The World God Only Knows Episode #04 Anime Review

With a couple of case of loose souls now behind him, Keima is getting into the routine fairly well though he's starting to get a bit run down on top of all of his game playing and the like. With the rich girl episode out of the way along with the athletic girl, it's time to move on o the artistic girl that he has to deal with. The approach for it is a bit different however as the girl he's dealing with, Sora, isn't actually a real girl but rather a girl in a game that he's desperate to win. With his reputation on the line for conquering games, having one he can't get through is pretty crushing to him psychologically.

What's made this game a real hardship though is that there's a bug in it that keeps you from being able to finish it. The really amusing part is that Keima should have known because the launch edition was hideously expensive with lots of extras that was meant to hide the problems. But a challenge is what Keima really enjoys in the end, though he may argue otherwise, and a buggy gave gives him a special challenge. And with Elsie in his life, he has a few additional options to work with in order to overcome it. Providing, of course, that the game even actually loads up on the system.

In a way, Keima's persistence is definitely an advantage for Elsie since it allows him to do the loose soul hunting so well. Once he gets his mind set on something, he doesn't give up. What sets this episode apart a bit is that because his focus is on the game this time as opposed to the loose soul, it has a very different vibe to it. Many parts of his playing of the game has us seeing it as if it's real, with him interacting with Sora inside the game and trying to figure out how to get past the buggy area. It has a lot of the same tenderness that we've seen in other instances of him dealing with girls, but you can see him feeling a bit more loose and free himself since it is just a game this time. Unfortunately, Elsie gets dragged into it a fair bit when he starts working down the options to try and get through by taking a different approach. Repeatedly.

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