Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 1
June 16, 2015
QuinRose / Sai Asai – Seven Seas Entertainment – 2014 – 3 volumes
Ah… I prefer multi-volume series, but I’m currently missing the first volume of Circus and Liar’s Game. It’s killing me. In the meantime, I’ve been reading one-shots, and I thought I’d try this one out. I haven’t read an Ace series yet, and this was multi-volume! Hooray!
This one was also of interest, because Ace acts more violently in the Country of Clover. It’s not explained in the other books I read, but I thought we might see more about it here. He’s also a “kindred spirit” in that one of the themes of Clover is that Alice is lost, and doesn’t really know what she wants, as is Ace. It should make for a cute story.
Since it’s a three-volume series, the first half of the volume takes its time to set up the Clover story and explain who is and isn’t around, which is ground I’ve been over a lot. Later, Alice and Ace wind up in the forest together, and Ace is, indeed, creepy. This series is very dark, and I wasn’t at all sure Ace wasn’t going to somehow kill/transform Alice in one scene. It’s interesting in that way, since most of these books are violent without actually being violent. Maybe something will happen to one of the role holders! Gasp!
One interesting thing about these spin-offs is that they are a little… spicier than the average shoujo manga. At one point, after Alice wakes back up in Heart Castle after falling unconscious, she asks Peter if he changed her clothes. He mentions something about how “personal style” doesn’t really matter in the long run. If he meant what I think he meant, that’s mind-blowing. I’m all about the innuendo.