I really wanted to like this anime. I saw the first episode, and other than the fact that Luci Christian put her whiny voice on, it was pretty decent. The best part was that it set up the plot nicely for the rest of the series: the “God of Gaming” makes a deal with the devil to try and rid the world of evil that lives in girls’ hearts by dating them. And, of course, since he’s the best dating sim player to ever live, he should be able to do that, right?
As it turns out, our hero, Keima, has never been on a date with a real live girl in his life. Instead, he prefers to spend his time beating video games where the main goal is to date a girl in a game, and he even likes these pixelated characters more than living and breathing women! Uh…okay. But, all that aside, it looks as though our hero is set up for disaster, because if he can’t save these girls, he’s not going to be able to save himself.
And thus starts The World God Only Knows, an anime with a great premise, but very little payoff. The opening is pretty fantastic, especially the song, holy crap, but it’s sad when the first 90 seconds of an episode are the absolute best. Throughout this season, Keima has to make four different girls fall in love with him in quick arcs that last from 1-4 episodes apiece interspersed with filler that doesn’t have anything to do with anything except his love for games. We get it. We got it in the first episode that Keima was obsessed with games. I’d rather see another arc with a different girl falling for him than to deal with all this filler garbage.
However, it’s just not that easy. You see, once a girl falls in love with Keima, or she lets him get close enough to kiss her, the evil is sucked out of her heart and she completely forgets about him. A part of each girl is always changed for the better, but she doesn’t remember falling in love at all. Now, you would think, that once Keima gets a shot at having a real life with a real girlfriend, he would go remind her or something of all the special moments they shared and maybe try to form a relationship….but no. He just moves onto the next one. Like it didn’t even matter to him. And herein is my problem with this show. I know, I know, it’s basically a harem (why do I keep watching these?), and the point is to have the main character interact with as many girls as possible, but come on. He barely gives any of them a second glance after he makes out with them, and just as a human being, that’s pretty cold. Maybe he’s not a human being. Maybe he’s just a robot who is really good at video games. But either way, it just did not sit right with me.
Also, there’s the fact that this show can pretty much go on forever with an endless stream of girls and nothing will get resolved. When will all the evil be sucked out of their hearts? Will Keima ever grow a pair and start to have real feelings for someone? The answer is probably not. So why should I bother to keep watching if nothing is ever going to happen?
My favorite girl from this first season was the second one, the blonde one who tries so hard to keep up appearances, even when she doesn’t have the means to. Unfortunately, her arc is over way too quickly and then (after some oddly placed filler, of course) we go onto one that drags way too long about some idol singer. Man, are the people who made this show obsessed with Kanon, or what? She has like ten music videos on the bonus features of the DVD.
If you like the kind of harem that can drag on forever, by all means, ignore everything I said and watch this show. Season 2 has already been released and season 3 is on the way. Personally, I should have stopped after the first six episodes, but we all know already what a glutton for punishment I am.
The World God Only Knows seasons 1 and 2 are available from Sentai Filmworks in separate season sets. You can also watch it on Crunchyroll if you don’t want to pay for it, but honestly, I can’t tell if the dub or the sub is worse because in both versions, the girl with the skull in her hair sounds like a whiny baby. I do want that skull, though. Anyone know where I can buy one?
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