Don't you wish your mom was hot like Keima's?
What They Say:
Elsie tries to cook for her divine brother, but Keima is never pleased. This time, she tries to make a "self-propelled" lunch, but she gets yelled at again... Elsie is feeling down, but after some advice from Chihiro, she decides to try again! As she prepares to make a strawberry shortcake, she prepares sugar from hell and eggs of all kinds of colors. One of the eggs is...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Taking a bit of a diversion from larger issues for a bit, particularly necessary after what felt like an overly long arc involving Kanon, The World God Only Knows goes for a bit of fun with this episode. Of course, before it gets to the fun, it has to get smutty as it shows Chihiro spending her time lounging in the bath and taking a shower, lamenting a little bit over her son. As we see her covered in water and looking quite alluring, a demonic presence is inching ever closer to her from the outside. It's not a surprising juxtaposition, but you pretty much wish we had the monsters point of view instead of what we ended up with.
A good part of the episode does have a good bit of fun as Elsie is chided by Keima about her seeming lack of ability in general. With the way he views the world, the annoying character should minimize the issue of being annoying by having a really good talent or trait that makes up for it. So Elsie tries to figure out what she can do to show him that she has some use and has a reason to be around. She ends up taking to baking so she can make him a cake that will totally wow him. It's a surprisingly cute musical montage piece that goes totally awry when the creature from before, the mandragon, arrives and wants to eat everything up. Along with the large batch of monster eggs that suddenly hatch around her because she had the heat on too high for cooking. Going from a really cute moment to something more sinister works well since Elsie's personality can change on a dime.
Elsie's attempts at winning over Keima do take on a bit of a videogame feel, which is very appropriate, since her plans don't work well. Keima's life is definitely fun to watch since he's so disconnected from everything and somehow manages to get away with it. Constantly playing his games, even in class, seems like it pushes the limits a bit, even if he does get perfect scores on tests all the time. It is impressive that he can handle both so well, though the frustrations of the staff are easily understood as well. With the way his head is always in the game, even if he's able to do other things well, it reminds us again easily why he has no real friends and that Elsie is the closest thing he has since she can get past some of his barriers after all that's gone on.
While there is a coherent story at play in here with the creature that we see from the start, it's really secondary for a lot of this as we get to follow two main things. One is that we get to see Elsie trying to show Keima that she has a use to good comedic effect and the second is that we get to see Keima's mother naked a lot. After the Kanon stories which became too mired in the world of emo idol girls, this one gets us back to actually having fun and doing some silly things. The show simply became too involved in itself and lost what made it charming. Though we don't have a loose soul to deal with here, we get a good bit of silliness with everyone involved. And we again see that Keima's mother is definitely one of the best moms in the anime universe.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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