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.