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Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins Paperback – Jun 5 2012
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“It may be impossible to beat Lewis Carroll at his own game, but as Alice in the Country of Hearts shows, there are still ways to succeed.” ―ANIME NEWS NETWORK on Alice in the Country of Hearts
“Nicely done art and hunky hunks make Alice in the Country of Hearts eye candy for shojo manga fans.” ―ABOUT.COM on Alice in the Country of Hearts
About the Author
QuinRose is a Japanese game developer who created the Alice franchise of video games, which spun-off into novels, manga, and an anime feature film.
Mamenosuke Fujimaru is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work on Alice in the Country of Clover.
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I'm kind of unsure what to think about this spin-off.
First of all, I don't like how the story was changed. In this version, Alice lives in the Amusement Park, and Alice meets Boris differently than she did in the original. Which, I guess, could work alright, but when the book started, it just made me feel confused and like I'd missed something. Like there was a different before this one that I did not read, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case. It didn't really help that there was very little back story.
Second, the art is different. Now, I understand that it's a different artist, and that's okay, and I'm sure it's just going to take me a while to get used to. But at the moment, I don't like this artist as much as I did the first. Mostly it's okay, but the people look... wider than they should.
Next: the characters are a little out of character at times. Boris, for instance, is not nearly as adorable as he was in the original, or as he should be. I loved Boris in the original, but I feel like he's going to have to work to earn those feelings back. I'm even a little unsure of how I feel about Alice. Something about her just seems... off to me. Not sure what, but something.
Although, the more I see Julius, the more I love him. His spin-off, which I think is only one volume?, is coming out soon, and I'm really starting to think that I'm going to have to bump it up on my list to read.
The story in this volume was okay. I mostly liked seeing the other characters, but some of them were a little off, and the art was different, and Boris was too pushy. I'm just not really feeling it at the moment, which is a bit of a disappointment, given how much I was looking forward to it. I'm planning on reading a bit more in the series and hoping it gets better.
There was also an excerpt of a different manga at the end of this book, which was probably just shameless advertising, but that's alright. It was for A Certain Scientific Railgun, which did actually look a bit interesting.
If you loved Boris in the original series this is a no-brainer to buy.
He's just as awesome -if not more awesome than before AND there's more of him!! Yay, right!!!?!! Plus you get two full pages of color at the beginning. I think the art is better than it was before too, because it used to be that the side views were kinda wonky...they are all good now.
SO YES, buy it. You know you want to.
A quick heads-up: You might be more than a bit upset with how the book ends, like I was.