After the bizarre intrigue regarding the possibly dark secret of the village that Kyouhei moved away and Aki escaped from, Kamisama Dolls set itself up for a mystery thriller plot that immediately got derailed the following episode to allow for exposition. I’m not complaining, respites like this are necessary from time to time in order to allow the audience to absorb as much information as possible. Unfortunately, that also means they stuck in some half assed comedy and romance. But enough griping, let’s move on to what the episode was about.
The episode opens with a flashback, showing Utao gaining ownership over her doll. Fast forward to the present, and at a crystal clear lake. Utao’s doll flying nimbly above the surface, the little girl concentrating to keep it airborne. Kyouhei and Hibino watch, Hibino impressed at Utao’s prowess in keeping the construct afloat. When she compliments Utao on it, Utao’s focus wavers and the doll crashes.
Kyouhei scolds her on this, and the three break for lunch before continuing with Utao’s training. It’s also here that we learn that Kyouhei used to control the doll before Utao, but was dismissed from the job when he didn’t prove able enough.
Meanwhile, across the lake, two members of the science club are having a scuffle that end in a blown up clubhouse and the two members trapped in a car. Utao uses her doll’s powers to rescue the two and bring them to safety.
The next day, Hibino and Kyouhei eat in the cafeteria when the girl that Utao saved comes over and greets them. She gets suspicious when the two bring up the clubhouse incident when word hadn’t necessarily gotten around the school, this scene establishing a possible nuisance for the three as Utao trains herself.
At the same time, Utao is playing video games with her doll before coming down to work in Hibino’s father’s shop. When Hibino and Kyouhei return home, Kyouhei informs her of the doll’s irresponsible power, and the real reason why he stopped controlling it. It was him trying to stop Aki from massacring the village population even more during a brutal rampage, with him causing more damage than he intended. Thus ends our sad tale for another episode.
Well, a wind down episode was inevitable. With all the less than stellar comedy and out of place romantic awkwardness between Kyouhei and Hibino, it was an episode that failed to impress but in the end got the job done of telling how close the relationship is between Kyouhei and Utao (A little uncomfortable to watch, so quite close) and why Kyouhei stopped controlling the doll now under Utao’s wing. It was clumsy, like that previous sentence, but nobody’s anticipating perfection from this show.
After last week’s curiosity piquing first episode, I admit it’s a little hard to consider this on the same level of quality. I was fed up with the romantic comedy antics by the end of it, but it was mostly watchable. Patience will be required with the series, and I can only hope that it pays off.