Oh right, I knew I had something important to do today. Watch a silly harem comedy and overanalyze its self-aware takedowns of genre craft.
0:10 – This show is extremely silly . Was Haqua and Elsie’s entire graduating class female?
2:13 – Man, Keima does so much work to make this more watchable than your garden-variety harem. Most harem leads are such milquetoast self-insert “nice guy” nobodies that it immediately strains credulity that a handful of girls would all suddenly fall in love with them. It makes the power fantasy angle kind of overwhelmingly evident, it makes for a set of totally unbelievable female characters, and it results in regularly stilted and repetitive banter. Keima, on the other hand, always works to make himself some kind of bizarre anime-negaverse brand of charming, and he always knows exactly what he wants. That lends itself to more distinctive little dramatic arcs, better banter, and much more believable romantic progression.
Plus the show both doesn’t get caught in static love drama and also draws great humor from the distance between anime character psychology and human psychology. Which is kinda key, since taking any of this seriously as actual romance swiftly leads to dark places .
6:37 – Why is that doll so funny
6:48 – Life is suffering for Keima
8:42 – Well this is different
9:57 – Thank god for Keima’s anime-logic universe . If this were the real world, he’d be screwed
10:30 – Man, these wings keep getting easier and easier
16:31 – His strategies are almost immediately defeated by any girl who isn’t introverted/isolated. Kind of a limited power
19:33 – TWGOK keeps it classy
20:05 – Oh god, this is gonna be so bad. He’s gonna make some big play, and it’ll actually work, but she won’t have a goddess, so gaaahhhhh man I’m uncomfortable just thinking about it
Welp, this is gonna end miserably. Brace for impact, folks