Impressions: The World God Only Knows

By Ishaan . November 6, 2010 . 4:30pm


We’ll keep this short, since there’s only so much you can say about a comedy series without giving away the surprise or boring people.


The World God Only Knows is the story of Katsuragi Keima. Seventeen years old. Born on June 6th at 11:29:35 AM. Loves his PFP game system on which he spends every waking hour of every day playing dating-sims.


Katsuragi is known amongst peers as the God of capturing women…2D women, that is. He has no interest in real girls whatsoever, and he’s perfectly happy paving the perfect path to victory in every route of every dating game he plays. He also possesses a thorough knowledge of every 2D anime girl stereotype in existence.



One day, Katsuragi accidentally makes a contract with a great demon. The souls of several girls all over the city he lives in are infected by demons. The only way to free them is by making them feel for him, allowing himself to replace the demon in their hearts. Once he’s freed a girl’s soul, she forgets all about the incident, allowing him to move on to the next one.


If Katsuragi fails in his mission, he gets his head blown off by a demon collar strapped around his neck (seriously). At this point, he begins to compile a list of games to complete before accepting his death.



Of course, another demon, appointed to be his assistant in this endeavour is having none of it, since her life is at stake, too. And so, Katsuragi sets out with the aid of his newly-appointed assistant to put his 2D anime girl-capturing skills to use in the real world…with some amusing results.



The World God Only Knows isn’t the funniest anime series you’ll come across, but it’s unique enough in its meta dating-sim humour to keep your attention if you’re a fan of that genre of games.


To the show’s credit, Katsuragi’s route to capturing a girl is never perfect and you’ll see him use his intimate knowledge of 2D girls to think on his feet and adapt a lot when the real world starts to throw a few surprises his way. A true dating-sim master.


There’s at least a single of these twists in every episode, too, which keeps things interesting, and I have to admit, watching someone point out pigtails, low height and an arrogant demeanour as the perfect example of a tsundere — only to be completely proven right — is hilarious.


Food for thought:


Amusingly, the PFP has two analog nubs.

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  • Well I guess I will give this show a look.

    • Locklear93

      Do. I’ve been watching the HD stream on Crunchyroll, and I love it.

      • I just need to find someway to fit it into my schedule, Im already watching so many other anime at a time time (Yumeiro Patissiere Professional, Bleach, One Piece, Togainu no Chi, and Bakuman) lol.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Umm..I think you forgot an anime, but I’d suspect you got the Naruto raws being hard wired directly to your brain.Yumeiro Patissiere……just as long as not you’re watching this one in hopes that its Ichigo is really Bleach’s one in a real good disguise.

          • I was watching Naruto subs for the Pain arc and once that finished I stopped. Im now back to waiting for the dub, which is back at I think episode 53. I love the dub so much, but I loved the Pain arc and wanted to see it animated.

            I love Yumeiro, theyre so funny, especially Johnny and Kashino, lol.

  • Lol I was gonna point out the 2 Analog Nubs. Even Anime writers know what we want!

    • NeoTechni

      Sony knew it was wanted but felt it was both difficult to hold with 2, and it wouldnt have fit (go and check, the launch PSPs didnt have enough space)

  • I’ve been watching it since its debut! Great and hilarious show! XD

    • Locklear93

      It is. I particularly like the little touches like the standee outside the game store, advertising “Love Minus.”

      • Haha, yeah! I noticed that too and chuckled :)

    • Yeah, and his love for (galge) games is the same i have for all games!!.The episode where he tries to beat a game with the loop bug error is so good xD, reminds me of all the resets i do to beat bosses.
      Ive only played like 2 dating sims in my life, and is a lot more funnier if you know how these games work xD.

  • Code

    Apparently in a world only God knows, the PSP has two analog nubs…! RAR WHY HAVE WE ALL BEEN FORSAKEN TO THIS ONE NUB WORLDDD!!

  • I read the manga for this, and I enjoy it a lot– it’s a very involving and humorous series, and the character development, especially for Keima himself, is moving. It’s well-paced too.

    I enjoy the anime of this, and I’m glad that they didn’t try to make it as serious or honestly very corny and weird like the opening and initial trailers tried to push it as.

  • Im watching this anime as well, im so loving it xD

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    What happens when they make a PSP game about this? Will every otaku’s brain collapse into black holes followed by the universe imploding on itself? Or are we already in a world like Katsuragi’s, watching him do this, while doing it ourselves and waiting for otakus a dimension above to watch US?? Or has it happened already and we DON’T EVEN KNOW??? O_O O_o o_o o_. ._. …

    Remember, kids, never divide by zero.


      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        =_=’ Spoiling my fun, eh?

        • Sorry… they are just reflexes i sharpened from all these years of suffering…

          • Uooh! The techniques of the legendary mathematician, WildArms, are most impressive!

    • Locklear93

      It’ll be fine if they make a PSP game about it. The nitpicky otaku will angrily insist that there is no loop because HIS is a PFP, and the nitpicky tech nerds will angrily insist that there is no loop because HIS has two analog nubs and a keyboard, and the 2d complex-ers will angrily insist that there is no loop because no one is following them around calling them “kami-niisama~~!”

      It will be the nerds who save us all.

  • glemtvapen

    I faithfully follow the manga and just love it. Hail the Capturing God!

  • nyoron

    I watched the first episode of this and then immediately went and read the manga up to date. It’s quickly become one of my favorites!

  • Testsubject909

    The PFP. The superior version of the PSP available only to the most diligent and priviledged gamers of Japan…

    I KNEW they were hiding something from us! All those ‘sneak details’ of the PSP2 is really just a ploy to make us forget about the highly conceiled existance of the PFP!

  • I have to wonder what God the title is referring to, but I don’t want to think about it too much.

    • The main character, Keima Katsuragi, is considered the “God of Capturing” on the internet in-universe, and Hell itself mistook it as a serious title, which is why the story focuses on him. The demon girl, Elsee, continues to call him “Divine One” even after he fesses up that he’s just REALLY good at dating sims.

      • Given the show’s morally questionable themes, I always thought the title referred to Hebrews 4:13. Now I’m angry that it doesn’t.

  • The manga is fun at the beggining but after 100 chapter it gets boring and repetitive, besides the plot twist make you think about some changes in the plot but they return to the same routine as always. Im not interesting in the anime but I guess it’s the only show that It deserve the good review? he-

    I give credit to the demon girl, she is really funny.

    • Have you read the recent chapters? The usual formula has been left behind for a bigger plot recently. And the repeat of the formula had its point, to make things complicated right now.

  • Well its an awesome anime gotta admit that , cuz am watching it too :) .

  • Guest

    The truly great thing about this show is that it doesn’t depend on ecchiness like so many other shows without substance. A story like this could have easily gone the fan service route and I am glad they went the charming route for a faithful adaption.

    I was late to the party and only heard it got an adaption last week.

    • They’ve still increased the bust size of a few characters though.

      I think the show wouldn’t really work with significant amounts of fanservice, it’s walking a tightrope of being respectful to its female characters whilst playing on character archetypes

  • This sounds like a fun show I’ll add it to my list of Anime to watch.

  • Been a good season for anime, unusual for me to follow 4 series religiously (Sora no Otoshimono Forte, Oreimo, Soredemo and this). The announcement that they’re doing a Nana to Kaoru OVA also has me excited (last manga I ever expected to get an anime given the subject matter)

    The World God Only Knows has been a pretty great adaptation so far, decent budget, perfectly paced and fairly funny. Only shame is that if the Op is anything to go by, it won’t get to some of my favourite arcs in the manga. Still, it’s getting a second series (probably in the Spring) which hopefully include them.

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