Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 20

February 20, 2014


Well, this is surprising. Except for the time when I ordered the books through a local store, I usually get all the books I order from Barnes & Noble in one package.

Unfortunately, there was a delay on one of the titles, so I received only three of the four books I had ordered.

Today, I am going to review one those titles, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 20 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

Gilbert, who was once Oswald’s valet, has come in the nick of time to rescue Oz from certain death at the hands of Oswald, thus betraying his old master and is to be punished as a traitor.

However, the death of Gilbert and Oz is not only thing in the Baskerville’s agenda, when Oswald decides to head for Sablier, where everything began a century ago.

I kind of liked this volume. It seemed like Gilbert thought things through quite well. Seeing as how the current method of contracting was quite simple to break, according to the discussion that went on this volume. After all, if only one thing could break such contract, it would be a quite a weakness in battle against those of his own kind. However, by forming an illegal contract with Raven, his connection with Raven, the contract is a bit more secured. Of course, the interesting thing about Gilbert’s newly established contract with Raven is that his incuse, unlike Oz’s, did not have a hand on it. Then again, seeing as Gilbert is not really human, I am not that surprised. I also liked seeing the struggle between Oz, Oscar, and Jack that occurred. It really showed how tight the bond between Oscar and Oz was, despite the fact that Oscar had some ill feelings toward the Oz and intended to kill him. Oz himself proved to have become quite strong because he finally stood up to Jack for once. Ever since Jack’s true colors were revealed in volume 18, Oz has been depressed, thinking that nothing that he had was actually his. However, when Oscar’s life was on the line, Oz prevented Jack from making a move. The thing that seemed to be the most interesting about the conflict between Oz and Jack though is that Jack started to crumble. It really makes me wonder if Jack has finally disappeared forever. Now, the series may be nearing its end with how things have progressed, but Jack might resurface, just like he resurfaced during the Lutwidge incident, but hopefully he is gone. Another nice thing is that it finally revealed what made Oz’s existence his sin. Apparently, Xai had put everything together before everyone else, though it seemed to be part of Jack’s plan along, and sent Oz to the Abyss because he knew that Oz was the true B-Rabbit. This makes me wonder if Jack was planning to drop the world into the abyss again, only moments after the Baskervilles foiled his plans for Sablier. There were two things that caught my interest the most though. First, I was surprised to learn that the type of contracts that Oz and Break made were not originally illegal and that method used by Pandora was relatively new compared to the former. This makes me wonder if Jack was somehow involved the creation of Pandora’s method. If he was though, that would not be surprising, because he did established Pandora and we do not exactly know how old the current method employed by Pandora to make contracts is exactly. I also wonder what Oswald is planning, because only moments after he ordered the deaths of Gilbert and Oz, he ordered Duke Barma and Vincent to accompany him to Sablier. If he wanted to do something with the abyss, he could have just as easily used one of the other doors to the abyss. There must be something special about the Baskerville’s door. Outside of that, nothing else particularly caught my eye. The fact that it is revealed what Oz’s sin was and the fact that Oz has become strong against Jack, as well as the interesting developments, made this book rather good.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, since I cannot think of anything that bugged me too much, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering how many interesting things happened, 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 may be worth giving a shot, but the previous volumes would probably be a better place to start.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 20? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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