Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 12

January 14, 2013


Looks like Detective Conan (Case Closed) is not the only thing I have caught up on. I recently got four books from Barnes & Noble order. So far, I have covered half of them and two remain. Today, I will be reviewing one of those books, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 12 by Jun Mochizuki.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

After the stone steal in Carillon was destroyed, both the Baskervilles and Pandora gather in their respective locations and are worried about the actions of the headhunter. However, the stone seals are more important and Barma seems to have another lead, thanks to what Oz's party brought back. To get to it, they need to contend with somebody infatuated with Jack and they must find a way to get more people there.

I liked this volume. It was surprising that there was a person that even Barma considered annoying. I also liked how Sharon admitted to Duchess Rainsworth that the incident at Rytas's place taught her how her weak she was. I certainly would not doubt that because Oz was the only one who could use the powers of his chain out of the entire group. Of course, humans are generally weak themselves. We have to band together to create any true difference in the world, after all. What got me interested though was that Rainsworths were investigating Oz and Break said that the Oz they know may not be the real one. This makes me want to know how Oz got out of the Abyss for the first time. Yes, we know how he got out in the first volume, but that is not what I mean. In that same volume, Alice said she had the power leave, but a contract needed to be made to release that power. However, the recent volumes have all made it clearer and clearer that Oz is the true B-Rabbit, which means he had to be in the Abyss before he ever met Alice. Another thing that I am curious about is what exactly was Yura, the guy introduced in this volume, talking to Leo about. Oz and them may have got him to hold a coming-of-age ceremony for Oz at his place, but Leo asked him about what he did to the kids from the orphanage. In response, Yura acted like he knew exactly why Phillpe West forgot about his father's death and that the kids probably forgot about a child who had recently died. He definitely has something to do with whatever is going on, especially since he said he invited other people to the party. I wonder if another one of those guests has anything to do with whatever Leo was talking about. I also liked how Uncle Oscar just randomly decided to throw a party, in order to get rid of the tense atmosphere at Pandora. No matter what people say, we just do not do well when we have a lot of stress. If that were not the case, people would not be suffering from stress-related illnesses. We need to relax every once in a while and make sure that we are in the best health before continuing doing any more work. I also found Oz to be like many of us in our society. Sometimes, we encounter something that makes us so happy that we want to time to freeze. Likewise, Oz in the tea party did not want things to end. Unfortunately, it is not up to us whether time freezes or not because we are supposed to make ourselves better, so that we will have no regrets when we finally die. Although there was not really any action to be seen, what made this so great was the humor. For example, Vincent decided to finally defile Ada, so that he can make her his slave, but when he tells her that he wants to see her true self, she takes him to a room full of torture devices and stuff dealing with the occult. I am not sure about anyone else out there, but I do not think that anything needs to be done to corrupt or defile Ada, as she seems crazy already. I am just surprised that Vincent did not leave. Then again, he did say he was using Ada to get the key to the door to the Abyss held by the Vessalius household. I also found it funny how Oz was embarrassed when he decided to infiltrate Barma's place, to eavesdrop on the meeting with Yura. I could understand that Oz did not want to be in women's clothing, but it was just so funny how he hated the compliments that he looked good. I probably would not have known that Oz were a boy, if he were introduced in women's clothing instead of men. On the other hand, I am not too familiar with clothes to know exactly whether or not it was made for women, only under garments. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that stood out. The fact that Ada recognized that she was weak and that question concerning Leo, Yura, and Oz crop up, as well as the funny scenes that happened, especially concerning Ada and Vincent, made this quite good.

Although I liked the book, there are certainly some issues. However, since there does not seem to be anything major wrong, nor any annoyances, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was nothing annoying or majorly wrong, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of mystery, as well as fans of Pandora Hearts. As for action fans, the lack of any action showing up may be disappointing, but there is not really any action movie out there that has action happening every minute, so I am not too sure if I would recommend this. As for everyone else, the humor is good enough that this is worth giving a try.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 12? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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