Daily Archives: May 24, 2011
God damn it (Pun intended. Derp), why is it that this anime answers every question I have for the episode? I can’t talk about anything in my post now. Well, at least it’s a sign of great insight on Manglobe’s part. They address every concern that the viewer could possibly have when watching this episode of Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai and gracefully bring an end to a surprisingly interesting arc.
No, seriously, how could you, Keima? Don’t you think that a girl might be a little interested if she starts to twirl her hair around you, and even asks you to go out and get a meal with her?
Fortunately, Keima picks up on the signs that Chihiro has started to develop an interest in him, yet it might have been too late. He only notices that Chihiro is attracted to him after he berates her for her lack of initiative and effort. He even goes so far as to yell at her for chasing boys that she doesn’t like, which she takes great offense to.
Chihiro, understandably upset, runs off. Keima, dumbstruck at his failure, decides to give up before he realizes that he still has a chance of getting the Loose Soul back. And let’s not waste any time with fluff and whatnot and cut straight to the chase. They banter back and forth about how Chihiro is average but it doesn’t matter. Eventually, Keima just goes in for the kiss to end all the silly talk. And if that wasn’t good enough, it happened on a boat. On a boat.
Alright, I’m throwing praises at this anime from all directions. Up. Down. Left. Right. Diagonal. And I don’t think I’ll stop anytime soon, but do believe me when I say that this is definitely an anime worth watching, right here, right now.
The thing is, when was the last time you ever had any affection for a side character? Okay, granted, there probably were a few. How about this? When was the last time an anime portrayed a girl in such a way that she appeared to be foulmouthed and just horrible all the way through? And when was the last time said character began to grow on you, when you began to care and sympathize? (Yukiatsu? Shut up, he’s a guy).
What I’m getting at is that it’s amazing how Manglobe managed to transform Chihiro from a unlikable character into a lovable one. And by far, though she considers herself “normal”, she is the most interesting Kami Nomi girl I have ever seen, even more than the tsunderes and singers. She has more personality than all of the other ones combined. She’s witty, she’s prideful, and she’s cute to boot. Power to the normal girl, I guess you could say.
But more than that, this anime also broaches on the issue of real vs fake, as in real life vs fiction. The other girls that Keima has previously conquered all had their quirks and special characteristics. They identified the character to whom they belonged to and gave Keima an easy route towards gaining their affection. Chihiro, on the other hand, was as normal as normal could be, at least in Keima’s words she was. And this is good because you can’t hide behind your veil and say that all women, or any person for that matter, are easily identifiable by one trait. They’re not. In reality, there’s a lot of things that make a person who they are, what makes them tick, and what turns them off or on. It’s subtle things like this that I notice in anime. And when a production studio gets it right, they deserve praise.
Speaking of reality, Keima is bringing changes to the lives of the girls he romances. They all turn out for the better and have a better outlook on the world. But what about Keima? When will he find happiness and how is he approaching his obsession with the 2D world?