Review: The World God Only Knows IIPosted: June 27, 2011
Anime: The World God Only Knows II
Animation Studio: Manglobe
Number of Episodes: 12
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
Alright, this one for sure will be one of my shorter reviews. It’s the same concept and everything as the first season, so I’d just be repeating what I said in my review of the first season.
So, instead of a standard review, I’m going to link my first season review and also my post “Pleading the Case for The World God Only Knows” (where I offer a counter to common criticism against the show) here, then just talk about an arc or two in my review.
NOTE: As a fun mini-game, guess right now how many times I say “keikaku” in the review. I found more chances to use it than expected.
My favorite arc for this season was Jun Nagase’s, which is why I’m sad most other bloggers disliked her arc. Well, that’s not entirely true; everyone seemed fine with the arc until the second half when everything starting going according to keikaku for Keima.
Rather, it seems like everyone’s favorite arc was Chihiro’s. Not that her arc is bad, but I don’t agree with the reasons people liked it. The first reason was obviously since Chihiro wasn’t a stereotypical galge character. That’s fine and all, but I prefer when the show is parodying the stereotypes. The other reason seemed to be because nothing was going according to keikaku until the very end. This seems to be because people prefer the methods of capturing the girls to be unpredictable. I’d argue against that point saying that even if Keima had a keikaku, you’re never sure what he’s going to do exactly.
But anyways, I liked Jun’s arc the most not because of the capture session itself, or the keikaku for it, but rather its topic. I’m not necessarily a connoisseur on “ideal vs. reality,” but I liked the way it was handled. I was actually on Jun’s side for pretty much the entire arc. Sure she went a tad overboard on things, but she was just trying to help, which was why the students pissed me off. If they’re going to complain about things, then they should do something about them. That mentality of complaining about things but not doing anything about them is the same reason I hate Ohana from Hanasaku Iroha.
Wrapping this up, I enjoyed the first season immensely, and I enjoyed this season just as much. This is the only show where I will get up early on Monday to watch it, and if something is able to get me to stop sleeping so I can watch it sooner, then it’s doing something right.
It’s too bad there’s no keikaku for a third season yet, not to mention sales haven’t been fantastic (though the manga is still selling incredibly well) but I guess it’s better they left it off with a filler episode than-
Wait, Tenri what are you doing there you’re not supposed to… my god Manglobe, why would you do this to us.
RATING: 10 out of 10.
P.S. No seriously why hasn’t a single blog I’ve read so far mentioned Tenri. This was when anime-only watchers were supposed to gasp at what that scene could mean yet it seems to have gone over everyone’s heads. They weren’t even trying to hide that teaser, guys.
Keikaku Count: 5 (alright I guess I didn’t use it THAT much)