Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 18

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Well, this is a surprise. Usually, when I preorder books, I do not get them until all books in my order have been released. However, because I placed my recent order through my local Barnes & Noble, I was able to pick up half of it today, along with a title that my sister recommended to me. Today, I will be reviewing one of those books, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 18 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

While everyone stands in surprise of the fact that the body was that of Glen and not Jack, Duke Barma reveals to everyone that Jack is the one responsible for the Tragedy of Sablier.

Meanwhile, Jack, who has taken over Oz's body, begins to make his move.

I enjoyed this volume. I liked how we finally found out why Duke Barma was not surprised about seeing the head of Oswald lying before everyone. Ever since the pevious volume, this question had always pretty much been on my mind and I am glad to see that I did not have to wait very long for any answers to that question. While how the revelation came about was not that unique, since hidden messages have existed in many moments of history, including the American Revolution, according to a page on the CIA's website, I thought it was quite ingenious because there were many levels of encryption used in the texts that were in Barma's possession. Of course, the kind of encryption used by Duke Barma's ancestor does not sound that impressive because Duke Barma seemed to have figured it out quickly, whereas the encryption used for credit card numbers online, which an expert says in an article on the Tufts University domain uses large prime numbers and finding out those numbers would take a long time. Then again, it would take a really long time for such an encryption to be used, as well as decrypted, because the technology we have today does not seem to exist in the world of Pandora Hearts, so I guess it can be adequate, though we do not know of anyone before Duke Barma that even tried to decode what Arthur Barma left behind. I also liked how it was revealed how Oz came into existence. Even though I was more interested in why Jack wanted the Tragedy of Sablier, which still seems to be because he is still attached to Lacie, I found it interesting that Oz came into existence shortly after Lacie left a toy rabbit similar to the one we saw in the last volume. What made it surprising was that Break, who had visited the core of the abyss in the flashback in volume 7, was still human when he left the Abyss, yet Oz came into existence within a short amount of time after being left there. If I had to guess, I think it is because the rabbit was closer to the core than Break was, since this volume reveals that the reason Alice is the Intention of the Abyss is because the core resides in her, otherwise the core would not have been able to speak with Jack using Alice's body. As far as I can remember, however, Alice having the core of the abyss was first mentioned in the previous volume, when Jack talked with Levi about Levi's experiment. There were two things that caught my interest the most though. First, were the flashbacks with Jack, when the truth was being revealed. Jack, when talking to Miranda, another of Duke Barma's ancestors, Jack mentions that the only reason he rescused Gilbert and Vincent from the streets was because Vicent had a crimson eye, like Lacie did, which was about two months after Lacie disappeared into the Abyss. This makes me wonder how long Jack had been planning this all out, even though the idea of using a chain did not come to him until he talked with the core. For him to rescue Vincent and Gilbert because of Vincent's eyes, he would have had some scheme in mind for quite a while, though I do not know when things took place exactly. The other thing that caught my interest was when Oswald told Gilbert to shoot Oz, he did so, although he swore his loyalty to Oz. Now, Oswald making the order does make sense, because we see Jack and Oz swap out, so Leo doing so with the Glens is not out of the question, but I wonder what made Gil do it. I hope other volumes give me this answer, otherwise I would be mad, because most of my other questions have been answered fairly quickly. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that we find out why Duke Barma was not surprised and strange things are still happening did make this an interesting volume.

Although I liked the volume, there are certainly some issues. However, since I cannot really find anything that bugged me too much, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

With things being answered and more mysterious surfacing, this was definitely worth read. I recommend this to fans of mystery and Pandora Hearts. As for everyone else, even though there is not much action present before Jack makes his move, I would recommend giving this shot.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 18? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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