Keima is ready to face more divine punishment!
|The World God Only Knows is back for a 3rd season! This is one of the funniest series I’ve seen in recent years, with endearing characters and consistently hilarious gags. So despite not having read the manga (beyond the first, Ayumi’s arc), I was excited to see it coming back. Unlike the first 2 seasons and like the more recent OVAs, this one outright names the parts it’s adapting, the “Goddess Arc,” one that I’ve heard manga fans talking up. It looks like we’ll actually get a central story instead of hopping from conquest to conquest, but can it keep delivering the laughs…?|
|Well, the anime might have skipped a bit of the story, but the anime has finally reached where I believe where the story really takes off. It was good before, but I’m really fond of the Goddess Arc and look forward to seeing it animated.|
|Keima is at it again! The Capturing God returns for yet another season of TWGOK, but this time it’s different. Instead of evicting evil demons from the hearts of unwitting hosts, Keima is now tasked with finding and protecting Goddesses until they can regain their strength.|
Just a small glimpse of what we’ve missed.
He Did What to Whom Now?
Sumairii// Honestly speaking, I have mixed feelings about this first episode. But before I elaborate, I should mention that I am an avid reader of the manga, and it’s highly likely this strongly affects my judgment. Anyway, my displeasure with the premiere, as you can probably imagine, lies with the sheer amount of compression necessary to get the viewers “up to date.” There is a jump of at least 70 chapters between the end of season two and the start of this new season. Now, there are also several OVAs which do help bridge this gap, but those cover approximately 10 chapters combined at best. The point is, that’s A LOT of material. And TWGOK attempts to summarize it all in just over 5 minutes. So, how did they do? Well, to be fair, it wasn’t a complete disaster. The show glosses over quite a number of captures, while pausing strategically to highlight only a few. Technically speaking, this is the picture of a summary done well; convey to the viewer only that which is most important. And certainly, those captures that received the most attention were the most important relative to the new season.
And it is for this exact reason that TWGOK has failed to capture what I consider the core of the initial stages of the Goddesses Arc. That is: not knowing which previously conquered girls shelter Goddesses within them (let’s face it, they make it rather obvious). Perhaps the staff consider the mystery only a minor detail relative to everything else that will occur, but I personally feel uninitiated viewers are robbed of the experience. That said, if Manglobe does manage to successfully execute whatever parts of the arc they consider most important, I am willing to believe that this new season will not turn out to be a complete disaster. I’m not such a purist that I will denounce the show for every single detail and girl skipped. I will still be dissatisfied when what I feel to be key developments are glossed over, but that’s nothing that will completely ruin everything. Manglobe is attempting to tackle one monster of an arc in only 12 episodes; and while some may condemn this very act as a sin, I would rather like to see the staff take a crack at and triumph over such a monumental task.
I always did wondere about the name Diana. Turns out it really was a reference to the Roman goddess. Now, since Diana and Apollo are twins, both children of Jupiter/Zeus, will other goddesses also get names of some of his plentiful progeny?
So far, Apollo gives me the same vibe as Tsubasa’s meddling cat from the Monogatari series. A self-described idiot alter ego.
Catching the Goddesses
Kara// What to expect from all of this? The Goddess Arc is a bit different from your normal KamiNomi for a couple of reasons. For one, the girls actually remember who Keima is and that they’re all in love with him. …Which, if you didn’t get from the focus on Kanon, the original ‘conquests’ are coming back and will no longer be ignored as much as they were in the past. Of course, this potentially brings trouble for Keima as well since everyone remembers the things Keima did in the past. Aside from that though, there are also demons trying to revive the old hell as well and enemies could be anywhere, so it’s not like Keima can just walk up to the girls, ask if they have goddesses in them, and expect them to answer. Apollo came out kind of easily, but for the most part, the goddesses are going to try to remain hidden. Especially after the stabbing that happened at the end of the episode. …Just ignore the fact that all of the male Roman gods have become female (honestly, I bet you anything this kind of thing happens all the time in Galge anyways.) So long story short, KamiNomi also suddenly gains a plot. It’s amazing. Definitely expect Keima making real life a dating sim like he usually does, but with the added intrigue of having an actual source of antagonism and and end goal other than just collecting souls.
Please don’t try this at home, kids. Contrary to what this or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children might have taught you, you will not catch up and you will probably die.
Oh no! This teacher sucks at taking charge of his class!
If you missed the Tenri-arc, then you’re probably a little lost right now. They kind of recapped it, but I kind of feel like they missed a lot of details with that. I also really felt that absence of the 3 characters KamiNomi never animated. Sure they recapped it, but it’s just not the same as watching it animated. I’ll probably feel this again once the characters that were skipped over become relevant again (and I can’t even image how disconnected the people who only watched the anime will feel), since there’s just so much that wasn’t mentioned. On that note though, I like the choices of seiyuu for the new characters. Especially Tsukiyo’s (Yuka Iguchi), since I really like the monotone(ish) quality of voice she had. It fit my vision of her character perfectly. The animation for KamiNomi has never been anything special (and I honestly wasn’t blown away by anything this episode), but the OP was nice as always. The source material is good, so hopefully the Goddess Arc doesn’t disappoint. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
So, you’ve heard my take on the latest iteration of TWGOK as someone well-versed with the series. But I would very much like to hear the thoughts of those in the audience who don’t follow the manga. Particularly, I wonder how you received this premiere without any foreknowledge of the briefly summarized material. Was it as confusing an experience as I imagine it to be? Or were you perhaps content with what was shown? The other girls aside, it would have been nice to see the captures of Yui and Tsukiyo in full detail (I’m sure you all realize by now it’s no coincidence they were scrutinized in the summary and featured in the OP); but does it really matter? We’re introduced (arguably) sufficiently to these important characters, which should technically suffice for the purposes of the Goddesses Arc. And while it’s questionable how invested the casual viewer can be in these new girls, I think the staff has done an admirable job at compressing so much into 24 short minutes.
I can’t say I’m happy with the choice of using montages to quickly cover 3 girls Keima conquered since the last time we saw him. Okay, the constant cycle of new conquests was getting repetitive, but those arcs looked off the hook! Keima swapped bodies with a rich ojou-sama, met a mad scientist who disappeared immediately, and shared a flying kiss with a girl who became the size of a doll! I want to see all the stress and drama that Keima had to suffer through for these girls. And from what I understand, this is just a small fraction of the stuff that he went through! Is the Goddess Arc that good that you have to skip over so much material just to get to it quickly? And how will the absence of all that content affect our understanding of this arc? Perhaps future OVAs will cover them, but that doesn’t excuse skipping over them now.
At least it hit the ground running. The whole memory wipe thing always felt tragic, and the show is finally confronting it head on. I mean, Kanon confessing to Keima in the 1st episode, in front of the whole class in the middle of an exam? That’s fucking awesome. Trouble is, about the only part in the episode where I laughed out loud was when Keima yelled at Diana about attending different schools when asked to walk with Tenri. I always considered the plot to be secondary in this series, mainly enjoying seeing Keima being the butt of every joke (often violently). And while there’s sufficient intrigue and mystery to drive the story forward, especially with this Lune lady stabbing Kanon, I worry that laughs might be hard to come by this season. I’ll keep watching, but this much anticipated 1st episode has left me disappointed.
Next episode preview indicates that she’ll be alright, but how awesome would it have been to just kill her off like that in the 1st episode?