Monday, May 2, 2011

Review: The World God Only Knows II 3

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Last week's rushed arc conclusion did not sit well with me, resulting in low hopes for this week's episode.  Not exactly the best first impression ever.  I was expecting more of the same from the first season, and I got that.  However, I was also promised a new demon.  And I'm hoping said demon is introduced soon.

 Upon starting the episode, we see Elsie trapped in a detention bottle, with someone lecturing her.  Finally, that promised demon, Hakua/Haqua du Lot Herminium, depending on who you ask. (For the purposes of this review, I'll be using Crunchyroll's spelling: Haqua.)  It seems Haqua and Elsie were classmates at... I guess you'd call it demon school.  Haqua sees the kind of person Keima is, and promptly calls him "incredible".  Turns out that Haqua has captured no loose souls, despite being a Section Chief, while Elsie has captured 5 in the last 14 episodes, or 2 months.

I was thoroughly amused by Keima's antics with his PSP PFP throughout the episode, particularly when he was up on the balcony where Haqua was, claiming there was great reception... while his PFP made dial-up noises. Um, DSL doesn't work that way, but whatever.  Speaking of Haqua, I'm glad she was introduced here.  It will be a nice relief from Elsie's mildly grating voice.  Hopefully.

As mentioned above, PSPs do not make dial-up noises when they connect to the internet.   As a slight computer nerd, this irked me a bit, and I confirmed my thoughts with actual PSP users.  That aside, there really weren't any flaws in the episode that I noticed.

Overall, another great outing.  The beautiful animation, off-beat humor, and well-written dialogue add up to a great episode.  It's not up to the level that the first season was, but it's decent on its own.  Despite that, this show is on thin ice, along with a few other shows.  It needs to really impress in the next couple weeks, or it will be dropped.

The World God Only Knows II 3

Animation Quality: 4.5/5
Episode Plot: 3.5/5
Comedy/Character Introduction: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Plot Advancement: 3/5

Overall: 4/5

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