The plot and pacing of this show are atrocious,
It's a comedy. The plot simply there for the sake of humour, it's also paced for the sake of humour. Nothing seriously dramatic really happens, and if it seems like it is it's inevitably just set up for a joke.
Just because it is a comedy doesn't mean it has a free pass when it comes to pacing. You make it sound like I was implying that all plots, regardless of genre, should have the same pacing. To me, you
are implying that comedy doesn't need
pacing or plot. It does, and I'll say it again - the pacing and plot of the show, even within the context of comedy, sucks.
Regarding the plot, this show works on topical comedy and character comedy. Character comedy only works for so long. Characters only have a certain set of characteristics, and poking at the same things over and over again becomes boring fast. "Hey, the knight is a masochist, hahaha!" "Megumin has a funny name and can only cast magic once a day, hohoho!". These were good the first time. You can't just fill 12 episodes with the same joke. That means you need some topical comedy, and topical comedy by definition requires events to continue moving or else you fall into the same trap of repeating the same jokes over and over again. If the pacing is bad you can still have decent topical comedy, but if the pacing is good you can make jokes that build off of existing jokes and feel natural. This show lacks that good pacing and is putting too much of its comedy on the characters. This bad pacing is a direct result of a mediocre plot. Comedy can get away with a mediocre plot, but topical comedy can't. It is extremely important to note that the content and pacing we've seen would work extremely
well for "extended" print. It is atrocious for "burst" video.
So, I'll say it a third time. The plot and pacing of this show fucking sucks, but what do I know? I'm some random dude on the internet.