Alice in the Country of Hearts Manga Review
A manga following the story of the books written by Lewis Carrol, Alice in the Country of Hearts is a nice manga retelling of the original story. A confusing manga to get through, nonetheless a great manga.
Plot of Alice in the Country of Hearts
Alice is having a nap in her garden when suddenly before her is a young man with rabbit ears! He whisks her away (kidnapped) to a fantastic (but dangerous) world that seems straight out of a (violent) fairy tale.
In Wonderland, the White Rabbit, Peter, makes her drink a “medicine” to keep her there and play in their games, then leaves her. In her search for the White Rabbit so she can hit him, Alice is almost killed by twin gatekeepers and a tall March Hare. As she walks around the new world, she runs into a knight that has absolutely no sense of direction -none, whatsoever- who takes her to Peter. In the end, she forgets about hitting him.
So our dear Alice continues her journey through Wonderland, looking for a way to go home, trying not to fall in love along the way.
Characters of Alice in the Country of Hearts
Alice Lidell- A normal girl with a bit of a chip on her shoulder. Deciding to stay in the Wonderland she was forcefully carried to, she’s adapted to her strange new lifestyle.
Julius Monrey- The Clockmaker, but sometimes called the undertaker, is letting Alice stay with him and “help” with his work. Meaning, letting her make him coffee.
Blood Dupre-The head of the mafia Hatter Family. Blood is a cunning yet moody puppet-master that looks surprisingly like someone Alice once knew and loved.
Elliot March- Blood’s right-hand man has a criminal past… and a temperamental present. But he’s not as bad as he used to be, so that’s something. Joining Blood has been good(?) for him.
Tweedle Dee- One of the “Bloody Twins” and gatekeeper of the Hatter Territory. Dee can be cute when he’s not being terrifying.
Tweedle Dum- The second “Bloody Twins” is equally cute and equally scary.
Vivaldi- The beautiful Queen of Hearts has an unrivaled temper- which is really saying something in Wonderland. Although a picture-perfect Mad Queen, she cares for Alice as if Alice were her little sister… or a very interesting plaything.
Peter White- The Prime Minister of Heart Castle- who has rabbit ears growing out of his head- invited (kidnapped) Alice to Wonderland. He loves Alice and hates everything else. His cruel, irrational actions are disturbing, but he acts like a completely different person (rabbit?) when in the throes of his love for Alice.
Ace-The unlucky Knight of Hearts was a former subordinate of Vivaldi and is perpetually lost. He seems like a classic nice guy… or is he?
Boris Airay- This riddle-loving cat has a signature smirk. One of his favorite pastimes is giving the Sleepy Mouse a hard time.
Nightmare Gottschalk- A sickly nightmare who hates the hospital and needles. He has the power to read people’s thoughts and enter dreams; Gray drags him out to sulk from time to time. He technically holds a high position and has many subordinates, but since he can’t even take care of his own health, he leaves most things to Gray.
Gray Ringmarc-Nightmare’s subordinate in Clover. He used to have strong social ambition and considered assassinating Nightmare… but couldn’t since Nightmare was such a useless boss, Gray couldn’t help but feel sorry for him and ended up a dedicated assistant. He’s a sound thinker with a strong work ethic. He’s also highly skilled with his blades, rivaling even Ace.
Pierce Villiers- Pierce is an insomniac mouse who drinks too much coffee. He loves Nightmare ( who can help him sleep) and hates Boris ( who terrifies him). He can dislike Blood and Vivaldi for discarding coffee in favor of tea. He likes Elliot and Peter well enough, since rabbits aren’t natural predators of mice.
Thoughts of Alice in the Country of Hearts
A sort of confusing manga, but it’s about Wonderland, so what do you expect? There are three or so other books that go with this… Alice in the Land of Clover, Alice in the land of Joker, Alice loves fables. I’m pretty sure Alice in the land of Hearts is the first series though.
Alice in the Land of Clover are little stories about Alice falling in love with the male characters. Some are more than one manga, going up to seven books. Some are just one book.
Some of the books are written by different people. You can tell by the style of the character drawings (instead of looking at the names).
The character design, background design and action scenes are all pretty good: B+. The romance is a little slow, all the characters are willing to show their love for Alice, but she always holds back and ends up hurting them.
Overall: 7 out of 10