Eight episodes in, Kamisama Dolls has only accomplished three things of note: Making a dark tragic back story hilarious, having Hibino distract the viewer with her ample boobage, and giving Utao the creepiest smile to ever be bestowed on a young’n. There isn’t anything redeeming plot or character-wise, the only interesting person being the villain who’s not even around half the time. The second interesting person hasn’t been seen for at least four episodes, and even then she’s only interesting when compared to the main trio. Really, that is akin to winning a fight against a preschooler who refuses to attempt to fight back or move in any way.
Anyway, we have two definite parts with a vague connection, an attempt at serious drama that ends up extremely silly, and the long awaited return of Aki. To say it in a more pithy and succinct way, it takes this line from the Iron Giant (Turn up your speakers to hear it)
And tries to make that a central point in Utao’s struggle to keep Kukuri from doing anything harmful to those around it. For those of you who haven’t watched the movie yet, the namesake is a pacifist robot sent to Earth from space who befriends a young boy. When the government attempts to take it away, it turns into a powerful weapon, before being defused by the boy and swearing not to use violence again. It’s a surprisingly excellent movie, with a true tearjerker of an ending.
I suppose Aki’s supposed to act as a counterpoint, someone who’s only used the kakashi as tools of murder, but none of this succeeds in doing anything but either boring the audience or actually making them want Utao shenanigans. The struggle actually isn’t that bad, but Kamisama Dolls fails so horribly in one regard that it’s almost entirely inexcusable. By not giving Aki and his psychopathic nature enough focus, it doesn’t really know what it wants to be.
Tl;dr: Not a great episode, prepare to be underwhelmed. Also, the Iron Giant’s an awesome movie, watch that instead.