[Manga] Dolls by Naked Ape

Dolls easily became my favourite Naked Ape work (I like Switch too, but I like Dolls even better :D).

For those who do not know, Naked Ape consists of mangakas Saki Otoh and Nakamura Tomomi (Wikipedia). Their other popular work includes Switch (something to do with drug busting investigators). Other notable mention: Saki Otoh co-authors di(e)ce.

Anyways, back to Dolls…

From Baka-Updates:

After the crime rate began to spiral out of control in the third Toutoh empire, a law was established to help expedite trials and relieve the pressure on the overcrowded prisons, which were filled to the brim with criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole. According to this new law, trials could be held and the accused criminals sentenced to death even if they hadn’t been captured yet. Moreover, in order to capture/kill these criminals who had been given a punishment by the courts, the Special Executions police force was created…

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They are referred to as dolls for a good reason – they are able to kill without further thought or remorse as per instructed by the higher ups. They may be known as dolls, but as the story goes, the authors showed more humane side of each of them through their pasts and present actions.

Other note: there are hints of shounen-ai in the series (as expected of Naked Ape, author of several doujinshis).

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My thoughts:

On the surface, those three Tokkeis seemed serious about their job (they did managed 100% success rate after all) but really, they do have lives and pasts and the authors did a great job in telling us readers who they really are before they became who they are today.

Bishounens…oh bishounens galore! Well, I may be exaggerating here but the three Tokkeis really are gorgeous looking with my favourite being Seiju (I think that I have a thing for long-haired guys in animes/mangas, not in real life though…maybe except Nana’s Takumi :D).

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Image: Seiju Shikibu as drawn by Kindaseiha (from deviantart).

My final verdict: if this manga were to be made available in English editions, I think I’d buy them. Enough said.

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