I had expressed my interest in watching this romance harem anime from the 2010’s. I dunno if you guys know, but The World Only God Knows was one of the most popular romance harem anime in the last decade.
Unfortunately, it’s popularity died down, especially, at that time when the genre became over-saturated with mediocre to below-average animes.
Because of that over-saturation, I put it on hold until I forgot. Good thing, I recently remembered to watch it. Specifically, I remembered this anime while I was making my 12 Days of Anime entry about the popular animes of the decade.
Now, I will share my thoughts on the anime’s season 1 & 2.
But before that, you guys might be wondering why I am focusing on the first 2 seasons of the franchise. Well, the moment I watched the end of season 2, specifically the special OVA’s, I noticed that new characters are about to be introduced in the preview. I know that I might have made the wrong decision here, but I think there is a shift in terms of story.
I dunno. Lol.
So I checked and I think I made the right call. It seemed they dive into another level of the story that is a bit far from what is shown in the first 2 seasons.
Looks like I made a good decision to cut it now and share my thoughts before I dive into it more.
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. (MAL)
The World Only God Knows is sure something. I now understand why this franchise was really popular back then.
Definitely, one of the best romance harem animes I had watched in a long time.
What I liked about this series would be the setup. Usually, in romance harem animes, the main character is either dense or too kind. However, herein The World Only God Knows, Katsuragi was aware of his actions and its impact on the girls. He made sure to make them fall in love with him purposely, like the dating sims he always plays.
He is referred online as the “God of Conquest”, and by far, he sure is living up to his name.
Interestingly, after Katsuragi “captures” their heart, usually in a form of a kiss, evil spirits are then captured by Katsuragi’s partner/sibling demon, Elsie. The girls then forget the next day everything about Katsuragi, or so they thought. Ooohohohooh.
The OVA’s sure is giving me a different vibe and possible new plot of the anime. Ooohohohoh.
Another thing I like about this series would be the girls Katsuragi conquers. Unlike other animes, the girls are actually likable and they are not annoying. They also comeback after their arc and were still quite useful in the story. It was nice.
Speaking of girls, let me focus first on Elsie. Even though I said that the girls in this series aren’t annoying, I admit that I almost dislike Elsie because she’s becoming annoying every time she’s on-screen. Interestingly, I got used to her antics and later on, especially in season 2, I actually love her character and her interactions with Katsuragi. I also wanna point out that Elsie was the first heroine I know that doesn’t fall in love with the main protagonist. She is just there doing her job as the evil spirit hunter and play as Katsuragi’s sister from another mother. I really like that as it goes against the trope and cliche of romance harem animes.
The next person I want to talk about would be Ayumi, the first girl Katsuragi “conquered”. She was really charming and was really interesting. To be honest, I guess I liked her just because she was the first person I got to know of in the harem. However, I liked her more in the 2nd season when she showed support on Katsuragi. I think she has a really good chance to be Katsuragi’s “girl” at the end of all of this.
However, everything changed the moment I got to know more about Ayumi’s bff, Chichiro.
At first, I only consider her as an extra and supporting character in the first season as she was literally one. I didn’t expect her to be part of Katsuragi’s harem. I really really liked her arc as it focuses on one’s self and self-worth. She feared failure so she doesn’t try as hard as it needed. Even Katsuragi was confused as to who she really is, and that hits home on so many levels. Lol. Another small thing I love about her arc would be that it doesn’t only try to dissect her personality and her struggles but it also made Katsuragi think about his own sense of self and his stand in the real world. Her arc is definitely one of my favorites.
The next girl that I want to talk about would be Kanon. Compared to the other girls above, I had a hard time to like Kanon. Don’t get me wrong, she seemed to have a fun personality and she’s really cute, but I am not feeling her. I also didn’t understand much of her arc. Like I didn’t feel anything much from her arc, unlike Chihiro’s.
Lastly, I want to talk about the last arc of the 2nd season, Nagase Jun, the student-teacher. Just like Chihiro’s arc, I really like her arc. She not only was a bit special, as she wasn’t even possessed by an evil spirit, her arc was raw and heartfelt as I also struggle the same issues as her. It really hit home for me and seeing how Katsuragi tries to help Jun made me feel like he’s also helping me. That was nice.
Another thing is, I also like an older girl-younger guy kind of pairing too. Just my preference, heh.
Now, let’s talk about Katsuragi. Even though he is the main character, I was expecting him to a bit of a shallow, just like any harem MC out there, to better the viewer’s experience in watching a show, Katsuragi was quite a handful. He is full of personality, I sometimes feel sorry for Elsie and his mother for putting up to his antics. He’s a gamer, like a heavy one. Still, he’s also more than that. Even though the arcs tries to focus heavily on the girls Katsuragi tries to conquer, we also got a glimpse of his own personality other than him being a gamer.
And because we are still in the middle of the franchise, I can’t wait to see more of Katsuragi in the future seasons.
Now, for the art and animation, it’s definitely so 2010’s, and yet it was well made for a 2010’s anime. It’s very solid from start to finish. Interestingly, I thought season 1 was already good, season 2 was actually alot better. I can’t really explain it well, but the animation felt alot more fluid and it seemed the production team had more budget in the 2nd season. The character designs were really good too. I like it very much.
For the music, I am not much of a fan of the english opening songs on both seasons. Don’t get me wrong, I fairly enjoyed alot of tracks before, but the english on the songs were gibberish, I couldn’t understand half of it. I do like the melody of the OP, just the lyrics I’m not a fan of. The endings were quite fun to listen to. From time to time, there were different ED’s, it was a different experience every time. I like it.
Overall, The World Only God Knows is a must watch romance harem anime. Not only it highlights the better fun points of the genre, it was also different from its anime series peers.
I know the series might seem old as it was released in the 2010’s, but bruh, it’s still very enjoyable and on par with the current animes now. Actually no, it’s acutally ALOT BETTER than mediocre animes released nowadays. So bruh, A MUST WATCH.
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