Miscellanea and Ephemeron
09/27/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Dolls 4"
Reviewed by Kathryn Ramage
The latest volume in Kawahara's lovely, graphical, fantasy series about living plant-dolls carries on the standard set by its predecessors. There are only four stories in this volume, but with one exception they are longer and more complex than the stories in the previous collections--more a set of graphic novellas than short stories.
As always, the theme of each story concerns the odd relationship between the dolls and their owners. This time, three of the four stories are about children, both little boys and girls, who have an almost spiritual connection with their beloved dolls. Only the last one has to do with an obsessive owner, and a grown man in love with a doll--both of which have played prominent roles in many of the earlier stories.
This set of stories also elaborates on the mysterious, magical, botanical processes that go into the making of a doll:
As always, thoroughly enchanting.
The Wapshott Press
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