Anime Review Roundup
isekai genre, which seems to be Manga/Funimation/Crunchyroll’s raison d’être these days. Konosuba Season 1 comes from Anime Limited though, and it’s a parody. When you tire of a genre, what better than to just send it up? An otaku geek dies ignominiously one day, but in the afterlife he gets a third option besides heaven and reincarnation. He can manifest with his old body and his memories intact in a fantasy world. But he manages to take the goddess with him into his new life. And he may be a fully experienced games master, but he winds up in the dullest corner of the world, and the only recruits he can get to his ‘party’ are the last people that he would want. Konosuba may be a genre that I don’t like, but few anime have made me laugh as much as this one.
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Take the late sixties manga aesthetic when it comes to world and character design, and give it the early 2000s animation production values, and you get 009-1, a show that takes a rather adult approach to simplistic storytelling. It’s a sexy, stylish cyberpunk spy show that is light on tropes and clichés. It’s certainly worth seeking out. I got the ADV release from the US. They released it on three volumes, but it also got a limited collection with a 3-DVD case sized metal briefcase. Here’s my review of volume 1. After ADV went under, the show was picked up and re-released by Funimation. ADV did release it in the UK as well, but you’ll have to go on a mission to find any 009-1 anime second hand at this point.
All the Anime released the standard version of Konosuba Season 1 at the end of 2020. The Limited Edition is out of print at this point, and nigh on impossible to find.