Kamisama Dolls has been the perennial underdog of the season, and for a great number of reasons. When it does finally have something somewhat intriguing, it’s balanced by half an episode of Utao just being clumsy, because obviously that’s what we came into a show about murder and fighting constructs to see.
Leaving off from the previous episode, Aki faces off with black Keanu on the rooftop, before pulling back and landing in a pile of trash. He’s chased by Keanu’s kakashi until he comes across Kuuko, who he throws his jacket on to distract the kakashi long enough for him to sneak up on Keanu again and attack. However, before Aki can land the killing blow, a third doll blocks his and sends him rolling down to the ground below, where Kuuko brings him home to interrogate him.
When Utao and Hibino return from their ill fated expedition with Utao’s kakashi, they scrub it clean before taking a bath. Kyouhei walks in on them, oddly enough not bearing the marks of any slaps or insults afterward. Still, fucking awkward.
Aki comes to in Kuuko’s apartment, sitting in his boxers in a pile of filth. Kuuko attempts to interrogate him about the kakushi before being taken hostage. She worms her way out and runs outside, at about the time that Hibino and co. show up. Kyouhei and Aki fight for a brief second before Aki jumps off the railing, splitting the group up to search for him. Kuuko heads back into her apartment to see Aki already there, leaving her in a bind.
While looking for Aki, Utao finds the child who helped black Keanu earlier, who it turns out, is Utao’s long lost twin… or clone… or something. The two duke it out with their kakashi before Utao beats a retreat to where Kyouhei and Hibino are developing their relationship, Bizarro-Utao hot on her tail, ending the episode.
As far as plot turns go, Kamisama Dolls is anywhere between ushering them in from another dimension and left field, or another dimension in left field. I mean yeah, we all knew the village was up to no good, but the idea of an evil twin/clone… might’ve been hinted at (I’ll admit, I’m not terribly observant during this, so feel free to point out any hints I might’ve missed in the comments). If not, it was one of the weirdest, most phoned in plot twists to come about in quite awhile. If it leads to somewhere interesting, great, but it had better not take the Deadman Wonderland route of introducing it before cancelling it out with something totally arbitrary.
The way Bizarro-Utao referred to Utao as the kakashi to his/her seki was just a little weird for my taste, as well as the extent that Kuuko went to interrogate Aki, knowing full well the potential that he has. There are more than a few people unhinged in this show, and while that’s entertaining, it’s a little disconcerting for the rest of the cast involved.
As usual, it’s a visually blasé affair with only occasionally hiccups, and it’s nothing that will wow anyone over artistically. Dedicating half the episode to Utao didn’t work out before, so it’s refreshing that they’re gradually shifting attention away from her as time goes on. However, I can’t say I’m pleased with the result so far. It’s not necessarily terrible, but it does still feel inconsequential. Even though Aki’s acting a little less psychotic, it doesn’t really feel like anything of worth is happening.
I’m loving the OP and ED animations still and… I think that’s it. Oh, and there’s fanservice for both the menfolk and ladies, so there really isn’t anything to dislike on that front for either party, especially since it’s not gratuitous. I’m struggling to fulfill my usual 600+ word count, simply because there isn’t much more to say about Kamisama Dolls. If you liked the previous episodes, you’ll like this one. If not, this won’t change your mind.