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    KonoSuba Mobile Game to See a Global Release in 2021

    Just this week, game publisher Nexon announced that it will expand the distribution of its game Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Fantastic Days. The game, which launched on February in Japan and spread to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, will become globally available in 2021 on iOS and Android.

    Gameplay screenshot / Image courtesy of Nexon

    The game, colloquially stylized as KonoSuba Fantastic Days, is a role-playing video game (RPG) that utilizes turn-based party battles. This puts it in line with other popular anime-style mobile games like Cygames’ Granblue Fantasy, the latter of which has become a profitable media franchise. Fantastic Days reportedly features full voice acting and an original story, and its fighting cutscenes are animated similarly to the game’s anime precursor.

    Like Granblue Fantasy, Fantastic Days features a character progression system. The player can “collect” characters of varying stats, improve their capabilities, and group them up for battle. The game reportedly models its character collection feature under the well-known gacha system, which locks access to certain characters behind luck-based rolls that are commonly paired with microtransactions. In the battle mode, the game emphasizes its characters’ ultimate finishing skills, all of which are animated as if they are a scene straight out of the anime.

    These finishing skills are flashy and usually reference the characters’ capabilities in the anime. For example, the mage-type character Megumin blasts the enemy with an all-consuming explosion before succumbing to her magical overuse. This can translate to her actually exiting the battle (though it is yet unclear if she gets decommissioned for battle’s entirety).

    Finishing skill for the game’s self-insert character Kazuma / Image courtesy of Nexon

    The franchise KonoSuba started as a web novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki and published on Syosetu from December 2012 to October 2013. It then was adapted into the light novel format — with illustrations by Kurone Mishima — and published by Kodokawa Sneaker Bunko from October 2013 to May 2020. During this time, Akatsuki wrote several spin-off light novel series including one focused on the franchise’s most popular character Megumin.

    On October 2014, the Monthly Dragon Age magazine starting serializing a manga adaptation of KonoSuba (written by Akatsuki and illustrated by Kasumi Morino), and eventually Studio Deen took up the task of producing an anime adaptation. The anime ran throughout 2016 and 2017 and was followed by an OVA, then an English dubbing of the anime series beginning January 2019. In addition, a film titled KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson (or Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu) premiered in Japan during August 2019, with an English-dubbed version currently on the way but delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The general plot of KonoSuba follows Kazuma Sato, a hikikomori who dies and is spirited away to a world with rules similar to MMORPGs. Like many isekais, the show grants Kazuma a very special — and categorically overpowered — ability along with a cast of colorful potential love interests. These love interests, being of interest to the targeted audience, naturally become the focus of the franchise; in that same vein, Fantastic Days reserves all of its flashiest depictions to everyone but Kazuma.

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