In the near future, criminals can be condemned without being present at their trial. Meet the Tokkei, a group of elite executioners whose job is to hunt down and dispose of those who have received the death penalty. Our story mostly follows the first brigade, the best of the Tokkei, as they carry out their missions of justice.
As for the title, the Tokkei have to constantly deal with being called dolls (or "puppets") who mindlessly carry out their executions. Should they bring personal feelings into their grisly work?
This is like a police story (if you've read "Switch," also by Naked
Ape, the police and detective themes are very similar). But the executioners here wield swords as well as guns. High drama and psychological twists keep things exciting.
The artwork is beautiful, with heavy contrasts and luscious lines. The only complaint I had with it is that it's sometimes hard to tell tell a few of the characters apart (though it's not as much of a problem as it was in Switch).
The only major detraction for me was the violence. After all, we're chasing down murderous criminals here. Whether it's discussed or shown, there is a TON of disturbing stuff. That's why I nocked down my rating from a 9 to an 8. (Not as bad as E's or Trinity Blood though).
Overall, a very engrossing and interesting josei manga.