Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 19

December 21, 2013


Well, it sure has been a while since did a review, though there should have been one before this.

Recently, I went to Barnes & Noble and found out that the next book in a series I follow was just released.

Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 19 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

With the truth of Jack's role in the tragedy of Sablier revealed, the Baskervilles take over Pandora and many of Oz's comrades are imprisoned, along with Oz.

Now that Oz has lost everything, his journey may also come to an end, Oswald who now controls Leo's body, decides to execute Oz.

Meanwhile, Alice has her memories of the tragedy of Sablier restored by the Alice that rules the abyss, and learns what actually happened to her.

I kind of liked this volume. Although it has been confirmed that Oz is the true B-Rabbit, I liked that we finally learn how Alice became a chain. Until now, there have been some ways that she could have become a chain, but that does not explain why Jack said Alice was once human back in volume 5. Here, we find out that Alice never did turn into a chain in the normal sense, which was said to be caused by humans being contaminated by the abyss back in volume 7. No wonder I have had feelings that Oz was the true B-Rabbit. After all, I have not encountered any chains that had the same powers as other chains. The only ones that could be considered close are the chains that Glen Basketville would have held, and even they have their own powers in addition to the ability to manipulate the chains that Jack broke in Sablier, as well as the chains that appeared in the previous volume. I was also surprised to find out that Alice was not the one who wanted to throw away her memories. In volume 4, Cheshire stated that Alice wanted to forget her past, suggesting that the Alice who has been with Oz for quite some time experienced some terrible event. Here, however, we learn that it was the Alice of the abyss that wanted to throw away her memories, because her fascination with Jack led her to do horrible things and saw her sister die. I certainly would not want to remember a family member dying like Alice did, but she did it to keep Jack, who now seems to be evil, away from the Alice of the abyss. The thing that caught my interest though is who is actually evil. When the last seal got shattered, we see three of the many generations of Glen Baskervilles and Oswald glares at Levi, moments before Oswald tries to kill Oz. I thought that Jack was the evil one and then Oswald comes in, but for Oswald to be glaring at him seems to suggest that Levi is the true mastermind behind everything. Things seem to keep getting more mysterious, but hopefully things become clear before the series ends. The fact that we finally find out how Alice became and that her sister was the one who had memories she wanted to throw away, as well as the fact that there are even more questions that crop up, made this book quite interesting.

Even though I did like the volume, there are some issues. However, I cannot really think of anything that bugged me too much. Because of this fact, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there were many surprises in this volume, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of Pandora Hearts. As for everyone else, I think that the other volumes should be read before this one.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 19? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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