Review: Alice 19th Volume 2 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 2 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Izumi Evers
Main Editing by Andy Nakatani
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2003 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162292
191 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 1 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Alice is not alone in her mission to find and bring back her sister. Kyo is now a Lotis Master like her, however, they are not the only ones who fight against the darkness. Frey appears and offers them help with bringing back Mayura, but will all three of them be enough to save her from the darkness?

This manga series is a really good page-turner — both the the plot and characters are really interesting. The manga-ka has made an interesting story by giving it a fantasy twist — by using the Lotis words to help people and giving power to hurtful words. Which isn’t really all that different from real life, if you think about it. The plot is really starting to develop, and this volume gives you a little bit more information about the Lotis Masters. ;)

Not only is the plot starting to develop, the characters are as well. Alice is still kind of weak, but she is slowly starting to discover what courage and strength means. :) You will also get some more information on Kyo. :P Also, even the side characters have more of a personality, like why Oishi is mean to other people. However, my favorite character so far is Frey, even though he is really meant as a comic relief. xD Oh, and the artwork still looks wonderful — I love the character’s designs. :D

Now for why there is a Boy x Boy tag. This is also one of my favorite moments, however, it is not really a spoiler moment. :P Anyways, it is when Kyo accidentally kisses Frey. However, their lips don’t actually touch, their faces just get really close together. xD Also, they are in just towels… *drools* :D

Overall, the plot and characters have great development. It was still a pretty good read. ;)

For VIZ’s part in this manga, their art touch-up is still really bad. Also, some of the lines weren’t fully redrawn. There is also one part where they didn’t edit out all of the Japanese and you can see half of the SFX. However, their translation and everything else was pretty much okay. ;) Overall, the art touch-up was much worse than the first volume, but it’s still pretty average. :S

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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