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Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II Episode 11 – Not Enough Elsie

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II 2 World Only God Knows Anime Manga Elsie

goddammitelsiewhyareyousogoddamncute

With the last episode of this wonderful show, The World Only God Knows, slated for release next week on June 28, 2011, one can only feel bittersweet about the whole ordeal. The entire season thus far has been a treat and I’m glad to see that it’s gaining popularity. The most recent arc dealt with Nagase Jun (up top) and we now get down to what’s been bothering her and how Keima gets around this particular problem.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II 2 World Only God Knows Anime Manga Nagase Jun Yui K-ON

"My arc is over?"

Yes, Nagase, your arc is over, and this week’s episode has us following Keima and Elsie as they tail Nagase to a wrestling match. In order to get her talking, Keima conjures up a fake ticket by way of Elsie’s raiment. This leads to a short scene where Nagase gets surprised and then depressed. Sensing the chance to strike, Keima pulls her down into his seat and tells her that they can watch together. Read the rest of this entry

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II Episode 10- Nikaido-Sensei’s Route

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekaii II World Only God Knows Nikaido

Nikaido was going to play a part in this series sooner or later. I just didn’t know that she was going to be a pseudo-target for Keima to use in order to get Nagase. Oh, and she’s probably one sensei whose route you’ll never be able to finish.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekaii II World Only God Knows keima

Don't we all have to think about that?

The back-and-forth banter between Keima and Nikaido is slightly entertaining I have to say. Nikaido acts as the foil in most cases while Keima says the outrageous things, and it goes vice versa as well. Anywho, this was an episode of revelations since we finally get to figure out what’s been eating at Nagase this whole time and it opens a path for Keima’s conquest.  Read the rest of this entry

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II Episode 9 – Who You Gonna Call?

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II The World Only God Knows Jun Nagase

When there’s a Loose Soul in your bed, who you gonna call? Getting bored of high school girls, The World Only God Knows decides to move onto bigger fish, literally. The next target of conquest for Keima is a college student who works as an assistant teacher in his class. Thank god she’ll only be around for two weeks since romancing a teacher is bound to get a bit awkward.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II The World Only God Knows Jun Nagasee

She's mine

It just so happens that this person, Nagase Jun, graduated from Keima’s school and is now teaching as part of her course work, or volunteer work, but either way, it doesn’t matter. She’s met with warm welcomes from teaching staff and students alike, save for one person. Any guesses? Read the rest of this entry

Galge and the “D” – Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II Episode 8 Review

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II 2 The World Only God Knows 2D GirlsMan, when I watched this week’s episode of the World Only God Knows, I was instantly reminded of Tenacious D when they mentioned the missing link, the missing “D”. And though we didn’t move onto the next conquest after Chihiro, this episode was chock-full of fun moments and gave us some more Haqua, which is always a good thing.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II 2 The World Only God Knows Haqua

De~

Keima tries to teach Elsie all about galge this week when he finds out that the first edition of a limited edition game has been put on sale. He proceeds to go over how the 2D world has triumphed over the 3D world in a series of amusing shorts and leaves for a galge fair, ordering Elsie to buy him a game while he’s there.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II 2 The World Only God Knows Haqua

How to introduce yourself

Once that’s over with, Haqua comes over and  Read the rest of this entry

The World Only God Knows II Episode 7 – Eager for More

神のみぞ知るセカイⅡ Elsie looks happy

Customary Elsie pic' of the day

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.

神のみぞ知るセカイⅡ Chihiro

How could you miss this flag?

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.

神のみぞ知るセカイⅡ Kiss scene for Keima and Chihiro

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.

神のみぞ知るセカイⅡ Keima Thinks

Just when I thought I was ahead of the game... "he" thinks about the same thing

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).

The World Only God Knows II Shouldn't this be in AnoHana?

Excuse me, aren't you supposed to be in AnoHana?

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?


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