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Review: Alice in the Country of Clover – Cheshire Cat Waltz (Vol. 01)

Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz (Vol. 01)

Author: Quinrose
Manga-ka: Mamenosuke Fujimaru
Publisher: Seven Seas
Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Release Date: July 2012

Synopsis: “Alice has a new suitor – this time he’s pink and furry, otherwise known as Boris, the Chesire Cat. After being transported to the mysterious Country of Clover, Alice is relieved to discover that her friend Boris has come along. But she can’t enjoy a moment’s respite, as the Chesire Cat keeps hitting on her. Should she give in to such a self-indulgent cat? While Alice wavers, their relationship is sure to evolve – for better or worse is anyone’s guess. Sweet, yet dangerous. Love is risky business in Wonderland.”

It’s a bit weird coming from having recently read Yen Press’s release of Alice in the Country of Hearts to Seven Seas’ Alice in the Country of Clover. Both are the same story continued from a different angle, are written by the same person and drawn by artists very similar, but you can definitely feel the little tone changes created by being handled by two different teams of creators and adaptors. The differences are minor enough that most readers probably won’t notice though, making it an easy switch between for those who read one and are left wanting for more.

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Review: Alice in the Country of Hearts (Vol. 01-03)

Alice in the Country of Hearts (Vol. 01)

Author: Quinrose
Manga-ka: Soumei Hoshino
Publisher: Yen Press
Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Release Date: June 2012

Synopsis: “Alice is having a nap in her garden when suddenly before her there appears a young man with rabbit ears! He whisks her away to a fantastic (but dangerous) world that seems straight out of a fairy tale, but one where every resident brandishes a weapon…Will Alice ever find her way back home? “

The plot of this story feels like a no-brainer based on the source material – a young girl transported to a magical world who meets an assortment of strange men and women. Harem set-up perfection, right? You guessed it, they all fall in love with her. Not nearly as pervy as CLAMP’s Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, and impressively more twisted in some ways than the original, Alice in the Country of Hearts takes a harem twist on an old classic and yet makes it so much more than you’d expect. Packaged pretty by Yen Press and released all at once for your curious convenience, Alice in the Country of Hearts is a trio of books worth seeking out.

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Otaku USA: On The Shelf – July 11, 2012

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - July 11, 2012

There is lots of diversity this week as seven publishers all step up to the shipping plate to deliver their goods tomorrow (be here now, Wednesday-goodness!). While there are more volumes I’d put on must-buy lists than books I wouldn’t, exceptionally notables for me include Fantagraphic‘s Wandering Son (Vol.03), SuBLime‘s Awkward Silence and Seven SeasJack the Ripper: Hell Blade (Vol.01).

You can read the complete list of books shipping this week over at the usual place, Otaku USA’s On The Shelf article by yours truly.

Otaku USA: On The Shelf – June 27th, 2012

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - June 27th, 2012

This week has some very, very, very pretty manga coming out. Yen Press is the big winner this week in that regard for their complete series, omnibus release editions of Alice in the Country of Hearts and the gorgeous one-shot, Olympos.

Other notables of the week include the first volume of Kodansha ComicsAttack on Titan and the final volume of Digital Manga‘s Kizuna. You can see the full list of titles shipping out this week at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.

Quests with Quinrose – Seven Seas Adds Two New Manga Series

Quests with Quinrose - Seven Seas Licenses Two New Manga Series

Seven Seas is releasing the first of their Alice in the Country of Clover volumes this week and well-timed to the release is news that they’ve licensed another manga adaptation from the same romance game: Alice in the Country of Jokers – Circus and Liar’s Game. This new series is also drawn by the same artist, Mamenosuke Fujimaru.

Alice in the Country of Jokers is the most recent manga series based on the game and started its serialization just this past Spring. An Amazon (US) listing for the first volume lists it for release in February 2013 at a cover price of $14.99/CAN & $12.99/US. The count of 192 pages indicates the series will be published in single-volume editions (as opposed to omnibus format).

The plot of this new Alice story is very similar to those before, following a young girl named Alice as she traverses the strange realm of Wonderland dodging danger, solving mysteries and, most of all, dealing with the bevy of pretty boys who all have some interest in her. The focus of Alice in the Country of Joker is to solve and survive the mystery of the Circus and the character, Joker, himself.

Seven Seas has also licensed a title called Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble. It’s a series based on another game written by Quinrose, who is responsible for the Alice games. It’s drawn by Hazuki Futaba and is currently three volumes long.

Crimson Empire follows a maid named Sheila whose past as an assasin makes her the perfect servant/body-guard hybrid for the Prince she serves. While working in the palace, she finds herself surrounded by an assortment of men and realizes her social and romantic skills are the things that need the most sharpening these days.

Neither of these series are of interest to me, but it’s great seeing more books coming out for Alice which has shown it has a decent following among English manga readers. The ‘main’ Alice story – Alice in the Country of Hearts – was previously published by Tokyopop and is now coming out from Yen Press. Credit for the above licensing news goes to AnimeNewsNetwork.

Vertical, Dark Horse and Yen Press Deliver Manga Showers for April

Dark Horse, Vertical and Yen Press Manga Licenses

This past weekend kicked off the Spring/Summer convention season with both Sakura Con and Anime Boston taking place. Several manga publishers were in attendance at them (generally one or the other) and they came bearing news of manga licenses! You can read more about each individual title, and see some corresponding images, by clicking on the provided AnimeNewsNetwork links.

Dark Horse (at Sakura-Con via ANN)

Blood-C – Ranmaru Kotone
Emerald and Other Stories – Hiroaki Samura
Evangelion: Comic Tribute – Multiple Artists (Anthology)
Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo) – Sakura Ikeda & Tsukasa Fushimi

Of Dark Horse’s licenses, I’m looking forward to Hiroaki Samura’s Emerald and Other Stories. I really like his Blade of the Immortal series and his one-shot released by Dark Horse comics, Ohikkoshi, was also a great read. Emerald and Other Stories looks especially interesting with the old West designs of the image ANN is using to promote it.

Vertical Inc. (at Anime Boston via ANN)

Paradise Kiss – Ai Yazawa

Paradise Kiss was previously released by Tokyopop many a manga-reader year ago and the books have long since been out of print. Vertical Inc’s manga ‘rescue’ of the title will be released as a multi-volume omnibus set that include a new translation and colour pages. I’m not a fan of the series myself because of a hair-pulling worthy ending (not my idea of a romantic end!) but the character drama and fashion aspects of the story still made it a good read. The first Paradise Kiss book will be out this fall.

Yen Press (at Sakura Con via ANN)

Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit – QuinRose & Delico Psyche
Anything and Something – Kaoru Mori
Blood Lad – Yūki Kodama
The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi – Multiple Artists (Anthology)
Thermae Romae – Mari Yamazaki
Triage X – Shoji Sato
Umineko When They Cry – Ryukishi07 & Kei Natsumi

Edit: You can read synopsises for all of Yen Press’s new title announcements via their website. They also announce via that post they’ll be releasing the last three volumes of their manhwa series, Chocolat, as a single omnibus book late this year.

Yen Press has a great assortment of different titles in this list, something for just about any of their readers based on their existing library. Of the batch the most interesting to me looks like Kaoru Mori’s Anything and Something because of how in love I am with A Bride’s Story (which Yen Press is currently releasing). It’s going to be a collection of stories released in a large trim, hardcover edition similar to how they’re already doing A Bride’s Story. It’ll also include some full colour illustrations.

It’s interesting seeing another Alice in the Country of Hearts license. The series gained popularity when Tokyopop began releasing it and has since been picked up in various of its incarnation by both Seven Seas and Yen Press. With what looks like a lot of scrambling to grab a hold of whatever parts of this franchise is available, I hope it works out as a strong seller!

Not a bad year for manga licenses so far and it’s only April. Good signs, right?

Alice & Angels – Seven Seas Announces Two New Manga Titles

Seven Seas Licenses Alice and Angel

Every publisher can’t make it to every convention but Seven Seas still made their presence known in the manga world with two manga licenses during New York Comic Con this past weekend. It was a bit of a shame that the timing of their news meant it got buried in the convention shuffle. That said though, you can certainly see a good reason why they chose to do it then.

Seven Seas’ first new manga license is Alice in the Country of Clover. The title is a sequel to Alice in the Country of Hearts, which Yen Press just announced having during their NYCC panel. The story is a take on the classic Alice in Wonderland story but with a pretty-boy harem twist. One series split between two publishers – that’d be bizarre even without the ‘coincidence’ of the same weekend!

It sounds like Seven Seas is going the extra mile with this release too. “Each new volume will be released in oversized editions that feature impressive artwork and color pin ups.” Their press release also states that, despite events continuing after its prequel series, Alice in the Country of Clover can still be read as a standalone. Seven Seas is releasing the title in story-archs with the first book due out in June 2012.

Their second title is Angel Para Bellum, a series by the same artist as  the popular but controversial Dance in the Vampire Bund. They describe it as “a new manga series about sexy angels vs. demons”. It’s about a young man, orphaned like so many lead characters are, who finds himself on the run from demons with only two gun-wielding angels to protect him. I have to admit, said angels look pretty snazzy.

If you want more information on the titles, you can read Seven Seas series’ synopsis and the release dates under the cut. Also my congrats to Seven Seas for what looks like another successful step forward into manga publishing again!

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NYAF 2011: Yen Press

New York Comic Con/New York Anime Fest is in full swing this weekend and the majority of their manga-related panels were on Friday. Publishers haven’t disappointed with a bunch of new licenses for the last big con of the year. Yen Press’s panel was up first with some new adaptations and new manga licenses, along with some really exciting news for fans of digital manga to top it all off and a good Q&A sesssion.

It was a lengthy panel with lots to share so you can see the complete post under the cut (or below depending on how you’re reading this).

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PR: Seven Seas Announces Alice in the Country of Clover…

Seven Seas Announces Alice in the Country of Clover & Angel Para Bellum

LOS ANGELES, October 14, 2011 – Seven Seas Entertainment is delighted to announce two hot new licenses: Angel Para Bellum, a new manga series about sexy angels vs. demons by the artist of New York Times bestseller Dance in the Vampire Bund, and Alice in the Country of Clover, the follow-up manga series to New York Times bestseller Alice in the Country of Hearts.

Alice in the Country of Clover is an ongoing manga series that reimagines Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in a sly, shoujo style. This new series is a follow-up to QuinRose’s bestselling Alice in the Country of Hearts, but can be read independently. In June 2012, the one shot, Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins will kick off the series, followed by Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz volume 1 in July 2012 and Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz volume 2 in September 2012. Each new volume will be released in oversized editions that feature impressive artwork and color pin ups.

Seven Seas has published eleven volumes and one side story of the ongoing series Dance in the Vampire Bund, which repeatedly hits the New York Times Bestseller manga list with each new release. Creator Nozomu Tamaki’s latest work, Angel Para Bellum, offers fans of Dance in the Vampire Bund a thrilling new storyline with the amazing art his fans have grown to admire. Angel Para Bellum volume 1 will be released in July 2012, and volume 2 will follow October 2012.

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PR: Tokyopop Announces Winter 2010 Line-Up

Los Angeles, CA (September 25, 2009) ― TOKYOPOP is thrilled to unveil its manga and graphic novel offerings for the first four months of 2010 — a year packed with new titles from fan-favorites Tachibana Higuchi, Tanaka Suzuki and Benjamin, as well as soon-to-be-treasured works from creators new to the U.S.!

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