The official website of the anime adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki and Kasumi Morino’s Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! (Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!) has announced that the upcoming series will premiere in April 2023, during the Spring 2023 anime season. In addition, a new promotional video and cast members were also revealed.
The second official promotional video has been revealed, introducing many of Megumin’s classmates making their debut in the upcoming anime:
New members of the anime’s cast has been revealed alongside their first set of character designs:
- Rie Takahashi (Akane Uchida in Shirobako) as Megumin
- Aki Toyosaki (Yui Hirasawa from K-ON!) returns to voice Yunyun
- Maria Naganawa (Theiamillia Gre Fortorthe in Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?) joins the cast to voice Komekko
- Kaori Nazuka (Nunnally Lamperouge from Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch) as Arue
- Miyu Tomita (Umaru Doma in Himouto! Umaru-chan) as Funifura
- Sayumi Suzushiro (Akira Oono in High Score Girl) will voice the role of Dodonko
- Shizuka Ishigami (Ellis Fahrengart in Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance) as Nerimaki
The leading members of the anime’s production have been confirmed, and consist of:
- Director: Yujiro Abe (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai and Great Pretender Episode Director)
- Series Composer: Makoto Uezu (School Days, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru)
- Anime Character Designer: Koichi Kikuta (Fruits Basket (2009), Tamayomi)
- Music Composer: Masato Koda (Domestic na Kanojo, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio)
- Animation Studio: Studio Drive (Uzumaki, Vladlove)
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! is a spin-off light novel series that focused on Megumin and her sister Yunyun. The spin-off had a total of 5 volumes and ran from 2014 till 2019. Here is the synopsis:
Crimson Magic Clan members Megumin and Yunyun are at the top of their class, but they still have a lot to learn. Yunyun’s begun learning advanced magic, but Megumin has gone down a different path-the path of explosion magic! Despite being warned of its limited usefulness, Megumin believes explosion magic is the way for her to become a great, voluptuous wizard, and she won’t be convinced otherwise!
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: Give Blessings to This Wonderful World!) is a fantasy adventure light novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima. The series was originally published online on Shousetsuka ni Narou from 2012 to 2013. The series was picked up by Kadokawa Shoten in late 2013 and is published under their Sneaker Bunko imprint. To date, a total of 17 volumes have been produced to date. Over 7 million copies in print are in circulation. A manga adaptation is currently being serialized in Fujimi Shobo’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine. The series received an anime adaptation during the Winter 2015/2016 anime season and a second season in the Winter 2016/2017 anime season. Both seasons were directed by Takaomi Kanasaki (Tokyo Ravens, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?) and produced by Studio Deen (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Rurouni Kenshin). The anime was followed up by a feature-length film in 2019 titled Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!: Kurenai Densetsu (Give Blessings to This Wonderful World!: Legend of Crimson).
Here is the series synopsis from MAL:
After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, he can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake—Aqua is completely useless!
Unfortunately, their troubles don’t end here; it turns out that living in such a world is far different from how it plays out in a game. Instead of going on a thrilling adventure, the duo must first work to pay for their living expenses. Indeed, their misfortunes have only just begun!
The Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! anime will air in April 2023, during the Spring 2023 anime season.