The season draws to a close with a bit more serious of an episode than usual that focuses on Keima.
What They Say:
Due to spending all of his time chasing after loose souls, Keima's room is filled with dating sims that haven't been completed... "Conquest mode" is activated to clear off the backlog of games! Keima is truly a god as he conquers game after game!! ...After a few hours, Keima is still gaming away after ignoring warnings from a concerned Elsie when his body finally gives out and he falls unconscious...as the end draws near, he is greeted by an unexpected sight...!?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After eleven episodes that focused on Keima helping other people, though in a way that left him time to do things of his own and to handle it in an offhanded manner, Keima is now starting to suffer. And that suffering comes in the form of a growing backlog of games that are piling up at his house that he needs to deal with. He makes it out to be such an important thing that he has to do by saying quite plainly that gaming is his life, his blood and what gives him energy. Seeing him go over the top in his room with a gamers den to envy is simply perfect. Especially as there's a nod given out to my beloved Dreamcast with the 'Cream Cast'.
Watching Keima in his God of Conquest mode is a whole lot of fun as there's six consoles, six games and all the controllers laid out in front of him. In its own way, it is positively magical as he talks about how he went from playing one to two and then two to four before achieving this. His visualizing of going through the routes of the sim games and the like is nicely animated and points to some of the logic behind how the games are laid out. It's even more amusing that the end goal of having the characters kiss, something he doesn't like doing himself, is something that he's so excited and pleased to accomplish in the game. Of course, I can't help but to feel that playing that many games at once misses the point of really enjoying the individual games, but there are so many people that just run through things for the sense of accomplishment rather than the enjoyment that it doesn't surprise me.
A lot of the enjoyment here is the game parodies and homages that come in, especially when the Princess Darby line shows up with lots of old games (and one motorbike one I used to play heavily that's now horse racing). The age and style of some of the games and their consoles really bring a smile to my face as I can remember loading cassette based games myself. Keima's enjoyment of it all is definitely here, though everything is taking its toll and some of the thoughts about the why of what he's doing does enter his head. Watching him go over the edge is definitely worth it as he tries to take his gaming to the next level, all while Elsie looks on in worry. There's a whole lot of predictability here with the actual story, but the fun is in watching just Keima doing what he loves for awhile with no real distractions and all the various angles to the games that come up. He certainly serves as a warning for what not to be like.
Bringing the season to a close in this manner, especially with the bit of Super Saiyan Keima at the start, is a pretty good way of doing it. The show is one that caught my attention quickly early on but struggled through the middle part with the lengthier than needed Kanon arc. It thankfully redeemed itself well with the library arc prior to this. The shows focus on Keima, who is wrapped up in his world of games and sims, who has to deal with the real world but does so in a very aloof and disconnected way proved to be very enjoyable overall. Though it had the bit too silly element with Elsie and her style and nature, the series had a lot of fun in dealing with how Keima has to save young women and in turn save himself from becoming even more disconnected from people and wrapped up in his games. I was definitely appreciative of the fact they avoided the idea that the games themselves are dangerous but rather the overindulgence in playing with them. With this show supposedly getting another season in 2011, this episode leaves me in good spirits with hopes of seeing more of Keima and Elsie.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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