Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 Episode 1 [First Impression]

Vantage

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  1. Wanderer says:

    …Was the quality worse? I didn’t notice. I was too busy enjoying the episode.

    Also, Aqua’s miniskirt seems to have gotten even mini-er. At least in that scene… Geeze girl, doesn’t that get chilly?

    • Vantage says:

      It was. And the worse it gets, the harder I laugh. They’re definitely doing it on purpose.

      Aqua’s a goddess, she’ll live. I’m more worried that she’s being a bad influence on a certain lolikko. Or maybe they’re just all terrified that Kazuma will steal their panties, and this is the foolproof solution they’ve come up with.

    • Yithar says:

      I did notice the difference in quality when they dragged him, but until I saw the still images I didn’t really notice. I think it’s because of how our eyes work. “The eye perceives more detail in still objects than when they’re in motion. Because of this, a video compressor can apply more compression (drop more detail) when things are moving.” Also, I didn’t realize how bad DEEN was but I googled it and found this (https://anijubo.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/studio-deen-hate/).

      As for Aqua, I think it’s her personality as to why he’s not attracted to her. Megumin is sort of the same reason. Darkness also has her problems, but at least she tried to act normal when she first met him and she does act normal from time to time. Plus, it might also be his preference that her hair is the longest and has that adult charm and she’s a female knight.

      • Vantage says:

        DEEN is kind of infamous for its low budget productions. Their attempt at Fate/stay wasn’t particularly amazing, and a lot of people despaired when it was announced they’d be taking over for Log Horizon S2, although in hindsight it wasn’t that bad in the end. 2016 has been sort of a resurgence year for them in terms of both sales and reputation, with Konosuba, Sakamoto and Rakugo Shinjuu all having been positively received.

        • Yithar says:

          Yeah, I watched Fate/stay night, and it was passable, but compared to UBW it was sort of lackluster. I got the feeling that the quality wasn’t as good as the original visual novel. It is kind of unfair to compare something from 2014 to something from 2006, but I would agree Gurren Lagann, which came out a year later, had pretty good visuals that still hold up today. I also watched Log Horizon S2 as well, but I didn’t notice how bad it was until I saw this comment (https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/4brwyy/why_does_everyone_seem_to_hate_studio_deen/d1by4e8/).

          • Vantage says:

            Comparing ufotable to DEEN at all is also kind of unfair, especially since the former is often thought of as one of the more ‘premium’ studios. Gurren Lagann has aged really well, in part helped by Trigger’s lively art style.

            Oh dear. At least Log Horizon is better known for its plot and response to the MMO craze instead of its visuals. And Lenessia is still a qt.

  2. zztop says:

    Konosuba’s the rare anime where the animation quality is inversely proportional to its funniness and enjoyment. It’s almost like how the derpiness of some of The Simpsons’ early 90s episodes made the gags funnier.

    • Vantage says:

      Some of the gags were funnier, but the teeth in old art style Simpsons episodes were always really off-putting to me. When I was young, I remember being really confused as to how something in those old episodes felt different, and I could never put my finger on exactly what it was.

      Konosuba OP2 is so shit that it’s amazing. I can’t believe even an OP made me laugh. DEEN is making anime great again in the cheapest way possible. All I’m going to ask for is that they draw some cute Megumins once in a while.

      • zztop says:

        If S2 performs as well as 1, it’s likely Konosuba’s entire LN could be adapted for anime. The source WN’s already ended, and is currently being adapted for LN format (subject to editor rewrites/changes etc).

        On another note, will anyone be covering the Chain Chronicle anime? The animation’s much better than Konosuba’s, although the plot’s fairly standard (mysterious demon king and dark army invade fantasy land of many races, Hero must unite the races to fight said king) and relies heavily on the viewer playing its source mobile game (it assumes you know Part 1’s plot, and the various factions and races). It does differ that the Hero suffers a crushing defeat to said king in ep 1, and there’s a new character who may eventually take on the Hero role.

  3. kinghumanity says:

    The. Production. Value. Is. Garbage.

    This is quite possibly the worst looking “hit” anime that I’ve ever watched, and it really irritated me the first season. Ok fine, the committee and studio DEEN didn’t expect it to sell, so they put in the bare minimum effort. But what’s the excuse for the second season? You can possibly tell me that the off-models, the ugly character designs (look up the original character designs for the LN, seriously), and the atrocious in-between frames. This really prevented me from fully recommending the show last season, and it only seemed to get 10x worse for the second season.

    Should have given the job to Kyoto Animation – the opposite of Studio DEEN.

    • kinghumanity says:

      And no, the shit quality doesn’t make the comedy funnier – if KyoAni made this show instead of DEEN, it would have been 9/10 at least and sold double the amount.

    • Vantage says:

      DEEN is ironically doing a shit job. To each their own, but to me (and lots of others) the terribly low production values are an unexpected plus for the adaptation, although I will agree it was a real surprise to see what the original character designs were like. It’s particularly noticeable with Yunyun, although that might be because her LN design was the first I saw of her.

      Double the amount? I don’t know about that, especially after Phantom Sales. And as much as I like KyoAni, there’s no way they would adapt something as vulgar and openly lewd as Konosuba. If it had yuri bait, maybe they might look at it twice.

  4. MalRoadkill says:

    When I think about my top anime, this show is now at the forefront. I think the animation style suits the show nicely. I think one of the most endearing thing, is that these people deserve each other. They’re all total goobers. That doesn’t mean they don’t mean well or aren’t good people but they’re stupid and annoying and their company of each other is the suffering that karma demands upon them. I love them all so much. I couldn’t help it and I’ve read all the light novels cept for the Megumin spin offs.

    • Vantage says:

      They really do deserve each other. It’s such a dysfunctional relationship but they work well together. And deep down, the girls all appreciate it (except maybe Aqua) as they were having trouble finding a party who’d accept them before Kazuma came along.

      There are Megumin spin-offs?! I haven’t touched the LNs, but they’d be the first I’d read!

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