Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game 3

August 30, 2015

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

Hm.  The plot thickens.  There are still a bunch of major events to keep Alice entertained “more than Joker can,” including the end to a really cute Halloween party and a nice winter festival hosted by Nightmare and Grey.  Alice meets both versions of the Joker (I think), and begins going to the “prison” more regularly, though past the fact that Elliot may have been a prisoner at one point before Blood helped him escape, we don’t learn a whole lot more.  Until the last page, I guess.

Ace seems particularly fond of Alice in this volume, and the theme of “being lost” seems more applicable in Joker than in Clover, since the Joker setting’s existence seems to hinge on the fact that Alice can’t remember certain things.  It’s implied that some characters may disappear if Alice gets her memories back… though I’m not clear on whether this is supposed to be Clover or Hearts, or if it really is a separate “Country of Joker.”

There are a few pretty heavy scenes between Alice and Blood.  Blood isn’t a nice guy, so it’s hard to root for him here, but Alice opens up to him towards the end of the book after a particularly nasty tirade from him.

And… I’m going to keep reading.  Let’s see where this is going to go.  I have absolutely no idea so far.  I do kind of like it for that, since I haven’t been guessing this much since I read the original series.

Also, somehow I only just realized that Mamenosuke Fujimaru (the woman who draws almost all these spinoffs) is also the artist for the game.  So that’s nice.

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