Anime In Wonderland


Haruhi in Wonderland

Art copies itself. This much is known in anime with stories taken out of Literature. We’ve seen old animes showcase various Literature books as Cinderella, Peter Pan, A Dog of Flanders, Anne of Green Gables and a whole lot more. But among these seems to be one literary masterpiece that stands out – at least in anime.

Have you—even just once—seen your anime dressed…for Wonderland?

Kyo Kara Maoh in Wonderland
Wrong question? Actually, it is wrong. For a number of anime titles have shown their characters dressed like the ones from Lewis Caroll’s most popular children’s book. And thus begs the question: Why is that?

Sasami in Wonderland

Looking at the number of anime “Wonderland-themed” images out there, it looks like the Japanese have a fondness for the story of the curious girl Alice and her adventures in Wonderland.

They enjoy dressing up their characters into the most popular characters in world that is Wonderland. There’s of course Alice, Queen of Hearts, March Hare, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the twins Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee. Oh and let’s not forget the disapearing Cheshire Cat.

Ouran Wonderland

CardCaptor in Wonderland

For instance, episodes of Card Captor Sakura and Ouran High School Host Club have had a “Wonderland-themed” episode. Then there were images of Inuyasha and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya jumping into the wagon – or make that “into the rabbit hole” to join in on the fun. And then there’s the big story that not only gets its inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, but obviously uses the title sans the girl’s name. This is where Miyuki-chan in Wonderland comes in.

Kagome (a maid?) in Wonderland

Mikuru in Wonderland (although Haruhi is the lead actress)

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland

Could it be because of the playful nature of Alice in Wonderland that anime gets drawn into it? There is nothing impossble in Wonderland after all. Ever noticed how anime usually shows a sense of reality? This makes it completely different from Alice in Wonderland where nothing we know is as it seems. Now, isn’t it pretty much like fiction taking a break from the reality it had created and rests on something that is purely fantasy which is Alice in Wonderland?

For whatever reason, no otaku probably complains. It’s always something special after all to see one’s favorite character dressed up like any of its kind—imaginary. Pretty much like cosplay for anime characters, don’t you agree?

Sakura in Wonderland