Kamisama Dolls – 13 (Final) Review
Man, I wish the series could’ve adopted the same philosophy as it’s presented here by Aki…
Reviews by M0rg0th and Saranaufogus
M0rg0th: I tell you, in ten years we will look at this and say laughing ‘Thank God, the whole thing ended here.’ because you know how it is with expectations: they have a way of inviting disappointment. But well, for now we probably all have our expectations of where this series should go from here. Because, you know, it’s not over, ignore the “Final” in the title, this series is as much over as Police Academy was over after the first movie (yes, that comparison was deliberate…).
As Kyohei loses consciousness due to Mahitsuga’s attack, Kukuri goes berserk and attacks Mahitsuga with “laser-beams” and other stuff while Utao is confused and weakened by the sensation of losing control of Kukuri. The fight ends with everyone okay but Mahitsuga gets destroyed by Kukuri.
At the hospital Kyohei lies in a coma while Utao is in shock. Utao just wakes up on Hibino’s lap as Hibino’s dad arrives concerned about his daughter’s safety. Meanwhile, Koushirou and Moyako keep their distance from them talking about how Mahiru and Kirio have disappeared. The scene cuts to Kirio sitting alone in a park thinking about why this all happens, somewhere else Mahiru is asking herself why Kyohei isn’t a Seki anymore with that power. And that’s when Kyohei starts to remember back when he was a teenager and how he failed to do anything about Sensei. He always felt like an outsider who wasn’t part of what happened despite his efforts to do the opposite and therefore he distanced himself from the village not feeling like he belonged there.
Then his flashback turns into a nightmare and Kyohei ends up waking up and hugging Hibino by reflex who was standing near his bed at that moment by chance. Later on the rooftop of the hospital Kyohei apologizes to Hibino for hugging her all of a sudden but Hibino kisses him and admits that she actually liked Kyohei’s words. As Hibino and Kyohei go back to his room in the hospital, they are greeted by Utao who tells them frantically that she can’t control Kukuri anymore.
Back at Hibino’s house Moyako is taking a look at Kukuri but she thinks that’s nothing wrong with it – technically. Utao seems worried about it despite that since she still can’t control Kukuri. A few moments later Kyohei and Hibino are talking about their future which leads to Kyohei deciding to atone for what he has done until now and take responsibility while Hibino supports him but adding that he shouldn’t bear that burden alone. As Hibino goes Aki appears telling Kyohei of his plan to “nuke” The Village. Kyohei is still against it but then Aki tells him of how the Hyuga-clan-leader has dug up the four-legged Kakashi that Kyohei destroyed a long time ago. Despite that Kyohei wants him to stop wanting to destroy everything but Aki wants to go all the way with his hatred. The talk then derails to them remembering what they did when they were kids which makes them remember what good friends they are. After that Aki leaves and says goodbye to Kyohei, obviously still seeing him as the friend he was in their days as children.
*sigh* Couldn’t they have made the whole series a flashback introduced later in the series and skipped right to the part where Kyohei becomes badass? Instead of this we got Utao, you know, UTAO, goddamnit…
So that’s how it all ends? With a teaser promising the story I’ve waited the whole series to see? Well, I guess, that’s better than seeing a cheesy anime-original ending, isn’t it?
This episode did something what I didn’t expect it to do, instead of ending with a ‘Bang!’ it ended with the emotional finale of Hibino and Kyohei finally admitting what they feel for each other. And I think it was a nice way to close off a part of a story but it’s only a “part” of the whole and therefore it didn’t really give off the satisfaction of seeing the story end and I guess that’s the biggest problem I have with this episode.
There wasn’t much satisfaction in seeing it.
It felt just like the kind of live-show with time-constraints which ends up getting longer than what was planned time-table-wise and is getting forced now to end the whole thing as fast as possible. This episode didn’t feel rushed as rather like simply stopping mid-way. There were for example these totally useless scenes of Kirio and Mahiru that were practically a waste of time. Sure, later it would make sense to still spend some time with these characters as they will probably still play a role but now? Now it just seems useless to me to include those scenes because you know, this series is over. And there’s no second season announced yet (they should do it soon and the author of this series should better meet all his deadlines in the future) which makes this for now the end of the Kamisama-Dolls-series – and it doesn’t satisfy. It’s practically a cliffhanger to not only end things with a teaser but also showing a few scenes of what happens next when there’s no frigging next episode! I don’t understand why someone would make a series that tries to adapt its source-material as precise as possible but didn’t want to wait for the source-material to be a finished series. Now this series stands with a plot stopped mid-way and has to wait for an unknown amount of time until the author has finally finished his series or wrote another dozen volumes or something like that. If the author takes too long nobody will care about it but if he rushes it and does a bad job of continuing it then that’s it for the series as well. No matter how you look at it, it’s badly planned…
That way it’s rather pointless thinking about where the story of this show is going, what each element of it will ultimately mean and what was important and what wasn’t. Even stuff that may seem now unimportant could get important later if the author wants it to be that way.
That’s what Utao amounts to without Kukuri: a lame joke about exaggerated cuteness…
Like I said the episode culminated in a love-scene between Kyohei and Hibino which was a nice development but a not very surprising one. But I guess concentrating on that for the end was a better choice than dragging out the fight between Kukuri and Mahitsuga (or whatever the name was of that Kakashi). Because this love-scene was much more than just romantic cheese for the idealistic part of the audience but it was also a turning-point for Kyohei’s character to finally allow himself to be the Seki he obviously is with the ‘special talent’ thing he got going but for reasons that are different from Aki’s.
And that was another nice scene between Aki and Kyohei which made clear again that despite them having contrary ideologies regarding The Village, they both are still friends linked by their past. As far as characterizations go this episode had some great moments.
Hibino was as usual a purely supporting character for Kyohei and I don’t really like how her role in all this was secondary at best. But Utao isn’t different in that regard as she loses all kind of significance without Kukuri since the rest of her character is just a pile of stupid antics and we just get to see her whining about being unimportant basically in this episode. Not that I complain about that…
And that’s where I lament about the saddest part: That the whole thing ends here. I may have sounded always a bit negative about this series and in my final review of the series I will say why I don’t like Kamisama Dolls as a series but the story behind this is interesting even when a bit undisciplined in its execution which makes the plot move in a very roundabout way most of the time but the basic story is interesting and seems to get even more interesting now as the story gets going finally with Aki and Kyohei facing the real bad guys in The Village and stopping to toddle around in Tokyo. But sadly this is it for now and only God knows (or the author of that series) when we will get to see the next season of this series.
The final episode of Kamisama Dolls is a fine continuation of the story and a significant turning point for it. But as it prepares the stage for the real action to begin one is surprised to note how this is supposed to be a final episode of a series. In that regard this episode fails and one will hardly be satisfied seeing this as an appropriate point to stop.
Ouch, I just hit my funny bone…. Sadly, I can’t say that this episode was half as entertaining as the odd tingling feeling running down my arm.
I would like to go through this episode in my usual review style but instead I am just going to say what comes to mind instead.
Kyouhei the Seki.
Now, I know that I was not the only one who has been waiting for Kyouhei to kick some ass after the cliffhanger last week. It had seemed like that was going to come true with the title of the episode and the revival of Kukuri, but what did we get instead? A bloody disappointing scene that looked like 2 dolls trying to mimic a boxing match. There was no Kyouhei getting powered-up, no butt kicking, and no extra attention paid to the dolls. Instead, we get a flashback of Kyouhei’s past, more fan service and a pointless episode to which all I take away from it is frustration and bewilderment as to whether the last part of the show is indicating at a possible sequel to this series.
I have to say that this series badly needs a sequel to tie up all the lose ends and actually make the show seem like there was some point to it, but with the way the amount of fan-service has been increasing with each passing episode, I am not sure if the “sequel” would end up becoming a plain harem series.
The problem with this show is that it is so messy and so chaotic and the writers seem to have no clue as to what they are trying to convey that even the ending had left me baffled as to whether it was meant to be a cliffhanger or simply the end of the series. Even the whole “in the next story” part was not enough to convince me that there *might* be more. Then again, it could just be another Skip Beat! anime with the promise of a tomorrow that will never come.
Red bean has the properties to stop World Wars.
Now with the flashbacks…
Was I the only one who felt like nothing informative came out of it? Sure, we do learn some new information about how Kyouhei lost his Doll in the first place. But what was with the chummy moment between Aki and Kyouhei? It just felt simply out of the blue not to mention out of character for the both of them. (You don’t forget your deep hatred for someone simply because of some red bean balls.) What I did not like is that the writers simply couldn’t resist the urge to throw in a plot continuation line with the whole Aki is heading to the village to destroy it and has essentially asked Kyouhei along on a date because by that time, I just wanted the show to end with some sort of dignity.
Good for you Kyouhei. It has been a very long time for you but it is still feels like a very long time to me seeing as to how we don’t actually get to see you in your “powerful” form this season.
Overall, it was a disappointing episode as all I have been waiting for since the first episode was to see Kyouhei unleash his power but at the end, it was all a mere tease with an even bigger teaser after the series ended. And honestly, can you blame me for no longer caring about if there were a sequel to this episode? After watching this episode, I suddenly felt like Kamisama Dolls was trying to pull a Blood-C on us and the whole series was a mere “trailer” to the main plot that is meant to happen in the village. (if it ever happens or if the writers don’t get sidetrack by random fanservice... I am not even sure if there is going to be a season 2 (am too lazy to research on whether there will be one)).
I know that a series is not based on just pure action, but this show had more fundamental issues than just that. If the story was actually coherent with answers instead of leaving everything with an open ended question, I would not be complaining as much.
So for the first time since M0rg0th has joined the blog, I am actually going to rate an episode lower than him…
Episode Rating: 4.5/10
(I am so disappointed, tired and can’t keep my cool after this episode so excuse the harsh judgement.)