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Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 13

January 15, 2013

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This is certainly a surprise. I have been spending a lot of time this month covering both Detective Conan (Case Closed) and Pandora Hearts. On one, I have closed the gap down to only one volume missing, while I have pretty much caught up the official English releases on the other. Anyway, I have recently received an order of four books from Barnes & Noble. One by one, I have covered them until only one remained. Today, I will be review that last title, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 13 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

After getting into an argument, Leo and Elliot tell Oz and Gilbert respectively how they met in Sablier for the first time. However, the coming-of-age ceremony does not remain peaceful like everyone thought it would. Both the headhunter and the Baskervilles have made their move and the members of Pandora must find the seal stone, as well as capture the headhunter.

I enjoyed this volume. It was fairly nice to see how Leo and Elliot first met. Elliot kind of reminded me of myself a bit. When he was reflecting on how he met Leo, he hated how people were not really that honest in aristocracy and wanted a valet that spoke honestly right to Elliot face. I hate dealing with such people too. I seems like they are just trying to please people, in order to get what they want. With that kind of person, one really needs to look at everything they are doing and their expressions because they can and will stab the person the back. Politicians of any party and/or ideology are the worst among them. We all might not agree on who is corrupt and which party is trying to turn lies into truth, but everyone knows that is certainly what they do. Of course, I cannot really blame people too much for not being truthful all the time. We are all brought up in environments where people expect the answer they want, instead of the actual correct answer. After all, we do not want to make people feel bad or others to tell us that we are wrong. On other hand, I just do not think we are any better because of it, especially since it stifles our imaginations. Another thing that I liked is that it is revealed that orphans are made to enter into contracts with a chain, though the name of the chain is not yet certain. Since Yura talked about the kids forgetting things in the previous volume, as if he knew something, I have to consider the possibility that he knows the name of the chain. It also revealed why nobody could use their chains' power at Rytas's place in volume 11. During the events of the coming-of-age ceremony, Sharon is yet again unable to control her chain. However, Reim could summon his. Considering that Oz and Alice have found the stone and Equus was connected to Oz, it becomes an obvious possibility that the seals prevent the use of chains, but nothing has really been confirmed yet. I also found it interesting that a bit more is revealed about the Baskervilles. Apparently, nobody is related by blood. While this is probably normal for say families that are made up of mainly adopted children, this certainly seemed strange to me. At the same time, it kind of makes sense, if Lily's story is true, which I cannot tell because I have only caught up to the Yen Press releases. If it is true though, that also means that most of the Baskervilles were once human. It was also nice seeing Break stand up for Reim. For longest while, I thought that their friendship was one way, since Reim is doing most of the work, but when Break saw Reim badly beaten, he decided to take on Reim's assailants. In my review of Cage of Eden Volume 5, I stated that when something happens to one of our friends, we are more likely to come to that friend's aid than to rescue the person that caused the said friend to suffer. While this is not a survival series, nor is the one who assaulted Reim the only one capable of helping Break get Reim out, this really demonstrates my statement and shows that Break is a loyal friend. I am pretty sure that we all want friends like this, but not all of us are fortunate to have such friends. I guess this is why my church and my elders all say that we should be careful who we choose as our friends. Those that will uplift us will be more likely stand up for us, like Break did for Reim, than those that only make us depressed and put us down. The thing that has my attention the most though is exactly who is the headhunter. After seeing Elliot's sister die right in front of him, Break was right to confront Elliot as the obvious suspect. The thing that has me curious though is that the killings continued. From my experience with the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, this is an obvious sign that things have not been figured out. The problem though is that unlike computer issues, where one can take as much time as they like to isolate the problem down to one area, answers to these kind of situations can range anywhere from having the wrong person, which Gilbert thought when the killings continued, to there being more than one individual involved. Fortunately, such an event has not happened yet in this series, except for what happens at Fianna's house, according to Duke Barma, as it would take multiple people to do what that orphanage supposedly does. There were also some funny parts, but this volume was mainly focused on action, which puts in a nice balance between this volume and the last. The fact that the orphans Leo was talked about had formed contracts with a chain and that the reason why nobody was able to use their chains' powers at Rytas's place was revealed, as well as the fact that Break turned out to be a loyal friend and that the mystery as to who the headhunter is held my attention, made this a great book.

Although I liked the volume, there are certainly some issues. However, since nothing major seemed to crop up, nor did anything really annoy me, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that we finally find out why the kids of Fianna's house forget things and why nobody was able to use the powers of their chains, as well as the fact that Break is shown to be a loyal friend, made this worth reading. I recommend this to fans of action and mystery, as well as fans of Pandora Hearts. As for everyone else, this is worth giving a shot.

What are your thoughts of Pandora Hearts Volume 13? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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