In a small country school, Sakura Mikan and Imai Hotaru are classmates and best friends â in their own way. Ditzy, emotional Mikan seems ill-matched with aloof, emotionless Hotaru, yet they are together all the timeâ¦ until Hotaru gets called away to study at the strange and forbidding Alice Academy. In her anguish at being left behind, Mikan finally decides to follow her friend â and doing so, she makes a strange discovery. young Mikan Sakura is a girl from a Japanese countryside. optimistic, playful Mikan enjoys life to the lees. but suddenly one day, she is thrown in a state of utter dilemma and sadness when her best friend, the brilliant, cool and quite opposite natured Hotaru Imai leaves the country school to join some mysterious Alice Academy. determined to be reunited with her best friend, mikan goes on an uncertain journey to Alice Academy. eventually, she finds out that she is also an alice, a candidate eligible to enter the acdemy. thus her new life begins in a totally new environment.