The World God Only Knows Episode #03 Anime Review

Keima's life continues to be difficult since meeting Elsie and he's now finding himself having to deal with another loose soul, this time in the body of the resident rich girl Mio. What's interesting in this is that he comes across her hiding a sizable secret from everyone by living in a rundown apartment and he ends up seemingly taking on this job without the kind of hesitance and resistance that we saw with his previous encounters. There's a bit of a challenge to this one in Keima's eyes and it's definitely an interesting new approach for him as he gets into it with a bit of enthusiasm that we haven't seen until later in the previous episodes.

Mio's got a lot of issues going on in her life because of what she's going through, with the allowance given to her by her father who is the director of a large company. Mio very much has a superior attitude but she's in these conditions and isn't trying to make it work, burning through four months of allowance within one month. And even worse is that she's very superior to her chauffer who is just trying to help her out as she berates him regularly as he pleads with her to stop being so out of touch with her new reality. And he's reached his limit since technically he's not even her driver but rather her father's who is just trying to help out. So Keima steps in after revealing he knows her secret and offers to be her driver for awhile, which gives him the ability to get closer to her so he can exorcise the loose soul within her.

What allows this show to work is the way Keima inserts himself into the persons life and starts working them over so he can help them out with their particular problem. It's a standard enough idea, but he takes it further because of his God of Conquest nature from the video games he's played. He takes it to strange directions sometimes, such as the party that comes up here where he gets a carriage for Mio done in classic Cinderella style by being in a pumpkin. His actions perplex her to no end and it's actually enjoyable to see Mio completely off balance by what he does. Yet at the same time, she manages to teach him some things simply because he's forced to interact with a real woman and that expands his true knowledge of things, which is the core thrust of the series in general.

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