“STEAL!” Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Review and Recommendations

“Darkness blacker than dark, and darker than dark, I beseech thee, combine with my deep crimson. The time of awakening cometh. Justice, fallen upon the infallible boundary, appear now as an intangible distortion! Dance, dance dance! I desire for my torrent of power a destructive force: a destrutive force without equal! Return all creation to cinders, and come from the abyss!”

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! like many others offers an anime in which the protagonist (Kazuma Satou) is sent to another world with RPG/game like elements including classes, monsters, stats and skills. However, unlike other anime, he isn’t the over powered hero everyone expects. Combined with the cast of Aqua (Goddess and Arch Priest), Megumin (Arch Wizard) and Darkness (Crusader), Kazuma and his party complete quests in order to maintain their lives in this world (or just barely keep above the poverty line).

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At it’s heart Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is a comedy, where most of the non-nonsensical actions of the characters provide for an enjoying ride throughout the whole season. there are a variety of gags mixed within the RPG elements of the world, where it was funny too see Kazuma’s knowledge of games, to both be useful and sometimes not so useful. The characters themselves are the highlight of the show, in pushing to the extremes of their classes and personality wise, it creates for a rag-tag combination of personality’s which melds so well together. It’s take on a new adventurer in the world, not really leaving the novice town and simple quest format provided a really en-tuned and flowing series to watch.

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One of the best parts of the anime is how the animations are generally quite quirky themselves with the use of bright colors too match the “classes” of characters but also the flavor of the comedy at hand. Rather than providing an in-depth detailed dramatic story, everything dramatic turns into a joke, where its lightheartedness to normally tense action scenes provide a great alternative, and pace to watch at. Knowing that a joke was always around the corner, made the anime an uplifting one to watch every week.

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Megumin Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP and ED were possibly two of the most contrasting songs of the season. With its happier and vibrant tones, the OP was a good resemblance of the funnier and lighthearted tones for the series. With the use of different solid colors, as well as fighting monsters too boot, it did really well. The ED however, was the total opposite, slower and simpler. It resembled more of the slice of life aspects in living in the RPG world, which the animations definitely showed with more quieter colors. Coming home after an adventure made the ED fit really well along with the whole premise of the anime and the lyrics basically explaining a day in the lives of the characters.

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Was it Good?

For a show that provides more of a comedic twist to the world of RPG/Games and fantasy like worlds, it’s probably one of the best, as well as being one of the best this season. Everything in the show is quite lighthearted and brings a smile to your face. It was typically one of those shows which melts you, in not having to think about anything and to just sit back and enjoy.

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Recommendations: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! takes more of a comedic route towards the fantasy RPG genres, with its great balance of characters, comedy and RPG like tones, it makes it really easy to watch and get into. Thus I recommend the following:

  • Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
  • No Game No Life
  • Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?
  • Outbreak Company
  • Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

 

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