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Games, Demons & Girls
on 11 October 2012
Katsuragi Keima is a boy obsessed with dating simulation computer games and is famous across the internet as the God of Conquest as there isn't a virtual girl that can resist his charms. One day while replying to requests for help from other players Keima receives a message challenging him to capture a certain girl but when he replies he discovers that he has signed a contract with a devil and must use his virtual skills to attempt to capture real life girls, who have escaped spirits hiding in their heart, or else he will lose his head, the only problem is that he hates real life and everything in it.
The manga version 'The World God Only Knows' is another one of my favourite series and while this adaption isn't quite as good as that, it still ranks high on my list of favourite anime. This first season of the anime consists of twelve episodes across two discs and covers the first four girls of the series, each corresponding to an archetypical Japanese character type (Athlete, Tsundere, Idol, Quiet Bookworm), along with a few standalone comedy episodes. My favourite parts of the series is easily whenever the action switches to Keima's fantasy moments.
While the series is generally well adapted from the manga, there is a greater focus on the girls than there was in the original story and while this does mean the Keima misses out on a some of the development he had in the manga, the extra time some of the girls get is appreciated. There is some expansion of some of the series arcs, most noticeable in Kanon's arc but also present in Shiori's arc. There are also some things that the anime does slightly better than the manga (such as Keima's God of Conquest Mode in the final episode) and some of the visuals are also done very well (particularly the book avalanche towards the end of Shiori's arc). As well as this the music of used in the series is great while the opening and closing credit animations are extremely good.
This is one of the few series that I have watched in both in Japanese and English, and while I do think the Japanese version is slightly better, I think the English dub is almost as good (even if Divine Brother doesn't sound as good as Kami-nii-sama). The choice to keep the names in the Japanese order was interesting and while I feel some of the voice actors don't suite their characters much (such as Shelley Callene-Black as Keima's mother) most of them do quite well (Chris Patton is very good as Keima for example).
'The World God Only Knows' is definitely not an anime for everyone but it does do romantic comedy far better than many anime that I have seen. This first season of the anime is very good that deserves a full five stars and I cannot wait for the release of the second season.