Welcome, one and all, to the next installment of RishRaff Reviews. Today we will be covering an old favorite of mine, The World God Only Knows (TWGOK). Our review will be comprehensive, which is to say we will be making the review cover all three seasons. LowKev will again not be joining us for this review, having not yet seen the anime. As always, be on the look out for minor SPOILERS!
Now, without further ado, let us begin the review!
Summary: Dating sim master Keima Katsuragi wants nothing more than to immerse himself in the 2D world, chasing digital girlfriends. But when the so-called “Capturing God” answers a mysterious email from an unknown sender, Keima finds himself chasing down real-life ladies in an attempt to help the peppy demon Elsie de Lute Irma capture “lost souls” escaped from the depths of hell. Now, lest the explosive collar around his neck detonate, Keima must convince various girls to fall in love with him in order to scare out the souls hiding in their hearts. -Anime News Network
The plot of TWGOK is a bit surprising for a harem, offering an atypical interpretation of genre, and actually does a really good job at this. The plot flows pretty smoothly throughout the first and second season, but can feel repetitive a lot of times. This repetitive natures dies off some in the third season, but here it faces rushed story development. Much background necessary for the plot is pushed in and introduced haphazardly, stealing momentum and overall urgency of the plot. This in evidence of the shows overall decline in season three.
TWGOK offers a lot of hope with its characters, but still falls into the same traps main other harems do. Keima is a strong protagonist, a rarity of harems, but his development is extremely slow in the first two seasons, while his development is sped up considerably in season three, weakening his character somewhat. He is also extremely overpowered, with a 100% success rate in capturing girls, though this adds more of a comedic element rather than actual flaw to his character. The girls themselves are developed some but often find themselves tossed to the back burner, which is typical of harems. Any characters that make a full return in the third season from the first two are again frequently tossed to the side once any development is done. There are also a few girls who are introduced and given very little backstory in the third season, and typically in a very rushed fashion, making them underdeveloped compared to other girls. Several of the girls also fall into cliches, such a library girl and idol. The final flaw is the characters fall into “harem hell,” where the main male never actually picks a preferred love interest.
Animation is really solid in this series, with crisp movement and unique character designs. All in all, there are no real complaints.
The soundtrack is really enjoyable with this series, helping to create the general romantic comedy and lighthearted mood with most scenes, and the opening and closing for all three seasons are also being quite good.
As a comedy, there is not direct themes the series tries to promote, but it still offers some good ones through Keima. In a sense, the main protagonist embodies a lot of self sufficiency and deterministic themes. He typically relies on his own smarts and tactics, rather than taking suggestions from Elsie or Haqua, except on rare occasions. Additionally, he never does something part way, even when he does not want to do this. He conquers every girl successfully, even when things go wrong, he does not give up. These traits give the show some strong themes, and by using Keima as the medium to communicate these themes, make him a strong character.
Final Score: 8.8/10
Final Grade: B
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai was the most interesting harem that I have ever seen. It has a unique plot to it that really changes the way the character goes about getting a harem and how he feels about it. I also really enjoyed the characters. Sadly a lot of the girls did not get too much attention because of it being a harem. The first and second seasons pretty much had the same feel to it but the third season felt a bit sloppy do to a time skip. Because of this a lot of people felt forced into the show and some of them were never really explained. Also like most harems the main character does not really get too close to any of the girls. The ending also felt a little incomplete, but there are rumors of a fourth season because they continued the manga. If that does happen it could tie up loose ends, but I would not count on it. For the most part this is a good anime that suffers some of the normal flaws that come with a harem, but it is unique and defiantly worth giving a shot. Out of 10 I would give this anime an 8. I would recommend it to anyone who likes harem but wants a new twist to it. – B-Ro
Final Comments: The World God Only Knows offers a satisfying experience for any harem fan, or anime fan in general, with its refreshingly different take on the genre. However, its characters still suffer many flaws typical of a harem.
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