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Cinderella

Chapter 38

シンデレラ

Shinderera

Chapter Information

Volume

7

Chapter

38

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Cinderella is chapter 38 of the Are You Alice? manga series. This chapter until Imperfect Combustion cover the events of the drama CD "Alice's Tea Party Phase Two: Knave of Hearts".

SynopsisEdit

At his castle, the Queen of Hearts is getting dressed for a party he's hosting later that day. The Knave of Hearts is on duty, watching as the Queen exchanges his closing behind a screen with a Trump close by. The Trump informs the ruler that the party will soon be fully prepared and encourages him to relax; the Queen draws her close, asking for a "personal request" only to be refused and reminded that the Trumps are only there to ensure that he does not forget his pride as the Queen. He shoos her off, and once the door closes the Queen speaks to Jack while finishing getting dressed, and just as he's about to allow Jack to speak as much as he wants, the Queen steps out only to find the bodyguard has left him.

In the alley near the Mad Hatter's flat, Alice is sharpening his shooting skills. The Hatter sneaks up on him and warns Alice that firing his gun so early in the morning will scare the rabbits away. Alice states that his reason is learning to protect himself, since the Mad Hatter has failed to show up and save him in time lately. Assuming this is because of the Cheshire Cat's betrayal, he points out that Alice has only managed to hit one can, so Alice asks for advice on shooting. The Hatter advises him to merely shoot. Since the practice is doing no good, the Hatter asks for Alice to do something useful: teaching him how to tie a necktie.

Utterly hopeless at such a simple task, the teaching moment derails into an argument between the two. Eventually getting sick of it, Alice just does it for the Hatter and asks why he needs a tie anyway, partly because the Hatter commonly wears a hunting stock. The Hatter informs him that there is an event hosted by the Queen, where everyone in the country can attend. Alice turns to go ready himself, but the Hatter stops him and says that the reason the event is being held is because it is the Alice Fixed Holiday, the one day in the year where everyone forgets that the game exists and parties. Alice panics, since he's believed that this whole time the game revolves around him, but the Mad Hatter reassures him that, due to the holiday, no one will attack him – not the Regrets, the White Rabbit, or any other enemy. Jokingly, the Hatter begins to leave, telling Alice that if he's a good boy, a fairy godmother will come and take him to the castle, and he leaves after reassuring Alice that if he wasn't Alice, he'd already be dead several times over by now.

Coming outside, the Hatter is greeted by the Cheshire Cat, who is surprised that the Hatter invited him and that he never received an invite himself. They begin to talk as they walk to the Queen's castle, with the Hatter angered that, though he's free of babysitting a brat, he's still stuck with terrible company. The Cheshire Cat points out that the Hatter is currently having troubles he's never encountered before with the previous Alices and that this is his first time attending the Alice Fixed Holiday, though the Cheshire Cat quickly assumes it's because of the previous Alices being girls. Reminded, the Hatter brings up the fact that Alice is being haunted by the latter handicapping the Cheshire Cat, only to be told that, because of the missing limb, he's now treated several times better than he once was because people take pity on him now. The Hatter thinks that Alice has been practicing his shooting in order to draw the Cheshire Cat's attention to how he's missing the targets, as if to apologise, and the Cheshire Cat replies that, as much as he wants to give Alice more advice, he's terrible with apologies.

Knave gunpoint

The Knave as the unexpected guest

Alice lounges on a couch in the apartment, reading a pamphlet on the party's events, complete with athletic events and even a singing of the national anthem. Alice sulks despite the absurdity of the pamphlet, upset that he is once again not receiving anything despite being the most important person in the game. He stops his sulking to have tea, only to begin angrily bashing the table, yelling all his rage towards not being cared for or pampered despite being "Alice".  At this moment, he's interrupted by someone at the door. Reminded of how the Hatter told him no one wanted to be in his company and the idea of a fairy godmother sweeping him away, Alice puts on his jacket, gets his revolver, and answers, only to meet an unexpected guest at gunpoint. Cutting to the Cheshire Cat, who is aware of the situation, he asks the Hatter if he's sure he wants to be away from Alice; the Hatter, due to not "hearing a gunshot", believes there's no real danger and continues on after threatening the Cheshire Cat once again, promising to send him to the crematorium with Alice.

TriviaEdit

  • The title of the chapter alludes to the Cinderella fairy tale: a prince gives a ball and an evil stepmother forces her stepdaughter to stay home and clean while taking herself and her own two daughters with her. It is one of the few titles referenced in the chapter itself, through the Mad Hatter's joke towards Alice staying at home because of the Alice Fixed Holiday.
  • The improbable cans

    The cans

    Alice, while practicing in the alley, is shooting a Coca-Cola glass bottle from roughly 1912, a Smucker's grape soda can, and a Del Monte can of corn. It should be noted that Alice in Wonderland, which highly influences the Are You Alice? series, was being published from 1862 to 1865, but that it wasn't until 1909 that Del Monte acquired their shield-shaped logo.
    • When the Hatter manages to shoot the Smucker's can, it disappears, leaving only juice behind. 
  • In the manga, Alice fires five shots while practicing in the alley, yet in the following chapter, he states he's out of bullets despite a revolver being able to fire six shots. In the drama CD, Alice fires seven shots without reloading once, which is possible for revolvers. Also, the Hatter states that Alice has only managed to hit one can, despite the fact that neither media displays such an event.
  • The inability of the Hatter to tie a necktie carries over in the back cover of volume 7, specifically the animate special edition.
  • The tie argument brings up points Alice has mentioned before: that he and the Hatter act like a bickering couple or husband and wife.
  • In the manga, the guest who kidnaps Alice rings the doorbell. In the drama CD, he knocks on the door.