[Isekai Summer 2017] Like Konosuba? Watch This!


Regular everyday life can get pretty dull and tedious at times, right? We long for the ability to go to new lands or have new experiences in the world but quite often we can’t do that. Luckily in the anime world, there is the isekai genre that allows viewers to step into new worlds alongside some lucky—well sometimes unlucky—main protagonist. Then you have series like Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo—or better known as simply KonoSuba—that completely makes going to another world less exciting and more about comedy as you see the possibilities of a new world not being so great after all. However, it still makes us laugh and even more so makes us think of other shows like KonoSuba.

Now we know you beautiful folks out there are probably wishing there was more anime like KonoSuba for you to enjoy. Well luckily you have us here at Honey’s Anime to lend you a much needed helping hand. We have paired two shows that we think will fit very well for those who don’t just want a copy of KonoSuba but want the same feeling it has in some ways. One show has a more mecha focus while the other is more about comedy and adventure. Today we look at Knight’s & Magic as well as Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo Ni.

About Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

  • Episodes: 20 (2 Seasons)
  • Aired: Jan, 2016- Mar, 2016 (Season 1) – Jan, 2017- Mar, 2017 (Season 2)

For many, the idea of going to a new world filled with magic and swords to become a possible hero is exciting. However, for Satou Kazuma this ends up being anything but exciting and ends up becoming a hassle. You see Kazuma was living a NEET life till he was killed trying to rescue a girl from a possible death, though as he learns that was unnecessary and his death was pointless. Nevertheless, Aqua a seemingly powerful Goddess gave Kazuma the ability to go into a new world to become a hero and defeat a Demon King. Due in large part of her mocking nature, Aqua ends up being taken by Kazuma—he was granted any one wish and chose her to come with him—and the two are thrown into the fantasy world set before them. Though as Kazuma will soon learn, being a hero isn’t even close to what most imagine it as especially when he gathers his party of misfits…

Liked Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo? Watch Knight’s & Magic!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul, 2017- Present

A young otaku has unfortunately perished but luckily gets a new chance at life upon his death. Being reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevarria—better known as simply Eru—the once simply otaku has found this new body and mind to be smart and very adept at magic. Equally, while piloting mechs was impossible in his previous world here Eru can actually have the chance at not only creating his own mech—known as Silhouette Knights—but sitting behind the seat and controlling it! Though if Eru wishes to accomplish his dreams, he’s going to have to prove that despite his short height and effeminate appearance, there is a pilot waiting to jump into the fray. Eru will now show the world that here he can be someone and accomplish great things. Mechs and magic collide in Knight’s & Magic!

Three Major Similarities Between Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo and Knight’s & Magic

1. A new lease on life

As most isekai stories go, the idea is a main character gets either reincarnated or reborn into a new world. This is especially true in both Konosuba and Knight’s & Magic. There might be some differences here and there but at its core both Eru and Kazuma get a new lease on life. Now what else is so different about these new lives? Don’t worry we here at Honey’s Anime will now explain.

In the case of Konosuba, Kazuma gets launched into a world where you can essentially level up and gain new skills and powers. In Eru’s world he gets what he always desired thanks to the Silhouette Knights—the giant mechs of Knight’s & Magic—and the ability to pilot them. While we do really believe Eru got the better end of the stick in Knight’s & Magic in comparison to Kazuma, they are free in their worlds to change their lives in different ways than their past lives. As Eru explains in the very first episode of Knight’s & Magic, he can now show the world that he’s special and worth something. Kazuma still has the chance of doing that as well but we think it will be diminished thanks to his team of goofballs.

2. Magical times ahead

While the worlds of Knight’s & Magic and KonoSuba may be very different in terms of threats and concepts, they do share one major similarity in the form of magic. That’s right folks, if you love any isekai story with magic then you’re going to love Knight’s & Magic, especially if you liked seeing the silly magic used in KonoSuba. While you may not be laughing seeing explosions like in KonoSuba—Megumin for the win—Knight’s & Magic may appeal to those who prefer serious magical spells and incantations. Alongside the robots seen in Knight’s & Magic and you’re going to see some pretty awesome battles that have a lot of magical flare to them. Seriously, who doesn’t love mecha and magic that just screams a good time.

3. Heroes in training

Eru may start Knight’s & Magic with intelligence and skill but that doesn’t mean he’s the star of the show right away. Similar to Kazuma’s beginning in KonoSuba, Eru has to prove that he can be like the pilots of the Silhouette Knights. That means obviously not only training but, in Eru’s case, building his own mech. Kazuma also has to train but his training is usually him getting lucky in a fight, let’s be honest. Still it’s a long road for both protagonists as they advance their skills and become destined for greatness.

Liked Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo? Watch Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni!

  • Episodes: N/A
  • Aired: Jul 11, 2017- Present

God has unfortunately made a grave mistake, something seems impossible to him. God ultimately took a young man’s life prematurely and feels horrible. This young man named Touya Mochizuki isn’t annoyed by God’s grave mistake and seems to be taking his death rather calmly. Deciding to reward Touya for his kindness and understanding, God sends Touya to be reborn in another world with one wish being granted to him. Touya decides that he wishes to have his smartphone accompany him in the new world and thus God obliges and also upgrades Touya and the smartphone so they can be way stronger in this new land. Now with a new lease on life, Touya and his phone are about to go off an adventure of a lifetime in Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni!

Three Major Similarities Between Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo and Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.

1. Wishes

Ironically in both KonoSuba and Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, the beginning starts with a wish being granted after Kazuma’s and Touya’s death. In the case of Touya he brings with him a smartphone that now has godly powers and Kazuma brings the Goddess Aqua who…has water tricks. Yes, it’s clear that one of these wishes is better than the other. However, regardless both Kazuma and Touya were given choices of anything they wanted and these were the things they chose.

2. A harem filled adventure

Probably one of the most notable elements you’ll find in KonoSuba is the bevy of cute girls. You have darkness, Aqua and Megumin who cater to different tastes for viewers in KonoSuba. Then in Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, you have several girls such as Belfast, Elze, Linze and Yae to name a few. That’s right, both of these anime have harems for our main protagonists and we know how many of you will love to hear that fact. After you watch both shows comment down below in the comments to let us know who you think has the best girls. Will KonoSuba’s world of ladies win over the women found in Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni? Regardless for us here at Honey’s Anime it’s a win-win situation as we love all the girls equally.

3. Swords and Magic

Now we know most of you out there like action in an isekai story. We don’t blame you as we always like swords and magic being used in any fantasy setting, just makes the story more enjoyable. That’s why if you loved the action that can be sometimes seen in KonoSuba, you’ll have a great time watching Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Touya and his party of girls have some wicked moves on the battlefield—seriously Touya is so overpowered but in a good way—and that leads to some quite exciting battles. That’s why we think you’re going to want to watch Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni as soon as possible if you need a little more action then seen in KonoSuba.

Final Thoughts

We here at Honey’s Anime mention this a lot, but we do have a lot of love for the isekai genre. KonoSuba, Knight’s & Magic and Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni are very different anime but their main concepts are all too similar. Have a random soul get sent to a completely new fantasy world and then give that person some skill or trait that no one else has. While Touya and Eru may have gotten a better deal than say Kazuma—seriously Kazuma didn’t get much going into his world—they still ultimately get the ability to explore new worlds and meet new people. Though maybe after seeing some of what these characters have to deal with now don’t feel as down about our own lives. With that folks, we have come to a finale once again on another Liked This Watch That article. We hope you enjoyed the read—as much as we enjoyed writing it—and would love for you to comment down below your thoughts on this article. Make sure to keep coming back to Honey’s Anime for more articles soon to come as we are busy in the hive working so you guys have some sweet new articles to read.

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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