One day, walking home from school, the otaku gamer, Kazuma Satou dies while he, completely out of character, tries to save a girl. In the afterlife he is greeted by Aqua a goddess that tells him he can either go to heaven or help defeat the Demon King by going to a real-life RPG game world. Of course, he chooses the latter, and when Aqua tells him he can take anything with him, he chooses… Aqua! Unfortunately for him, she is not as reliable a goddess as one would hope.
KonoSuba is not just another “living in an RPG” anime. This Fantasy, Comedy, Harem parodies game-world anime in a pretty hilarious way. It’s not everyday you get a useless goddess or a whole useless team of adventurers while trapped in a game-like universe! Oh wait…
There are at least 6 other anime that can fill your heart with Fantasy, Adventure, cute and clumsy girls, a decent dose of Harem and some laughs until the next episode of KonoSuba comes out.
While the following 6 anime are not all comedies or set in a game world, they do have elements in common with KonoSuba. Most of them are Fantasy in some way and have one or several failed adventurers, others have the Harem aspect and others give us Comedy. There should be something for everybody!
So, here’s our list of 6 anime like KonoSuba!
1. Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (MonMusu)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2015 – Sep 2015
When mythical creatures are found to be real, the “Cultural Exchange Between Species” act is put into place to assimilate them into society. Kurusu Kimihito is “volunteered” into the exchange program and must take care of Miia a sexy, snake-bodied lamia who is really into him. Oh, and then a centaur girl, and a harpy, and a slime girl…. The catch is, there is a law against interspecies breeding, so even though Kimihito lives with these gorgeous monsters and they all want him, he can’t touch them! Now what…?
MonMusu is definitely not an Adventure anime, but it most certainly has the Fantasy element since there are mythical creatures all over the place. It also matches KonoSuba in regards to ridiculous situations, clumsy girls, and of course, Harem.
MonMusu is a silly Comedy show, with the typical awkward situations of a slightly Ecchi anime filled with fantasy-world girls with good intentions that can’t seem to get anything right, kind of like our girls in KonoSuba. While it’s not set in an RPG world, it definitely gives you a similar feel.
Have a monster daughter everyday: Promotional Video
2. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2006 – September 2006
Louise is a magician who isn’t very good at using magic, which has earned her the nickname of “Zero Louise”. She attends Tristen Academy and in her next test she must summon a familiar. Not surprisingly, she is unable to summon anything powerful and instead summons Saito Hiraga, an average Japanese boy. Unable to break that link, they reluctantly set off on an adventure together as master and familiar.
Though not in an RPG world necessarily, Zero no Tsukaima is set in a world of Fantasy and magic. Louise’s inability to do anything right is very much like our main girls in KonoSuba. And we have a regular Japanese boy being pulled into this crazy situation by a less-than-capable girl who is supposed to be his superior. Saito is also able to manipulate Louise by using her weaknesses against her much like Kazuma does with Aqua.
In Zero no Tsukaima we also have a Harem situation though Saito enjoys it much more than Kazuma does as he is naturally a bit on the horny side. The Familiar of Zero is a fun, Adventure Comedy anime with some Ecchi and Romance mixed in.
[PV] Familiar of Zero (Zero no Tsukaima Trailer)