「サマーウォーズ」 (Samaa Woozu)
There’s only one thing I’ve wanted to really see happen this season, and I’m so happy to see that it somehow managed to happen right at the very end. Like, it literally happened within minutes before the episode ended.
But before I get to what really rocked my mind, did the character design of Yotsuba bother anyone? I couldn’t get my mind off of how badly drawn and out of proportion her character design was. Sure this could have been a great way to show how Keima actually doesn’t care for a girl’s looks but more for their personality, but her design still bugs me. I swear it has to be something with how she looks so off when she’s standing next to Keima.
Besides watching Keima play the best dating sim ever and have a fierce mental battle that literally transcended time, there wasn’t too much to this episode except for the one thing I really want to talk about but will focus on in the final impressions. The one thing I really did enjoy was Elsie finally getting a ton of screen time to just be herself. It would have been great if there had been a fire truck or two somewhere throughout the episode but getting a glimpse of all the girls Keima has captured was a nice touch.
What I’ve wanted so badly, ever since Keima started questioning it after Chihiro’s arc, was for him to have some sort of realization that the real world still has its redeeming qualities. Sure the girls may not be perfect and the routes may have slight variations, but when I heard him actually acknowledge that the real world with all of its problems still has an ideal route somewhere I nearly fainted.
The reason being that I originally was put off with the premise with this show back in season one. A guy who lives and breathes dating sims and has no respect for real girls? Without Divine’s gentle nudge toward watching this show, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. But watching how much Keima’s changed since he was first introduced to us feels like a reward in itself.
At the same time, it’s still fun to watch Keima be himself and activate that God of Conquest mode to capture those loose souls. With the formula for a capture being different for each girl this season, it really fledged out Keima as a character while demonstrating his crazy ability to adapt to just about any girl out there. It’s like you have the perfect guy in theory right there, except he’s not interested in actually dating the girl!
To balance Keima’s insane personality, Elsie provides just the right amount of stability and guidance. Sure she may be ranked as a lowly demon but her drive to be the best she can be makes up for her lack of book smarts. Plus she’s super cute at all times and never fails to bring a smile to my face (especially when a fire truck comes into play). While there weren’t as many Elsie-centric episodes, the few we got never felt out of place. Not to mention that it became clear that she really likes Keima. I remember feeling bad for her when she noticed Haqua’s feelings for him. Since even with all the progress he’s made, Keima still doesn’t see the most important thing around him.
At the end of the day, this second season of Kami Nomi was great. The boring moments that season one had were completely removed and replaced with episodes full of interesting plot developments. The girls who needed to be captured were all very different from one another, each providing a different challenge for Keima to overcome. Which in the end, helped him realize that the real world isn’t as bad as he thought it was.
I’m actually a bit sad to watch this show come to an end! With what I can only guess was a quick run through all the girls who Keima will need to capture in the future, I can only hope that a third season will appear in the future. In the mean time, I suppose Baka Test 2 will help fill that gap since the main character Akihisa is also voiced by none other than Shimono Hiro.