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「ヘルマ」 (Heruma)
“Helma”

As unusual as it may sound, there’s a lot happening every episode, but I still haven’t gotten into the story about a small village and its mysterious god-like dolls. I’m not the least bit disappointed about Aki escaping again, Kuuko butting her head into things, and Koushirou/Kirio showing up, but I’ve never really felt compelled to say anything about what’s going on either. There’s a very unassuming manner that Kami-sama Dolls is unfolding so far. All the early foreshadowing was open to some speculation and since then, there hasn’t been too much that warrants discussion.

In this particular episode, Kirio implied that he’s Utao’s twin brother and has been kept a secret by the Hyuuga family, which was supported by the fact that he’s listed as “Hyuuga Kirio” in the credits. Kyouhei gave Aki a complete thrashing in response to his comment about how Hibino looks like their teacher, Senou Chihaya (Nabei Makiko, again from the credits), suggesting that she’s been killed and that Kyouhei was really attached to her. There wasn’t really any other way to interpret those scenes from my perspective, since they weren’t overly ambiguous to begin with. So far, the show has down an excellent job at making every development crystal clear — to the point that the plot is coming off fairly straightforward. Is that necessary a bad thing? I don’t think so, but the seemingly lack of depth does make it harder to get absorbed in what the characters are going through and wanting to see what happens next. Without anything grabbing my interest, I’m mostly watching with a “wait and see” mentality and no real anticipation. It’s definitely not the first time I’ve approached a series like that though, hence why I don’t consider it a knock on Kami-sama Dolls.

To the show’s credit, it re-sparked some of my interest in the characters themselves, such as Kyouhei after he completely snapped and Aki reveled in his violent response — progress toward bringing out Kyouhei’s “true” nature. Kuuko’s obsession with Kakashi also led to some amusing moments when she was paired up with Aki. Then there’s Utao, who didn’t really have anything to do with the main story between Kyouhei and Aki other than being current Seki of Kukuri, but now has her own adversary of sorts in Kirio. In terms of development, the one thing that does throw me off is how most of the aggression’s been coming from everyone but Aki, making it hard to perceive him as an antagonist at all. Koushirou is hunting him with Uwazutsu, Kuuko is electrocuting him with a taser, and Kyouhei is pounding his face in. All of that leaves me with a false sense of security whenever Aki’s around the main characters, in that it never feels like he’s going to kill any of them. My view on certain aspects have been completely turned upside-down, like when Aki was stripped and tied up, and Utao gave the scariest look in the entire episode.

Odds are Utao’s well out of her league against Kirio’s Takemikazuchi though. I get the feeling their fight will conclude fairly quickly, which makes me wonder what Kyouhei would be able to do if he took Kukuri back. The likelihood of that happening is probably slim to none, since Utao wouldn’t have any reason to be around anymore and that wouldn’t be any fun.

 

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July 27, 2011 at 12:40 am
62 comments »
  • July 27, 2011 at 12:49 amStranger

    People joke about anime tits all the time- but Hibino’s are honestly rather distracting to the story. They’re just really out of place considering everything else that’s going on.

    I still like this show (and the OP/ED themes are my favourites this season) but- holy christ those friggin’ tits.

    • July 27, 2011 at 2:08 amShadiic

      Watch Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san ep 1 if you want to see rediculusly sized breasts that are not even distracting, but down right creepy XD

      • July 27, 2011 at 3:51 amx

        Well, that show is supposed to be creepy. This OTOH is just out of place.

      • July 28, 2011 at 12:58 amlkaze

        @Shadiic
        Thanks for sharing

        @x

        It not creeping at all

        M-counter:7,8

    • July 27, 2011 at 11:01 amznail

      I am a bit surprised about how many seems focused on breast size.
      If you don’t like large breasts, shouldn’t it be easy to ignore it then?

      • July 27, 2011 at 11:19 amRickyMack

        I’d say if you dislike it it would be even more difficult to ignore. I’d compare it to Austin powers three and the mole scene with Fred savage.

      • July 27, 2011 at 12:12 pmznail

        I guess you got a point if you consider large breast horribly disgusting. I just find that a bit strange and shallow. I can understand a preference, but that is something else then considering the rest disgusting. It’s like calling black haired girls disgusting as you like blondes.

      • July 27, 2011 at 5:40 pmStranger

        I never stated that I don’t like them- just distracting given their size.

        In a show like Seikon no Qwaser, they’d be a given- and I wouldn’t think any more of it.

        But here, they’re just- well- distracting.

      • July 28, 2011 at 12:40 amlkaze

        @znail

        You can’t really blame them for focusing on breast size.Show Spoiler ▼

        It took up almost the whole screen. Beside it not like they don’t like it, it because they like it that they all comment about it including me.

        Although in my case, I seem to be having more fun here than watching the show.

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      • July 28, 2011 at 1:01 amlkaze

        @RickyMack
        My advise “don’t ignore it. If you can’t fight them, join them ”

        @znail
        I agree with you, I love you man

        @stranger

        A distraction once a day keep your heart attack away
        Advice on health

        M-counter:9,10,11

    • July 27, 2011 at 9:20 pmreminbee

      I also think they’re poorly drawn a lot of the time, which adds to the distraction factor. I’ll all for well drawn breasts of any size, but hers are not.

      • July 28, 2011 at 1:02 amlkaze

        if you compare this to Manyuu. This is heaven

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    • July 28, 2011 at 12:32 amlkaze

      I totally agree with Stranger. I know sometime fanservice is necessary but can’t they decide whether they want it to be fanservice filled, moe-cuteness filled(utae) or action filled

      Project started:
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  • July 27, 2011 at 1:13 amObsidianTK

    As much as I’m really enjoying this show… Honestly, I could watch a show that was just about Utao waiting tables and being cute, and be just as happy. There should be laws against that absurd level of cuteness.

  • July 27, 2011 at 1:17 amNhelraios

    Ugh poor Aki, he didn’t even fought back when Aki beat him. I remember someone speculating that it’d be interesting if Aki’s actually the good guy and Kuga’s the…nah doubt it.

    Also Divine just in case you didn’t notice, the ED changed a bit with Kirio’s shaded part being revealed. I really like the short skits at the end lol.

    • July 27, 2011 at 1:20 amNhelraios

      I meant Kyouhei. damn Im getting the names mixed up again lol

    • July 27, 2011 at 2:29 amDivine

      Nice catch. It looks like Mahiru will be the next one to be revealed.

  • July 27, 2011 at 1:24 amJustin

    Hmm… It was odd that Kirio said “I’m your Seki” to Utao. Maybe it was just a play on words?

    • July 27, 2011 at 4:23 pmUnknownVoid

      I am really interested in that point as well. Like Divine said, the general lack of depth so far has me searching for it wherever I can find it and that was one such place. I don’t quite know how to interpret the comment yet, but it would be a reason for Kyouhei to reattain Kukuri if Utao was actually involved with her twin not as a twin but more as a Seki. Still, seems a bit too farfetched as anything more than an analogy, but we’ll see.

  • July 27, 2011 at 1:31 amewok40k

    ahahaha @ Kuuko tormenting Aki… pure win. And he gets back to her! Considering his beating at Kyouhei’s hands, can be a secret M at heart?

  • July 27, 2011 at 1:43 amRyuuzaki21

    at hibino’s annoying breast size: everything that is too much is bad! :)

    • July 28, 2011 at 12:42 amlkaze

      OBJECTION!!

      M-counter :3

  • July 27, 2011 at 2:27 amdeafvader

    “which makes me wondering what Kyouhei ”
    you meant wonder. and disagree that Utao would be Kukuri’s Seki for long. How can the main protag impress and get the girl when he does not have his own Robot. Look at Gundam and star driver, the guys have girls who likes them but they all need the dam robot if they wanna get the female lead to fall for them.
    Divine, I feel your talent is wasted blogging this series.

  • July 27, 2011 at 2:32 ambaubo

    FWIW, the manga Hibino has pretty regular sized boobs.

    3 volumes into the manga, 4 episodes into the anime, and I still don’t know what to make of the premise. It seems to be a little of everything. Unfortunately I liked the light-hearted part of the story more, but the direction seems to be more towards a darker path.

    • July 27, 2011 at 2:40 amdeafvader

      that’s the reason i dropped the manga. y am i watching the anime? Divine is blogging it.

      • July 27, 2011 at 3:05 ambaubo

        That’s not good. I don’t need another mecha-esque manga/anime. I much prefer a mystery/slice-of-life feel to the storyline. :(

      • July 28, 2011 at 12:45 amlkaze

        I heard that there were bathing scene skip in the anime, but not sure.

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    • July 27, 2011 at 3:43 amObsidianTK

      Manga Hibino’s breasts are weirdly inconsistent — they’re not always ginormous, just most of the time.

      I went to check the manga just to refresh my memory, and for example, during the first 5 pages of chapter 4, they go from tiny to watermelons and back about 3 times.

      • July 27, 2011 at 9:41 pmTheM0onDOgg

        Like, wow! Your right! Maybe the artist don’t know how to draw monster boobs in different angles.

      • July 28, 2011 at 12:48 amlkaze

        …Somehow this comment [from tiny to watermelons and back about 3 times.] pique my interest to read the manga. Am I a pervert?

        M-counter :5

    • July 28, 2011 at 12:44 amlkaze

      I can see why more and more people watch anime more compare to manga these day.

      M-counter:4

  • July 27, 2011 at 2:46 amFling

    Just when I thought the protagonist wouldn’t enter the bathroom… Guess it’s an irrefutable law of anime.

    Kyouhei’s anger is probably justified but like a somewhat forced attempt to show his other side to Hibino.

  • July 27, 2011 at 5:19 amFlamingYu

    Takemikazuchi’s tune goes “heheheheheHe~…kikikikikiKi~”??
    kinda funny.

    • July 28, 2011 at 9:53 pmTheM0onDOgg

      Nope.jpg

      It’s a sign of insanity and trollage.

  • July 27, 2011 at 6:09 amKarmafan

    I’m guessing the Hyuuga clan are the bad guys here and they are gonna try and wipe out Kyouhi’s clan.

  • July 27, 2011 at 7:04 amBass.EXE

    I hope there will be some giant Doll battle where everyone’s little tune is going at the same time, harmonizing with each other and making a cool song throughout the whole battle.

  • July 27, 2011 at 8:31 amTez

    Anyone else think Takemikazuchi is the seki from the opening scene?

    • July 27, 2011 at 8:44 amTez

      I meant the flashback opening scene of the series

  • July 27, 2011 at 8:55 amAex

    I kinda want Aki to kill Kuuko, for two reasons. 1) It would be an actually unexpected twist, unlike the rest of the show. 2) She’s really friggen annoying.

    • July 27, 2011 at 9:14 amBlue

      I’m agreeing with this sentiment. I think Kuuko sort of turns Aki into a fool, which is totally degrading to his antagonist status. Also, I’m dreading a them pulling of a I’m a bastard-but-I-care-about-this-one-person-who-humanises-me (Kuuko) cliche

      • July 27, 2011 at 10:21 amewok40k

        I am actually concerned about the pair making themselves mutually more malicious (MMM)…

    • July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pmAex

      @ewok40k – I know! Kuuko talking about using Hibino to lure out Aki… the hell kind of friend is that?! Putting two crazy, selfish, possibly psychotic people together will only lead to bad thing. VERY BAD THINGS!!

      • July 27, 2011 at 2:59 pmObsidianTK

        If by “very bad,” you mean “very awesome,” then I agree completely :D

      • July 28, 2011 at 12:52 amlkaze

        According to your opinion, why does Kuuko think Hibino is able to lure out Aki?

      • July 28, 2011 at 10:35 pmAex

        @Ikaze: dunno, but when Aki escapes Kuuko says something about how Kyouhei and Hibino seem to know him, so maybe she could use Hibino to catch Aki again.

    • July 27, 2011 at 6:03 pmTheM0onDOgg

      Not happening. And the Light Novel proves it.

      And “Yeah” to all who ships AkiXKuuko. Insane Battle couple anyone?

    • July 27, 2011 at 10:55 pmewok40k

      while YMMV the potential is there for much funny situations, as already proved by tied up Aki , BB bullets crazy Kuuko, her stun device comment about setting too low voltage… they are both crazy psychos, and If they pair up they have some very nasty potential… but at the same time excellent black comedy potential. Because you cant spell slaughter without laughter!

      • July 28, 2011 at 9:49 pmTheM0onDOgg

        Just imagining the two wreak havoc in what supposed to be a peaceful anime about cutting ties with the past, humongous mecha and love is just awesome. I’m just watching this show just so I can see some mayhem.

        That… and see how big can the artist draw the melon boobs.

  • July 27, 2011 at 12:01 pminnerchihiro

    I agree this is a wait and see kind of show, so it just depends how well executed it is to keep me watching it. Utao’s fight was really cool imo, so I’m gonna keep watching.
    And seriously, we’re four episodes in and people are still exclaiming over Hibino’s boobs? Yeah, they’re huge, but honestly, is that a surprise in anime??

    • July 28, 2011 at 12:50 amlkaze

      I believe we already far past the stage of exclaiming and now we are examining Hibino’s breast. To each their own past time.

      M-counter: 6

  • July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pmJamie

    Aki is such a sexy beast *goes into fujoshi mode*
    Thanks for the screen caps, Divine and I say this for all your female readers :3

  • July 27, 2011 at 5:17 pmOther

    “In terms of development, the one thing that does throw me off is how most of the aggression’s been coming from everyone but Aki, making it hard to perceive him as an antagonist at all.”

    Remember, Aki’s still very much an antagonist. He murdered that guy in the elevator, the two truck drivers and he implied he killed some kids when he spoke to Kyouhei last episode. He probably would have killed Kuuko too had she not tased him.

    • July 28, 2011 at 12:12 amDivine

      Yeah, I realize that, hence why I added “around the main characters”. If he wanted to kill Kuuko, he could’ve done so right away instead of just pinning her to the ground.

  • July 27, 2011 at 9:17 pmreminbee

    OH MR. AKI OH haha, thanks for the large shots. I was about to drop Kamisama Dolls, but the plot suddenly got a bit more intriguing (also Aki), so I think I’ll keep with it for a bit.

  • July 27, 2011 at 9:26 pmxcswmboy

    My current theory is: Aki went on rampage, Kyohei shot a BEAM with Kukuri, Sensei blocks Aki and gets killed, Kyohei gets emo and leaves. end theory.

    Next episode should be a good fight.

  • July 28, 2011 at 10:34 amluis

    Next episode should be a good fight.

    • July 28, 2011 at 9:50 pmTheM0onDOgg

      Next episode is a good fight… as mecha fights go.

  • July 28, 2011 at 9:56 pmTheM0onDOgg

    Large 32… The sign of epic fail at mecha fights. I have seen tons of characters lose their cool and lose.

  • July 28, 2011 at 11:20 pmFencedude

    As a general rule, if something is named “Takemikazuchi” its going to be ridiculously overpowered.

    I really don’t give a shit about Aki one way or another, but Kirio needs his face pounded in.

    • July 28, 2011 at 11:34 pmewok40k

      quote:As a general rule, if something is named “Takemikazuchi” its going to be ridiculously overpowered.

      Sora no woto anyone? :P
      hmm, can it be new anime rule?

      considering who was orignal nameholder:
      http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Take-Mikazuchi
      yep, anything that was named thunder god and invented sumo would be considered badass…

  • July 30, 2011 at 2:43 pmGrant

    It’s kinda boring how easily Utao gets beaten by…pretty much everyone.

    Aside from that I feel no reason to be reassured by Aki or feel sorry for him at all. He’s a confessed murderer that apparently kills for the lulz. Just because we haven’t actually seen him kill someone close to the protagonist doesn’t mean he isn’t a criminal. Of course out of the entire cast Kyohei and Utao seem to be the closest to protagonists (or at least fun).

  • July 30, 2011 at 7:25 pmlkaze

    Project end.
    Excluding my comment which is 12 comment. There are exactly 50 comment made. 15 were regarding about Hibino’s breast.

    15/50×100% = 30% (REAL RESULT)

    Including my comment
    27/62×100% = 43.54%

    As of 31 July 2011, 43.54% of the comment made were about Hibino’s breast. Previous result is 32.76%, this bring an improvement of 10.78% increase of people commenting on the breast while the total comment remain about the same.

    Next project will proceed in silent in order to filter out my own bias comment in it. If the project can be started.