There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again~
Oh my god you guys…Kamisama Dolls is over! -sobs- I will really miss this show, it’s been my only source of sanity between Kuro no Usagi and Ao no Exorcist, what am I to do now that it’s finished?
So, as Kukuri rages back into life with a fearsome new Doll song playing (need OST like burning!) everyone stares up in awe, lost as to who is controlling it! Kukuri starts obliterating Mahiru’s Doll, to the point where Kyoushiro has to rescue the arm still clutching Kyohei and Hibino. With both Utao and Mahiru devastated by the loss of control over their Dolls, Moyako and Kyoushiru grab them too, and race down to ground level, effectively abandoning ship just as Kukuri destroys Mahiru’s Doll once and for all.
They take Kyohei to hospital where he has a coma induced flashback, expositing more on what led him to quit being a Seki; Aki and Chihaya’s bonking behind his back and her subsequent death. Him and Aki are fighting, Aki loving it if course because it’s Kyohei stooping to his level when Kyohei, so lost in rage, even attacks the other villagers that come to see what’s happened. Utao screams out and thus takes control of Kukuri from Kyohei for the first time, unwillingly handing over the mantle to her.
He wakes up, inadvertently grabbing Hibino in the process, and everyone welcomes him back. Out on the roof Hibino thanks him for saving her and Kyohei apologises, trying to protect her from himself. Hibino is a big girl though and just kisses the idiot, expressing her feelings in the clearest way possible. They return to Kyohei’s room only to find a distressed Utao saying that Kukuri won’t move anymore. Just as things seem to be settling down and Kyohei and Hibino have another nice moment together, after she leaves guess who shows up!
Aki tells Kyohei he is planning on returning to the village because the leader has GlaDos, the Doll that attacked them as children. It’s regenerated over time and Aki feels like he can’t ever be free unless he settles things within the village. Kyohei tries to reason with him but Aki will have none of it, he thinks he’s too far gone for any of that atonement nonsense. They delve a bit into the good times they had until the two of them fall about laughing, which is so great to see! Aki turns to leave, but not without remarking on how they’ve both come a long way since they were kids. Kyohei echoes this, and Aki dissappears into the night~
IT WAS THE BREAST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES
“It’s alright Dad, my boobs broke the fall.”
It’s rude to brag, Kyohei.
-insert inappropriate joke here-
Ohmygod… the cuteness
Movie night in the Kuga household…
Okay, there is pretty much definitely going to be a season 2. If one doesn’t get green-lit then it will officially be the most rotten tease in anime history, not to mention an enormous waste of potentially awesome material and characters. The “preivew” at the end sent shivers down my spine, and made me realise just how much I want to see Seki!Kyohei. Nobuhiko Okamoto owns this role. Even in those last few minutes the change in tone was obvious. I’m so used to him grazing his voice as Rin, shouting or screaming or laughing like a moron and to slip such a delicious little inflection into his voice left a real impact on me. It made me immediately hungry for a season 2! an idea that I hadn’t really subscribed too until now. I heard rumors floating around, and speculations that a season 2 would be made but I acutally was quite content to just let this be it. Oh, no. No, no, no. I want more Kamisama Dolls after this, definitely. I am nowhere ready to part with these guys, especially not after seeing what might be in store. Oh, Brains Base! is there anything you’re involved in that doesn’t turn to gold? Fuuuuuuu~
The actual episode was a lot less action-y than I had first anticipated, but surprisingly that didn’t have too much of an effect on the momentum. There was still the usual driving force behind the scenes with just characters interacting. The scene where Hibino kisses Kyohei on the roof was particularly moving, and I think that had a lot to do with the great music cue. I still ship AkixKyohei but I can’t deny that that scene was very sweet. It’s nice to see the old Hibino again, you know, before she turned into a useless plot device. Kind of sad we didn’t get a proper “goodbye montage” to show how everyone, like Kuuko, was getting on, but with the screencaps of the potentional next season shown in the credits maybe it wasn’t nessessary. I felt really bad for poor Utao, not only did she nearly lose her brother but she lost her Doll. I wonder what her role will/would be now that presumably she’s no longer a Seki. I guess they could give her another one (are they stockpiled in a warehouse somewhere maybe? Haha.) as long as they are as phallic as Kyoushiro’s and Mahiru’s I don’t mind. I need to get my laughs somewhere!
It’s hard to describe my feelings towards Kamisama Dolls, or give my opinion on it without sounding contradictory. Bare with me;- So, if I had to sum it up I would say “unremarkable”. It doesn’t leave much of an impression. The story, even at it’s loudest, is still very sedate and medatitive. I can’t really pin-point why exactly, which I admit is pretty weak, but that’s just the feeling it gives me. That being said, it doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of it, and I have enjoyed this series immensley. Since I usually cover comedies this was a welcome change, not to menion a nice little work out for my serious side, haha (it doesn’t get used very often!). I loved delving into the psyches of the characters and really just watching the subtle complexities of their behaviours play out episode-by-episode. It wasn’t a challenging show to watch, but it was definitely fun. Brains Base have a great talent fo re-inventing tired anime-personality stereotypes and breathing new life and dimentions into them. I can’t think of much that this studio has done that hasn’t been really high quality and while there was a few nervous weeks of thinking that Kamisama Dolls might be that weak link in the chain I am glad to be able to say that this is definitely not the case.
I would highly recommend Kamisama Dolls. It might not leave much of an impression in the long run, but in the moment, as you are watching, it does it’s best to capture your interest and enthrall you while still keeping you at arms length. Which is clever. The morally ambiguous characters, retro style, and elusive plot all work as one and mesh together perfectly, creating a solid, solid show that has a lot of offer if you just have a little patience and enough curiosity to stick with it. Let it entrance you with it’s Doll’s song, you won’t be disappointed.
See you for season 2!