Chapters 1-5 + Bonus Story
As I have mentioned in my Dolls review this is a different series of Doll stories. Both series are collections of short stories that focuses on Dolls and its human owners/masters. Although they are quite different, these said dolls in Doll by Mihara Mitsukazu are human-like/androids that serves as companions or servants for its owners as supposed to the real dolls that are like pets in Kawahara Yumiko’s Dolls.
I often like a series that consists of short stories that shares common theme or morals. Doll is a collection of short stories that centers around Dolls and their relationships with its human owners or masters.
In this first volume we have six different stories of these humanoid beings that offers a different look at the lives of dolls as a companion, servant and even as lovers. With stories that incorporates themes of science fiction about artificial intelligence acting or serving as human replacements are often hauntingly creepy.
The ones that stood out for me in this first batch of stories are the first and third one. The first is a tale about a young doll man who serves its family for 2 generations – well at least it was in the book who knows if it been passed down. But anyway he has been the serving the mistress of the house up until she died and got passed down to her daughter. I like the message it conveys, the irony of the relationship of the doll towards its master. As the young doll have seen its new lady master grow up, marries and live the expected unhappy life as she got an arranged marriage. Even as far back to her childhood she never once got the attention, love and care from her dad. It has always been the young doll whose always by her even though it doesn’t show emotion and all. I thought this first chapter is very well done and it got me hooked. Its a bittersweet tale albeit hearthwarming story of love.
The third story is about a servant female doll that is owned by a strict middle age woman. She isn’t given much of a freedom. I like the overall ending of it. Its hard to spill the detail since if I said anything else it will ruin the story. But this particular one is definitely one of the best out of the bunch.
The art is gothic like style, it resembles the one in Paradise Kiss. Overall this is a good series, one or two stories should get your attention. These are well told stories. What I don’t like about the series is that some dolls are used as sexual thing but then again it does give its reasons why and the moral around it. But yeah I am particularly not fond of these kind but its still alright.
Caution to young readers as this series deals with some mature stuffs and has some nudity.
The dolls different situations and the messages it embodies is worth reading.