English: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Japanese: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
Aired: January, 2016 to March, 2016
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“Kazuma Satou is a shut-in die-hard fan of games, anime, and manga. A traffic accident brings his disappointingly brief life to an end, or it should have, but he wakes up and sees a beautiful girl who introduces herself as a goddess. She asks him if he’d like to go to another world but he can only bring one thing with him. Kazumi chooses to bring the goddess. With that, he is transported to another world and his great adventure subjugating the demon king begins, but first the hard work of finding food, clothing, and shelter begins. Kazuma wants to live in peace, but the goddess raises one problem after another, and then the demon king’s army has its eyes set on him.”
Rating: Solid 5 / 7 [ * ]
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started: January 13th, 2016
Finished: March 16th, 2016
Drink Pairing: Peach Cider and raspberries for the Goddesses!
The weeks ahead are looking bleak without Konosuba.
If you haven’t yet dreamt of living in an alternate world and becoming the Hero of said world, then let this serve as a warning to you. KonoSuba is a hilarious anime that follows Kazuma Satou through his afterlife where instead of going to Heaven to live happily ever after, he is reborn into a world terrorized and run by the Devil King and his monstrous army. Aqua, the goddess who leads humans who die too young into ever-after, offers one special buff for being reborn into the world to give new Adventurers an advantage (to “avoid instant death”, but really it’s just bribery).
Kazuma was a professional shut-in NEET (as Aqua so affectionately refers to him) who only left his house on a bright, sunny day to buy a new game when he sacrifices himself to save a classmate from getting run over by a tractor. Of course, given the opportunity to be reborn into a world he had spent years gaming and living in, avoiding reality, he jumped on it and began analyzing the buffs he could bring with him to his new life. When Aqua rushes Kazuma into making a choice, he throws caution to the wind and chooses to bring Aqua simply out of spite.
And thus, Kazuma and Aqua begin their journey to become expert Adventurers. Their stark personality differences and lack of cashflow (into their pockets) keeps them in the beginner starting town throughout the first season. We see their misfit group grow with two other members – Megumin, a young crimson demon ArchWizard who can call forth the ridiculously overpowered magic “Explosion” that can beat almost all opponents, and Darkness, a Crusader with amazing endurance and a strong urge to protect and defend. Unfortunately, the Goddess-turned-ArchPriest drains any cash with celebratory meals and her never-ending debt, the ArchWizard is rendered immobile after one burst of Explosion and tends to destroy most of the town (and any quest rewards) with it, and Darkness has a masochistic and perverted obsession with torture and pain. The four of them make the perfect comedy group as they try to stay on top of their impending debt and lack of any useful skills, whatsoever.
“Pound me harder!”
Looking at KonoSuba, you could say that it takes a hard look at life and it’s unfairness and hides behind it’s wit. No matter how hard you wish for something, and no matter how many people before you have gotten that same wish, it doesn’t mean that you will walk the same path or have the same experiences. One choice does not end the same for any two people, and starting over doesn’t necessarily change things unless you work harder and harder to make it happen…
… I mean, I could go on with the bullshit but why bother?
“Hey, Darkness. I know how stubborn you are, but set aside your hopeless fetishes for now and join me at the edge of the road – ”
“Given my usual behaviour, it can’t be helped that you would think that way, but do you really think I’m a woman of such rigid adherence to my own desires?”
“Sure. It’s obvious you are.”
– Darkness & Kazuma
KonoSuba is a fantastic self-aware anime that mocks the mainstream fantasy animes that play into the dreams of virtual realities, alternate dimensions, or being re-born and given a second chance (I’m looking at you, No Game No Life, Sword Art Online, and Log Horizon). The characters are either overpowered and useless or useful and can-barely-hold-a-sword weak, but their flaws make them the perfect match for each other. Unlike all other adventure shows, they start and end in the same town with almost exactly the same abilities (wait, my apologies – Aqua learns wicked awesome party tricks). I’m falling short on words for this anime because it transcends words for me at this point – it’s so unbelievably fantastic and loveable and beautifully animated…
I’m not sure how you’ve gone through the first three months of this year without seeing KonoSuba, but you’re probably lucky because you can no-life the entire show without waiting for the next week. Seriously, go watch this now.