Kamisama Dolls – 07 review
At this point, probably everyone says that about this show.
Okay, am I the only one who thought that the creators of this series switched the script accidentally with one of another series? This is the reason at the bottom of this whole series?! They can’t be serious… Well, I guess, they’re serious since they showed this episode. But it’s a weird twist that’s hidden in the past of this series, VERY weird, the kind that tries to go into Mindfuck-Territory, I’d even say. Yeah, it’s just that bad…
Kyohei talks about the past as Senou Chihaya (everyone just calls her Sensei so don’t bother remembering her name), the new teacher arrives at Kyouhei’s and Aki’s village. Her participation in the village’s events already starts as she interferes with an argument between Aki and Atsushi upon her arrival. Atsushi, the wimpy step-brother of Aki who is also the legitimate heir of the great Kuga-Clan tries to bully Aki for being weak and losing Kuramitsuha to him. But Kyohei arrives before the argument can escalate into a fight and falls in love with Sensei as he sees her. At once acting upon his feelings he belittles Atsushi and his companions for endangering Sensei. Aki tries to leave but Sensei stops him and tells him to take care of the dog since he saved it. Aki complies.
Kyohei interjects now and narrates what a great teacher Sensei is and the scene switches then to Kyohei who walks with a random girl (she probably has name but she’s not important so, well…) as they meet Aki who takes a walk with his new dog Nono (be prepared Aki does that a lot this episode). Kyohei and the random girl are amazed at the persuasive power of Sensei and agree that like that Aki actually seems like a normal boy with Kyohei adding that he thinks he’s actually always like this. On the next day Atsushi makes his will will to take her as mistress known to her (or something, whatever, he wants to rape her, that’s it essentially). But she defends herself and Atsushi backs off saying to her that she will regret this.
Kyohei hears of this seemingly and talks with his dad about this who can’t be bothered (again – remember last episode? Same thing…) to do anything of consequence and just says essentially that it’s Kyohei’s problem if he cares that much about it and not his. So he should solve this problem personally with Atsushi – which Kyohei can’t because he’s also a wimp.
Atsushi’s words take effect as kids are missing from Sensei’s lessons and on her way home she meets Aki (with dog naturally) who she should stay away from as the principal remarked to her before. They talk about Aki not going to school and he also can’t be bothered to care about school and other people because he hates to be hated but is too arrogant to do something about it. At last Sensei asks Aki whether he’s lonely but Aki doesn’t get why that could be important.
The next day someone writes on the blackboard that Sensei had sex with a dad of one of her students. She flees from school after this and meets Aki (with dog of course) and they have a talk about life and Sensei doing her job. That convinces her to go back. After that Kyohei seeing the message for Sensei on the blackboard runs out of school in search of her but meets Aki instead who tells him that he just talked with her and that she’s going back to school. Aki, like Kyohei’s dad, tells Kyohei that he can’t be bothered to do something about it and if he thinks it’s that important he should talk to Atsushi personally. Then Kyohei hints at seeing Aki as a kind of rival in love concerning Sensei but Aki doesn’t get it.
“Okay, so they know about my dark past. Well, explaining this to the kids will be a a bit technical. But I did what I’ve thought was right back then. And that’s a technicality I’m prepared to hide wildly behind.”
After school as Sensei walks back from school she’s again bullied by Atsushi who this time is attacked by Aki who is by chance nearby – with his dog, of course. Sensei goes home with Aki and talks with him about her past revealing that the accusation she’d have slept with the dad of one of her students is actually true. Not only that but the kid discovered them having sex, runs then out onto the street and gets hit by a car. But he luckily survives and Sensei loses her job. And since she could find no other job she became a teacher in this village with the very special Kakashi. She then admits that Aki has the same eyes as that kid from that time and agrees with Aki that she wants to sleep with him since she can’t take revenge on that kid from that time. So she then has sex with Aki and asks him to flee with her from that village but Aki wants to stay because of Kuramitsuha, his Kakashi.
The next day Aki plays with his dog at the riverside realizing that things have gotten a “little weird” while at school the principal fires Sensei because someone took photos of her having sex with Aki. Later that day Kyohei goes to Sensei and tries to confess his love but she interrupts him and makes him promise to always be Aki’s friend instead. In the following night then Atsushi abducts Sensei and kills Nono who wasn’t with Aki at that time for whatever reason. Aki arrives at Sensei’s house and finds the corpse of Nono and a note telling Aki to come to a certain place.
Aki goes to that place and finds sensei on the ground held hostage by Atsushi and some other guys. Atsushi reveals that he always hated Aki and that Sensei isn’t just his woman anymore (whatever that means, right…?). Aki insults then Atsushi with his indifference who attacks Aki. Surprisingly Sensei jumps in front of Aki in time to protect him by sacrificing herself. Atsushi’s goons panic but Atsushi plans now to kill Aki, too, and let it look like a double-suicide. But Aki stops Kuramitsuha suddenly and takes control of it. In that moment temple servants arrive asking Atsushi what happened. He answers that Aki has killed Sensei and has taken control of Kuramitsuha. Aki then just kills everyone. After a while Kyohei arrives and finds Aki in the midst of a massacre. He asks him looking at Sensei’s corpse if he did all this and Aki answers “Yeah.” After that Kyohei fights against Aki – and wins. Kuramitsuha is sealed, Aki imprisoned and Kyohei turns his back on his Seki-carrier.
Back in the present Kyohei says to Hibino that he later learned of the truth that Aki didn’t kill Sensei.
Oh. My. God. What the hell is wrong with the creators of this series? So that’s what it’s all about – a woman’s tragic life and death because she always fucked the wrong person? She had sex with a minor! And she had sex with the father of one of her students! What the hell is wrong with this person? I feel cheated by this series, in a bad sense cheated. The whole episode I’ve kept thinking: “This can’t be it, no, this definitely can’t be the cause for the whole plot of this series…” But I was wrong, they seriously took an average Shounen-Plot and gave it a cause that is so messed up that nobody can take this seriously.
Okay, let’s start again… This episode presented the past of the series and why everybody is in the position he is in the present of the series. Despite that premise there was nothing much of substance to be found. The series keeps using the same information over and over again. There’s nothing new or deepening as far as the setting goes. So, it fails already that way but then there’s the emotional reason of the characters and why they are in the state they are today.
The plot then… Well, not much better, I think, some really nasty plotholes plagued this episode. In one scene as Kyohei leaves school in search of Sensei he meets Aki who met Sensei a few moments ago. She should be on her way back to school, Kyohei is on his way from school to Aki – they should’ve met. And at the end as Kyohei said that he later found out that Aki didn’t kill Sensei. Who told him?! Everybody present was killed by Aki so who was supposed to tell Kyohei the whole truth? Besides that, there were some structural things that were actually quite funny, I would say. There was Aki with his dog Nono who always was by his side. Aki did nothing but walking around with his dog, it seems. Then there was Kyohei and his heroic endeavour to save Sensei by asking Aki and his dad what to do – but in the end he did nothing. And Atsushi was a whiny boy who was nothing like the character he was supposed to be. He didn’t seemed like the head-of-the-clan-in-preparation at all. And still people listened to him. That shouldn’t work but of course it’s not difficult to blackmail a person like Sensei…
“Well, punks, if you have anything left to say… say it to my hand ’cause I’m not listening.”
What the hell were they thinking making her a sort of tragic victim?! Kyohei getting all fluffy with his narrative when talking about her great abilities as a teacher when her personal life is a mess – that doesn’t add up with the role she’s supposed to play, I’d say. Am I really supposed to cheer for such a character? Also, it doesn’t make sense that she comes to this special village with the Kakashi and all – because she couldn’t get a job elsewhere. Why does this village take willingly teachers with a dark past when they have to trust these persons to keep their secret? Does one really want to trust a person with such a past? And are then also surprised when stuff like her affair with a minor come up. And how long they kept her in her job anyway although they should know what the revelation of her past would do to her reputation. It just doesn’t add up…
This episode is a chaotic mess of seemingly trying to connect the tropes of “nasty realism” and “tragic tale of love” but in the end it’s just ridiculously bad because of how serious the series takes its bad concepts and its flawed usage.
Episode Rating: 4/10