Sentai Filmworks has released The World God Only Knows Ultimate Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. It compiles the 3 seasons and special episodes for a 10 disc 40 episode box set. The run time is 1,000 minutes. It is an animated romantic comedy with supernatural elements.
Keima Katsuragi is a ladies man and can get any woman that he wants. Of course this is only in the digital world. Keima is a master at dating simulation games. In the real world Keima is pretty nerdy and therefore doesn’t show much interest in the girls around him.
One day Keima runs across a new internet game that in fact turns out to be a devilish trick. Keima unknowingly makes a deal with this devil. Elsie the demon is in charge of recapturing runaway spirits that lodge themselves in girl’s hearts. Of course the only way to free the spirits is if the girls fall in love. Keima has to win over their hearts or face dire consequences.
The World God Only Knows seems to know it’s exact demographic and stays firmly within that. The main character is a hardcore gamer. He has little interest and interaction with the real world and immerses himself in these virtual ones. The character is frequently shown playing these games even during school.
The World God Only Knows is pretty lighthearted. There is the theatrical over acting that is prevalent in many of these types of shows. The show can get a bit silly at times. Not that this is a negative but it is pretty consistent with it’s tone. The show wants the viewers to relate to the main character so if you have nothing in common it may be a hard series to get into.
It’s an uplifting show in general because the main character (which represents the audience) eventually has to face realities and start to come out of his shell. It’s a decent message to find positive things in your life and find them enjoyable. The World God Only Knows seems to have a positive and fun message aimed at teenagers in high school.
This is not an action heavy anime but more of a dialogue focused one. If you are a fan of dating sim games then you will probably find quite a bit to like in the show. If you can’t stand those kinds of games or have no interest in introverted characters then there isn’t much to see here for you.
The picture quality is what you would expect from a modern animated television show. The colors have a nice pop to them and the animation style is smooth. Each disc contains 4 episodes so you don’t have to worry about compression issues due to cramming too many on one disc. Dolby Digital 2.0 English and Japanese with English subtitles is suitable for such a verbal show since most of it takes place in character interaction. There is a jaunty little score and the audio is crisp and clean.
Clean opening and closing animations
Trailers of other Sentai products
The World God Only Knows Final Thoughts:
The show is silly but fun and I enjoyed watching it. I have the DVD version and the picture quality and colorization looks very nice. The animation has a lot of personality to it. There is a Blu-ray set available but it seems like it contains the exact same information so it’s all based on personal preference.
I am not aware if The World God Only Knows was very popular but it seems like something that anime fans would get into. Also fans of dating simulation games will find lots of fun references in the episodes. This is a relatively new series and the production values and voice acting reveal that. I think if you are already a fan and don’t currently own any of the episodes this is a recommended buy. You can purchase it at Amazon or other retailers. If you are going into it blind or aren’t sure if you are sold on the premise then I would suggest a rental first.
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