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Doll Master

Panie anime

Profile
Kanji 人形遣
Status Deceased
Gender Female
Species Quasi-Spirit
Hair Color Blond
Eye Color Blue
Personal Status
Occupation Dominion (formerly)
Media
Novel Debut Date A Bullet
Anime Debut Dead or Bullet
Portrayal
Japanese Rina Hidaka

Doll Master (人形遣ドールマスター, Dōru Masutā?) is a Quasi-Spirit who was the Dominion of the Tenth Region: Malkuth, and first appeared in Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet.

Summary

As the Dominion of Malkuth, Doll Master regularly hosts killing games while luring unsuspecting Quasi-Spirits with the award of a large sum of Sephira fragments. In truth, the battle royale is a trap. While watching from afar, she waits for all of the contestants to weaken each other before sending her representative doll Panie Ibusuki (いぶ宿すきパニエ, Ibusuki Panie?) to eliminate the weakened Quasi-Spirits. Afterwards, she steals their Sephira fragments to make horrifying cartoonish dolls in the form of her defeated victims.

Appearance

Doll Master's appearance stated to look exactly like Panie Ibusuki, an extension of the Doll Master herself. Panie has long blond hair usually worn down with bangs covering her forehead. She has bright blue eyes, and an innocent smile that is described as a ‘blessing’ in the Neighboring World.[1] She wears a pink and white Sweet Lolita styled dress, enhancing her innocent appearance. Panie is also stated to look extraordinarily younger than the other Quasi-Spirits participating in the Killing Game in Volume 1.

She was also stated to resemble a French Doll.[2]

Personality

Doll Master is shrewd, cowardly, cruel and prudent.[3] After being victim to cruelty from other Quasi-Spirits in her early life in the Neighboring World, the Doll Master’s victimised attitude changed. Using her Unsigned Angel, she created a doll and her only friend in the Neighboring World at the time. Both her and her doll were shunned by the other Quasi-spirits, which led to the Doll Master turning on those that had been cruel to her and turning them into her dolls and thus, her ‘friends.’[4]

Doll Master exhibited a large amount of apathy and cruelty towards the Quasi-Spirits participating in her killing game. She showed little to no remorse when manipulating them into battling with each other over an unfounded promise, and compared killing them to snapping the neck of a puppy.[5] While Doll Master was responding to the cruelty she was dealt out, and while she justified her actions by stating that life was easy and peaceful with her enemies under her control as dolls, her ruthlessness and disturbing manner of turning people into dolls exemplifies her nature. Furthermore, Doll Master displayed sadism when sicking the doll of Yue Hiriyue on Empty/Hibiki Higoromo, her best friend.[6] In addition, Doll Master is kind towards her dolls, and often praises them when they behave well and obediently carry out her orders. She expresses fondness to them that she doesn’t show to anybody else.

Doll Master’s secrecy and prudence is also a major aspect of her personality. Doll Master ensured that she could continue her reign over Malkuth through never revealing her appearance, nor alerting anybody to her location.[7]

When facing death, Doll Master didn’t attempt to sugarcoat her intentions or fish for sympathy. She also didn’t show remorse for those she killed or turned to dolls, and stated that she would have continued to increase the number of dolls had she not been caught and killed.[8]

When speaking through Panie, she often refers to herself in the third person.

Media

  • Light Novel
    • Appearances:
      • Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet 1

Powers and Abilities

While her Astral Dress and Unsigned Angel were never stated, Doll Master has the ability to turn Quasi-Spirits into dolls. These dolls are able to move about with relative ease, wield weapons and speak. Some dolls are only capable of programmed responses, while others can act as a proxy or extension of the Doll Master herself. The most notable of these representations of her is Panie Ibusuki. Panie's Unsigned Angel and Astral Dress were revealed to be the following.

Unsigned Angel: Talos (青銅怪人タロス, Seidō Kaijin?. lit. "Bronze Monster")

Weapon: Wooden Cross and Doll

Astral Dress: Victoria (旧糸霊装・五二番ヴイクトリア, Kyūito Reisō Goniban?. lit. "Old Tread Spirit Dress, Number 52")

Panie's Unsigned Angel was said to give her the ability to operate a giant bronze doll, however this huge doll was said to be easily melted by Sheri. Panie is able to store dolls within her body, and transport them. She can hold absurd numbers of dolls in her body, up to 400.

False Proxy is another one of these storage units, but is not an extension of the Doll Master; rather a mindless puppet.

Doll Master, unlike Panie, is bedridden and paralyzed.[9] She sealed herself away from other Quasi-Spirits and only interacted with the outside world through dolls. She also never visited a Dominion meeting, instead sending out dolls as methods of communication instead of going herself, as she was unable to.[10]

Quotes

  • (To Empty as Panie) "So here is heaven… or hell, or at least I think it is such a place. Panie and everyone else can hardly remember anything but names, but I only remember encountering very painful things. So I remember once praying that I didn’t want to die." [11]
  • (To Hibiki Higoromo) "I have sins. Have. Please don’t misunderstand, Empty. It was my will to increase the number of dolls." [12]

References

  1. Date A Bullet 1 ○Inui Yume
  2. Date A Bullet 1 ○Doll Master
  3. Date A Bullet 1 ○Empty (in capture)
  4. Date A Bullet 1 ○Doll Master
  5. Date A Bullet 1 ○Doll Master
  6. Date A Bullet 1 ○Empty (in capture)
  7. Date A Bullet 1 ○Empty (in capture)
  8. Date A Bullet 1 ○Doll Master
  9. Date A Bullet 1 ○Doll Master
  10. Date A Bullet 1 ○Sagakure Yui
  11. Date A Bullet Volume 1 ○Inui Yume
  12. Date A Bullet Volume 1 ○Doll Master

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Characters
Humans
Male
Shido ItsukaKyouhei KannazukiElliot Baldwin WoodmanKyouji KawagoeMasaomi MikimotoMunechika NakatsugawaTatsuo ItsukaHiroto TonomachiFraser DouglasGillian AlmstedRoland ClaytonJames A. PaddingtonRoger Murdoch
Female
Mana TakamiyaHinako ShiizakiKozue MinowaKaren Nora MathersHaruko ItsukaEllen Mira MathersArtemisia Bell AshcroftJessica BaileyRyouko KusakabeMikie OkamineMildred F. FujimuraCecile O'BrienLeonora SearsAshley SinclairMinerva RiddellTamae OkamineAi YamabukiMai HazakuraMii Fujibakama
Spirits
Sephira Spirits
Tohka YatogamiYoshino HimekawaKurumi TokisakiKotori ItsukaYamai KazamachiMiku IzayoiNatsumi KyounoOrigami TobiichiNia HonjouMukuro Hoshimiya
Exclusive Spirits
Rinne SonogamiMaria ArusuMarina ArusuRio SonogamiMayuriRen
Other Spirits
Reine MurasameMio TakamiyaTohka Yatogami (Parallel World)
Quasi-Spirits
Dominions
Doll MasterRinemu KirariMizuha BanouinMaya YukishiroAriadne FoxrotHaraka KagarikeOka MiyafujiYuri SagakureKareha BanouinCarte À JouerRetsumi Jugasaki
Other Quasi-Spirits
Hibiki HigoromoTsuanAiai NogiAyame TakeshitaYui SagakureIsami HijikataSheri MusikaFurue TonamiYue HiryuMayuka Momozono
Asgard Electronics
Elliot Baldwin WoodmanKaren Nora MathersTatsuo ItsukaHaruko Itsuka
Ratatoskr
Rounds
Elliot Baldwin WoodmanKaren Nora MathersFraser DouglasRoland ClaytonGillian Almsted
Fraxinus Bridge Members
Kotori ItsukaReine MurasameKyouhei KannazukiKyouji KawagoeMasaomi MikimotoHinako ShiizakiMunechika NakatsugawaKozue MinowaMana TakamiyaMARIA
Deus Ex Machina Industries
Active
Sir Isaac Ray Pelham WestcottEllen Mira MathersArtemisia Bell AshcroftNibelcole
Imprisoned
James A. PaddingtonRoger Murdoch
Former
Elliot Baldwin WoodmanKaren Nora MathersMana TakamiyaOrigami Tobiichi
Deceased
Jessica BaileyMinerva Riddell • Edgar F. Carroll
Anti Spirit Team
Active
Ryouko KusakabeMikie OkamineMildred F. Fujimura • Tomonara • Kagaya
Former
Kyouhei KannazukiOrigami Tobiichi
Special Sorcery Service
Active
Cecile O'BrienLeonora SearsAshley Sinclair
Former
Artemisia Bell AshcroftMinerva Riddell
Raizen High School
Teachers
Tamae OkamineReine Murasame • Chousoka Beshiyouichi
Students
Shido ItsukaTohka YatogamiTobiichi OrigamiKurumi TokisakiYamai KaguyaYamai YuzuruHiroto TonomachiAi YamabukiMai HazakuraMii Fujibakama

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