Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 4
July 21, 2015
QuinRose/Mamenosuke Fujimaru – 2013 – 7 volumes
This is my favorite of all the spin-offs so far! I had to wait awhile to get volume 4 (looks like it was reprinted, which is good for Seven Seas and future spin-offs), so I’ve read several others in the meantime. It makes sense, since this one is long enough to take its time to develop the relationship and story. But still. I’m so happy I get to finish it now!
The characters (mostly Peter and Nightmare, who can somehow tell) are a little worried that even though Alice has “chosen,” she has enough guilt about her sister that she still might leave, despite her bonds to Boris. Peter tests her and tries to show her Boris’s true colors. There’s a plot point that none of the Role Holders ever change, really, although while that may be true, Boris is still trying really hard to do things that make Alice happy, so he doesn’t succumb to Peter’s test (which, ultimately, is about whether he will shoot Peter in the head when provoked).
Elsewhere, Alice also comes to terms with Boris’s feelings for her, and his… physical demands. I… was not expecting a sex scene. That does not happen in shoujo manga. And I am slightly ashamed to admit I was a little shocked when I got one, and the only thing I could think was “She fucked the cat man!”
Anyway, those parts were awesome. They were made better by a side story in the back where Boris walks past Nightmare the morning after, who gets very upset and tells him to censor his thoughts (Nightmare can read minds). Boris is completely unapologetic.
I’m curious to see what’s in the other three volumes? I guess Alice still has the vial, so she’s not quite a resident of Clover? One of the one-shots implied that the vial shatters and she gets a clock when she decides 100%, so maybe we still have to do that.