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KonoSuba Season 3 Episode 8 - Farewell to Darkness

As KonoSuba season 3 episode 8, we’re reminded that Subaru needs to strengthen up a bit. While both him and Kazuma die in the most traumatic of ways, whenever Kazuma revives, all he ever worries about is getting frisky, while ol’ Subs has lifelong PTSD. It really goes to show how your approach to life makes a difference.

Hydras Are A Pain

To the surprise of no one, the KonoSuba gang failed to subdue the Hydra. The fact that they made the situation worse by pissing it off also surprises no one. So now they’re in a position where the whole town is mad at them, and Darkness is still acting odd. A winning combination.

Even as the Hydra proves too much for all four of the KonoSuba gang, Lalatina, and Megumin continue to pester the poor cryptid. But their attempts go over as well as Interspecies Reviewers airing on Funimation. Everyone involved came out of that utterly disappointed. Yet they keep at it. Lalatina is adamant that they have to defeat the Hydra. We all know that Lalatina isn’t the brightest bulb in the Christmas tree, but even we, as viewers, can tell that something is up.

As the KonoSuba gang realizes that, despite their best warnings, Lalatina went to face the Hydra again on her own, Kazuma steps up in the biggest of ways and rallies reinforcements. And when they get to the shore of the lake, Kazuma delegates tasks like he’s the reincarnation of Sun Tzu. Showing once again that 95% of the mental and strategic capacity in the KonoSuba gang comes from Kazuma.

And with the power of friendship, the adventurers of Axel manage to subdue the Hydra just long enough for Kazuma to catapult towards it and suck it dry using a drain touch. Or, at least, that was the plan.

The Awakening

Instead, what happens is that as the mob of adventurers tries to subdue the Hydra, it almost squishes Kazuma and Lalatina. But mistakes happen; life’s a process of growth. Every day you can learn something about yourself and the world around you. Sometimes, you see a pretty flower and learn about a new plant. Other times, you watch the news, and a piece about culverts and dams affecting fish migration teaches you about the importance of free-flowing rivers.

Other times, a hydra plops on you while a guy with boundary issues hurls abuse at you and you realize that’s the most hot and bothered you’ve ever been, not despite it, but because of it. In that most exciting of moments, you learn about yourself. You learn that being treated like a lever is not only good for your muscles; it’s good for your soul.

As Lalatina is rushed away from a felled hydra, body shaking and mouth drooling, Axel’s adventurers begin their final assault on the beast. And with the help of everyone’s favorite explosive loli, the foul beast is finally felled, and peaceful days return to Axel, or so it would seem.

KonoSuba Season 3 Episode 8 – Wrap-Up

No matter how well you know someone, you’ll never really know the extent of their battles. This can be as simple as someone hiding issues at work from you or as life-changing as someone smiling at you when they have already decided to end their life.

No matter the reason, it is rarely because of a lack of trust or communication. Most times, it’s because the individual suffering doesn’t want to ask for more help than they think they’re worth. As the festivities die down and Aqua, Kazuma, and Megumin stagger back to the mansion, they are confronted with this painful reality.

As they try to find Lalatina to continue the night’s festivities, she’s nowhere to be seen. In fact, she’s long gone. The only remnant of her is a farewell letter thanking them for all the joyful times and letting them know that nothing she could say could ever express her gratitude for the years they spent together. The kind of letter that, from experience, I can tell you you never want to read.

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© Natsume Akatsuki, Kurone Mishima / KADOKAWA / KonoSuba Production Committee

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