Miyuki, a cute girl, is in over her head. When late for school, she is suddenly transported to another world (Alice In Wonderland style), except that all the inhabitants of the other world are female...and they all seem to be in love with Miyuki. And the world behind her mirror is even weirder.
Picture one day in your life that you awaken only to find yourself in an unfamiliar world, and that ever character there wants a piece of you in a bizarre way! Well poor Miyuki seems to have the worst luck in the world, as everyday is that kinda day for her!
Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland is pretty much a unique take on the "Alice in Wonderland" story, only done by the all women Japanese team known as Clamp, only this time CLAMP does it their own way! This title contains two 15 minute OVAs. (Miyuki-can in Wonderland and Miyuki-chan in mirror land) Both are very similar in
Its pretty straight forward, Miyuki wakes up for school one morning when she happens to come across a scantily clad female women dressed like a bunny, a giant hole appears beneath both and sucks them into a mysterious land, she then has to find a way to escape the mysterious world. Along the way she comes across a bizarre cast of suggestively dressed women, all who in fact want.....ahem......a piece of her! (Yeah its a Yuri title) A big majority of the cast from Alice and Wonderland are represented here, except this time they are all adult females. No matter what kinda situation Miyuki is in, she always seems to swiftly escape either on purpose or by accident. Which indecently is my only major complaint with this title, that’s pretty much all you see.....her escaping one after another! There is no more point to the OVA than that. Not to mention the only dialog we hear is Miyuki introducing herself, the Wonderland characters introducing themselves, then Miyuki escapes them! Wash rinse and repeat! The other half of the OVA (Mirror Land) is the exact same thing, only this time she is running from fairies and a clone of herself. But again, its the exact same thing as before...running....running.....and more running! The only thing that really distinct its from the first part, is that Miyuki gets sucked in by way of a mirror this time around.
As far as offensive material goes, it does contain many characters in tight reveling clothes, and it is a Yuri title. Not to mention there is a scene where Miyuki’s clone appears topless for a brief few seconds. So if that’s not your bag then don’t watch.
Being that its a 1996 title, it shows its age to be sure. The art with the character design itself is pretty good though, with colorful well detailed characters and clothing. It really is great in that aspect. The backgrounds themselves do leave a lot to be desired though, they are not detailed very well, and even the color........for an older title mind you, is lacking a lot in the artistic department. Still, the character design and style make up pretty well for that short comings of this.
Miyuki-chan has a nice catchy jazz style theme that both has a high (saxophone and horns) and low (soft drum beat) parts to it, it is just great! So why the 4 then? IT’S THE ONLY TRACK YOU HEAR THE ENTIRE TIME! Seriously, it just loops and loops over and over again from beginning to end. Since it has the low point of the track playing most of the time, it makes you feel like your in an elevator. And if you are watching this while fatigued, it will most likely put you to sleep. While there is sadly no opening theme to this title, the closing one is alright, a nice light j-pop styled beat. Nothing special, but it fits for the ending scene.
Well honestly, the only character you really get to see is Miyuki herself, all other cast members are there for only a few seconds after she runs away from them. Miyuki herself is likable though, which is good since she takes up about 90% of the spotlight. Other than that there really isn’t much else to say, especially since there isn’t much in the way of over all dialog and conversation going through out. Nobody ever comes off as annoying so the titles is okay in that regards.
Bottom Line: 6/10
Over all Miyuki-chan in Wonderland isn’t bad, its just repetitive! I give Clamp credit for trying a unique take on this classic story line, but its just a shame there is no over all story concept to this OVA. To its credit though, it is cute and entertaining for its short little span. Though I can’t promise you you’ll be re-watching this that much. I recommend it for the Clamp fans and Yuri fans out there. Not great, but not all that bad either.
It's a misrepresentation of the Lewis Carroll's classic ( Alice's Adventures in Wonderland -OVA 1- and Through the Looking-Glass -OVA 2-) but bathed in a ecchi comedy with faint manifestations of yuri.
If there is anything worse than the visions that some authors do on consecrated creations, is when they taken the license of drastically change of the work address. This is a clear example of that, it becomes a classic of children's literature (that preserved a mathematical meaning) in a bland lesbian and erotic comedy.
The construct of fantasy is not good, as they take all the characters, objects and animals and replace them with
women, perhaps for benefit the yuri trend .
It is valid to clarify that it is not a work fully homosexual but has some suggestions in the friction, the looks and touching, something like what is shown in Burst Angel or Murder Princess.
Probably the only success is the character design. Clamp style well marked that isn't committed to the measures voluptuous but in giving certain elegance to the characters. This makes the work don't look so markedly sexy.
The late detail of both OVAs as suggesting that it was not all a dream seems appropriate.
In compendium, an insult to the literature, not only by changing the contents of the classic but because it isn't able to retain some of the spirit of that great book.