Thursday, January 28, 2016

Light Novel - Kono Subarashii Sekai Shukufuku Wo!

Author: Akatsuki Natsume

Illustrator: Mishima Kurone

Theme: Adventure, Comedy, Different World, Parody

"Satou Kazuma-san, welcome to the after-life. Unfortunately, you have died. It might be short, but your life is over." 
Someone suddenly spoke to me in a pure white room. 
The sudden turn of events confused me. 
In the room was a set of office desk and chair, and the one who announced that my life was over sat in that chair. 
If there was a goddess, she must be it. 
Her beauty was beyond the idols shown on television, she had glamour that surpassed humans. 
Her long blue hair looked silky smooth. 
She seemed to be about my age. 
She wasn't too busty or too lacking. She had a light purple hagoromo draped over her clothes.
 Volume 1 - Prologue

From left: Satou Kazuma, Darkness, Megumin and Aqua
It has been a while since I’ve last written my Light Novel review. The light novel that I’ve chosen to review this time “Kono Subarashii Sekai Shukufuku Wo!”. As we all know or we SHOULD know, this light novel is currently being adapted into an anime and 2 episodes have been aired. And I would say this light novel is really a gem among the many light novel translation that I’ve read. I remind you that my moon rune is not good enough to enable me to read the raw Japanese novel.

Alright, let’s get back to the light novel. This novel is currently having 8 volumes released. This novel centers around Satou Kazuma, a HikkiNEET (as Aqua calls him) that was reincarnated into a different world after he met his glorious death on earth. Due to various turn of event, he brought the beautiful goddess of water, Aqua to the different world. Then, he met various allies along his journey to defeat the Demon King generals and the Demon King himself. Yeah, typical RPG-like story. *smirk*

Now, why do I say that this novel a gem?

This whole novel is one hell of a parody. Parody of the “Isekai” trope. Anime only viewer may not realize just how overuse this trope is. However, Light Novel readers and Web Novel readers will definitely understand why such parody is written. This is because there just too many Light Novels and Web Novels that use this “reincarnated or summoned into a different world”. Trust me, there are just too many, you would not be able to really keep track on the amount. Tate Yuusha No Nariagari, Konjiki No Word Master, Death MarchKara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku, Re: Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu and Mushoku Tensei are few of them.

And below are the volume titles and which series they might be parodying:

Aa, Damegami sama (Aa, my useless goddess)

  • Parody of Aa, megami sama

Chuunibyou demo Majo ga Shitai! (Even with Chuunibyou, I want to be a witch!)

  • Parody of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai

Yondemasu yo, Darkness-san (They are calling, Darkness-san)

  • Parody of Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san

Namakura Quartet (Useless quartet)

  • Parody of Yozakura Quartet

Bakuretsu kurenai ma ni Let’s And Go (Let’s go, Crimson Magic of Explosion)

  • Parody of Bakusou kyoudai Let’s and Go

Rokka no Oujo (Princess of six flower)

  • Parody of Rokka no Yuusha

Okusenman no Hanayome (110 million bride)

  • Parody of Seto no Hanayome or Omoide wa Okusenman

Axis kyoudan VS Eris kyoudan (Axis cult VS Eris cult)

  • Most probably from gundam series, something about Axis Zeon and AEUG

The series whose title being parody have no connection to the volume content but, you can expect a great humor and parody in each of the volume. I have never been disappointed by this novel.

Everyday life
As of now, there are 3 episodes that have been aired and the main characters have all been introduced. Will Kazuma be able to defeat the Demon Lord with his high-tier party with Archpriest Aqua, Archwizard Megumin and Crusader Darkness?

We all can only pray for him to have an easy *smirk* journey and best of (high) luck (stat).

I guess this is the end of light review for this time. May we meet again. またね~

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