Kamisama Dolls Episode 3
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Series Premise: Kamisama Dolls is a weekly televised anime series started in July 2011, based on an action series by Hajime Yamamura. Billed as “Girl Meets God”, Kyouhei has moved away from his small village to start a new life away from the obligations and traumatic events of his past, shunning a life where he was the one of the masters of a powerful “god” in the form of a summoned “Doll”. But when his younger sister shows up at his doorstep following a grisly murder, he soon finds he cannot run from his past.
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Episode Summary: Aki escapes from his capture and returns as a fugitive to the city. Utao is completely cute and clumsily useless working part-time at the cafe, is relentlessly teased by Hibino’s friends, and Hibino takes her out for the day where she uses the opportunity to train with her Kukuri. Aki finds Kyouhei and needles him about their past, but they are interrupted by another kakashi-user who crashes the party, sending Aki fleeing. Kuuko finds Aki unconscious after a battle, and drags him away.
My Impressions: **HEAVY SIGH** It seems like Kamisama Dolls is another one of those shows that can’t quite decide whether it wants to be a comedy or wants to be a serious drama. So, instead of picking one side or the other, or melding the two together, it decides to be both a comedy and a drama…only not at the same time. I find it aggravatingly incongruous.
We have several minutes of Utao doing the “Dawwwwww look at how totally cute she is…especially when she’s mad!” schtick, as she runs the gamut of excessively rubbery facial expressions in her rollercoaster reactions between the attention of Boobino and her friend. Given the rather bloody and violent start of Kamisama Dolls, it seemed quite out of place, even as a comedic interlude. If anything, we see that she’s still just a little girl, not only in her reactions at the cafe but also in her control over the kakashi. Raw talent, sure, but not the skills to control it yet.
This is followed by a rather tense and serious confrontation between Kyouhei and Aki, as the two “old friends” meet after several years, and Kyouhei is having none of it, even if he is powerless to drive Aki away. Although a new thought has now entered my mind, concerning just how psychotic and crazy Aki really is. The traumatic flashback sequence they keep replaying (okay, okay, we get it already!) is a bit ambiguous. And I’m wondering if the destruction was not at the hands of Aki…but at the hands of Kyouhei. Totally speculating here, but *that* would be an interesting twist, and would definitely give a strong reason for Kyouhei to abandon his powers and his past.
Then there’s the introduction of a new strongman, dunno where he stands, or his enigmatic child partner towards the end. And we have the return of Ms. Comedic Relief, Kuuko, the wild card to throw off the balance in the next episode, I’m sure.
Oh, and I know I mentioned this last time, but I’ll repeat it here: Boobino (aka Hibino) is distracting as fuck. Did they really need to give her such…huge tracts of land? Sure, as I’ve said before, I’m as much a fan of overdeveloped knockers as any red-blooded male, but for some reason when it comes to this show, Boobino’s assets seem to take over the screen (perhaps it’s the way they are finding ways to feature them at every opportunity), and it’s an unnecessary distraction from whatever story they are trying to tell, or conversation they are trying to have. Is it enough to get me to stop watching? Nope. But it’s a detraction the show could do without.
The verdict: …but just barely, it’s on the bubble.
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- If you like this, you might also like: Darker Than Black, and maybe Ookami Kakushi.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- And now, your Moment of Zen: “Lesson of the Episode: Don’t assume that Japan employs reliable and competant truck drivers, it may cost you your life. Rather stay at home and eat some cake.” – Bokutachi no Blog
- Emory Anime Club spot-on matches my opinion on the matter, worth reading in full: “Well, this episode blatantly shows the few things I was worried about with Kamisama dolls, which isn’t exactly the best sign. I do think I remembered mentioning this earlier, but this series does try to maintain a sense of balance between the serious stuff, and some silly slice of life…The conflict itself is still completely shrouded in mystery, but what’s bugging me here is that the show is purposely hiding information away from the viewers.” – Emory Anime Club
- “To anybody who thinks that they might drop this show, this episode won’t change your minds. It’s burdened with the same problems that Episode 2 has, except it doesn’t even have the level of exposition during these pointless scenes to justify having them in as anything but filler.” – Shinde Iie
- “Not a huge amount of progress here, but more stage dressing that’s important to build up the characters and connections.” – The Fandom Post
- “Things are getting interesting. As you would expect with Brains Base, the plot takes unexpected turns and characters you wouldn’t have thought end up being thrown together. Kyohei’s still very much in the grey area, so it’s good to have action being stirred up by the other characters…I do have to take some things with a grain of salt sometimes though. Aki’s behavior can be so over the top and hilarious to take his threat level seriously. And Hibino’s giant boobs that are never mentioned are so out of place it just cracks me up.” – Metanorn
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Mawaru Penguin Drum, Kamisama Dolls
Thumbs-down for Round Three: None yet.
Coming up next: No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop