Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 17

August 30, 2013


Well, this is certainly a surprise. Recently, I went out and bought five books from Barnes & Noble. Out of those five, two were fairly recent releases. Today, I will be reviewing one of those titles, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 17 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

With the sealing stone in Pandora destroyed, everyone, but Duke Barma, is surprised that the one whose body was sealed away was not Jack's and Gil seems to have regained all of his memories.

Meanwhile, Jack, who was about to finish off Leo, forces Oz to learn a truth that will shatter everything that he knew.

I enjoyed this volume. Even though I already knew Oz was the true B-Rabbit, because of what had happened in earlier volumes, it was nice that it was officially confirmed. I also liked how my question from volume 12 was answered. In my review of that volume, Break said that the Oz that they knew may not be real Oz, which led me to wonder how Oz originally got out of the Abyss. Here, it is revealed that Jack made a contract with Oz during the Tragedy of Sablier. Because of this fact, it seems that it is also officially confirmed that Oz was around during those events, which I first suspected in volume 9 because Oswald recognized Oz and Oz himself thought that Sablier was a familiar place. The best thing though was that two things caught my interest. First, when everyone found out that Jack's body was not sealed in the stones, Duke Barma was not surprised, claiming that he learned the truth of both the Tragedy of Sablier and Jack, who everyone thought was a hero. While I am not surprised that Jack may not be the hero he was thought to be, since he attacked Leo when it was no longer necessary and Gilbert remembered being attacked by Jack in the previous volume. I now wonder what Jack's goals really are, because he does not seem to respect Oz's wishes. I also wonder what Jack did not want people to know about, because Duke Barma said that Arthur Barma hid a confession. The fact that there was a hidden message written by Barma's ancestor leads me to suspect that Jack was responsible for the tragedy, which is seemingly confirmed by the visions that Oz sees. What I what to know though is why Jack wanted it to happen. If I had to guess, Lacie would have to be one of those reasons. The other thing that caught my interest was that apparently Oz was actually a toy rabbit. I certainly was not expecting that, because I thought that Oz would be a human, just like Gilbert, Vincent, and Alice were a century ago. I guess that is why the B-Rabbit is a rabbit. I now want to know how Alice became the B-Rabbit though, because I do think there can be more than one chain with the same power and name. The fact that Jack is now revealed to not be a hero and the fact that a lot of the things I wanted to know were revealed made things pretty interesting.

Although I did like the volume, there are certainly some issues. However, since nothing really bugged me, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that the questions I wanted answered and quite a few things piqued my interest, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of mystery and Pandora Hearts. As for everyone else, there is not a whole lot of action, but I would still recommend giving this a shot, but only after reading the previous volumes.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 17? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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