The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol

The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol

Four Girls…

Since Crunchyroll never has OVAs, which is where I would normally watch The World God Only Knows, I had to resort to 9anime instead. But, for some reason, the Four Girls and an Idol OVA was only available in 480p and 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the 1080p and 16:9 of the main series.

Overall, the quality I watched the episode in didn’t really matter since this is just an OVA. I wouldn’t want to watch the main series like that. But for this one episode, I can deal with it. I just hope the Tenri Arc is available in better quality.

Anyway, this OVA is about Miyako, Ayumi, Chihiro, and Elsie forming a band. Sounds like a skippable episode, right? It probably is. But, I have seen that their band comes up in the third season of the series (Goddesses), so I figured I’d watch and review it.

Miyako, Ayumi, Chihiro, and Elsie from The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol anime OVA
Miyako, Ayumi, Chihiro, and Elsie

Those four girls I mentioned are the titular “four girls.” Who could have guessed? By this point, you should know who Elsie is. She’s a demon tasked with capturing lost souls and she formed a contract with Keima to help her in this goal.

Chihiro is a girl Keima conquered in the second season of the series. You may remember her as the girl without much of a personality whom Keima called a background character. And speaking of background characters, that’s basically what Miyako is — she’s not important.

Ayumi is another girl Keima conquered, but I didn’t really remember her. Apparently, Ayumi was the very first girl conquered by Keima in the series. Maybe you remember her as the star of the track team — I didn’t until I looked back at the episodes of the first season.

…and an Idol

The titular idol of the episode is none other than the only idol in the series, Kanon Nakagawa. Like Ayumi, Kanon was conquered by Keima back in the first season of the anime. I don’t really remember the specifics of her arc, but she’s a far more memorable character on account of her pink hair.

Kanon is a bit of an odd inclusion in this episode. To be fair, the whole episode in general wasn’t what I expected (more on that in the next section). But, it felt like Kanon was thrown into the episode without much reason.

Miyako, Ayumi, Chihiro, and Elsie are forming a band and Kanon is an idol, so they have music in common. But aside from that, Kanon really had nothing to do with them starting a band. It’s not even like Kanon joined their band as the vocalist.

A poster of Kanon from The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol anime OVA
A poster of Kanon

The only explanation I can come up with for Kanon’s inclusion is the comment Chihiro made about their band playing at the school festival. Kanon said she’s performing during it, and Chihiro responded by saying they’d perform too. So, I guess this just sets up the festival for later in the series.

And, going back to the fact that Kanon didn’t join the band as the vocalist, I’m expecting that to happen in the future. Something I noticed was that their band doesn’t have a vocalist. There’s an open spot for Kanon.

My guess is that Kanon and the band are going to perform individually at first, but are then going to perform together afterward. If something like that doesn’t happen, then there’s not much of a point in this episode. But, I guess that’s why it’s an OVA.

Not the Episode I Expected

Considering the episode is titled Four Girls and an Idol and the cover art featured the girls in a band, I expected it to have more to do with music than it did. Sure, we got the formation of the band and Kanon made an appearance. But the episode wasn’t really about music at all.

Instead, the episode was about the musicians needing help studying for their English exam. The four band members needed to get 100% on their exams if they wanted to create a band club at school. And Kanon just joined the study session because she felt like it.

Technically, the title of the episode alone isn’t misleading. It does, in fact, feature four girls and an idol. But, I can’t be the only one who was caught off guard by the actual content of the episode.

Kanon showing off the 100% she got on her English test from The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol anime OVA
Kanon showing off the 100% she got on her English test

Anyway, I liked how in the end, despite not all of the girls achieving a 100% on their exam, they were allowed to create their club. Mr. Kodama was in a good mood because Keima, his most hated student, didn’t get a perfect score on the exam. And as a result, he said yes to all of the students requesting things of him.

I don’t think this was a bad episode. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed. But, I still don’t really see the point of the episode. Even by OVA standards, this seemed pretty pointless. Most OVAs at least have some point, like fan service. This didn’t even have that.

Also, now that I think about it, The World God Only Knows doesn’t really include fan service despite being a harem anime. And I’m specifically referring to ecchi fan service. I know it’s not an ecchi anime, but considering it’s a harem, you’d think there’d be a small amount.


The World God Only Knows: Four Girls and an Idol is a 5/10. It’s a fine episode that exists, but I don’t have any strong feelings about it one way or another. It’s probably fine to skip. However, it’s not like it’s an awful episode to watch either.

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