Manga Review: Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

Published Dec. 15,2009
Published Dec. 15,2009

Oz Vessalius is about to have a day he will never forget. At his coming of age ceremony, he is sent to the abyss, an eternal prison, for a sin he has no idea he committed. 

In the abyss, he meets Alice, desperate to escape the abyss. She needs Oz’s help in order to leave. But at what cost?

This manga was okay. Oz is okay. The plot is what saved this series.

If you just read the first one, you won’t get much out of it. But if you keep reading it gets good. The story is a play on Alice in Wonderland, which is something I didn’t pick up on til the third book (I think).

I love the fact that the story isn’t one note. It was extremely well written, mysterious and complicated just enough for me to keep reading. However, what I didn’t like about the book was Oz. He didn’t show any growth and I read eight books. He was boring, lifeless and he didn’t failed to actually understand anything that was going on. He was stupid but he did act stupid constantly. Oz had no backbone either.

I understand he is a 15 year old boy but he is the main character. Everything centralizes around him and he was so willingly to throw his life away for the sake of being a hero but he really didn’t know what it all meant. Oz made the manga feel really drawn out. I was seriously tired of his mess.

As for the artwork, it was great! The series is very violent; so there is a lot of aggressive movements in the art. I loved it.

Overall, the manga get 3 Pickles.

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