In this story, Alice is not all what she seems. She is practical, strong, yet an cynical person. Instead of the traditional story, Alice is kidnapped unwillingly by a mysterious (yet somewhat bishie-looking) man with bunny ears into a place call Heartland. Stuck in Heartland due to a trick by the mysterious bunny eared man, she meets the residents of this world. Along the way, Alice meets Blood, handsome mafia leader; Ace, the psycho yet charming knight and more... What should Alice do in such a world!?
Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World was first published in English by Tokyopop, who published five volumes from February 9 to November 2, 2010, before cancelling publication of the final volume due to going defunct. It was later re-published in its entirety as 2-in-1 omnibus editions as Alice In The Country Of Hearts by Yen Press on June 26, 2012.
I'm a bit worried about reviewing this since it's the favorite manga of one of my best friends... Ah well, I finished it and now I'm reviewing it! I don't really know why the Japanese seem to have such an intense love of all things Alice (I swear, it must be customary to have an Alice reference in shoujo manga nowadays...) but here's yet another Alice manga!
Heart no Kuni no Alice, or Alice in the Country of Hearts as it's known as under it's English publication, is a more romantic reversioning of the famous Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol and is based off an
otome game of the same name. It features a girl named Alice, duh, who doesn't fall, but is instead forced down the rabbit hole to discover the Country of Hearts. She soon learns that the country is controlled by several warring gangs. The lives of the country's inhabitents are not given much value due to their hearts being watches that can once again be fixed, but once fixed the heart's owner will not be reborn as the same person. Due to these issues, almost everyone in the Country of Hearts carries a gun that they're not hesitant to use...
This is a pretty good premise, I think. The series focuses a somewhat on Alice's morals compared to that of the country's citizens, but sadly this wonderful premise is only loosly touched upon whereas I think it should have been expanded upon much more.
But no, this is based off an otome game remember, meaning that it's all about who Alice will end up falling in love with... Like a lot of reverse harem series, every reader typically finds some character who they grow to like more than the others, for me it's Nightmare for example. Most of the characters as well are heavily based off of characters from the original Alice in Wonderland: Boris is the Cheshire Cat (who has pink hair and wears a skirt, hee hee!), Vivaldi the Queen of Hearts, Blood the Mad Hatter, etc.
Every character has a very distinct personality which is heavily based off of their Alice in Wonderland counterpart if they have one. All of them still have their own traits though the seperate them from these counterparts, the most noticable I think being Blood, who is based off the Mad Hatter. It almost seems sometimes like the only likeness Blood shares with the Hatter is the hat itself as well as being accompanied by the March Hare. Blood's character is very serious and cold, almost seeming like he's mocking the original Hatter.
I also find it odd that, for a series where the characters are the main focus, all of the characters remain sadly one dimensional...
Art wise, the series looks very pretty most of the time, but this is possibly due mainly to the characters' have very rounded, simplisticly drawn designs, likely due somewhat to the original game having similar art, but even so. This means that it would have been easier for the artist to not go off model as much. As well, it often seems that characters who aren't the focus in a panel get jipped a bit, not being as detailed as the one who is in the spotlight.
Despite these flaws though, the series keeps up a surprisingly high level of enjoyability. If you like rom/com, this will probably keep you hooked most, if not all, the time, and if you're not, you'll still probably find something to enjoy in it. It should be stated though that this is definetely something that the ladies are going to enjoy much more than the men, sorry boys.
I've heard that there is going to be more manga based of the sequels to the game, and considering the series had a more or less cliff hanger ending this may very well be true, so I hope that helps to clear up some of the flaws that this had. As well, Heart no Kuni no Alice is getting a movie based off it very soon, so hopefully that'll be good and I'm looking forward to it!
Overall, I give this bloody look at a classic a 7 out of 10.
What makes this manga so dissatisfying is not just one factor, but many factors put together. The execution was poor overall, and there was potential for this to be good too.
Why a three? Because, for one concepts/threads are introduced, and then casually put aside for far too long, often causing one to wonder, "How does X fit into Y at this point?" An excellent example of this is the vial of liquid required by Alice to go home. It's introduced as ~*THE IMPORTANT PLOT POINT*~ but then promptly gets disposed of, only to resurface at the end, just to be disposed of again. Also,
Alice seems to not be on a hunt for a boyfriend, yet is actively /hunting for a boyfriend/. It's really irritating to watch.
The art for this was pretty standard shoujou eyecandy. There wasn't anything overtly good, bad, or hilariously derpy.
Now here's where a VERY major problem lies. All of the characters seem to lack true depth, akin to one watching a 3D movie without the glasses: a blurry, headachey mess. Alice can't decide on whether or not she wants well, anything really. Considering the fact that she is the main character, you will be exposed to this /all the time/. Her prospective dates aren't much better. There's moments where you just want to feel sorry for the Peter White because Alice is so indecisive, but then his obsessive love tendencies make you roll your eyes violently. Blood Dupre is the boring wangsty invincible bishounen male. The problem with Boris Airay is that he's supposed to be like the Cheshire Cat, provided that Cheshire was a masochist who like seeing himself bleed. Vivaldi would have been better if she were actually a collective of entities instead of just using the royal we. Ace is just a slobbering mess of a character, almost like a jerkass, yet being changed by the pure and true love of Alice. The only characters that seem to make this worth reading through to the end are the side characters. Even then, they are not enough to redeem this story.
In summary, the characters are worthless, and the plot is cliche. It's not really worth anyone's time, unless you are totally into indecisive girls who just can't decide between bad choices in boyfriends.
What many who read this may not know is that this is *not* based directly on Alice in Wonderland, but instead on the first entry in an Otome game series, titled 'Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World.'
This manga is an abysmal adaptation of the game, as anyone who knows anything about said game probably realizes. It waters down the characters at best, and completely mis-characterizes them at worst. Blood Dupre is the most prominent and tragic example of this, but there are several others. Even worse, the poor characterization depicted has spread to the English translations of other manga based on the series,
solidifying Dupre's warped persona as a violent, crass misogynist, rather than the classy troll he started as in the games.
It is abundantly clear that the creator of this manga didn't bother to finish any of the characters' routes before writing this, and as such it reads more or less like a bad fanfiction. The only remotely good things I can say about this is that it stuck mostly true to the overall plot of the game and the mechanics of how Wonderland works (though even those should be taken with a grain of salt), and that the art style is visually pleasing. Apart from that, there really isn't anything good to say about this.
I could go on, but as there's a rule against posting spoilers, I probably shouldn't. So, this is all I'll write in this review.
So Heart no Kuni no Alice , or as some people call it , Alice in the country of hearts
So personally , this is a probably over used idea for Alice in Wonderland but I believe Quinrose did a pretty good job with this one. This isn't really like all the other Alice in Wonderland mangas we've all seen I believe. Or well , what I've seen really ;;
But this manga is pretty much overall enjoyable with all the funny characters , the plot line , the art , and it's just really fun to enjoy it.
So for the story you basically got Alice talking
to her sister and her sister reads her a book about Alice in Wonderland , and we all know where that leads too. Alice sees the white rabbit , but Alice just thinks it's her imagination and goes back to sleep but then suddenly, the rabbit turns into a hot looking guy which makes everyone question the world including Alice. Then it doesn't help much when the guy just throws her down into the rabbit hole and falls down with her. And then they appear in wonderland but this sort of wonderland is very odd seeing how it's all a game and everyone has to play by certain rules. And of course , this game is never really explained so we all have to sit there and think what this game is. Of course though , along the way some parts of the rules are explained a little bit and why some people have faces and others don't but other than that , they still don't explain much of it. We just know that each of the characters that Alice meets that has faces each partake in some role of the game and are important people.
The art of this manga was actually pretty good. Especially when we got to a weird dream world where a person named Nightmare exists at. Sure it was super creative but this is a dream world basically , not all of them are going to be super fancy , rainbow flowers stuff so I really liked how they made the dream world into.
The characters were all very funny and enjoyable. I absolutely adored them all , except for one person. Which is the Mad Hatter Blood Dupre. Sure , people can get angry at me all they want for not like him , but I seriously do not care I did not like him at all. And it frustrates me more that people actually liked him with Alice , and it makes me wonder if people actually see that he is a jackwagon who wants to / kill / Alice when she begins to bore him. And he actually choked her one time too lets not forget that everyone. Even though I did actually like him a little bit in the beginning I still just grew to dislike him. There was just some things about him I really hated and which those who are new to reading this manga , will have to find out yourselves if you ever decide to read the manga. But other then him , all the characters are pretty unique and funny in their own way. Personally , I love how they made the Queen of Hearts. She is completely different from the original Queen of Hearts that we always see so it was a pretty nice change. Then you basically just have all the other characters from Alice in Wonderland in Heart no Kuni no Alice just in human forms. Cheshire the cat , the caterpillar , white rabbit , queen of hearts , etc etc etc.
They are all there , and Quinrose did a good job mixing them all together getting a pretty good decent good story out of it.
Basically though , through out the whole time I was a bit iffy on this manga. Reason being , before this came out to be a manga , it was a dating sims game that many people know of and thats basically how this manga got kind of popular because those who knew of the game , decided to go read the manga and I guess the word got spread around about the manga that way not too all sure about it all. But , you always have to be careful though when it comes to these things when you got a girl with a bunch of men she can be paired up with if you turn it into a manga. You might just piss off so many fans if you pair her up with any of the guys in the manga since in the game you pair her up with anyone and everyone always has the one person they always like that person with. Like with Alice for example , not everyone likes her with Blood , and like her with say , Julius. Quinrose can easily make so many of their fans get angry for pairing her up with Blood in the manga.
Which they sort of did in the end of the manga , they paired her up with someone , which I will not say who , if you want to figure out you'll have to go read the manga.
But overall , the whole story was pretty exciting and good. And I suggest that any lovers of Alice in Wonderland should read this manga , and expect to find a whole lot of fun and enjoyment with it. The whole manga basically doesn't get boring theres always something going on so I'm pretty sure everyone will enjoy it unless your just not a fan of Alice in Wonderland than yea aha ;;
anyway , I hope you all find my review helpful and enjoying thank you for reading c :