The World God Only Knows #01 — Detective Love

October 6th, 2010


Do I win anything for figuring out the ‘mystery’ before the show revealed it?


Talk about bizarre scoring. I think that Manglobe raided Disney’s office for "Themes To Be Played In Meadows" from 1943. The OP is weird enough on its own (though admittedly as a musician, I do rather like the thematic contrasting… NERD), but the rest of the BGM selections are just plain strange and really don’t fit the scenes at all. I’m also pretty annoyed by Keima. What is it about Japanese male leads where screaming is the appropriate response to everything? At least it’s not Kamiya yet again. Not that somebody else shouting 90% of the jokes at me is any better, but at least I don’t have an urge to strangle him… yet.

Pretty production for the most part outside of the strange music. Nothing impressive going on, but no major cost cutting measures or obtrusive stills that I can recall. The magical emptying and filling classroom at the end was a pretty humorous directorial screwup though. They’re clearly spending a lot of effort making Elsea look cute and it’s working. Nobody else was really touched on this episode, which I think hurt it a lot. All the episode had was Els looking cute, Keima shouting, Ayumi hitting him, and the entire time, idyllic Disney forest music playing. Mostly, it filled me with an urge to smack Keima too or go hunt Bambi’s mom. The show could definitely use more of the physical humor it had during Ayumi’s first run-in with Keima instead of him screaming as a signal to the audience that a joke has been made and they should laugh.

It certainly wasn’t bad at all, but a lot of the humor was of the usual LET ME SCREAM IN OVERREACTION variety which Shaft has already killed, then brought back to life so it can be killed again, so depending on how much that annoys you, you may or may not be able to derive too many laughs from this. Its primary virtue is that nothing else of note or value airs on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, so it’s a game of whether it can dig itself into enough of a rut where it’s not fun to write about anymore, and after Ookami on Wednesdays last season… well… it may have its work cut out for itself.

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27 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • sage says:

    Damn, you could have waited for me. I guess I’ll wait until tonight to watch it then.

    Ayumi is top tier haremette, by the way.

    And just in case… preemptive reminder of my dibs on Tenri, Jun, Sumire and Ayumi (hurr)

  • TOP2NE1 says:

    Meh, maybe TWGOK is more palatable as a manga.

    Rather than trying to be too serious it acts as a parody of visual novels and romance archetypes, which is sorta funny.

  • Mesousa says:

    This already has a second seaosn, by the way.

  • AfroSquirrel says:

    Huh, that’s actually a pretty good-sounding OP.

  • Kaisos says:

    The manga started to get a lot better after the first chapter, so the anime should do the same.

    This is an impressive adaptation, at the least. So impressive that it’s boring.

  • Chen says:

    Look at that smug asshole. That cravat and crimson red coat certainly aren’t helping his cause.

  • Anise_Punter says:

    I’m not sure if using the exact same voice the guy used for Akihisa helps or hurts.

  • Jack Damn says:

    This looks great. Looking forward to it.

  • Wilfriback says:

    Hey, somehow this OP reminded me Angela Asura Cryin’s first Opening sinc the second half.

  • anon111 says:

    Its times like this where I’m glad that I know that Aroduc gets annoyed by everything and therefor choose to take his opinions with a grain of salt.

    Best show of the season.

    • kewlmyc says:

      Hahaha, same. I love the manga and this is the great adaption. I thought the music fit well. Looking forward to more.

      • Albedo says:

        It shouldn’t be too hard to be the best show of the season so far. I mean, the only other decent competition is twincest…

  • Ransom says:

    I really enjoyed the first episode, since I’ve read the manga I’ know it’ll get better.

    The thing is that this is not precisely a comedy or a harem serie, it has interesting moments, particularly the way that Keima interacts with all the girls.

  • Arabesque says:

    Huh, this was more positive than I was expecting from Aroduc.

  • Gin says:

    To be fair, Aroduc, you would be screaming at a girl too if she just set you up with a death contract with a nearly impossible escape clausee.

  • SOSAnimeBoy says:

    Is it just me or did they make Elsee a lot sexier than in the manga? In the manga she just exuded moe/kawaii, but here it looks like they filled out her proportions a bit, making her more curvy.

    • Kaisos says:

      Elsee spends a lot of the manga in chibi form, which may have confused you. She actually has quite a nice body, but the lack of chibi in combination with the anime’s sharper designs is probably what’s making her look older.

      • SOSAnimeBoy says:

        No, Just compare Elsee in chapter 1 to the anime. Anime Elsee is definitely bustier. Manga Elsee is a lot more petite looking.

  • Greg says:

    Only non-sequel show this season that I knew the original work of.
    Like others have said, the manga gets better as it goes on and the “girl of the week” feel in it starts to lose after a couple of volumes or so. Looking forward to see how they will adapt things.

    I think though that things won’t spin to full speed until the next season… (mainplot wise)

  • Aex says:

    Well, the faster they introduce Haqua and Tenri/Diana, the better. Before that it’s just gonna be more of the same, so it could get boring fast… you know, if you aren’t bored already.

    This also really doesn’t count as harem until those two show up either, since all the other girls go back to “hating” Keima after he saves them. Good thing he doesn’t actually care! XD

  • BigFire says:

    Re: Alex

    Hakua is not in this season. Please check the number of capture + Elci in the OP. We’re not getting her until next season.

    • Kaisos says:

      That’s complete bullshit, because you don’t know any more than we do.

      Furthermore, the second season isn’t until April. No halfway responsible director would think about ending a 13-episode run with that library; there isn’t anything the least bit special or plot-relevant about her character. Hakua, however…

      Did it ever occur to you that maybe the opening is, for once, trying to NOT spoil?

    • Aex says:

      I estimate each girl is gonna take 2, maybe 3 episodes, so that still gives this season a few to play around with.

      Also anime adaptions are known for assembling the main cast much faster then the manga version did, so it really wouldn’t surprise me if this season not only had Hakua, but ended on a “who is that?!” shot of Tenri/Diana.

  • Aed says:

    Did anyone notice that:
    Keima Katsuragi looks like Miles Edgeworth (specially with his cravat)?

    and Elsee looks like Kay Faraday?

  • Jack Damn says:

    This show is excellent. The animation was superb (all things considered). Tons of fun, great editing and the AV work was…fine.

  • The Phantom says:

    This was way better than expected, the opening sequence was nothing short of hilarious, “Sensei please wait while I reach a save point” lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    what no kamiya?
    when i was reading the manga all i could think was that “if there’s an anime kamiya will voice keima”