The world also includes idols, which is the focus of the latest girl that Keima has to save.
What They Say:
Maijima Academy is in an uproar because the current most popular orthodox idol, Kanon Nakagawa (who's actually a student there!), is coming for the first time in two months!! Keima is playing his games on the roof of the south building when he happens to run into Kanon. Kanon panics when she discovers that Keima doesn't recognize her, a national idol! Why is she so obsessed with drawing attention to herself?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The World God Only Knows has some very interesting aspects to it when it comes to Keima's view of the world. While Elsie is eternally fascinated by real world idols and the like, particularly the beautiful Kanon, Keima couldn't care less about them as they'll never hold up over time like virtual idols. As he says, they'll get older, skin will sag, retire and so forth. Virtual idols will be forever young. And easily tossed in the trash once they're no longer quite as interesting, but that doesn't get covered. In Keima's world of virtual purity, the end of the real wold idol existence is long overdue so that the true idols can flourish in the virtual space.
So when said idol comes to the school, apparently a student there who has been away for some time, she's thrilled to be known and popular. Except that Keima doesn't recognize her in the slightest, which sets her off even more and makes Elsie realize that she's got a loose soul in her. While Elsie is all set to deal with this, Kanon is really racking up th ehits as we get a fun little montage showing her popularity and all the usual idol activities such as concerts, signings, sightings in the street and a whole lot of costume changes. As a snapshot of the usual tropes, it captures it all pretty nicely with a good bit of animation to it. The series has been really good with its animation and designs in general and this segment highlights how nice a job they do with things.
The loose soul angle of it comes in the form of Kanon trying to win over Keima and that's again a surprisingly small part of the show. Kanon doesn't go to extremes to win him over with how she wants to show him the value of being the idol she is, at least for quite awhile, Keima doesn't even seem to be aware of her for the most part. And Elsie is no help at all with all of it since she's just smitten with the idol concept itself. When it does go over the top, similar to the rich girl episode, it does keep to the usual ideas as Kanon goes big with it. The interplay between Kanon and Keima when they get rolling is definitely worth it though since he's so (un)intentionally oblivious to her that it only infuriates her more and makes her try even harder.
The start of this story is pretty good as we see Keima dealing with a world that he wants to see ended and an idol who is desperately trying to win him over. Keima's view of the world early on with its Gundam and Nazi-like references are priceless and add a lot to our understanding of how militant he can be about his views. Kanon for her part is decent and she's an acceptable teenage idol that gets around, but it doesn't all come together in a way that really stands out here. Her attempts at winning him over work well enough and seeing his reactions to her are fun, especially when he's completely oblivious, but it never comes together completely in a way that makes the whole episode work flawlessly. It's fun and there's a lot of good visuals, but it's just short of hitting all the right marks.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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