Alice in the Country of Hearts

Alice in the Country of Hearts is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 11 manga series
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While Alice Liddel was napping one day, a strange rabbit-eared man kidnaps her and takes her to a whole new world where killing someone is trivial. Her only way back home is to interact with the inhabitants of this world in order to fill a little vial.

Overview

Alice in the Country of Hearts (more commonly known as Heart no Kuni no Alice) and it's companions, My Fanatic Rabbit and Clover no Kuni no Alice - Heart no Kishi (Translated- Alice in the Country of Clovers: Knight of Heart), are promotional manga for Quinrose's girl-dating simulator of the same name. Drawn by Soumei Hoshino, the manga is a reverse-harem, Alice in Wonderland parody where the value of life is null.

Plot

On seemingly ordinary afternoon with her sister, Alice Liddel is kidnapped by a rabbit who turns into a man that claims he loves Alice. After falling down the rabbit hole, the the man forces Alice to drink a "wierd tasting" liquid from a little vial. The man, who introduces himself as Peter White, tells her that she is in Wonderland and can not go home and that she has to participate in the "Game". This "Game" governs Wonderland, giving specific beings 'roles' and 'faces' who must abide by the 'rules', and as such, Alice is a 'foreigner' which, by the 'rules', means all of the role-holders must love Alice. Alice is forced to interact with the inhabitants of Wonderland in order to fill a vial, that when it is filled, will allow her to go home if she desires.

Characters

Alice Liddel: The foreigner to Wonderland, she was kidnapped and forced to participate in the worlds 'Game' by Peter White. Since she is a foreigner, she is loved, both romantically and platonically, by the residents of Wonderland.

Peter White: Holding the role of the "White Rabbit", he shanghaied Alice to Wonderland claiming he loves her. He seems to know something about her past, but cannot tell her what as doing so is against the 'rules'.

Ace: Holding the role of the "Knight of Hearts", Ace has a dismal sense of direction, usually forcing him to camp outside when it becomes 'night'. Commonly known as a yandere, he is the only one of the role holders who would like to kill Alice.

Queen Vivaldi: Holding the role of the "Queen of Hearts", she is the only female role holder in Wonderland. She loves Alice platonically since she looks "cute" and Vivaldi has a soft-spot for cute things such as stuffed animals.

Blood Dupre: Holding the role of the "Mad Hatter", Blood is the charismatic boss of the mafia in Wonderland. Apparently, his face is exactly the same are Alice's ex-boyfriend's, who dumped her in favor of her sister.

Elliot March: Holding the role of the "March Hare", he is Blood's second-in-command and apparently was once in prison. He constantly telling people he is a hare not a rabbit, even though Peter and Elliot both have 'rabbit' ears.

Dee and Dum: Twins holding the roles of "Tweedle Dee" and "Tweedle Dum", respectively, they guard the Hatter's Mansion. Instead of guarding the Mansion, though, they enjoy playing with Boris at the Amusement Park and tending to their collection of weapons.

Julius Monery: Holding the role of "Mortician", Julius offers Alice a place to stay in the neutral zone of Wonderland, the Clocktower. As all of the residents of Wonderland have clocks for hearts, Julius is the one to fix them and bring role holders and 'extras' alike back to life.

Boris Airay: Holding the role of the "Cheshire Cat", Boris lives in the amusement park and loves to tease the soldiers at Heart Castle. He is one of the few role holders who embraces Alice's ideal that every life has a value.

Mary Gowland: Holding the role of "Marquis" (masculine equivalent of 'Duchess'), he runs the Amusement Park and designs dangerous attractions for it. He is touchy about his name due to its femininity and how it pronounced in engrish (Mary Gowrand/Merry Go-round).

Nightmare Gottschalk: Holding the role of the "Caterpillar", Nightmare is a sickly incubus who can open the gates from Wonderland to the Dreamworld and from the Dreamworld to the Real world. He serves as the 'Games' moderator, reminding other role holders of the rules.

Video Game

The Alice in the Country of Hearts manga was based from an "otome" game, a girl's dating simulator/visual Novel. It was developed by Quinrose and there are four games to this series:

  1. Heart no Kuni no Alice (ハートの国のアリス)
  2. Clover no Kuni no Alice
  3. Joker no Kuni no Alice
  4. Anniversary no Kuni no Alice

Alice in the Country of Hearts is based off of the first installment, but there is an extra chapter based of of Joker no Kuni no Alice in which Pierce and Black/White Joker make a cameo. Heart no Kuni no Alice also goes more in depth about the 'Game', the role holders, the potion Peter makes Alice drink in the beginning, and the truth about Alice's sister.

Clover no Kuni no Alice, the second installment, adds two new bachelors (Gray Ringmarc, and Pierce Villiers) takes away the ability to date Julius and Gowland. Also because of some mishap, it takes place in the neighbor country of Heart Country, Clover Country. It follows linearly with Heart no Kuni no Alice under the assumption that Alice did not nurture a romantic relationship with any of the role holders.

Joker no Kuni no Alice has all of the bachelors from previous games, note neither of the Jokers are bachelors. During the game, Heart Country is in the middle of 'April Season' where not only the times of day changes on whim, but the seasons. Each of the areas, except the Circus, have a specific season. The problem though is that during April Season, Alice can't travel between the areas. Cue Joker, who Alice/the player can challenge to a game of black jack to change the season and visit certain areas. Also to do with Joker, a new 'rule' is posed upon all role holders is that they must attend all of his circus shows. It is a side-story to the first two games.

Anniversary no Kuni no Alice is an enhanced a remake of Heart no Kuni no Alice with redone CGs and new paths available to the player.

Manga

The Alice in the Country of Hearts manga, drawn by Soumei Hoshino, was originally serialized in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Avarus from their October 2007 issue to October 2010. Six printed volumes were then printed from July 10, 2008 to December 15, 2010.

Over in America, Tokyopop originally licensed the manga for release and was able to publish five of the books before the license returned to the original owners. During the New York Anime Festival 2011, Yen Press stated they would be rereleasing the english translation.

Besides the original Alice in the Country of Hearts, there are two other mangas drawn by Quinrose themselves based off of other choices the player can make. Heart no Kuni no Alice - My Fanatic Rabbit is based off of Elliot's route and Clover no Kuni no Alice - Kishi no Heart is based off of Ace's route.

Novels

Yukiko Uozumi wrote nine novels based on the games that were published by Kondasha between March 2008 and February 2011. Three of her novels are based of of the original Heart no Kuni no Alice, the next three from Clover no Kuni no Alice, and the last three from Joker no Kuni no Alice.

Ichijinsha published six light novels illustrated by Nana Fumizuki, but written by three different authors. The written by Momoko Komaki and two others written by Midori Tateyama were based off of Heart no Kuni no Alice. The other novel written by Midori Tateyama and another two novels by Sana Shirakawa were based from Clover no Kuni no Alice. Sana Shirakawa was the only one of the three authors to write a story based on Joker no Kuni no Alice.

Anime

An animated video adaption was supposed to air sometime during November of 2008, but Quinrose announced that the date was to be pushed back. No new release date has been given as of May 1, 2012.

An animated movie called Alice in the Country of Hearts: Wonderful Wonder World premiered July 30, 2011 in Japan. The movie was directed by Hideaki Öba and was produced by Asashi Production.

General Information Edit
Name: Alice in the Country of Hearts
Name: ハートの国のアリス
Romaji: Heart no Kuni no Alice
Aliases: Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World
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