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Wonderlands and Other Pretty Places

10 MAR
2010

So it's kind of funny, but I have two versions of "Alice" rocking my world right now.  I loved Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.  The characters were awesome and the world was beautiful. But I also can't get enough of Heart no Kuni no Alice (Alice in the Country of Hearts). It's darned addictive and I love how the world really does operate on such different rules. 

I think I have a particular fondness for the White Rabbit, Peter, who's stalkerish and freaky and adorable. But really, all the characters have something enticing about them, and both Burton's and QuinRose's Alices are wonderful.  From the young woman determined to gain her "muchness" to the girl who's sarcastically horrified at the implications of her subconscious desires, I really feel like I'm on a good kick here. 

I also enjoy how "Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"  get combined.  "Wonderland" may be the famous story, but I was always more partial to "Looking Glass" partly since I'm more of a chess player than a card player.

In other manga-related news, I've been reading more Goong and Bride of the Water God I love the art on both, but I feel like the relationships should draw me in a little more.  Since the couple in Goong have an arranged marriage and this causes tons of tension between them, I'd really like to see more of them. The prince, Shin, seems to be taking trips out of the palace way too often and while Chae, the girl, develops some interesting relationships with the other palace people, these two are still at their most entertaining when they're together.  I feel like that's only happening 30% of the time.

Bride of the Water God is as beautiful as ever, art-wise, but I feel like it needs to pick up the pace.  Soah's been married to Habaek/Mui for a good 5-6 volumes now. She should probably know about her husband's alter ego.  The other stuff they're doing brings plenty of drama, so I think they could let go of that premise point.

I read the first volume of Black Butler and was not impressed. Not only do we not see enough humanity from the title character (even if he isn't human), but the remainder of the staff, which is most of the other characters, seem pointless and annoying. If he' really such an awesome manservant, why would he keep around so many bumbling people when he can do all their jobs perfectly?  My roommate has assured me that the story gets better as you go along, but even she admits that she mostly just reads it for the pretty art.

I promised myself that I would wait till I'd read Maximum Ride's first novel, "The Angel Experiment" before I so much as touched the second volume of the manga. Yeah. Totally broke that promise. More awesome art for the win. Group makeovers for the win. Max/Fang for the win.

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Ulicia avatar Ulicia
Apr 6, 2011

2 things.

1) heart no kuni no alice is GREAT! art=excellent, story=unique and fantastic...what else can I ask for?

2) slightly more off topic: wouldn't it be great to have a harry potter anime? I would watch that...

DragonB avatar DragonB
Mar 20, 2011

Even though I've only read one volume of Alice the Country of Hearts, I loved the characters and the strange sort of storyline. I also liked the Peter character. I'd say he's....dangerously cute. ^^ The male characters are so 'nicely drawn' that I'd probably keep reading just for that, even if it became uninteresting. I doubt that would happen though. I find that it has interesting humor.

As for the first volume of Black Butler, I want to read it, I just haven't had a chance to yet. Its a bit discouraging to hear that its not so good. I've watched both seasons of the anime though and I loved it. Sometimes, the anime is much more interesting than the manga, even if they don't change much about it.

I gotta say, I love the Maxium Ride mangas. I've read the first 2 volumes and I'm working on aquiring the 3rd. I haven't read the novel, though I heard it was just as good. If I had to choose, I'd rather see the art than read the description, so I pick the manga, for the win. (: I also heard that they're coming out with a movie of Maximum Ride as well, so its eventually going to be a movie series like Harry Potter and Twilight and such. Should be interesting.

sarwor248 avatar sarwor248
Mar 13, 2010

I've really wanted to check out Heart no Kuni no Alice, thanks for the review! I love Bride of the Water God too, and I'll have to check out Goong. A story about an arranged marriage sounds interesting.

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