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Eternal Alice (Kagihime Monogatari Eikyuu Alice Rondo) is a short manga by the artist duo Kaishaku, which was serialized in Dengeki Daioh from 2004 to 2006 and compiled into four volumes. It is the story of Kirihara Aruto, an Ordinary High-School Student with an interest in Alternate L. Takion's Alice story. There are two volumes of Takion's story, and rumors of the existence of a third. One night, after working on his own continuation of the story, he sees the form of a girl flash across the moon... a girl who happens to look exactly like what he imagines Alice should look like. He runs out of the house to chase her, and ends up in a library where the girl he was chasing is locked in combat with another girl who is similarly garbed. Because of this, he becomes involved with several girls called the Seekers of Alice.

The manga was adapted into a 13-episode anime, which aired in early 2006. Compare with Rozen Maiden. Compare with The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, especially the (ahem) key insertion part.

This series provides examples of:

  • BFS: Lorina and Shimako in particular. Inverted with Lidell in the manga, who manages to be the most powerful Kagihime with a more normal sized key.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is named after characters, objects and events from Alice In Wonderland
  • Idiot Hair: A lot of characters have this but special mention goes to Kisa, whose idiot hair overlaps into Expressive Hair and wiggles about whenever Kiriha is in danger.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Kirika, who thought that she left her only friend Lorina to die in a coffin that got cremated. In reality, Lorina abandoned her but she used that lie to cope with her loss.
  • Improbable Weapon User — Giant keys are the standard among the Seekers, though they're surprisingly customizable.
  • Indirect Kiss — The degrees to which Kisa goes with this is astounding. Her first attempt involves making cookies shaped like Kiraha, licking them and then hoping that Kiraha eats one when she comes over.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sort of a meta-example. Regardless of what anyone might tell you, the weapons the Kagihime wield are keys and not a certain other key shaped weapon.
  • Just Between You and Me Takion sees fit to exposit his plan when he has Aruto and the girls in the dimension where his final battle is taking place.
  • Limited Animation: Which becomes more apparent as the anime progresses
  • Mind Rape: Asuka Suwa's main method of weakening her opponents is to make them mentally relive their most traumatic memories.
  • My Nayme Is: Arisu who insists that people spell her name in hirigana (ありす) as opposed to katakana (アリス).
  • Non-Action Guy — Aruto doesn't do any fighting, but his ability to transcribe others' stories makes him useful.
  • Phantom Zone — All the Seekers of Alice can generate a Mirror View Space in which to fight, leaving the real world unharmed.
  • Reality Warper — Aruto. His creative power is so strong that it was enough to will Arisu into being and keep her that way. He runs into a few problems when her version of events doesn't match up with the real world, but she's still very convincing.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Takion and Liddell, and in the anime they want to stay young forever.
  • RPG Episode — The 13th, final episode, which casts Aruto as a hero out to save a fantasy world.
  • Single-Minded Twins — The Alice twins, who start to venture into Creepy Twins territory near the end.
  • Sleep-Mode Size — Inverted with Kirika. When she goes into her magical girl form, she shrinks down to the age she was when a traumatic incident in her past occurred. This comes as a surprise to everyone else, since her typical form is that of a busty high schooler. She gets better in the manga after facing up to Lorina.
  • The Starscream: Lidell, who ultimately ends up offing Takion to fight Kirika and Arisu in a showdown. However, she is spared.
  • Stripperific — Some of the other Kagihime's outfits can come off as this.
    • Special mention goes to The Alice Police in the manga that wear leotards that show their bellies and back. They also have mecha-like shoulder pads and impossibly cool weaponry.
  • Transformation Sequence — But only if you're plot important. Aruto thinks he's going to get one in the final episode, but doesn't.
  • 12-Episode Anime — almost literally, as the main story is resolved in episode 12, and episode 13 is essentially an Omake.
  • Writer's Block: Takion has this in the manga, having been unable to write a third sequel to his Alice series
  • Zerg Rush — In episode 13, a large group of Seekers charges after the main cast, but they're all defeated in an instant. Conservation of Ninjutsu. As Kirika explains, "resurrected monsters are weaker."

Alternative Title(s): Kagihime Monogatari