Monday, August 15, 2011

The World God Only Knows Season 2 Review

At the start of the series, Keima receives an e-mail offering him a contract to "conquer" girls. When he accepts it, thinking it is an invitation to a game, a demon from Hell named Elsie appears. She asks for his cooperation to help her in catching runaway spirits. These spirits hide themselves inside the hearts of girls, and Elsie suggests that the only method to force the spirits out is by "conquering" the girls hearts, making them fall in love with him and filling up the gaps which the runaway spirits hide in. Interested only in 2D girls, however, Keima is appalled by the idea, and refuses the assignment as he has no romantic real life experiences whatsoever. Nevertheless, with the contract already agreed, Keima has no choice but to help Elsie no matter what, as they will be beheaded if they fail.

Season two picks up right where the first left off and once again introduces a whole new cast of characters. Very little has changed since the original season ended which is not a terrible thing but there is a lack of progress. There were some great characters this time around and we were even given a bit more detail into the whole soul capturing process. The production quality is still excellent, though it does not stand out in any remarkable way. Constantly meeting new characters and getting to understand how they feel is a great study and is the main draw of the series for now.

There are some major issues with this series now being 24 episodes in, the lack of progression. We are constantly meeting new people that almost always disappear after they are no longer needed in the story arc. The humor seemed to fall a bit flat this time around, and the main characters lack of any real depth is almost agitating at this point. It was hysterical for the first couple episodes but now that we are two seasons in it would be nice to see a bit of variety and change.

The World Only God Knows will have to come out big in season 3 to hook me into continuing this series. I am still waiting for some key points from the manga to come into play, but if they keep putting off progressing the anime I have no doubt it will be dropped. There are some awesome characters and the in depth backstories really get you personally invested in some of the characters, and that is a true statement for every character except the main two. This series is not broken, but it could definitely use a repair or two.
Studio: Manglobe Genre: Romantic Comedy Episodes: 12 
Original Run: Apr 12, 2011 – June 28, 2011 Language: Japanese with Subs

Article by: Larry Harris

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