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Ikemen Revolution: Love and Magic in Wonderland is a mobile Visual Novel by Japanese company Cybird, the same company behind Ikemen Sengoku. Character designs are done by TCB.

In 19th century London, a young woman leaves her job at a confectionery for the day when she runs into a man fretting about being late. After their Crash-Into Hello, the young woman realizes the man - whom she notes is suspiciously rabbit-like - has dropped a gorgeous pocket watch. The watch being clearly well cared for, and she being a Nice Girl, the woman chases after him to return the watch. He disappears in front of her eyes in St. James Park, and when she takes a step after him, she finds herself falling Down the Rabbit Hole - her last glimpse of home being a bright full moon.

The long fall leads her to the land of Cradle - known to those in the Land of Reason as Wonderland. Reuniting with the man - who introduces himself as Blanc Lapin, but his friends call him White Rabbit - in this mysterious land ruled by magic instead of science, the woman learns that she has become Alice the Second, caught in a war between the Red and Black Armies of Wonderland.

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The original Japanese version of the game, Ikemen Kakumei: Alice to Koi no Mahou was released in 2016, with the English release arriving in 2018.

The game is available for Android and iOS devices.


Ikemen Revolution contains examples of:

  • Abandoned Area: The dilapidated castle-like building deep in the Forbidden Forest, a relic from when Red and Black coexisted peacefully.
  • Adorkable: Jonah, having grown up in a noble family, is not familiar with how to do everyday chores such as laundry. Alice watches in stunned disbelief when his solution to drying his military jacket after washing it in a river while they're on the run together is to whip it around over his head.
  • Adult Fear: Only rarely touched on in-game, but Alice disappearing for a month while she's in Cradle is this to the people she knows in London.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Since the player can name the protagonist, her being called Alice comes across as this. Seth and Loki in particular rarely call her anything else.
  • Alice Allusion: Obviously. The entire premise of the game is a reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with many characters being based off characters in the original story. The MC herself is called "Alice the Second" with Alice Liddell implied to be the First.
  • An Interior Designer Is You: The player can decorate Alice’s room with various furniture received over the course of the game, or through Gacha events.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: The player can also receive various outfits, dresses, hairstyles, and makeup for Alice and outfits and accessories for her suitor, through the story or Gacha.
  • Awful Truth: The Magic Tower’s leader, Amon Jabberwock, is the real instigator of the war between the armies, so that he can control Cradle from the shadows, and eventually the Land of Reason too. He did this by being the real killer of Lancelot’s father, not the Black Army.
  • Birthday Episode: Each character gets a birthday event, which usually includes limited edition clothes and furniture for your room, and a special birthday story.
  • Bishōnen: As expected for an otome, every suitor is considered very attractive in-game, though special mention goes to the Clemence brothers for having features described as “porcelain doll-like.”
  • Blank Slate: Averted. Though a lot of her backstory is left up to the player, the MC is canonically a young woman older than nineteen, who moved to London from the countryside to work in a confectionery before the story proper.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: The boarding school in Cradle during the time Ray and Fenrir and Kyle's brother attended, due to The Day Lost to Darkness.
  • Broken Pedestal: Jonah, for Luka.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Alice being who she is, she’s the Gentle Girl to Luka’s lone wolf and shy Brooding Boy in his route. This trope is in play to a lesser extent in Lancelot’s route as well.
  • Call-Back: Ikemen Revolution has a premise that is a call back to its predecessor, Ikemen Sengoku. The MC finds herself in a different time/world than she knows, and is abruptly caught in the middle of a war between two opposing sides, with possible Love Interests on either side. Oh, and a bespectacled gentlemen also warns her not to fall in love which she promptly fails at.
  • Cash Gate: Proceeding through the story requires having enough Intimacy Points or a certain piece of attire to pass.
  • Cassandra Truth: On Jonah’s route, no one believes Alice when she and Jonah arrive at the council meeting to tell the army officers that the Magic Tower is behind the war, and that Lancelot is working with their leader. Having their main piece of evidence destroyed doesn’t help matters. Averted when it turns out Lancelot was only pretending to punish them, since he knew Amon was watching the entire thing.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: See Bishōnen above.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each character has a color associated with them:
    • Lancelot: Red
    • Jonah: Pink
    • Edgar: Yellow
    • Zero: Orange
    • Kyle: Brown
    • Ray: Navy blue
    • Sirius: Teal
    • Luka: Lavendar
    • Fenrir: Lime green
    • Seth: Green
    • Harr: Deep purple
    • Loki: Magenta
    • Blanc: Light blue
    • Oliver: Emerald green
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Same as above.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The MC falls into Cradle the same night that the two armies declare they’re officially going to war with each other...for the first time in 500 years.
  • Cool Pet: Each suitor has a pet that can be added to your room.
  • Darker and Edgier: Both endings are good endings, but the Dramatic Ending generally involves Alice and her suitor overcoming a rockier road to happiness than in Romantic.
  • Enemy Mine: In each route the Red and Black Armies team up to save Cradle from the Magic Tower and Amon Jabberwock.
  • Everyone Can See It: Several instances:
    • In Edgar’s route, everyone can tell that Edgar showing genuine emotions for once is directly related to his growing feelings for Alice
    • This is rampant enough for the rest of the Black Army officers to corner Alice into confessing her love for Sirius
    • Luka is Oblivious to Love, and therefore is one of the last to know that he’s in love with Alice in his route. This sometimes crosses over into other routes when phrases like “stealing Alice’s heart” go right over his head.
    Luka: Aren’t her ribs in the way?
    • In every route, Blanc usually can tell when Alice has begun to have feelings for somebody. Considering he’s the one who warns her in the first place, this may indicate he knows more than he lets on about what this means.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fenrir’s hair is more pink than actually red, but he fits this trope the most of the main cast. Averted with the only actual redhead, Kyle. Despite his love of drinking, he’s a pretty calm guy, and is professional in his role as army doctor.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses are the flowers growing in the Garden on top of Cradle’s Civic Center, and they feature in both covers for the game (which changes depending on the time of day), and they even play a part in the end of Lancelot’s route.
    • Being a gardener, Sirius is very knowledgeable about flowers and is often found watering them while training his soldiers. He also gives Alice an iris at the end of his route
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The Magic Tower, a civic agency that refines and distributes Magic Crystals
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Things aren’t usually in a good mood when it rains in the game. Explicitly stated to be one of Loki’s dislikes. This is because it was raining when he was abandoned by his parents.
  • Guide Dang It!: Maxing out the Love Meter often requires a walkthrough, as it requires you to consistently pick the dialogue option that nets you the most Romantic and Dramatic points.
  • Halloween Cosplay: The Halloween event features the cast dressed as various witches, vampires, and mummies.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: While she’ll always be referred to as Alice the Second, Alice’s real name can be determined by the player.
  • I Choose to Stay: Alice usually finds she would rather stay in Cradle with her new friends and lover than return to London. Which is coincidentally exactly what the White Rabbit warned her would happen.
  • Instant Fan Club:
    • Jonah’s “Heart Defenders” - a secret group of Red soldiers who fanboy over Jonah
    • Also, Seth to Alice
  • Inventory Management Puzzle: You’re given limited closet space, so eventually you will have to either buy more with Magic Crystals, or sell old pieces to make room.
  • It Was a Gift: One of the attire checkpoints usually shows up in the story right after it’s bought, as a gift to Alice from the man whose route she’s on
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lancelot does this to the MC near the end of his route, as he feels it’s safer for her to forget about him and return to London, even if it breaks his own heart to do it.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Getting the 4- or 5-star Gacha usually is this, unless you want to spend a lot of Magic Crystals to up your chances of success.
  • Microtransactions: There is an in-game currency of gold coins called Lin, used to buy Normal attire, and then there’s the premium currency called Magic Crystals, which nets you the Premium items, but it requires paying actual money to get. Either that, or waiting for the daily login bonus to be Magic Crystals.
  • Multiple Endings: There are two endings, Romantic and Dramatic. Both are happy endings, though one generally puts the characters through a bit more to get there. Your dialogue choices during the route affect which ending you’ll receive.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Day Lost to Darkness/The Day that Went Dark, depending on the translator.
  • New Game+: You get different ending rewards for your room and avatars depending on which ending you pick, and you have to go back and get the other ending to get the other rewards. Additionally, some chapters from his POV are only available after reaching both endings.
  • No-Sell: Alice has the ability to nullify magic, since she’s from the Land of Reason.
  • Odd Friendship: Oliver the snarky, sophisticated, hatter-slash-inventor and Blanc the flirtatious, kind record-keeper. One looks like a 13-year-old boy by day, adult man by night, and the other is implied to be The Ageless with a darker past than he lets on. They’re also housemates, and probably each other’s closest friend.
  • Pinch Me: A variation of this happens in the prologue, when Alice hits her head inside Blanc’s carriage and realizes that she’s not dreaming, she really did fall into Wonderland.
  • Play Every Day: The Daily Login Bonus feature, which awards the player with Lin, Magic Crystals, Gacha tokens, or items to raise stamina and intimacy if the player opens the app every day.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Considering the source material has plenty of this, it’s a given.
  • Recycled Premise: Players coming to this game from Ikemen Sengoku may notice that the basic concepts of the two are very similar.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: This dynamic is at play between the Red and Black Armies, but with the Onis switched: the Red Army tends to place more value on prestige and nobility, with an air of cold professionalism in the way they conduct themselves. Meanwhile the Black Army places more value on the merit of a soldier, rather than their family lineage, to determine their ranks. They’re also a much friendlier bunch, often acting like a big family. However, a big part of the story revolves around the MC realizing that the Red and Black armies are more similar than they seem.
  • Rescue Romance: The MC is always under the threat of being kidnapped and used as a test subject for the Magic Tower and they achieve this with varying amounts of success in each route.
  • The Reveal: Edgar’s route is the first route released wherein Amon shows his face to Alice for the first time.
  • Socialization Bonus: Sending a greeting to your friend list everyday nets you Lin for every friend on the list.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Some chapters can be read from the suitor’s POV, and even more when both endings are completed.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Red and Black Armies when they have to team up against the Magic Tower.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of the prologue, Blanc tells Alice not to fall in love with anyone from Cradle, as it could cause trouble for her desire to return to London by the next full moon. Of course, being an otome, this goes about as well as you’d expect.
  • Tsundere: Jonah, oh so very much. It makes his arrogant tendencies a little more tolerable.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset: Alice is the only one with the ability to No-Sell magic attacks, being from the Land of Reason. No one she meets in Wonderland has the ability, not even Oliver, who is from London like her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The entire Red Army, for Amon Jabberwock and the rest of his disciples of the Magic Tower.
  • Vague Age: Alice’s age is left up to the player, though she mentions being older than Loki who is nineteen, and it’s implied she’s younger than Sirius is at thirty. She’s probably meant to be somewhere in her mid-twenties like most of the rest of the cast, though beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: The MC gets various items of clothing in each route, which she can change at any time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Seth and Fenrir
    • Blanc and Oliver, though it’s more one-sided on Oliver’s part
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Fenrir and Loki both have hair in different shades of pink
    • Jonah’s hair is so pale it’s almost white, and Luka’s dark hair usually looks more purple than black. Otherworldly attractiveness must be a family trait.
    • Blanc’s white hair earned him the White Rabbit moniker, and it’s implied to be natural, since he’s still (physically at least) youthful

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