When you have the world at your feet, you may not notice if you're just looking inside yourself and seeing ugliness.
What They Say:
Kanon appeared to have cheered up, thanks to Keima's support, but then she disappeared right before the concert! The staff members are all flustered as Keima and Elsie desperately search for Kanon, but the pumped up audience doesn't realize that Kanon is missing. Meanwhile, a transparent Kanon is sitting by herself in a corner of the hall, unable to bear the pressure. What will happen to the concert...? Will Keima make it in time?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With one more episode focused on Kanon, I can't say that I'm entirely as thrilled with The World God Only Knows as I was for the first few episodes. Kanon's story has gone on too long for my tastes at this point for a character that I find a bit more one dimensional than normal as they deal with the whole idol singer who has lost things and friends because of her talent and the fact that she was noticed. I had hoped that after Keima worked his magic with her a bit in the previous episode, it'd be a small bit part at most with this episode, but instead they've really ratcheted up the drama with her.
Kanon's drama about herself has manifested in a way that has her seemingly talking to herself about how far she's come and how hard she's worked. But it's that discussion, and the way it looks from the outside, that's a concern as once again she goes all transparent. While Kanon has such a big, bright and outgoing personality for the world, she's fighting her inner demons pretty hard now and feels as though she's disappearing completely as she doesn't think she can entertain her fans. Her struggle certainly isn't an unusual one in its own way, where it comes down to feelings of disappointing others even when they've given no cause for concern at all, but the manifestation of it makes it worse since she could disappear from the world.
When it comes down to the inevitable, the face off between Keima and Kanon, it does manage to work well even if they do go over the top with it in terms of the music. Keima's use of the loose soul detector helps him in tracking her down, but what he has to deal with is the emotional state of a teenage girl who seeks validation in everyone else for herself. When she doesn't get it, she withdraws completely. Yet she's like this even with a lot of validation and friends she isn't really aware of having because of her withdrawn nature. Keima handles this in a way that may be off putting to some, but in the end it's the kind of slap in the face that Kanon needs. I just wish he could have slapped her literally and tell her to stop being so self obsessed.
With three episodes dedicated to Kanon at this point, it's almost derailed the series for me. Keima and some of the visual gags is what's kept it amusing on some level, including a fun Ghost in the Shell reference, but that's pushing it sometimes. Kanon's nature is fully on display here when she goes all introspective about things and how she beats herself up, but there is some payoff when Keima finally gets a hold of her. The musical performance side of the show is what really saves it at the end, from the confrontation between the two through the performance, since it's just so well animated and has such a level of care and detail to it. Sadly, my J-Pop friendliness died a few years ago so it doesn't exactly draw me in here, but it's definitely a fun little upbeat piece and fits with the show in general. While I doubt this is the last we'll see of Kanon, I'll be glad to actually move on to something else now.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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