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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-59116-243-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Alice 19th Vol. #06

By Megan Lavey     December 06, 2006
Release Date: September 30, 2004

Alice 19th Vol.#06
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yu Watase
Translated by:JN Productions
Adapted by:Lance Caselman

What They Say
New allies Mei Lin and Billy come to the aid of Alice, Kyo, Nyozeka, Frey, and Chris in their fight against the dark forces of Mara. Together, they continue the struggle to save Alice's sister Mayura from her entanglement with Darva, who is evil incarnate. To reach Mayura, Alice must understand what her sister felt when she succumbed to the Mara, and the young Lotis Masters learn that they cannot be blind to the darkness even in their own hearts!

The Review
Alice, Kyo and their merry band of Lotis Masters head into the deepest parts of Mayura's heart to try and save her in the next to last volume of Alice 19th.

If you're a Frey fan, this is the book for you as his past is completely revealed throughout the second half of the book. His is a bit more touching that most and the artwork that accompanies it is rather haunting. Out of all the characters, he's grown to be a favorite of mine even though he does fall into the Yu Watase pattern of being the nice guy who won't wind up with the girl in the end, yet you find yourself rooting for him.

The trials that the Lotis Masters endure are nothing new to the genre. During the initial fight, when Chris is entangled in in vines and is reliving his past, I found myself wondering if Watase took the idea for this from a very similar arc in Inuyasha, where the cast go through exactly the same thing. There's a very similar scene in the Sailor Moon R movie as well among the senshi. Even though I felt sympathy for Chris, it was very predictable.

There are some light moments here and I appreciate the fact that Watase has utilized an international cast and shows off the differences among them. There's one great scene where Kyo suggests they recite Japanese proverbs and everyone but Alice yells, "We don't know any!" But other than that, this doesn't feel like this should be the next to last volume in the series. We end on a cliffhanger regarding Frey and Alice and Kyo only have one minor conflict with Mayura in this volume. It doesn't feel like this series is about to end, and it makes me worried that too much will be crammed into the last volume.


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