KonoSubaJun KasamaIsekai QuartetRising of the Shield Hero
Isekai Quartet Movie: Another World
Medium: film
Year: 2022
Writer/director: Minoru Ashina
Original creator: Carlo Zen, Kugane Maruyama, Natsume Akatsuki, Tappei Nagatsuki, Yusagi Aneko
Actor: Ai Kayano, Aoi Yuki, Asami Seto, Cho, Daichi Hayashi, Daiki Hamano, Emiri Kato, Inori Minase, Jun Fukushima, Jun Kasama, Kaito Ishikawa, Kenta Miyake, Kohei Amasaki, Masayuki Kato, Minami Tanaka, Nana Mizuki, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rie Murakawa, Rie Takahashi, Rina Hidaka, Saori Hayami, Satomi Arai, Satoshi Hino, Shinichiro Miki, Sora Amamiya, Sumire Uesaka, Takehito Koyasu, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yumi Hara, Yumi Uchiyama, Yusuke Kobayashi
Keywords: Isekai Quartet, KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero, Tanya the Evil, Rising of the Shield Hero, anime, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 112 minutes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=24505
Website category: Anime 2022
Review date: 1 March 2024
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It's mostly much what you'd imagine, but with a serious plot alongside the jokes. (The film runs nearly two hours. It would have been impossible to sit through this film had it been a bunch of disconnected gags like most of the TV series.)
The premise is that our mismatched and extremely large cast get snatched away to yet another world. (For everyone here, it's at least their third or fourth.) To recap, we're following:
4 incompetent loons from KonoSuba, not counting the cat.
7 friendly but evil monsters from Overlord, although they don't do bad things in this series. Albedo sometimes gets silly and competitive, though.
7 soldiers from The Saga of Tanya the Evil. They're obedient, efficient and even nicer than the Overlord bunch, if you make minor allowances for Tanya herself.
7 magical weirdos from Re:Zero, which is a much straighter dramatic isekai series than the other three. They've always managed to keep up with the comedy in this crossover series, though. Two more are added after the closing credits, suggesting that we might get a Season 3.
3 heroes from The Rising of the Shield Hero. They're not funny, to be honest, but I'm still happy to see them. I'd have liked more screen time for Raphtalia, though.
...plus three movie-only characters who live on this new world. They supply the serious story (although the film's still basically a goofy comedy, of course). There's Pantagruel, an immortal-ish golem girl on a planet of golems and the two humans who've wound up here and at one point lived with her. One of them still does.
The art's in the show's usual cartoonish chibi style. It looks cheap. It probably was. That's fine, though. It's funny, but it works better than you'd think for the emotional material too.
So the serious story's better than you'd think... but that's a relatively minor element of the movie. Its main job is to be a comedy with nearly thirty protagonists. This it does reasonably well too. It's not laugh-out-loud funny, but it has a light tone and plenty of amusing moments. Sora Amamiya made me laugh repeatedly as Aqua just by wailing, blabbering and being rubbish. (I've just realised that I don't think she's ever really played up Aqua's stupidity, despite the fact that it's known by everyone and frequently referred to.) I'd probably have to call her my favourite hero in the movie, but the KonoSuba gang have always been indispensable because they're the only ones who were from a comedy to begin with. Look at what this film builds around Kazuya's Steal skill.
There's not a huge amount to discuss in the plot. We should be applauding the script just for managing to juggle this many characters and give them all meaningful screen time. (A joke is enough.) They wander around, get split up, meet the locals and occasionally fight golems. Their big battle is cool because it's what we'd all been waiting to see and because this cast has so many very different heroes with their own spells, skills, fighting styles and occasionally ways of being pathetic. (Ahem, KonoSuba.)
I saw one review that had expected this film to be wall-to-wall comedy like the TV series and was upset that it had a serious story. I think that opinion is nuts, but hey. Some viewers might feel like that. Personally, I thought the movie got its balance pretty much bang on. A good amount of wacky runaround, with the occasional soupcon of something darker. Lots of non-sentient golems to blow to hell in battle scenes without making the audience uncomfortable. It's fine. Quite good. If you enjoyed the TV series, I see no reason to avoid this.