What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about KonoSuba! (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)! With so much free time right now, it felt ridiculous that I waited any longer jumping into this anime series. A friend of mine was recommending it for so long, and this was the right time to indulge in a series which could give me a genuine laugh. And it did! From the first episode I was sucked into KonoSuba! and did not regret the choice!
For those of you who were in the dark about this series like me; After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! You can guess which one he went with. The kicker is that this goddess who mocked him for that death is paid back in kind by being the one thing he got to take with him into that fantasy world! That scene itself was hooked me immediately because I knew the kind of characters we were dealing with, and the kind of humor they were going to rely on.
Seeing how KonoSuba is the kind of series that is supposed to make you laugh, the humor was everything. I have a soft spot for crude humor, and they nailed it. Sometimes it is straightforward, perverted, ridiculous, though more often it is used like a weapon. I mean these are people who are supposed to trust each other with their lives, and yet they spend more time than anything else throwing shade at one another. Especially when it comes to Kazuma and Aqua. Those two have no problem with being blunt about the first thing which come to mind. More often ill-advised and comes back to bite them in the butt which adds for more comedic value.
As the main character, Kazuma was everything you could hope for from someone trapped in another world. Normally the person would quickly be forced to become someone different from who they were in their other life, but here’s Kazuma pretty much being the kind of guy he always was. As easy as it could have been adjusting and changing to the world around him, he relied on everything that would make life for him simpler. Not just when it came to how he managed his use of abilities, but how he dealt with the people too. What others called conniving was really just him playing the game to the best of his ability. Aside from this, you had to love Kazuma for the reputation he also built up from this. I think the best thing about him was just how crappy of a person he was. It is one thing for people to throw around the word equality, but he takes it to the next level. You would think that being a crappy person would make it hard to connect with people, and then this guy rolls around making it look like a form of art.
You could almost say the same for Aqua. It was downright hilarious that they would throw a goddess in there and have her be so useless most of the time. I loved that this is someone who should have been able to conquer a world like this, and yet couldn’t pull off many spells that could make a difference in a fight. There was times I could not breathe because she could not even manage to compose herself like someone who is a goddess. Quick to cry when not pampered, the center of attention, or in the smallest bit of danger. You would pretty much sit there either laughing or giving her the same look as Kazuma who took no pity. The best thing Aqua did have going for her is how awesome she could be when she did manage to get serious. Depending on the situation, she did find ways to be formidable.
When it came to Megumin and Darkness, the writing for these two was brilliant for the fact that they should have been able to accomplish so much for the classes they fought as. Yet that was not the case with them because one only relied on ONE spell, and the other couldn’t hit **** with a sword! Though with that said, somehow they always found a way to turn the tides of a battle between that explosive power and unshakable defense. Their personalities were also captivating for the way they carried themselves. Megumin always had some grandstanding intro to her explosion spell, long title when introducing herself, and sense of accomplishment when letting off an explosion only to collapse immediately after. Then we have darkness who took masochist to new heights. It was gold how on the fence Kazuma was to allow someone like that in the party, and the regret they always had when she was so willing to throw her body in the way of the nearest monster.
Now he story and plot fortunately was never something you had to worry about, because it was as simple as it gets for a series like this. The end game was to defeat the Devil King, but everything else was open-ended. From the shenanigans this party got themselves into, to the trouble they stumbled into along the way, there was never a dull time for them. Especially when game mechanics consistently had their way with them. It was funny how you always knew when something bad was going to happen because the same thing you have probably experienced yourself playing a game. Going about your day one minute, and then the next thing you know you’re in a boss battle. That is KonoSuba and the execution was on point for it.
This leaves us with the animation. That was surprisingly very good. For the most part it was solid work. Though where the art jumps out at you is the facial expressions, how fluent the characters move, and the explosiveness of the colors. In the average episode, there was a good consistency. However, when the action was initiated? Top notch work if you ask me. Especially when it came to the fantasy elements which were bright and bold. Even creative when it came to the sigil work for the spells cast.
Even the movie was a treat for everything it turned out to be. It was a true adventure that you could immerse yourself into. Not only that, but one you could appreciate because it finally explored the story of Megumin. There was only so far you could go into this series without fully understanding where she comes from and how similar her people must be for Megumin to have walked away with such a ridiculous personality. Our introduction to the Crimson Demons did not disappoint one bit. Neither did the threat which brought the party to Megumin’s village. It was action-packed, hilarious at the best of times, and even endearing when you were not ready for it to be.
Overall, KonoSuba! is worth the watch. As I said in the title, this is entertainment value at its finest. If you are looking for a good laugh, and a story that you can still find reason to take seriously? This is a series which can do that for you. There’s not even that many episodes out that you would worry about committing to something too big. I for one walked away looking forward to a season three whenever that comes.