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. read more
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. read more