Konosuba is an isekai for people who dislike isekai. Well, can be a fun watch for people who like the genre too of course, but if you’ve grown tired of the overused tropes and carbon-copy protagonists this one is a nice change.
This is a tale of a dysfunctional dungeon party and the chemistry between the characters is what makes the series so enjoyable. Starting with the main character who is a lazy, unmotivated, good for nothing, cowardly and with personal gain as the primary goal. In other words, actually relatable protagonist. Next in line we have a goddess with negative IQ that others thinks
is crazy for claiming she’s divine, a literal meat shield tank whose masochism is levelled much higher than any close combat skills and a dps who is completely useless except for being a portable nuclear explosion with a 24h cooldown. There is not one properly heroic among the protagonist, just a bunch of lovable defects with a writing that sneers at traditional isekai stories.
It is thanks to this that Konosuba achieved such entertaining chaotic energy and reading it feels like riding a train with no brakes on planet comedy. Now of course, comedy is quite subjective matter, which is why the genre is more difficult to review than others. Just trust me that it’s not common for books to make me laugh out loud and Konosuba did precisely that numerous times. I’m amazed by how it keeps inventing hilarious situations with character flaws that could be seen as one trick pony if used wrong.
Now, there is one small problem and that is the finale of the last volume. Before it was even translated there were already leakers calling it weird and disappointing, and claiming it ruined the series. So I was understandably worried as I picked it up and as I was reading through it. Thankfully, those worries were entirely unfounded and I have no idea what was there for people to dislike. The finale stayed true to the Konosuba spirit with no derailing and gave me some good laughs.
So, this is a series I wholly recommend. Unless you hate fun or something.