Video Game: Heart No Kuni No Alice
Heart no Kuni no Alice
~Wonderful Wonder World
~ (Alice in the Land of Hearts
) is a girly but bloody Otome Game
re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
with bishounen characters
and added romance. There are three games and a manga of the first game, which is published in English by Tokyopop.
Alice is practical and strong, yet cynical. Alice is kidnapped by a mysterious Bishōnen
man with bunny ears into a place called the Country of Hearts. Stuck there due to a trick by the mysterious bunny-eared man, she meets the residents of this world. In the world, everyone starts taking to a liking to her at some point due to her being a foreigner.
A movie adaptation came out in July 2011.
Heart no Kuni no Alice has examples of:
- Afraid of Needles: Nightmare. He's so sickly, at one point he coughs up blood because he's happy, but refuses to go to the hospital because of his fear.
- Alice in Wonderland: The series is based off of the book, but with violence and psychos tossed in.
- An Axe to Grind: Dee and Dum prefer using axes over guns, unlike most people there.
- Animal Motifs: Anyone associated with an animal from the original story:
- Peter's associated with white rabbits.
- Sydney is associated with black rabbits.
- Elliot's associated with hares (NOT rabbits).
- Gray is associated with lizards.
- Boris is associated with mischievous grinning cats.
- Nightmare is associated with bagworms (NOT caterpillars).
- Jericho Bermuda is associated with dodo birds.
- Pierce is associated with dormice and mice in general.
- Berserk Button: Don't tease Gowland about his first name.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ace is easily one of the nicest people in Wonderland when you first see him (manga-wise at least) what with his cheery disposition and willingness to help Alice (even if he does end up getting them lost). The next time he appears, he's wearing a tattered cloak that has bloodstains all over it, and a mask that makes him look like a serial killer. As it turns out, he's one of the most unstable people in Wonderland, and would kill Alice if it wasn't for her heartbeat.
- Bishōnen: Nearly all of the Roleholders in the game. Which might explain why the games are Otome Games. This in turn leads to:
- Butt Monkey: Most of the bullying Pierce goes through tends to be Played for Laughs. This includes being chased around and getting picked on by Boris, who wants to eat him, and the twins.
- Cat Boy: One look at Boris' appearance and you can tell that he's obviously this.
- Cool Big Sis: Alice sees Vivaldi as this. Vivaldi's also a literal cool big sis for Blood.
- Cuteness Proximity: In the manga, once Peter discovers that Alice loves cute things, he turns into his rabbit form more often. With predictable results. Lampshaded by Alice herself, who notes that it's the same old annoying Peter, but he's just so gosh darn cute as a bunny...
- Creepy Twins: Tweedle Dum and Dee.
- Death Is Cheap: Everyone in Wonderland has a clock instead of the heart in their chests which allows them to be replaced, which is why the world is so violent most of the time.
- Down the Rabbit Hole: It's more of the white rabbit kidnapping Alice and throwing her down the rabbit hole.
- Eyepatch of Power: Nightmare. And yes, despite what he's like, he actually is quite powerful.
- The Faceless: Anyone who isn't a Roleholder doesn't get a face.
- Fantastic Racism: In Wonderland, mice face discrimination from most of the other residents. Pierce Villiers, a mouse and a Roleholder, is no exception to this. Hence, he tends to be disliked by most of of the cast, and even goes through abuse by the hands of some of the characters.
- Forceful Kiss: Peter forces her to take a potion that way that makes her stuck in in Wonderland. Though, it's revealed in Bad End 2 of Heart no Kuni that Alice could have gone back home anytime she wished.
- Funny Foreigner: Everyone sees Alice as this.
- Gender-Blender Name: Mary Gowland.
- The Glomp: The twins are fond of doing this to Alice. Unfortunately for her, they tend to be holding axes while doing this.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Whenever anyone is shot in the head. Stabbing someone in the neck is perfectly fine though.
- Henpecked Husband: The King.
- Jerkass: Much to the displeasure of original game fans, this applies strongly to the most well-known manga adaption by Hoshino, where Blood has attempted to strangle Alice, eventually started acting like a whiny brat, and then pointed his gun at her for no reason. Such extreme behavior strongly deviates from his more calculating and cool-headed persona established in the games and every other manga.
- Knife-Throwing Act: In The Movie, Alice suddenly finds herself strapped to a board in the circus. Two demented kids start throwing knives at her, ignoring her protests. One of the knives cuts her cheek. The last two would have landed in her chest if Blood Dupree hadn't blocked them in time. Enraged at them for endangering her, he annihilates the kids with a machine gun.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Julius.
- Megane: Peter, and Julius when he's working.
- Multiple Endings: In the games, you can get multiple endings.
- No Sense of Direction: Ace.
- Nonstandard Game Over: If you don't visit Vivaldi/the Twins at least once when you stay at the Castle/the Hatter's, Alice will be murdered.
- Official Couple: This is a dating sim so all routes are canon but Blood/Alice is presented as the true end in the anime/first Heart manga by Hoshino while Julius/Alice is the most plot critical.
- Only One Name: Ace, Joker, and Vivaldi.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Peppered throughout the game, but noticeably at the ball event where just about everybody gets one. Nightmare is the only exception.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Julius tends to be one of these. His job probably doesn't help with his attitude...
- Ojou Ringlets: Vivaldi.
- Petting Zoo People: Let's see. One white rabbit, one march hare (who insists he's not), a cheshire cat, and a dormouse. All with very cute ears and tails.
- Stalker with a Crush: Peter White sure has a thing for Alice. To the point that he'd shoot someone if they ever dare look at her.
- Stepford Smiler: Ace, for one.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Blood Dupre and Gray Ringmarc.
- Telepathy: Nightmare can do this to almost everybody.
- Trapped in Another World: Alice gets kidnapped and thrown into Wonderland. Subverted though since it's revealed in Bad End 2 of the first game that Alice could've left Wonderland anytime she wanted to.
- Trickster Twins: Dee and Dum, of course. Their tricks, however, tend to be deadly or... suggestive.
- Tsundere: Alice in the manga is a Type B for Blood.
- Twin Switch: Dee and Dum enjoy messing with people by pretending to be each other.