Quick Anime Reviews: Konosuba

Title:
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Rating: 8/10

Episodes: 10 Seasons: 2

Genre:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Another World

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
After dying in a pathetic and embarrassing manner, shut-in NEET, Kazuma Satou finds himself in front of a beautiful goddess named Aqua. She tells him he can be teleported to a fantasy world with all his memories intact and ONE magical item, and if he can somehow defeat the ‘Demon King’ that’s raging there, he can even come back and be reincarnated to a life of luxury in Japan. After tons of jokes at his expense, and general obnoxiousness towards him, Kazuma decides in a fit of pique to take Aqua with him instead of an item. The heavens agree; but boy howdy Aqua does not! It doesn’t take Kazuma long to realize what a mistake he’s made though, because Aqua is almost totally useless in this new fantasy setting. When she isn’t getting further into debt while not adventuring, she’s making things actively WORSE for the party WHILE adventuring. Realizing that he’s totally unprepared for hardships of adventuring life Kazuma tries recruiting some party members. Enter Arch-Mage Megumin and Crusader Darkness (aka Lalatina Ford Dustiness). These two ‘advanced class’ adventurers end up having weird quirks that quickly show why no other parties will take them. Megumin ONLY uses explosive magic, which she can only use once per day and is so wiped out afterwards she can’t even stand, and Darkness is a total masochist that can’t hit ANYTHING with her sword, but loves being a wall (ie: getting hit!) for her party. Hilarity ensues.

Dislikes:
NOT ENOUGH EPISODES TO SATISFY ME! MOAR!!!! Also the very last arc of the second season is a bit weaker than the rest in my opinion. Hopefully there are more seasons coming.

Likes:
To many to list, but mostly I laughed so hard, I was worried I’d burst a blood vessel and/or give myself a headache. No seriously. I haven’t laughed like this in a LONG time!

Recommendation:
Watch. Watch it RIGHT NOW!! If you aren’t LOL’ing by the end of the first episode you are dead inside.

Extras:
I will say the first season wasn’t quite as funny on the second viewing, but it’s hard not to just laugh till you can’t breath watching Aqua get ‘traumatized’ over and over, usually because of her own mistakes or bad decisions.

Quick Anime Reviews: Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia

Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia

Rating: 3 out of 10.

Episodes: 12

Genre:
Hentai, Harem, Mecha, Battle School

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Recommendation:
No. Just NO.
I’m not putting anything else here because this one was just too bad to discuss.
If you want to watch light porn/hentai that covers up all the ‘good bits’ go ahead. I do NOT recommend watching this one at all and I’m not even going to put up the cover image for it.

Quick Anime Reviews: Dagashi Kashi

Dagashi Kashi

Rating: 6/10

Episodes 12, Season 1 (of 2)

Genre:
Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen, (Candy??)

Available On:
Other? No longer on CrunchyRoll. Maybe you can find it on YouTube or Amazon?

Description:
Kokonotsu (Coconuts) Shikada is heir to a small candy shop in a small out of the way town, but he wants to be a manga artist when he grows up. It’s a point of contention between him and his Dad, ‘You’. One day a strange, VERY CUTE, girl named Hotaru Shindare shows up to recruit ‘You’ to work for her father’s very large candy distribution company. However “You”, won’t leave until his son agrees to take over the shop. Hotaru starts trying to convince Coconuts to do just that immediately. Hilarity ensues. Hotaru is a candy otaku, and lives and breath the stuff, but doesn’t seem to know much else. Kokonotsu’s childhood friends Saya and Tou get caught up in the fun too. Both Tou and Saya find they like the strange Hotaru. Tou because she’s fine and he’s a teenaged boy, and Saya because if Hotaru is successful, Kokonotsu will stay in town. Saya’s got it bad for coconuts and everyone knows it, except Kokonotsu, of course. Saya may regret letting Kokonotsu spend so much time with Hotaru though, after all she IS very cute. Yeah there’s a love triangle in the air. But mostly it’s about the candy!

Dislikes:
Not many from me honestly. It’s a bit obvious at times, but so is almost everything I watch. I do wish the main characters in a lot of these shows weren’t so dense that they cannot for the life of them, tell a girl (or boy) might, just MIGHT, actually already like them?….Oh, and why does everyone seem to be cross-eyed all the time?

Likes:
Love that this is basically an ode to candy. Hotaru and Kokonotsu know about everything there is to know about the many and sundry candies of Japan and they go to great lengths to out ‘knowledge’ the other about the subject. Kokonotsu is caught up in this knowledge fest despite the fact that he doesn’t want to take over his dad’s shop, mostly because he gets to spend time with Hotaru. I mentioned she’s cute, and he’s not blind, right? Yeah, I get the feeling that the ‘love triangle’ is going to end with the childhood friend out. Does the childhood friend EVER get her man? Like, EVER? Saya better hope that Hotaru is more interested in candy than she is in Hotaru. Still, it’s a cute, fun show and you’ll know a lot more about candy when you are done!

Recommendation:
Watch 2 episodes. If you like it, you’ll enjoy the rest. If you don’t; it doesn’t get any better go ahead and skip.

Extra:
Season two is showing now and I’m enjoying it on CrunchyRoll.  Season one, the one being reviewed here, is not on CrunchyRoll. You’ll have to find it elsewhere.
Seriously, this is mostly a show made to talk about candy. You gotta love that, right?