Part of the blog Anime Junkies.
When it comes to otakus, there is a fine line dividing the crazy ones from the sane ones. While I just realized how ridiculous that was as soon as I typed it, it’s not that hard to find some truth in it. We have the regular otakus who just spend an allotted time out of their day for their favorite show/game/etc and try not to let them interfere too much too much with their daily lives.
And then there is Keima Katsuragi. He has made it mission to become a “god” of dating sim games (or eroges, if you prefer). According to him, there is no girl he cannot conquer, and he manages to do so while still managing to maintain not only passable, but PERFECT scores on his homework and tests. However, in the real world, he is little more than the resident “dweeb”, mocked by peers and teachers alike, unable to place himself in the hearts of real women. Not that this seems to phase him in the least. For the most part, Keima believes himself to be removed from the real world, determined to spend the rest of his life in the world of 2D dating forever. However, the REAL god has other plans for this so called “dating god”!
One day, Keima receives a request he cannot refuse; the chance to conquer some girls. At first, he thinks it is just a challenge to conquer some more 2d girls. However, it turns out he has walked straight into a contract with a demon from the very depths of Hell! A demon of the newly formed Hell, Elsie, becomes instantly bonded to Keima in more ways than one! If Keima can help her capture all the old demons of Hell, who have redubbed themselves as “Loose Souls”, attempting to make a place for themselves on Earth, they will both be released form their contracts! If not, then they will be killed right on the spot! The catch? Each one of these Loose Souls are trapped within the souls of female girls, and feeding on the negative emotions of their hosts to survive. To make them escape, Keima must replace those negative emotions with something more powerful in order to force the Loose Souls out of the hosts and allow Elsie to capture them. Unfortunately for Keima, however, that ‘more powerful thing’ happens to be love! Now, a man who has little to no experience dating girls in the 3d world must rely on all the knowledge he has acquired from years of gaming in order to do what most kids like him would only dream about! As far as premises go, this one is definately one worth exploring.
For the record, unless you are able to show the amount of dedication Keima does in his mission to become a god of gaming, I do not recommend you try his actions. I do recommend you, however, to enjoy them to the fullest of your ability! Much of the shows humor and charm comes from how well it portrays the character Keima as not only someone completely unlikable, but completely likeable at the same time. Also, the references to other anime and otaku tidbits are interesting as well. If you can endure the first two seasons, which can get boring and repetitive if you’re not too much into this genre, I promise you’ll be rewarded with a treat in the third one (yes. THIS show is one that gets three seasons), as the show evolves into something even more awesome.
I’m an Anime Junkie, and I rate this series a 4 out of 5.