The World God Only Knows #12 — Please… No More Insert Songs…

December 22nd, 2010


I’ll buy your damn CDs… just stop… please…


Ugh. I think this episode gave me H1N1. What a terrible way for the show to end. Not that I’m saying things have been particularly rosy in Manglobe-land this season but bleh. Couldn’t they think of any better way to go into a 3 month break than this? As usual, the misplaced insert songs, particularly the OP and recycled generic ‘drama song’ tended to be annoying and having Keima sing the ED was just painful. Tomoki couldn’t carry a tune either, but at least the visuals made it hilarious. Manglobe didn’t even try.

I don’t have too much more to say about what was obviously a poorly placed bottle episode. The thing that interested me the most is understanding what kind of horse-racing/dating VN involves the use of a gun. I can imagine uses for the dance pad and power glove, but a gun? Couldn’t they have tossed in Rez’s masturbation wand instead? That certainly has applicable uses in VNs, horse-based or otherwise.

Sort of final thoughts at the bottom.

‘Final’ Thoughts:

The show’s already confirmed for another season after a three month hiatus, so I’ll keep this brief since the show is obviously not meant to be over quite yet. TWGOK suffers massively from pacing problems. While many shows spend time dicking around with random stuff before rushing to the end, everything here has been painfully stretched out to nearly comical levels. Episodes are plagued by obvious padding attempts like montages and completely needless insert songs, undercutting any impact that could have been possible from Keima saving each girl by taking forever to get to a climax that is immediately forgotten. If there was solid build-up and compelling drama behind each one, they could get away with it, but at its core, this is currently little more than a harem series about as shallow as the games it purports to parody. It cannot afford to spend the better part of a month building up to… nothing over and over again. 

I definitely wouldn’t say that this is a strong comedy at all, nor am I looking forward to its return in three months. An optimist would say that the staff is going to learn from their mistakes. Well, good luck with that. 

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6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Aex says:

    For the love… this episode redefined my idea of “pointless”! Seriously, it wasn’t even funny!

    Only good part was Hakua showing up for .5 seconds at the very end. Her partner still freaks me out though… crazy push-cart lady…

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m hoping next season will be better, haven’t read the manga but all the fans say the best is yet to come.

    I might just skip the anime and read the manga though, I hear it’s done better anyway.

  • Jack says:


    ….Is it me or has nearly every series this season ended with a mediocre or mostly crappy episode? What gives? What’s with all the lame last episodes? Is it really that difficult to tie up stray plot continuities in 2010?

    Come on Japan…you’ve been producing animation for decades…get your shit together already.

  • Yue says:

    Getting TWGOK Manga recommended to anyone disappointed. I’m better off waiting for the published volumes to come to import stores hardbound. [hugs chobits books]

    Better save up buying StahrDrivehr~ dvds instead. [shine my galaxy] XD

  • Yue says:

    It’s the studio (at fault) that needs “controlled implosion”.