The World Only God Knows

Type: The Pick-Up Artist for Nerds


Synopsis: Keima Katsuragi is the god of conquering girls, specifically 2-D girls from dating sims. A cute demon named Elsie mistakes him for an actual player and forces him to hunt down evil spirits living inside his female classmates. If he doesn’t, he and Elsie will be beheaded. Since Keima has little to no experience or interest in real life women, he must use his computer gaming skills to seduce each girl. So its like that one horrible book, but like, the anime version.

Pros: I found the premise of the show rather refreshing. It was nice to see a show where a male character had to actively chase after a number of girls, instead of the other way around. This is sort of like a harem show, except all the girls never meet each other, and only interact with the lead one at a time. And they actually kiss, which almost never happens in these show. Every girl is different, representing a different anime archetype (tsundere, rich girl, normal girl, teacher, etc). The humor was also much funnier than I expected, interjecting fun gags and cutaways to help balance some of the more dramatic moments.

Cons: This show is divided into arcs. One girl’s story equals one arc. And a lot of the arcs are built the same way. Keima learns which girl has a spirit, he does some preliminary research and interactions, we learn the girls tragic backstory, and Keima kisses the girl and makes it all better. I get why every girl needs to have some sort of emotional hangup, but I’ve never been a huge fan of melodrama. But I guess that’s the price to pay for an otherwise enjoyable anime.

Watch it?: Press Start Now (4/5)

MVP: Elsie

New Picture (5)

She’s just too cute

Best Episode: S2, Ep. 8 “Flag.8.0 Her First Errand” / “Flag.8.5 Tea for Three.” (Hate the Game, Not the Player)

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