Kamisama Dolls Episode 5
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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: Picking right where the last episode left off, Utao, Kyouhei and Boobino are confronted by a male version of Utao (Kirio) and his kakashi doll, which battles it out with Kukuri. They take a beating as Kukuri is damaged, but they are saved when Kyoushiro makes an appearance, much to Kyouhei’s surprise, and totes Kirio away. Despondent and confused, they decide to make a trip to the village, the only place where Kukuri can be repaired and to find some answers — but it certainly is not going to be a happy homecoming.
My Impressions: Ah, what can I say? It’s not the greatest show in the world, but it continues to entertain. And the story is progressing at a pretty solid clip, rather than mope around and rehash the same plot points over and over again we have one (or two or three or four) new things popping up each episode.
And frankly, I like how Kamisama Dolls is building up the characters of both Kyouhei and Utao. Kyouhei is hardly your cookie-cutter protagonist, there is clearly a dark, emotional scar that he is hiding; nor is he the perfect brother towards Utao. She, for her part, is trying her hardest to live up to her charge, as well as to please her brother but her inexperience gets the best of her each time. Now the story progresses to the village, which is the one place that Kyouhei definitely does not want to go, so that should be interesting.
Plus we still have the mystery of twin (clone?) Kirio, and the rival clan, and the true nature of the kakashi dolls as vessels for gods. The ending with a glimpse of the dormant Amaterasu, who is one of the most powerful gods in Japanese lore. Hmmmm.
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Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I officially really like this show. It’s smart but doesn’t make you think too much, keeps it’s mysteries but not so much that you’re clueless about what’s developing. And, critically, something both interesting and important seems to happen every week.” – Lost in America
- “There’s still a large amount of factors still unknown, and because of this the intrigue keeps building atop each other. There were some brief moments of bonding between Utao and Kyouhei here, but I wonder how long their relationship could last under all this pressure from ongoing events around them.” – Emory Anime Club
- “Kyohei is such an interesting character after all, he was powerful that is certain, he was a seki and defeated some terrible stuff in the past, but as we have seen when Aki was threatening Hibino, Kyohei still has this insane rage boiling in his blood. I want to see him lose control and become an abomination, I want to see the world burn under his feet, I want to see a main character that will destroy every norm and commit atrocities everywhere he goes.” – Angry Anime Bitches
- “While the last episode was a somewhat disjointed affair that made very little progress superficially, this one flowed nicely and led to the characters actually heading somewhere conducive to the plot; the home village.” – Shinde Iie