“The World God Only Knows” is an anime that has become popular around the anime community giving a lot of people hope that anime has not just become simple and a rather dull slice-of-life bore. But some might ask, how is the anime itself and isn’t it just another boring high school harem? Well I say that those that challenge this show’s credibility may be wrong. “The World God Only Knows” starts with our main character Keima Katsuragi, a normal Japanese high school boy who is obsessed with visual novels. He is so obsessed that he is considered the god of conquest for his reputation of being able to win the heart of any game girl in a matter of seconds.
At the very beginning of the series, Keima’s talents are put to the test when he gets a mysterious email challenging his authority, to which he gladly accepts. Unbeknownst to him, he is really signing a contract with a demon from hell, and the demon named Elsie appears. Since Keima has unknowingly signed the contract, he has a collar put on him that could kill him if he doesn’t comply and is forced with Elsie to hunt down loose souls that have escaped from hell. These demons hide themselves in human girls’ hearts, and the only way to return them to hell is using Keima’s master ability to make the girls fall in love with him and forcing the souls out. Although Keima has never even held hands with a real girl (being a nerd), he uses his skill of concurring to in the anime’s case reach the ending with every girl which on the whole works out well most of the time.
Now this all seems serious and scary but its actually a total unserious anime. The characters are laughable and there personalities all blend well together for example Keima’s seriousness to the girls in his game vs. real life girls and Elsie’s weird interests with the human world like fire trucks. The anime totally doesn’t take itself seriously and depending on the episode can totally lack much of a story at all which to some could be very annoying. About 3 episodes are just filler and since the first season is only 12 episodes not including the 2 OVAs this could be a killer for the anime but even though this is a lot the episodes are funny to most and interesting. This leads to the argument of subtitles vs. dubbed voices. I personally watched it in both subs and dubs and in my opinion I found the material more enjoyable in dubbed because it was harder to concentrate on reading it took away from the wonderful animation style and trust me it was wonderful. The animation for The World God Only Knows were very appealing on the eyes. They were clear and crisp through the opening to the ending making for a beautifully done anime with bright colors and detailed sceneries. Over all The World God Only Knows was an enjoyable anime and I think perfect for any time. The premise is original while keeping the usual highs chool vibe while adding something new to the genre.