Alice in the Country of Hearts: Love Labyrinth of Thorns

November 14, 2015

QuinRose / Aoi Kurihara – Seven Seas Entertainment – 2014 – 1 volume

I was in the mood for one of these again, so I decided to tackle one of the older ones I hadn’t read yet.  The appeal in this one is the Hearts setting, which is rare.  As is a romantic focus on Julius.  Conversely, Julius is a little boring.  Nightmare is here to make things more interesting.

Julius more-or-less kicks Alice out of the Clock Tower when he realizes she could go back to her own world at any time.  Alice flees blindly and sprains her ankle.  When Ace points out to her she is basically defenseless and hopeless, and Alice laments that Julius will never come help her, Nightmare decides to test Julius by “stealing” Alice’s consciousness and sealing it in a tower, guarded by monsters (to keep Ace busy) and a wall of thorns.  Alice and Julius both have to make some mental leaps to bring down the wall of thorns.

Pretty straightforward love story.  I do like Julius a little for being one of the less grope-y guys, and this story points out he and Alice have similar personalities.  They just… don’t really have a lot of chemistry here.  But it’s still a cute story.

This is also one of the rare books not illustrated by Mamenosuke Fujimaru.  Aoi Kurihara has nice-looking art, but Fujimaru’s is a bit more ornate.  I always feel bad when I read a book drawn by someone else, because it’s hard to be better than Fujimaru, as far as a one-off license book like this goes.

Nightmare’s still my favorite, though.

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