Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen – 02
「スクランブルフォーメーション」 (Sukuranburu Fōmēshon)
If you’re gonna try to make multiple people fall in love with you at once, you’re gonna have a bad time.
It really seems as if Megami-hen is dead set on cramming the entire goddess arc into (presumably) one cour. Compared to the usual, slower pace of the KamiNomi anime, things are happening much faster than usual, and though that’s different than what we’re used to expecting, it’s not necessarily a terrible decision. It does, however, feel rather rushed this time compared to last, which dedicated a lot of time to flashbacks and general exposition (necessary under the circumstances of course), but it also removes a little of the mystery of the Goddess arc by immediately slimming down the candidates. Nevertheless, that choice actually works here because of the adaptation decisions Manglobe has made. In cutting out those eight girls from the manga, they ruined some of the original allure of the arc, but by cutting to the cheese and narrowing the odds as soon as possible, they managed to salvage it by making it a one-in-five guess and still retain a good amount of theorizing for anime-only viewers.
That being said, it’s right down to business as Keima attempts his riskiest capture yet in a daring all-in-one scheme. Pressed for time before Kanon dies from the cursed blade Vintage, a conservative faction of Hell, used to stab her, he sets out to capture all four remaining Jupiter Sisters in one swoop. Of course, this effectively means he’s seven-timing (if we count Kanon and Tenri, which is optional) and thus facing the ire of a set of girls who feel they’ve been betrayed. Not counting the lovely Yui and the shy Shiori, everyone else is not happy with Keima in the least, and he has a lot to go before winning them over, never mind all at once.
At the heart of all this is the Vintage conspiracy, something Keima notes is far from coincidental. His logic as to finding all the goddesses seems flawed at first (how can he be so sure only the girls he’s already captured are the ones hosting goddesses?), but when you think statistically, it really does seem rather odd that a whole 1/3 of the goddesses were indeed girls who were close to Keima. In any case, now that he’s narrowed his candidates, we’re back in full Capturing God mode and all the usual perks that come along with that. It just isn’t Keima if he’s not doing his job as thoroughly as usual (so thoroughly he doesn’t even think about walking in on Haqua naked), and it isn’t KamiNomi without all the perks of each character. Whether it’s Elsie adorably impersonating Kanon, Ayumi kicking Keima to the wall, or Yui manhandling the manhandler, one thing’s for certain: it’s business time.
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ED2: 「キズナノユクエ」 (Kizuna no Yukue) by ユピテルの姉妹 (The Jupiter Sisters)