English: The World God Only Knows: Goddesses
Synonyms: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai III, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai 3, Kaminomi III, Kaminomi 3, The World God Only Knows III, The World God Only Knows 3
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2013 to Sep 24, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.511 (scored by 32309 users)
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SynopsisAfter releasing fourteen girls from the grasps of runaway spirits by making them fall in love with him, Keima has proven himself to be the Capturing God of both the 2D and 3D worlds! But a new challenge awaits as Diana, the goddess possessing Keima's neighbor Tenri, tasks him to find her siblings, and his only clue to their whereabouts resides with past conquests who still retain their memories. Now Keima is on the hunt in hopes that these divine beings might finally release him from his contract with Hell. But with the shadowy organization known as Vintage out to kill these girls, it becomes a race against time to put a stop to their plans and restore these goddesses to their former power!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Prequel: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
Characters & Voice Actors
It has been a wondrous ride following this series for so long and looking back at how The World God Only Knows has impacted the anime community, it’s not far off to say that it changed harem anime as we know it. Showing that you don’t need to show girls in suggestive situations all the time in order to provoke entertainment or emotion into your harem. Sometimes all you really need is genuine emotion and intelligent comedic writing to create a meaningful love story. Or in this case multiple love stories.
Now the story has focused on the Goddess Arc of the manga, which a lot of people have criticized this aspect due to the fact that it skipped a large portion of the manga to get to this point. Which brings up the point that should always be said when judging a show based on a source material: Always judge a show based on its own merits rather than how well it follows the source material. What’s more important is how it keeps telling the story in a concise and detailed matter that is true to the spirit of the manga rather than how specific scenes followed the manga well. In Megami-hen’s case, the pacing and how they develop the story, while not necessarily perfect in some areas, compliment each other extremely well in terms of emotion and clarity. While it does jump around in certain areas a little too fast, especially in the later episodes, it doesn’t deter the show from having an emotional impact whenever it is on-screen.
As always with each passing season, the art and animation is spectacular to look at. Tamaiki Wakaki has always had a creative eye when he draws his manga and to have his drawings come to life in animation is both a perfect representation of his drawings and a very cute and enjoyable watch with great easy-on-the-eye animation. The characters look wonderful with the colorful backgrounds that compliment each other with great excellence and creativity in a limited scope of the Moe and Slice of Life genre.
One thing that I’ve always admired The World God Only Knows, both the manga and anime versions, is how it is able to pack in so much depth and development into every character that you come across in just a short amount of time. In this season, the characters are now fully developed after two seasons and after all this time, not a single inch of charm is lost in each one of them. Keima is still the cynical but often hilarious protagonist that we’ve all grown to love but also kind of hate at the same time. His sense of courage and intelligence make for an enticing protagonist and a larger than life character in general. It is now at this point in the story where we finally see a bit of humanity in his character. It is portrayed with immaculate maturity and pure excellence that makes Keima a three-dimensional character rather than this one-sided gamer otaku that he is often depicted most of the time.
The girls, once again, are as cute and charming as ever. Now that Elsie has replaced Kanon in order for Keima to find the other Goddesses in the girls he’s conquered, Haqua is now Keima’s buddy and man do these two make for such a hilarious duo of detective and partner. The only slight problem I do have with this is that they don’t really go far enough in showing us Haqua and Keima’s relationship develop further as they go through these conquests. Despite this, they do a great job of adding a lot of chemistry between our two main leads regardless of the amount of screen-time they get.
As for the rest of the cast, not all of the girls return from previous seasons. Only a select few are able to have the honor of getting the most out of the story. For what it is, the girls and the comedy that they bring on the table can still be quite enjoyable to anyone who appreciates great parody in their spare time. One in particular is Shiori, who is trying to write a story of her own that she got inspired by her own conquest by Keima. What results is them bickering by writing to each other with them together that create a funny parody of how people tend to criticize how people typically write a story in context with the show.
Now we turn to the girl who has the most important presence in the season: Chihiro. Her own personal development with Keima couldn’t be anymore heartwarming than any anime character relationship story in recent years. Heartbreaking and sentimental as it might be, there is still this aura within Keima that completely changes him and morphs him into a new kind of way that we’ve never seen him as before. It is times like this that make The World God Only Knows a very excellent harem show. In that it treats the subject matter in a parodied manner but at the same time is able to emote these heartwarming scenes that not only work in a writing standpoint but also in a pacing one.
Music in The World God Only Knows have always tread in the territory of J-Pop, what with Kanon’s songs in Season one and other character songs in the past. The songs in Season 3 are just as good as previous seasons even though they don’t necessarily step on any new ground in terms of instrumentation. The opening to this is oddly enough sung in English by Saori Hayami, who actually does it very well! Her pronunciation of the English language is spot on without much awkward attempts at sounding both Japanese and English, or Engrish as it is often called in slang term. Unfortunately, I felt the ED was largely forgettable after repeated listening. All singers do their jobs well, but other than the voices I found myself often skipping them most of the time.
As for voice acting, which is often the bright spot in the series, the Seiyuus all do a fantastic job in their individual roles. Hiro Shimono is as charismatic as ever as Keima, the always beautiful Saori Hayami does a fantastic performance as Haqua, and a surprise performance by Kana Asumi as Chihiro who completely owns her role through the later half of the show. Though it could’ve shown more of Kanae Itou as Elsie; When you have her on a show, you kind of want more of her sexy voice on-screen.
There will no doubt be a lot debate with this season in particular. Whether you agree that watching the show and criticizing it for not following certain things correctly in the source material is a valid reason of not liking it or not, you have to set aside that in the back door and appreciate the show on its own merits. This is what all the seasons were building up on and the end result was most definitely worth the wait. There are moments in the anime that will make you remember certain moments for years to come whether it was something that made you laugh with exquisite delight or cry with overall genuine emotion. For me, this one line in the show is the one that will stick with me for years after watching it: “You don’t need a reason to fall in love.” Words of wisdom by Chihiro.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen. (Long titles FTW). As the third installment of this series, many fans who haven't read the manga should probably be expecting what is to be expected of this series. This review is literally after I finished the series.
Story: For those of you who haven't seen or heard of this series, the world god only knows is the story of a gamer who is forced to make girls fall in love with him in order to capture loose souls, forcing them out of the girls' hearts in order to be captured. However, the story of this series is similar, but very different. The story of the Megami-hen series revolves around Keima as his usual self, capturing goddesses, not loose souls. Because of this he must go back to his previous "capture targets" and figure out if they are hosting a goddess within them. And because the whole plethora of girls is dwindled down to 6, it becomes a proper harem rather then the deconstruction that it's always been.
Characters: Keima, as the main protagonist, is a visual novel lover. Instead of actually giving a damn about the girls he conquers irl or in-game, his only purpose is to "get to the ending", which if you've played visual novels, means the girl falls in love with you. Though his character has pretty much remained unchanged throughout the whole span of TWGOK, this season adds a twist, making him reconsider the ways he's actually treating these girls. Next, Haqua. Yes, I know Elsie is in this series, but she barely plays a significant role. With her introduction to the anime in the second season, Haqua is a character from Hell and plays a very good supporting role. Her character is fairly well rounded as she plays a significant role in capturing said goddess'. As a tsundere, well, it's pretty obvious. However, what makes her such a great character, is her reintroduction later in the season after disappearing for some time. Because of this, she becomes more of a badass and becomes somewhat of a different character altogether, in a good way. (Personally, she's my favorite character of the whole series). And finally, Chihiro. As one of the previous capture targets in the second season, it's expected that she would play a generic role. However, she does more then that. As one of the only girls in this series that have an actual somewhat real personality, she is the main influence on Keima which results in him regretting what decisions he has made in the past. Because she somewhat understands what is going on in the last few episodes, Keima's and herself get huge character development and become incredibly stand-out characters.
Animation and Sound: Oh, where to begin. The animation in TWGOK is fantastic as always, simplifying itself to a chibi whenever it wants, and creating incredibly detailed scenes whenever it wants also. For example, closeups with Keima, and Chihiro's final scene in the series. Because of the addition of goddesses, the animation for their wings and individual feathers were superb at the least. Especially in the final episode. But for the most part, the animation is well done, with a few "skippy" scenes here and there. One scene in particular in the final episode where there is some, awkward instrument playing. But in hindsight, it can be overlooked. The sound, oh yes, another thing to be giddy about. The soundtrack for this series is usually pretty stand-out. This season did not disappoint. As always, they try to put in some "heavenly" tones and some techno sounds whenever they do an opening, but this time, they went over the top! The opening itself has very well done pictures and the music sounds so godly and fantastic that it is truly one of a kind. It also has a surprising amount of english words within itself. The ending on the other hand has a more somber feel to it. While the pictures in the ending are practically all the same, the sound of the ending is very calm and very rewarding sounding. It's happy, it's sad, and overall, great.
Personal enjoyment: I have always loved the TWGOK series. Ever since I started, I have never been able to leave it alone. When I first saw the premise of this season, I was surprised how much the series switched in terms of plot. Luckily, it was a good switch rather then a really bad one. (SAO) The series itself really puts the main character in situations which he's not used to, and allows much more character development which for this character, is much needed. As a personal fan, I'm debating over if this series should get another sequel or not because, this series ends on such a note that it can actually end right here and now. But on the other hand, there is so much more potential to be discovered and it really puts me at a standstill. However, as a personal complaint, the last episode, sort of rushed. The first half of the episode was fantastic and at its peak, but the second half sort of died down too fast. All of the possible action bits and goddess magic was squeezed into a 5 minute time-frame, which is a bit of a let-down. Nonetheless, TWGOK is one of the most well known harem animes out there, and if you are a fan like me, I would highly recommend this to you. But know this, in order to watch this season in specific, the other 2, plus the Tenri-hen OVA's must be watched first. It is the only way to know what exactly is going on here. read more
- Both have the same genres; Comedy, Harem, Romance, Shounen. With the exception of Ecchi, School, and Sci-fi on To LOVE-Ru Darkness, and Supernatural on KamiNomi Megami-hen.
- Both have main male lead surrounded by lots of females(well, it IS harem anime..)
- Both have a really nice plot, unlike other harem anime.
- There is no action genre, but both of them have some action parts.
- Both anime's art is good.
- Both anime's Opening Theme is good.
- Both are third season, and the third season's female lead is different than the first and second season.
-Both are harems
-Both main female protagonists are different from the series
-Are both really good anime's
-Both are about non-human characters
-Both comedic genre (and in my opinion, a bit more serious version to the prequels.)
Both anime involves dating games and making girls fall in love with the main character and those girls are spirits. They're both comedic as well.
In both Date A Live and Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen a guy is force to help spirits in order to save them or the world( in Date A Live the spirits cause mass destructions where they appear). In both animes when the girls fall in love with the guy, and they sealed the deal with a kiss the spirits disappear. In Kami... The spirits are forced to leave the girls body to be then captured, but in Date A Live the spirits power are sealed within the main charecter and they become human. Those are the only big differences between this animes other than Date A Live has that Mecha aspect to it and the spirits in Date A Live are being hunted because of the threat they are . They are also Harem but in Date A Live the girls remember everything that happen with them after the conquest and in Kami... The girls forget. I aslo would like to add that in Date A Live the main guy is forced to play a dating sim game at the beggining of the story as practice for when he has to make them fall in love. Also Date A Live has more action/fighting scenes in it (thats where the mecha comes in). If you liked Kami.... You will enjoy Date A and vice versa
Opening Theme"God only knows -Secrets of the Goddess-" by Oratorio The World God Only Knows
Ending Theme#01: "Kizuna no Yukue feat. Kanon Nakagawa (キズナノユクエ feat. 中川かのん)" by Kanon Nakagawa starring Nao Touyama (ep 2)
#02: "Kizuna no Yukue feat. Tenri Ayukawa (キズナノユクエ feat. 鮎川天理)" by Tenri Ayukawa starring Kaori Nazuka (ep 3)
#03: "Kizuna no Yukue feat. Tsukiyo Kujou (キズナノユクエ feat. 九条月夜)" by Tsukiyo Kujou starring Yuka Iguchi (ep 4)
#04: "Kizuna no Yukue feat. Yui Goidou (キズナノユクエ feat. 五位堂 結)" by Yui Goidou starring Ayahi Takagaki (ep 5)
#05: "Kizuna no Yukue feat. Shiori Shinomiya (キズナノユクエ feat. 汐宮 栞)" by Shiori Shinomiya starring Kana Hanazawa (ep 6)
#06: "Hajimete Koi wo Shita Kioku ~Piano Bansou~ (初めて恋をした記憶 〜ピアノ伴奏〜)" by Chihiro Kosaka starring Kana Asumi (ep 7)more
#07: "Hitomi kara Snow (瞳からスノー)" by Kanon Nakagawa starring Nao Touyama (ep 8)
#08: "Kizuna no Yukue feat. Ayumi Takahara (キズナノユクエ feat. 高原歩美)" by Ayumi Takahara starring Ayana Taketatsu (ep 9)
#09: "With...you..." by Haqua du Lot Herminium starring Saori Hayami (ep 10)
#10: "Kizuna no Yukue (キズナノユクエ)" by Jupiter Sisters (ep 11)
#11: "Hajimete Koi wo Shita Kioku (初めて恋をした記憶)" by 2B PENCILS & Kanon Nakagawa (2B PENCILS & 中川かのん); Vocal by Chihiro Kosaka starring Kana Asumi; Back Ground Vocal by Kanon Nakagawa starring Nao Touyama (ep 12)
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