Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 7

August 30, 2015

QuinRose / Mamenosuke Fujimaru – Seven Seas Entertainment – 2013 – 7 volumes

Admittedly, the thwarted Hatter plot was better than in Knight’s Knowledge.  It was pretty elaborate, kind of cool, and it involved Blood needing Boris’s power to save Alice, which was very sweet.  Weirdly, Alice’s memory of her sister triggered at the end… I thought this happened at the end of the Hearts story, when she decides not to go home?  Maybe that was just in the manga… it’s hard to say.  In either case, Alice finally makes a decision about where to live, which she’s been angsting over since volume 5 or so.  The end.  It was very cute.  Despite the fact I wish it had ended differently, it’s probably still my favorite of the Alice storylines, including the original.  It’s hard to deny Boris’s charms.

There’s an epilogue at the end of the book too, which is kind of cool.  I wish I could figure out more of Nightmare’s deal, he’s never really explained.  I have his one-shot, but something tells me that’s not going to clear anything up (edit: Read the Nightmare trilogy.  He’s now my favorite).

The Hearts story is a little different.  There is a mob plot, but it deals more with the Amusement Park than Blood.  I’ve never seen the Amusement Park come under attack like that before, so that was a little unusual.  The Boris/Alice romance is fluffy, unlike the Clover story, but it builds from there.  And, interestingly, the Hearts story “ends” at the end of it, which is also unusual.  So that was nice.

It’s also nice that the story featured Gowland so heavily.  The other hearts one-shots I have are few and far between, and none of them really have a lot of Boris or Gowland in them.  A shame that Alice apparently can’t hook up with Gowland (or Vivaldi, who also doesn’t have her own spin-off).  Gowland’s way less of a psychopath than Ace, and Ace has at least a series and a spin-off.

Anyway, even with the last 3 volumes split between the two stories, and even with the Hatter ending, I still liked this series quite a bit, probably better even than the original.  Grab this one first!  Boris is way less crazy than the other characters.  Admittedly, these stories are good at humanizing even the craziest of the crazy (Elliot isn’t wacky in his stories, and even the Dee and Dum books make them more playful than crazy).

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