God’s Dolls 5 – This Village Is Full of Dipshits
Anyway, hello villains! Or apparent villains. If a guy’s missing an eye and has a foot-long scar running along his head, then he’s probably not a nice guy. (Beating a child with a cane — no matter how big a jerk that kid is — would also seem to indicate this.) And you have the soft-spoken woman hidden in the background; she’s not even seen until Koushiro and Kirio leave the room, even though, presumably, she’s there watching everything that happens. Then the focus finally shifts to her in the shot above. Maybe some foreshadowing that she’s the one pulling the strings? Or I could be overthinking it and/or giving the show too much credit. We’ll see.
I wrote “apparent villains” earlier, because we really don’t know enough about everyone’s motivations to get a handle on what the hell is going on. It’s more than likely nothing good is going on with these two new characters. Rarely do people have the best interests of the world in mind when a subterranean cave system and a big, dark looking creature named Amaterasu are involved. But there’s so much murk involved with everything that who can really tell what is happening? At least journeying back to the village gives some indication that the story will be kicking into gear. Then again, I think I’ve been saying that about other things for the past couple of weeks . . .
One aspect of the show I do sort of like is the peeling of the layers of mistrust in the village. When Aki bursts onto the scene, it’s easy to assume he’ll be the villain, but his behavior and portrayal since the first episode seem to indicate more that, while he’s a huge asshole, he’s not really True Villain material either. He’s got many of the same beefs about the village as Kyohei; it’s just that he has a much more hardcore way of dealing with the problems he sees. Again, I think once everyone learns The Truth regarding the village that Aki and Kyohei will end up being a reluctant tag team
and win the titles and take shit down once and for all. The fact that Kyohei was once a Seki is brought up so much that there’s no way he won’t have to pick up the mantle again, right?
Then the next layer of villainy comes with the arrival of Koushiro and Kirio, but despite the latter being the prototypical Evil Twin, they never really do feel like big villains, especially Koushiro. It’s brought up that the Hyugas and the Kugas have a beef with each other, but Koushiro comes off as the type to not let that shit bother him. At various points, he could have pounded the shit out of Kyohei if he really wanted to; however, he mostly kept his mind on the mission. And he’s not above questioning his elders or orders, as this episode shows with his surprisingly direct question to a clear elder. If you wear sunglasses and a leather jacket all the time, I guess you have to walk the walk. Kirio I would guess simply acts like a dick out of jealousy. I’d be kind of pissed, too, if I were the one all cooped up for 12 years.
It remains to be seen whether these two latest folks are the cream of the crop when it comes to villains in this series, or, hilariously, if there is somehow more beyond them. This show couldn’t possibly think that more characters are required, right? Right?
A while back I wrote that there were certain powers/abilities that didn’t need much (if any) explanation, because they’re simple and easy to buy in the context of the show. This one . . . not so much. I guess it will receive some rudimentary explanation some time, but hopefully it’s not half-assed. Not really confident that will be the case, though. Sudden powers out of nowhere are never a good sign . . .