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.]
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.
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.
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!
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.
The plot line has the basics for any spin off of alice in wonderland, It has the same basic characters (Alice,mad hatter,the hare,red queen ect.) and it has the same beggining with alice falling through a hole into a place called wonderland while meeting characters along the way. I think this manga is alot funnier and better than the real alice in wonderland and i enjoyed the characters more.
The art was very good for a manga like this and i dident at all mind the wierd kinda over the top costumes because it fit in with the characters. The only thing i dident
like was the fact that for the maids and waiters/servents it dident give them faces and i thought that was kinda wierd but i could deal with it.
In the original alice in wonderland the author potrayed alice to be shy and abit unsure of herself while in this manga she is more of a stronger characters but she still has that daydreamer kind of look to her like shes not really seeing whats infront of her. The characters are alot different from the original like The mad hatter is the mob boss wich is alot different from the real alice in wonderland but it also makes it funnier. The manga has alot of strong male roles and alot more shoujo that you would think but i liked it that way.
I really enjoyed this manga because of its out of this world characters and wierd twists to a classic tale making it more exciting and enjoyable to read.
I greatly liked this story because unlike most spin offs of alice in wonderland that have most of the same parts at least this one never stayed on the path of the others for very long before taking a random and fantastic turn leaving you in wonder and amazment as new and never before seen characters/plots come into the scene while keeping the same ones only by name but changing everything else about them. I reccomend it deeply, Thank you and enjoy Heart No Kuni No Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~
At first, when i read the name i thought it'll be very much like a parody. I love how the story has a different adventure rather than the common "Alice in the Wonderland" story. In the beginning we see Alice getting kidnapped rather than following the cute little rabbit who turned out to be a man with rabbit ears who keeps saying he loves her. And then it's Alice's goal to get acquainted with everyone in wonderland and return home.
Instead of the animals and weird creatures, all we see are Bishies, but there is a queen. Not just any normal bishies, they have rabbit
and cat ears, there are twins, mafia boss, stalker, yandere knight etc. The characters are very interesting and quite unique. But that makes it very easy to fall for them. The art is very well done, it really brings out their personality i should say.
But i wish they could have continued manga longer, but I am content with the ending.
If you like shoujo with slightly dark mood and of course let's not forget about the bishies, you definitely should read this manga.
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 :
When I was young, I loved the story of Alice in wonderland because it was a strange storyline that grabbed my attention. Over the years, I loved almost every rendition of the story that came out. The darker the story, the better in my mind for instance, I liked American McGee’s Alice game where Alice was in asylum after her family was killed in a fire. I’m not sure why but when things are rather demented like that; it gives a really nice spin to an already overused story. This one, well, its what you would expect from a manga version of Alice with a
Reverse- harem element. All the guys are beautiful men and the girl believes she isn’t work anything.
We start out with Alice waking up from her ‘dream’ and seeing her sister there, reading a book. Ironically, it’s the book Alice in wonderland and so of course Alice believed wonderland to be nothing more then a dream. Even though she only had a dream about a game, she seems to be bothered by a game of cards that her sister asks about. This is where the manga gets a little hairy in continuity or just plain explaining what the hell is going on. We wouldn’t know just why Alice is so jumpy since all we get is a very small bit of her dreaming about a game. Now even more problematic is that she also talks about how her sister was probably a girl all the men would love but when she thinks of an image, we have nothing that would tell us who it is. We can suspect though that it’s a guy she likes. I have a feeling that those that might of played the games this manga was based off of would understand but as of now, I do not believe they have actually come to America and are probably not in English.
As her sister leaves, we get Alice drifting off again to sleep and then she sees a normal white rabbit with clothing on. The story of Alice in Wonderland almost always had her following the rabbit on her own accord, but this one, the rabbit tells her she needs to follow him, then when he picks her up to force her to come with, he turns into a really hot white haired man with glasses! And not only that, but he forces her to drink a strange liquid as well. He calls himself Peter White…. I believe it is a play off of Peter Rabbit and this is when I facepalm because in only about 35 pages, we have a rather ‘erotic’ scene with a name pulled as a spinoff of something else. And yet, this is what Alice in wonderland was made for.
The story goes really fast and really doesn’t have much time to explain what exactly is going on. This is not for people who want things explained right off the back but then again, you wouldn’t like the normal Alice in Wonderland then. Now, there are a lot of things I like about this manga though, including the little touches that the ‘Hatters’ are a family of mafia with the main Hatter as our representative love interest. (Those that seem to ship Alice and Hatter will love this manga.)
I have to say this story reminds me a lot of Kobato where the main character must collect something in a bottle to get back to where she wants to go, STOP THINKING IT PERVERTS! We also have a rather interesting staker who seems to have fallen for her and wants her to stay in the world of Wonderland with him. Of course, in a harem, all the men and some women it seems want to be with Alice including an incubus that creates nightmares. I get the feeling this manga should be a hentai but it never really comes to that. Instead, we have a rather fun and witty dialog between all of the characters. Seriously, a lot of the dialog actually made me laugh at times because it was stuff that I should of figured would happen but I was not expecting it. All the characters turned into loveable characters (Even Peter White in a way) in their childish nature and fun loving self.
In the end, there really isn’t an end and so it keeps on going on about the same. This sometimes bothers me but there are luckily hints that something will be changing at some point in time.
The artwork is actually rather good though pretty standard for the beautiful harem boy. If you consider it against all the other Reverse-harem mangas, then the artwork is just standard. Every once in a while, a character may stand out but it’s hard for them to stand out when they look like many other characters in other mangas. As for in the manga, you can tell the characters apart except for Dee and Dum at times but they are twins. The other characters around them don’t have faces and so it really helps the main characters stand out. It was a interesting way of playing it off.
ONE OF THE BEST RETOLD STORY OF "ALICE IN WONDERLAND EVER" !!!!
This is like my second favorite book.
The characters are so amazing, and the plot is so magnifacent!
I want to be in the story now i want to be alice i bet it would be awesome to be in it right? It's more different than the others types of alice in wonderland but thats okay its still amazing! I hope whoever picks this book up with keep and treasure this book and keep dreaming!
Okay. I have to say that this has got to be my most favorite manga ever!
This is an amazing thriller full of action, adventure, suspense, and romance!well alrihgt, i guess ill start explaining why.
Art- Just wow. the art in this manga is very detailed and exquisite. Not only that, but the outfits in the manga is nothing to sneeze at...... haha, sneeze at.
Story- Anyways, the story is very interesting within itself. The whole concept of alice in wonderland being turned into something of a game is very puzzling. Also the fact that she can't go home wiithout someone is another interesting concept. Although some parts
may be confusing, everything clears up by the end.
Character- the web of relationships in this manga is especially interesting since they are all trigger-happy. The growing relationships between everyone and alice is also enjoyable to watch progress. There is alot of bloodshed withing the story, but there's romance too. Especially between blood and alice!
I'll be completely honest, a large part of why I rated this an 8 is because of my fangirl heart, not because it was actually that good.
If you want a non-biased score from me I would say this is a 6. It's fine, it has a fine plot and fine execution and fine characters. What really makes me like this manga is how easy it is to lose yourself in reading it. It's 50% pure, mindless fun, 30% absolute fangirl fuel and 20% interesting concepts that could have been better executed.
It's fun and that's good. I know it's not great, but there are
some manga that are meant to be statements about something or several things; this isn't one of them. It's just mindless, guilt-free enjoyment.
I will say that if you're looking for a deeper experience, your time is likely just going to be wasted here. If you need some fun and romance just to take your mind off of things, you're in the right place.