A useless goddess, a perverted knight, an explosiac, and an unfortunate adventurer walk into a bar...
And the adventurer realises this is all his fault, and all the issues he encounters could have been overcome by not taking Aqua, the useless goddess, as his "item" of choice into this new world.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! or Konosuba focuses on Kazuma Satou, a boy who dies and is offered a chance to become an adventurer in another world, living a real life RPG. Before going to the new world, he is told he can choose to take any one thing with him... and as you do, you want to spite the goddess who mocked your death, you take her. Little did Kazuma know, the goddess he took with him was Aqua, the most useless goddess in the world.
After realising his mistake, the two of them start to recruit new members to their team. They ask for high-class members, as Kazuma realises Aqua will drag down the team. And low and behold... they actually get 2 high-class members, a crusader, Darkness, and an arch-wizard, Megumin. What he wasn't expecting was that Darkness is a huge masochist, and Megumin only uses explosion magic, which leaves her unable to do anything after using her magic once.
KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
13/Sep/2018 at 19:22
So how does one end up with such a useless party?
You play any online game with randomers of course... I mean, you don't. To say they all have their quirks, as a whole, they're not a bad team. And they have a great dynamic, which enhances the story without taking away from it, whilst also being able to build on it, without being a pillar.
By this I mean that more focus on the characters could make for a more interesting story, but also a character can be absent for a few episodes and not it wouldn't detract from the story.
Speaking of story, let's get on with the scores!
A low scoring story... WHAT!? I'm sorry Ima (a friend) but I thought the story wasn't all that great in my opinion. Apart from the little bits which focus on the character interaction, it reminded me a little of Zero no Tsukaima in terms of how it progressed; useless team fight thing, fail, go back fight it again, win.
There was a lot more comedy and enjoyment that came out Konosuba, that's for sure, but personally I don't think the story was the best aspect, but that's not a bad thing. It's comedic, and whilst a good story can lead to good comedy, it's the characters which really make Konosuba what it is.
This is my explosion girl. There are many like her, but this one is mine
No matter how much I look on Tumblr, never does a day go by without at least a little bit of Megumin, and with good reason... She's bloody amazing! As you can see in the video above, everything about her is amazing. From the visuals, to the sound, and how powerful she is. But also... she's a kid, and she has a childish side to her too... Like naming Kazuma's sword Chunchunmaru and writing "Excalibur" on his torso, with an arrow pointing down... whilst he was dead. Not every child is perfect ok!
Then there's Darkness pfft, Lalatina. A character I could never really get into. Unable to take her battles seriously because she just wanted the enemies to treat her badly, and cause her pain.
And to round out the main character lineup are Aqua and Kazuma. Although both play the biggest role in the series, it is impossible to talk about one without the other, as the moment you do that they don't seem nearly as good. They both play off of each other so well, as they starkly contrast each other in a way that complements them, it's very ying-yang-like. If you take Kazuma away, Aqua would be poor, drunk, and probably wouldn't even know where she is sometimes. Without Aqua, Kazuma would be a lot better off in many ways, but would probably struggle to find anyone to adventure with, and would lose a very good ally... when Aqua decides to actually be useful.
The characters are obviously not meant to be taken too seriously, and that's what makes them so great!
The artwork and sound complement the environment pretty damn well
Whilst the background art and music is very generic for the genre, the attention to detail when it comes to certain scenes, such as any scene where Megumin is about to do what she does best, the graphics are gorgeous, and the sound that goes with it is. The same goes for Aqua and Wiz, along with some other side characters.
The OP and ED for both seasons are quite good in their own regards. The OPs are songs you can listen to in your list of other OP/ED music, and it not sound off. The EDs on the other hand, aren't really as good for this, but do fit more into the world Konosuba is set in, and the visuals that go along with it are great.
As a whole, Konosuba is an amazing anime. There's so much that's great about it, but there's only 1 thing that matters...
And with that, I will bid you adieu. I've started watching Hyouka this morning, so that is potentially going to be the next review, if I binge it over the weekend. If not, then it will be the wonderful short anime series Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken which I enjoyed watching over the past 2 mornings, whilst getting ready for work.