In the second episode, I really wanted Godou to beat Erica by punching her lights out. A straight cross to the face. Not because I dislike her (I don't), not because I think she deserved it (I do), but because it would've been funnier
, and her reaction to it would be interesting. But like most people, I love the scene where she told him in no uncertain terms what she felt, and why. Communication for the win.
Mariya is interesting as well. She's at first depicted as your average Shrinking Violet
, but later shows she has quite a bit more character than that. I'd like to see how she turns out later on. I don't think she's holier-than-thou either, considering what she was bitching him out on was dooming the world
. I think she was completely right in calling him out on his lax attitude.
Also, when Godou wanted to let her run away, it was quickly said that it's not necessarily the best choice of action. That's something that often bugs me. The hero doesn't want the girl to get hurt, and would rather risk dooming the world for her safety, which somehow excludes the implication that she won't be very safe at all if the world is doomed. Of course, he still wanted to protect her, but allowing her to do what she can is still far better than how it's usually played out.
Godou himself isn't bad either. Better looking than most harem heroes, and he's not that ass-backwards passive about everything until death (or a girl risks getting a minor cut, take your pick) is on the line and he's tripping over it. But we'll see once the comedy episodes roll out, as they tend to show what's played for tired laughs and what's not.
I like Athena. Well, at least her mature form, as I care little for lolis (well, Shizuku
is at least funny about it). The battle with her was very enjoyable. She doesn't really come off as Evil like the usual opponent who's going to bring doom to the world, but more just being what she is. She's also not very arrogant at all considering her power. But mostly, she just seemed to enjoy fighting with him, despite everything he revealed about her that she didn't like. Fight in noble battle to win and regain her godly powers, or face an honourable defeat. I disagree with her, though. I actually prefer her scythe-wielding Death God
incarnation, as a true nature goddess who deals with both the start and end of life, and the balance thereof. Also, snakes are cute.