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

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,144 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Alice Seno is a seemingly shy and meek girl who always seems to be outshined by her older sister Mayura. One day, Alice has an encounter with a mysterious and magical rabbit girl, and her life is turned upside down.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 29th 2003 by VIZ Media, LLC (first published October 2001)
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Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
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
Ady Weasley
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encanto la historia. Al ice la protagonista se me hace muy dulce y tierna, espero que a lo largo de la historia evolucione.
La hermana me está cayendo un poco mal a ver qué pasa con ella
Kyo es muy guapo y un poco misterioso a ver qué tal ya que es el interés romántico.

El final es sorpresivo tengo que continuar la historia
juan carlos
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Y de nuevo los asiáticos se lucieron con la creatividad de sus historias.

Todo mundo sabemos, que las palabras son un arma para hacer el bien o para traer problemas, ahora esta escritora las usas para conocer el mundo de los corazones y las sombras de una manera romántica, triste y llena de acción.

¿Para qué leer Alice 19?
1. Para conocer el mundo de las malas palabras, las sombras y lo cruel de los corazones.
2. Para deleitarte con un romance juvenil agradable y divertido.
3. EL conejo es hermosoooo
Kristen Coffin
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
(Review for entire series)

"There is power in “words.” With this you can save lives, but also it’s something that can kill."

I love the premise of this series - that words have power, good or bad, to harm or help people - but I couldn't get invested in it. It's a magical girl manga and reminds me so much of Cardcaptor Sakura, but Sakura is much younger than the protagonist Alice here so you can forgive her a lot of things that come across as annoying here. Watase writes innocent girls really well

"Alice 19th" volume 1....

What to say?

Well, it's pretty damn heavy on victim blaming & rape culture, I'll tell you that much. Yet from all the good reviews & even some of the two star ones, I seem to be the only who's noticed. :/

This poor girl gets fucking assaulted by this guy because he's a fucking dickhole. She very clearly says no. But he's all, "but you're my girlfriend, right?"

>:( so that gives you the right to demand kisses? & more as is later implied?

No. It most
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
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fantasy, comics, magic
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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Magg {Morgan} Paukner
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was excellent. It seems familiar, I wonder if I read this year's ago? Oh well, time to start the next one !!
T. Renee Doty
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Rereading this was really fun. I remember loving volume one when I was in middle school, but for some reason I never continued the series. Rereading it now, the writing was really good, and I am excited to continue.

This story is loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The main character, Alice, is very shy and doesn't want to admit her feelings to anyone--to her family, and her crush, to be exact. Her quiet nature isn't helped by the fact that her older sister is very selfish and very outgoing,
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh, Watase-sensei

Fushigi Yuugi was one of the first manga I fell in love with and though this seems to be starting with characters and set-ups similar to that-- they're different enough to be interesting. Also it doesn't matter so much if it's similar since it's a dynamic that Watase-sensei is just so darn good at portraying. I've come to realize that she's more of a conceptual story teller. In other words, connecting the character intimately to the overall framing of the story-- in this case, I
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh how I love Yuu Watase's writing and art! I missed It! <3
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
its great i can read every manga i want
Taylor Morris
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why didn't this get an anime? This is so close to shonin as a shojo can get.... it is amazing <3 I am a happy keeper.
Megan Lavey-Heaton
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Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly I liked it even more than what I expected. The art is very similar to Beast Master, Vol. 1, lots of chibis, blank faces, surprised or shocked expressions... all of these make the manga funny.

Uru is also a very funny main character, but this style of girl in a shoujo bores me pretty quickly. The kind of girl that is always positive, full of energy, clunsy and whom everyone likes.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: shoujo-manga, 2013
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
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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)
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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
V Mignon
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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 act almost costs her life, but the handsome Kyo saves her. Meanwhile, it seems the rabbit is no ordinary bunny, but a magical e ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Alice 19th is a series I have a love/hate relationship with. I enjoyed the art style of the characters and the scenery, the unique concept of their magic, and the overall antagonist coming to the main cast in multiple ways. I could never fully understand the characters though, which upset me. I am supposed to be following the journey of Alice, the main character, and her goals, yet she felt flatter than the paper she was printed on. There was no life, and several of the actions characters took m ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, familyconflict
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
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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.

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