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The World God Only Knows episode 1

All the hype was for this? Really?

It wasn’t terrible, but if I didn’t know better I would have guessed this was yet another Light Novel adaptation animated by Xebec. The best word to describe this would be ‘lame’. The set up for this episode was all very pre-determined and annoyingly lame and linear. There didn’t feel like a natural progression between Keima the gamer in class and him having to capture girls hearts. Each step of the way was very ‘oh how convinient’. The concept is pretty cool, but I knew the concept already from the preview synopsis. There was no flair put into setting up the story though. It was going through the motions and introducing each new part of the contract with a waaacky chibi facial expression from Keima.

Characters are lame as well. Demon girl is just generic cute and moe. She has no discernible personality as of yet. She is just there and speaks in a high pitch cute voice. The girl Keima has to capture in this episode is generic genki girl. She’s energetic but, shock and surprise, she beats up Keima. But it’s our hero who’s the real disappointment. All this building up as though he’s one of the most flamboyant and everything, but what do we get? A typical loser male harem lead who happens to be able to sweet talk girls. Seriously, that’s all there is to him. He plays dating sims and girls don’t like him. I thought maybe his ridiculous outfit was part of his flamboyant lifestlye but all it is is his school uniform. And as for not liking real life girls, that’s a load of bullcrap. It would of been interesting if he really didn’t like real life girls and just went through those motions like it really was just another game, but he spends all his time blushing and getting flustered when inquired about said girl.

The director and staff working on this anime aren’t very good so going into it I was a little bit sceptical, thinking that maybe these folk would screw up an otherwise (reportedly anyway) excellent manga. Asides from the Eden-esque opening, there wasn’t much imagination thrown into the directing. Keima yells loudly when something happens. Girls beat him up and faces get chibified with the backgrounds changing to signify that we are supposed to laugh at this scene. It’s the shojo method of making you laugh and it’s not even done as well as it was in Otome Yokai Zakuro. But reading forums told me that Manglobe stuck to the first chapter of the manga pretty much spot on. So instead I’m left wondering what the hell is all the hype for.

“IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR!”. Does it really? The episode ends with the dull demon girl becoming the mysterious magical girl transfer student (which, of course, Keima reacts to by yelling and pulling a chibi face. Because that’s funny). So what’s going to happen from here on in? Will they go through the same formula each time around? Will anything actually different happen? You know, something that might be actually fun and step outside of its genre bounds a bit. Like Keima having to capture the heart of an ugly girl, or that of another man. What we’re actually going to get is the set up for a harem. Demon Girl will continue to be moe and not much else. the ‘humour’ will remain yelling loudly at stuff. The rest? Boring dating sim romance set ups. Bleh

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43 Comments

  1. Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    This series is definitely not for you. The source material very much owes to many of the tropes related to Ren’Ai games (the pattern per arc is new girl – make girl fall in love via Renai game knowledge – capture spirit – move on to the next girl), and Keima experiences very little growth for much of the manga’s run.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      But you can still be well made and well constructed. I shouldn’t like Ore no Imouto but it’s excellently written and produced. This is just not well made at all

  2. Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Pretty much my reaction exactly – after all the hype I wondered if I’d actually clicked on the right series in Crunchyroll.

    I’m sticking with it because I like the premise, and I’m hoping this was just a clunky way of demonstrating said concept, but it’s going to have to get a lot better pretty fast to justify the expectations everyone seems to have of it.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Thing is, I’ve yet to hear even a bad review of the manga and heard a LOT of good reviews. Even Bakuman had its fair share of people who weren’t too fussed by the manga to counter the praise it was getting.

      idk, we’ll see I guess

      • Penguins
        Posted October 8, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        TBH I feel the anime didn’t get Keima’s characterization quite right. Manga!Keima is like the most awesome male lead ever, but IDK we’ll see.

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    … I enjoyed it… ;3;

  4. Hatsuyuki
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    “And as for not lik­ing real life girls, that’s a load of bullcrap.”

    Freaking this! I’ve heard so much about him having no interest in real girls that I was utterly confused when I saw him blushing over them every other minute. I think his lack of interest in real girls would have set him apart from other typical harem leads, but he wasn’t that much different from the norm imo, albeit he’s less perverted than some I’ve seen, but he still seems to like girls just as much as the next guy does. I wanted to see him possibly progress into liking real girls, but he’s already there, so that’s one less interesting point this series can have lol.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      Yup, he’s a generic male harem lead, except with a chastisy belt of gaming around him that prevents him from thinking too perverted. Dissapointment

  5. Adigard
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    To be fair they did compress a 60page manga chapter into a single episode of the show… and the first manga chapter (which they rather faithfully adapted) wasn’t the best introduction to the show. I’d recommend giving it another chapter or two, although the best haremettes don’t really come along until later.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

      IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR!!!

      I’m going to give it at least another episode to see if something worthwhile appears, but after this episode I’m not holding my breath

  6. Posted October 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Dude saves girls that can’t save themselves from demon monster spirits. So it’s Bakemonogatari without the bits that made it interesting. That leaves you with absolutely nothing.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      *likes

      damnit, wrong website

      *retweets

      FUCK!!!

  7. BigFire
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    And if they’re going to adopt this faithfully, the next episode will involve no capturing at all. You’ll get to meet Keima’s mother next episode as we get his infamous BMW theory speech to Elci.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      I await it with much excitement…

  8. Posted October 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    What was the appeal of this show supposed to be? For a minute I thought it was a story about how the main character gets disabused of his idea that 2D is better than 3D, but by the end it seemed like a magical-girl collection show.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Nope, it’s actually a generic haremette collection show

  9. Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Series definitely lacks an immediate hook – rather it seemed like a very generic and ordinary series and not the grand genre subversion its been hailed as. Suppose a few more episodes are required to get a better picture of the direction the series is heading.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      A few more episodes? Pah, I can already see the ending

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Meh all round.

    Guy who likes to woo 2-D anime stereotype girls has to woo 3-D girls, who are of course just more 2-D anime stereotype girls. Riiiiiight……

    I might give it a few more ep’s to in case I change my mind, but the signs aren’t great for that happening.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      lol I like that. The point of the show is that he has to pick up real girls instead of 2-D girls. But to the viewers, he’s still only picking up 2-D girls that are as generic as any eroge girls we’ve ever seen

  11. Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    You should know this about hype by now. :P Remember how hyped Hetalia was?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t get the Hetalia hype, beyond that some fangirls were very excited about it.

      I enjoy hype though. I’m weird like that

  12. Taka
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I think it’s still better than just about any show that began airing/aired last season. Except parts of Occult Academy and Shiki.

    It’s just got fierce fierce competition. Unfortunately Oreimo wasn’t as good as I thought it was gonna be. Knowing the story actually lessened my enjoyment of the show.

    This was decent enough. I think they should have had different Seiyuu’s for the 2 leads though. So far my favorite 1st episodes have been for second seasons (Arakawa and Letter Bee) woooops.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      Yeah but last season sucked. Also, last season had more better first episodes than this. Asides from Occult Academy and Shiki, HOTD, Legendary Legend and even Ookami-san had better first episodes than this.

      Sequels always feel great because of the joy of returning to the show. It’s kinda cheating

  13. Fundefined
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I didn’t like the manga, but I didn’t finish more than 10 chapters of it because I thought the art was terrible. The show doesn’t do much to change my view.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      You’re the first person I’ve heard who didn’t like the manga

  14. Ragnarok
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    The story is simple and it can be done well however in my opinion when you try to mainstream this kind of story it will end as failure, I didn’t even finish the firs chapter of the manga because IT WAS BORING.
    The anime was more entertaining than the squid girl, then again squid girl was pretty boring.
    I’ll what only one more episode because I am curious of something but I can say it now for sure this is a failure.
    blah blah blah

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Bleh Squid Girl was better than this. Squid Girl was actually funny

  15. Posted October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Well, I don’t know why anyone would’ve anticipated much with this – yeah, sure there was a ton of hype, but re-read the description of the show. Does it really sound like it’ll be anything amazing? I know that shows will sometimes exceed their appearances, but hype is an extremely unreliable thing, particularly when the hype one is dealing with is the one before the show even appears.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      Descriptions Shushmictions. Synopsis Pinopsis. People pay too much attention to them. A short outline of the story rarely tells you if the story is any good. It doesn’t tell you if it has comic timing, or if it’s well constructed or basically all the things I care about when it comes to picking out a good anime.

      Interesting synopsis’ are everywhere. As are dull ones, but they could tell you anything and nothing. The Star Driver synopsis meant nothing. OreImo told you something about a brother sister, which you got from the name anyway. Togainu no Chi looks like gangland warfare until you hear it’s based from a BL game. Kuragehime synopsis tells you everything and yet nothing that you wouldn’t have otherwise guessed from it being Josei + Noitamina.

      I barely look at the synopsis when it comes to making season previews or looking up new anime. The fact something is tagged as moe and being made by KyoAni means more to me than it being about a deliquent who injured his shoulder. A guy who goes through college life could be anything. The fact it’s Noitamina, Yuasa and Madhouse means everything.

      Sorry about that, but people placing so much on a plot synopsis is a pet peeve of mine and I’ve never had the chance to rant about it before

  16. Posted October 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I thought it was funny, well animated and colourful… and the harem lead is cool. (And I havn’t read the manga.) The soundtrack was random, somehow.
    It’s maybe not the wittiest thing around, but meh you guys are just too picky.

    …Anyone noticed how Elshee called the chief… Dokuro? Holy sh…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Well animated? Anytime there was any sort of significant movement they changed to chibi characters to make it easier. That’s not good animation. That’s just cheap

  17. Posted October 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    When Keima talked about watering the plant until the plant blooms, I could think only of The 40 Year Old Virgin: “You’ve gotta wait ’til the seed grows into a plant. Then you’ve gotta fuck the plant.”

    I don’t really have much more to add.

    • Posted October 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Wait, I have one more thing to add: Hiro Shimono’s voice makes me want to punch him in the balls.

  18. Posted October 9, 2010 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    I am a huge fan of the manga, but the first episode was just alright, not as epic as some of the later chapters of the manga. To see, if it was just the anime that had failed, or the manga had a bad beginning, I reread the first couple of chapters. The anime is almost an exact of the manga, so, the first chapter isn’t that good. It’s not well paced, and lacks the oomph of the later chapters. In the manga Keima did blush, but the blush seemed to be a much bigger deal in the anime. In the manga the blush(es) seemed more like shock or a nab of affection, in the anime, the duration was similar, but their obvious visibility made them feel more like the blushes of someone falling for someone (which given Keima’s character is bad).

    So, hopefully the anime will get better, but I am not going to tell you to keep watching in the hopes of that (I got the impression you don’t like that). Having said that, I would recommend watching the next episode. In the first half you will be introduced to Keima’s mother, and she is a very entertaining person, there are some other really funny moments in the 2nd chapter as well, but also some fan service, which you may or may not like.

    Let us have a question and answer session to clarify a few things:

    Why is Elsee such a stupid non-blonde?

    Elsee appears to just be a generic dumb, clumsy, cute girl who the creaters have made dumb and clumsy for the sake of the otakus. And, well by all means, that’s all there is to Elsee. She might appear to just be a generic female lead, but there is one big difference. Elsee’s clumsy/dumb nature is an anomaly within the manga itself, by that I mean, she is recognized for it. Other characters don’t just pass it off like this kind of clumsiness is to be expected of females, they make note of it, and the manga often makes fun of her for it. Perhaps Elsee (like the other girls) is a parody of the dumb female that so heavily dominates harem anime/galge games. Anyways, what I’m trying to say is that, after a while, the reader just accepts that Elsee is Elsee, and they either gain a neutral affiliation with her, or they actually enjoy her cute moments. Wait till you get to see Elsee and her love of a certain means of transportation, this love makes for some very dawwww moments.

    But Lord Reiseng, what on Earth could they possibly do, to improve this shamble of a story?

    Thanks for addressing me as Lord. In the later chapters, they spend more than one chapter per girl, so the capture feels more evenly paced, and the relationship seems better developed. Having said that, the biggest difference is Keima’s attitude. In later chapters (not much later, I think), Keima is far more composed, he is used to capturing girls, so, his own doubts in himself don’t really get in the way. That line “I can see the ending”, may seem plain and weak right now, but it’s later iterations are so badass, they send shivers down my spine.

    At the end Keima seemed to have a moment of sadness, that might have stemmed from Ayumi forgetting him. Why, I thought he didn’t like real girls, and falling in love so quick is unrealistic.

    Keima often has a slight melancholic look to his face when a capture is over. It isn’t so much that he fell for the girl he captured, but more of a melancholic lonely feeling. He doesn’t actually develop any proper “love dove” feelings for the girls, but he comes to respect them and appreciate them to some degree. I personally think this is a great showcase of his character. It isn’t obvious now, because the Keima in this episode wasn’t really the stoic Keima of later chapters, but quite often Keima seems totally uninterested in the real world. Moments like the above, and some others show the reader that Keima is just a human, a human that for whatever reason hides himself in video games.

    So, his character develops?

    Yes, he comes to appreciate the real world a bit more (on occasion), and he has some interesting introspective’s on what it means to be human.

    You are just an ugly fanboy, aren’t you?

    Yes, and no. I am a fanboy ( to a certain extent), but I am far from ugly. Most bishounens are put to shame by exceptionally good looks.

    Why do you like this manga anyway?
    It can be very funny, and Keima is a badass, that’s all.

    That’s it?
    Yep, most of the girls aren’t that special (though, this has changed somewhat in the latest chapters with the addition of goddesses and what not). The heart of this manga is Keima and his hilarious heart winning techniques.

    Why did you waste so much of poor Scamp’s comment space/time with you uselessly long comment?

    Cause I am a jackass, and Scamp is a sweetheart, so, he won’t get mad… I hope.

    • Posted October 9, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      So many typos, damn I write too much, and I should really check my work. Sorry!

    • Posted October 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

      Not even the great Reiseng can make me watch epi 2. I knew it was not aimed at me, but at least I can now say that epi 1 was defo a predictable, unfunny snorefest. Lame, lame, lame indeed.

      • Posted October 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

        Girl, you’re definitely not in the target demographic — heck the manga itself is tagged as ‘shounen’, so obviously a lot of the situations (at first) would only appeal to teenage boys.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      After reading through all that, I’m even more baffled as to why people like this. Ah well, I’ll give it at least one more episode

      • Posted October 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

        Different strokes, 5camp. I didn’t find Arakawa funny, for example, but I could chuckle at the idiocy Keima does in the manga. It definitely gets funnier in the latter chapters, and while Keima is still pretty much a douche, he also waxes thoughtful at how someone like him would never be able to survive for long in the ‘3D’ world.

      • Hatsuyuki
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

        This is why it’s generally hard to recommend a comedy series to someone, or claim one as funny and others as not funny. Everyone has a different sense of humor. I myself don’t find Arakawa or TWOGK to be funny, yet at the same time, somehow I found Baka Test pretty funny o_O.

  19. anon
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    It’s not a harem show. The girls lose all their memories of their capture, so they basically do not interact with Keima later. (Until the time when the plot gets around, but I doubt that’s going to be in the anime.)

  20. fleak2
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    1-2-3-3

    total of 9 episodes of stories

    3 episodes of fillers… not even character development T_T

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