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Seven Seas Goes Back to Wonderland’s Beginnings with Special Release of Alice in Wonderland in Novel

Seven Sea's Alice in Wonderland

Seven Seas is bringing together a number of their skills for this newest project, combining their work with novels, original manga-styled artwork and Alice in Wonderland to release their own edition of the original classic:

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll & Kriss Sison

This book will be a release of Lewis Carroll’s original Alice in Wonderland novel, coupled with new adorable artwork by returning Seven Seas’ artist, Kriss Sison. The book will include full-colour illustrations and over a hundred black & white illustrations.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is a collection of stories featuring the titular character, Alice, and her misadventures through the curious and fantastical lands of Wonderland. As little Alice goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, she meets an assortment of oddball characters, like the eccentric March Hare, the whimsical Mad Hatter, and the enigmatic Cheshire Cat, who will all become familiar faces within this strange world.

If Alice is to navigate the dangerous yet fascinating landscape of Wonderland, she must learn who is friend and who is foe, and use her good breeding and wits to find a way home.”

Alice in Wonderland is scheduled for August 2014 and will cost $16.99/CAN, $14.99/US.

The Alice in the Country of… series that Seven Seas and Yen Press have been releasing shows there’s a hungry audience for the material. While the original won’t have the romance that its numerous based-of works focus around, Kriss Sison’s artwork is gorgeous and will have plenty of eye-catching character designs to draw people’s eye. I’m actually really looking forward to reread the original story but with this pretty artwork colouring my mental imagery as I go.


Seven Seas Dreams Bigger With New Alice in the Country of… Trilogy

Alice in the Country of Clover: Nightmare Trilogy

Seven Seas delivered some holiday cheer when they confirmed via their Twitter account that they’d licensed a new Alice in the Country of… series:

Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy – QuinRose & Yobu

As the name indicates, the series will be three volumes long and star Nightmare as Alice’s romantic inclination. The first volume is scheduled for release in August 2014. Pre-orders are already available via Amazon.ca | Amazon.com.

This is the second series Seven Seas has licensed that’s dedicated to the character, Nightmare. The first was Alice in the Country of Clover: Nightmare, which will be released a few months prior in April. In all of the Alice in the Country Of… stories, Nightmare is an enigmatic figure who comes  to Alice in her dreams. While he has offered helpful hints about her time in Wonderland, he most often speaks in vagueness to confuse her and makes clear in Alice’s absence that he knows much more than he tells her.

It was already a pleasant surprise to me that Nightmare had a one-shot, so I’m especially thrilled to see he gets a trilogy as well. I’ve been crossing my fingers that a focus on him might finally reveal a few more truths about the series hanging plot threads.

Both Nightmare titles are drawn by the same artist, Yobu. Their cover artwork for Nightmare looks great but I’ll need a bit more optimism for the eye-candy after seeing how they drew Alice on volume one’s cover. Hmm…

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Review: Alice in the Country of Hearts – The Clockmaker’s Story

Alice in the Country of Hearts - The Clockmaker's Story

Author: Quinrose
Manga-ka: Mamenosuke Fujimaru
Publisher: Seven Seas
Rating: Teen (13+)
Release Date: August 2013

Synopsis: “Julius Monrey is the grim Clockmaker of Wonderland, responsible for controlling the world’s time from his lonely Clock Tower, not to mention fixing the stopped clocks of the dead. When the beautiful Alice Liddell comes to live with and rely upon him, will her warm personality melt through his cool, apathetic heart – and bring about romantic feelings he never knew he had?”

There’s a certain stubborn streak required to keep up with all the Alice in the Country of… books. Some are good and some are awful, but they all leave us wondering if maybe, just maybe, the next one will answer all those looming questions. Why was Alice brought here? Has Nightmare been telling the truth about the vial? How is Alice’s sister involved? Sadly, The Clockmaker’s Story doesn’t address any of these points but it does give us something that’s been sorely lacking since the beginning – a genuinely touching romance.

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On The Shelf: August 7, 2013

On The Shelf: August 7, 2013

Happy Birthday to me! Well, belated. Sort of. This week’s shipping day, August 7th, just so happened to be my birthday, and what a birthday it was! This week was a huge one for new manga – thanks predominantly to Viz Media –  and among the spoils were some of my favourite series still running.

Notables for me included Toriko (Vol. 17), the final volume of Bakuman, A Devil and Her Love Song (Vol. 10), Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 13) and the very long awaited Kaze Hikaru (Vol. 21), a title that only comes out once a year! Plenty to choose from. Seek, read and enjoy~

A Certain Scientific Railgun (Vol. 08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
A Devil and Her Love Song (Vol. 10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bakuman (Vol. 20) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus (Vol. 03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Happy Marriage!? (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kaze Hikaru (Vol. 21) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kimi ni Todoke (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kitaro [Amazon CAN, Amazon US]
Knights of Sidonia (Vol. 04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Library Wars: Love & War (Vol. 10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto (Vol. 62) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Vol. 16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Otomen (Vol. 16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon Adventures: Heart Gold and Soul Silver (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon: Black and White (Vol. 11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Rosario + Vampire Season II (Vol. 12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Slam Dunk (Vol. 29) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tegami Bachi (Vol. 14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Sacred Blacksmith (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Wallflower (Vol. 31) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Toriko (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
World War Blue (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Seven Seas Deals Out More Wonderland Romance with Four New Alice in the Country of… Series

Seven Seas Deals Out More Wonderland Romance with Four New Alice Series

Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, and her heart’s desire while doing so, resume in English as Seven Seas‘ newest batch of licenses – which they announced via Twitter –  are more series set in the Alice in the Country of… franchise.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge – QuinRose / Asai Sai
Alice in the Country of Clover: March’s Hare – QuinRose / Iwaki Soyogo
Alice in the Country of Clover: Nightmare – QuinRose / Job
Alice in the Country of Hearts: Love Labyrinth of Thorns – QuinRose / Kurihara Aoi

Every story is an alternate telling, or a continuation, of the same general story – Alice is a young girl spirited away to the world of Wonderland where she traverses its strange countries, meets an assortment of people, learns the weird ways of their culture, and inevitably falls in love with one of the many individuals already immediately in love with her. The different series or one-shots each tend to follow one of these individuals and focus on a budding romantic relationship between them and Alice.

I’m still a little Alice-shy after my most recent experience with Yen Press’s Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit, and the last Seven Seas’ instalment I read – Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz (Vol. 01) –  failed to move me. None the less, I’m still on a bit of a high from how much I enjoyed the original story arc.

March’s Hare is the one book in this new batch that I will actively make a point to avoid. Sorry Seven Seas, but after My Fanatic Rabbit, I’ll be leaving the March Hare character, Elliot, on the sidelines. This book is scheduled for March 2014.

I’m at least curious about In Knight’s Knowledge – due out in July 2014 – which follows another really scary split-personality character, Ace, who bounces between being either being hopelessly lost or viciously homicidal. He hasn’t yet given me a reason to cringe at the thought of being with Alice romantically, in the context of the story anyway (killing people is a debatable offence there. Sort of.). In Knight’s Knowledge is the only multi-volume series in today’s licenses.

Nightmare is the book I’m most curious about however. This book follows Alice’s relationship with the mysterious figure, Nightmare. In previous books, he’s only appeared briefly and is the only character who is fully aware of what’s going on in regards to Alice’s appearance in Wonderland and what it means. This book could finally explain some of the plot points we’ve been left pondering since the original story. Fingers crossed! This one shot is due out in April 2014.

And as for Love Labyrinth of Thorns, I’m looking forward to reading this one almost as much since it stars the clockmaker, who was my favourite character in previous books. This one is due out in May 2014. Seven Seas is releasing another book starring him and Alice this coming week with The Clockmaker’s Story, which I plan on checking out for the same reason.


Review: Alice in the Country of Hearts – My Fanatic Rabbit (Vol. 01-02)

Alice in the Country of Hearts – My Fanatic Rabbit (Vol. 01)

Author: QuinRose
Manga-ka: Delico Psyche
Publisher: Yen Press
Rating: Teen (13+)
Release Date: December 2012

Synopsis: “One day, a mysterious rabbit-eared man named Peter suddenly appears in Alice’s garden and kidnaps her, whisking her off to a dangerous world where every resident brandishes a weapon. Trapped in this land in the midst of a three-way power struggle, Alice accepts an offer to stay at the Hatter’s mansion. At the mansion, Alice meets the Hatter’s right-hand man, Elliot March, who is likable and charming and…also sports a pair of bunny ears! And yet, Alice cannot get over the fact that Elliot is actually a Mafia hitman, willing to kill people without hesitation…In this popular Wonderland manga, the March Hare has finally arrived!!”

It’s been almost a year since I read, and very much enjoyed, Yen Press’s release of Alice in the Country of Hearts. Since then, I’ve been reading the spin-off series published by both Yen Press and Seven Seas in the hopes of filling in some of the plot holes left by the original story. So far I’ve been met with disappointment, not only for a lack of substantial plot expansion but also by stories that were dull from the forced pairing of Alice with one individual. None have been awful though, simply sub par, that is at least until I read the two part series, My Fanatic Rabbit.

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Otaku USA: On The Shelf – April 24, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - April 24, 2013

I’ve been pretty busy lately working on a number of freelance projects (websites, comics and launches, oh my!), but I’m never too busy for checking out the new manga. This week has some notables I’ve recently read and really enjoyed, such as Black Butler (Vol.13) and X (Vol.05).

You can read my thoughts on this week’s manga over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA. Enjoy! And I’ll be back~

Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit (Vol.02)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Black Butler (Vol.13)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bunny Drop (Vol.08)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble (Vol.01)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Doubt Omnibus (Vol.01)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Flowers of Evil (Vol.05)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Is This A Zombie? (Vol.04)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Knights of Sidonia (Vol.02)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Vol.15)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pandora Hearts (Vol.15)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Punch Up! (Vol.04)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
X 3-in-1 (Vol.05)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – February 6, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - February 6, 2013

So, last week? Not much manga. This week? Wooooow on the manga! So, so much! Where do we start? Where do we begin? How am I possibly going to carry home all the books I hope to buy tomorrow!? Hard to complain about an issue like that though I suppose.

With new volumes of Bleach, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Negima!, Pokemon, Sailor Moon and many more, you can check out my write-up for this week’s On The Shelf at Otaku USA.

Ai Ore (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus & Liars Game (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach 3-in-1 (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach (Vol.55) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dawn of the Arcana (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Devil & Her Love Song (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fairy Tail (Vol.23) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Genshiken Omnibus (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Haganai: I Have No Friends (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kamisama Kiss (Vol.12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto 3-in-1 (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto (Vol.60) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima! (Vol.37) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
One Piece 3-in-1 (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon Adventures Platinum (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sailor Moon (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sengoku Basara Samurai Legends (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Skip Beat (Vol.30) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Slam Dunk (Vol.26) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Stepping on Roses (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tegami Bachi (Vol.12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tenjo Tenge (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Toriko (Vol.14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Seven Seas Returns to Wonderland With Two New Alice Licenses

Alice in the Country of Clover

Alice in the the Country of Hearts was a really pleasant surprise to me when I reviewed Yen Press’s omnibus edition last year. Since then, there’s been several spin-offs of the series released and there seems to be no sign of them stopping now. It’s great to see a series doing well, and even more interesting that two publishers are able to work to bring it out to fans.

AnimeNewsNetwork confirmed two new Alice licenses from Seven Seas that originally popped up on Amazon early December:

Alice in the Country of Clover: Ace of Hearts
Amazon US|CAN – July 2013, ($13.99/US, $15.99/CAN)

“Ace, the Knight of Heart Castle, is known throughout Wonderland not only for his master swordsmanship, but for his tendency towards cruelty. Can the charming Alice Lidell mellow Ace and his violent ways? Perhaps Ace will even fall in love with Alice…if he doesn’t kill her first.”

Alice in the Country of Hearts: Clockmaker’s Story
Amazon US|CAN – August 2013, ($13.99/US, $15.99/CAN)

“Julius Monrey is the grim Clockmaker of Wonderland, responsible for controlling the world’s time from his lonely Clock Tower, not to mention fixing the stopped clocks of the dead. When the beautiful Alice Liddell comes to live with and rely upon him, will her warm personality melt through his cool, apathetic heart, and bring about romantic feelings he never knew he had?”

Both these relases are written by the story’s original creator Quinrose, and drawn by Mamenosuke Fujimaru who is the artist for most of the Alice spin-off stories.

Of the two one-shots, I’m looking forward to the Clockmaker’s Story in particular. While reading the original multi-volume series, my favourite character was Julius and he was also one of the characters with some of the most unique responsibilities in the strange world of Wonderland. Granted, Ace was interesting though albeit prone to being pretty scary sometimes. I’m not sure how much I want to read about either of them getting romantically involved with Alice, but that is the purpose of these books so we’ll see who I end up preferring! It’s a really interesting opportunity for fans to get to pick and choose which books they want to read based on what couples they’re most interested in seeing played out.

Seven Seas has previously released two other series under the Alice in the Country of Clover arc of stories – Bloody Twins (starring the story’s Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum equivalents) and Cheshire Cat Waltz (starring the Cheshire Cat, Boris). They also have the first volume of their upcoming series Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game due out this February. Yen Press released the first volume of Alice in the Country of Hearts: Fanatic Rabbit (starring the March Hare) this past December.


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – November 21, 2012

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - November 22, 2012

Bathtubs! Bathtubs! Bathtubs! The theme of my favourite book out this week, Yen Press’s Thermae Romae. It’s a downright classy book and I hope it does well.

For more of my thoughts on Thermae Romae and some of the many other books out this week (ahhhh, November you spoil us!), then head on over to my weekly On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.


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