The story follows Alice Seno, a 15-year-old girl forever shadowed by her older sister Mayura, who is good at everything she does. At school she is known as "Mayura's little sister" and is relentlessly tormented by the older girls who know that Alice is too weak to fight back.
Alice harbors a deep affection for Kyo Wakamiya, a handsome upperclassman who is on the archery team with Mayura. On the way to school one day, Alice rescues a white rabbit from the road despite the danger to herself, but gets rescued by Kyo and receives a bracelet with a single red stone. The rabbit she saves, however, is no ordinary rabbit. She reveals her true form to Alice and introduces herself as Nyozeka. Alice is told that she is destined to become a Lotis Master. The Lotis Masters use the power of words and communication to enter the Inner Heart of others. It is a powerful ability to be used carefully as Alice soon finds out.
Using the power of the Lotis Words, which reveal themselves to be in the form of runes, Alice accidentally makes her older sister disappear during a dispute over Kyo, whom Mayura had begun dating. Alice then must use the Lotis Words to try and bring her sister back from the dark. She is joined by Kyo who proves to have the Lotis powers as well, and by Frey, another Lotis master who had trained with the masters and arrives with the intention to marry Alice. Unfortunately, Mayura has been taken by the power of the Maram Words, the dark reflection of the Lotis Words. Their only hope lies in Alice and Kyo becoming the legendary Neo-Masters to discover the lost word bonding both Maram and Lotis.
I enjoyed reading Alice 19th very much. The only genre I could think of giving this is Drama, so if you love a good romance then this is the manga for you!
I thought the story was pretty good. It certainly wasn't the most amazing manga I've ever read, but it was quite good. This manga obviously has a strong moral about words, and how you should use them for kindness and not rudeness. It follows a girl, whose sister has fallen to the emotional "darkness" of her soul, and needs to be rescued, and the story progresses from there. Also, relationships develop and become quite apparent.
I think the reason I liked this so much was because it didn't drag on and on about how they love each other and how they need to get together like some manga does. The storyline was always progressing and that kept me entertained, not bored out of my mind.
The art was pretty good; it wasn't bad but it wasn't amazing, either. Yu Watase did a nice job portraying the characters and what their current emotion was. Also, when you see a shot of the entire city, it's very pretty and I think the author did a wonderful job. However, if you're looking for manga just based on the art, you might not want to choose Alice 19th, depending on your taste.
I loved the characters for this manga! There was obvious progression of the characters' love interests and traits. I think the author chose perfect characters for this story, as all the characters fit nicely with the storyline. There is Alice, the younger sister who starts out wary of her actions and shy; Mayura, the older sister who is very pretty and gets what she wants when she wants it; Kyo, the handsome male protagonist who helps Alice throughout the story; Nyozeka, the bunny Lotis master that accompanies Alice and Kyo on their mission; Frey, who is a flirty Lotis master that came from Norway to help Alice and Kyo. There are also a few other characters that accompany them towards the end of the story.
Overall, I gave this manga a 9 because I thought Yu Watase did a nice job with the story and the romance between the characters. It was an enjoyable manga and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new, shoujo-ish romance manga to read. read more
Possibly one of my favorite mangas ever. The best part about it is that they fight with words, and not meaningless magical powers with a bunch of fancy words. It really stresses inner-goodness, and believing in yourself, and having courage. Plus, the characters are beautifully gorgeous, especially the guys! I loved the romance, and I loved how Alice seems like the true underdog of the story, and ends up being on top. The plot is also really good, it's not your traditional plot and will keep you wondering what will happen next!
Best parts: When Chris shows up, because he is hilarious; anytime Alice and Kyo interact romantically; when Nyozeka makes any sort of comedic appearance (she's not so fun when she is serious); FREY!!!!
Worst parts: Mayura...she's a huge part of the story, but I really don't like her. Alice's devotion to her is kind of annoying, because Mayura just seems so full of herself. I also don't like when the story deals with her dad...it makes me sad and bored at the same time, somehow.
But all in all, it's great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!! read more
This is probably one of my favorite (if not my favorite) Yuu Watase work. The story about the power of words is very poignaint, espeically for a shy writer like me. I think this may have some of her most beautiful artwork of any series. I was definetly caught up within the first volume. The only complaint I have is that the ending was rushed and the story could have been expanded more. I really liked the characters introduced at the end and wanted to know more about them. But overall, I highly recommend, especially if one is new to Watase's works. This is a good series to start with before conquering the mammoth Ceres.read more
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