In this story, we’re treated to a twisted, gothic-horror remix of the classic Cinderella story as re-imagined by a shounen author for a shoujo audience, where we find, in the end, that nothing comes free, and if it sounds too good to be true, well, there’s usually a catch. (You’ve never seen Cinderella like this!)
Story 9: - 12 O'clock Bell Ring is an extremely extraordinary story. Lolita-gothic art isn't usually my daily read, I doubt I've read much gothic anyway (Count them on fingers). But what attracted me to this story is the amazing twists in this one-shot. It's a different version of Cinderella, and I might like this one just as much. Except that, this one isn't a role model for kids looking for endless happy ending tales. The characters are TOTALLY different and they are the complete opposite, which makes this story even more interesting.
Art 10: - The art is amazingly drawn. I've gotten to my point right away. Kishimoto Seishi got fascinating imaginations when it comes to drawing. Heck, I think he's got a great style in everything. Not just the people, the backgrounds, the object, everything is wonderfully drawn. It's really unique, I hope this type of drawing will be a trend soon.
Character 9: - Unique. Definitely unique! If you're expecting Cinderella/innocent/baby personalities, be ready to get disappointed. Those characters are more like normal ones. They don't talk oh-so-royal-ish, but, well, in a gothic way. They're especially very attractive and I LOVE what they wear! Their personalities aren't found everywhere.
Enjoyment 9: - I won't spoiler you, but the ending was definitely an awesome one! It left me with a gaping mouth which was totally awkward. But plant the fact in your head that you'll never expect the ending you'll see, I've enjoyed it thoroughly and wishes for more. Although that obviously won't happen.
Overall 10: - I'd love to see one-shots or mangas like this one. So unique, so twisting, so absorbing. You know? I was glad I came across this one. read more
A dream never comes for free..This is a great story coming as a little change to the all so popular Cinderella..With some changed characters with a teeny cinderella that acts like a normal human and a prince that doesn't talk all so royalish ..
The story has a surprise that will make you jump out of your pants..I never though a one shot would be that great..
It's so recommended for anyone who wants a good plot with some unexpected events :D
This is a really twisted manga. It’s definitely not like the Cinderella story that we grew up with. In fact, I consider it closer to a Grim Fairy Tale more-so then a children’s tale with an ending that can make your skin crawl. It did for me and that is really rare. I do have to give you a slight warning if you really do not like spiders, this may not be the story for you. Other then that, Cinderella was really annoying when she started sounding like a valley girl.
The artwork is that of a fairytale, very befitting, and yet the proportions are all wrong. Some characters are way to big compared to others to make them look at all realistic. Things are rather stiff and it’s got almost a supernatural ‘Halloween’ feel. It was a little like Tim Burton’s movies. There are a lot of angles in the art and characters are rather stretched out.
I liked the story and I do say you should see this because it’s interesting. I liked the take on it. read more