I love video games, I love anime and I love anime about video games. Needless to say, when I stumbled across KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! I fell head over heels in love.
If you know me, you will know that I enjoy the “character gets pulled into a fantasy world to be the chosen hero” troupe and I am a fan of parody. So imagine my reaction when I find an anime which that parodies that troupe. I feel like this anime was written for me.
KonoSuba is about Kazuma Satou, a shut-in Otaku who dies in an attempt to save a girl from being hit by a bus. Except it wasn’t a speeding bus, it was a slow-moving tractor. The egotistical Goddess Aqua gives him a choice, to be reborn in his world with no memory. Basically starting all over again, or to be brought into a fantasy world where he could become a hero.
He picks the later and drags her on the adventure, much to her dismay. The pair team up and soon meet two other adventures. The explosion-loving glass cannon Megumin and the masochist tank Darkness. The four team up, hijinks ensue.
The main reason I love this show is the characters. Kazuma, our protagonist, is supposed to be the straight man of the anime, but that doesn’t mean he is immune to the madness of this anime and the rest of the cast. While he might be the most intelligent character, he is the weakest. He is the rational one of the team, but he does join in the shenanigans. Kazuma’s reactions to the insanity of his ‘friends’ and the world around them are priceless.
Aqua, the goddess is a straight up arrogant bitch. Normally I dislike characters like her, but in KonoSuba she is constantly getting her comeuppance. From being eaten by giant toads (twice!) and being the butt of a lot of jokes. Aqua is by far the dumbest of the main characters. Spending her EXP on party tricks and charging into situations head first, only for it to imminently backfire.
Out of all the main characters, Darkness has the least development. She is your typical knight character combined with your standard masochist character. That is it.
Last but by no means least, Megumin. Megumin is a mage who only knows the most powerful spell, Explosion. This attack can kill anyone in just one hit, but it also uses up all of her magic. When that happens, she can’t move a muscle. This girl is dumb but passionate. I adore her and her excitable personality.
The main selling point of KonoSuba is its comedy. They make every joke they possibly can about gaming. Yet, it does it in a loving way. Sometimes the jokes can be a bit mean-spirited but they don’t take away from the heart of the show. This anime is perfect for gamers, with jokes and clever references it is a love letter to the hero from another world troupe and gamers.
KonoSuba is only 10 episodes long, thankfully it has been announced that a season two is coming in winter 2017. I can’t wait!
With loads of laughs and references, if you like games and anime you need to watch Kunosuba. Trust me, you will love it!
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! is available to stream on Crunchyroll.