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Friday, February 27, 2009

Doubt by Tonogai Yoshiki

Title: Doubt
Mangaka: Tonogai Yoshiki
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: Approx. 200
# of Volumes: 3
My Rating: 3.5/5

Rabbit Doubt is the latest and hottest game around to play on the cellphone. The players would be the "rabbits" and one of them would be the "wolf" in disguise. The rule is to guess who the wolf really is before it eats all of the rabbits one by one until there are none left.

Five teenagers, four of them are players, were all hanging out with each other one evening. Unexpectedly, they fell unconscious to awaken and find themselves in an abandoned hospital with another male they have never met before. It was not long after until they realize they were in a real game of Rabbit Doubt after one of them was found dead. This is no fun and games, this is all the matters of survival. Time is precious as they all try to find who is the real wolf among themselves. Will they survive? Or will they continue on doubting until they all become dead rabbits?

If I can relate this manga to anything, it would be the popular gory movie Saw. I only have seen the third installment but it basically is has the same concept. Each person (except for the main character, YĆ« Aikawa) received a bar code somewhere on their body. Within the hospital, there were locked doors that would only open through someone's barcode. If you know of Saw III, everyone had some sort of number tattooed on. Using those numbers, it would help them crack the code to a safe that held the antidotes for the poison that was injected into their bodies.

Another similarity between Doubt and Saw III is the characters that were trapped have done something wrong in the past. And their punishment was to survive the sick game set up by an unknown killer.

Doubt was quite bloody but the tactics that the wolf used weren't as grotesque as you would see in Saw. The manga would keep you guessing and have you coming back for more. It is definitely creepy but not amazing or unique in terms of plotline. When I finished it, I felt that the ending could have been better. I am disappointed how the series wrapped up and somehow felt that it was a waste reading it. But leading up to, it was not a bad read and could be something to kill time with.

Doubt has not be licensed in America yet but could be read on

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