Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 16

August 16, 2013


Recently, I received four books that I had ordered from Barnes & Noble. Out of those, there was one series that I have not been actively following, but considering that many of the other manga I am following has either not come yet or has ended, I decided to start off with that with series. Today, I will be reviewing Pandora Hearts Volume 16 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

Oz and friends have been given the day off.

Unfortunately, while out on the town, things turn ugly when Leo approaches Oz and the Baskervilles go after the stone located in Pandora.

If that was not enough, Gil starts suspecting that what he has been told may not be the truth, when the head of somebody other Jack's is found.

I really enjoyed this book. Seeing as Leo joined the Baskervilles in the previous volume, it looks like he is making his move rather quickly. Of course, with how fast things are progressing, I would not expect anything less. I also liked how Oz seemed to have understood what Elliot, who had died in the last volume, would have done if he heard the things that Leo was saying during their meeting at Pandora. It really seemed like Oz got to know what Elliot was like within the few times that he and Elliot got to be together. The thing that had me most interested though was all of the questions that seemed to crop up in this volume. First, while Oz and the others were preoccupied with Leo and Vincent, the Baskervilles appear in front of Duke Barma, mentioning terms of acceptance, before he attacked his fellow member of Pandora. I wonder what exactly Barma wants by siding with the Baskervilles, when he is helping Pandora find the sealing stones. If I had to guess, I would have to say that Duke Barma is using both Pandora and the Baskervilles for one particular reason, just like Vincent is playing sides of the board himself. The next thing was strange was why Jack attacked Leo and why Gilbert remembered Jack attacking him. For many of volumes so far, especially when Jack first emerged, have portrayed Jack as a hero that stopped the tragic events that happened in Sablier. However, I get the feeling that we have told been told the truth yet. After all, since Oz got Leo back to his senses, there was no reason for Jack to attack him. Not only that, but Jack said that Glen's powers are dangerous and in his way. Fortunately, with the sight of Glen Baskerville's head and regained memories, it looks like Gil would agree with me. With something like this coming to light, I am thinking that Jack was one the behind everything. I also want to know exactly what he is planning. Besides, there is too much going on for the Baskervilles to have everything planned out. The fact that Barma turned out to be another ally of the Baskervilles, as well as the fact that Jack does not seem to be the person that we thought he was, made this a pretty interesting volume.

Although I liked the book, there are certainly some issues. However, considering that the part I thought was omitted actually was not, I will have to say that there is nothing mentioning.

As nothing bad came to my mind about this book, I will have to say that this was definitely 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 on Pandora Hearts Volume 16? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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