KonoSuba was the shock breakout hit that nobody actually anticipated. It was first ridiculed for the hilariously poor manufacturing qualities from Studio Deen, however that one way or the other ended up turning into part of its distinctive humor. Its unconventional tackle the isekai style, with a comparatively weak protagonist who solely survives on his wits, and a gaggle of misfit feminine companions additionally contributes tremendously to its success. However since KonoSuba, not many anime have been capable of duplicate its method, even Combatants Will Be Dispatched! the opposite isekai anime from the identical creator didn’t handle to copy KonoSuba’s success.
So it’s fairly a shock to see an under-the-radar anime come the closest to KonoSuba by way of its preliminary model and humor. Winter 2022’s The Genius Prince’s Information to Elevating a Nation Out of Debt can also be making an attempt to stroll that nice line between poor manufacturing high quality and intentional humor. It contains a protagonist that’s attempting his hardest to sabotage his personal success and failing miserably at it, in addition to a gaggle of fascinating feminine characters, particularly his assistant/childhood buddy/love curiosity Ninym (by the way voiced by the identical voice actor as KonoSuba‘s Megumin, Takahashi Rie.)
As its overly detailed title suggests, the anime is a couple of genius’ prince’s try to lift his poor and weak nation, Natra, out of debt. The titular prince, Wein Salema Arbalest secretly simply desires to promote his nation to its a lot stronger neighbor, Empire Earthwold. He deliberate to make his nation extra engaging by strengthening it first, so he can promote it at a very good value and retire early. However his continued quest to place within the minimal quantity of effort and lay flat constantly backfires, and his nation is turning into a lot stronger than he had anticipated.
You will need to word that this isn’t an isekai anime, it’s not technically a fantasy both, the story takes place in an historic world with no magic or particular creatures, so plans and technique take heart stage. That is truly a very good factor for this anime as a result of it clearly doesn’t have the funds to supply any full-on warfare or present magical powers, as even the straightforward character conversations scenes typically look poorly produced. Within the anime’s first episode, a whole battle is enacted utilizing principally nonetheless photographs and dots on a map, with some exposition thrown in for clarification.
Surprisingly, this cost-saving technique truly works for the general tone of the anime, as a result of it’s a couple of deeply indebted nation with little or no assets, so it’s only applicable for the anime to mimic this sense of impoverishment on display. This model additionally made the battle extremely fast-paced (although some would say rushed), and feels surprisingly like a strategy-based sport. This can be a comparable state of affairs to KonoSuba, the place its protagonist Satou Kazuma can also be consistently in debt and on the lookout for methods to make cash, so the poor animation matched its characters’ predicament and even added an additional layer of hilarity.
Regardless of being extremely competent, Wein isn’t essentially the most hardworking or motivated particular person, identical to KonoSuba’s Kazuma. Wein the Prince nonetheless has to faux to be a charismatic chief in entrance of his folks, however he dreads waging warfare and simply desires to chop the losses. But his plans labored method too effectively for his personal good, so he typically throws mood tantrums in entrance of Ninym to de-stress. The distinction between Wein’s two sides and the mixing of the intense with the absurd is a sort of self-deprecating humor that’s fairly harking back to KonoSuba, although admittedly, KonoSuba does it higher by being far more excessive.
With only one episode out, there isn’t a telling how unhealthy the animation high quality will get sooner or later, or if the manufacturing can repeatedly flip trash into treasure and maintain it for a complete season. They should be making sensible cost-cutting selections relatively than simply providing up unhealthy animation. If they’ll step up the humor and introduce extra likable characters whereas additionally emphasizing the methods which are so essential to the plot, issues could find yourself figuring out for the very best, identical to they do for Wein.