Keima Katsuragi, known online as the legendary “God of Conquest,” can conquer any girl’s heart—in dating sim games, at least. In reality, he opts for the two-dimensional world of gaming over real life because he is an unhealthily obsessed otaku of galge games (a type of Japanese video game centered on interactions with attractive girls). When he arrogantly accepts an anonymous offer to prove his supremacy at dating sim games, Keima is misled into aiding a naïve and impish demon from hell named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima with her mission: retrieving runaway evil spirits who have escaped from hell and scattered themselves throughout the human world. Keima discovers that the only way to capture these spirits is to conquer what he hates the most: the unpredictable hearts of three-dimensional girls! Shackled to Elsie via a deadly collar, Keima now has his title of “God of Conquest” put to the ultimate test as he is forced to navigate through the hearts of a multitude of real-life girls. – My Anime List
Based on 11 review scores:
Animes that have clear objectives are rarely funny. Plus, in other harems, no matter how many girls chase the main character, only 1 or 2 girls get to do stuff with the main character. But in The World God Only Knows, everyone gets at least a kiss! How fair is that?
A well put together anime. It flows from episode to episode so smoothly; stories easily are finished in a single episode or are done over several. There’s no feeling of filler, just exploration of this interesting world. The story centers around a kid that plays dating simulation games. But a contract with a devil forces him to use his skills in the real world. It’s surprisingly tastefully done, and I’m glad that they take the time to do more than date girls ‘to drive the demons out’. The anime looks at this culture of gaming, and does a good job of exploring the main character as he tries to save the girls. He is a gamer that hates the real world, and by the end of the first season – and a terrible singing number totally in line with the story – this is emphasized. Has he grown? In the end, I think not, so a second season is definitely in order. The end was a firm reminder of the character, but not satisfying. But in a good way. I want more. Really, the only distracting thing were the homages to various films/tv shows in various scenes. While these mostly fit the scenes, they hardly seemed necessary – the main character is a video game freak, not a movie one. It was cool to see things like posters and book titles in the series also paying tribute, but the easter egg hunt became an unwelcome distraction for me.
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Overall, the first season of The World God Only Knows is a very satisfying experience. Although the series does not hit its full potential for the most part, it does more than enough to put it up there with some of the best releases this year. With the second season already scheduled to be released in the states within weeks, one can only hope the wait for it to hit here will be a rather short one. After all, Keima’s contract is far from complete and the girls aren’t going to conquer themselves.
When looking at the complete body of the series I find that the balance of interest must fall on season 1 & 2. Season 3 is a weak reminder of the essence of the story and the OVAs are just a money grab.
The World God Only Knows isn’t bad at all, in fact it is very entertaining. It has a decent plot, great animation, good music, and some fun characters. There is not a deep or long-standing romance, but the romantic moments are effective and the drama of the different conquests is good. It’s a fun ride. The first half may be a bit rocky for some, but the second is where the series hits its stride. It may have one episode of filler that is bad, but that is negated by the final conquest.
The World God Only Knows is based on a long running comedy manga and portrays how an otaku tries to use knowledge from fiction to conquer real girls. The funny and entertaining concept is a little weakened by flashy childish fantasy animations. However, it is a comedy anime after all and if you don’t try to take it too serious, it’s pretty entertaining.
That being said, the story is, while slightly generic, definitely entertaining enough to keep you watching. The jokes are funny, the characters are interesting, and the pacing is done almost perfectly. The animation and music are pretty good too, and while there aren’t really too many memorable tracks, there’s certainly enough *umph* to the show to get you wrapped up in the moment.
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Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai is a strangely mixed bag that works on certain levels, but ultimately it would have been better off trying to weave fewer themes into the plot. Individually the concepts behind the series are imaginative and somewhat inventive, but the complications caused by trying to blend several ideas together sometimes creates a quagmire in the storyline, and inserting a joke to brush over it is nothing more than papering over the cracks. That said, the series is enjoyable enough to warrant at least one watch, and viewers should also keep in mind that this twelve episode anime is nothing more than a prelude of things to come, especially as the manga has already gone beyond the 100 chapter mark.
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To an extent, The World God Only Knows fails in its ability to capitalize on the qualities of animation. In a medium where character qualities are vocally expressed and the tape simply keeps rolling, there is no buffer for incongruence in character or uncertainty in length and pacing. The show may have presented itself as a playful meta series, but its shortcomings means it comes out merely a little charming, and nothing more.
The Visual Medium
The World God Only Knows (abbreviated TWGOK) started off so well. The premise was interesting; Our lead character (an otaku) has to win over the hearts of several girls to free their souls from evil spirits. After each “conquest”, the girl loses all memory of what happened between the protagonist and herself. The episodes had very good pacing and direction, and looked rather unique too (reminded me of Bleach in it’s style actually). That is, until the first few episodes concluded.