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Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~) 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.

The games in the series so far are as follows:

  • Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~
  • Clover no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~
  • Joker no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~
  • Anniversary no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (the first remake of Heart)
  • Omochabako no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (fandisc to Joker)
  • Diamond no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~
  • Diamond no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Mirror World~
  • Shinsouban Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (the second remake of Heart)
  • Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Twin World~
  • Shinsouban Clover no Kuni no Alice (remake of Clover)
  • Spade no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful White World~
There is also a manga of the first game and of Joker, which were published in English by Tokyopop, and later by Yen Press.

Alice is practical and strong, yet cynical. After being kidnapped by a mysterious Bishōnen man with bunny ears, she lands in 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 a liking to her at some point due to her being a foreigner.

A movie adaptation came out in July 2011.

In 2019, the games were announced to have a remake of sorts, with all new routes and romance options to explore.

Alice in the Country of Hearts 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 Allusion: The series is based off of Alice in Wonderland, but with violence and psychos tossed in.
  • 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.
  • Creepy Twins: Tweedle Dum and Dee.
  • 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...
  • Death Is Cheap: Everyone in Wonderland has a clock instead of a 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 the cast, and even goes through abuse by the hands of some of the characters.
  • Forceful Kiss: Peter forces Alice to drink a potion this way which traps her 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. Also serves as a Punny Name (Sound it out in Kana).
  • The Glomp: The twins are fond of doing this to Alice. Unfortunately for her, they tend to be holding axes.
  • 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 Dupre hadn't blocked them in time. Enraged at them for endangering her, he annihilates the kids with a machine gun.
  • Little Bit Beastly: 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.
  • Multiple Endings: In the games, you can get multiple endings.
  • Non-Standard 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...
  • Playing Card Motifs:
    • Hearts, but those are part and parcel of the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland plot.
    • Wonderland is divided into countries of each suit. The Country of Hearts is also divided into territories associated with a specific suit.
    • Joker oversees the prison realm, and seemingly has a Split Personality to match there being two jokers in a deck.
  • 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.
  • Telepathy: Nightmare can do this to almost everybody.
  • Translation Train Wreck: The English localization of Hearts' second remake that was briefly available on app stores was obviously translated by someone who didn't speak English very well, and was full of misspellings, strangely constructed sentences, and idiomatic expressions translated literally. The Legends of Localization website highlights some of the worst parts here.
  • Trapped in Another World: Alice gets kidnapped and thrown into Wonderland. Subverted when 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.
  • Twin Switch: Dee and Dum enjoy messing with people by pretending to be each other.

Alternative Title(s): Heart No Kuni No Alice