I am SO hooked on the "Are you Alice?" series right now.
Alice is a guy, and apparently the 89th Alice to appear in Wonderland. He doesn't seem to remember his real name/purpose, so if he wants to keep the name "Alice", he must win the game of killing the White Rabbit. The Mad Hatter is a cool, gun-weilding badass who's ordered by the Queen of Hearts (also a male) to protect Alice during the game. It's starting to hint that he has his own agenda and some kinda history with the previous Alice. The Cheshire Cat...omg, the Cheshire Cat... so interesting...
Ehh, I'll just stop here because I don't wanna spoil anything. Maybe I'll do another post when I've gotten further in the series.
It started just because I listened to the "Hello, I am IM Best" album and liked most of the songs. ZIZZ Studio is awesoooome~! My favorites were "Memories in the cup," sung in pretty good English(!) by Hirata Hiroaki -- and by "pretty good," I mean it's understandable with correct distinction between "R" and "L" sounds -- and "smile a sweet smile." sung by Inoue Kazuhiko.
Anyways, I was trying to translate "smile a sweet smile" and thought I'd try listening to the drama CDs to get some context...and ended up getting totally drawn into the story. Not to mention that the main cast is love:
Alice: Sakurai Takahiro --> Sakurai plays him well, but his character's cheekiness and emo moments gets on my nerves a bit ^^;
Mad Hatter: Hirata Hiroaki --> Very aloof and intimidating...he sounds very cool, like a Sanji without the lady weakness.
Cheshire Cat: Inoue Kazuhiko --> Gosh, the Cheshire Cat has never sounded so good! ♥
White Rabbit : Morikubo Shoutarou --> I like how he acts out the White Rabbit's unstable scenes. Somewhat creepy and very intense~!
Then I checked out the manga (which is still ongoing) and fell in love once again. The art is GORGEOUUUUS <3 I'm looking forward to more chapters.
I thought the recent Tim Burton take on "Alice in Wonderland" was pretty dark, but this version seems just as dark, if not more. Pretty twisted and lots of killing (for a fairy tale), with occassional light humor. Something that interested me even more was the mystery. It's pretty confusing in the beginning, but it keeps you wanting more and it's SO interesting when more clues start getting revealed.