Review: Alice 19th Volume 7 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 7 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Frances E. Wall
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 1591162440
183 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 07
Last Book in the Alice 19th Series

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

5/5

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

Darva has finally finished devouring Mayura. And now, without the Lost Words, Alice and Kyo must find a way to defeat Darva and bring Mayura back in one piece. However, what kind of price will they have to pay first?

Bunny Heart Short Story: Rakuen, a girl in ancient China, must deal with her aunt’s and uncle’s constant beatings. During a drought, she finds water, but she gives it to a little bunny. In order to pay Rakuen back for her kindness, Nyozeka teachers her one of the Lotis Words. However, when Rakuen falls into greed and darkness, Nyozeka will pay the price. Will Rakuen be able to find her way out of darkness and save Nyozeka?

The fight between Maram words and Lotis words has finally reached its climax. Most of your answers will be answered; so do not worry too much about having a lot of unanswered questions. ;) Also, you get some more information about Kyo’s past, why the curse mark is still on him, and what he finally remembers about his father. I can’t say that it was really surprising — it’s kind of predictable to see what kind of past Kyo has, if you look at his previous behavior. Anyways, another thing you get to learn is who was the person who first used the Lotis. Let’s just say, he looks very yummy and cute. :D Also, you learn a little about Nyozeka and the truth behind the “power of words”.

And for the short story, it was a pretty cute story about how Nyozeka before she met Alice. Oh, and I read somewhere, don’t remember where, that Rakuen is an ancestor of Pai Mei Lin. So that was pretty interesting to learn too. :P Anyways, it was a pretty interesting read about how Nyozeka is still currently looking for the Legendary Neo-Masters. Also, Ryoko, the male, looks really cute. :D

The artwork still looks wonderful, and I love some of the scenes that were drawn. Some of my favorite scenes are the ones with all the kissing and hugs. :P And there is also another Frey and Kyo kiss, but it was hidden. But there is also a Frey and Alice kiss/peck. ;) A warning though, there is still partial nudity scenes (Mayura) again. xD For the short story, it was very cutely done. I especially love how the guy (Ryoko) was drawn. :P

Overall, it was a pretty sweet ending for this series. Also, the short story was a pretty good to read. :) And the artwork was still pretty good to look at. ;)

For VIZ’s part in bringing this manga into English, they did a pretty good job. Their art-touchup is still noticeable, but it is much better than in the beginning of the series. Everything else, like translation, is still as good as it was in the beginning of the series.

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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Review: Alice 19th Volume 6 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 6 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Frances E. Wall
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162438
187 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 06

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

5/5

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

The last of the reinforcements have arrived. Now Mei Lin, Billy, Frey, Nyozeka, Kyo and Alice must go into enemy territory in order to save Mayura from Darva and the Maram Masters. However, in order to find her, Alice must first try understanding Mayura before the Lotis Masters get dragged into the darkness inside their hearts as well.

All of the developments are starting to go faster now that this series is almost over. Now you get to know more about some of the characters. Like why Chris kind of limps when he walks. And also, Frey’s past, how he feels towards Alice, and how he feels about Eric. Though, once you see Frey’s past, you will think that him and Kyo are more alike than you would ever think. Also, you get to see a little bit more about Alice’s and Mayura’s relationship. Another thing you get to learn is about the occupations of Mei Lin and Billy. Billy’s occupation was quite unexpected and it’s one that I hardly see in manga for one of the main minor characters. One thing I really liked learning about was about the Maram Masters and why they turned from the light. Most of the scenes in this volume are pretty sad, and I almost cried at some of them. :(

Now on to how the artwork and designs looked in this volume, all of them are looking pretty good still, especially the expressions. One of the parts I loved was when the snakes were falling down on them and the expression on Billy’s face. *laughs* Also, there is another Kyo and Frey kiss drawn, but this time it was on the cheek and Frey did it freely. One more thing about the artwork, there are some naked scenes, but only the upper part (breasts with nipples) of Mayura (again). ^^; So beware of that throughout the volume. :S

Overall, I think the plot is turning out well, and I love all the information about the characters — even the Maram Masters. However, I think that the ending is pretty sad, so beware of tears towards the end of the volume.

For VIZ’s part of bringing this manga into English, their art-touchup has gotten a lot better. I notice fewer errors in touching up the art from erasing the kanji. ;) Also, the translation and everything else they do are still pretty good. :D Overall, they did a much better job from when they first started this series. :)

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

Review: Alice 19th Volume 5 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 5 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Frances E. Wall
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162421
191 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 05

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

5/5

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

As Mayura’s jealously grows more and more, so does her being devoured by Darva.  Alice and Kyo are the only ones who can stop it, but will they become Lotis Masters in time to help her?

Might be some minor spoilers, but nothing too major, hopefully.

The plot, characters, development, etc. all are doing well and going at a faster pace now, and it’s also starting to get a little exciting as well, especially since Alice and Kyo start to advance a little more in their relationship. :D *START SPOILER* Kyo even confesses his feelings in front of all of the student body. *END SPOILER* It was so sweet to see. :P The moment is one of my favorites, but my most favorite one is towards of the end of the book. ;) Also, I love how Chris develops and shows a new side to himself. It’s so funny at how much he loves sweets. Anyways, there are two new characters, Billy and Pai Mei Lin. They are pretty interesting, but not as much as the other characters.

Another thing I like about this volume is that the characters’ clothing designs look so pretty and wonderful. I also like how the manga-ka drew Alice’s hairstyle when she moves into Chris’ house — it was so cute. :) Another thing I liked was how the manga-ka drew his expressions during his “love sweet” mode. xD Oh, and Alice has gotten so much braver and independent than what she was in the first volume, so I’m starting to love her personality development as well. :D

Anyways, just one more thing, there is an attempted rape scene in the manga, however, it doesn’t show that much nakedness — only Alice in her bra in panties. Though, I know that even the attempted rape would not be ideal for some readers. Also, there is also some deaths in this volume, so warning for sadness. :(

Overall, the plot is getting much more exciting with how Darva and the Maram Masters are starting to make their move on the Lotis Masters.

Now for how VIZ’s part on this manga. They have gotten much better at art touching in this volume, so either I wasn’t paying that much attention (about to fall asleep) or it was really them doing a better job at it. Their translation and everything else for this series is still excellent. ;) Overall, VIZ did a pretty good job bringing this manga into English. :)

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

Review: Alice 19th Volume 4 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 4 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Kelli Blackwell
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162414
181 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

As the relationship between Alice and Kyo becomes more apparent, Mayura is becoming even more jealous of Alice. Mayura is now very close to being devoured by Darva, a powerful Mara. Are Alice and Kyo powerful enough to go up against Darva?

Okay, there might be some slight spoilers, but nothing too major. :)

Let’s start off with a warning first, there is some fan-service/naked scenes with Mayura and maybe Alice. It’s not that bad, so don’t worry too much. You only get to see the top part of Mayura (her breasts with the nipple shown) and her bottom, but nothing more than that. And for Alice, it’s mostly hidden with bubbles and other things. xD

The development is still pretty good and going at a normal pace. You are finally getting to learn about the Maram’s leader/ruler, Lotis Masters, and other things a little bit more. Also, there is a new side to Frey that I haven’t seen. It’s really sweet, especially this one scene with Frey and Alice. ;) *GRINS* Alice is also starting to get more courage and not as weak as before, so it is starting to get interesting there as well. Though, with how the manga-ka adds the curse, it kind of makes her seem a little more weak. However, I feel a little sorry for Alice that she can’t confess to Kyo because of the death curse, especially since she finally got the courage to tell him.  :(

Anyways, the plot kind of went down hill with the routine jealously scenario that seem to be in all shoujo manga. Even though the jealously is the kicking point of where Mayura decides to turn against Alice; use the Maram words; and become closer to being devoured by Darva, I would have liked something a little bit more different to kick-start the main part of the plot. Oh well, that’s shoujo manga for you.

Despite the typical jealously of shoujo manga characters, the characters, designs, and art are still well done. I especially love the new characters — Chris and Stewart — and how they interact with each other. Oh, and I love the manga-ka drew the kiss scenes too. :D So overall, it is still pretty nice to read, you just have to get over the nudity (if you don’t like nudity in manga) and the typical jealously of shoujo manga. :S

Now for VIZ’s portion of the manga, they are doing a better job at art-touching, but it is still kind of noticeable of where they edited out the kanji in some of the places. The translations and everything else still look great. ;)

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

Review: Alice 19th Volume 3 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 3 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Kelli Blackwell
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162308
183 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 03

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: 3 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Alice, Frey, and Kyo finally managed to find Mayura, but is she really back? This sibling rivalry reaches a new new height when Mayura, a Maram Master, and Alice, a Loits Master, are pitted against each other. Whose “words” will win out in the end?

This review may contain some slight spoilers, especially if you haven’t read the other volumes, so beware. ;)

Things are really start to get heated up now that Mayura and Alice are fighting for the guy they both like. Though, it’s obvious to us who Kyo really likes, right? I really like how the manga-ka has made the main guy character (Kyo) clueless about love — instead of the main female character — since I see that pretty much all of the time. xD Also, I like that Alice has gotten a stronger personality. :D

Everything is developing really nicely — artwork, plot, personalities, etc. Also, you get to learn how the Lotis was formed and everything. You also get to see more of  Alice’s and Mayura’s mom and dad — and their personalities. I know I haven’t said this before, but I really love how the manga-ka draws expressions — some of them are really funny. Like when Frey and Kyo fight the byoma or when Kyo throws up, the expressions made me laugh. Right now my favorite characters are Nyozeka and Frey — I love how they interact with each other and their expressions. My favorite scene in this volume is the last page — not saying what it is though. xD

Overall, the development and everything is still good. :P

Now for how VIZ did at bringing this manga into English. The art touch-up is still noticeable, but it has gotten a little better. Everything else looks good still (translation, etc). Overall, they did a better job at the art touch-up, but not by much. ;)

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

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

Review: Alice 19th Volume 1 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 1 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 9781591162155
181 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 01

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 has always been in the shadow of Mayura, her older sister. From a bunny girl, she soon learns that her words hold power, but at what price? She will discover the answer to that question when she tells Mayura to “disappear”.

Yuu Watase is another of my favorite manga-ka. :D I first read her Fushigi Yuugi series at my library in high school, and I loved it. Then I also read some of her Ayashi no Ceres series — also from my high school library. Though, Alice 19th is different from her other works, especially with the main female character. In this series, the main character, Alice, seems to be more meek, quiet, and shy character than Watase’s other works. However, I was able to relate more towards Alice than the heroines in Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres. But, as usual, the guys look really yummy and act cool. ;)

The plot is more like real than you would think — because who hasn’t been hurt by someone’s words? Watase just made that aspect into a power that actually does something to the person, instead of just emotion. However, if the same person tried to save you from the pain of their words, would you truly believe them, even in your most inner heart? I was curious as to how the manga-ka would show a real life problem into a magical setting.

The characters are all pretty likeable. So far the personalities are okay. Also, I think that the manga-ka will show that there is more to her character than what meets the eye — even with the side characters. :)

Overall, I love the plot and think it was creative to make a real life problem into something magical. :)

For VIZ’s part in bringing this manga to English, they did a pretty average to semi-bad job at it. The art touch-up is very bad — you can tell where they had to edit out the edit. Also, instead of putting all of the SFX translations in the back, they did some of the SFX. >.< The translations are also pretty good. The art touch-up was the worse of it all, but pretty average overall.

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