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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the first season, in the Succubus Shop, Kazuma asked if "age" is a problem for the dream. Then in the second season, he freaked out when he realized Aqua is coming while he and Megumin are taking a bath together, fearing being called a pedo. Sometime latter, Megumin said to her rival she and Kazuma are dating and again, he freaked out. Also in the first OVA, he admitted while he carried her, he used the opportunity to feel her boobs on his back. Is Kazuma really wanting to do something with Megumin but is concerned about the consequences and unfortunate implications? Or this was just a random perverted act? Or does he feel that anything goes in a dream, while in real life he knows he can't touch that whatsoever?
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    • Was Aqua being truthful with what she said happened to Kazuma after he died in the start of the series? While Aqua claims he was laughed at by everyone involved, Aqua isn't exactly a reliable person for information, and she was wanting someone to go after the Demon King. Thus it is entirely possible Aqua lied about what happened so that Kazuma would be more open to fighting the Demon King instead of simply being reincarnated back on Earth.
  • Award Snub:
    • Was quite a huge one in Crunchyroll's 2016 Anime Awards. The only category it was nominated for "Best Comedy" it ended up losing and a lot of fans wanted Megumin to be nominated for "Best Girl". It didn't help that there was a close margin between it and the winner of "Best Comedy". At the very least however, Megumin was the most voted write-in for "Best Girl".
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    • It happened again in the 2017 Anime Awards, where it lost to Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid for "Best Comedy" and Kazuma lost to Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia for "Best Boy".
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Aqua being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing often causes a divide among viewers. Some actually think its funny that she's an unpleasant bitch in contrast to her divine nature and don't mind it when she complains or does something annoying since she usually gets her comeuppance. Others find her to be completely unbearable and the root of most of the problems the party has had. Or she's both.
    • Kazuma is either seen as one of the funniest and most refreshing light novel male-leads in a while or simply frustrating to watch. Some find it very funny that he's treated like a loser in-universe and its played for comedic effect unlike other light novel leads who are made to be overpowered. Others however find him aggravating to watch since he never develops as a character and is the same sarcastic jerk he was introduced as. A lot of his defenders however point out that the detractors take him too seriously and that he's not meant to be a character who develops or makes any progress.
  • Broken Base:
    • While Kazuma's loser status is a major source of a lot of laughs in the series, there's a segment of the fandom that want him to be properly rewarded for his accomplishments and increasing competence — in essence playing the isekai harem hero straight.
    • Kazuma's constant belittling and insulting of Aqua divides the fanbase. A lot see it as good comedy and note that Aqua frequently brings it on herself. However, there are quite a few fans who find it to have uncomfortable sexist overtones.
    • Kazuma's blatant sexual harassment of his female companions from book 4 onward. While some fans say that it's intentionally done to parody the cliche and it's all in good, but for others it has made some segments of the fandom uncomfortable. Kazuma's own justifications on just why he's doing it didn't do him any favors either.
    • With the first episode of season 2 coming out a lot of people are pointing out that the facial animations look even wonkier than they did in the first season. Seeing as how the wonky faces added to the charm of the show some see this as an improvement in the animation department and even believe that it might have been done on purpose in response to the first season. Others however see it as the animation only getting worse and won't let it slide as much. However, episodes 2 and 3 didn't have these problems, but then the same wonky style came back in episode 4. It was around this time viewers began to realize that this isn't so much bad quality, as it is intentional Stylistic Suck on the part of a specific episode director...which then set off a whole new set of arguments. Part of the issue also revolves around Values Dissonance over what is expected from anime compared to western animation, as "good animation" in the former is defined by fluidity, consistency, and attention to detail, while "good animation" in the latter is defined primarily by fluidity and expressiveness (without straying too far off-model); Geoff Thew of Mother's Basement surmises that the backlash towards season two (a backlash that he personally detests) is more due to it being a Japanese animated production that tries to capture the expressiveness of western animation.
    • The second season was very divisive while it was airing. Debates on the second season range from the humor which is either seen as a step up from the first season since it grew beyond the parody humor or is weaker since the style of humor wears thin and it begins to feel more like a typical fantasy with some jokes thrown in rather than a parody of fantasy light novels. There's also the animation which is either praised as Stylistic Suck or even praised for being creative and the animation style being seen as a complement to the humor the show is going for. Others were less forgiving of the animation actually seeing it as DEEN not caring or at worse being a sign of the second season being a phoned-in cash cow sequel.
  • Can't Un-Hear It:
    • Ever since Ai Kayano and Cristina Vee voiced Darkness, it's hard not to imagine several of their other roles acting masochistic, no matter how inappropriate or out of character it is. Doesn't help for the teenaged Alice, which shares the Japanese voice actor, she use the same tone of voice with Darkness. On the English side, whenever Darkness speaks in a serious or lower tone, Cristina uses her Velvet voice. And considering the type of person Velvet is...
    • For the English Dub, Patrick Seitz's performance as Verdia may have been well received, but due to Patrick's huge resume of voices, it's fairly easy to imagine Patrick's other roles in the place of Verdia. The most common are out-of-character choices, Scorpion, Dio Brando and Ragna the Bloodedge.
  • Cargo Ship: Megumin has been seen getting aroused over her staff, and describes how she gets off from casting Explosion at a castle in a very suggestive manner to the point where Kazuma tells her not to fidget when saying so.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Played for Laughs just like pretty much everything else about the series. Most of the Demon King's henchmen that the party goes after are pretty much just minding their own business and not causing any trouble, which only serves to make the protagonists more of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists. To drive this point home, most of the human antagonists tend to be many degrees worse than the monsters!
    • Subverted with Hans, who wasn't only planning to economically cripple an entire city, he also ate an Axis cult overseer just because he found him annoying. Even Wiz, a certified Nice Girl, was outraged.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Yunyun resonated well with viewers thanks to her sweet and gentle personality, rivalry with Megumin, being The Woobie, and Aki Toyosaki's performance.
  • Escapist Character:
    • Kazuma is actually a deconstruction of this due to parodying the Stock Light-Novel Hero. He's in the same situation that Isekai fans dream about, but he lacks the usual appeals that accompany such characters. Kazuma is constantly treated like a loser, has an incompetent Unwanted Harem, and frequently dies. So essentially, Kazuma himself wishes he were an Escapist Character but fails miserably at being one.
    • Megumin on the other hand plays it straight with her addiction to explosions. Picture a player picking up a rocket launcher and going wild with it, that's what Megumin gets up to on a daily basis.
  • Even Better Sequel: There are still a lot of fans who believe the second season is the better installment. The second season in particular has been praised for the fact that it is more consistently funny than the first season now that it has a grasp on the humor. Also helping is the fact that, with the principal cast introduced, the series can do more with its characters and has episodes that try new things entirely or give a different spin on gags in the first season.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Re:Zero over which title deconstructed the "trapped in a strange world" genre better. Either you think KonoSuba did it better because it's a self-aware parody that tries to stay as far away from the genre's common tropes as possible, or you think Re:Zero did it better since it played many genre tropes straight but applies a Darker and Edgier feel to the genre. Ironically, the authors of both series are close friends.
  • Fountain of Memes: It cannot be stressed enough just how insanely popular Megumin became in the anime community. Just to give a minor example, here's a Stupid Statement Dance Mix based off of the first two minutes she shows up.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Both shows aired in the same season and focus on deconstructing the Trapped in Another World trope, which has practically become its own sub-genre in the Light Novel industry. Unlike almost every other example of the trope, the protagonists of both series don't become all-powerful badasses, and they are stuck with rather incompetent party members. The major difference falls in the tone of each show, with Grimgar being deadly serious and Konosuba being light-hearted fun, making for an interesting contrast between the two.
    • with Re:Zero,due to the authors being friends and the similar premise (tracksuit wearing otaku NEET gets transported to another world and finds out it's not as awesome as they had hoped it was), it isn't surprising that there is overlap in the fandoms
    • With Diamond is Unbreakable as of recently since both the first season of KonoSuba and the Diamond is Unbreakable anime aired in 2016 one season apart from each other. With the Diamond is Unbreakable anime concluding in the Fall 2016 season the new season of KonoSuba due to being highly anticipated is filling the void Diamond is Unbreakable left after it concluded for seasonal anime viewers.
    • With Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu at least among the few who watched it. Both shows aired in the same seasons with fans not expecting either of them to be as good as they were and being cited as showing that Studio DEEN can make some great shows. It also helps that both shows aired their second seasons at the same time both of which are not only helped make both shows more popular but are seen by some as better than the first season.
  • Growing the Beard: The beginning of the series is funny but many agree that it really picks up during the party's battle with Beldia. It is the first arc in the series that isn't just the party goofing off and is where it finally becomes comfortable with its sense of humor and characters.
  • Iron Woobie: Kazuma. Resurrected into a world he barely understands, he has to defeat a villain that has terrorized the world for centuries and no other adventurer has no intention of doing the job. Kazuma isn't an idiot, he knows he is only a hero because he is the only one that actually cares about actually trying to make things better. He also has to put up with a party of eccentric individuals who seem to be more trouble than they're worth and his attempts to do the right thing either backfire or go unnoticed. Still, that never stops Kazuma from treasuring the simple joys in life with his new friends and every once in a while, something will go right for him, no strings attached.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In light of the above, there are lots of people who decided to check out the show just to see why and how a certain chuunibyou flame mage singlehandedly set off a hype barrage.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Being a victim of an Unwanted Harem, Kazuma falls into this trope with the girls in his party (plus Wiz and Eris) by default.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Arch-Devil Vanir, one of the seven Dukes of Hell and retired general of the Demon Lord, renovates a dungeon to battle against adventurers and prank them, letting him feed of their negative emotions and keep himself entertained. Unable to enter the inner-sanctum of a dungeon because of a purifying circle, Vanir attempts to kill the drawer by body-jacking a companion of Kazuma. Though struggling to take control of her body, Vanir eventually does so and even forms a cordial relationship with her. Accepting his defeat and remaining brave even in the face of seeming death, Vanir is revealed to have survived and now runs a magic item shop to help Kazuma on his future adventures.
  • Memetic Badass: Kazuma. Due to being the antithesis of the average Harem Protagonist note  it's actually won him over a lot of fans. Unfortunately, this also has a tendency to crossover into Misaimed Fandom territory as well since some fans will glorify him specifically for his negative traits.
  • Memetic Loser: Aqua has pretty much become the anime fandom's punching bag thanks to being The Load, a trait that's very frequently lampshaded In-Universe. If there's any word to describe her, it's useless.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • This image of Megumin from the ED is often copy/pasted over pictures of explosions.
    • EXPLOSION! note 
    • On anime image boards, a lot of people have taken to posting pictures of the Off-Model facial expressions.
    • Including Deen itself in S2's OP.
    • Happy Birthday! note 
    • Kazuma, Kazuma!
    • Chunchunmarunote 
    • Lalatinanote 
    • Eris pads her chest.
    • "the guy"note 
    • Aqua's Cry Cutenote 
  • Rewatch Bonus: In episode 2x04, Darkness's father mentions that his daughter, when she was younger, would pray for friends every day at Eris's shrine until she met a "thief girl". Said thief girl being Chris, the mortal disguise of Eris, meaning that Darkness's prayers were very literally answered.
  • She Really Can Act: After voicing several characters of The Cutie and The Stoic archetypes, there were some who believed Sora Amamiya lacked vocal range. Her work as Aqua earned her a lot of praise.
    • On the other hand, this has also resulted in the tongue-in-cheek criticism that the role doesn't require much acting from her part, since the way Aqua behaves is not that far from how Sora is in real life.
  • Shipping: Inevitable as the series goes on, and Kazuma slowly accumulates a chain of female acquaintances in the new world. Kazuma x Megumin and Kazuma x Eris are the most popular pairings for Japanese fans and readers. The light novel has entire story arcs to support Kazuma x Darkness and Kazuma x Megumin.
  • Signature Scene:
  • Superlative Dubbing: The english dub has been very well received by fans of the series, due to the dub making sure to be as faithful to the original script, but also making sure to adjust things to make more sense for the audience. Helping as well is the strong voice cast, with most of the actors being considered either pretty good, to being better than their Japanese counterparts. In particular, Cristina Valenzuela as Darkness and Patrick Seitz as Verdia have been among the most positively received parts of the dub, due to them both giving their all to making their performance stand out.
    • It's been often called a better abridged series than the actual abridged series.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Both ending songs are uncharacteristically comfy and lax considering the fact that the three heroines are singing them, and combined with the mundane activities they're shown doing, it makes it a very pleasant watch.
  • Tear Jerker:
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Being a Studio DEEN anime the in-between animation can come off as this at times but for a lot of people it actually added to the charm of the series.
    • Episode 2x08. Aww, lookit the adorable sleeping Megumin, isn't she just preci— Oh my God, why does Wiz have a set of lips for an eye?!
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Kazuma's constant perverted antics, like stealing panties and sexual harassment, and almost always getting away with it. Despite being played for laughs, this is seen as particularly vile by some people in the west, especially when one considers how much more unacceptable sexual harassment cases have become. Defending his actions by stating that he is an advocate of "true gender equality" may be outright offensive to some viewers. The situation comes riddled with Double Standard however, as Kazuma is subjected to his fair share of abuse that could qualify as sexual harrassment, such as Megumin ripping his towel off his waist when he didn't want her too, meaning he's technically just as much a victim of the antics as the girls. The series largely functions on Slapstick Knows No Gender, though in this case, it seems like the Double Standard is in effect on the western audiences' part.
    • The antics of the Axis cult will be much more familiar to viewers in America, where niche religions and aggressive proselytizing can be an everyday reality. Could potentially be a case of Americans Hate Tingle or Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales depending on the viewer.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
  • The Woobie: Yunyun, Yunyun, Yunyun. Since childhood, she was often the object of ridicule from her peers and was obsessed with defeating Megumin, who had her own troubles to worry about. She has tried to make friends but they often take advantage fromof her. No wonder why she clings onto Kazuma and his party so much: they are the only ones even willing to give her the time of day. Somebody give her a hug.
  • Woolseyism:
    • When Kazuma selects Aqua as his Cheat Item, he gloats about how he is going to use her all up to have an easy life, to which Aqua reacts by calling him a creep and covering herself. The implication seems to be that Aqua assumes Kazuma is going to do something perverted towards her, but this comes across as a bit awkward because Kazuma's statement doesn't really have anything sexual to it. The dub actually clarifies this by having Kazuma refer to using Aqua's powers by saying he will; "tap that". "Tap that" is an english slang for wanting to have sex or having sexual interaction with someone, which makes Aqua's reaction make a lot more sense now.
    • When Wiz tells the group about her interactions with Verdia, the dub changes his last line to be him shouting; "Strike baby!" followed by himself cheering. This actually adds something of a small Call-Back to when Kazuma used Steal to get his head, at which point he played soccer with his head, making it ironic that Kazuma choses a sports game without the use of hands, while Verdia references bowling, a sport where all you can use is your hands.
    • The Latin American Spanish dub has some of them:
      • When Megumin does her presentation in the second episode, she speaks using archaic European Spanish as a parody of the same language used in Spanish translations of fantasy novels, like The Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire and similar stuff.
      • Darkness' class as Crusader is translated in the Spanish dub as Paladin instead, probably to avoid any kind of religious undertones.


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