Anime Movie Review: KONOSUBA -God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World!- Legend of Crimson

Details: More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/anime/38040/Kono_Subarashii_Sekai_ni_Shukufuku_wo__Kurenai_Densetsu and you can watch it for free at https://www.crunchyroll.com/konosuba-gods-blessing-on-this-wonderful-world/konosuba-gods-blessing-on-this-wonderful-world-legend-of-crimson-konosuba-gods-blessing-on-this-wonderful-world-legend-of-crimson-794436

Score: 7/10

Legend of Crimson is a movie spawned by the fairly popular anime, Konosuba. While I greatly enjoyed this comedy, the movie was somewhat disappointing as it lacked that higher level of animation quality you’d expect from a movie. What’s also sad is that even though the humor is exactly the same here as in the anime series, I didn’t find it as funny. I think I just grew out of this type of humor and don’t enjoy it as much anymore.

Konosuba is an isekai story. Generally in these types of stories, someone from the real world dies and is reborn into another world, usually a fantasy world. That person is usually granted immense power as isekai stories are usually power fantasies. However, this is a comedy and our protagonist is reborn into the new world with almost no power. Now, we get to watch our unfortunate, sleazy protagonist flail about while meeting other oddballs in this new world.

One of the funniest parts of this anime is watching these pathetic characters struggle. Most scenes usually start off with our protagonists confident in their ability to handle the situation. Then the true danger appears and we get to watch our protagonists crumble into a pile of cowardly dust. They play up this scene structure over and over again and mostly, it’s hilarious. It’s almost always funny watching an arrogant character knocked into the shadow realm of humility again and again. Also funny is watching how these characters start off trying to be decent human beings, but once a situation escalates, they degenerate into the vile of characters. The main draw of Konosuba is watching these cowardly, perverse, sleazy characters flail about as the world their in continues to throw them in difficult situations.

My biggest gripe with this movie is the animation. The animation quality is about the same as the anime series, which isn’t terrible. It’s just that you’d expect a movie to up the quality just a bit over an episodic series because a movie is just one big episode. I don’t know how their budgeting and time management went, but the higher quality of animation just isn’t here.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie, but it could’ve been better. Also worth mentioning is that there is a lot of fan service in this show… though some of the fan service is turned around on you into a fairly hilarious joke. I won’t explain it more than that for fear of spoiling the plot.

Manga Review: Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops

Details: Currently ongoing. Also known as Mato Seihei no Slave and 魔都精兵のスレイブ. More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/manga/116880/Mato_Seihei_no_Slave

Score: 6.8/10

When I heard the maker of Akame Ga Kill!, a shounen (genre meant for younger audiences, like Naruto, Dragon Ball, etc.) story about revenge, was making a new series, I was intrigued and decided to give this new story a shot. What I found was… porn. Well, this isn’t exactly porn. If we’re going to be technical, this is “ecchi.” Where hentai is straight up porn; seinen is usually a mix of a decent story with sex and gore; ecchi is generally a shounen story with nudity and some lewd behavior, but nothing too explicit. Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops is 60% perverted stuff/nudity, 40% okay shounen story.

The story takes place in modern day Japan. Rifts have opened up, allowing access to a dimension of monsters. Inside these dimensions, there are fruits that give women special powers, but only women. As a result, men have become second class citizens while women have become super powered soldiers that protect society. Our protagonist is a high school boy who gets attacked by monsters from rift. When a super powered woman shows up to save him. The two are quickly overwhelmed, until the woman activates her power, which is to grant great fighting power to a “slave” in exchange for a favor. So our protagonist becomes her slave and the two team up to fight the forces of evil! Also worth mentioning is that the favor our protagonist demands is always sexual. This is ecchi after all.

As said above, the entire story is based around sexual/perverted stuff. The core concept of the story, which is that the protagonist is the slave of the superpowered woman, is kind of bondage-y. If you’re into that sort of thing, there a lot of that subjugation fetish going on. There’s also a ton of nudity. Almost all the characters have big breasts and thicc thighs, but there is no sex. This really dances the line between ecchi and seinen, which matters because I think there are a laws regarding who may and may not purchase/sell/display books based on the classification. I’m not sure though.

Aside from the perverted bits, this is a decent shounen story. The action is surprisingly good. You have all the genre tropes such as power rankings, training arcs, fight scenes, etc.

Overall, this was one of the more perverted stories I’ve read in a while. I was expecting something more revenge driven, like Akame ga Kill! What I got was a story from an aspiring hentai artist.