Dolls Fall revolves around the lives of students at Jiaiin girls dormitory, an orphanage for middle school children without families. They are greeted with open arms by the matrons and other students, taught to accept their fellow orphans as sisters and the matrons as their mothers. Jiaiin is a safe haven for students, provided that they follow two simple rules: at night, lock your door and don't leave the room, and never enter a matron's room. Break either one of those rules and this series' likeness to Corpse Party becomes evident.
This was the first gorey manga that I read, and boy did it leave a strong impression on me. In fact, I still consider it one of the most twisted series out there.
The strength of this series doesn't lie in its gore. The strength of this series lies in the fucked-upness that it achieves in both story and characters. Some of the characters and their actions are truly disgusting and pretty sickening. The fact that the recipient of such actions are little girls makes it worse.
This doesn't mean this series has bad gore, either. In fact, the gore in this series, although not
the most extreme, imo is one of the best in terms of quality. The guts are not only detailed, but even have a glistening quality to them. You can really feel the love the author put into drawing them.
Art: The art in this series was spot-on. Although at times the faces of some characters looked like squished play-do, the dark and twisted art style really complimented the series.
Story: The story could've been better. Most annoying were the many things introduced and then ignored for the rest of the series. Superpowers were introduced, then all but forgotten. The "Dolls Fall" game wasn't really explained, and it was never really explored. Girls having some kind of past was hinted, and then generally forgotten. At times the girls figure stuff out, but they take little to no action regarding it. Seriously, the author tried to put in way too much stuff, which left everything half-assed. The random stuff not only distracted from the plot, but also left big breaks in gore, which was a damn shame.
Overall: 7/10. The story could've been a lot better, but the gore + fucked-upness really shone through. And ultimately, that's what I look for in a horror manga. This isn't one of those horror manga that make you jumpy and paranoid. This is one of those series that makes you lose a bit of faith in humanity. While not the most shocking, some of the scenes in this series left a strong and lasting impression. Overall good read, and would recommend.
Oh boy where do I begin?
This manga started with a decent amount of promise. The setting and set up story did not blow me away or anything, but I do like to see some guro. While this manga delivers on the guro front with some gorgeous depictions throughout, the story and characters are an absolute mess.
It seems obvious to me that the artist lost interest or decided to work on another project at some point because there is set up in the first half for a much longer story. There is a large cast, unexplained magical powers, and an origin story all waiting
to be explored. Unfortunately none of them ever are. We are left with no explanations for the random magical powers, no detailed back stories, and and ending that is extremely unsatisfying and confusing.
In short: the manga starts okay with some good art, but the lack of story, character development, or explanations for anything ruin it. Skip this manga. If you need that guro I understand, but there are way better options.
From the author of corpse party comes another gory manga with loli's in dire situations coupled with constant panty wetting and with sheer gruesome scenes at times.
Though having said that this manga wasn't by any means a good read and many a times left me scratching my head trying to understand what it wanted to say.
Well the synopsis pretty much sums up the whole story without much to add.There aren't many plot twits to make you fall out your seat.(The last chapter had a plot twist but at the end of the day it seemed very underwhelming). The story mainly revolves around the
gore and that's pretty much it. To sum it up. If you see a new girl in a chapter chances are she is most probably gonna die and that is what this manga mainly revolves around.
The art is the only redeeming fact about this manga.Not at a masterpiece level but it goes very well in depicting the gruesomeness the author wanted to portray. Being drawn by an artist which has mainly focused on hentai the art truly does stand out and many a times has brought light to this otherwise dull manga.
This is the weakest link in this manga and the reason i don't like this at all. Some of the characters are just introduced as slaughter goats to depict how gruesomely the author would kill her. The main character and 1-2 others do have some stories to tell but in most cases you won't give a damn about the character and would just be waiting just as to how she is gonna die. Mid way through i didn't even try to remember who is who cuz she gonna die next chapter anyway.
The manga does start of well.And the early chapters do have a lot of promise.But that is totally destroyed as the manga moves on to the further chapters.Not to tell the ending was extremely rushed and made no sense whatsoever at times.
To say as a whole this manga wont be a big plus in your list.Though if you love gore you could enjoy some parts as that is where this manga excels at.If you have all the time in the world, love gore and don't know what to read next give this a go.
This manga seemed really promising for about the first third or so, but then it went downhill fast. The ONLY consistently good aspect of this manga is the art. Character designs, environments, gore, and nudity are all well-represented artistically. Unfortunately, that is ultimately just another aspect of this manga's wasted potential.
I thought this story might be pretty good at first, not mind-blowing elite-tier stuff, but solid and enjoyable. The exposition escalates things quickly, there's some twisted, fucked up scenes early on, our protagonists are fairly likable, the villain is a generic horror super-sadist. All that needed to be done from there was to keep the
focus on the characters and put together a coherent beginning, middle, and end for the story. Then you'd have a good, but not great manga (in the 6 t0 7/10 range).
Unfortunately that doesn't happen. New characters I couldn't be bothered to care much about continually get introduced, the plot takes a turn involving pointless super-powers that often don't even come into play when the characters would need them, and confusing and seemingly completely unrelated plot-points are introduced as well. In short, the back half of this manga is a completely convoluted mess in terms of story and characters. I couldn't even tell what the hell was going on much of the time.
*Scores are based around 5/10 being considered "average"
Ultimately, the only things keeping this manga's score out of the cellar for me are the very good art and the fact that it did show some promise in the beginning. Would not recommend though. Although you may get some enjoyment if you just want gore and twisted shit and don't care if you're able to tell what is going on.