Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[Ended] Kamisama Dolls: To Be Continued

At first glance, the story of Kamisama Dolls is a simple story. But as new characters being introduced and back stories being told, you'd realize this is not nearly as simple it it originally seemed. Most of the complication came from the massive role reversals--almost every new major character is introduced as a villain, followed by some background stories that would explain how they become of that. After knowing the reasons behind their act, it's actually somewhat difficult not to sympathize with them.

It may looked somewhat amusing early on, I find the out-of-place insertion of random comedic moment is not only annoying, but also breaks the rhythm of the ongoing plot flow. I'm not exactly sure what they're trying to achieve with this technique. It sacrifices the flow of the story in exchange for some not-so-good laughing points. In my opinion, that's not a good tradeoff.

Certain part of the story seems to ignore the fact that surrounding them, it supposed to be a normal society. Take the final battle for example, with it lasting that long in the middle of Tokyo in the middle of the day, how is it possible towards the end of the fight, the streets aren't packed with people and police, and helicopters aren't all over the place? Also, would anybody explain to me why all the sudden the kamisama dolls start to bleed?! Just where is the blood coming from?! I have to say the author didn't seem to be trying hard enough to let the story stay within our reality.

The ending of the series clearly indicates that the story of Kamisama Dolls is far from over. Although whether rest of the story would be told through TV screen or in forms of manga only is unclear. 

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 91 (Slowly build up)
Comedy: 80 (Out of place, out of sync)
Action: 89 (Pretty good "God" battle)
Art/Animation: 82 (Typical)
Sound/Music: 90 (Love the theme songs)
Character: 83 (Flip flop)
Plot: 92 (Gets complicated)
Ending: -- (It's not over yet)

Re-watch value: 65 (Maybe to catch some more details)

Overall: 85 -  First of many

Recommendation: Honestly, as much as I criticize it, I am actually quite fond of this story, especially when it gets massively complicated like this. It's really hard to give recommendations on this one because on one hand, there isn't anything too special, but on the other hand, it's actually somewhat of an interesting story that has set up some massively complex world that is ready to be explored.

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