So, another week and another episode of TWGOK. Like the last episode this episode is shredding though the source materiel and skipping huge chunks of the manga. I have to stop here and say that if you’re a fan of the TWGOK serveries, you should really go and read the manga because you’re missing a crap ton of background information and story that adds a whole ton to the story.
Anyways, here’s the screens for this week.
Alright, so what happened?
Well, I can tell you that a lot happened. First we start the episode right where the last one left off, Apollo having just being stabbed, warns the devil and sends up some sort of flare that creates a pattern in the sky. Keima and co then find Kanon’s stabbed body. They quickly bring her back to Keima’s house and determine that Vintage, a group of devils that wish to reverse Hell back to it’s old evil ways, are the for Kanon’s current state.
Diana, in all her wisdom, tells Keima that Kanon does not have much time left and that she alone does not have enough power to heal her. Keima decides that the only way to save Kanon is to find Diana’s other sisters and use the power of the goddesses to revive Kanon. Diana tells us that, the remained five goddesses left hidden are, Vulcan (Hephaestus), Mars (Ares), Minerva (Athena), and Mercury (Hermes).
The next day, Keima quickly shows us his amazing plan to find the goddesses. Since we know that the girls who have goddesses still have memories from Keima’s capture of them, they should be right angry that he was apparently also seeing another girl at the same time. By going to each girl he’s captured before he can see, by how angry they are, if they have a goddess inside of them. Now in the manga this itself was a several chapter long arc that was quite suspenseful, because each girl still had a valid chance of being a goddesses, but the anime (mostly I think, because of the opening) you can probably tell which girls it’s going to come down to. The several long chapter arc gets nicely cut into several shot minutes with Keima not eveing meeting with all of the girls. Also Manglobe teases us by showing us some girls, which just really makes me hope that they go back and make OVAs of the captures they skip.
Anyways, Keima created his list of possible candidates of six girls, and with it he also comes up with some interesting ideas of how, it seems that he was chosen to be a buddy just for the reason of empowering the goddesses with love and allowing them to regain their power.
Still, Keima is not sure of exactly which of the six girls does not contain a goddesses, and not to mention the fact that the has to reawaken them fully by giving them more love power. With all that in mind, Keima decides to go for the harem route and attempt to capture all six girls at the same time. Things go about as well as you would expect for our Kami-sama, which is quite well until well…
Yui Goido the drummer in the band 2-B Pencils which also contains Elsie, Ayumi, Chihiro and some fourth girl that no one really cares about. Well she throws a huge wrench into Keima’s plans as instead of Keima pursuing her, she starts to aggressively pursue him. If you can recall from Kanon’s arc, when a girl starts to chase you it’s usually a trap, although in this case Keima is no doubt confused about what exactly to do, as because of the nature of Yui’s capture (body swapping), Keima is quite weak to frontal attacks from her and well… to be honest Keima is just not good with aggressive girls.
The episode ends with Keima sitting at home, laying the ground plans for tomorrows events. No doubt is this going to one of Kami-samas hardiest captures left.
So, what did I think?
Personally, I’m kind of really ticked off about how fast the anime is rushing everything. It’s been skipping a ton of stuff, and well, it’s quite important stuff as well. The fan service scene with Haqua in the bath was quite nice, though again it was all squished down a bit. The scene also played out differently in the manga, with Keima not coming to the realization that he needed to be the “devil of games” until after Haqua screamed and hit him. It seems to me that the anime is bumping up Keima’s overall intelligence from the manga, that is to say that, in the manga it took a lot longer for Keima to come up with the thoughts and plans that in this episode took mere seconds for him to think of. Also, it was shown that he did a lot more research, and trial and error in the manga, where in the anime every single idea he’s had was correct. He’s making a lot less mistakes, and that all could be just for the sake of speed, but it also takes away from his character which is a shame.
This was the arc where we started to see how exactly all these captures had changed Keima and what exactly he was developing into. Instead now, we just have more of the same infallible god that will no doubt save the day with his amazing foresight and brain.
Ah well, at least it’s not making him less likable.
Anyways, this entire season is going to have to go through about like eighty chapters of content, so I can excuse the rushed paced. If anything I’m, just enjoying seeing all the scenes that I’ve read and reread countless times animated in all of- well some of their glory.