Book Review: Alice in Bishounen-Land Vol. 1 by Yushi Kawata and Yukito

Alice in Bishounen-Land Vol. 1

Author: Yushi Kawata, Yukito
Series: Alice in Bishounen-Land, Vol. 1
Publisher: LOVExLOVE (February 8, 2022)
Paperback, 192 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga
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Summary

Alice Kagami is an ordinary high school girl who doesn’t really get her friend Tamami’s obsession with idol games. There’s more to life than handsome digital boys, dating sims, and mini-games, right? But then, Tamami is “chosen” as one of the top idol fangirls in the country and gets drawn into the game — and hapless Alice gets pulled in too!

Between dealing with the mismatched members of her idol group to intense pressure to spend real money on gachas, how is a total idol game newbie supposed to take them to the top?

Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Wow, that was TERRIBLE.
Review to come soon, I guess. Yeesh.

SO, Alice gets sucked into a video game by accident. It’s a dating sim where she needs to produce an idol group. There are lots of moments where the comic is sort of poking fun at this type of isekai comics that are ALMOST funny, but they just don’t quite land. There are several times where Alice raises her intimacy level with the characters and unlocks their side story, and the side stories are TERRIBLE. Which the comic acknowledges, making jokes about “what’s up with this side story?! It’s terrible!” which, haha, except I still needed to suffer through reading those terrible side stories.

Also with a name like Alice in Bishounen-Land I was hoping for some more Alice in Wonderland type characters in Alice’s boy group, but unfortunately that’s… not what this is, haha.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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