Hi everyone! How have your summer days been? (If there’s summer where you live, that is). Do you guys ever find yourselves lazying the days away under the cooling shade of tree and dozing off? If all this sounds familiar, then you probably know where I’m going with this…
Today we’re reviewing Alice in the Country of Hearts, a manga based on the original visual novel, presented by QuinRose and Soumei Hoshino. The version of the manga I have is the omnibus collaborations that summarize the entire series into three oversized volumes.
You guys might remember that a few days ago I reviewed volume 1 of Are You Alice? A mystery, fantasy and suspense series with a lot of dark plot twists and moral issues. Today I’m gonna take you guys back into the world of delicious carrot cakes and tea parties. Alice in the Country of Hearts is a very shojo series with light romance and a lot of comedy. Part of the whimsical and cutesy aspects of the story goes into Hoshino’s artistic style to make each of the characters so uniquely distinguishable. The story progresses very much like a visual novel and as an avid-shojo reader, the way the story is structured, makes you feel as if I’m Alice and I’m directly interacting with the other characters.
This adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, sticks closer to Lewis Carroll’s original story. The main difference it that the animals aren’t just animals, but actual guys, in addition to the other human characters of the story. As an “outsider” the inhabitants of Wonderland are naturally drawn to love Alice. Alice, as she creates new relationships and finds her own little role amongst the inner-workings of Wonderland slowly fills up the magical vial of “Drink Me” liquid that gives her the ability to return to her own world.
Slowly through the development of the series, we are given hints of why Alice decided to escape the real world to live in Wonderland where she is cherished by everyone. Who wouldn’t want to be Alice? Everyone absolutely adores her.
Now, the big question, “Should I read this?” If you’re looking for interesting plot development and a lot of action and explosions, this series probably isn’t for you. As a shojo-crazed fangirl, I loved this series simply for Alice’s developing relationships with each of the characters, to see which route she would take and who she would end up with. BUT HAVE NO FEAR! If Alice doesn’t end up with the character you ship her with, there are other spin-off sequel series to this one that pairs her with almost every other character in the series. It just so happens she ended up with my favourite male character 😉
I was going to put a spoilers notice before this but the title of the spin-off sequels pretty much give it away…
In Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Fanatic Rabbit, Alice falls in love with Elliot, the March Hare
In Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz, Alice ends up with the Cheshire Cat: Boris
In Alice in the Country of Hearts: Bloody Twins, Alice becomes close to Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum
In Alice in the Country of Clover: Ace of Hearts, she falls for Ace, the Knave of Hearts
In Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s story, I’m guessing her romantic interest becomes Julius, the clockmaker
I’m looking forward to reading In Alice in the Country of Joker, Circus and Liar’s Game. I haven’t gotten far enough to perceive Alice’s romantic interest. As well, Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party releases in November at the end of this year. Since I’m a AliceXBlood fan, I can’t wait to read that.
I’m very pleased with the spin-offs, to satisfy all the different fan-shippings that readers of the series and gamers of the visual novel may have. I’ll be reviewing the sequel series very soon! Seems like we’re having a very Wonderland-filled summer.
Thank you so much for reading! Stay tuned for new content coming out almost every day! Till next time!
What are you pondering today?
- Are You Alice? Volume 1 (littlecloudcuriosity.wordpress.com)