Not much can be said about this week’s episode of Kamisama Dolls. It’s not terrible enough to warrant making fun of to an extreme extent, nor is it entertaining or deep enough to write a lengthy, glowing review for. It’s par for the course, minus the two best characters (Aki and Kuuko), so there’s not going to be anything exciting going on past needless exposition and the obligatory Utao victimization scene.
We find out that Kirio was separated from Utao immediately after birth, everyone somehow involved either lacking shits to give or not having any memory of his existence. When Kyouhei finds this out, rather than making good on his questions toward his father and asking those who were present at Utao and Kirio’s birth, he just drops it and goes to meet somebody to have Kukuri repaired.
Thankfully, the person who repairs Kukuri is considerate enough to tell him that Kirio was adopted, and they’re a neutral party and stuff… basically stuff that will hopefully come up later to explain some things. She also took Hibino out back to a grove of trees, that the person equated to the internet in its connection to the surrounding forest and its ability to convey past memories and thoughts to human minds. When an image of a younger Aki flashes in front of Hibino’s eyes, she begins to tear up. Unfortunately, this is the only interesting bit of the first half.
However, it was nice seeing how the kakashi tick underneath their outer shells, which quelled as many mysteries as it raised. I mean how would you look at such a revolting looking paste, know that it has some interaction with human blood, and not think “Wait a minute, something’s amiss here!” However, unlike Mr. Heston, I’m not going to jump to conclusions about its composition. It could a liquefied combination of the Colonel’s seven secret herbs and spices for all I know.
It was also interesting seeing Hibino get some development that wasn’t of a mammary-related nature. Even knowing that she was about to be dropped to her death when Utao temporarily lost focus over Kukuri, likely naked except for a bra, she brushed it off as soon as they slowly touched ground. She knows that she’s in deep already, and backing out at this point would leave the show without its only two regular sweater melons. I can’t say I’d take the same choice, but I haven’t been threatened by a long plummet to the ground in quite some time.
The village is one steeped in deep tradition, where the elders have an unreasonable amount of influence over the lives of those below them, apparently also having the authority to snatch a family’s child away after birth. Seki, as stated in my last Kamisama Dolls post, also have sizeable clout, though more as objects of respect than authority. The highest echelon comprise of the Elders, who handle the practical affairs, and the Seki, who control the kakashi for still unknown reasons. And everyone else falls below, bowing to both of their whims when seen fit.
And once again, this episode closes with no Aki, just a few brief mentions in passing and a vision of him standing with a dog on a leash.
If it seems like I was grasping at points to cover earlier, it’s because I was. Out of all the shows that have aired so far this week (That I blog anyway), this is the one that I have the least to say in regards to plot and character. The only bit where it remotely sets itself apart is the setting, especially in the small yet suspicious village. The kakashi also look a lot less trustworthy, being apparently made of some kind of suspicious substance applied to oddly carved wood mechanisms. A sense of how ancient the kakashi are would make things interesting, or at least an idea of just what their purpose really is beyond defense. However, if anything can be praised, it’s the spare bit of interesting development subtly brought forward.
To wrap things up, nothing of consequence happened this episode beyond raising a few very good questions about Hibino’s mental wellbeing and just how legitimate the “resins” for the kakashi really are, and hopefully the next episode will be something other than more exposition.