Synonyms: Kami-sama Dolls
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2011 to Sep 28, 2011
Producers: TV Tokyo, Shogakukan Productions, Media Factory, Brains Base, Half H.P Studio, AT-X, Sentai FilmworksL, flying DOG, Sony Music Communications
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.281 (scored by 13932 users)
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Dec 2, 2011
Originally a manga by Yamamura Hajime, Kamisama Dolls begins with a rather nightmarish scene in which three children are being chased by a strange creature that can fire beams of energy from its mouth. The kids appear to have some kind of "robot" that tries to protect them while the brown-haired boy tries to carry the little girl and his friend to safety. Unfortunately the creature is too strong, but before it can land the final blow the brown-haired boy and the "robot" somehow manage to destroy it.
Years later, Kuga Kyouhei moves to Tokyo to attend college, and to escape his traumatic past.
It all sounds very exciting, but while the rather dramatic opening suggests that Kamisama Dolls is an action series, that isn't actually the case. Although combat does play an important role, it's often incidental to the main thrust of the narrative, and the plot is geared more towards character drama than anything else. In addition to this the series is refreshingly straightforward, but alongside this simplicity is a surprising degree of depth as the personal histories of the leading characters and the politics of the three priestly families play a major part in the story.
That said, while the simplistic approach makes everything easy to understand, it also exposes the fact that Kamisama Dolls can sometimes have difficulty deciding what it should be. This is mainly due to the rather slipshod manner in which the action and drama are meshed together, but the addition of some rather inane comedy and the inability to maintain a steady narrative progression don't help the show at all. To further compound matters there are several scenes that don't actually fit anywhere in the story, and because these all seem to include Shiba Hibino in some kind of compromising position, it's more than likely that they're only designed to promote merchandise involving her.
There's a surprising mundanity to the visuals that may cause some viewers to assume that Brains Base simply didn't care care enough about the series to make it look good, but it should be pointed out that a part of this is due to the limitations that come with any adaptation. The characters, background imagery and settings are decidedly "average", and there's a startling lack of anyone who is truly outlandish or flamboyant. In addition to this the animation is rather utilitarian, and while the basic ranges of movement are handled well, it's the combat between the Kakashi (the "dolls" that are considered gods), that really steals the show.
Which brings up an interesting point.
For many viewers it can often seem as though all of the creativity and imagination has been applied to the Kakashi, but Kamisama Dolls has a surprisingly subtle visual contrast at work that suggests that the somewhat bland designs and the straightforward animation are purposeful measures. Many studios feel an almost habitual need to exaggerate the characters in some way, but in order to promote the idea that everyone in the series is an average human being (including the Seki - the "priests" who control the Kakashi), Brains Base have approached the design with normality in mind. Sadly, they went a bit too far with the everyday look, and without anything extravagant to balance things, many people may find this a visually dull series.
Thankfully the same can't be said of the acting.
At first glance it may seem as though much of the dialogue is rather bland, but in truth this is nothing more than a continuation of the drive to depict the characters as normal, if flawed, human beings, and in a very real sense it works. The script is filled with conversations that only peripherally include the viewer, and although explanations about past events can sometimes become a little heavy handed, there's a logic to the serious parts of the dialogue that is missing in many other shows. The seiyuu are thus able to deliver some good performances, and the usual elements of cheese and ham have been toned down in favour of "normal" reactions.
That said, the slightly banal comedy does cause a few problem, and some of the actors seem to have difficulty coping with the rapid change from seriousness to humour.
One of the surprising things about Kamisama Dolls is the musical choreography, even though the majority of the series is free of any instrumental accompaniment. The few tracks on offer are usually reserved for tense scenes, comedic moments or action sequences, and their usage is generally rather subtle - by necessity. The haunting, ethereal songs of the Kakashi add an extra dimension to the background music that, at times, is almost religious in its effect, and the inclusion of these strange little pieces adds a completely different element to certain scenes. While the timing of all of these different audio strands isn't perfect, it's clear that attention has been paid as it would be all too easy for everything to degenerate into a cacophonous mess.
The introductory song, "Fukanzen Nenshou" by Ishikawa Chiaki, has a decidedly Latin flavour that fits rather well with the stylized character montage used to open the show. In contrast to this the ending theme, "Switch ga Haittara" (by the same artist), is a bittersweet yet melodic piece that plays out alongside a rather interesting take on the traditional closing sequence. While the ED does feature images of the more prominent character, some of them are merely patterned silhouettes until they appear in the series proper. In addition to this a few of the more important scenes from the episode are recapped in the "eyes" of the Kakashi, which may be a metaphor about how the "gods" view the actions of man, or it may just be a case of aesthetics.
At first glance many of the characters may appear to be nothing more than bland variations of certain stereotypes, but while there's an element of truth to that perception, it only really applies at the beginning of the series. There's actually a decent amount of characterisation from the outset, especially where the lead roles are concerned, yet while these do make a reasonable platform upon which a character can be "grown", many anime fail when it comes to the underlying logic of this process. In that respect Kamisama Dolls deserves a little praise, in particular for the manner in which Kyouhei's apathy and Aki's desire for revenge are justified as both mesh with a few small, but important, threads in the plot. In addition to this the supporting characters offer a nice mixture of personality types, and there are occasions where they are used to cleverly foreshadow some event that will happen at a later time in the storyline.
That said, certain developmental aspects fall on the shallow side because the show has difficulty getting to the point, and more importantly, sticking to it. More often than not a scene will offer some insight into the reasons for a person's actions or behaviour, but this is quickly ruined by unnecessary fanservice and bland comedy. While these moments do visibly decrease towards the end of the series, they do a lot of damage to the viewer's perception of the characters.
Kamisama Dolls is one of those anime that tries to give the audience a little bit of everything, and because of that it fails to deliver on some of the more important aspects of the story. As a concept, the series has a lot to recommend it, but at a mere twelve episodes there's simply not enough time to develop the plot or the characters to the degree necessary to make the narrative work. In addition to this the emphasis on "normality" may cause people to assume that the show is nothing more than a healthy dose of tedium.
Patience is a virtue though, and the rewards can sometimes be surprising. The series really does take things up a few notches towards the end of the show, and the clarifications and justifications begin to make much more sense. It also becomes clear that the first twelve episodes are merely the first portion of a larger story, and in all honesty if the follow up maintains the pace and progression that occurs at the end of the first series, then the second season could well be one to watch.
While this anime does have many flaws, unlike many other shows it can also redeem itself, but only if the next installment lives up to the true potential of the concept. read more
Nov 7, 2011
The anime can be summarized like this: Several priests from different families fight each-other and every character in this show has his own interesting background. These priests are able to control so called Kamisama dolls and they make funny noises everytime they appear. The characters are likeable and fun to watch and the story is promising at the very beginning.
We are introduced to Kyouhei and his sister who get in conflict with Aki, who was once Kyouhei's best friend and bla bla bla bla bla ...... (Seriously, just read the summary for that ).
In my opinion the anime lacks a strong narrative goal, which would give the plot something to focus on. Is the story about Kyouhei, who wants to forget his horrible past ? Is the plot about his friend Aki, who wants to regain his humanity ? Or is the story about something else ?
Another problem the anime suffers from is the very goofy slapstick humour. Now I am myself a great fan from goofy anime like Excel Saga, but in the case of Kamisama Dolls it often feels alienating, distracting if not contradictory to the otherwise serious plot.
What about the graphics ? The characters are very nice to look at and the facial expressions always look believeable and not exaggerated like in some anime (Umineko ...... *cough!*). The female characters look adoreable ! If you are here for some bishies, you won't really get them here except for the badass Aki. It's really a pity that the studio was too lazy at drawing the background characters ! For example in one scene where Kyouhei talks with Koushirou about his past and motivations, the sloppy designed background charas destroy the entire mood.
The music on the other hand is very good and advance the overall enjoyment.
The problems I have listed here are more subjective and should not taken for granted. But in the end, the whole anime feels more like an introduction to something bigger, but I don't have the feeling we will ever get a second season.
Despite all the minor flaws, I still liked Kamisama Dolls a lot and don't want to sound like a nit-picking jerk. If you are searching for nice entertainment with a nice atmosphere and some emotional parts, you won't be disappointed.
Especially the background story from Aki Kuga was well done and heartbreaking, but it's something you have to watch for yourself ^__-
Bye, Lucus-FeriaaA ! read more
Jul 30, 2011
The story is pretty good. Though i admit when i first read the summary i didn't think it would be. I expected more of a chill anime without any killing, mass murder, psychopaths, and rival clans but i was wrong. It moves at a good pace and development has been very good imo. They're cliffhangers so it makes you want the week to go on by faster. All 13 episodes are either decent or pretty good. The main plot is kind of vague though and that's one thing i don't like about it.Even though the plot is vague the story is still going somewhere. It isn't the best story out there but it is unique and interesting though sometimes the fights that happen in the anime are provoked by really stupid reasons or something really cliche happens.All in all the story is something that makes you wanna watch it even if there are some obvious faults to it but nothing is perfect.
Not much to say here. I'm not really bothered or pay attention much to the art style. All i can say it's average. The art looks pretty good for me and there is nothing annoying about it.I have notice that the animators have used a couple of very creative tricks to minimize their workload. For example in the OP it isn't animated much but they use moving lines to make you feel that their is more to it than still shots of characters and some animation.Imagine the OP without any of the lines and you can see that it would be boring.
Again not much to say. The characters sound okay. There are a couple high pitched screams that might pop some eardrums but there seems to be no one with an annoying voice so yay. The bgm's does help with atmosphere and as for corny music i haven't notice any since I'm really tolerant of sound. The op and ed sound good but nothing special.There are also themes to each "doll" (depending on the character that uses the "doll") that the "dolls" sing and they sound really catchy to me because it seems that the tune represents the characters personality.
The characters are pretty damn good. I would say they have depth in them and character development have been good too imo. There are badasses ,weirdos, and sissys. Our main character kyouhei (not sure if i spelled it right) is a sissy on the outside but glimpse of his past and a couple of character development scenes prove otherwise. Some characters might seem useless but after a few episodes you see where they fit into the story. The main characters do develop a considerable amount towards the end of the story and they go a bit deeper within our main character Kyouhei.
I love it. It's very enjoyable and something to look forward to watching. Most people will like it unless you are really particular about the anime you watch. I believe that enjoyment is the most important factor so i will describe my experience. The first episode was enjoyable though i look at it and said ok where are you going with this. As the story goes on i notice that the dialogue is a bit awkward and some scenes are really unnecessary, for example some of the comedic moments seem really out of place. The end is a cliffhanger and i was disappointed but itching for another season. Not the best ending in the world and kind of sucks imo. Even with all of its faults it was a enjoyable watch so I will guarantee that you most of you would like it so give it a TRY.
If i could compare it to another anime it would be like higurashi no naku koro ni. Why? Because there is also a messed up village with some weird traditions, moe girls, and lightheartedness followed by blood or anger but it isn't as extreme as higurashi. So it's higurashi to a lesser degree. Some people might actually find it generic (in some ways it is) but it isn't. It's above average. In a sense that it's not in the "DAMN this is good" category but in the "hmmm this is pretty good" category.I liked it because even with a restricted budget the studio was able to produce a wonderful but not perfect anime.
So yeah it is an above average anime with a pretty good story, okay art and sound, interesting characters, enjoyable, and overall pretty good.
I would recommend this or at least try one episode and you would be hooked. Its better than most anime in its season (maybe the best) imo. Manga time =) no cliffhangers for me. read more
Jul 27, 2011
The anime itself has its ups and downs... Honestly, the story is a high point for me. It's about a boy in college who left the village he came from, but his village soon catches up to him. What he wanted to leave behind, his old "friends," family and secrets follow him to Tokyo. The story does slow down a bit midway, but quickly gets steam once again. I can NOT wait to see how it all ends! However, it doesn't seem like the story is quite over. I hope there's a sequel for this one, as there's still a lot left to explore that wasn't and can't be covered in 13 episodes...
It's not bad, really, but it's not amazing. Unless they're doing extreme closeups, the art is just decent. Oh, the art for the opening sequence is amazing, too. Also, the art shines during action scenes! I really enjoy the art during those moments! Character design is kinda... Ho-hum, honestly. I mean, even though it's about a normal boy who wants to leave his secrets behind, he's almost TOO normal looking...
Well, voices are fine... They're not amazing but they aren't bad. Utao's voice can be slightly annoying, even FOR a loli-character... She seems to make a lot of noises when doing things, too... I mean, she reminds me of when I go into a public restroom and there's an old man at the urinal next to me grunting as he "does it business" for GOD knows why. She just makes... noises... and it's annoying, in my opinion. I like her, but she's annoying read more
Oct 2, 2011
Kamisama Dolls, at first it seems like a good anime. Art okay, Sound that you don't even hear -which is neither good or bad-, story seems great... Well, the characters are pretty shitty but Aki is here so you kind of find some comfort.
That's what you think when you've finished to watch the first episode.
But... You keep going on to just find out that while Kamisama Dolls makes 13 episodes, it could have be only 4. You're overbored most of the time, you have episode who just shows the characters who aren't even worth a penny, others that are just here because of some psychological disorders from most of the characters, other are here to show us a new guy come in the game.
The thing is, all this don't even have a point.
The hero is a dumbass who goes all red for nothing, his sister have a brother complex and in the first episodes she makes all sort of sound (what is she thinking?), the hero's lover is limited to a pair of tits, etc, etc...
You know what is really sad ? It's the story. It isn't that bad it's just that when you don't know how to use the interesting points of your anime, you don't make it.
It can be a good anime to watch, but in this case, just watch the first, sixth, tenth and maybe the last episodes. The rest is just trash and even the end isn't a end. Kind of religious guy the producer to hope a second season when he has such an anime. read more
Nov 28, 2011
Today I will be reviewing Kamisama dolls (神様ドールズ)
Story: It was good but it is easy to predict on what is going to happen next and because of that the story suffers from not being able to surprise anyone, It also depends heavily on flashbacks about the main character (Kuga) past.
Art: It was not bad but it was also not great. The colors were dark in the actions scenes but sometimes it brightens up for the comedic scenes. Overall a decent job.
Sound: Opening: Very unique and it fits the story but what I didn't like is the chorus, the chorus starts after around the 1 minute mark which irritates me so much.
Ending: The song was good but the animation was plain and simple.
Background music: It was good and fits the scenes nicely so no complaints from me.
Characters: The voice actors did a good job at bringing out the characters emotions.
Kuga Kyohei: A basic character who wants to runs away from the past but karma strikes back at him with vengence.
Kuga Utao: She can be classify as a Tsundere. A good cute character overall. She also has some sort of brother complex. She deals with most of the comedy in the series.
Kuga Aki: He is sort of the villain in the anime but I can see him as being a good guy in the end. He also has some sort of mental issue will clearly the anime states at episode 7 why does he have that issue.
Shiba Hibino: To me she is sort of a fan service character with the big breast but she is important to the story near the end. Very kind and beautiful character but when shes with Utao, she gives off a older sister vibe.
Enjoyment: It is very enjoyable to teens or young adults but for children not so much as the anime is very serious and somewhere in between there is some blood and gore.
Overall a good series to watch with a decent plot and good characters.
Recommended age to watch: 13+ read more
Sep 27, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
The pace is slow, the initial story is fine and that characters are of the most basic, I'll delve further...
Plenty of grusome scenery to start off with as a villian comes into place and his only true opponent is a little girl, however, the villian is connected to another main, he flits in and out of the story, a backstory to make the audience feel sorry for him has been put in place. He hasn't really done anything since the start; his 'villan tendancies' have been dramatically downplayed and we don't see much of him.
Ontop of this, the girl we assume is destined to go up against him has bearly progressed.
To add to this, we now have a potential villian directly connected with the young main, yet do we see much of him? No. Do the characters take him seriously? No
Adding further, there now seems to be yet another devious character in the mix, as if there weren't enough potential pests who haven't been developed yet.
As stated previously, the story seems fine; controlloing 'robots' leaves endless possibilities and the cast of adults don't limit the direction of the stroy the same way a cast of children may do.
The characters are potentially the major problem, they're what many of us 'anime veterans' could label 'typical', we have:
- the moe who requires a string of possitive attention
- the passive, quite main male amungst girls
- the 'dangerous' and 'cool' bishounen villian
- big chested girl with little relivance in the story
What's makes the incorporation of these character types worst is, they're the mains, don't display too much individuality and haven't really developed, they just seem to plod along the episode doing stuff that aren't too memmorable; the odd backstory or revelation thrown in from time to time to keep the audience interested.
All in all, the story is decent, the first episode is a bait and switch and just as you hope to get to know one or two characters, more people are bought in. read more
Jul 6, 2011
Synopsis aside, I was expecting something something light-hearted with a splash of moe, but I couldn't be more wrong.
The intro was done quite well. Granted, I have no idea what in the world is going on (though after watching a bit into the episode, you may begin to make connections), but I'm seeing a lot of death and destruction -- I'm hooked.
The OP song is average, as is the OP itself. Nothing special to me, but I'm don't feel forced to skip through it (though I probably will in later episodes).
The art style is alright, I'm not too fond of it as of now. The main characters Kuga and Hibino seriously look like side-characters. I'm speaking strictly on their appearance. Utao and Aki stand out the most so far.
They had some nice scenes with tension built up, but Utao pretty much broke all tension with upskirts, and other random things. Not sure how much I'm feeling the whole robot thing, but the story seems interesting enough to keep me going for another few episodes (before I decide to drop it or not). read more
Jul 6, 2011
The first thing that hit bad with me was the name; there is a similarly named anime airing along with it called Kamisama Memo-chou. I know the stories are very different but there are still similarities in terms having sci-fi, fan service, mystery, and a dork male protagonist. And they both suck. It feels like I am watching two versions of the same archetype airing at the same time! Damn anime industry; stop rehashing the same old stuff so obviously!
Ok, let’s leave the whole name thing to the side and try to see the show as a stand alone. Let’s focus on the production values… which are cheap. The amount of stills and jerky animation is alarming, since there is very little motion going around, even in scenes it deserves a lot. It is all obvious from the opening video alone. You probably know how the animation in openings is far better than the actual show. Well even this one is 95% lazily drawn frozen images with a few cheap visual effects to barely flavor it. The letters were also so small; who will be able to read them (assuming he can read Japanese)? And the song was average; I like the female singer as a voice but her songs ain’t my thing at all; they all have this gloomy sadness which makes me feel bad while trying to emerge into the setting.
Then another thing is the characters interacting with each other. Hell, they can’t even blink their eyes without feeling embarrassed about something. I understand it is done to show how innocent and frail they are but COME ON they are supposed to be teenagers who have witnessed some pretty bad things in their lives. They should be acting somewhat differently.
Although there is action in the show it is far from interesting. Besides the lack of motion, there isn’t much choreography or duration or visual effects or well done overall to pay notice to. It was made to look even worse by making the characters talking apathetically and above all FROZEN STILL despite some really nasty things happening around them. Walls collapse, cars blow up, people are killed and the main characters don’t seem to care much. What a great way to alienate you from the very beginning. So to warn all of you who may be misguided from the entry picture, THIS IS NOT AN ACTION SERIES. It is mostly slice of life, moe, romcom, and drama, with a few poorly planned out battles that mean very little to the plot. Everything plays out as easy going as possible.
Now about the characters… if one can call them as such. They are drawn in a very generic way and personally I even find them unappealing. The lead male is a spineless harem idiot that keeps bumping on girls, like so many others that have overflowed all modern teen shows. I am a GAR fan; this does not help me to sympathize with him. Does anyone actually like this dork archetype? He can’t even talk to a girl without almost bursting with embarrassment. This is so lame! Furthermore I don’t even see his involvement in the story, since all the work is done by a cat robot and a loli. Why is he there, so we can see the story unraveling through the eyes of a spectator? That is so boring compared to first person narration. So I have no other explanation other than him being a harem lead, bound by nature to be boring and unimpressive just so the chicks stand out for liking him. DUH!
The female characters ain’t any better; they all have permenent blushed cheek effect and talk like bimbos who are afraid someone will molest them (brothers included). That is supposed to make them look cute just to hide how boring they are. I mean they gave gigantic boobs to the lead teenage girl that stay straight up even when she is lying down, just to cover up her lack of intelligence with overused ecchi boob jokes. She is for good for some Spanish sex but as a character she is blunt and forgettable. Same thing can be said for all teenager or adult girls who are defined only by how horny or sexualized they are and otherwise lack characterization completely.
The main character is in fact a little girl priestess which is learning how to control a robocat or something and the whole thing looks more like a joke than a serious and responsible task. I mean she is considered to have a very important mission, to control an ancient machine that can defend a village, and yet despite being attacked by murderous villains or saving people from flaming cars, she almost acts as if the whole thing is a videogame. In fact, she even plays videogames with the exact same interest. Shouldn’t she be more scared or serious about the real thing? Is this entire show just a joke for her? And what’s with the constant UGUU and klutz attitude of hers? Are the producers trying to make her as moe as possible? How about some depth you fools? Something other than turning her into a klutz maid in some café? But no, just like in a typical moe show they didn’t even bother to develop her. The show ends and she doesn’t even gain control over the robocat, which was also this minor thing called THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE WHOLE SHOW!
The lead attraction ends up being this cat-like robogod that kinda looks like QB from Madoka. It sure stands out from all the rest for its looks. Yet it also feels bad; not only it looks ugly but it doesn’t even have personality or free will; it’s just a puppet the little girl remote controls. It doesn’t have any cool superpowers and it doesn’t fight in any good way either. It even makes silly noises when it moves around. Kamen Rider Hibiki’s disk animals did it better. Other than that, both this thing and all the other dolls other characters control are mooks with no effect in the story.
As for the story, it is completely aimless to the point you are given no motivation to keep watching. There are villains with superpowers appearing and foreshadowing something that has very little impact in overall. I mean there was some sort of mass murder going on and there is chase by some thugs who also have superpowers and the whole thing might be interesting if it was heading somewhere specific. Yet nothing did; it was all just ephemeral dull conflicts that are resolved with almost zero effort. In fact the show ends with nothing major resolved around them! The most exciting scenes end up being the tired-to-death soft ecchi ones, regarding all the girls having the hots for some dork. You can imagine how much the storywriters try to make it interesting. NOT AT ALL! Everything plays out like they are trying to make you fall asleep instead of exciting you.
Also, the previews for the next episode after the credits are over, show puppets; silly looking versions of the characters saying silly things about the artwork of the show. Wow, this show is yelling its silliness all over the place. Actually, that is not a problem by itself but eventually the show doesn't know whether it wanted to be serious or comedy and it sure fails to mix these properly. It is clearly NOT just silly or dramatic and the combo ruins both aspects. Thus the result is completely ridiculous; an immature teen show with poor production values that aims at people with very low expectations. Just throw in cute girls blushing, an idiot male, some excuse of a story, some bare skin, and let the suckers buy it.
The characters seem to take things easy; you can see they are more emotionally moved towards the opposite sex (blushing and embarrassment), rather than screaming in terror in the sight of corpses, supernatural psychopaths, and cat-like robogods. By the way, this is not a slapstick comedy show to excuse it. It doesn’t even try to excuse how everybody else besides the main cast is completely uncaring or blind to several buildings and cars being destroyed daily. Furthermore none of them are memorable for any reason and they are even repulsive if you are fed up with blushing ball-less protagonists, moe lolis, shallow bimbos, simplistic battles, and anything that is average in general.
My impressions couldn’t be any worse. This show is a total flop. Spare yourselves the fail and don’t even bother. read more
Nov 2, 2011
I thought that the story about this series only war about robots, or other sci-fi things.
But after I saw all of the episodes, I found it rather good enough. while watching, sometimes i feel anxious, blue, pissed off, funny, etc.
Also, I found the artwork is good enough, it has a smooth changing frame.
Overall this series can provide action, drama, and anxiousty story..
Overall Rating 8/10
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