It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched the last episode of The World God Only Knows, and I can’t help but wonder when I think back to Keima’s ‘Capturing God’ mode, said to reduce his lifespan by 3 years per 1 hour of usage. Is it even conceivable at all?
Being a big fan of the scientific method, I had to try it out (maybe not) – with anime.
After all, if he has enough to press buttons, make multiple decisions and read 6 stories at once without any error, I figured that simply watching the stories unfold should work fine too. Besides, it’s a shame to admit that as an aniblogger, the only series I actually bothered to complete in the 2 month-long holiday was Bartender – something I had already started watching months ago.
So my backlog list for the previous season’s anime was as follows:
- Arakawa under the Bridge 2
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
- Sora no Otoshimono Forte
- Fortune Arterial
Weapons of choice:
- Media Player Classic Homecinema – probably the best video player out there. Best performance, least lag, easy to apply additional filters to make videos run smoother.
- Quicktime player – Was going to use VLC player but VLC’s all loopy on my laptop. So Quicktime it is then.
- Windows Media Player – Chosen out of convenience.
- A television. (scrapped) For shows I have on CD , completely unwatched and covered with dust. Scrapped due to TV malfunctioning.
- iPhone (scrapped) – idea scrapped simply because it would take both eyes to focus on such a small screen.
So the stupid idea is as follows: watch more than one episode simultaneously.
So thus the experiment began with the shows all starting from different episodes: Arakawa from 4, Sora no Otoshimono from 7, Milky Holmes from 2 and Forture Arterial from 4. After changing some of the viewing order and adding a few tweaks into the schedule, in all Capturing God-style fashion, all the series were synced up to the last episode, where all the shows were played simultaneously.
I had to say, doing so was kind of difficult after all, since I kept ignoring Fortune Arterial (it was so FUCKING boring) to watch the other shows, often in revolving sequences, with different amounts of time spent on each. Nevertheless, to summarize the Capturing God experiment, just like Keima- who commented how two particular scenes moved him – I decided to jot down my thoughts on these series while watching.
If there has been any other show that has been over-commercialized and set on the path to become a whole merchandise-based empire, it has to be Milky Holmes. Aside from just receiving a PSP game in the works, the group of 4 detectives, ancestors of other detectives that don’t exist, have an anime to boot. In the show, they lose their ‘toys’, sources of power they use to fight the ‘Gentlemanly Thieves’, who turn out to be people inside the school itself.
So, did you like-
NO. Why? Elementary, my dear Watson.
I wondered often : what the fuck was this shit? Every even episode I had shouted out ‘WHAT THE FUCK?’ at least once while focusing on Milky Holmes for seconds. Every odd episode had me fast forwarding past parts that started to piss me off. If Milky Holmes were so darn useless- why place so much time into duelling them and whatnot? Why are you even losing to these bumbling idiots to begin with? These villains are so useless in retrospect. I mean, if I had finished this series earlier, it would have won the Most Retarded Villain cast award. And they eventually find out that their greatest enemy was who they tried to save – by the way her breasts bounce. You read that right.
I think the only reason worth watching this show is because of this fella.
If vampires and Twilight have ever taught me anything, it’s that vampires suck at everything, and that shows revolving around vampires usually turn out to fucking heaps of fucking cruddy fucking shit. And Fortune Arterial is no different – for it too, turned out to be as uninspired and as boring as, well, a fucking heap of shit. Although the flies might provide some entertainment – if you were really bored, that is – nothing can smell as much as failure as Fortune Arterial.
For starters, it was so bad that I can’t remember a single character’s name. You might say that this is to be expected, since I’m watching 4 at the same time. However, if I even manage to remember the members of Milky Holmes – Milky Holmes, mind you – I’m certain this show could have done better. For one, although it was a visual novel adaptation, it takes itself too seriously – resulting in unfunny , uninteresting characters and completely boring storyline that has less to do with vampires than it seems. All in all, watch this so you can say you watched it, and thus you can call it a heap of shit too.
Of course, search for reviews on Arakawa 2 and you’ll get classic lines, such as ‘made no sense’ and ‘had no ending’. Then it’ll become a whole shitfight over whose opinion is that the show is shit – and whose opinion is shit.
But people who actually watched Season 1 – and know what the show aims to do – shouldn’t have much qualms about it. After all, Arakawa under the Bridge’s forte is the ability to provide us with random, funny situations every week – and I’m content with that.
Speaking of forte…
It has all the makings of a show I’m practically compelled to dislike – but yet, it captivates me in some way. I’m not talking about boobs and butts here – I’m talking humour better than that of Season 1. Astraea was a funny character, being the walking stereotypical blonde joke with skimpy clothing and wings – and the power to fight , of course. And Season 2 had some form of a plot, in the form of the second-gen Angeloid, Chaos, who seeks to destroy the three Angeloids. Needless to say, she joins Tomoki’s harem to supplement the loli factor.
Still doesn’t explain much. But it’s things along the way that helped – watching it with a friend at one point, and taking it to be light-hearted entertainment. It was perhaps a slight adjustment of mindset that helped, but still, I enjoyed watching the show.
You know, although I did manage to carry out ‘Capturing God mode’ successfully, albeit with anime, and cut time, I find that this makes the show much less enjoyable, since you’re practically focused on 4 different shows at the same time. Perhaps if I watched each show one by one, the shows might have seemed better- Fortune Arterial would not be a fucking heap of shit, but just a heap of shit ; Milky Holmes could have been ingestable without causing diarrhoea , and the two sequels might have been funnier. True, it must have been an impossible task for most mortals, but doing so made me feel like I really did lose 3 years of my life.
VERDICT: Doing such a thing makes one feel like he’s more than a god, less than a human.
tl;dr: The World God Only Knows was funny at times, too bad it sucked so much. Also, Valence is incredibly lazy when clearing backlogs.