyes, which radiate in varying intensity to the person's emotion state. In the dark they give off an "eye shine" that can be seen without a light source.
    • Baptized members of the Axis Cult have a strange glow that seems to emit from the back of their eyes, whenever they think of Aqua or are converting others to their faith. It's a sign of their insanity and the blessing of Aqua.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Vanir claims that both Kazuma and Darkness are attracted to one another, but are too afraid of destroying their friendship by taking it to the next level, thus they feign ignorance. Kazuma later analyzes his relationship with Megumin and thinks manga/light novel readers would normally be screaming at them to just get together already, but it's a lot different when he is also pretty conflicted with where his heart truly lay. In volume 9, during an intimate moment with Megumin, he apologizes to all the anime, manga and light novel protagonists he criticized for doing nothing in the same situation.
  • Central Theme: The idea that despite not being perfect or ideal, this world still offers plenty of simple joys and well-earned victories to be treasured.
  • Chest Monster: Double-subverted. Kazuma and Aqua encountered a suspicious chest while exploring a dungeon, and to test whether or not it is a monster, Kazuma throws a rock at it. The chest itself is not a monster, but the wall behind the chest is.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The first three main characters, Kazuma (green), Aqua (blue), and Megumin (red). Finally, Darkness joins as yellow.
  • Chuunibyou: The Crimson Magic Clan is an entire race of mages with overblown fantasies, down to the ridiculous clothes, nonsensical introductions, weird names, and, of course, overpowered magic.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens to Darkness during the cabbage event. She intercepts attacks meant for some adventurers who had been knocked down. Sections of her armor start breaking off as she sustains more hits, and eventually even her clothing starts getting ripped. However, later in the day, her gear is completely restored after said event is finished.
  • Color-Coded Characters: A subtle example with the main characters. Kazuma is green (eyes, jersey, and cloak), Aqua is blue, Megumin is red, and Darkness is yellow.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Megumin justifies her Crippling Overspecialization with Explosion, she declares it with such passion Aqua agrees with her. Kazuma meanwhile wants to dump her as soon as possible, but Megumin clings onto him and begs him not to abandon her like every other party has done, even blackmailing him by making him look like a paedophile.
    • Darkness gets a little too turned on at being hit with a curse that would kill her in seven days, and then imagines all the torture she would be subjected to by Verdia. Even he is creeped out by it, enough to make him hastily bolt out. Additionally, when Kazuma is chewing out Aqua for blowing all her money away and not being very useful to the group, Darkness wishes that he would verbally abuse her in the same manner as well.
    • After Kyouya loses a duel with Kazuma, his female companions disagree with the way he won. Kazuma threatens to steal their panties in public if they wanted to duel him as well. While Megumin attempts to cover her skirt due to having lost her panties to him days ago, Darkness has an excited look on her face at that prospect.
    • When Aqua is being attacked by monster alligators during a lake purification quest, Darkness wishes she were in the former's safety cage , all the while Aqua is frantically attempting to do her duties as though her life depended on it.
  • Corpsing: In Season 2 Episode 4 Kazuma and Aqua try to stifle their laughter after hearing that Darkness's real name is "Lalatina".
  • Crapsaccharine World: While the series definitely does not portray the world as sunshine and rainbows, if you weren't paying attention to the details you'd think it was relatively peaceful. However the casual way characters describe the darkers parts of the world can be quite disturbing.
    • The only reason why Axel is somewhat peaceful is because of the presence of both the lich Wiz and Verdia, one of the Demon Lord's generals. Monsters avoid the former, while the Demon Lord's lesser subordinates do so out of respect for him. Everywhere else lay at the mercy of demon raids and monster sieges.
    • The people tend to have some sort of Gallows Humor regarding their existence in a world beset by the Demon Lord. Their annual thanksgiving celebrations for Eris is actually a time of prayer for a chance to survive at least a year (instead of wealth or good health), while Aqua casually states that people don't bother giving birthday presents to each other because they don't expect to live too long.
    • Then there's the premise where the reason they are bringing in people from Japan is because they outright refuse to reincarnate in it. It's also worth noting that the gods are so anxious about defeating the Demon Lord, so they provide Japanese heroes with their choice of various Infinity +1 Sword or Armor of Invincibility to speed up the process. So far, only a few actually managed to defeat various Demon Lords, with each successful hero being married into the royal family. This, however, brings on another issue since it is heavily implied that the current Demon Lord is actually a Japanese himself.
    • Though it's played off as a comedic moment, agricultural crops gain the ability to move and become violent upon harvest season. To give an idea of how dangerous these crops are, in a community of powerful mages, Crimson Magic Clan farmers are some of the most powerful in the community because of the nigh-daily combat they face subjugating their crops. Axel does not suffer from starvation or food shortages because it lies on a major migration route, has an early warning system, and benefits from the large standing army of adventurers to "harvest" these crops. Communities lacking these fortuitous advantages, are not so lucky.
    • Due to constant monster attacks, basic education for children is an alien concept, as they either become adventurers and join the meat-grinder, or they learn a trade to assist adventurers. The only known exceptions are the tourist city of Alcanretia, the home base of the Aqua-worshipping Axis Cult, who are so annoying that not even the Demon Lord would want to go anywhere nearby, and the Crimson Magic Clan's Magic Academy, whose students are collectively powerful enough to repel the Demon Lord's armies.
    • Curative spells are a rare commodity among adventurers, removing a key pillar of the Damager, Healer, Tank tactics that are vital to survival. Part of this is because Healing Magic Is the Hardest, but another contributing factor is the world's greatest source of healers, the Axis Cult, is considered an incredibly dangerous religion.
    • Wiz is recognized as one of the most powerful spell casters in the world, having once been the member of an epic tier adventurer party. Said group nearly suffered a Total Party Kill via a curse, the aftermath of which resulted in Wiz becoming a lich and serving the Demon Lord she was supposed to defeat. The Demon Lord has only gotten stronger since then.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: This is basically the reason why Kazuma's team is such a handful.
    • Aqua suffers from this the least. While her skillset is limited to water magic, healing magic, and purification magic, she has enough variety to be extremely useful in plenty of different ways. Still, a major reason for being so useful is the huge power of her magic, which makes up for the limited variety.
    • Darkness is a serious case: she has extremely high strength and endurance, but nothing else. In addition, she can't even make proper use of her high strength, because she's so clumsy that she's terrible at hitting targets. As a result, pretty much her only use on the battlefield is to tank damage. However, one reedeming quality is that, as a noble, she is useful off the battlefield due to her influence and connections.
    • Megumin is the worst offender in Kazuma's party. She is a mage but can only cast one kind of magic, Explosion, an extremely powerful destructive area-of-effect spell. And as if only knowing how to use Explosion wasn't bad enough, the fact that she puts all her skill points in it has resulted in its mana cost being way too high for her to handle. As a result, she collapses due to exhaustion every time she uses it and needs about a day to recover enough mana to cast it again.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kazuma's party as a collective whole. Their personality and combat quirks make them individually incompetent, and the leader is constantly berating the girls for their antics because of it, but when they listen to him and work together, there's signs of them being the world's best chance at overthrowing the Demon King.
  • Cult: The Axis Cult is featured in Volumes 4 and 8, and is infamous for its adherents' zaniness and stupidity. Considering it's the Faith of Aqua, none of their antics are truly surprising.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Kazuma easily defeats Kyouya during their duel in episode five. He ends up stealing the latter's sword, then bopping him on the head with it.
    • Verdia easily defeats some random adventurers when they attempt to attack him all at once during his second appearance on Axel.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The Succubus that gets caught in Kazuma's Manor in Episode 9.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: Megumin, Aqua and Darkness, respectively; while there are occasions where he assists in these areas, Kazuma predominantly fills the Utility Party Member role.
  • Dancing Theme: In the anime's second season opening, the "dancing" consists of the main cast lazily waving their arms from side to side.
  • Deathbed Confession: Spoofed in the OVA-exclusive Episode 11. Kazuma, unable to get a cursed choker off his neck, confesses to the girls so he can die with a clear conscience. Naturally, his confessions are all perverted: he tells Megumin that whenever he carries her he shifts her so he can feel her small boobs against his back, he says that when he talks to Wiz and Yunyun he's constantly staring at their chests, and admits that he basically just sees Darkness as a giant walking pair of breasts. As for Aqua...he admits that she's such a pain in the ass that, despite his best efforts, he simply can't view her in a sexual manner. Of course, this means he doesn't actually die...at least until the girls get their hands on him and give him a premature audience with Eris in the afterlife.
  • Death by Origin Story: Kazuma is killed right off the bat. However, he is quickly resurrected in a new world.
  • Death Is Not Permanent: How the story begins. Also applies to resurrection spells working on Kazuma in the fantasy world, despite the practice being illegal, because Aqua and Eris, both goddesses, are able to bend that rule in his favor.
  • Debut Queue: In the anime, the first few episodes introduce the various girls that join up with Kazuma.
  • Deconstructive Parody:
    • Of light novels that reincarnate ordinary humans as heroes into a fantasy world. The way Kazuma died is specifically a parody of Mushoku Tensei. The deconstruction part is that, unlike most NEET protagonists that reincarnate, Kazuma isn't really able to turn his life around significantly, due to a combination of having less luck in recruiting comrades and occasionally snapping back to his pre-reincarnation habits.
    • It's also a reversal on the trend of such protagonists becoming charismatic powerhouses in their new world. Kazuma is stuck with a rock-bottom-tier class, and his companions, while top-tier, tend to have ridiculously unbalanced specializations to the point that they make themselves look more like liabilities than assets.
    • It also has an alternate take on the Harem Genre, where male observers of the quartet enviously mistake Kazuma as the luckiest man alive to have such beautiful companions, unaware of the sheer psychological pressure of handling his three "problem children".
    • Veterans of Tabletop RPG and Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game often remark how the hilarious antics of Kazuma's party, remind them of personal experiences when "serious" gamers are paired up with "casual" gamers, and the chaos that ensues when they clash. Another common comparison is the case of a veteran gamer opening a new account (Kazuma) having to party with several newbies who purchased high-level characters from gold farmers.
    • Kyouya Mitsurugi, another Japanese transplant, is a walking Take That! to the Chosen One trope commonly associated with the fantasy genre, being everything Kazuma is not — a Bishōnen who has the Cursed Sword "Gram", an Infinity +1 Sword/Disc-One Nuke, as his reincarnation perk, is specifically tasked by Aqua to fight the Demon Lord, is accompanied by two cute girls who bicker over him, and lives on a creed of Honor Before Reason. Naturally, not only does Kazuma resent the unfair advantage, but also discovers that without Gram he's a mere pushover.
    • The Point Build System is deconstructed in Megumin's spinoff, where her clan's optimal build is to only spend skill points on Advanced Magic, but not Beginner or Intermediate Magic. This means the students cannot use any real attack magic until they have enough skill points to learn advanced magic, even if they perfectly understand how to cast said magic. This leads to a rather amusing scene where the teachers help them power level by freezing an enemy in place while letting them bash it to death.
    • However, the above is also played seriously when Megumin, Yunyun, and Komekko are at the mercy of several monsters, forcing Yunyun to spend her skill points on Intermediate Magic in order to survive and then slowly grind enough levels in the background across several books until finally earning enough skill points to unlock Teleportation by the ninth novel.
    • In-universe, there's a picture book that further deconstructs the idea of giving cheat abilities to reincarnated heroes, especially if those "heroes" don't have any of Kazuma and Kyouya's virtues. The protagonist of the story lets the cheat powers go to his head and becomes a comically insufferable "solo player" who only fights the Demon King for fame and fortune. In the end, his less than heroic motivations lead him to become the next Demon King. It's unknown if this was based on actual events in the novel's setting.
    • Even Megumin and Darkness could be considered parodies of their respective classes by taking their roles to their logical conclusion. Wizards are supposed to be responsible for casting destructive AOE spells, which Megumin takes to extremes with her Explosion obsession. Crusaders are supposed to defend their allies, which Darkness also takes to extremes by being a masochist who enjoys taking hits.
    • Surprisingly, Kazuma eventually does fulfill the tradition of tensei series heroes finding more success in the other world than in their original life. This also gets deconstructed because while he did manage to become rich, he never really grows out of his NEET mentality like other protagonists usually do, causing him to coast on his riches now that he no longer has to risk his life to make ends meet.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?:
    • The reason Alderp never seems to get into trouble despite being a Devil in Plain Sight is because he took advantage of his summoned devil's amnesia to get infinite favors. Though his devil eventually realizes that he's being scammed and punishes Alderp for eternity.
    • When Megumin goes back on her deal to sell Chomesuke to Anis, the demoness complains that humans are often guilty of this trope when selling their souls in exchange for unreasonable wishes and wonders why they can't live more honestly.
    • Played for Laughs and literally with Aqua, who buys what she is told is a dragon egg for 75 million. Her dragon looks suspiciously like a chicken.
  • Disc-One Nuke: Defied. Kazuma is incentivised to reincarnate in the fantasy world by an offer to choose from a selection of skills, all of which seem "broken" from a game-savvy perspective. However, the individual making the offer ticks him off just a bit too much, so he opts to drag her into the world instead. He thus locks himself out of the "newcomer protagonist with a unique, powerful, game-changing skill" out of spite.
  • Ditzy Genius: The guy who created The Destroyer and the Crimson Magic Clan was of no doubt an absolutely brilliant magical scientist... But he also was somewhat lacking in common sense, even if he figured out that fact after finishing his final creation. Granted, the people who commissioned The Destroyer in the first place weren't exactly the brightest tools in the shed either, especially since it's implied the whole project was actually under-funded...
  • Divine Ranks: Aqua claims to be a high-ranking goddess because of her jurisdiction over Earth. When Kazuma mentioned there were rules that prevented him from having consecutive resurrections, Aqua immediately demanded to know who had the gall to question her authority and tell him that. Normally one might think she just being boastful, but Eris's submissive reactions indicate otherwise.
  • Diving Kick: The Lizard Runner Princess unleashes a Kamen Rider Kick on Kazuma during Episode 6 of the second season.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Sora Amamiya (Aqua), Rie Takahashi (Megumin) and Ai Kayano (Darkness) perform the ending themes for both seasons.
  • The Doll Episode: Episode 8 features a haunted mansion with ghosts that possess a large collection of Creepy Dolls.
  • Door-to-Door Episode: The second half of Season Two's Episode 8, where Axis cultists attempt to win over Kazuma and Darkness to the Axis Cult, to the former's annoyance.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The Mobile Fortress Destroyer. It's considered less an enemy and more an unstoppable force of nature. The reward for destroying it is only exceeded by the bounty on the Demon Lord himself.
    • Clergy of the Axis Cult. Whenever possible, the general population avoid contact with the followers of Aqua, warning newcomers of the extreme danger they pose. Aqua calls them, "good children," but the rest of the world consider them deadly nutcases.
  • Dream Weaver: Succubi can control the exact content of the dreams of the men they feed on. This allowed them to form a mutually beneficial business-like arrangement known as the Succubus Shop with the male adventurers in Axel where a succubus grants a man an Erotic Dream shaped to suit his tastes (they have to fill in a form and everything) in exchange of a small amount of his Life Force.
  • Eaten Alive:
    • Played for Laughs during the "Kill five giant toads" quest, where Aqua gets repeatedly eaten, along with Megumin after she joins them, forcing Kazuma to then save them.
    • And in a not so comedic fashion when Kazuma is eaten by a Hydra. As expected when you're eaten by a multi-headed monstrosity, there wasn't much left of him to revive.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: Exploited by a pair of shopkeepers in Alcanretia, who deliberately play up stereotypes about their races and argue with each other for the sake of attracting tourists.
  • Engrish: The second season of the anime ends with the message "THANKS FOR YOUR PLAYING."
  • Epic Fail:
    • Aqua rushes at a giant toad in anger after nearly being Swallowed Whole by one. She prepares a flashy Finishing Move as she runs towards the toad. As soon as it hits, the spell fizzles out, as the toad is immune to water-based attacks such as hers. She is then once again eaten by another toad, forcing Kazuma to rescue her again.
    • Darkness takes on Verdia during the latter's second assault on Axel. They have what appears to be a Single-Stroke Battle at some point in the fight. Unfortunately, despite Verdia being stationary, Darkness only cuts the two rocks between him, missing him entirely.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In Episode 4, after Darkness intercepts a curse intended for Megumin from Verdia, she starts getting a little too excited about being taken away and being tortured in various ways. Even he was so creeped out he simply tells Kazuma's party to stop blowing up his castle before leaving.
      • When he returns some time later, he chastises them for not showing up at his castle to try and defeat him and get the curse lifted, not knowing Darkness was uncursed mere moments after he left.
    • The Demon King allows Wiz to interfere if his generals cause civilian casualties, implying that he shares her views on sparing non-combatants.
    • The Winter Shogun spares Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness after they all prostrate in front of him for killing his snow minions. Kazuma unfortunately isn't so lucky and gets decapitated, although he's forcefully resurrected and ordered by Aqua to come back instead of being resurrected back on Earth.
  • Exposed to the Elements: In episode 7, they visit a freezing snow covered mountain in completely different costumes, but exposing just as much flesh as their usual outfits. Aqua has her usual micro mini pleased mesh skirt & thong on under her winter coat. Megumin has skin tight short-shorts under her parka.
  • Expy: The blue armor with gold gilding that Kyouya wears in the anime, has similarities with that of the iconic Roto (better known as Erdrick in the West) equipment set from the Dragon Quest series. The cross guard of Cursed Sword Gram also bears a similar shape to that of the Roto's sword. Roto was a savior from another world, the champion of a water goddess, who defeated the Demon King with an almighty blade: traits Kyouya sought to embody.
  • Fanservice: The series has been surprisingly subdued in this regard for the most part, limiting it to Gainaxing of the more buxom members of the cast, but episode 9 and its introduction of the Succubus Shop and the chaos that results after Kazuma decides to hire their "service" for an evening dials this up several notches.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Kazuma's party has this dynamic with him as the Thief, Darkness as the Fighter and both Aqua and Megumin as the Mages.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Initially Kazuma saw his "problem children" as useless burdens, and the girls saw him as an unreasonable taskmaster. While these sentiments still hold true in later volumes, Kazuma has grown accustomed to and accepted the girls' eccentricities, as his tactics increasingly factor their strengths, while he learns skills that compensate for their weaknesses. This never went unnoticed by them, and their increasing trust and loyalty demonstrates unspoken appreciation. And slowly but surely, their growing trust is reaping dividends, allowing them to defeat even some of the Demon King's greatest generals.
  • First Town: Axel serves this purpose, though the story also deconstructs the idea that people would abandon their home, just because they exceeded the average power level of it's citizens.
  • Fixed Relative Strength: Played straight with the girls: their personality quirks prevent them from "fixing" their flaws, and Kazuma willingly gave up an opportunity to correct Megumin's skillset, thus increasing levels only further magnifies the Crippling Overspecialization. Averted with Kazuma, who chose to learn skills to compensate for their weaknesses and/or leverage their advantages, becoming a more adaptable fighter in the process.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • A quest for locating the mobile fortress Destroyer is mentioned in Episode 7, as one of the missions Kazuma refused to accept that day. It makes a grand appearance in Episode 10, showing up at Axel without warning because no one else took the quest.
    • In vol 3, Megumin wins a manatite crystal from Yunyun. Megumin tells Kazuma that manatite can be used to supplement mana for spells but the quality of this one is too weak for her to use Explosion so its useless to her, and tells him to sell it to pay off his debt a little. In the web novel, before the final assault on the Demon Lord's Castle, Kazuma uses all his money buying a small mountain of manatite crystals of the highest quality for Megumin, allowing her to spam Explosion on the Demon Lord's Castle, wiping out vast hordes of his army and even breaking the barrier.
    • Kazuma mentions early on that Megumin's useless in dungeons because Explosion will cause the entire dungeon to collapse, killing everyone. At the end of the web novel, Kazuma does just this to kill the Demon Lord, though he also dies in the process.
    • The very beginning has Aqua trying to summon Kazuma to the fantasy world as a hero, despite the fact that he's not hero material, simply because she has a quota to fullfil. Its implied that she does this to every recently deceased Japanese youth regardless of the kind of person they are. The Demon Lord is actually a Japanese, meaning the entire situation is her fault to begin with.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Winter Shogun is a high-tier monster inhabiting a snowy wasteland otherwise occupied by largely harmless Snow Sprites who takes the form of a shogun. Aqua mentions that it subconsciously takes on a form of anything previous adventurers imagined, and mentions that several Japanese reincarnated adventurers have been there recently.
  • Freak-Out: The alligators in the lake Aqua attempts to purify freaks her so much that, for most of the rest of the day, she's sitting in her safety cage in a state that (as former Hikikomori Kazuma noted) is dangerously close to shutting herself in the cage forever.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Several are hidden throughout the anime series.
    • In the fourth episode of the second season, when Kazuma is using Drain Touch on Darkness and she asks what Kazuma intends to do with her leftover bathwater, the camera zooms to her eyes. For a brief instant there's a little heart inside.
  • Funny Background Event: During the shot of the guild's horrified reaction to overhearing Chris crying about how Kazuma extorted her over her inadvertently stolen panties, three men are instead giving Kazuma an admiring thumbs-up, while the other males are smiling.
  • Gainaxing: Just about every female character in the anime does this. Its most evident in the opening and Episode 9.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Subverted from all sorts of angles. Eris isn't a war goddess, so her contributions are often indirect or through the adventurers sent to save it. However, as Chris she's performed many heroic feats, and Kazuma eventually becomes her champion. Evidence points that Aqua was a lazy and irresponsible goddess who did as little Earth-related work as possible, and those habits are seen during her interactions with Kazuma and the new world. On the other hand, she has to be an active member of his party if she wants to return home, and she needs all the money to fuel her partying habits.
  • Going Commando: In the anime, Aqua definitely seems to not be wearing underwear. Season 2 Episode 8 shows this also seemed to extend to the Axis Cult, since every female member of the Axis Cult in Alcanretia in even moderately revealing clothing, with the sole exception of one old lady, is drawn such that they could not possibly be wearing panties under their clothes.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Kazuma's death isn't shown on screen in Episode 7. The girls mention that he got decapitated, and he sees the blood splatter on the snow from said attack. But when he's resurrected, he's perfectly fine thanks to Aqua's healing magic.
    • In the Light Novels, he suffers from the blood loss for a few days.
  • Growling Gut: Megumin's stomach does this when she first meets Kazuma and Aqua. She then tells them she hasn't eaten in three days.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Verdia engages in some with Kazuma's group during their encounters. He tries to act like a typical villain, but is constantly mocked by the girls.
  • Hero Insurance: Averted. Any property damage caused by Kazuma's party ends up costing them, such as the safety cage Aqua was in costing two-thirds of the lake purification quest (mostly caused by Kyouya bending it open to "rescue" her), as well as the 340-million-Eris damage to parts of Axel after Aqua used a Sacred Create Water to defeat Verdia, costing them all 300 million of their quest reward, with an extra 40 million in debt. Double Subverted as Volume 7 revealed that they are not actually supposed to be held responsible for damages incurred during exceptional emergency situations like the defense of the whole city and its inhabitants. The evil mayor of the city used a demon's power to warp the aftermath and tricked Darkness' family to fund the repair. He did so in order to force Darkness's family to marry her off to cover the debt.
  • Horny Devils: The succubus have an entire service industry, offering to fulfill the dreams of male adventurers.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Episode 9 and all of season 2, compared to the first.
  • Hub City: While it's a bit of a stretch to call it a city, Axel is this for Kazuma and the girls. A more straight in-universe example would be the kingdom's capital, though only well established or veteran adventurers have the luxury of doing so.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the anime, barring the first episode, all of the episodes' Japanese titles follow the same pattern: "この___に___を!" (Kono ___ ni ___ O!)
  • Impossible Thief: The "Steal" skill is basically the logical conclusion of thieving skills in RPG games that can allow for stuff to be stolen without notice, with the skill itself basically being a spell that steals things from a distance. It's also reliant on luck, and other people can make it harder by holding a bunch of worthless objects, including small rocks, as Chris demonstrates when she teaches Kazuma how to use it. Kazuma's ridiculously high luck stat allows him to abuse this skill for both practical purposes... And for stealing panties right off girls right in front of him, much to the horror of every woman in Axel, including Chris herself, who is a regular victim of Kazuma's panty thefts.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When Megumin is asked why she continued casting Explosion at Verdia's castle despite him warning them pretty clearly about it the last time he visited, she stated that, after learning the pleasures of having the castle as a target, she couldn't return to just using an empty field anymore.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Megumin lives and breathes this trope, as does her entire hometown because cool speeches are a must for members of the Crimson Magic Clan. In a side story is revealed that red-eyed wizards living in Axel gather from time to time to, among other things, decide who has the coolest signature phrases. To Megumin's surprise and horror, Kazuma was unanimously elected champion because he shamelessly plagiarized the best one-liners he could remember from manga and anime series that nobody in the other world had heard until then.
  • Kangaroo Court: Double-subverted in Volume 3/Season 2. The judge for Kazuma's trial wants to give Kazuma a fair trial and states outright that Shena's "evidence" is beyond flimsy, but Alderp's subtle threats and influence allow him to effectively game the trial in his favor.
  • Kill Steal: Crimson Magic Clan members have a habit of stealing the limelight from their allies, especially when it comes to taking out strong monsters or Demon Lord generals.
  • Lap Pillow: Aqua does this for Kazuma in episode seven shortly after reviving him.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Much to Kazuma's distress, the girls favor this line of strategy and sometimes do so without consulting him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Kazuma and his group essentially end up doing this when a fight turns serious, such as their fight against Verdia, who was largely a Butt-Monkey until he decides to attack them.
  • Like Brother and Sister: The typical banter between Kazuma and Aqua is not unlike bickering siblings who find it easier to annoy each other, than keep civil and not argue.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • When given the option of being sent to the fantasy world, Kazuma doesn't take kindly to the poor treatment he receives from Aqua. In revenge, he takes advantage of the "cheat item" perk by choosing Aqua. Her superiors seem to roll with the situation rather quickly.
    • Right before Kazuma is to be sent back to Japan after being killed by the Winter Shogun, Aqua resurrects him and demands he come back. When Eris mentions he's not supposed to resurrect back in the world he just came from, Aqua blackmails her into acquiescence by threatening to reveal that she's wearing breast pads.
  • Mask of Power: Downplayed in Volume 6. Vanir sells mass-produced masks similar to his own that, if worn on a moonlit night, will increase the wearer's mana, enhance their metabolism, and give their skin a silky luster through the mysterious power of the devil. Kazuma is given one for free due to his joint business venture with Vanir but treats it more like a cursed item. Later, when Chris convinces him to team up with her as a "Masked Chivalrous Thief" to raid the royal castle to steal a dangerous artifact so it can be sealed he wears it as a disguise. He actually seems to have forgotten the mask had any powers at all, but only notes that he felt in excellent condition and if the mask did boost his abilities in any way he didn't notice.
    • Based on Kazuma's time wearing it, the actually benefits are likely small boosts. Kazuma definitely had a lot of energy and was in top form, made abundantly clear when he tore through the castle's Knight Corp, Mitsurugi, and the Royal Guard while wearing it. While he terrified the opposition by downing powerful and experienced fights in a single blow and having seemingly limitless mana, Kazuma notes that he is actually just using Drain Touch to quickly deplete their stamina and replenish his mana. Aside from being unusually fired up he didn't actually do anything he couldn't do without the mask. Then again, he was also unarmed and was trying to avoid hurting anyone so it's possible the mask could boost his attack power if he fought for real.
    • It's only mentioned in passing, but Claire thought the masked figure was quite handsome despite generally disdaining Kazuma so the mask might actually have the power to boost attractiveness.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Pretty much everyone's reaction when the Destroyer shows up in front of Axel in episode ten. Aqua even already has some stuff loaded on a cart to run away with.
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: All of Kazuma's party frequently flash the thumbs-up sign to signal that, even after a long day of toil, everything is ok.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: Despite their flaws, Kazuma and his party usually find a way to defeat whatever boss shows up at the end of each volume, though not without consequences in the first two volumes.
  • Mook Horror Show: The Masked Chivalrous Thief to the defenders of the Royal Castle in volume 6. Interestingly, it isn't as much how powerful he was but instead how he completely sidestepped the fighting logic of guards, heroes and wizards alike, making their considerable strength useless against him. For example, he used a simple ice spell to trap a high-level Sword Master's weapon into its scabbard, depriving him of his main method of attack, and immediately stepped within his guard to summon some water into the adventurer's mouth and nasal cavity and froze it solid, which effectively disabled him until a wizard could thaw the ice with magic and even then the Primal Fear of near-asphyxiation would keep him out of the fight for a while.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The succubus and Darkness during Episode 9.
  • Mundane Utility: Aqua plans to use a snow sprite she managed to hang onto to chill drinks and make snow cones with in the summer.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Subverted. Darkness kneels and says a prayer for the adventurers killed by Verdia during his second attack, all of whom had criticized her before. However, Aqua resurrects all of them, causing a lot of embarrassment to her after they hear what she thought of them.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In Episode 4, due to Verdia moving near Axel, low-level monsters have gone into hiding, thus drying up quests for newcomers such as Kazuma and Aqua. Megumin passes time by practicing Explosion on an abandoned castle near the town — which so happened to be Verdia's hideout. He ends up showing up at Axel's gates to voice his complaints about his constant misfortune. And when he shows up again, Kazuma finds out that she was still doing it after the warning, this time with Aqua carrying her back home.
    • In episode ten, they manage to stop the Destroyer from blowing up the town by having Wiz teleport the core somewhere else. Unfortunately it lands by a rich noble's mansion, and Kazuma is then accused of treason as a result of said explosion.
  • No-Sell:
    • In Episode 2 of the anime, Aqua's ultimate God Punch has no effect on Giant Frogs because they are immune to water-attribute attacks.
    • Verdia and his undead knight's armor is supposed to do this to the spells of priests. The fact that Aqua's Turn Undead managed to harm him goes to show, depowered or not, how effective she is against the undead.
    • Darkness is capable of doing this to Vanir's dolls, whereas they do a crippling amount of damage to any other adventurers when they explode, she simply punches one in the face and walks away without a scratch.
    • Aqua is also able to do this with Vanir's clairvoyance. Her holy aura makes it impossible for him to read her thoughts, and it also obscures his vision for anyone nearby her.
  • Off-Model: Viewers don't seem to forgive Studio DEEN's art quality for this one, despite some scenes are superbly animated. However, they're the most willing to ignore this trope and focus on the comedy.
  • Off with His Head!: Kazuma suffers this from the Winter Shogun during a snow sprite kill quest. However, only the blood splatter on the snow is seen, and referenced by the girls. He's perfectly fine when he resurrects. This could have potentially happened after Darkness's father saw the "aftermath" of her and Alderp's son's practice duel.
  • Officially Shortened Title: Yen Press' translation is titled Konosuba.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • More often than not Kazuma has the displeasure of having this role, though he occasionally joins in on the antics himself. Near the end of the first volume, however, Verdia also ends up getting frustrated by the insanity of the party.
    • The epilogue of Volume 3 hilariously reveals that Aqua and Megumin think they're the Only Sane Man of the party too.
  • Orphaned Etymology: Megumin uses Excalibur as a euphimism for Kazuma's penis, despite being from a parallel world where Arthurian mythos never existed. Probably.
    • As it turns out, it's one of the divine weapon, now in the hands of Iris.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Goblins in this world travel in groups, are small as grade-schoolers, and carry weapons.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Liches are undead sorcerers in this setting, with the more powerful ones capable of creating The Undead from their presence alone. So far though, both Wiz and Keele, have been pretty cordial and not evil. While the former makes it a hobby to go out of her way and lay spirits to rest, the latter only became a lich to be with his beloved until her final moments and then asked Aqua to send him to the other world since he can't commit suicide.
  • Our Souls Are Different: All things in the world have souls, so killing or eating anything will cause you to absorb a part of it of their memories in the soul and gain experience points.
  • Panty Shot: Conspicuously averted in Season 2 Episode 8. When a little girl trips on a rock, an angle that should have provided one definitely doesn't, even though nothing definitively NSFW is seen. Possibly justified as she was a member of the Axis Cult, whose prime goddess Aqua also doesn't seem to bother.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Kazuma's group is stuck with this, and early on has to resort to manual labor simply to survive, and even their early quests don't amount to much due to the amount of trouble they have just trying to complete it, such as killing five giant toads and getting paid about what they were making just laying bricks. Later, thanks to his high Luck stat, Kazuma does make quite a bit of money, but mostly keeps it all to himself because he (correctly) believes his party members (particularly Aqua) are incapable of spending it responsibly.
  • Phlebotinum-Induced Stupidity: Aqua is notorious for her sheer stupidity, and it reflects on her followers, the Axis Cult, who actually suffer a penalty to their Intelligence.
  • Ponzi: The Axis Cult attempts to use one for fund raising. This draws the ire of the Eris Sect, since it violates the sanctity of fortune.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Because of the small amount of episodes allotted to it (ten regular episodes plus one BR-exclusive OAV), the anime had to skip or rearrange some of the gang's misadventures.
    • Wiz's introduction, which in the books took up an entire chapter, was reduced to a twenty-second flashback in episode 8. What's more, it's placed much later in the broadcast, where chronologically it would have occurred sometime after Kazuma learned Steal from Chris. The scene was, however, adapted into an audio drama.
    • The aforementioned chapter where Kazuma and Dust trade places for a day, because the latter mistook the former's companions as a Battle Harem, was skipped entirely, and episode 9 instead focuses on something that happens after that, the Succubus Shop.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Aqua and Megumin are definitely falling into this trope, as they barely do anything useful during the quests, and often need Kazuma to loan them money or feed them.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Comes with the territory given how self-centered the protagonists can be. Verdia, the first antagonist of the series, only goes after the heroes because Megumin was insistent on using his castle for target practice. Even then, Verdia was willing to let it go and spare the city the heroes were living in if she just stopped, but Megumin refused.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Apparently a lot of the Demon King's subordinates are like this, maintaining the barrier for him just because he asked them to.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Kazuma's group have various flaws which make them unsuitable for any other group, save for Kazuma himself, who is simply too low-level at that point to be of much use to others. Despite that, they manage to mostly work together to get their quests done.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As much as can be expected for an RPG-Mechanics Verse. The easy monsters near Axel have been hunted to extinction (unless herded in by a "Rookie Killer"-type) and monsters don't explode into money or items when they die (the guild offers a delivery service to bring them back to town and then you get paid accordingly minus a fee). The nearby beginner dungeon has been thoroughly ransacked. New adventurers don't get "starter" equipment or anything for free, even having to pay a registration fee, and the adventurer's guild is full of Fair Weather Friends. Oh, and there's no Hero Insurance, either.note 
    • Kazuma isn't the first and only person from Earth being sent to this world. Many people have been sent to defeat the Demon King, and many have failed, leaving behind their Schizo Tech and the "cheat" items they were given by the Gods. Several arcs have the party dealing with the mess that others like Kazuma have left behind.
    • Megumin is unable to find a party before Kazuma and Aqua come along. Since nobody is willing to put up with her Awesome, but Impractical fighting style when they can get a more well rounded and reliable mage.
  • Red Shirt Army: The adventurers who attack Verdia suffer a Curb-Stomp Battle when he not only dodges all of their attacks, but also kills them all in the process. Subverted later when Aqua quickly resurrects them after the battle.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: Kazuma's new world largely runs on this principle, with its denizens' abilities and characteristics (like Luck and Intelligence) being gauged by measurable attributes, which increase by killing monsters or completing quests.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Iris is a descendant of heroes who have defeated previous Demon Lords, and her father (the King) is often away leading his armies to defeat the current Demon Lord.
  • Running Gag: Quite a lot as expected of a comedy series, but one of the more frequent ones is having one of the characters attempt to strangle another in retaliation for something the another said or did.
    • Kazuma responding to people saying his name with a disinterested "Yes, I'm Kazuma."note  regardless of the context.
    • Whenever certain situations happen, the party - especially Kazuma - will typically have this extremely-unimpressed expression on their faces.
  • Scam Religion: Played with by the Axis Cult, Aqua's faithful. On one hand, it is notorious for its aggressive recruitment, indoctrination techniques and its followers being nuisances that certainly act like they're members of a Scam Religion. On the other hand, Aqua herself is an actual senior deity and the sacred waters of their central temple possesses incredible healing powers. Both factors make them a threat to the Demon Lord. In Volume 8, their shady practices lead it into a foul encounter with the dominant religion of the fantasy world, the Eris Sect.
  • Scenery Censor: It's amazing how that towel keeps the viewer from seeing Darkness completely nude in Season 1 Episode 9, as well as drips of water on the screen covering Wolbach in Season 2 Episode 9.
  • Schizo Tech: The world is a pretty typical fantasy medieval setting, but there are a few oddities such as internal plumbing, toilets and running water, or a mobile fortress destroyer, which a gigantic robotic spider that lives up to its namesake. Justified in that Kazuma isn't the first adventurer from Japan, and much of its technology is powered by magic.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: In the spirit of There Is No Kill Like Overkill, the Mobile Fortress Destroyer has TWO of them.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: A Doppelgänger once used Megumin's appearance to seduce Kazuma and then his to do the same with each of his party members, all in order to restrain them and clear the way to assassinate Princess Iris. While it worked well enough with Kazuma, Darkness noticed something was amiss because the fake didn't look at her chest at all (her masochism got in the way of actually stopping the bad guy though) and Megumin accidentally interrupted the double's attempt to sweet-talk Aqua but neither figured out it was an imposter unlike the blonde. The Doppelgänger's biggest mistake was using the same disguise to seduce the twelve-year-old Badass Princess — probably the one girl Kazuma never treated or thought of in a perverted manner — who despite her obvious crush on her "onii-sama" stopped "his" advances short and all was left of it was a puddle of black liquid on the floor.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Just look at Darkness in Season Two, in a blouse and hat, and a dress with a more formal hairstyle. They will hit you harder than Megumin's explosions.
  • Ship Tease: As of Volume 9, both Megumin and Kazuma have plainly stated to hold attraction for one another, but neither push hard enough to turn it into a full-on relationship.
    • In the anime adaptation, Kazuma admits that Megumin, Darkness, and even Aqua are good-looking they are a turn-off for him. That does not stop Megumin and Darkness teasing though.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sigil Spam: The populace of Alcanretia stamp the symbol of the Axis Cult on many things in the city, including pastries and soap.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Subverted when Darkness fights Verdia. They both swing dramatically and destroy stones nearby, only to realize that Darkness missed him.
  • Skewed Priorities: One of the Crimson Magic Clan's teachers tends to favor chuunibyou-related answers to her questions rather than Megumin or Yunyun's more practical answers.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Kazuma states that he is an advocate of gender equality, and as such he sees no problem in beating some sense into his party members, all female, whenever they get too rowdy, or in retaliating when they try to hurt him. He also threatens Kyouya's female companions after they protest the way he won their duel, by stealing their panties in public if they wanted to duel him as well.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Happens between the main quartet all the time, but mostly between Kazuma and Aqua.
  • Something Completely Different: Episode 9. The episode still followed the series comedic formula, but the amount of Fanservice was taken Up to Eleven during the succubus shop and mansion bath scenes. Where previous episodes were harmless, with the exception of occasional Gainaxing or a panties sight gag, the ninth features suggestive self-groping and partial nudity.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kazuma is forced to deal with three of them on a daily basis.
  • Spider Tank: The Mobile Fortress Destroyer, which is literally a giant mechanical spider that lives up to its namesake.
  • Spin-Off:
    • Gifting this Wonderful World with Explosions!, which focuses on Megumin's adventures before meeting Kazuma and Aqua.
    • Consulting with this Masked Devil!, originally a web based spin-off but was later compiled into a published print form, focuses on Vanir and the people who live in Axel other than the main party.
    • Continued, Gifting this World with Wonderful Explosions! another spin-off following Megumin, made due to her winning the popularity poll. Originally released in a web novel format, before being published in print with an additional chapter and epilogue. Notably most of the novel takes place between volumes 9 and 10 chronologically, while the last few that were added in the print version occur after volume 10.
  • Standard Hero Reward: The Royal Family is a firm believer in this trope and has a long history of marrying great heroes and heroines into the family, a practice that has produced an equally long list of badasses to its name. Currently, First Princess Iris is expected to marry the hero that finally defeats the Demon King and she's planning on arranging things in the background for that hero to be someone of her choice.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Aqua tells Kazuma that even if he didn't push the girl out of the way prior to getting killed, it wouldn't have hit her anyway. It was going very slow, and it wasn't a truck per se, but rather a small farming tractor. Combined with her constant laughing and mocking his death, this probably gave him more reason to pick her to come to the new world with.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
  • Taking the Bullet: A spell variation of this occurs in Episode 4, after Darkness intercepts a curse that would kill its recipient in seven days meant for Megumin.
  • Teleport Spam: The Crimson Magic Clan is unable to damage Sylvia, who absorbed an Anti-Magic weapon. In order to buy time, they keep spamming the "Teleport" spell to dodge her attacks and frustrate her into utter madness.
  • Theme Naming: Everyone in the Crimson Magic Clan has a unusual name, such as Megumin and Yunyun. In addition, everyone in the clan share a similar tendency to choose bizarre names when naming things.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The second season opening has Darkness scheming an idea of using exploding enemies and an iron door to fly over the back of a giant turtle. While Darkness is absolutely thrilled at the idea, Kazuma, Aqua, and Megumin have an expression of total resignation at their fate.
  • Those Two Guys: Dust and Keith have this sort of role.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Kazuma's party finally pay off their debt at the end of Volume 3 and even end up with quite a lot of leftover money. Whether this lasts or becomes a Hope Spot has yet to be seen.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth:
    • Apart from possessing some of the finest healers in the land, this is the reason the Demon King is wary of the inhabitants of Alcanretia, as their behavior freaks even him out. This is the reason he sent Hans to covertly poison their hot springs to cut off their income.
    • Both Vanir and Beldia find Darkness creepy due to her masochism and disturbing fantasies. With the former, Darkness enjoys having her body controlled against her will, as well as the idea of her allies attacking her. With the latter, she gets giddy at the idea of being tortured in Beldia's castle.
  • Training Montage: Kazuma and Aqua do this at the end of Episode 1 after they become adventurers. Except they have to start out with manual labor, much to the former's chagrin.
  • Trapped in Another World: Zigzagged with Kazuma. While he's repeatedly resurrected by Aqua after dying, Eris could reincarnate him back to Earth after each death if he refused to answer the spell (either choice requires consent). He enjoys the new world, troublesome party members included, more than he openly admits. Played rather straight with Aqua, to the point Kazuma can manipulate the goddess by simply mentioning her return to the divine realm is contingent upon his victory over the Demon King.
  • Uncanny Village: Alcanretia is a breathtakingly beautiful city of canals, aqueducts, and lakes. It is home to the most powerful healers on the continent and feared by monsters for its legions of skilled priests. The idyllic society has become one of the most peaceful locations in the world... but visitors soon learn it's the Holy City of the dreaded Axis Cult.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Averted. Kazuma's party have given up quests they cannot complete, due to stacked difficulty. Kazuma has also died on several occasions, and only continued adventuring because of Aqua's influence and seniority over Eris to resurrect him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Kazuma's party and Wiz defeating Hans and preventing him from poisoning Alcanretia's hot springs, the Axis Cult shows no gratitude and runs them out of town. This is because by using God Requiem to defeat Hans, Aqua purified the hot springs into normal hot water, rendering them useless to the town as a source of income.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Hilariously Exploited by an antagonist. In Volume 3, Vanir noticed the UST between Kazuma and Darkness and very nearly succeeded at invoking a "Leave Your Quest" Test on them by telling them that his clairvoyance assured that nobody would interrupt them from fulfilling the "unreasonable request" that Darkness owed to Kazuma due to a bet.
  • Useless Useful Spell:
    • played with and sometimes inverted with Aqua. Because of her high stats, she was able to pick up many skills. However, except for her healing and buff spells, Kazuma often declares many of those skills to be completely useless. Her Nature's Beauty skill is entertaining but has no practical value, she has a spell that lets those affected make vocal impressions, and she's preternaturally and genuinely good at art and construction… which are all completely useless to adventuring. Crosses over with Chekhov's Skill when these turn out to be surprisingly useful (or at least Kazuma finds a use for them), like the vocal impression spell allowing you to mimic voices perfectly, or her talent for construction allowing her to repair a fortress faster than the enemy can destroy it (and add a beautiful mural in the process).
    • Megumin's Explosion spell tends to enter this since she can only cast it once a day, and sometimes she gets so excited she lets it off before it would be effective, or even safe.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Both goddesses (even the otherwise gentle Eris) would gleefully eliminate all undeads and demons if given the chance. Naturally, this causes trouble with friendlier individuals like Wiz the Shrinking Violet lich shopkeeper or the lewd but harmless succubi running the Erotic Dream shop. Aqua does eventually warm up to Wiz, but it takes quite a while to get to that point.
  • Variant Chess: Episode 9 starts with Darkness and Megumin playing a game of it. It is also a recurring feature in the light novels. While the full rules are never explicitly mentioned, it incorporates features that emulate combat in the fantasy world, such as teleporting mages and Teleport Spam, healing, traps, thieves and steal, and the Explosion spell (flipping over the board and sending all the pieces flying, effectively wiping out the battlefield), which can only be used once a day. It is also apparently perfectly legal to win by paying someone to distract your opponent off the field with something so interesting that they resign just to see what all the fuss is about.
  • Video Game Stealing: The first technique that Kazuma learns and uses is "Steal," which allows him to take things by concentrating, reaching in the direction of his target, and closing his hand while it glows. However, he has no control over what precisely he steals - it depends on the user's Luck Stat. Good thing that Kazuma has a very high luck stat.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Between Kazuma and Aqua, the vitriolic part is definitely there, the best buds not so much; but they are pretty much inseparable at this point...
    • Headbutting Heroes: ...though sometimes they venture into this territory, since the two are still really bitter over their bad first impression of each other. Though in the later volumes they really soften up to one another, physical altercations between the two of them are still not uncommon.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: After Kazuma is killed by the Winter Shogun, Eris meets him much in the same way he met Aqua. Unlike the latter, Eris actually seems concerned for his wellbeing and promises to reincarnate him into a wealthy Japanese family. However, he sheds some tears as he talks about what he's gone through with the girls in the new world, suggesting he would miss it. Aqua then forces Eris to let him come back lest she reveal a shameful secret to him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A minor example during episode nine when Kazuma thinks that he's having a dream influenced by a succubus when he sees Darkness in the bath with him. He later finds out it wasn't a dream, and that the succubus who was supposed to give him said dream he wanted was captured in one of Aqua's traps. He then protects her from the other girls, and gets soundly beaten, though the succubus does manage to escape. Darkness then gets upset with him the next day when he uses said beating as an excuse to not remember anything the previous night, but then accidentally says something to suggest he didn't forget anything.
  • When Trees Attack: Agricultural crops gain animal intelligence and magical flight upon reaching harvestable maturity. They gather in massive swarms, attacking whomever attempts to stop their lemming-like migration to die somewhere remote without being eaten.
  • With Friends Like These...: Pretty much everyone in Kazuma's group has this attitude towards each other, with each of them thinking they are above the others' hijinks.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • When Kazuma discovers that Megumin has too lopsided a stat build and a single and extremely situational skill to be useful, he immediately tries to dismiss her from the party. At first she tries a "Please Don't Leave Me" approach, but as her bargaining gets more pathetic, some women overhear them and assume Kazuma was her Bastard Boyfriend breaking up with her after having fun subjecting her and Aqua to some deviant sex play involving the slimy substance they were drenched in at the time. Megumin immediately plays on this, and blackmails him into allowing her to be a fixture by making him look like a paedophile.
    • Chris plays this up as well after Kazuma accidentally steals her panties while trying out the Steal ability she taught him (though he initially wanted his purse, he was quite ecstatic with his loot). She later makes a huge scene of it in the guild hall where a lot of people can hear what he allegedly did to her panties and blackmailed her into giving up all her money to get them back. Shortly afterwards, she looks at him, and sticks her tongue out at him, suggesting that she was simply teasing him.
    • After blowing what little earnings she had from the cabbage hunt quest and finding herself unable to pay her bar tab, Aqua pleads with Kazuma to give her some of his relatively larger bounty. He initially refuses to, until she starts saying something about sharing a bed with her and doing various things in it to her out loud in front of a lot of people in the guild hall. He then promptly gives her the money she needs.
    • One of the first things to happen in Volume 5 is Kazuma and his party running into a monster infamous for this. The adventurers' guidebook even explains, in detail, how the gambit works. Still, this monster is a Master Actor, and despite knowing it's all a trick, the party can't bring themselves to kill it, until Kazuma, worried about YunYun falling for it goes back to check, and sees with his own eyes and hears with his own ears how he was being played.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The web novel ends with Eris revealing the fate of each character. Kazuma and Aqua continue their quest to defeat the other Demon Lords. Darkness became a famous hero who gets bombarded with marriage proposals, but rejects them all while always telling Kazuma about it (Eris notes that he's too dense to realize that she's waiting for his proposal), and Megumin's still blowing up castles.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: While fleeing from the possessed dolls of the haunted mansion, Kazuma was calling out for Aqua-sama to save him, noted that Aqua would be successfully eradicating ghosts in the huge estate, and warned the spirits to leave him alone or else they'd be destroyed by his powerful goddess. As much as it would please Aqua to hear Kazuma say these things, she was never within listening range.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: The Crimson Magic Clan has dominant genetic traits that pass to their offspring, such as dark hair and red eyes, that cause them to almost look alike at quick glance. Megumin and Yunyun could easily pass themselves off as sisters to an unknowing stranger. The same could be said for any of the other girls from their village.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Early on, Aqua tries demanding money from a priest, claiming that she deserves alms as a goddess. Not only does the priest not follow her (though he does follow one of Aqua's subordinate goddesses), he tells her that she shouldn't try impersonating someone divine.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Subverted in Episode 4. Verdia casts a curse at Megumin which would kill her in seven days. However, Darkness intercepts it, and then Megumin and Kazuma decide to confront him at the abandoned castle in order to force him to lift the curse. However, Aqua easily dispels the curse, destroying whatever plans the two were going to do. Verdia shows up again in episode six to mock them for letting Darkness die from the curse, only for her to show up alive and well, with Aqua mocking him about removing the curse after he left.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Kazuma, being Genre Savvy, calls other charactersnote  out on Tempting Fate lines, warning that such lines are bound to trigger an Event Flag. He's invariably right.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: According to Aqua, numerous Japanese people who arrived in the world before Kazuma related legends concerning the Winter Shogun, and they all congealed into a very dangerous conceptual entity that's the embodiment of winter.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Gaining experience is a mild variation of this. Killing or eating anything with a soul will cause you to absorb a part of it and gain experience.

Alternative Title(s): Gifting, Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku O

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