Game loving shut-in Kazuma Satou's life as a young schoolboy in Japan abruptly comes to an early end...or at least it was supposed to. When he opens his eyes, though, he sees a beautiful goddess that offers him a once in an after-lifetime chance to be reborn in a parallel world. The catch is that the world is violent and threatened by a growing evil! Fortunately, he can choose any one thing to bring with him. So he chooses the goddess, Aqua! And so his adventure with his gorgeous companion begins—if he could just get enough money and food to survive, keep his goddess out of trouble, and avoid grabbing the attention of the Demon King's army!
This review contains minor spoilers.
I have tried my best not to subtract any enjoyment from reading the novels by carefully selecting which minor spoilers to use within this review.
Basic plot outline
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! tells the story of Satou Kazuma who is a shut in that dies in quite the pathetic way and ends up getting transported to a fantasy world.
In this world he has a choice to have any weapon , skill or talent , however he ends up choosing an idiotic and slightly more than useless goddess to be his companion.
Ecchi - It contains fan service and
often shows the girls in provocative ways.
Comedy - The comedy is very gag oriented, and tries to play on the fact that it goes against the norms.
Romance - Slightly touched upon , however never the main focus and unfortunately never really develops past blushing.
Action - It contains fighting , however more in a comedic sense ,, and whenever
it takes the serious approach it usually breaks all the build-up of tension for comedy relief.
Harem - A guy adventuring with 3 girls who all have a crush on him... Yea it's a harem.
The setting of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! takes place in a fantasy world which contains many elements that are prevalent in RPG games such as
monsters , quests , guilds , XP , dungeons , boss monsters etc.
If you like this type of setting then you will be in for a treat simply because it takes these elements and turns them on it's head and then asks them to start yodeling while blowing fart sounds from the rear.
It incorporates the setting very well and does so in a funny way. This just adds to the enjoyment , and never fails to keep you entertained.
The 4 main characters from Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! really help
shape the novel into something that can be seen as a lighthearted and delightful read simply because of how they stick out like a bunch of misfits who have more than a few screws loose.
Aqua is a goddess of healing and specializes in being an idiotic goddess who enjoys party tricks more than doing anything constructive despite having quite a few talents not too apparent to herself.
Darkness is the typical knight who happens to be a masochist who wants nothing more than being covered in slime or being ravaged by monsters.
Megumin is a loli arch-wizard who loves explosions more than anything else
in the world and would most likely choose explosions above eating.
Kazuma is the main character who has to deal with these bunch of idiots
and would like it nothing more than to get rid of them (Who could blame him)
,unfortunate circumstances that keep crossing his way prevent him from doing so.
The plot progression is almost non-existent as the plot is clearly
not the focus of this novel. The main sliver of a plot that the novel contains
is that Kazuma must fight and defeat the Demon Lord in order for the goddess
to return to "heaven" and for him to just live in peace.
It is an overused plot that many other anime/light-novels and manga have followed,
the difference is that Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! often shines
because it doesn't try to take itself seriously.
The art that the LN contains is well drawn and is colorful while still being soft on the eyes. It complements the story well and allows the few images that the novels contain to accurately portray the comedic as well as ecchi moods without focusing too much on either.
Quality of writing
I cannot comment on the original source materials writing , however the fan translation unfortunately suffers from many flaws that detract from the enjoyment.
It often is victim to very broken English as well as many grammar and spelling mistakes. If you can get past the bad translation quality and want a funny and enjoyable read then this will not fail to meet your expectations.
Some of the character troupes have been used before and some jokes are
recycled and lose their shine after a few times, however there is still
enough variety to make it funny and entertaining.
The plot doesn't really go anywhere except for defeating of bosses which
do not seem to have any importance to the story despite the story claiming
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! contains nothing new or groundbreaking,
however it does do well to incorporate many different forms of comedy and troupes
to make it one enjoyable ride.
I have read the first 4 volumes of the Light-Novel series and would
recommend it for anyone who enjoys comedy and doesn't mind it being put ahead
of any plot or plot progression and overall just wants a nice fun read without
having to think too much.
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha [Anime,LN,Manga]
Hataraku Maou-sama! [Anime,LN,Manga]
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita. [Anime,LN]
No Game No Life [Anime,LN]
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri [Anime,LN,Manga]
(Recommendations based on personal experience and preference)
I will update this review in the future.
(Please be gentle as it is my first review.)
KonoSuba is a perfect case of the writer trying to have her cake and eat it too.
The initial volumes seem to be a parody of the many fantasy settings and harems found in other LNs. And it was done pretty well. The protagonist and his companions each had a distinct personality, and the hijinks they got up to could be pretty funny, even though I think their full effect is felt much better through animation.
However, in the later volumes, the novel falls prey to the tropes and cliches it was initially parodying. That too in a pretty blatant way, though the serial nature of the
novel might be to blame for that.
For example, at the end of one of the volumes, one of the female characters comes up to the main character Kazuma, and tells him she wants to have his kids. Now, this is pretty clearly a 'tease', a hook to get the reader to buy the next volume.
It reads like the author knows exactly what she is doing, and is making use of it to get more male readers. There are three types of stories: stories the author thinks would be good and able to stand on their own (see: Les Miserables), stories the author writes as a form of wish fulfillment for themselves (see: Mikael Blomkovist in the Millennium trilogy), and stories the author writes as a form of wish fulfillment for the readers (see: 50 shades of Grey). Most stories are a combination of these three (as are the aforementioned books). KonoSuba is clearly leaning towards the third one, and I think that is a shame. It cannot really effectively parody what it itself has become.
Still, it has its moments I suppose. Don't let this review dissuade you from reading it, just know what you're getting into, and don't set your expectations too high. Nothing wrong with waiting for the upcoming anime, having read the LN and having watched the season already out, I have to say the anime is better, or rather, Konosuba's premise, characters and jokes transfer over to anime much better.
Now, after reading through from Vol.3 to Vol.7 in 2 days, I felt a vast amount of different emotions in so little time. Be it anger, joy, sadness or a sense of familiarity towards the characters, it was such a refreshing and pleasant to read LN. I am glad that this, as well as an anime adaptation of which I have yet to watch exists. You may be asking why vote 7, which is considered a below average rating here for some reason, but I think it can neither receive a lower, nor a higher rating than "Good."
With its good and bad points which I will talk about, "Good" pretty much justifies it better than any other score. Also keep in mind that I will not talk about the main outlines of the LN which are covered at the synopsis above, but some details you might want to know before starting to read. Thus, it will contain some minor spoilers.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, or KonoSuba has, I believe, a very character-driven story. The novel introduces a MC, a set of heroines, makes a chemistry between them and throws them around different events while you read their reactions, and are mainly interested in how they react. This type of style is not bad, in fact it is one of the main reasons why KonoSuba is enjoyable to read. Breaking down the elements:
- Story -
The story is basically what will happen when you decide to play Dungeons & Dragons with a group who REALLY knows how to have fun. Think about an adventuring party where the tank cannot do anything other than tank, a mage who can only cast a single devastating spell a day (and has an obsession about it,) a jack of all trades who is the tsukkomi of all the hilarious hijinks and a healer who is retarded. They run from one trouble to another, and you never get tired of it. The overarching story is something like defeating the final boss and returning the goddess to where she belongs, but who cares about that? After some time even the LN itself stops caring and has fun on its own. A bad thing? Certainly not.
- Characters -
Let me talk about the three girls accompanying the MC first. I should say, I am amazed at how interesting all of them are. Bless the mind who has come up with these three fictitious ladies. Aqua, a goddess who has been dragged to troubles and can't be treated like a goddess anymore is an idiot. The way she talks and acts without sparing a single thought to consequences spices up everything, and I love it. Megumin, as Kazuma says, a loli type character who leans more on the insane side. Like, her parents dropped her headlong at her infancy or something. And Darkness, a pervert and an open M with an eccentric personality. There is a wide range of different side characters, and while some of them (Vanir and Wiz combo) are just hilarious, others can feel like they exist solely to deliver fanservice, or some two dimensional and annoying people. Speaking of annoying, here is the first rage inducing element. Excuse me for being vulgar, but the main guy Kazuma Sato is a huge, majestic faggot. I have lost count on how many times I have been pissed of his actions. Seriously, this guy is such a bastard and an ill-natured person that it is possible to get amazed about why he, as the main character is written like this. He not only loves to badmouth his party members as a way to show affection, but is a completely undependable asshole in many situations. I wouldn't care if he were to be a bland self-insert character since that type is very much acceptable and normal as a Light Novel trope, but as you read, Kazuma will dance on your last nerve. Or not, maybe you will justify his actions because of what I am about to say in the next paragraph, but it is a fact that he is selfish as hell.
The other thing I mainly hated about this LN is the fact that these four party members treat each other like trash. It is unsettling when each of the girls talk shit about Kazuma for absolutely no reason, and he talks back with a similar attitude and they have a fight. It would have been better if they were more chill about stuff in my opinion.
- Art -
Considering the style of Light Novels, the art of KonoSuba is pretty neat actually. Liked the smooth illustrations of Kurone-sensei a lot. Characters are, what do you say, moe? Easy on the eyes, nice to look at. Close to the pinnacle of what 2D can offer. You catch my drift.
- Enjoyment -
When I finished the seventh volume, I was pretty surprised about how it was actually a ride I didn't regret taking. To not give spoilers, I couldn't talk about plenty of other reasons which prevented me from giving this a higher score, but if you become mentally prepared for characters acting spoiled from time to time, the flaws can be glossed over.
Overall, I can guarantee that you will enjoy reading this novel, despite it having many flaws and bad execution. I apologise if the review has become a wall of text after some point, I'm not used to writing them. ^^ Would I recommend KonoSuba? Yes, actually. Don't let the 7 rating bother you and go for it if you want to enjoy a nice fantasy comedy.
I love that anime version, and now i'm falling in love to with this novel. It's so fun and refreshing to read this type of novel.
Story have a plot and continuity. Conversation look so good, so natural, and so enjoyable. They have fun with each other, have fun with adventure, have fun mocking the enemy (LOL), and yeah .. Have fun for everything. The story maybe little generic, but their conversation is one of the best for me. If you want a romance that you couldn't find in anime, you can read this novel (if you can't wait to S2)
Art was so good. I like
all character, especially Megumin and Darkness. They look so beautiful. If i have a time, i will try to draw Megumin :)
Character is the best aspect for this series. That 4 protagonist have different character and i love them. Kazuma with that lazy attitude, Megumin with that explosion's obsession and her chuuni, Aqua with being selfish and annoying, and Darkness with that outstanding performance as Masochist. And yet, you can love another character in this novel.
KonoSuba is the first LN that i read from 1st until now. It's so fun and hilarious, although comedy seem have same pattern and maybe feel bored for some people.
Overall, i recommended this novel for a good laugh after your work.