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Alice 19th, Vol. 1 (Alice 19th #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  8,498 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Alice Seno seems like a normal girl in high school. She's a bit shy, she has a crush on a boy name Kyo, and she has a pretty older sister, Mayura, who is more popular than she is - especially with Kyou. Pretty normal stuff, until one day when, walking down the street, Alice hears strange voices instructing her to save a rabbit from being run over by a car. Alice's brave ac ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 29th 2003 by VIZ Media, LLC (first published October 2001)
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I found this manga on an Alice in Wonderland list. In fact it is minimally related, although the original Alice may have been the author's initial inspiration. The only solid connections are the main character's name and the presence of a rabbit.

At first I was disappointed and felt that, although well done, this series would not be for me. There is a lot of emphasis on realistic early-teen issues like crushes, sibling relations, shyness, mean classmates, etc. which don't particularly interest me
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Alice 19th is a shojo romance story of Alice Seno, known around school as “Mayura’s little sister.” She’s pining for Kyo, a boy whom both Alice and her older sister love. Along the way, she meets a bunny that isn’t any bunny. She appears to be a mystical bunny who turns into a person with rabbit ears! And according to the bunny-person-thing (dammit, what was her name again? The book says it, but I couldn’t be bothered to go look – it’s 2AM!), she’d been looking for Alice, and wants to te
Alice is a cute, sweet, somewhat timid girl who’s just started high school. She quickly meets and falls in love (like within a couple of hours) with the dashing Kyo Wakamiya, a classmate of her older sister Mayura, and a member of the archery club. Alice saves the life of a mysterious rabbit one day, and Kyo, in turn, helps her to safety. The rabbit turns out to be some kind of weird manga creature/monster/magical/goddess/thingie, and it appears to Alice to teach her the lotus words because she ...more
Ginna Marciel
Alice is a normal high school girl in love with a guy named Kyou. And she wishes everyday that she could be with him but at the same time, her older sister Mayura is also in love with Kyou too and she thought it wouldn't be possible to compete against her sister for Kyou's love. Than one day while going to school she sees a rabbit in the middle of the street and everyone is talking about it saying "how poor the animal is, cause its going to be run over soon" and she couldn't believe that no one ...more
This was okay, and I'll probably read further into the series, but there were times in the text where I had trouble figuring out what was happening. Generally, I liked the illustrations, and I did like the main character and her relationship with her sister. I did not like the character of Tatsuya - he was kind of a generic date rape character - and I really did not like the fact that the main character, Alice, apologized to him for not letting him know she actually liked someone else, like that ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Wickedshizuku rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anime fans, Manga fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Shojo Beat
Shelves: manga, 2008, reviewed
I really enjoy Yuu Watase's work. This one doubly so. It was a fascinating story that mixed well with modern times. The artwork was wonderfully romantic.
So what are you n00bs waiting for? Go read it for yourself!
Cheers and Happy Reading!
This is not the first series I've read from Yuu Watase and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last!
As with most of the Watase's books, this series is a magical girl series. Though thankfully I happen to really love most magical girl series!

So far I think the overall idea behind Alice 19th is cute and the volume itself I enjoyed reading. The artwork is great and the panels are well done and easy to read, though for now the plot seems a bit on the weak side. Also the thing that kinda bugs me is tha
I originally thought this was going to be a retelling of Alice In Wonderland some sort - after all, the main character is called Alice, and everything starts to get strange after she encounters a magical rabbit - but that is not the case. Apart from those two little bits (a nod to the story by Lewis Carroll), Alice 19th is a cute, funny story about the power of words, and I think that is something that readers and writers can definitely get behind.

The story focuses on Alice, a young girl oversha
Megan Lavey-Heaton
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Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.



4 out of 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 anothe
have bits and pieces of this manga on my shelf, and by bits and pieces I mean different volumes. I know , rest assured that fast pacing of your heart at the thought of a book being degraded and torn apart is simply not true.
It has been much to my dismay that I have only been able to acquire volumes 2, 5 and 6 I believe of the series. I know, what an odd sort to have come by but none the less it is true.
This series reminds me a lot of Card captures and Sailor moon.
It is one of my favorite serie
V Mignon
What I have learned from Alice 19th is that apparently the Japanese think that Scandinavian people exist solely on a diet of jam. And that they're all possibly bisexual.

There is a certain point in a girl's life where Yuu Watase comes into play, if said girl is one who reads Japanese comics. Alice 19th is in the same vein as Sailor Moon and all those "magical girls" series. You might see them also referred to as "mahou shoujo" which is a genre in Japanese comics. I was interested in Yuu Watase's
When Alice saves a rabbit from a speeding car, her life is turned upside down. The rabbit turns out to be a magical girl, and Alice discovers that she has the power to master powerful words known as the Lotis Words. Unfortunately, words can do harm as well as good and, when Alice accidentally banishes her sister, she must fight to get her back.

Alice is shy and a bit of a doormat. She and her sister like the same guy, a boy called Kyo, but Alice does not have the courage to admit her love for him
Alexia Knight
The story follows Alice Seno, a fifteen-year-old girl forever in the shadow of her older sister Mayura, who achieves in everything she undertakes. At her school Alice becomes known as "Mayura's little sister". Older girls, judging Alice too meek to retaliate, torment her relentlessly.

Alice harbors a deep affection for Kyô Wakamiya, a handsome upperclassman and a member – with Mayura – of the school archery team. On the way to school one day, Alice rescues a white rabbit from the road despite the
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
I approached Alice 19th mostly blind. I've read a few good reviews of the series, but really knew very little. I was definitely impressed with the first volume. In one sentence, I would summarize the volume and perhaps the whole series (I don't know yet) as one about a girl trying to find her voice framed around a stereotypically shojo silliness.

Alice is a nice girl. I use that bland term, because she comes off as bland to other people. She's so afraid of being hurt or hurting others that she li
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Interesting concept. I really enjoy reading books that explore the way that the Japanese think about words and the power behind them (Her Majesty's Dog was another one that I enjoyed) and of course nothing can be easy when you are dealing with a girl who is constantly outshined by her older sister; who is pretty, popular and athletic but sometimes the things that get overlooked are the ones that have the real power and beauty.

Alice is in love with the same boy that Mayura (her sister) is but the
I really really disliked this first book. I really hate that Nyozeka was encouraging Alice to tell her sister's boyfriend that she liked him too. That's so smarmy. That totally breaks the sibling code. Like seriously, what the crap?! Anyway I was just really turned off by that but I have faith in Yu Watase and I think one of my friends once read and liked this series so I wanted to give it a shot.
This is a great manga series. Characters are really cute and well defined. I loooove the bunny, she is so cute! As for Alice, sometimes I want to slap her because she is stupid(especially in front of Kyo) and sometimes I want to hug her. Yet I love the idea of getting into people's inner self and "cure" them because there are monsters inside of them. Well it is a way to explain some people's ill-will
The first shoujo manga with complicated storyline I read, I was twelve. Yuu Watase is good mangaka with lovely and specific artwork, mangakas have their own style after all. Not too girly, sparkling or pointy that can make me reel over, just the way I like my shoujo manga. The female characters are all pretty and with various faces/hair/clothes, but once you know her, you will always find the same main male character. She is like Adachi Mitsuru I think.

I was drawn to read this simply because I
Yuu Watase, can I just say that I adore you? And I always did.
She is really the best shojo manga artist out there. Nobody can compete with this lady.
Alice 19th, the whole series, started out simple, but ended in emotional turmoil and a sweet outcome I didn't expect. I fell in love with the characters easily, because Watase can do this to people - Kyo (SERIOUS AND HANDSOME) and Frey (SOOOO FUNNY AND CUTE!) and the innocent wallflower Alice herself, who is adorable and pure of mind.
However, I see
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I saw a lot of potential in this one, same as Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play. A case of an ordinary girl suddenly getting powers and not using them too wisely. Looking forward to the next volume!

SWON 2015 reading challenge book twenty-two hundred.
3.5 stars. Let's consider this my review for the entire 7-volume series.

This is my kind of series. I greatly enjoyed the concept of the power of words presented in this shojo fantasy tale and I generally felt its exploration was well executed. The love triangle was interesting and I enjoyed the characters. My one comlaint - the ending felt rather rushed. I would have liked to see greater development of some of the masters introuced in the last few volumes, and I'm not sure that the impact of the
Alice and her beautiful older sister, Mayura, both like Kyo. One morning, Alice runs out in the road to rescue a rabbit from traffic, and Kyo in turn rescues both of them. Thus Alice and Kyo's friendship begins, but when Mayura asks Kyo out, he eventually says yes.

Alice is furious with herself for not telling Kyo how she felt before he began dating her sister. So when Mayura sets her up with a creep, she accepts.

Meanwhile, the bunny that Alice rescued is not any ordinary bunny, but a "magical ra
Kirsten Rodning
I didn't really expect to like this book. I'm not usually a big fan of shojo manga, but I was interested in this series due to the slight connection to Alice in Wonderland and the pretty covers. :) I ended up tearing through the first book, however, and have since ordered the second. There isn't too much sappy romance, and there is just enough balance between action and dialogue to keep me interested. Although Alice may initially seem to be a weak protagonist, I actually found myself really root ...more
I liked this series - up until all of the nudity got dropped into it. Sigh, I guess that's Yu Watase's signature thing. Too bad.
I couldn't quite get into this one. Alice herself just didn't engage me. It wasn't that she was shy and a doormat, though that didn't help. I think the point that I disconnected with her was when she decided to go out with a boy she didn't like, so she could try to get over her feelings for her sister's boyfriend. And yes, the guy did turn out to be quite a jerk, but she was still using him to begin with, and I didn't like that. I wasn't particularly interested in the magic system here, which wa ...more
Cute, Ill definitely pick up volume 2. Go Alice! I know how hard speaking up is sometimes.
This is gonna be GOOD series!
It was just amazing
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A Japanse shoujo manga-ka. She is known for her works Fushigi Yūgi, Alice 19th, Ceres: The Celestial Legend, Fushigi Yūgi Genbu Kaiden and Absolute Boyfriend. She likes all music, except heavy metal and old traditional music.

She received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Ceres, Celestial Legend in 1997. Since writing her debut short story "Pajama de Ojama" ("An Intrusion in Pajamas"), Wata
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