Hey, everyone TheCodeTrigger and welcome to my next anime review.
For this one we are taking a look at the Winter 16 anime KonoSuba.
KonoSuba was directed by Kanasaki, Takaomi and it consists of 10 episodes airing from Jan 14, 2016 too Mar 17, 2016.
With that out the way, let’s get started.
The story begins where our main lead Kazuma who got killed by a tractor while rescuing a girl in the progress. Then Kazuma wakes up in the afterlife where Aqua gives Kazuma an offer of where he can start a new life in a real RPG and from there Kazuma begins his new life as an adventure in an RPG setting as he gains experience and levels up like in an RPG game so he can defeat the boss at the end.
Now the story of KonoSuba is great because it really sets up the world really nicely with Kazuma is slowly adapting to his new life RPG life as he leaves is own world aka earth as he’s more character on the way like the really overpowered explosive magic user Mequin to the sloppy but tankly darkness.
The only thing that I really liked in the story is the jokes sure some of the jokes can a miss but least for this type of show is unique and it has that strong Slayers vibe when it comes to jokes and its similar pacing.
Also there is some really great sex humour on this like the having the magic power of stealing panties. This show is kinda weird but same it knows how to execute its humour really well without being cringe-worthy.
Overall the story is good for what it is.
The characters in KonoSuba were surprisingly really good and they were executed.
Kazuma isn’t your overpowered main protagonist, in fact, he starts off very weak in his new world and as the season progressed he becomes a more friendlier guy while still being a dumbass in the process.
Next is Aqua who is the goddess of water. She has the potential to do lots of damage to her opponents however like a another character that am about to mention some of her actions can really bite her in the ass because some of the things that Aqua does leads to more harm than good.
She is more as the circus type character because she rather do a show then actually support the group.
Least Aqua is not of those useless girls because at times she can be funny but at the same time she’s slightly annoying for my taste.
Overall I personalty like Aqua but not as much as the other character that am going to mention and also I can understand why people hate Aqua and it’s for a very good reason.
Mequin is that explosive girl that likes to blow things up with her magic.
Personally, she is my favourite charters in this show because she had the opportunity to learn all sorts of different spells but she usually just goes for the more explosive spells. She’s reminds of Lina Inverse due to her explosive nature.
One more thing that I really adore her is her overpowerness as well as the side effect. You see in most RPG/JRPG games where you use a really powerful spell that do massive damage but same thing if you mess up or do it incorrectly you will either waste some of your mana or become frozen up doing nothing while the enemies attack you for free.
This happens here because at certain point in this show where she a rage doll after she over uses her overpowered magic and trust it can lead to some really hilarious scenes.
Lina and Mequin would make a perfect magic explosive duo in my opinion ^_^
Overall Mequin is really amazing character and easily one of my favourite anime girls in anime.
Lastly we have Darkness who is a knight.
Now out of all the characters she is the weakest of the bunch fighting wise but she can tank like a boss.
However she is my least favourite character of the bunch because no offence but she is just there for fan-service most of the time but hey least she’s not like Hestia from Damnachi where she useless and she just there for fap material for the horny 12 years out there no offence.
The rest of the characters are just fine to support the show.
Overall this character cast is good.
KonoSuba was done by Studio Deen. The same studio that gave Shouwa, Fruits Basket and Fate Stay Night (2006).
The art itself is definitely the weakest part of KonoSuba. The scenery looks beautiful by itself but the character designs can get really messy at times especially they faces. Some may say its adds the humor but at times It can be really distracting at times. I liked the custom designs of the main cast because its makes the characters look more appealing in the world that they are in. Also, KonoSuba has some fan-service which is surprisingly tolerable here and it not too distracting unlike some other fantasy/RPG base anime looking at you Sword Art Online…
I found the animation to be really good and defiantly one of the best Deen works in the terms of animation because up to recently Deen is not known for smooth animation, for example, Fate Stay Night 2006. But at times like the art, it can be a bit choppy at times.
Overall the Animation is great for Deen standards.
The OST for Konosuba has that MMORPG feel. Some tracks which at this time of the review I will mention any tracks because the official OST of Konosuba is yet to be release. The OST, in general, is a massive step up from Danmachi because unlike Danmachi Konosuba is more of the party feel because of the tracks that they presented to us is more MMORPG based.
The OP theme called Fantastic Dreamers done by Machico. Surprising its a really great song. My personal favourite anime opening of Winter 16 ^_^
The Ending Theme is called Chiisana Boukensha which was sang by the main 3 female characters Aqua, Megumin and Raratina Dustiness Ford. I personally loved the ending theme because it so relaxing and it has that RPG feel to it. Chiisana Bokukensha has become one of my favourite anime ending themes period.
Unfortunately at this time of the review, there is no English dub announced. Hopefully, Konosuba will get a dub sometime in the future because I found the comedy in this series to be hilarious and having the English Dub would make this series funnier in my option.
I really enjoyed this anime.
It has that Slayers feel to it because of the whole party system and as well of the humour and comedy.
It’s also knowing how to use fan service property unlike in most fantasy anime you see nowadays *cough Danmachi/SAO*.
I like the OST a lot because it brings life to the world.
I liked the RPG world that the story takes place because it’s such a nice and interesting world.
Too bad it ended early with only 10 episodes but hey there a S2 coming out soon and I hope it will be least 26 episodes Slayers style tbh.
KonoSuba ended up being a wonderful experience. Even with its lacklustre art and a few animation derps. The comedy and the characters were well executed and it made me forget the issues that I had with the art. This is easily my second favourite anime from the winter 16 seasons.
I highly recommend this show to anyone who is looking for a good RPG based anime.
I give KonoSuba a 8/10
Now after my next review which going to be Erased.
I will be reviewing anime that have the highest votes on that the poll that I did on certain Facebook groups.
Until then has been TheCodeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.