Comedy factor 11.
I’m not really a comedy kind of person, especially not comedy within the realm of anime. Comedy and humor are very bound to their domestic audience, which means that many gags can become a hit or miss or they even might be misinterpreted. I often times find it hard to relate and hardly have a good laugh, but things have changed with KonoSuba.
After an unfortunate accident Kazuma gets into purgatory where he meets goddess Aqua who gives him the possibility to relive his short life. He chooses to relive a heroic adventurer fantasy story, but as he transfers to the afterlife he takes with him, the goddess he just met, Aqua.
Of course, the let down is great when both end up in a little too realistic simulation of medieval times. Working, being poor and being too weak to really conquer the lands to live the adventurer lives they hoped for. They struggle every day to get by and are the laughing stock for most other adventurers.
As Kazuma and Aqua proceed, they gather a colorful set of characters to complete their guild so they can conquer monsters. This is the main comedic element of the show as the crew is a bunch of misfits that struggle with the simplest of things. Kazuma is starting to regret his decision of wanting to take on this medieval life instead of just reincarnating as a more successful youth. This gag runs throughout the entire show, but doesn’t really get boring at all. Kazuma’s negative and pessimistic outlook on his current situation can be the cherry on top of the cake to finalize the gag at play.
The comedy in KonoSuba borders the absurdist. As one day the city gets attacked by cabbages, everybody in town gears up to catch them. In a normal medieval fantasy such events would never happen, but nothing is too weird for KonoSuba. Just like the masochistic team member Darkness, who despite her appearance isn’t as heroic as she may seem. Fans of absurdist jokes will happily enjoy themselves with KonoSuba, but those that want a more challenging laugh, won’t get their kicks out of KonoSuba.
KonoSuba tries to give its setting more credibility by inserting a rather Celtic soundtrack. This involves a lot of flutes with a happy vibe. It gives the show that authentic feel of the middle ages.
While the soundtrack did a fairly good job, the visuals aren’t as spectacular. The colors may seem colorful and saturated, KonoSuba has a lot of weaker visual moments. The level of detail is low and the usage of effects such as camera blurring is virtually nonexistent. At times the animation can really shine, but it’s often more off than on.
KonoSuba does a great attempt to be the comedy of the year 2016 and might even stay on top of the game. The humor is admittedly quite childish, but it hits the sweet spot very often. The setting is refreshing and fun to look at. I cannot ignore the lack of any visual performance that makes the show stand out just a little more. I rate KonoSuba an 8 out of 10.