As the title suggests, this anime review is Gakuen Alice (Alice Academy). No, its not a gilr’s name. This story circulates on 10 year old Mikan Sakura, a bubbly and friendly girl who wishes to be with her bestfriend Hotaru Imai. Hotaru had been accepted on a school for geniuses and had to leave their town which devasted Mikan and made her decide to leave his Grandpa. Later on, Mikan was able to get into the school with the help of Narumi-sensei. Later in the series, she meets two of the best students in the academy: Natsume Hyuuga and Ruka Nogi (also called Ruka-Pyon by mikan and Hotaru). Then the School rumble begins. 🙂

Let me introduce the characters. First, we have the main person, Mikan Sakura. As I have mentioned, Mikan is a hyper and very friendly girl. She has the Alice of Nullification which means that no one can use their alices when she’s around and the Stealing Alice which is why the administrators of the school are wary of her. As an added information, Mikan means Citrus Fruit and Sakura means cherry blossoms. So literally, her name means Cherry blossom fruit. hehehe. Just kidding. 🙂

Now comes the girl with the Invention Alice, Hotaru Imai. She is Mikan’s bestfriend since they were kids. The reason why Mikan left her hometown and searched for the Alice Academy. She seems cold hearted at first but she loves Mikan just as much as Mikan loves her. Her special affections towards Mikan shows when she protects her against other students with Alices and when she chose Mikan as her dance partner. She has an older brother who also studies in the academy, however, he does not seem to even acknowledge Hotaru as his younger sister. 😦

Next up is Natsume Hyuuga. He, as far as I’m concerned is Mikan’s Love interest. Though there are no direct inclinations that they are except for Natsume teasing Mikan and his being jealous when she’s with someone else (they are still kids anyway so there’s no rush). Natsume has the Alice of Fire, one of the most dangerous alices there is and because of that he wears an earring to control his power. Mysterious and aloof except to Ruka Nogi who seems to be his closest friend. With that attitude and his boyish looks, he sure is the academy’s hearthrob. There was no mention of his family except that he was said to have caused the fire on his home when he was younger.

Now, the person with my favorite Alice, Ruka Nogi! Also known as Ruka-pyo to Mikan and Hotaru. This blonde cutie has the animal pheromone alice. He would normally be seen holding his rabbit and he wants to become a veterinarian someday (typical isnt it?). Normally calm and sweet, he knows how to love and take care of his friends. Later on, there was a different side of Ruka that will come out. If you want to know what that side is, watch the series (hehehe..that’s how it works!). He also has a liking for our main protagonist Mikan which was obvious when he dreamt of having a future with Natsume and Mikan.

Last but definitely not the least. Narumi-sensei is a bishounen with the human pheromone alice, he can control a person to do his bidding. He assisted Mikan into getting in the academy. He seems to be Mikan’s father or grandfather figure on the academy. I have read in some other references that Narumi had something for Mikan’s mother though both Mikan’s parents were not mentioned at all.

Now, the story in itself is nice. It has lots of comedy, a tinge of drama and a tinge of action. I love how the characters were made to act and how things turned out. Though I wish it was at least determined towards the end who Mikan loves the most, aside from Hotaru that is.

The theme songs are also some of the best I’ve heard. From the catchy opening theme “Pikapika no Taiyou” to the mellow ending song “Shiawase No Niji”.

Wow! this was a loooong one. If you are for light romance and comedy, im sure you will enjoy this anime.


~ by darkmagician on March 13, 2008.

2 Responses to “Alice???”

  1. ang daya mo dark magician.. di mo pa sinama ung other side ni ruka.. hmmp..

  2. kelangan kase panoorin un bago mo makita… Saying what that is could spoil your viewing fun. 🙂 All that I can say is that he is still cute as ever.

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