OP: 「不完全燃焼」 (Fukanzen Nenshou) by 石川智晶 (Ishikawa Chiaki)
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「美姫、繚乱」 (Biki, Ryouran)
“The Beautiful Maiden Arrives”
As sadistic as it sounds, Mahiru turned out to be all kinds of batshit insane yet I actually liked her more because of it. Hanazawa Kana in a psychotic role is uncharted seiyuu territory that’s definitely worth exploring further. Her portrayal of Mahiru reminded me of Rana Linchen in FREEZING except crazier — so much crazier that she made Aki look like a calm and composed individual in comparison. She seemed pretty intent on killing everyone except Kyouhei just for getting on her bad side. That hissy fit she threw was kind of scary, but watching her stake her claim on Kyouhei, call out Utao for being brocon, and smack her away was rather amusing. I was quite impressed by how they were able to inject some lighthearted moments while still maintaining a fairly serious air. That was true even after the fact, when Utao was dwelling over the fallout with Kirio over Mahiru.
The introduction of Diet member and Karakama representative Hirashiro Takeshi (Horiuchi Kenyuu) put a new perspective on everything that’s happened up until now, from Aki’s release to aspirations of usurping both the Kuga and Hyuuga families. I more or less pinned Sahei as the ultimate antagonist after learning that he’s harboring Amaterasu, and while I still feel that’s the case, Hirashiro’s involvement suggests that Kyouhei and the others are going to have to jump through some more hoops before getting there. It definitely adds a nice dimension to the plot, even though I’m skeptical as to whether the series will have enough time to adapt it properly with so few episodes remaining.
Offsetting that thought was the flashback to Kyouhei, Aki, and Mahiru’s childhood, which proved to be another series defining moment just like the one about Chihaya. It finally shed some light on the horrific scenes we’ve been shown glimpses of, and showed the mistreatment Mahiru received back, which is one of the main reasons why I’m so forgiving of her arrogance now. In the latter case, it was awfully cute seeing her break down in tears while Aki was threatening her, plus how she innocently developed feelings for Kyouhei. (Granted, it’s not really hard for Kyouhei to pick up girls when Aki’s his wingman and makes him look like a saint.)
In case there’s any doubt, the mind-eating Kakashi that they stumbled upon was none other than Amaterasu. The depiction of Kyouhei, Aki, and Mahiru’s struggle against that monster was intense, and the overwhelming fear they felt left me wondering how they aren’t completely traumatized by such that experience. Quite frankly, I’m really surprised Kyouhei isn’t more like Aki and Mahiru after learning what he went through. It does however give new meaning on why Aki and Mahiru are so partial towards Kyouhei. I’m also more understanding as to how they are now, and why Kyouhei wanted to leave the village. The incident with Chihaya was just the nail in the coffin for him.
Anyway, Kyouhei presumably destroyed Amaterasu by opening Kukuri’s left hand, but it obviously survived and was secretly taken in by Sahei at some point, so I suspect that the story is gearing up towards another encounter with Amaterasu where Kyouhei takes control of Kukuri again. After seeing how dangerous Mahiru is with Magatsuhi, I’d really love to see the three of them overcome their past demons together. Hopefully the anime gets to that point, because Kami-sama Dolls is finally shaping out to the be story-filled series that I hoped it would be. Now it just needs to seal the deal with a befitting conclusion surrounding Amaterasu, even if it’s only an interim one.
* With both Kirio and Mahiru added to the OP/ED, I decided to put up videos of the updated sequences.
ED: 「スイッチが入ったら」 (Switch ga Haittara) by 石川智晶 (Ishikawa Chiaki)
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