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The World God Only Knows – The Endgame Approaches! Can Keima Take Ayumi Home?

Hello,

Today we take a look at the manga series The World God Only Knows, in which the end of the last Goddess hunt has quickly been approaching.

This has been one of the more difficult captures of the series, since most of Keima’s rules seem to have rapidly broken down around him. Yet he still maintains that sticking to a plan is the best way to complete the capture, which I had a lot of trouble believing until now.

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Invasion! Squid Girl – Chapter 186

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Not Recommended: Shojo haters, anyone who enjoys long jogs by the beach

I think it goes without saying that most comedy manga, if not most media in general, have a romantic element put in. Maybe it’s for the added ratings, maybe it’s the size of the cast or any other reason. Since I read comedies like Hayate and Yandere Kanojo which have a big focus on romance, the scenes in Squid Girl that focus on it seem small by comparison. But having small romantic subtext is far from having none at all, and I’ve noticed a surprising number of different pairs in this series. Read the rest of this entry

The World God Only Knows – Chapter 166

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YES! SAY YES!

I’ll openly admit that it takes a lot for me to be emotionally moved. I’m not sure how long I’ve been that way, but it’s true. A lot of the time, I see something and know how I’m supposed to react, but it’s not often that I go along with the feelings I’m given. Maybe knowing that sort of thing is part of the problem, but I’m also the sort of person who tries to fully comprehend everything I see. Looking back on this chapter of The World God Only Knows, I can understand why Keima acted the way he did. Right now, the most important thing for him and everyone around him is finding that last goddess (who is in Ayumi, for those unaware). He discovered that when he was a little too far into Chihiro’s route and was forced to backpedal hastily. On some level, I knew that even when she was confessing to him, he wouldn’t be able to accept what she was saying.

But I didn’t care. I wanted Keima to kiss her and embrace her and say that he loves her, even though it didn’t make sense. Read the rest of this entry

The World God Only Knows – Chapter 164

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...so there won't be any witnesses...

[Note: If you only saw the anime of The World God Only Knows, most of this blog post isn’t going to make sense.]

I  just got caught up on this series, and until a few chapters ago, I wasn’t thinking about which girl had the final goddess inside them. Somehow, I got the idea in my head that Akari held one of the goddesses until I looked it up and found out she was in the Runaway Spirit Squad. So I’ve only just begun to think about whether it will be Ayumi or Chihiro, or someone else entirely. From what I’ve heard people say, the fact that Keima currently believes the goddess is in Chihiro means that it definitely isn’t there. Now, I’ve read enough Liar Game to understand that train of thought, but there’s something else interesting about that idea. Let’s assume that for that theory to be true, Keima has to successfully romance Chihiro, since otherwise there wouldn’t be a fakeout. If that’s the case, though, then wouldn’t he end up with a love interest whose memory WON’T disappear? What happens then? Read the rest of this entry

Mahou Sensei Negima – Chapter 341

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Eva's seen this far too many times to care.

Konoka and Setsuna have a complex relationship.

I doubt Ken Akamatsu will ever say more than that.

I mentioned in my last rant how shonen tend to use more adult themes unrealistically, but the one thing I forgot about was sexuality. I’m sure we all know enough about homosexuality in anime/manga that I don’t have to break out the Nanoha/Fate pics…or the Negi/Fate pics. I’m really not all that surprised that their relationship isn’t more out in the open, since shonen manga have a hard time displaying romantic content, straight or otherwise. Compare Chachamaru’s fantasy from a few chapters ago to Setsuna’s here and you’ll realize the implications aren’t that different. See, the way I view the scenes with Konoka and Setsuna is that they’re supposed to be scene as a romantic couple, but they can’t explicitly say it. Read the rest of this entry