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
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.481 (scored by 40052 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.
When was the last time you saw a sequel to an anime and thought to yourself, "this was say better than the previous seasons." Rarely. Am I correct? Well with the third instalment of to Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai franchise, I can promise you that this instalment surpasses the previous two.
The story of this season continues in a similar fashion to the other two, however in this season Keima has to reconquer his former heroines from the past. Unlike the other two seasons, by the end of this anime we get to see hints that Keima will develop a lot as a character, but still remain the same Keima we know and love.
The art of the anime is very similar to the other two seasons. Nothing really changes with each of the characters in terms of design, and art. The art remains phenomenal, I very much liked how there's a great amount of detail in each scene, you can pause at anytime during a scene and see the level of detail within the frame, definitely makes me appreciate this anime more. In terms of sound, everything seems fine. The voices of the characters seem well suited for each of the personalities of each one of them. Background music was appropriate was appropriate to each specific scene during the anime. The OST is quite charming itself, although it might not be a cup of tea for everyone since the sound is quite intricate.
Now for the characters, most of the characters remain the same, but unlike the other two seasons we definitely see character development, however it is mainly just Keima. Unfortunately Elsie is not a main character in this season, which was a little upsetting for me since I liked her as a character and her bubbly personality, but for the focus of this season, I think it was natural that she was not put in as a main character just because this season sets a different aura than the other two. In terms of Keima's development, as I said before we get small hints here and there near the end of the anime that he’s going to mature, and potentially give up his love of gaming?
For the enjoyment, I definitely enjoyed this season a lot more than the other two. In my opinion the first two seasons were very similar, it was just Keima going around conquering females and helping Elsie with her quests. This season it is quite fresh, similar yet different compared to the prequels, but the concept of conquering females remain, which is what the viewers and fans want when watching this anime. The only problem I had with this season was with the last Heroine, it felt very rushed and the flow of the anime just felt off at that point. Even though that was the only thing I did not like, it still wasn't enough for me to enjoy this anime.
Personally I’m not a big fan of harems, but this is one of the few harems that I did enjoy. Overall Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen was an excellent anime; I’d rate it as a 9 out of 10. But in order to really appreciate it you must watch the first two seasons. With that being said I would definitely recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys a good romance or comedy, but watch the first two seasons first!
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- 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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