In the Mood for Love

Kimini ni Todoke Ore Monogatari Montage

Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!

Work had absolutely been slaying me for the first two weeks of this month, but reprieve has finally arrived (for now). As I have a lot of sentimental fondness for the middle part of February for reasons beyond just the chocolate-related one, it feels like a great time to discuss two of the sweetest, mushiest, romantic series I’ve ever had the pleasure to discover.

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Real Life Girls (The World God Only Knows Review)

The World God Only Knows Cover Image

 

I don’t think it’s possible to summarize the premise of TWGOK without making it sound like your garden variety otaku-wish-fulfillment-sleazefest harem comedy, but let’s try regardless. Keima Katsuragi, the titular God who’s better at dating sim than Michael Jordan at basketball or me at procrastination, has his life turned upside down when a ditzy demon girl from another world enlisted his help to solve the problem of evil spirit escapee hiding themselves in human girls’ body.  Apparently you can whisk away the spirit by winning the vessel girl’s heart and kiss her, and Typical Animango Misunderstanding happened as the girl mistaken Keima’s godlike capacity in 2D realm as proof of being real life Casanova. Keima decided to treat this situation like one of his games,  he eventually found that somehow the evil spirits really really like the girls in his school, he set out to kiss these girls one at a time to save them… okay, better stop here. How convenient, pandering, and tiresome, right?

Except it’s really not. Instead, it’s a sharply written, subversive, piece of work that  consistently amused, engaged  and surprised me throughout its run. It works.
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