KonoSuba is one of many isekai anime to come out in recent years. However almost immediately during the first episode I found myself actually laughing out loud. They take outrageous to a new level.
After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him. Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long… – Crunchyroll
Kazuma: KonoSuba vs Kirito: SAO Abridged
What the excerpt above doesn’t tell you, is that KonoSuba is almost like an abridged version of an isekai. Honestly it reminds me A LOT of Sword Art Online Abridged both in how Kazuma deals with online gaming concepts and in his deviant side. You see the pair weren’t just transported to another world, they were transported to a world where you level up, can learn magic and other skills, and go on quests (Of course after writing this I see that Wikipedia has a much better summary of the plot than Crunchyroll, but I’ve already written this much sooooo). Unfortunately for Kazuma, his stats are weak in everything except Luck and Intelligence, whereas Aqua’s stats are high in everything except Intelligence. They’re a terrible party to be sure, and honestly that doesn’t change much with the introductions of the the chunibyo archwizard Megumin or the masochist knight Darkness. So real quick before we move on let’s break down this party. We have a main character who’s the weakest of the group, a useless alcoholic goddess who spends all her money, a little girl with an obsession for explosions she can only use once per day, and a busty knight who gets turned on my physical and emotional abuse. Lot to digest there.
No as far as the plot is concerned there isn’t really much there. This show has a strict one step forwards two steps back mentality. Kazuma earns a lot of money? Better find a way to go further into debt. Save the city from a legendary monster? Get accused of high treason for blowing up an elite’s mansion. It’s almost like your typical harem anime except the only real potential love interest seems to be Darkness, and even Kazuma doesn’t seem to actually want to go down that road.
The art and sound is done well, but nothing extraordinary. What I do love of they’ll occasionally mix in some very cool graphics or sound effects. I guess to be fair this show also has a great soundtrack going for it as well. If you listen carefully around episode two or three you can also hear the iconic sound a pokeball makes during one of the title sequences. I think it’s a reoccurring sound, but it only stuck out to me the one time.
But what I really love about this show is how Kazuma reacts to everything. From the quick “Yes I’m Kazuma” line every single time someone calls his name to his blatant lies about hiring a succubus. Honestly words don’t do it justice. But gifs do,
My only complaints for the show is that it seems pretty directionless so far. It doesn’t seem they’ll encounter the Devil King anytime soon, and if they do I imagine there won’t be much buildup to it. Hopefully there’ll be more to say when I’ve finish season two, but until then I give