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Candy & Cigarettes is a manga by Tomonori Inoue, of Coppelion fame.

Hiraga Raizou has just entered retirement from the Japan Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). But hearing his grandson is afflicted with a rare disease costing a million yen a month in treatments, he resolved to raise the necessary money for his grandson's sake. Seeing a job ad seemingly tailored to his skillset brings him to the 'Desperado' used books store, and he is sent for a trial work... as Cleanup Crew for the assassin employed by the organization, the little girl Suzukaze Miharu.

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  • Badass and Child Duo: Played with in that Hiraga himself is a badass, but it's the kid Miharu who pulls the trigger most of the time.
  • Big Bad: Musou Saburou, the leader behind The Greatest Bond. Overlaps with Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: Known as 'The Greatest Bond' in the underworld, it comprises Dirty Cops, Corrupt Corporate Executives, Corrupt Politicians and more within its ranks.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Director Kinume's expression barely changes from 'disinterested look'. Not even when she approves the hit on her own biological father.
  • Enfante Terrible: Miharu is Desperado's primary hitman. At one point her would-be-victim called her a 'murderous demon-child', and her response is for him to keep talking as it 'makes her tingle'.
  • Murder, Inc.: The Desperado used books store is a front for the SS Agency, a government-sanctioned (or so they claimed) extralegal entity seeking to bring 'justice' to those who would otherwise evade it.
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  • Retired Badass: Raizou is a retired officer whose training comes in handy for his new career.
  • Reused Character Design: Hiraga is basically Dr. Coppelius minus the cracked glasses.
  • Revenge: Miharu's prime motivation of becoming a hitman. Her father knew too much and The Greatest Bond eliminated him and his family. Miharu missed the hit and swore vengeance to all of them.
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