KonoSuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!: Idiot Savant

Before we get into this, I want to talk briefly about the Isekai Genre.

We are living in the golden age (or not) of the Isekai genre’s influence on Anime. Simply put, “Another World” stories are the hot new item that anime and manga are chasing. While the industry is big enough and has more than enough stories that aren’t Isekai, its stranglehold on it is unavoidable, and with that comes the backlash.

Now I like Isekai, and there have been some wonderful shows that have come out of it. ReZero is an isekai that pretty much got me back into anime. However, I’ve come around to the view that overall, the Isekai genre is wasting its potential. For a subsect of fiction that is pretty much a blank cheque to tell any kind of story they want, authors and showrunners seem more content in recycling the same plot over and over again. How many times can you tell the “guy gets killed and transported to another world where he reigns as the god-king?” story before it gets stale? Better yet, how many subpar versions of those stories can people stomach before they just get turned off by it all? Last years Reincarnated as a Slime and this year Rising of the Shield Hero are both solid good isekai stories, but how many passed or dismissed them because they are just sick of the same generic plots, that (while done better than most) both of those stories use?

There is nothing wrong with Isekai as a story concept, but I fear that creators are burning through audience patience and goodwill by serving us more of the same generic stories and they won’t be willing to give real good shows a chance. Case in point, let’s take a shallow dive into KonoSuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! after the cut.

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