Anime Sunday: KonoSuba Episode 01 Impressions

Michael Blaker
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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series I was anticipating! It’s KonoSuba Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kazuma Sato, a Japanese teenage shut-in, dies from acute stress reaction after mistaking a tractor for a speeding truck and pushing a girl out of the way. In the afterlife, he is greeted by a goddess named Aqua, who offers to teleport him to a parallel world with MMORPG elements where he can go on adventures and battle monsters. Given the option to choose any object or ability to protect himself, Kazuma, having been provoked by Aqua, chooses her to accompany him to the town of Axel.

Plot: This series doesn’t take anything seriously, but I knew that going into watching this first episode. That said I still found it enjoyable, although slightly sophomoric.

Characters: We only get to meet Aqua and Kazuma and the Adventurers Guild Clerk really in this episode, the one thing that stood out to me in this first episode was how much I dislike Aqua, she can be a real bitch. Kazuma was at least humorous and has absolutely no romantic aspirations, which will be funny later on.

Art: No matter how sophomoric I found the content, the art was still very good. I enjoyed the art, but it’s not the best of this season. That goes to the series I’ll be covering next week.

Music: Now I enjoy the musical score the most out of everything in this first episode, the opening and ending themes were catchy and the score was serious enough and lighthearted at the appropriate points. However it’s nothing super amazing either.

Overall: I can’t say I’m super thrilled with the series, but it’s better than Reikenzan which has trouble even finding illegal fansubbers willing to pick up the series.

For those who like: Comedy, Randomness, Good Art and Musical Score, Amusing Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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