KonoSuba, as an isekai anime, has a unique way of capturing the audience’s attention. Misadventures of its characters serve as a plot device in one aspect, and its quick wit and humour based on errors and disasters that frequently go meta serve as a frequent laugh garner in another. KonoSuba‘s comedy is largely based on the antics of its inept but sincere central characters.
At first glance, the series appears to be an isekai mould, with a standard premise and seemingly generic characters. However, at its core, this anime offers a colourful adventure filled with fluff and lighthearted moments. While remaining a fantasy show without tension, and is unquestionably for viewers who watch anime for its silliness.
Aside from the amusing contrast between its non-threatening and delightful character design, KonoSuba is a series with almost no actual plot that is still enjoyable to watch and will appeal to a wide range of tastes. If you intend to watch KonoSuba anime, do so in the following order.
1. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Aired: Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 17, 2016
Kazuma Satou, a high school student and recluse, finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua after dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game. She gives the NEET two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s fantasy world! Kazuma, who has chosen to start a new life, is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorising villages. But before he leaves, he can choose one item of any type to help him in his quest, and the future hero chooses Aqua. But Kazuma has made a critical error—Aqua is completely useless!
Unfortunately, their problems do not end there; it turns out that living in such a world is nothing like how it appears in a game. Instead of embarking on an exciting adventure, the pair must first work to cover their living expenses. Their misfortunes have only recently begun!
2. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful Choker!
Aired: Jun 24, 2016
Kazuma Satou discovers a magical wish-granting choker while exploring Wiz’s magic shop with his party and decides to try it on. Only then does Wiz inform him that unless their desires are fulfilled, the choker will strangle them to death in four days. If Kazuma knew what his wish was, this wouldn’t be a problem. Fearing for Kazuma’s life, Aqua, Megumin, and Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford all agree to do his bidding in order to satisfy his desires and, hopefully, grant his wish…
3. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2
Aired: Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 16, 2017
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 follows Kazuma and the rest of his party on numerous more adventures as they struggle to earn money and deal with one another’s problematic personalities. Things, however, rarely go as planned, and they are frequently sidetracked by their own idiotic tendencies.
When Kazuma Satou died, he was given the option of going to heaven or being resurrected in a fantasy world. The goddess Aqua tasked him with defeating the Demon King after he chose the new world, and she let him choose any weapon to help him. Unfortunately, Kazuma chose to bring Aqua herself, which she has regretted ever since.
Not only is he stuck with a useless deity turned party archpriest, but the pair also needs to make enough money to live. To make matters worse, their group grew in size as more troublesome adventurers joined them. Megumin, their token spellcaster, is an explosion magic specialist who can only cast one spell per day and refuses to learn any others. Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford, a helpless masochist who makes Kazuma look pure in comparison, is also one of their stalwart crusaders.
4. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2: God’s blessing on this wonderful Art!
Aired: Jul 24, 2017
Kazuma meets Ran, a new adventurer who claims to be Kazuma’s fan. In front of Ran, a quest is proposed to Kazuma and his party, so he accepts the quest in order to look good in front of his fan; after some convincing, they all go to fight the metal golem.
5. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!: Legend of Crimson
Aired: Aug 30, 2019
It’s no surprise that the Demon Lord’s forces are terrified of the Crimson Demons, the clan from which Megumin and Yunyun are descended. Even if the Demon Lord’s generals attack their village, the Crimson Demons will easily defeat them thanks to their supreme mastery of advanced and overpowered magic.
When Yunyun receives a seemingly serious letter warning of a potential disaster in her hometown, she informs Kazuma Satou and the rest of his party right away. It turns out to be a prank by her fellow demon who wants to be an author after a series of bizarre misunderstandings. Nonetheless, Megumin becomes concerned about her family and joins the gang in their journey to the Crimson Demons’ village.
Kazuma and the others decide to visit Megumin’s birthplace and see the wonders it has to offer. They soon realise, however, that the nonsense threat they received may have been more than a joke.