Alice had woken up in Room 431 of a mysterious manor. "You must not leave this room," warned the Serpent, but she paid it no heed and her body began to rot... Will she be able to escape the cursed manor?
Honestly it's hard to find words to describe this manga, except that it's truly a work of art. The art is amazing and really helps tell the story without words, but the dialogue is on point as well. It's not a psychological story in the typical sense, but it's more like an abstract piece of art, where even the seemingly simple scenes could be full of deeper meanings. I honestly respect how the author was able to make it clear what everything meant to the characters in their world, while leaving the symbolism and hidden meanings vague enough for debate. Growing up religious, I initially saw it as a bit of religious symbolism (the serpent, the number of the devil, avoiding temptation and despair, etc), but then I thought perhaps it was about the dangers of war, namely nuclear war, or things that are perfect really are not, and looks are decieving, or even that knowledge itself is dangerous. You'll know what I mean if you read it, but there's a lot going on in a few chapters, and it's charming enough to be enjoyed for what it is on the surface, but the deeper themes make it a much more complex and scary story.
"Bibliomania can be a symptom of obsessive–compulsive disorder which involves the collecting or even hoarding of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged." Pure, unbridled talent on full display. I cant even begin to describe how amazing the art is. The plot is very unique, set in a world inside a book. Don't let this fool you, because each and every page is its own unique world - and guest. A space of endless imagination where everything and anything that you want can come true. Alluring, one might say. Our main character, Alice is a go-happy young girl (or what it appears to be...) that so happens to stumble upon this book. It follows a similar premise as the OG 'Alice in Wonderland', young child enters a strange world, crazy shit ensues, etc. This is what you can exactly expect from Biblomania as well. I'll drop it here since I think the best way to enjoy this manga is to go in blind. You will definitely not be disapointed with all the twist and turns it goes through. Also, the title has more meaning than you might think. Cheers.
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