Friday, January 24, 2014
Alice 19th: A manga review
Info: VIZ Media, LLC, copyright 2003
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Words matter. And when you love a boy, let him know before your sister dates him then goes postal.
Alice Seno seems like a normal girl in high school. She's a bit shy, she has a crush on a boy name Kyo, and she has a pretty older sister, Mayura, who is more popular than she is - especially with Kyou. Pretty normal stuff, until one day when, walking down the street, Alice hears strange voices instructing her to save a rabbit from being run over by a car. Alice's brave act almost costs her life, but the handsome Kyo saves her. Meanwhile, it seems the rabbit is no ordinary bunny, but a magical entity with great powers. Before she can figure out what's going on, the rabbit vanishes, only to reappear as a beam of light with a strange message just for Alice.
So I'm going to attempt to read one whole manga or graphic novel series a month this year. This will more than likely fall apart by the end of February...but a girl can dream :) This month I tackled Alice 19th, a seven volume series about a young girl who discovers she has an ancient mythical power. While I didn't not like the series, I had the overwhelming sense that I had read it before...or several times before for that matter. It's stocked full of some staple manga moments including: 1) a young girl who discovers she has a power, 2) young girl falls in love with a boy but 3) young girl is loved by another boy who is a little crazy, and 4) said love triangle does something to attract the ire of classmates. It all felt very typical.
This isn't to say you shouldn't dive in. It is only seven volumes long which is nice, and the overall story arc is intriguing and well-paced. It's a story about how words matter. Good words. Bad words. They can all affect the human spirit in many ways, so it is wise to choose your words carefully. It's also a story about courage and personal strength, overcoming obstacles, and battling adversity with steadfast determination.
It's worth the read.