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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o 15 November 2016

2016 comedic fantasy manga adaptation in 10 episodes: Anidb, vt "Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!". Kazuma the shut-in dies in a traffic accident, but a goddess allows him to return to life in another world.

Now that "transported into an MMORPG" has become its own genre of anime, writers clearly feel they need more of a concept than that to carry the show, and this one adds a strong feeling of spoof of JRPG tropes. Kazuma is allowed to bring one thing with him into his new life: he chooses the goddess he's talking with, Aqua, and begins the life of an adventurer, complete with skills, powers and experience points.

Aqua in the new world is more like a bratty sister than a goddess, though she's still stupendously powerful; Kazuma is rather less so. He starts accruing other adventurers that no other party wants (the wizard who can cast only one vastly overpowered spell once per day, and the masochistic paladin who wants to be humiliated by Evil), all of them female, though fortunately there's little of the harem-anime standard business here – though there is a fair bit of ecchi comedy which I could have done without.

There's not much plot development, and certainly no significant progress in the Quest to Destroy the Demon King, but the characters mostly manage to be amusing more than they are annoying, and really that's also true of the show as a whole. On the other hand, your life will not be significantly poorer if you miss this, and perhaps you'll do something useful instead of watching it.

A second season has been announced for next year.

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