Striking The Right Note: Konosuba

This weeks offering is a little… different.

By which I mean it’s utterly absurd. Which is kinda the whole point, I suppose.

First of, Konosuba is a 20 episode series from Studio Deen (Hell Girl, Patlabor, Ranma 1/2) that began airing in 2016, and recently wrapped up its second season. It’s also one of the dumbest things you’ll ever see, unless you are a fan of slapstick humor.

I grew up on Monty Python and Benny Hill, so I loved Konosuba. Eventually.

The story follows teenager Kazuma Sato, who dies a really embarrassing death, and is given a chance to start over in a fantasy world that is so chock full of RPG cliches it almost chokes on them. Offered a powerful item to help him out, he ends up annoyed with the Goddess he’s dealing with, and takes her.

Hilarity, and massive stupidity, ensue.

What I like about the opening, especially the second season one below, is just how well it manages to let you know what this show is all about. That, and the whole OP tells a little mini-story of its own, which is pretty darn neat.

The animation employed is also interesting, as it isn’t your traditional anime, but rather, a cross between that and more western style animation, hinting at the influence things like Dungeons & Dragons, and Lord of the Rings have had on the development and writing of Konosuba. Not to mention the obvious heavy borrowing of elements from Monty Python, including the classic Holy Grail.

It’s a subtle nod, but if you really step back, it’s such an obvious thing to do that the OP, and the show, wouldn’t be the same without it.

And that utterly lethargic dancing, of course. That’s just so wonderful. I really love that. It says so much about the characters and how much they really don’t want to be doing any of this. Except Darkness. She loves it all a little too much, and for the wrong reasons.

Most of all, though, is that the OP tells you just what kind of show you are going to be watching. It sells everything, which is what a good OP should do. Even the music, Tomorrow by Machico, has a bit of a fun, silly flair to it that helps give you a sense of just how goofy this whole thing is going to be.

If I am to be completely honest, however, there’s another reason I love this OP, and Konosuba, so much. Entertainment, in general, has become obsessed with grimdark stories of late, and Konosuba is such a bright, goofy, unabashedly dumb, and self aware show, it is the perfect remedy to all of that.

It knows what it is. It’s okay with it. It even revels in it. That actually kind of makes me happy. Which is striking the right note in a totally different way, for me at least.

Konosuba. Happily silly.


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