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Shiro Ari (or Snow White and Alice) is a shoujo manga series by Pepu, which was serialized in Sylph from 2010 to 2016.

Though she is feared, scorned, and bullied by others for being a "demon child" due to her white hair and red eyes, Snow White strives to do good in hopes that her efforts will gain their friendship one day. Her only seeming companion is Mirror, who is asked day after day by Snow White's "Mother" (or employer) if she is the Fairest of Them All.

One day, Mirror speaks his mind and blatantly claims that Snow White is far more beautiful than her, which seemingly forces him to transport Snow White (for her own protection) from her world to another one where everything is the opposite of what they seem. Words are written backwards, and signs point to the opposite direction that it says.

According to Mirror, the only way for Snow White to return to her realm is to "make Alice the king."

However, this proves to be easier said than done when the amiable Alice is anything but.


  • Accidental Kiss: Snow White falls from the sky and meets Alice in this manner, sparking rumors and provoking jealousy from the Dormouse. Alice claims that their accidental kiss meant nothing to him, but when Snow White bluntly expresses similarly, he appears to be disappointed.
  • Alice Allusion: Technically, it's a story that crosses Alice in Wonderland with Snow White elements.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Mirror's button gets pushed whenever he sees Snow White getting bullied and/or crying.
    • Alice does not react well to Snow White assuming he's unpopular and treating him like the elderly.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Snow White's reaction to Alice once his mask comes off.
  • Brutal Honesty: Snow White can be rather blunt—and unintentionally to Alice's expense.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Snow White, though it's subverted in that it's not so much that Snow White is a friend to animals as animals are simply drawn to her, for whatever reason. And react negatively if she is threatened.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The male protagonist is a Genderbent Alice, making him this to the original Alice Liddel herself.
  • Gender Reveal: Jack of Hearts is a cross-dressing boy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Dormouse is not pleased about Alice's and Snow White's Accidental Kiss.
  • High-Class Glass: Mirror wears one, but subverted in that he's a servant to Snow White's employer.
  • Indirect Kiss: How the Mad Hatter and everyone else reacts when Snow White feeds the "Mysterious Man" with her fork.
  • Jerkass: Alice. He occasionally leans into Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Alice and Snow White both meet the first time and Snow White called him out for being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, Alice points out that expecting good in every single person will only end with you being hurt. Given The Reveal that Snow White actually dies from trusting on her mother too much and said mother taking advantage of said trait, he had a point.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Snow White's father, Count Philip the Fourth, didn't let her go outside the property and ordered the young Crazy and Red King to protect her by killing anyone from the outside from getting near her.
  • Loving Bully: Alice and White Rabbit both bully their respective love interest. The Red King counts too.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Between Mirror and Snow White to stop the latter from crying.
  • Terrified of Germs: Not necessarily "terrified," but the Mysterious Man openly expresses a disgust of germs in general.
  • The Reveal: Snow White is actually Dead All Along from being killed by her mother and is Only Mostly Dead thanks to the Mirror saving her and put her in stasis and the Mirror needs Alice and the Red King, either one, to be the prince that will bring her back to life with a True Love's Kiss.
  • Vague Age: Alice and the Red King, both of whom have been around for centuries and constantly fight over the throne. Because of this, Snow White often treats Alice like an elderly person even though they physically appear to be the same age. It is only later that Snow White learns from the Dormouse that those with names in Mirror age differently from those without names, aging every century instead of every year.
  • Unusual Ears: The March Hare.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Jack of Hearts.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Partially adverted as Snow White's mother is actually her biological mother. She abused Snow White after her father's death and planned her death by asking to go on a Wild Goose Chase for the golden apple. When that fails, she manipulated and pretended to have accepted Snow White back before manipulating events to make it seem like that she is attempting to poison her own mother and then gave Snow White a poisoned apple that Snow White ate in her Despair Event Horizon.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Snow White is so kind and optimistic that Mirror and the dwarves worry that it'd end up killing her. Their fears came true when she wound up being killed by her own mother, setting off the rest of the plot.
  • Yandere: Mirror pretty much makes it clear that he would get rid of Snow White's Wicked Stepmother and bullies if only he had her consent. However, he's much closer to a Yangire than a textbook example of this trope as he sets the whole plot of sending Snow White to the Mirror world in hopes that either Alice or the Red King could bring her to life and make her happy.