KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! (Episode 1) – This Self-Proclaimed Goddess and Reincarnation in Another World!

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Kazuma is a fairly typical shut-in, but on this one occasion, he ventured outside to get the latest store-exclusive video game. However, he died trying to save a girl and now finds himself in the afterlife with a choice to make!

What happened?

Kazuma is welcomed to the afterlife by the goddess, Aqua. He seems more than a little put out, but she seems to be loving it. When he asks if the girl he tried to save survived, Aqua takes great delight in telling him that she was never in any danger. Confused, Kazuma asks how he died. This sets Aqua into fits of laughter as she explains that he died of shock, peed his pants, and then had a heart attack as the medical staff and his family laughed at how ridiculous his death was.

Regardless of this tragic end, Kazuma is given two choices. He can go to heaven, which is boring by all accounts, or be reborn in a world that is threatened by a demon lord with his memories and body. He will also get to take one thing with him. Anything he wants.

After being mocked for far too long by Aqua, Kazuma makes his choice. He will go to the fantasy world and he will take Aqua with him. She is understandably shocked, but another goddess appears to take over Aqua’s role as Kazuma’s wish had been recognized. Now, he finds himself in this new world with no skills, no money, and a goddess with lower than average luck and intellect. How will they survive? Will they survive? Only time will tell!

KonoSuba Episode 1 Aqua

What did you think?

I watched this series last year and loved it. However, I never found the time to write about it, so now, I’m rewatching it and will write lots because, quite frankly, there is a lot to talk about. My first observation is going to be how Kazuma himself even noticed that this episode was the character creation phase of the game. The self-referential elements of this series are hilarious and just add to the already crazy cast of characters.

The idea that Kazuma has been isekaied and knows the reference is great. He even said it at one point. I love that Aqua pushed things too far and is now paying the price. This series is just brilliant and this is a great opening episode. Even the montage at the end where they are trying to develop their skills and earn money to survive, although they seem to end up partying at the guild too often.

KonoSuba Episode 1 Kazuma

What have you learnt?

I had never considered myself a comedy writer, although recently I have done a couple of shorts and drafts that definitely play on the darker side of comedy. My NaNoWriMo story for this year is a supernatural harem rom-com, so that should tell you where my work seems to be heading. So, that makes watching shows like this that much more relevant. I want to find a way to combine my love of fantasy, awkward humour, and outrageous characters, and KonoSuba is a great place to learn and work on that. I hope to pick up a lot and the fact that I’m rewatching it means that I can really look for the detail and find out how it works.

KonoSuba Episode 1 Aqua and Kazuma

What is Aqua wearing?

As I re-watch Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!, I am going to attempt to solve one of anime’s greatest questions – Is Aqua wearing any panties? As you can see from this image, the answer is inconclusive… Tune in next week as I reveal my latest findings…

KonoSuba Episode 1 Is Aqua wearing Panties

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Series Information

English TitleKonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Japanese TitleKono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
GenresAdventureComedyFantasyIsekaiParody
DemographicSeinen

Anime

Season One
SeasonSeason One
ReleasedWinter 2016
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Episodes10
1This Self-Proclaimed Goddess and Reincarnation in Another World!
2An Explosion for This Chunibyo!
3A Panty Treasure in This Right Hand!
4Explosion Magic for This Formidable Enemy!
5A Price for This Cursed Sword!
6A Conclusion to This Worthless Fight!
7A Second Death in This Freezing Season!
8A Loving Hand for Our Party When We Can’t Make It Through Winter!
9God’s Blessing on This Wonderful Shop!
10Final Flame for this Over-the-top Fortress!
Season One – OVA
English TitleGod’s Blessings On This Wonderful Choker!
Japanese TitleKono Subarashii Choker ni Shukufuku wo!
ReleasedWinter 2016
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Season Two
SeasonSeason Two
ReleasedWinter 2017
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Episodes10
1Give Me Deliverance From This Judicial Injustice!
2A Friend for This Crimson Demon Girl!
3Peace for the Master of This Labyrinth!
4A Betrothed for This Noble Daughter!
5Servitude for This Masked Knight!
6Goodbye to This Irritating Living World!
7An Invitation for This Knucklehead!
8Sightseeing in This Pitiful City!
9A Goddess for This Corrupt Hot Springs Town!
10God’s Blessing on This Wonderful Party!
Season Two – OVA
English TitleGod’s Blessings on These Wonderful Works of Art!
Japanese TitleKono Subarashii Geijutsu ni Shukufuku wo!
ReleasedWinter 2017
Animation StudiosStudio Deen
Movie
English TitleLegend of Crimson
Japanese TitleKurenai Densetsu
ReleasedSummer 2019
Animation StudiosJ.C.Staff
Season Three
SeasonSeason Three
ReleasedSpring 2024
Animation StudiosDrive
Episodes11
1God’s Blessings on This Bright Future!
2A Smile for This Dour Girl!
3A Re-education for This Bright Little Girl!
4Divine Punishment for This Handsome Gentleman Thief!
5Nefarious Friends for This Sheltered Princess!
6A Farewell to This Lavish Lifestyle!
7Rest for This Up-And-Coming Adventurer!
8Rest for the Master of This Lake!
9A Talking-To for This Runaway!
10Blessings for This Selfish Bride!
11God’s Blessings for These Unchanging Days!

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