As seen in Animax, in the world of Alice Academy, Alice isn’t a girl’s name. Neither is it referring to the children’s book or cartoon “Alice in Wonderland”. Alice is in fact, a magical or special ability which can range from the serious to the silly. Kids to teens are enrolled in a special school called “Alice Academy” to help them develop and ulitmately make use of their amazing gifts.
In this anime, we follow the adventures of Mikan Sakura, a seemingly ordinary girl who loved her bestfriend Hotaru Imai (she possessed the Alice of invention) so much that she followed her to “Alice Academy”. Little did Mikan know that she herself is gifted with an Alice– a rare one in fact of alice nullification!
Alice Academy has 23 episodes and it was adapted from Tachibana Higuchi’s manga, Gakuen Alice. A lot of fans are still clamoring for season two which is rumored to be in the works but nevertheless, the manga is still ongoing so there’s hope yet for the fans.
Important characters in Alice Academy are the following: the terminally perky and optimistic Mikan Sakura (incidentally also the lead character); the brilliant and frigidly cool Hotaru Imai; Natsume Hyuuga, Mikan’s bully and a dangerous type alice; the rabbit carrying Ruka Nogi gifted with the alice of animal phermones; Sumire Shouda, Natsume and Ruka’s fan; Yuu Tobita, gifted with the Illusion alice; Tsubasa Andou, another special ability type alice who and other colorful minor characters like Anna, Misaki, Youichi, Kororoyomi and Nonoko.
The teachers are Noda-sensei, Serina-sensei, and Jinno-sensei. Narumi-sensei also is one of the more important characters and is tied to Mikan in a special way. Villains appear in the series through the characters of Reo and Persona.
If you haven’t seem Alice Academy or read the Gakuen Alice manga, here’s the link to the first episode of Alice Academy on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAddXdBsxEQ . It’s neither dubbed nor subtitled but you can catch Alice Academy episodes in Animax.
The fairyfuries will be back will an episode review, character/pairing guide next time, we both totally loved it and are rooting for different pairings! ^_~