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Description
From Entropy:

Naruse Kazuki and Koutake Haruki are on the advanced track of Seitoukou Academy. Though they are not connected by blood, these two whose faces are so similar coincidentally have their 16th birthdays on November 11th. However, on that fateful anniversary, the cogs of fate have begun to turn. A game involving both their destinies has now begun!

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
-di[e]ce-
di(e)ce
diece
di[e]ce ~Dice~
di[e]ce-ダイス-

Groups Scanlating
Entropy
Hard and Rough Scanlations
Immortal Abyss
Kiheitai
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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.41 (end) by Me, Myself and I (391d ago)
v.6 c.40 by Me, Myself and I (447d ago)
v.6 c.39 by Me, Myself and I (451d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (200 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.65 / 10.0
10
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 3% (6 votes)

Last Updated
June 7th 2015, 8:53am PST


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Year
2007

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Zero-Sum (Ichijinsha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #991 increased(+224)
Monthly Pos #1669 increased(+549)
3 Month Pos #3207 increased(+66)
6 Month Pos #3362 increased(+369)

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On 818 wish lists
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Impressive   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by naikan
January 19th, 2009, 5:36pm
After reading the first two volumes, this manga definitely impresses me. All of the "not quite right" and "huh?" moments in volume 1 were exquisitely planned foreshadowing leading up to an important part of the "game" they are playing explained in volume 2. Where it goes from there, I cannot wait to see.

I can really see pieces of the plot fitting together like a board game as the story progresses, so not only does it show a good amount of planning behind the story, but it also fits in neatly with the "game" aspect of the theme. If the rest of the story can keep up the same quality as the first two volumes, then this story will definitely become one of my favorites.

This manga has elements that appeal to both a male and female audience, and the plot is similar to some shounen adventure manga that currently exist. According to candyloop's List of Magazines & Their Target Audience thread, the intended target audience is older females (Josei), but I definitely feel that the manga will also be enjoyed by readers of shounen/shoujo manga as well.

... Last updated on February 1st, 2009, 4:13pm
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Hmm...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
January 6th, 2012, 9:53pm
I've never really been into the "play or die situation" types of fiction, so I may have a biased opinion from the start. In all honesty, what really caught my eye in this manga was the artwork. It's really nice, so I wasn't disappointed there. However, as I suspected, the plot didn't exactly do it for me. I read the first eight chapters and had to quit. The "play or die" plotline, as expected, was too contrived for me to believe. Clearly, there are supernatural forces at work here, and apparently, they have their own reasons for acting out this death game fantasy, but realistically, it seems like an awful hassle to set up a whole mass-murdering, highly flashy, police-magnet game for... well, for any reason at all, really. I'm a fairly rational person, so I tend to think that these types of convoluted deathtraps are a waste of time and money, not to mention highly risky on multiple levels. If you want to kill someone, why not just pull out a gun and peg him one? Quick and easy.

What bothered me a lot with regards to the characters was that Kazuki has no problem whatsoever with taking out his classmates so brutally as if he were, as he seems to believe, in a video game. Haruki calls him out on this, but the message doesn't sink in at all, and honestly, I'm fed up with characters whose thinking patterns are so two-dimensional that they can't comprehend such a basic concept as what Haruki is trying to explain. The reveal that
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Kazuki and Haruki are both "kings" that need to kill each other
is really typical of manga, and frankly, their relationship isn't so interesting as to make me want to continue reading it just to see how this plays out.

Finally, a minor point but one that really irks me:
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After the school blows up and reportedly 800 people die, there is a news report about it. The anchor says something along the lines of, "Our next piece of news is..." before detailing the explosion. I'm sorry, but "our next piece of news?" If a mass death of more than 800 people occurred ANYWHERE, it would be on the front page, the top story, the topic of discussion of EVERY newspaper, news story, and civilian in EVERY country on the face of the Earth. That ISN'T just something to brush off with "our next piece of news" - that is "our only news." I know it's a small detail, but honestly, any moron should know that massacres of 800+ people don't happen every day as a casual occurrence. I'm sorry, but they just don't.


Anyway, I'm giving this series a five for the art and the story (which, though it's cliched and implausible, I'm sure some people would enjoy). The manga seems more shounen than josei. I would have liked to have seen more of the mixing of shounen and shoujo elements that josei (especially Zero-Sum) tends to do quite well. Overall, this manga wasn't really my cup of tea, but if you don't mind fairly unrealistic, suspense-oriented action stories, you'd probably enjoy this.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2012, 9:57pm
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Non-ending?   
Rating: N/A
by CCheshire
December 28th, 2014, 2:46pm
I've read the series on and off over the years so bear with me. The reason I gave it a low rating because it doesn't make any sense from the beginning and then later with the ending either. OK I can accept game-like situations but the ending just gave me a headache as it ends abruptly with no resolution.

Art looks nice 80% of the time but even then I got confused with certain characters in each chapter.
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Interesting, addicting even if a bit confused   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Tsuzuki
October 27th, 2012, 4:18am
I've just finished to read the six volumes.
I quite liked it even if I find the plot a bit confused.
The art is really good and even if a main point of the whole "game" is that the chess pieces resemble one eachother in pair s(tower resembles tower, bishop resembles bishop) they are not so annoyngly alike as often happens.
You can fully understand the plot develpoment and the reasons behind the charatcters actions only in the last chapters( or so it's for me).
However there are some parts of the plot left unexplained
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Who or What exactly are Akitsuki and Saryou twins? What is "Board", what happened to the two game masters/players showed in volume 5? And who they are?

In my opinion there is a sad hint in the
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apparently happy
ending. I mean people struggle to save/help their kings and then.
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and all the bounds created between the charatcters seem disappear, in the end.

Anyway I suggest it if you like survival game based stories or quite complex stories with good art ( actually i'm not a game based manga fan).
About the shounen-ai thing...well It's not too explicit and neither subtext. Not more that many other shounen. But if you're really against a story without a female (co)protagonist well this manga maybe it's not for you.

... Last updated on October 27th, 2012, 6:43am
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AWESOME   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by emriel
October 26th, 2011, 10:02pm
Well, I'm picky with art and when I first saw the cover, I went like... ok wow. and then of course, I ended up reading it ^ _ ^ fast.

I really like this manga, better than switch I guess. It's not shounen ai... although it has plenty of bromance... @_@ Just the idea of the bishop being the only one who can heal the king. *___* and what's up with the queen character. :S

I want to know what would happen with the other characters soon. What made me find this really awesome is the almost cliche plot where you have to fight your bestfriend that you love mosssst.

at some points it gets confusing because the shifts in POV is fast... or maybe it's just me. It went pretty smooth though and I can't wait for more chapters to come out.
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i love it   
Rating: N/A
by Miss-L
August 16th, 2008, 7:05pm
a very good manga love how the story is going , the artwork is just beautiful love the characters (yay bishies ) .. and theres this shounen-ai atmosphere lol , i checked the authors work most of it are shounen-ai genre so .. xD
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Pretty good, actually   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by calstine
June 7th, 2015, 8:38am
I have no idea what the people who claim the ending was confusing are talking about, since it actually made more sense than what you see in most "game of death" manga. That being said, if you don't read the whole series in one go, the subtle hints scattered throughout the story will probably go unnoticed: Di(e)ce isn't the kind of plot that's meant to be consumed in small doses.

The characters were likeable despite being tried-and-true archetypes, the plot had plenty of twists without becoming too convoluted for its own good, and the art - especially in the fighting sequences - was a lot clearer and neater than what you see in most josei or shounen action manga. It's no masterpiece, but it's both entertaining and clever, which puts it head and shoulders above the majority of survival game manga.


And on a parting note: Really? The 2nd "most useful" comment here is from someone who decided to give the entire series a bad review based on a single phrase very early on in the story, without realising that
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the carefree attitude towards death and the complete lack of consequences therein
is basically the clue to unravelling the entire plot? *Sigh*

... Last updated on June 9th, 2015, 6:42am
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ending is great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shines
October 5th, 2012, 11:19am
got diece-chapter-42-end-game-over. from endlessmagic.blogspot
i loved this manga
1)great art and cool, bishie characters
2)great, exciting story and has lots of twists in the story(unexpected turn of events)
3)addicting
4)great potential of a future anime (cant wait)

the only problem is that it was hard to find a place to get the ending at least
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yeah   
Rating: N/A
by k.bell11
August 1st, 2012, 1:22pm
it has a pretty interesting premise, and while the characters start off really flat they're growing on me, especially after the introduction of the knights, personally i think haruki is much cooler than kazuki so i hope he gets more screen time as it goes on. The art is amazing, and the flow of the action and plot are nice. The beginning is a little weird, but its gets better, its not the best manga ever, but it had a pretty original plot and is worth the read.

NB there are alot of scenes that seem shounen-ai especially without a complete back story so if that bothers you, skip it
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Nice! ^^   
Rating: N/A
by angeline_chong94
September 3rd, 2008, 2:55am
The story-line is interesting. Its make me wonder what is going to happen in the next chapter. I hope that they can upload it soon. And also, the drawing is sooo nice! The guys is so handsome! ^^
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