I was hoping that Kirio would be some kind of genetic experiment to make an Utao look-alike as creepy and disconcerting as possible. It’d make sense considering he appears to be shaded in darker, perpetually wears a smirk of smug evil, and treats Utao like somebody completely inferior to himself. But no, he’s just her twin (Spoiler alert), and the two are in a sort of unknowing competition to control some kind of all powerful super-kakashi that emanates an aura of unspeakable evil.
The inevitable happens after the course of events in the last episode: Utao and Kirio battle it out with their kakashi, with Utao’s taking a battering from beams of lightning and a single arm as she desperately tries to make it survive the onslaught. A crowd of people gathers as Kirio seems to temporarily claim the upper hand, none of them noticing the two twelve year olds straining themselves in the crowds. Or worrying too much about the buildings being demolished right and left. Seriously, these are citizens that would buy that Superman isn’t Superman if he just wore his glasses while flying around doing Superman stuff.
After being all but demolished, Utao sends Kukuri to the forest to recuperate, but not before Kirio catches up and shoots a powerful beam of lightning at it. Kukuri absorbs it though, pulling the standard shounen power-up maneuver straight out of its nonexistent ass, and launches it back at Kirio’s construct, dismembering the arm. Black Keanu takes Kirio away, and the day is saved… with Kukuri severely damaged, of course.
After a brief respite and standard Utao shenanigans, Kyouhei, Utao, and Hibino head to the village to repair Kukuri, putting on their best scowls for the occasion.
On the way there, they run into two villagers who refer to Utao as Utao-sama for being a seki, she gets predictably embarrassed, and we flash to Keiro being beaten by an old priest with a dead eye, before said priest leads black Keanu to provide exposition for the audience that Kirio and Utao are twins who could control kakashi in the womb… and only one is worthy of commanding the mother of all kakashi chained in the basement.
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. As of yet, it’s undetermined whether Aki’s psychopathic tendencies are a result of the village, or were pretty much with him since the beginning. The fact that the seki are only out to reclaim Aki before he can cause more harm does lend credence to the latter, but Kamisama Dolls has proved that not everything in it is so cut and dry.
It was nice seeing a general idea of the hierarchy of the village, with the seki holding a very distinguished place of honor above the rest of the villagers that ends as soon as their seki-ship ends. The town’s cold treatment to Kyouhei because he moved away seems to point to them being mildly xenophobic, or at the very least distrustful of those who move away with no designs on returning. At the end though, the thing that struck me the most was the slight similarity to Evangelion (being of unknown origin tied in the basement). The being itself is different from the rest of the kakashi, in that it actually looks organic while still alien. Instead of being made of wood and flown around using limited mechanical abilities, it seems fully made of flesh.
As for future events, I’d like to see how Kirio plays into things in relation to Aki. The two are of the same mindset, yet are both on different sides. I’d like to see more Aki in general, since he’s the most interesting character in the show, but I guess we can’t all have our way. At this point, my one gripe with Kamisama Dolls is it’s almost halfway through, and it’s still introducing the elements to the story. While this has worked plenty of times before, I can see things getting rushed at the end at this rate, especially from something that hasn’t done a stellar job at setting things up for a big finale, instead choosing on focusing on the little girl that adds nothing by herself.
For the series as a whole, this is the best episode so far. In comparison with other series this season though, it’s nothing special.