Never underestimate the bond between a girl and her taser
While Kyohei races to save Hibino from getting raped by Nameless Henchman #8, Kuuko finds and frees Aki…or rather tosses the key at him just as the drugs that scramble his ability to communicate with his Doll wear off. Timing! Hibino manages to stall Namelsss Henchman #8 long enough for Kuuko to show up, knock him out, and consequently free Hibino, too. She doesn’t escape a few sly threats from Kuuko, despite her situation, though.
Friends don’t let friends get raped
The two start make their escape when they are separated by Hirashiro. After a bit of a struggle Kuuko kills him while outside Hibino is confronted by the ever jealous and unstable Mahiru. There’s some girl talk and the two sort it all out like sensible people. Oh, wait, no, this is Mahiru she snipes and throws her weight around like a bitch. Of course. Mahiru tosses Hibino but Kyohei and company grab her before she can become a street pancake. Oh, but we have to have a fight so Mahiru and Utao begin to duke it out.
Mahiru seems to be bested until her Dolls starts acting on it’s own a-la Evangelion style. It grabs Hibino and while Mahiru attempts to give it some tough love, it simply tosses her aside and takes off. Kyohei climbs up to try and rescue her, and the guys launch their own futile assault as well. Needless to say it backfires and Kyohei just gets captured along with Hibino while the guys take out each others Dolls by mistake. Kyohei is pushed to the limit of how much Seki-interferance he can take but just as he looses it and starts hysterically screaming he’s struck in the back of the head by Mahiru’s out of control Doll.
This is what you get for throwing a hissy fit in the middle of a battle
UP TO MY EARS IN CRAZY BITHCES
“I reject your reality and substitute it for my own, kay?”
Wonder twin powers activate!
Mahiru reminds me of Roberta from Black Lagoon, just her expressions and general no-holds-barred attitiude. Her instability plays a big part in that image, too, I think. I also keep forgetting it’s Hanazawa, she does a really good job of masking her voice. By that I mean that unless I knew it was her (which of course I do) I would never be able to pin her to other characters like Shimei, for instance.
The fight did feel needlessly forced. I found it dull. I thought that we weren’t going to get one next episode since it’s the last one and things would be resolved this episode and the last would be saved for a more reflective tone, but I have to say I’m glad to be wrong in this case. It looks as though we’re in store for an uncharacteristically action-packed ending. Back to this episode’s fight however; I did like the particually retro feel of it. Some of the shots were very old school, and I think I remember someone mentioning that Kamisama Dolls looked dated to them anyway. Which is actually something I quite like about it.
It was nice to see Kirio get emotional towards Kyohei’s perdicament. I’d like to say him and Utao make a good team…but they don’t. Co-ordination issues aside, I didn’t expect Mahiru’s Doll to turn on her. It was quite appropriate for it to reflect her personality and be influenced by her negativity. Though, it’s not going to do much for Mahiru’s mental instability if her beloved Kyohei is killed by her own Doll. No sireee.
No preview this week in favour of a recap. Though we did get a little extra snippet after the ED credits; the Kukuri that we thought was down flares back into violent life, playing a different song…