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.
This is an immediate (and rather obvious) heads up for those who are curious about this series. This is meant for those who are either fans of shoujo or greatly enjoys spin offs of Alice in Wonderland.
The story is what it is: a spin off of Alice in Wonderland. Except for the fact that it's VERY loosely based off the actual novel. However, the plot itself is rather fun with slight twists of violence and romance thrown in. Another thing to bear in mind about the plot is the fact that the story does actually tend to get a little confusing, though slow reading and stopping of the drools (bishie warning. I repeat, bishie warning) may help delay that confusion.
The artwork is definitely lovely. However, the background standing alone, is rather simplistic and dull, and thus, when the focus is not on the characters, you rarely get the chance to see a well drawn background. Thankfully, the mangaka seems to realize this, as she seems to continuously draw simplistic backgrounds, BUT creates extremely attractive characters. If you're one not to pay much attention to detail unless it is the character, then this manga will be extremely appealing, as the character designs are wonderful.
I absolutely love the characters. Like mentioned before, the characters are extremely well drawn, and you will find yourself looking at MANY bishies (so there's your warning yet again, ahaha). However, one thing I really enjoyed about the characters is none other than the main character, Alice, who instead of being our typical clueless heroine from Wonderland, is a cynical and straightforward thinker. Though not much character development is added from what I see, you do see the relationships with other characters grow and see their interactions very clearly.
Enjoyment honestly could go either way. You either love it, due to the bishies and story, or you hate it because it seems stupid and well... so typical of a shoujo. But one thing that could be derived from this manga is the twist it puts on Alice in Wonderland, and it's probably what makes this series so enjoyable. Of course, for those fan girls out there, you'll definitely enjoy the artwork.
Overall, I would probably give this series a nine. It's not perfect or anything, but it's definitely not mediocre. Little parts and pieces of the series makes it a nine, but many things make it such a high rate, and I will have to say, the art and characters are probably what makes this such a good series. The story itself is also good, however, I don't think there's anything of THAT interest. Either way, I definitely recommend it to any fan of Alice or shoujo.
[Comments? Feedback? Always appreciated! Constructive criticism as well. Flaming is well... you'll see what happens if you even try.]read more
This review is based off of 8 chapters of the manga read, so I may come back and change it later.
Ok, so it's impossible to say that this story is 100% unique, as it's based off of Alice in Wonderland, so I'll say it's only 98%. Alice falls asleep in her garden and the next thing she knows, a hot guy with bunny ears is taking her to magical land, full of conflict, danger, and beliefs that she finds to be cruel and inhuman. None the less, she is able to make friends with the inhabitants and starts to enjoy herself in this magical world, but her 'friends' all seem to hold some sort of secrets.
Ok, so there's not much to say about the art. It's not utterly repulsive, but it's not Picasso like either. It's a bit..Umm...bland. The characters are obviously 2D, and there's not a lot of detail in anything, but in it's own way it's good.
Ahh, the characters. One thing this manga has entirely too many of, and each one you must pay close attention too or you miss something important. But each character is very unique and you'll definitely have your favorites. Peter, the stalker bunny, who you can love or hate at first site. Ace, the charming psycho with a horrible sense of direction, Blood, the tsundere mafia leader, and so many more. It can get confusing at first, but each character IS a necessity to the story and they're what really make this story great.
I've enjoyed every minute of HnKnA, from the dark and dramatic scenes to seeing Peter's epic fail glomps. Each chapter has me begging for more and wondering what's going to happen next.
I didn't rate it a ten, just because I can't rate anything that without completing it, but so far I've fallen in love with it. read more
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.read more
Seriously, this manga is AWESOME!
Its jst like alice in Wonderland--The original story. But this holds deeper sadness, deeper love, and adventures. The whole point of alice falling into Wonderland is different than what you all think. If you really are a fan of good art and a good fantasy/mystery/romance manga this IS the one!