Anime Tuesdays: The World God Only Knows

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Before the days of Tinder, pubescent lonely boys had to cope through gal games. For those who have not had the opportunity to learn what a gal game is, it’s like a dating sim but with anime girls. From this behavior was born The World God Only Knows. A quirky, fast-paced anime that will brighten up any given lazy weekend.

The Premise

In real life, Keima Katsuragi is considered an otamega, a term composed by the words otaku and “megane,” meaning glasses. It’s safe to say that Keima is not part of the popular crowd. Yet, within the comfort of his own mind, Keima considers himself  “The God of Conquests.”  In the world of 2d anime girls, Keima is king. This is probably why Keima isn’t shocked when he is offered a contract via e-mail to conquer girls. He accepts, convinced this is an invitation to play a videogame. After all, this is the world god only knows.

Instead, a Spirit Hunter demon named Elsie moves in with him. Elsie’s mission is to capture the “loose souls” that have escaped from Hell. These souls were once Old Demons who now seek asylum within girls’ broken hearts. To force out the demons, the girls’ negative feelings must disappear. Elsie believes the only way to do this is through having them fall in love with Keima, who has no interest in real life girls and finds the whole ordeal to be a waste of time. Yet, he is left with no choice thanks to a purple collar around his neck that will behead him if the mission fails. And that, children, is why you should always read the fine print before you sign.

Why You Should Watch It

Keima is indifferent to the whole mission and Elsie has no idea what she’s doing. This gives you a hilarious show led by two completely incompetent heroes. Combined with the ingenuity of the plot, this is what makes The World God Only Knows so enjoyable to watch. It’s also fairly short since the first season is composed of 12 episodes and it could very well be a standalone thing. The producers released a second 12-episode season that is also pretty good, but watching it is completely up to you. I watched it because I love it and because the intro is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It’s light, it’s fun, it’s fast-paced. The World God Only Knows requires little commitment and offers a big payoff, so what do you have to lose?

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Anime Tuesdays is a Tuesday column of The Nerd League featuring current or exceptional anime we think is worth checking out. To keep up with this week’s pick click here.

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