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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59796-123-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Key Princess Story: Eternal Alice Rondo

Key Princess Story: Eternal Alice Rondo Vol. #04

By Matthew Alexander     November 07, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007

Key Princess Story: Eternal Alice Rondo Vol.#04
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Translated by:Gretchen Kern
Adapted by:Ailen Lujo

What They Say
As the number of contestants in the Alice Royale grows smaller, Aruto's friends grow closer to figuring out the secret of Never-ending Alice, but there are those who will do anything to protect it. In this, the stunning conclusion of Eternal Alice Rondo, their path finally leads them to the Alice Master, who holds all the secrets.

The Review
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The quality of the story in this series slowly built upon each volume, but the final volume took a drastic fall from the pinnacle set up in the previous book. First, make sure you reread volume 3 before reading the last volume. With almost no set up/intro in the first few pages, the first half of volume four is all over the map. Girls are killing each other left and right, jealousy burns hot and fast, and the torrid secrets about several characters finally rear their ugly heads. So again, I have to say the first half is confusing and fast paced. However, the last half of the book does a good job explaining every mystery since the first volume. The Alice Master’s identity and reasons for being is interesting and well planned by the author. The Alice Master’s existence and goals mirror and mesh quite well with the mixed hopes and desires of Aruto, his sister Kiraha, and Arisu.

The good things about this series are a bit of a mixed bag. I like the character design, however the overuse of screen tone turns me off. The story is somewhat convoluted and the author could have done a much better job of choosing character names (Arisu, Aruto, Kiraha, Kiriko, all too similar for a quick read). Then again, there is some great character development and the overall story is an interesting examination of human emotions; fear, desire, love, jealously, and hope. Moreover, there is shoujo-ai, yuri, and some nudity. DrMaster has come a long way with their production quality and this book is no exception. French flaps, color pages, great extras, and solid print quality are consistent throughout this short series. However, the Packaging grade is slightly lower with this volume because of some flashback scenes. The dialogue in the flashbacks is written in the original Japanese. Why wouldn’t they translate the pages? Considering all these things, this is a tough series to give an overall grade. Nevertheless, if you guys really want one, then I would have to give this series a B- for the mixture of good and bad qualities combined with the easily digestible short length.


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