Kamisama Dolls had all the trappings of a great show. A fantastical setting, an evil cabal which rules the world behind the scenes, and widespread insanity. Yet it failed miserably. Why?
I usually try to begin my reviews with a paragraph summarizing what the show is about. You’ll notice that this time, though, I left it out. That’s not because I’m lazy (although I am); it’s because I couldn’t summarize Kamisama Dolls. What is the show’s focus and purpose? I couldn’t even say, and this is the show’s biggest problem.
It’s just utterly pointless. What is the main conflict? There is none. We just follow Kyouhei around Tokyo, and stuff happens to him. He ogles Hibino’s breasts. Utao gets jealous. Kyouhei yells at Akio. Random people from the village come to town and attack Utao. People get tasered. More crazy girls show up. There’s just no rhyme nor reason to any of it. Nothing fits together, and each of the pieces appears to be added on the creators’ whim.
In the same vein, the main characters have no sense of purpose either. Kyouhei just sits around getting angry. Instead of coming across as neutral, like your typical harem protagonist, he actually comes across as negative, self-righteous, self-centered and unlikable. I’m not sure if that’s what the creators were going for. Next comes Hibino, whose defining characteristics are her disgustingly large breasts and propensity for being kidnapped. Then is Utao, Kyouhei’s sister with a huge brother complex. At the end of the show, Utao’s sole motivation for fighting is because her enemy accidentally stepped on the cookies she baked. Seriously, guys?
Kamisama Dolls had an interesting setting. It had one of the best OPs of the season. But what’s the point? Why should I care about these characters, who don’t seem to care about anything themselves?
- Plot / Script – F – What’s the point?
- Characters – D – Points for insanity, but little else.
- Production – C – Radically inconsistent animation. But great OP / ED, I guess.
- Overall – D
Recommendations – Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, Star Driver, Mai HiME