At first glance, the storyline is completely unoriginal. The idea of a human falling in love with a doll is overused and not a new idea. However, Lovers Doll takes the whole idea into perspective.
Personifying a doll has been done before, particularly in yaoi. Some popular examples of this are Chobits and Absolute Boyfriend (Zettai Kareshi). However, in Lovers Doll, we don't get some souped up sci-fi doll, we have a classic dress-up doll. The protagonist, Shin, enjoys sewing doll clothes as a pastime and chose to by a classic dress-up doll for this purpose.
Himeji, the doll's name, is infamously named 'the Bloody Doll'. The
reason? It can move and transform into a human magically with the 'power of love'. As far-fetched as it seems, it's really something the reader can sympathize with.
Don't we all wish to be loved? Are dolls any different?
This idea of wanting to be loved is something I feel all readers can relate to. Sure, there's all that talk about soul mates and true love, but in the end, what we're all looking for is someone to spend all of your life with. Sometimes it takes a story like this to realize something like that.
I'll give you a warning right off the bat though, the story isn't a powerfully amazing. It won't break you down in epiphany or make you cry your eyes out (though it does provoke emotions of sadness). However, the story is heartwarming and reveals the imperfect nature of humanity.
I definitely recommend the story for anyone needing a special story to read. Take yourselves away from the stereotypical yaoi or shounen ai and read something with a meaningful plot and absolutely beautiful characters. Then ask yourself:
Do you wish to be loved?