Kusumoto, Maki. Dolis. Trans. Naomi Kokubo. Los Angeles: TOKYOPOP, 2006. Summary
: Kishi's new girlfriend Mitsu is the perfect woman--if "perfect" means having no identity of one's own. Traumatized by her experiences as a model, she has become self-destructive. The couple's relationship is emotionally intense and ends only when Mitsu is hit by a car. Comments
: No one is more renowned in manga for a goth-punk style than Kusumoto Maki, and no one draws women who are more blatantly anorexic. The blocks of color used in lieu of monochrome are just icing on this low-calorie confection. The title and its meaning were the most interesting things happening. Dolis sounds a bit like "doll," which is what the designer was ruthlessly using Mitsu as, and also like "Doris," a generic, unremarkable name for a woman. Both are evocative of a trivalizing of the self, and there's clearly some commentary with regards to the price women pay for trying too hard to be fashionable--to becoming objects of the gaze.
In any case, I knew it was just a matter of time before TOKYOPOP picked up a Kusumoto Maki title. After stuff like Paradise Kiss
and Princess Ai
? Please. They pale by comparison. Perhaps now VIZ Media will bring out her most famous work, Kissxxx
, for their Shojo Beat
line or something. Notes
: oversized paperback, 1st American edition (first published in Japan in 1998 by Shodensha) Rating
- Style over substance at its very best...except that there's just a smidgen of substance to keep you from tossing the book away in disgust.