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Katsuragi Keima is known on the net as the god of getting the girls while in real life hes known as otamegane and he hates all real girls. However he is approached by Elsie, a devil from hell, to help her in catching runaway spirits that hide in people. Apparently the spirits only hide in the hearts of girls and the only way to get the souls out is by making the girl fall in love so the spirit gets forced out. And hes not allowed to fail or he will lose his head.


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Associated Names
Мир ведомый лишь богу
เซียนเกมรัก ขอเป็นเทพนักจีบ
Kaminomi (神のみ)
Que sa volonté soit faite (French)
The World God Only Knows

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v.26 c.268v2 (end) by Red Hawk Scanlations (799d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 19, Chap 189

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2201 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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December 2nd 2015, 8:45am PST



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Manga One (Shogakukan)
Shuukan Shounen Sunday (Shogakukan)

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The World God Only Knows Question 767 days, 10 hours, 45 minutes ago
Now that TWGOK is over.. 812 days, 21 hours, 30 minutes ago
TWGOK:The worse pairing/ending in the history of anime and manga and here's why. 833 days, 10 hours, 29 minutes ago
The World God Only Knows to End in Next Volume 925 days, 8 hours, 47 minutes ago
Now that Dokurou is... *spoiler alert* 1031 days, 18 hours, 2 minutes ago

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Love it but that ending was meh!   
Rating: N/A
by Ashi17
August 8th, 2016, 1:53am
It was one of the best mangas I have ever read everything was pretty good but the last arc was pretty rushed in my opinion and the ending just destroyed the whole thing for me.The one character I didn't want him to end up with and that's what happened but still it's a great read.I loved the manga so much that when the ending happened I died a bit but it's still worth a read.It would have been a 10 if I didnt dislike the ending.
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Pretty solid, then.. meh.   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by zedor
January 11th, 2016, 6:07am
At first, I didn't know what to expect. The premise was different from all the romance mangas that I usually read (they're more "normal"). It was bothersome at first, what with all the short seemingly unrelated stories and what not, so I was thinking of dropping it. Thankfully, it starts making headway at around chapter 55 or so, and picks up the pace in 50 or so chapters.

The comedy surrounding the MC and his view of the world is giggle-inducing; his actions are well-within his character untill the very end. As for other characters, most of the main heroines are well presented and explained. In any case, everything up to the last big arc (chapter ~190) makes sense more or less and is very well worth a read.

The troubling part comes after that. Pacing is all over the place, stuff seems to be invented on the spot so that the story would make sense and the ending is horrible, done over 2 chapters. There's no proper closure for the parties involved, we just have to take it at face value that everything is okay. With how it was handled, it doesn't matter who the chosen girl is - it's just poor writing. Sadly the last arc+shoddy ending casts a big shadow over an otherwise well drawn and well written piece of work.
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Endure the First 30 chapters   
Rating: N/A
by GreedyLocust
October 21st, 2015, 3:17am
If you are not into the short arc type stories, don't worry, the plot eventually comes and everything comes to place

While not entirely satisfied at the ending, the author has hinted at it throughout the manga, and it turns out as well as it could be

the protagonist will indeed make his decision, and while some may be unhappy with it, it is probably the only choice that makes sense and doesnt turn this into a harem for life kinda thing

also, while u come to dislike the otaku nature of his, you see his true genius as it goes on

regardless, although a couple parts here and there could use more depth, the author did a good job of creating the best possible ending, creating a "world god only knows"
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some iffy parts, but overall rather good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by achu3p
June 26th, 2015, 1:10pm
It dragged a bit and the ending wasn't that great! But it honestly was an interesting concept and it was definitely entertaining - it's actually my favorite manga out of everything I've ever read! What I especially like is the main protagonist's character growth. It happens subtly but it's most certainly present, and it's a little heart warming when you think about how much has has gone through. Of all things, I think this is the manga's shining point.
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Ending ruined it for me   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by swimmer1017
June 24th, 2015, 10:58am
Despite my enjoyment of this series, despite the depth of this story, despite the interesting and clever characters...I just can't score it higher because I disliked the ending THAT much. What a pity.
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Worth reading   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kiriee
April 7th, 2015, 4:01am
Beware some people give it a low rating because the girl they like didn't get selected, ignore those and give this a chance, it get dragged near the end nevertheless I don't hate the ending.

... Last updated on April 7th, 2015, 4:03am
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This does   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by melquiades
February 9th, 2015, 1:34am
Straight to the point, I liked it a lot.
The premise is nothing like any other stuff around and is very well executed.
Even though the plot might be linear at the beginning it somewhat thickens gradually until the end. Some might say it drags, but i didn't see a single chapter wasted.
For what I have read in other commentaries, there where some that didn't like the ending (they simply had another expectations), but for me it was a plausible ending and the most important it was satisfying.

I'm not going to use this space to do a very long rant about the situations revolving the story, and try to delve into the mind of the character and why he did what he did, so I'm simply going to tell you if this worth your time or not, and definitely, this does.
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Ship Is The Worst Ship In The History of Anime and Manga   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by genesic123
September 19th, 2014, 7:22am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Wakaki Tamiki I want everyone to know you messed up big time.To betray the feelings of your readers,so shamelessly.I want to save as many people as possible from this epic dissapointment.

TWGOK was always about people having different values and beliefs struggling against reality.Acknowledging a world bigger than Keima was what this series has been about.

This ending is basically saying that people like Stephen Hawking don't exist in real life.This is the mind of every Chihiro shipper in a nutshell.
This manga would COMPLETELY TRASH on everything else just to get Chihiro and Keima to happen.
Not even mass effect's original ending could compare with the travesty of storytelling that is this.You thinks Eva's ending did not make sense?Wait till you see this one!

1.The reason why she loved him was that she wanted to shine with him.I guess a girl is not allowed to shine on her own....It kind of makes the moment where she let go of Keima at 189 meaningless don't you think.She was Keima first love and it should have been that way.And Keima only developed romantic feelings for her cause of his guilt.

2.Elsie becoming human.Not even an animal could write this badly.
It takes skill to undo two years, heck 6 years worth of effort in 3 chapters.If Elsie is not a demon,TWGOK would have never happened in the first place.Whatever forced Wakaki's hand really....

Well lets make them less of a threat than Fiore was.

He treats those he met as means to an end.Shunning them for Chihiro.Heck, he is even worse than chpt 1.I wanted to see him be more caring and less self-centred.Even the hardcore otakus probably wouldn't be this cold.You may or may not love them but to just leave them like that....Even Chpt 1 keima had some of the basics of respect.

Well, I never got to see her coming of age story.That sendoff was pretty stupid.A lame attempt to give her some development .Telling someone to move on does not mean you dealt with it.

While you shippers to this day continue to preach the gospel of "normal".Nobody never really gave a damn about her own personal story.Wakaki's biggest fail.At least with every other girl they got to show their individually.I wonder what is worse, moe and the anime industry or a normal girl reduced to a blank-slate self insert.

To Old Hell with TWGOK's most trashy pairing.

... Last updated on September 19th, 2014, 8:13am
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Despite flaws, I love the ending.   
Rating: N/A
by signale
September 13th, 2014, 4:12pm
It is more subtle than one would expect from a "harem" series. I do believe that it dragged for too long during the beginning of the final arc (I actually stopped reading and only restarted when I saw the series was completed). For the ending I agree with the points that Rolan made, it is really easy to root for your favorite girl, but the one he chose makes sense for KEIMA.

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This is a guy who thought all girls in the real world had nothing to compare (looks, personality, charm) to video game girls. Game girls sparkled, and real girls were so dull. This is _especially_ true for during his capture of Chihiro way back when. He considered her no better than a mob character. Everything about her is middling and average. For Keima, it is a brilliant coupling since by the end of the series, he obviously cares about "real life". Compared to the other captures, who tended to have more extreme personality types/goddesses, he goes for the girl that is as normal as can be (no special powers, no dark/sad past, not extremely ambitious)

And that is why I love this ending. It also doesn't hurt that she was the one I rooted for the most because her and
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had the best rapport with him in their interactions. I think Wakaki planned this coupling (or had an idea of it) from the get go.

Sadly, the pacing was really off towards the end, a combination of too slow, and too fast at all the wrong parts.
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Whatever I say, whatever I think, I just like the ending.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rolan
July 2nd, 2014, 3:44pm
The end of "The World Only God Knows" was more than satisfactory for me, I know that the fans were cheering for their favorite girl, but maybe I was one of few cheering for the happiness of "Keima" the main character.

If you saw the title of the last episode of season three, it's called "Flag. 12.0 The Memory of My First Love", it was clear that Keima liked Chihiro, he didn't know at first, but you can guess from what he said, he knew or maybe felt that Chihiro didn't have a Goddess in the middle of her second capture. However, he continued on, he didn't know at that time why he did that, despite his devotion in what he does and his pseudo cold bloodedness in every capture he set on, but this one was "different", this one was not only Chihiro's second capture, it was "his and her capture,"

He just earned for love like every boy of his age, but he figured it the truth at the end. That's why he hurt the girl he loves, he lied to her, he pushed her because unfortunately ... He didn't have the time to play girlfriend/boyfriend, he didn't have the time to love or be loved, the fate of the world was just more important than his own feelings.

For me his tears at the end of season three, the way the screen of his favorite games were shut down at the last scene of season three, the breakdown that he got on "Heart of Jupiter Arc" in the middle of Kaori Yuuzaki's pseudo-capture were clear signs of his pain. That's why I'm more than happy for him and more than happy for that "Ending".
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