Konosuba Episode 1 (First Impression) [Spoiler‑Free]

Whew, what a title.

For the sake of time, let’s just call it Konosuba for short. I have a lot of things to say about this show so let us get a synopsis and jump right in!

First Impressions: Konosuba – God's Wonderful Blessing on this Wonderful World!From Crunchyroll:
“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…”

If you go into this show thinking that it’s going to be a serious RPG anime like Sword Art Online you will be sorely disappointed. This anime takes NOTHING seriously, and it’s wonderful. I was basically laughing through most of the first two episodes and that was what I was supposed to be doing—whether you’re an avid gamer or you just like comedy anime this is definitely one you should add to your queue.

The synopsis says “traffic” accident but the circumstances are actually much funnier than that, anyway poor Kazuma dies and is sort of in limbo when he meets Aqua and the dialogue between them is extremely funny. She’s acting all high and mighty, making fun of him, and hurrying him up so she can assist the next person in line. Kazuma, being an avid gamer and otaku, decides to shut her up and chooses her to go with him. The show really makes fun of the typical RPG gamer trope and really makes Aqua just a fun character to watch—she’s such a snot, she’s flamboyant, and she’s not meant to be taken seriously even though she thinks otherwise. It makes fun of gamers, but it doesn’t look down on them. It has all of the elements that Sword Art Online, .hack, and World Trigger does, but it’s an eclectic mix of comedy and gaming that just works.

First Impressions: Konosuba – God's Wonderful Blessing on this Wonderful World! First Impressions: Konosuba – God's Wonderful Blessing on this Wonderful World!
I want to talk a minute about how much I love Aqua. She’s so feisty! As I said before she’s not meant to be taken seriously, and once the viewer sort of accepts that this is comedy anime it becomes so much more enjoyable and Aqua immediately becomes one of the better comedic figures this season. She is the object of some fan service, and there was a point in the beginning where I was like “Okay we really don’t need a panty shot here” but I sort of accepted it because I was already in the mindset that this show was meant to be over-the-top ridiculous.

First Impressions: Konosuba – God's Wonderful Blessing on this Wonderful World!

The second episode had probably one of my favorite scenes so far. Maybe I’m easily amused but this scene just made me laugh, and laugh. Basically Aqua has set up this Dragonball Z type attack, seems really powerful, over-the-top, and lots of screaming. The end result is an incredibly funny scenario if you have played video games or have watched any episode of Dragonball.

First Impressions: Konosuba – God's Wonderful Blessing on this Wonderful World!

Overall Konosuba is incredibly enjoyable, and I definitely think you should give it a try, especially if you’re watching some heavier anime this season like Erased (shameless plug but you can check out my reviews here!). Because this is just a “First Impressions” review, I’m going to refrain from giving it a score, but expect a full review of this show in the coming months!

You can watch Konosuba – God’s Wonderful Blessing on this Wonderful World on Crunchyroll, it’s Simulcast on Wednesdays 1:35pm EST!

Check out the other Winter 2016 Anime season related articles!

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