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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
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  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: World God Only Knows

The World God Only Knows Episode #03

The World God Only Knows Episode #03 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     October 22, 2010
Release Date: October 20, 2010


The World God Only Knows
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With her story seeded a little early, the show focuses on the upper class rich girl who is anything but.

What They Say:
The next loose soul was hiding in Maijima Academy's resident rich girl and daughter of the owner of a big company, Mio Aoyama. Keima and Elsie followed Mio home and discovered that she was actually living in a run-down apartment. Now that Keima knows Mio's secret, he offers to become her new driver! He continues to take care of Mio while enduring the abusive title of "commoner." And then one day, Mio receives an invitation to a high society party...

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Keima's life continues to be difficult since meeting Elsie and he's now finding himself having to deal with another loose soul, this time in the body of the resident rich girl Mio. What's interesting in this is that he comes across her hiding a sizable secret from everyone by living in a rundown apartment and he ends up seemingly taking on this job without the kind of hesitance and resistance that we saw with his previous encounters. There's a bit of a challenge to this one in Keima's eyes and it's definitely an interesting new approach for him as he gets into it with a bit of enthusiasm that we haven't seen until later in the previous episodes.

Mio's got a lot of issues going on in her life because of what she's going through, with the allowance given to her by her father who is the director of a large company. Mio very much has a superior attitude but she's in these conditions and isn't trying to make it work, burning through four months of allowance within one month. And even worse is that she's very superior to her chauffer who is just trying to help her out as she berates him regularly as he pleads with her to stop being so out of touch with her new reality. And he's reached his limit since technically he's not even her driver but rather her father's who is just trying to help out. So Keima steps in after revealing he knows her secret and offers to be her driver for awhile, which gives him the ability to get closer to her so he can exorcise the loose soul within her.

What allows this show to work is the way Keima inserts himself into the persons life and starts working them over so he can help them out with their particular problem. It's a standard enough idea, but he takes it further because of his God of Conquest nature from the video games he's played. He takes it to strange directions sometimes, such as the party that comes up here where he gets a carriage for Mio done in classic Cinderella style by being in a pumpkin. His actions perplex her to no end and it's actually enjoyable to see Mio completely off balance by what he does. Yet at the same time, she manages to teach him some things simply because he's forced to interact with a real woman and that expands his true knowledge of things, which is the core thrust of the series in general.

In Summary:
The World God Only Knows started out pretty strong, if a bit wonky at times, but has settled down into what you could call a routine. This episode has Keima working through the issues that Mio has and it's pretty nicely done as he deals with the typical rich anime girl while getting a little education himself. Mio's past and her family issues are dealt with well enough, but with what she's going through being something that's not going to have a long term effect on the story, it's not over dramatized or made too much of. It's a decent story for what's essentially a single episode piece that's more about Keima's growth through his helping and understanding of others. Translating his gameplay experiences into the real world may not always work, but there are things from his dating sim games that definitely helps him (and sometimes works against him) that in the end accomplishes what he needs to. And makes him a better person, as well as others. The World God Only Knows continues to be fun but I do worry that it'll lose some of its steam as it progresses.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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