No means no, fellas.
|It’s always fun watching Keima’s carefully laid plans to play his girls get railroaded, and what a treat it was to see Vulcanus try to get in his way only to become his next capture. I’m loving the lightning quick pacing of this season so far. This might have been the slowest episode yet, and it still managed to get through a bunch of significant plot points, including the capture of the 3rd goddess and the information that Vintage has infiltrated the loose souls division that Haqua leads.|
Where did she get that stepladder? Seriously, it was flying at his head before he even finished his line.
So Keima now gets to experience the nightmare that every harem lead has to, managing existing relationships with girls while handling new ones coming after him. It’s nice to see such a shift from the series’s tradition, but I wonder how long it can remain fresh, considering every gag based on multiple girls going after one guy has been done every which way to Sunday in the harem-infested world of anime. To be fair, KamiNomi brings something new to the table, with the goddesses depending on their hosts’ affection for Keima in order to raise their own strength. Which gave us some amusing bits like Vulcanus/Tsukiyo (Vulkiyo? Tsukanus?) getting him to carry her around in front of the other girls, or Diana/Tenri (Dianri? Tenana?) trying to force herself onto him so that she can get wings of her own.
That wiggle of her retracted wings at the end sold the gag.
For some people, this would be a very positive development.
At least Keima getting physically abused is a gag that’s guaranteed not to get old. Of which there was plenty in this episode, with everything from books, benches, stone floor tiles, and feet getting thrown at him. The excessive violence inflicted on some harem protagonists can be so excessive to be off putting (coughlovehinacough), but unlike most harem protagonists, Keima is a manipulative sociopath. Starting with Shiori this episode was good, because it reminded us of that before all the beatings went down. Notice how after reading her French Revolution magical girl story, he had regrets about having to tell Shiori that he liked it – not for any ethical reasons about telling a bold faced lie to a girl seriously pouring her heart out, but rather because the story was so bad that he felt he was breaking his artistic integrity. What a jerk.
Of course, he always has a way of making it in the end, as he did in winning Tsukiyo’s heart again. So here’s where knowing what actually went down in her arc might have helped – I had no idea about the talking magical doll. Come on, Manglobe, you guys made an entire episode for Kanon that was pure fanservice with no bearing on this season. You couldn’t have done one of Yui’s or Tsukiyo’s arcs? Gotta learn to plan ahead, guys.
I get that Keima needed Tsukiyo to fall for him again in order to power up her goddess, but once Vulcanus came right out and said who she was, why didn’t he just explain to her the situation? It’s possible that that knowledge would have made “capturing” Tsukiyo harder, but he was getting beaten up pretty bad. Then again, he’s never really shown much of a tendency for self preservation, so I guess this is no surprise. And, again, he did make it through to her in the end, though it did feel a bit contrived, since Keima didn’t really say anything convincing other than, “Kiss me! That can solve all our problems!” (spoiler: no it can’t). I guess it’s somewhat romantic which Tsukiyo might have a weakness for, but that brings us back to the point about her missing arc.
So now that the deadly curse has been lifted off Apollo/Kanon (Aponon? Kanpollo?)… surprise! She cast a spell on herself for protection, and guess what, that means you have to keep finding those goddesses, Keima! Lucky you! At least the show was good enough to come right out and call it the dumb RPG fetch quest it is. It doesn’t excuse that plot device, but it does lessen the blow a bit. Try watching a season of 24 and seeing how many contrived fetch quests get chained together without a hint of irony. But whatever, all that’s just a framing device at this point for Keima’s further misadventures with his targeted girls, and those misadventures have been just as good as in previous seasons so far. Next episode seems to be focused on Yui, which is exciting since she’s the only person who seems to befuddle Keima. I’m looking forward to it.
Plus, we get to see him crossdress!