Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game 4

September 20, 2015

QuinRose / Mamenosuke Fujimaru – Seven Seas Entertainment – 2014 – 7 volumes

Well.  I’d been confused about who this series was about, since it’s been balanced weirdly well between Peter and Blood (and, admittedly, both are equally repellant).  But things start shifting towards Blood here, and he gets a little less creepy.  He almost sounds… earnest at the end of the volume.  Hm.

Not much has moved in the way of overarching plot.  We get a big shocker at the end of the last volume which is… kind of waved away at the beginning of this one.  Seriously, Joker asked Alice if what she really saw was there, and then Peter wiped her memory (or something).  It’s getting a little ridiculous.

Everyone’s watching out for her though, which is sweet.  One of my favorite scenes in this volume was girl time with Vivaldi, where Alice tries to sort out her feelings for Blood from her feelings for her former crush the teacher.  Vivaldi gets rather agitated at the end of the volume when she realizes how close Blood and Alice have become, though nothing has come of that just yet.

Interestingly, one of the faceless in this volume says that if they break the rules, they go to jail and become wasted time (literally, since they are all clocks), where they have to sit and do nothing for all eternity, knowing that they will never have a role to play again.  There’s a terrifying thought.

Still weird stuff, and the memory mystery, and what’s going on in the Joker’s jail, is maddening.  As is April season in general.  Here’s hoping I get at least a taste in the next volume.

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