You’ve seen Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, No Game No Life and potentially even Overlord. Yes. You’re a fan of those real-life role-playing game anime (or maybe you’re not, and that’s ok too). But if you’re still undecided – and you’re sitting there pondering like a wise monk, trying to figure out whether watching Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (a mouthful for us non-Japanese speakers I know) is worth it then I may have the insight you need.
In short, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is a bit weird. Not like Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball weird (props to Miley on that great performance). But weird nonetheless. It’s unconventional for a game-based anime in that strategy and intellect seem to take a backseat as comedic moments and slapstick humour take the main stage. Extremely amusing and a little insane. It’s both showy and constantly on display, aiming nothing more than to bring you a good time. But sometimes it can get a little too showy, and just like that awkward streaker who’s too old to make the act funny or cool, the humour in this anime can fall flat at times when uncomfortably overbearing fanservice barges its way in.
This is predominantly done through Darkness – the masochist knight who takes her fetish for pain about as far as it can possibly go. While undoubtedly batshit crazy, she’s still a decent character, and not all her humorous endeavours are solely fanservice related. In fact all the characters in this odd anime series are well-presented. They’re simultaneously clichéd and unique, as each character parodies an annoyingly commonplace anime archetype and brings it a fresh and somewhat ludicrous perspective. From Kazuma being the commonplace hero who lacks the strength to actually achieve anything to the powerful mage Megumin – who’s love and affinity for magic is stifled by her narrow-minded obsession on explosion magic, making her useless in many situations. And who can forget Dullahan – the almighty boss with rampant ramblings on par with those from a confused toddler. Yep. The characters are about as weird as me.
And the characters aren’t the only anomaly that sets this anime apart from similarly themed series. The plot…or rather the lack of a plot, is another defining feature. The anime starts off with promise of an adventure. Yet this is soon revealed to be a deceptive lie, just like when I discovered there’re no blue skittles despite the promising ‘taste the rainbow’ slogan. I know – it’s crushing. Although the anime goes pretty much nowhere the little events that do pop up are rather entertaining, and the fact that there’s room for more seasons gives me hope – this is potentially just a very slow yet entertaining start to an epic series.
If you’re one for fine lines and love great art know that you’ll get what your heart desires. It’s bright, charming and engaging. Characters are well-designed and the animation is really smooth, so you’ll see all the flashy moves in great style.
In short. If all the MMORPG-style anime were siblings then Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is the mildly spastic one of the group that runs around in circles not quite knowing where exactly to go. Yet this sibling is extremely funny, energetic and lovable – and you can’t help but be drawn in by the odd charm.
Thank you for reading my review!