- Mangaka : Yuto Yotsuba, Ryo Ogawa
- Publisher : Kodansha
- Genre : Comedy,Isekai
- Published : June 2021
With the rise of the isekai genre, it gets confused with timeslips. Rather, timeslip series are often misclassified as isekai. With isekai series often set in medieval-esque fantasy worlds, it can really be quite confusing. However, the two are fundamentally different. In isekai series, the protagonists are dragged or are transported to an entirely new world, be it fantasy, sci-fi, or even within a novel. Meanwhile in timeslip series, the story is still set in the same world but on a different time frame. Be it in the past or the future. Timeslip series also has a different allure to isekai series. After all, it’s quite interesting to witness how a modern mind tackles ancient or futuristic problems. But what if an ancient mind slipped into modern times?
As the title suggests, the series follows the adventures of Kongming, the renowned Three Kingdoms general, as he timeslips into the modern era with his ancient knowledge. Baffled with how far humans have come after almost two millennia, he explores the world anew. The good thing is that he’s an open minded individual who can easily absorb and adapt to everything thrown at him. After several misunderstandings, we get to see him apply his knowledge into the modern age.
1. It’s Not Just Comedy!
The series starts off hilariously strong. After Kongming kicks the bucket, he unknowingly gets transported into the modern world. Interestingly, it’s during the most convenient time of the year, Halloween. Imagine a literal ancient human being seeing the streets of Tokyo during Halloween just right after he supposedly died. Just thinking about it sounds crazy, right? Truly, the series starts off on a comedic tone, however, the comedy immediately plummeted. As Kongming quickly learned about the world and adapted to his current situation, he pledges to make Eiko a world-renowned singer, which brings us to the second point.
2. Modern Problems, Ancient Solutions
Kongming has already established himself during the era of the Three Kingdoms. But since the modern age no longer fights such great wars, his knowledge has become obsolete. Well, that's what we initially assumed. Kongming uses war tactics and recreating ingenious strategies using what is available to him, proving just how great of a tactician he really is. Of course, learning about how his strategies work is just some sort of added bonus.
1. Take It With a Grain of Salt
As cool as Kongming’s recreation of his age-old tactics, we’re not entirely convinced that they would work flawlessly once recreated in real life. For the record, we haven’t tested his trickery but his explanation of it is just… dodgy. This doesn’t mean that all his plans are questionable, but there are certainly one or two that will raise an eyebrow or two. If you’re the type who nitpicks on details, you may want to keep this in mind.
At a glance, it’s hard to have any expectations for Ya Boy Kongming! This is not because the premise sounds stupidly bad, but we’re just not too sure what to expect from it. Obviously, it factors in some history as Kongming is included, but that’s pretty much it. Despite the initial loss, we were pleasantly surprised as the story started to unfold.