Review: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
With a flood of comedy anime series every season, there are always few that make me laugh my ass off. Konosuba nails it head on with its humor every episode, never leaving a dull moment left to be unnoticed, making the show's episodes very memorable than most comedic anime series. Konosuba takes you to the classic fantasy world and applies real world mechanics and corky,satirical humor with an absurd cast of characters.
Kazuma Satou is your regular otaku who doesn't go out much besides going out to buy games,anime and products alike. One day he saw a girl about to be ran over by a truck, then he ended up dying saving her. Ending up in the after life, he met a goddess who revealed his death was actually from shock(He also pissed himself too). The truck was actually a slow tractor and the girl was greeting the farmer as usual, Kazuma thought it was a truck. From such a silly death, his parents, doctors, friends and even the goddess laughed from how he died. Now hes given a second chance to be reincarnated by defeating a demon king in an alternate fantasy world, in which hes allowed to bring one overpowered item with him on his travels (In any case, this sounds like hes going to be living a RPG). He chose the goddess who mocked him, the goddess panics and the story rides off. Along the way they meet a chunnibyou mage and a masochistic knight who join in on their adventures.
Character and the Voices:
Kazuma Satou: Hes the usual otaku who's personality becomes harsh and blunt throughout the show. Voiced by Jun Fukushima who also voiced Shoukichi from Yowamushi Pedal and Yoshihisa from Kotoura-san.
Aqua: The goddess whom Kazuma brought with him in spite of her, she ends up being useless (Like most guiding NPCs) and is a useless, whining child in the series which makes an interesting contrast with Kazuma. Voiced by Amamiya Sora who is also Akame from Akame ga Kill, Narugino from Punchline and Touka from Tokyo Ghoul.
Megumin: A very powerful wizard who specializes in explosion magic, however this art of magic requires an immense amount of mana to be used so she ends up fainting after using one spell. Shes also a chunnibyou which makes her such an adored character. Voiced by Rie Takahashi who is also Koan from Comet Lucifer and Ichinose from Sore ga Seiyuu!
Darkness: A masochistic knight who has no problem taking tons of hits,who misses everything from having low accuracy. This portrayal of a tank from RPG games is a clever way to portrayal this kind of class....as a masochist. Voiced by Ai Kayano who is also Honma from Anohana, Saori from Girls und Panzer, Ibara from Hyouko, Chisaki from Nagi no Asukara, Shiro from NGNL and so much more.
The opening wasn't anything special, a catchy generic j-pop song that fits the show which does the job well. The ending has an irish(?) fantasy feel whith soft,cute vocals that fit the show well to sooth things out. The composer for the OST is Kouda Masato who has done works for Aoko Hagane and Mahou Sensou, and apparently worked on popular games like Devils May Cry and the Monster Hunter series. I can't say much about the OST, considering theres no official release of it so I can only say no tracks were outlandishly odd. The ominous, choir music when something like Megumin's epic spell is about be casted plays is a very nice addition to over dramatize her powers when she can only use one spell. Nonetheless, the ost was okay overall.
The studio who animated this is Studio DEEN who has also done Higurashi, Vampire Knight, Fruits Basket, Kore Wa Zombie Desu ka?, Log Horizon, Sakura Trick, Hell Girl, and a fuckton more. Their animation quality was bright and for the most part above average. The animation for spells being casting were marvelous, however so those scenes were definitely badass.
It's been a good while since I've enjoyed a show's humor like this that also made their scenes so memorable. The chemistry between Kazuma's oddball party are well written and formatted so that you won't take them seriously. I was disappointed to see, by the end of the show, that it only has 10 episodes when this has so much potential for 13 episodes. Kazuma's character with his commentary leaves viewers rethinking what it's actually like being an adventurer in an RPG that truly brings out the brilliance in the show. Overall, the show is a solid and must watch for anyone who is familiar with RPG or MMORPGs, I repeat-a must watch.