After so many chapters, I think it could be said clearly that the main theme of this manga is the contradiction between Keima's the god of conquest side and human side, and his journey of growth and the finally acceptation of the real world. But the main theme does not need to be describe directly, on the contrary, let it be revealed indirectly is a better way in general. In the runaway spirit section, the way how Wakaki describe it is like this: of the direct clue, the thing we see is Keimas adventure, at first sight looks like he solves those girls' problem unilaterally, but see through it, people could find out that he also be influence in the course of events at the same time. The main theme here, as the subordinate storylines, be supported by the cheerful and interesting surface story. This technique, on the one hand, makes this part of TWGOK very absorbing, and on the other, it reflected how the interaction between Keima and those girls humanizing him and make Keima begin to introspection smoothly. He is affected the most by the first Chihiro conquer and Akaris chapter, but this progress could also be seen in every other girls' scenario. Meanwhile, in the runaway spirit section, the plot of conquering one girl after another makes it does not need too many long-range plans to make every girls story integrated, and even one is not satisfied for the readers, the damage is limited, and the next exciting story could recuperate it easily. This mode, integrating the development on both levels, ensures the initial successes of TWGOK.
But, presumably the writer realized that this mode of conquering one girl after another cant be used forever, the setup of girl is finite, at the meantime the representation of Keimas growth is also limited in this cycle, theres need to make transition to continue the story, so we got this goddess saga
A section left me unsatisfied.
The goddess saga formally began with the assassination of Kanon, end with the long awaited concert, the length is more than 70 chapters. With the backdrop of Kanons impending death, the goddess saga cannot be divided into several minor parts, like the runaway spirit section. Because of this, the difficulty of planning and describing is several times bigger. IMO, the integration of the direct clue and the main theme begin to go wrong from here.
In the beginning of the goddess saga, Kanon be stabbed, give Keima a big shock, make him reproached himself for it, think it is his inaction caused this tragedy, decide to do his utmost to redeem it. This beginning is OK, in the direct clue, it introduces the Vintage, the second goddess Apollo, etc. Under it, this beginning pushed Keima forcibly, make him must participate in this struggle of real world unreservedly. From the beginning of the goddess saga, Keima cant play his games anymore, it could be seen as a reflection of his situation. But after this beginning, the cadence of TWGOK begins to get orderless.
Keima changed himself into demon mode, begin his simultaneous conquer, it is undoubtedly logical on the surface, but the Keimas growth plot discontinued from here, the reason is simple, that Keima dont have time to introspection anymore. Under the countdown of Kanons life, he must make an all-out effort to conquer those goddess hosts. And as a result of it, the contact of the main theme and direct clue be cut off from here. In those chapters of Tsukiyo, Yui and Shiori reconquer section, the interaction between Keima and them show no effect on him. This condition continued until the rooftop event, and it is already in the last part of goddess saga.
The rooftop event is fantastic, the human emotion Keima showed here is more than the sum of all chapters before. But the problem of the goddess is still there, Keima still have no time for introspection, so he back to battlefield just after a brief rest, begin the dilatory Ayumi final conquest. From here, even the direct clue begin to go chaos, tons of foreshadowing be arranged everywhere, evoke great expectancy from the readers, but to the end of the goddess saga, the thing they got could only be called an anti-climax ending. However the long disappear main theme suddenly broke out, make Keima shed his first tear. With hindsight, the direct clue of goddess saga is heavy on top and light on the bottom, when the main theme is light on top and heavy on the bottom. In the direct clue, the writer give lots hint foreshadowing, like the internal conflict of hell, the mysterious Demeter, Tenris secret, etc., But none of those got later developments. Maybe the writer could unfold those in the next section, but what is left for the goddess saga? On the main theme, except the beginning, all Keimas growths plot is in the interaction between him and Chihiro, even in the Ayumis final conquest, Ayumi acted like a background plate used to support them, but not a lifelike character. Although the image of Chihiro becomes very solid, but if she is not in the next section after goddess saga, her shine could only make the total structure of TWGOK unbalance. The female characters which Wakaki create are not stereotyped comparatively, but most of them cant compare with Chihiro on the level of stereoscopic now. The balance between female characters is almost non-existent now, whats the purpose of writer to design like this?
About the future developing, I had hoped Wakaki could give Keima some time to rest, have a good sleep, play some games, and engage in his long disappeared introspection. But instead, the writer kicked him into the new advantage immediately
Perhaps how much Keima should grow is not decide, or he wants to destroy Keimas nerve immediately? Looking forward the forthcoming The heart of Jupiter, I only hope there is no direct relationship between Keima and any supernatural being. If it is said that Chihiro have goddess could degrade TWGOK for one level, This kind of thing happened on Keima will not only destroy the future developing, but also depreciate all those wonderful chapters before goddess saga. I guess Wakaki is just trolling, It is not the first time he did that, isnt it?