Kamisama Dolls switches to full-flashback mode this week. And it feels like the timing couldn’t have been better. It would seem we have most, if not all, of our characters introduced and with locations and other important factors of knowledgeable stuff known, we’re ready to move on.
At the end of the previous episode Hibino straight up asks Kyohei about his past in the village. He sure tells her. We’ve had bits and glimpses of the past revealed, but in this seventh episode we get a whole lot of the back story. At least as it relates to Kyohei stepping down as the Kuga seki and Aki straight up murdering bitches.
As the flashback begins, the new sensei, Senou Chihaya shows up to town. Things end up going, from not-so-great, to really-really-bad. It reminded in of the movie The Witches of Eastwick for no other reason than that. And maybe some supernatural stuff also.
There are some nice flashback moments, like seeing Moyako and little Utao, but most of the episode is spent detailing the Sensei-Aki relationship. Although Kyohei takes an instant liking to the outsider-woman, it’s Aki she seems to have a natural attraction to. White-haired dudes are just too cool for school.
Atsushi is the past’s bad guy. He had replaced Aki as Kuramitsuha’s (slice-bot) seki and was, to say it kindly, “sweet” on the village’s new teacher. The teacher’s history itself felt a little too convoluted for the show overall, but I think it’d be accurate to say she was somewhat of a complicated woman. And a slut.
By the end of the show, we learn why Kyohei left his seki responsibilities behind (pretty much) and why Aki is being hunted down. We also know that Hibino will cry at pretty much anything.
I felt as if I was a bad person for not feeling anything about Senou-sensei. After they reveal her past and she sleeps with Aki, I couldn’t help but feel that she was a manipulative bitch. Also if Aki is of school age at the time, she’s a statutory rapist. I’m glad she got all sliced up. I even expressed my gladness with a small yet noticeable fist pump.
She was like, “Yeah I messed up in the past by doing something horrible, so let me do another horrible thing to make up for it!” I just didn’t get it. Aki sure got it though (tee hee). Speaking of Aki, his story was pretty good and I enjoyed seeing him as a nicer, kinder psychopath. For a little while anyway. I also enjoyed seeing him mass murder about a 1/12th of the village. (I enjoyed the sort of Sin City graphic vibe along with the music during the murdering as well.)
The villagers did (do?) deserved it after all. It would seem they’re all pretty horrible people. There must be something pretty sinister going on at the village to keep so many people in line. I was kind of surprised that the villagers were going to let sensei leave the village. Don’t they have some crazy secret to protect?
I like it. I like the puppet preview this week. I’m looking forward to the rest of the story and it would seem, there’s a good chance for Kamisama Dolls to go out with bang in the final stretch.