KAMISAMA DOLLS SERIES COLLECTION

PrintE-mail Written by Adam Starkey

DVD REVIEW: KAMISAMA DOLLS SERIES COLLECTION / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: SEIJI KISHI / SCREENPLAY: MAKOTO UEZU / STARRING: NOBUHIKO OKAMOTO, MISATO FUKUEN, AI KAYANO, RYOHEI KIMURA / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Based on the manga series by Hajime Yamamura, Kamisama Dolls follows Kyohei Kuga as he moves to Tokyo to break away from his small town origins. While in the big city, and just before a babbled attempt to ask out the girl of his dreams, he stumbles upon the classic mood killer of a bloody corpse in an elevator; an incident which unravels Kyohei’s past and the fantastical secrets of his former town, where certain individuals called ‘sekis’ possess the ability to control ancient gods through mind powers.

At least, that’s how it begins. Once you’re beyond the opening episodes, Kamisama Dolls quickly buries itself in branching plot lines and additional characters. There’s Kyohei’s younger sister Utao, who’s struggling to control her ancient god pet; some business types trying to unearth the secrets of said gods; Kyohei’s past and twisted connection with a deadly assassin called Aki; the awkwardly handled romance between Kyohei and Hibino; then a random twin brother to Utao turns up but is quickly forgotten about to make room for everything else.

It’s frustrating, because the show can be enjoyable when honed to its core. A flashback episode revolved around Kyohei and Aki halfway through the series proves memorable purely because it trims the excess and doesn’t throw plot lines towards the audience at random. After this highlight however, Kamisama Dolls descends wildly into a convoluted mess; losing any intrigue under its lofty ambitions and the exhaustive tonal switches between comical fun and clunky melodrama.

While often all too common in anime, there’s also some cringe worthy camera lingering on some of the female characters. Most notably on Hibino San, or as she’s commonly referred to by others in the show, ‘the girl with the big tits’. The bad taste hangs beyond the main show too, with a baffling DVD extra of her working out in her swimsuit for a few, awkward minutes.

What feels promising at the outset of Kamisama Dolls soon dissipates underneath muddled plots, irritating characters and a poorly executed finale. There is certainly something here to salvage from its opening few episodes if a second series materialises, but in its current form Kamisama Dolls is best left to your imagination.

Special Features: Shorts / Japanese promos / Japanese commercials / Textless opening and closing / Artwork gallery / Trailers
 

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.

CLICK TO BUY!

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:


Suggested Articles:
First broadcast in 1973 as an episode for the long running, German detective series, Tatort (which s
Based on Adelaida García Morales’ short story El sur, this 1983 film version was voted one of the
We’ve always been sceptical of health farms and diet pills, and this obscure little gem from Down
After his mother died, Michael’s dad Roger managed to drink his way out of a job and the pair out
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET 15 January 2017

EL SUR 15 January 2017

BODY MELT (1993) 12 January 2017

VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH 12 January 2017

FIRST MEN IN THE MOON 10 January 2017

SAUSAGE PARTY 09 January 2017

HEAD OF THE FAMILY 09 January 2017

CREEPY 09 January 2017

THE GLASS SHIELD (1994) 09 January 2017

BLAIR WITCH 09 January 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144