English Dub Review: Ya Boy Kongming! “Kong Ming Descends on Shibuya”

Insight

Based on the manga series written by Yuto Yotsuba and illustrated by Ryō Ogawa. The story follows the famous third-century Chinese tactician by the name of Chancellor Zhuge Liang aka Kongming as he lay on his deathbed wishing that if he were to reincarnate, he would be reborn in a more peaceful era. Much to his surprise, his wish somehow comes true, as the titular Kongming wakes up in modern Tokyo with a younger body and his memories intact.

Propelled into an unknown world, he finds himself in a nightclub and meets Eiko Tsukimi, a young aspiring singer whose performance captivates him immediately. Having pity on his confusion, Eiko takes Kongming under his wing and teaches him about the current world, which leads to Kongming’s interest in contemporary music. Seeing Eiko’s immense musical potential, Kongming swears to be recognized by the world and soon assumes the role of his manager.

Our opinion

After research, this is PA Works’ very first manga adaptation, and it’s a bit of a reverse isekai of sorts with a unique approach to blending in some of the mythology and history of the 3 dynasties/kingdoms of ancient China. It’s an unusual choice for an Anime to delve into Chinese history given that these pieces of history have also been popularized in various forms of media in video games such as the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” game franchises. and the aforementioned “Dynasty Warriors”.

As for the budding young singer, I love how Eiko is portrayed as a believable female character and how well animated her singing and dancing were. And Kongming seems like a nice guy and a worthy companion despite his strange first impressions of this new setting he’s been placed in.

Predictably, much of the humor and charm comes from your norm by the numbers of “fish out of water” jokes of an individual from another period having to learn and experience the conveniences and modern technologies and other things the world has to offer that isn’t anything new we’ve seen before, but at least it wasn’t boring.

All in all, it looked like a very good start. Honestly, the animation seems a bit overdone in some parts but that doesn’t take anything away, it’s only the first episode. So I’m pretty sure that at some point we’ll learn more about the history of the series and the direction that…