「故郷へ・・・」 (Furusato e…)
Well then. Let’s just ignore what I said last time about Utao having no chance against Kirio. I was calling out from the sidelines for a Seki change after seeing Kukuri get electrocuted repeatedly by Takemikazuchi, but then an inexplicable reversal comes out of nowhere just to prove me wrong. This seems to be happening a lot lately.
I’m not too sure if I was supposed to be amused or excited about a big Kakashi battle over Tokyo, since there were plenty of comedic moments. It all started with Utao getting her priorities right (I think…) and separating Kyouhei from Hibino, counteracting the cool moment when he instinctively shielded her. Things then quickly shifted to a lot of yelling on Kyouhei’s part because they were cornered and then back to a humorous side when Utao couldn’t tell right from left. Then there was the tear drop on Kukuri, which added to the constant flipping between cool and funny during the first half. I was definitely entertained and could even understand Kyouhei’s anger when Utao didn’t just dismiss Kukuri, but I couldn’t really tell you what my predominant emotion was for all the action. I definitely felt bad for Kukuri, but they threw a real wrench in it when Utao broke down in tears. The end result was a roller coaster ride of emotions that came to a grinding halt — all in one episode. It sure made for some damn good entertainment though.
This was definitely the most exciting episode to date, plus it came with a lot of added development with the introduction of Hyuuga’s current family head, Sahei (Shibata Hidekatsu), his mistress Ayame (Kuwatani Natsuko), and of course, the sinister-looking Kakashi that no Seki can currently handle, Amaterasu (which Naruto fans will say should be in the hands of the Uchiha clan and not the Hyuuga). Mention of how Utao and Kirio could communicate with Kakashi while they were still in their mother’s womb and how they were perceived to be the ultimate Seki was interesting as well, since it suggested that one of them might be trying to control Amaterasu later on. What was weird was how all of the stuff that finally got me excited about Kami-sama Dolls didn’t have anything to do with Aki. The recurring appearance of his character didn’t really add anything new in the past few episodes, whereas Kyouhei’s return to his home town village of Karakami provided a better idea of their roots and even hinted at the possibility that Sahei set Aki free. I’ve been holding out for more story regarding Karakami village and the secrets its harboring — including Utao’s birth — so it’s great to see that it’s finally headed that way.
All the while, I’m enjoying the lighthearted aspect of the series a fair bit and how it’s injected fairly regularly even when I least expect it. It looks like that trend will continue next time as well, even though Kyouhei, Utao, and Hibino originally went to the village to try and get Kukuri repaired. “Utao-sama” seems pretty popular wherever she goes and Hibino might even have a rival of sorts. Let’s just hope her top stays on when Kyouhei’s hanging onto it. Or should I say, let’s hope her top doesn’t stay on…? I’ll let you guys decide.
Fast-lipped Fukuen Misato is pretty amusing to listen to when she goes from “Takemikazuchi iya” to “Kukuri suki” and then “Beam Beam!” crazy.