I saw the first episode of the anime version of Eternal Alice Rondo back in January of last year, but I never watched past the first episode. I’ve had the manga version lying around and I figured I should give the series another shot.
Aruto is an average boy who is really into some story called “Alice.” It’s not Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, but some other random story by a guy named Alternate L. Takion… What!? Anyway, one day he see a flying bunny girl outside of his window and immediately recognizes her as the girl from his book.
He tries to follow, but his sister forces him to take a bath with her (another WTF!?). The next day, he sees her again. Apparently her name is “Arisu Arisugawa.” That’s original… She fights other bunny girls to steal the stories within their hearts by jamming a giant key into their chests… I just felt really weird writing that last sentence.
It turns out that Aruto’s sister, Kiraha, is also one of these bunny girls. She and Arisu decide to team up in order to get all of the pages to create the new Alice story,
Unlimited Alice Works Never-Ending Alice.
This story is really confusing, and F’ed up! I just realized that while writing the summary above. Where do I begin? The method that the Alice users gain story pages is just plain wrong. It’s pretty much rape, except in the chest, and with a Keyblade. I remember that in the anime, the characters even made panting noises, etc. Seriously, now!
Secondly, Aruto’s sister is way too into her brother. The manga actually had the term “Siskon” which they translated as “Incestuous Sister Lover!” She keeps on trying to take baths with Aruto, and he keeps on giving in… Hmmm. Later on, there’s a hot senpai (with a ginormous chest) who tries to get him to “experience new things” for some of her experiments.
I can’t help but feel like Eternal Alice Rondo is really an ecchi manga that’s masquerading as a “normal” manga. I think it really pushes the envelope as far as what can be shown and implied. The age rating is 15+, so I guess that’s about right. There isn’t anything that’s blatant enough to make it 18+. There’s a ton of fanservice, but I guess fanservice is just that.
Character Designs + Art:
The character designs aren’t really anything to write home about. The girls are cute, but then again, cute girls are a dime a dozen. If it wasn’t for the hair color, I wouldn’t even be able to tell them apart… Is there even a reason the girls get bunny ears? Besides to look cute? Ah well, maybe I’m overanalyzing things.
The actual art is really nice. Some scenes make no sense, especially the end of the last chapter. I seriously had to re-read a few times, and it still makes no sense.
The Actual Book:
The cover of this book is really cool. It’s got this “fake” dust cover thing going on that I like. The print quality is okay, though a few of the words got cut off on the edges. I also noticed a few typos, like where Arisu’s name was spelled “Arisugwa” instead of “Arisugawa.”
Overall though, it’s a nice looking book.
It’s kind of weird when I get uncomfortable reading a manga that kids over 15 are supposedly reading. This is one of those books that I’d feel uncomfortable reading in public, like the bus or something. In addition, the plot is really confusing. But hey, it’s got bunny girls, and they’re pretty cute when they’re not raping each other…