Manga Review : Alice 19th / by Yuu Watase

alice 19Alice 19th, Volumes 1-7 (complete) / by Yuu Watase

Translated from the Japanese by Lance Caselman

Viz, 2003-2004.

Originally published as “Alice 19th”
by Shogakukan, Inc., 2001

9781591162155 (volume 1)


Verso (volume 1):

Alice Seno is a seemingly shy and meek girl who always seems to be outshined by her older sister Mayura. One day, Alice has an encounter with a mysterious and magical rabbit girl, and her life is turned upside down. Alice discovers that certain words have power, and that she has the potential to be master of a set of sublimely powerful words called the Lotis Words. But power always comes with a price, and the price may turn out to be Alice’s sister Mayura.

*also, I copied this image off of GoodReads. My copy has the correct spelling of “story” (not “sroty”) on the cover. If you’ve got a first edition of this manga, I’d love to know if it was sent out with this spelling error… because that’d be hilarious! Continue reading

Manga Review: Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase

Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01

by Yuu Watase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s the same story, and you already know how it ends if you’ve read the sequel… but, it still blew-me-away! Takiko is a strong, sad, but worthy protagonist. Watase leaves off the twists and turns that just add pointless length to an otherwise good story (unlike the original).

Yes. This series is better than the original. I can’t wait to see what Watase does with the byakko protagonist in the final story… if she ever gets around to writing it! Oh, please, someone convince her to write it!

Read it with a box of tissues.

Quick Thoughts On: Alice 19th by Yuu Watase

Alice 19th, Vol. 1 (Alice 19th, #1)Alice 19th, Vol. 1

by Yuu Watase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alice 19th, is Yuu Watase’s answer to 9/11. It’s about using your words carefully for the result of peace. It’s the perfect-little fantasy series; a combination of the best bits from “Magic Knight Rayearth”, “Fushigi Yuugi”, “Sailor Moon Super S” plus, a few elements of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.