The World God Only Knows – What if God Was One of Us?
The Goddess arc has been going on for so long now that it’s hard to imagine The World God Only Knows doing anything else at this point. I think it had been going on for over a year at the point when I got caught up with the manga, so I can only imagine how this ending must feel for those who have been with it since the beginning. There was quite a bit of talk about whether the series would even keep going after this storyline was finished, and while I believed it would, I had that same doubt in my mind too.
The way the arc ended was nothing short of heartbreaking. I was hoping for something good to happen between Keima and Chihiro since she confessed to him, because Chihiro really isn’t like the other girls and never was. She was one of the few people who fell in love with Keima for who he was, and he just wasn’t in a position to return her feelings. In spite of what I would like to see, this ending makes it clear to me that we aren’t going to see them together, no matter how long the series goes on. This ending was meant to be just that – the ending of their story together. It wouldn’t have been called the tale of their first love if it was meant to continue after this. And I think I’m okay with that, because as much as I hate seeing them so upset, this feels like the right way to end things off.
With this conclusion comes the promise of other stories, and I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of what’s going to happen now. Can we really go back to the episodic captures after this massive arc? I not only think we can, but we most likely have to. The reason the Goddess arc worked is because it could use the existing cast in a new way, and doing all this again would involve repeating the same style and/or attempting to capture the same girls a third time, which does not feel like something The World God Only Knows would do. Besides, the more we look at the captures prior to this arc, the more possible returning to them seems. Nanaka’s arc was as much about existing character Diana as it was about the capture, Hinoki both used existing characters and had Vintage interfering, and Akari’s tied directly into the story of the Runaway Spirit Squad. There have been enough changes in both the world and in Keima himself that finding new ways to show the capturing should be easy.
It’s nearly impossible to tell what path the story will take as time goes on or what the new girls might be like. Even if I had knowledge of dating sims it would be difficult to make any predictions. I’m going to make two right here, though, with one somewhat likely and the other not. The first is that the next capture we get will be focused on getting Keima out of his depressed state and back into being the Capturing God we all know. The second, which I’m basing not on any facts but because I just want to see it really bad, is that Keima will eventually have to capture Lune. Come on, that would be a great capture and you know it. The Goddess Arc was great to read, but it’s going to be refreshing to get back to the roots of this manga.
Posted on May 31, 2012, in Chapter Discussions, Shonen Comedy, The World God Only Knows and tagged bittersweet ending, Chihiro, ending, Goddess Arc, Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai, Keima, The World God Only Knows. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.