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Pandora Hearts
ReviewBonfire's avatar
Dec 15, 2021

Pandora Hearts

I watched the anime many years ago and have always wondered how it would end, as the anime had an open ending that completely departed from the manga.

And one thing I must say, this manga impressed me in many ways. Not only with its sympathetic characters but its multi-layered plot and the individual resolutions over time, whereby more and more of the "truth" was revealed, until the climax.
To my disappointment, the ending of Pandora Hearts was relatively poorly realized and it is only "mediocre" at best. It had little tension or emotion but seemed like an empty stringing together of events that were supposed to be "big". But they were nothing more than overdramatization over-exaggeration.

However, the fall of Pandora Hearts didn't start until Chapter 90 +/- and it didn't get bad until Chapter 100. Until then, the manga possessed a very high-quality QUality and was carried especially by the characters and the twists.

[Storyline 7]

The story of Pandora Hearts revolves around the individual noble houses, of which the protagonist Oz is one. He is pushed into the abyss for inexplicable reasons and meets Alice, the "B-Rabbitt" there. They make a contract with each other to escape the Abyss. After their arrival, the rest of the plot focuses on the "Tragedy of Sablier". A single event that links the lives of all the characters and reveals a very interesting truth that has been hidden by several layers and holds a very unexpected event at the end.

The rest of the plot revolves around the introduction of various characters, their relationships, and an immense number of miscellaneous puzzle pieces are scattered about. Already since Chapter 1, some fragments belong to the truth.

The way Pandora Hearts is told reminded me a lot of "Fullmetal Alchemist" with its consequences and the concept of "The Truth Behind the Truth". This was also very well staged here and the individual clues that one received as a viewer, constantly changed the perspective.

The 2 negative points here were. First, in the end, after everything was revealed, there was only a half-hearted final fight, which was not the author's strength. Along the way, other elements were introduced that didn't help the plot at all.

Furthermore, there was a problem with the pacing, later on, there were too many "twists" in a massive anime sequence, making it hard for the viewer to process. Whereas twists in the manga happened on average every 5 chapters and you could order the detail well. In the end, a whole dam of information was opened, which was almost uncontrollable. The character is in pact with he is, in reality, **** he is he, this character betrayed him, but he is a double agent, but this one is in reality ... < as an example and this on about 2 chapters.

I am glad that I read the manga very carefully from the beginning and even followed it with enthusiasm, otherwise, it would be problematic to forget any "detail" here. Since you would not understand anything at the end if you lose the context.

[Characters 7]

Characters, their backgrounds, and ambitions were excellently realized here.

There is too large a collection of essential characters, all of which are interconnected, so I can't go into each one individually.

Oz is the young lord of the Vessalius house and the protagonist of the story. There is much more to his plot than is expected at the beginning. And his self-critical and self-sacrificing personality has provided some scope for development.

Alice, on the other hand, is rather simple. She is the strong protagonist, who is predominantly potty-mouthed, yet has drama to fall back on. Her background and the resolution of her true story, however, turn many things upside down later.

Gilbert is the most complex of the 3 protagonists, constantly in self-conflict with himself and his own will. This is portrayed very nicely. Also later, when the background for all this is shown, one understands all the more why he was in such a self-conflict.

The rest of the important characters also all had the goals they wanted to achieve and various interesting backgrounds. Whether any antagonists or allies of the protagonists. They were all part of the puzzle.

I find it particularly remarkable how the connection between all the characters was woven and connected with the "tragedy of Sablier". Everything returns to the place where it happened a hundred years ago and still does not belong to the past.

Jack and Glen's background was also very interesting and the fascinating final piece of the puzzle in this entire story. By far 2 of the best characters, emblematic of their rivalry and friendship.

[Drawings / representation 7]

Varying between above average and beautiful. Some chapters were subtle with diverse backgrounds and details. Others, however, offered huge and beautiful scenery.

The characters' drawings were simple but blended well with the contrast to the setting.


If only it hadn't been for the miserable ending, Pandora Hearts could have been a symbol for an unprecedented top title or even a masterpiece that is never mentioned.

Unfortunately, the author failed in the end and gambled away the excellent structure.

Nonetheless, the ending alone doesn't ruin this great fantasy manga, and fans of the genre will get their taste for it.

[Enjoyment 9]

7.5/10 story
7.5/10 art
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
LaylaLux's avatar
Mar 28, 2020

I loved this story and I cried more than I thought I would T^T it was  just amazing it was so beautiful and the concept was so unique that ughh I just have no words to properly describe it so whoever read this review than just please give it a chance and you would understand what I'm talking about.

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
nekoangel12's avatar
Nov 26, 2012

I read up to the 79th chapter, and I absolutly fell in love with the story of Pandora Hearts. The little rich boy named Oz being dragged into the abbys by a mesterious person, we find out who the person was sometime later in the manga. It started off quite funny, as Oz and Ada were exploring the mantion putting a lot of tention on the house keeper, while teazing Gilbert (servent of Oz) who was found infront of the gate leading to the Abyss that was owned by the Vessalious family.

Sometime later in Vol. 1 Oz came bck from the abyss with the power of the Black rabbit after missing for 10 years. 

At first Oz, Alice and Gilbert trie to find Alices lost memories that really belongto the will of Abyss (Alices twin) while it seems that Gilbert is only helping them because his master Oz is there, but it changes after some time, when Alice is not so bothered about her memories and helps out with the pandora.

A lot later in the story (around chapter 75) Oz finds out from Jack that he is really only a plush rabbit that was made into a chain by the will of Abyss, and the body that he is now belongs to Jack Vessalious.

The thing I liked the most in pandora heats was the relation between each character. Like Break and Sharon, or Gilbert and Vincent. I liked aswell the twist that comes abouts near the end there as gilbert protects his master Oz even tough he found out who his real master is. (Just love how Gilbert is loyalto his master OZ)

One thing about pandora hearts that I hate the most is the personality of Oz!!

Umm 9/10 overall??

9/10 story
10/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall
Atpx4869's avatar
Mar 7, 2015

  After I watched the anime, which was pretty good, I saw people recommending the manga. The manga had a pretty high rating and the anime left me wanting more so I read it. I read, like, 3-4 hours a day and I caught up in 3 days (my eyes really hurt). Needless to say, I really enjoyed this manga.

  At Oz Vessarlius' coming-to-age ceremony, he's suddenly dragged into the Abyss for a sin he never commited. There, he manages to escape by making a contract with a Chain called Alice. The story starts out quite simple but it takes a darker twist and it gradually gets more complicated. This story also has a lot of plot twists and my reccomendation is to not like or trust any character easily, for every character has their own dark side. If there were any problems with the story, I would say that the pacing's too fast and too much information dumping. If you wish to understand the story better, I reccomend you to watch the anime prior to reading the manga. The manga has a bit more violence than the anime since it goes more into the psychological and mental state of the characters and has a more complex plot. A good thing about the manga is that it has no fillers. Every chapter contributes to the plot and so does every charcter.

  The art was pretty good. The shading makes the art stand out and makes it seem dark. The covers are especially well drawn and colour oriented. The sheer simplicity of the cover has a strong effect on the viewer and actually manages to show the dark side of this manga with it's effects and dark choice of colours.

  Pandora Hearts has, imo, the most likeable cast of charcters in all the anime and manga I've seen. Oz is nice and flirty but, as the story progresses, you'll feel really bad for him and the things he has been through. Gilbert was loyal and timid. When he grows older, he gradually grows more handsome and even more loyal (if that' s possible). Alice is hot-headed and violent. She does have her cute side, though. Break is a clown. A very wise clown, nontheless. That's the main cast. There's also some other secondary characters that I'm not going to mention. The charcter development is immense and most of the charcter develop. I advise you not to grow too attached to any charcters for, I have a very bad feeling that our author, Jun Mochizuki, will kill off most of our charcters by the time that this story ends. Which, by the way, I'm not sure how.

  Pandora Hearts is a very thought provoking manga with some really dark twists. I immensely enjoyed it and it's my, currently, favourite manga (but that might be because that I don't reach much manga). I reccomend people who like dark storys to read it but, take it slowly beause after I marathoned it, my head really hurt.

9.5/10 story
9/10 art
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall
ShionTamagisa's avatar
Feb 22, 2015

When I first stumbled across this, I was looking for a single character that I'd looked up on who seemed interesting (Vincent). And let me just say...I got ALOT more than what I could've ever asked for. It starts off with a boy noble named Oz, his lil sis Ada, and his servant Gilbert. They were all kinda cute both personality wise and looks. But then everything takes a sort of dark twist when Oz is sent to the Abyss for a sin, his existance. There he meets a hot headed girl named Alice (Here comes the other main character~). Together they manage to escape and return to the real world only to discover everythihng Oz knows has changed. 

As far as the story goes, amazing. It starts like the typical light hearted chibi humor which is actually preytty funny sometimes. But as the story progresses, we learn more about why Oz was cast into the Abyss and get some dark themes like slaughter and even some yandere characters. I'd say from a little over halfway through the series, we get plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. The only thing that bugs me is, some of the plot twists were just plain confusing.

For characters, I'd say this was 10 out of freaking 10. ALL of the characters had some twist or quirk to them and all develop to some degree. Oz for example, doesn't keep acting all childish and gets pretty messed up due to a certain discovery. And heisn't just all smiles and laughs, he actually is kinda messed up in the head. As we get to learn the backstories, we find out how twisted some of the nicest/funniest characters actually are. I mean, even the practically perfect guy is INSANE. The thing I like best about this is that people aren't who they think they are or sometimes the light hearted characters might act with extreme violence/madness. I also loved the relationships between certain characters like Break and Sharon. You know those plot twists I mentioned earlier? A lot of them are centered around characters' identities, so don't mark anyone as anything until the end. Also, some characters do in fact die. Just a warning. And you know that 'if you're my friend's friend, then we're friends' cliche? Well, let's just say that some of the conflict between characters happened because of this isn't true by any means.

The art was amazing. All of the expressions clearly depicted the emotions of each character. And, I must say, some of the chains and scenes in the Abyss look quite horrifying. Some nightmare inducing actually (not that I had a nightmare but still pretty creepy). I love the character designs for every single character and some panels are just plain gorgeous. 

Overall, 10/10. I highly recommend this to Black Butler fans, the two mangas have similar elements. A contract with a non-human being, dark themes, and character depth. I loved this manga and it's definitely one of the best I've ever read. But sadly, it's nearing the end of it's run,I think there's only 1 or 2 volumes left. And let me just say, DON'T EVER READ IT ALL STRAIGHT. YOU WILL BE SENT ON THE FEELS TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

9.9/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
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