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