The winter 2016 season is over, which means it's time for some solid recommendations!
Strongest series: Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)...
...and Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
What's it about?
Genre: Fantasy, comedy
Setting: Mediaeval stylefantasy land
When he tries to save a girl he thinks is about to be hit by a truck, Kazuma Sato ends up in limbo, where goddess Aqua gives him a choice: move on to heaven, be reincarnated on Earth or go in his current body with his memories and abilities intact to an RPG style fantasy land. That land is in crisis, and Kazuma could be a hero in their fight against the Devil King.
When told he can take one thing with him, maybe a skill or a weapon, Kazuma chooses Aqua herself... only to regret it as soon as they reach the new world. Now he is stuck with an devastated goddess with below average intelligence and no combat skills, who can't leave until the Devil King is defeated.
How's the fanservice content?
I was on the fence in the Konosuba pilot about how to rate this one. Aqua's outfit was the problem; instinctively it felt like obvious fanservice, but by my own definitions it could be interpreted as low. I needed a few more episodes to decide, but by the end of episode three the show had made its position on fanservice very clear, and I had tweaked my definitions to help avert this ambiguity in future.
First fanservice: 1 minute 29 seconds in, when we meet Aqua. Well, Aqua's butt. I think whoever draw this was expressing their unhappiness with their job through the medium of weird proportions.
Thirtysomething Brit interested in film analysis, social justice and Japanese TV.