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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of the most successful works of the English literature. It was originally published on November 26, 1865. Since then, there hasn’t passed a single year when the book was out of print. Carroll’s work has been translated into more than 97 languages.
It has been adapted several times for the screen, art, video games, theme parks, and much more.
Even the anime industry wasn’t left untouched by its influence. From the early 20th century, many animators have produced different variations of Alice in Wonderland in their own style using distinguished storylines and characters. Among them, here is the list of five most famous anime based on this wondrous piece of fiction literature.
1. Fushigi no Kuni no Arisu - Alice in Wonderland (1983)
The anime is a bit modified version of the original work. It gained immense popularity in several European countries.
Similar to the novel, it shows Alice as a young girl who falls into a hole when following a white rabbit. She is transported to Wonderland and happens to meet unique and interesting characters. It includes Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.
The beginning of the anime closely resembles the novel. However, in later episodes, the scenes are inspired by Through the Looking-Glass (sequel to Alice in Wonderland).
Another major difference is that, in anime, Alice returns to her home at the end of the episode. And transports back to the Wonderland in the new episode.
2. Alice SOS (1998)
Takashi Sagano is a high school student. He is a huge admirer of Alice in Wonderland. He is a book lover and decides to buy some used books from the store. Suddenly a peculiar book is thrown over him.
When Takashi opens the book, a mystical figure appears, whose name is M-1, the God of Math. M-1 informs Takashi that Alice is kidnapped somewhere in a different world and he has to rescue her.
Though Takashi’s ability is average, his brave heart urges him to accept M-1’s offer. In this anime, instead of Alice herself, Takashi is transported to Wonderland to search for the heroine.
He is also accompanied by his friends on the journey. Since to start an adventure, he needs to solve a Math problem, his friends play a major role in the quest. There’s also a mysterious character behind the kidnapping of Alice that makes it quite different from the novel.
3. Kagihime Monogatari Eikyū Alice Rondo - Key Princess Story: Eternal Alice Rondo (2006)
Aruto Kirihara is an average high school student. His obsession with Alice’s stories led him to write his own version by the name “The Endless Alice”. It happens at night when he is working on his copy, he sees a girl lookalike Alice flying under the full moon. He quickly moves out of his home to follow her to a library.
He notices the girl is fighting with someone wearing a peculiar costume. She defeats the person, steals their story, and eventually, disappears. The next day, she introduces herself as Arisu Arisugawa, the female protagonist of the series.
Arisu is an Alice User, who can transform herself into a bunny girl. She uses keys to fight other Alice Users. The keys can unlock other users’ stories and make them lose their User status. The goal is to defeat all the other Alice Users and win the Endless Alice to fulfill a desire.
The twist comes when it is revealed that Aruto’s sister is also an Alice user. She fights with Arisu to steal her story, but Aruto interferes and asks them to make peace. Now, they together embark on an adventure where they face characters similar to Alice in Wonderland.
4. Pandora Hearts (2009)
The storyline is loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. The young Oz Vessalius is the heir to the Vessalius Duke House. He lives a normal luxurious life along with his sister and a best friend. But when his Coming-of-Age ceremony approaches, everything turns upside down.
During the event, a group of people, called The Baskervilles, appear out of nowhere, to take him to a prison called Abyss, which was initially thought to be fictitious. The prison is home to monsters called Chains. Oz is forced to live in the Abyss, where he learns the ability to connect with the Chains by drinking their blood.
He befriends one of the monsters named Alice and plans to escape the prison with her. The series explores his journey as a fugitive and also finds answers for his existence to be unfortunate.
5. Hāto no Kuni no Arisu - Alice in the Country of Hearts (2011)
The series is a makeover of the novel. The characters are highly identical, but situations are somewhat different from the original story.
Alice is a young girl, who feels deeply insecure because of her sister’s exquisite beauty. One day, a white rabbit who later turned out to be a man named Peter takes her with him and throws her into a hole. He reveals he is head over heels for Alice and encourages her to drink a so-called medicine.
Peter, later, reveals that the drink binds the person to participate in a game and the only way out is to interact with strange people living in the Wonderland. Contrary to the novel, the Wonderland is in dire straits and there’s a civil war going on there. The inhabitants lack trust in each other and don’t care about other people’s lives and deaths.
Alice meets several recognizable characters like Queen of Hearts, the March Hare, the Duke, The Hatter, and many others with distinctive personalities.
The anime gives a refined touch to the novel with fresh twists and turns and a heart-throbbing story.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on July 27, 2020:
Great article. Thank you, I love Alice in Wonderland.