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The World God only Knows II (last thoughts)

Final impression – too similar to season one 6/10

Spring 2011 (Alternate titles – Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai II)

Keima the dating sim master, continues his mission to free troubled girls from possession by demonic spirits.  The only way to accomplish this is to heal their hearts, which will drive the devils out.  At this point, his demon-catching partner, Elsie will capture the wayward spirit in an oversized bottle to ensure it doesn’t cause any more harm.  However, things get tense when Elsie’s colleague, Haqua arrives and she becomes jealous of Elsie’s accomplishments.  An evil spirit possesses Haqua and Keima might be out of his league to handle the situation without some serious backup.

The whole premise of illustrating the differences and similarities between real girls and dating game girls is still a satisfying trope, but it’s not something I want to continually see different variations over and over.  With only about a three month break between the previous season of The World God only Knows and this second season, it’s hardly surprising that the second season feels rushed out and contrived.  Little has changed and season two feels like a simple continuation of season one.  While I definitely enjoyed the first season, the second season continues with more of the same and there is still no real conclusion (if you’re interested in this anime’s concept, I strongly suggest checking out season one first, before watching season two).


4 responses to “The World God only Knows II (last thoughts)

  1. tomphile August 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Really? There was only a three month gap? I never would have guessed.

    • アレクザンダー August 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Are you being sarcastic? Because I was being serious. ‘_’ Not that your comment doesn’t have merit, of course! ^_^ I REALLY thought there was a longer break between season one and season two of Kami nomi than just one season. Before I looked it up, if you had put me on the spot and I had to guess, I’d say it felt like a two or three season break. =P Makes me a little sad for my own memory because there’s some unique things I like about Kami nomi.

  2. Monad August 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

    feels rushed how? the only complaint i have is the Haqua arc, too serious and some nonsense scenes. Season 2 was better than season 1, better girls, better pace, animation, artwork direction and OST improved. Good adaptation.

    • アレクザンダー August 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

      I think it was the Haqua arc that really made season 2 feel unrefined. But I’m just all around in disagreement with you. The pace of season 2 feels interrupted by the Haqua arc and as Keima constantly points out, Chihiro never really feels like a main character.

      The animation and art direction feel about the same for both seasons. Kanon and Shiori from the first season are my favorite girls of the two seasons, so we’re in discord there as well.

      And music? You really think the music of season 2 is better than season 1? The opening and ending for season 2 are awful. It’s like they were spat out as an afterthought. Season 1’s opening is dramatic and orchestral. Then the ending does an excellent job of creating a nice high note to finish each episode. That’s something very much lacking from season 2.

      To each his own of course, but I think to answer your question, the overall lack of quality and TLC I see in season 2 is the reason I think it feels rushed out.

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