This intriguing story follows Yukko, a teenage girl who wakes up one morning to find that she and many other people in her prefecture have been shrunken down to a few inches tall. Yukko's dog Poko-chan proves a faithful companion, while her cat proves to be deadly. Once outside, cats and birds prove to be the major predators. Yukko meets a strange small person who doesn't seem to be human, nor does she speak the language, but she wants to be called Alice. Yukko, Poko-chan, and Alice struggle to find other survivors while dodging Mad-Max type bandits, regular-sized people who seem only intent on "rescuing" to exterminate, and a horde of hungry cats.
I might just have a morbid sense of humor, but the cats being the main villains and "playing" with their prey, as cats do, struck me as humorous and engaging. There are still lots of questions by the end of volume one, but Ishikawa has given me enough information about what's happening around Yukko that I really need to find out what's going on and how they got that way. The artwork is haunting and beautiful with full page scenes and great details. Other than Alice and the mysterious shrinking, this story has no connection to the beloved fairy tale, so don't get fooled into buying this for your Alice fans.
Seven Seas rates this for older teen. The amount of gore/blood/violence makes this rating appropriate. Also, there is some cussing, and one shot of Alice's side-boob as she changes clothing.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability level: Grades 10-12
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Horror
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