Well, this is somewhat surprising.
I recently got three books from Barnes & Noble, and in case nobody got the memo in my review of D.N.Angel Volume 5, one of the series that I actively follow is coming to an end soon in its home country, and even here, since Barnes & Noble states that the penultimate volume will be released in November.
Today, I will be reviewing the antepenultimate volume of that series, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 21 by Jun Mochizuki.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After successfully escaping Pandora, Alice, Gilbert, and Oz find themselves back at Lutwidge Academy and that Oz has been placed on the wanted list.
Upon hearing the written demands, Oz decides to head back to Pandora, but before he and his comrades can leave, they realize that they may have been sent to a hidden passage that links Pandora and the Academy.
Meanwhile, suspicious of Duke Barma, Glen Baskerville confronts Barma about what he is really scheming and what really happened when Barma fought Break.
I kind of liked this volume, especially after being disappointed by my old favorite. While it has been quite a few months since I reviewed the previous volume, mainly due to the fact that I did not cover D.N.Angel as fast as I would have hoped, I still found myself sucked into the world quite quickly. I liked how Reim brought Oz back to reality when he snapped, upon finding out what happened to his comrades. I am not sure about you guys, but I probably would have lost it myself if I were in Oz shoes. After all, he watched his uncle get stabbed by Zwei and the lives of his comrades were being used as leverage to make him come back to Pandora. However, as Reim stated, information must be dealt with first, before heading into enemy territory. This showed that Reim could actually think things through, unlike many other characters, like Misaka from Railgun, who gets involved in something without looking through things carefully, since she did attempt to fight Accelerator without knowing anything about his abilities. Of course, seeing that Pandora mainly did information gathering and taking out people who made contracts with chains, before the Baskervilles appeared, I would have been a little annoyed if Reim just let Oz walk blindly into the arms of his enemies. I also liked how I was kind of misled a bit in this volume. After Duke Barma revealed the truth about the Tradegy of Sablier in volume 18, I thought that he had switched sides. However, upon seeing Oswald voice his suspicions of Barma’s true intentions, as well as Reim saying that Barma would have have had Reim go to Lutwidge, if Barma fully intended to betray Pandora. That made me wonder exactly what he was planning to do as well. Fortunately, this was kind of answered later in the volume. As much as I like this series, if there were even more questions brought about in this volume, I would not be too happy, seeing as there are only two more volumes to go before this series finally comes to an end, if the information from Anime News Network is to be believed. Another thing that I liked were the funny scenes. The one that stood out most happened in the bonus chapter. While at Lutwidge Academy, Alice sees one of the sleeves of Gilbert’s shirt fluttering and then start crying when she is told to change her clothes. What this funny is that she is crying because she would not be able to taste Gilbert’s cooking and then starts talking like Gilbert died. Now, we know Gilbert lost his arm so that he would now longer be bound by the orders of Glen Baskerville, but this whole thing just made me laugh. Besides, Gilbert is young enough that he should be able to adjust to life without an arm. I should know because I have had to deal with similar situation as him for most of my life, though none of my limbs have been separated from my body. The thing that has me most interested though is why Oswald wants Vincent’s help. Yes, we know that Oswald intends to rewrite history, because he states as much after calling Jury out in front of the Baskerville door to the abyss, but I thought that Oswald, as a former glen, could access the core of the abyss at his own discretion. If I had to guess, there must be something that Vincent, as a child of ill omen, can do that a glen cannot do on his own. Hopefully, this can be answered in the final volumes. Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that there are not that many questions brought up in this volume without them being answered too, since this is the antepenultimate volume, and the fact that there are still some things left to be answer, like what a child of ill omen is really capable of, as well as the fact that the bonus chapter made me laugh, made this volume rather enjoyable.
Although I liked the book, there are some issues. However, nothing really annoyed me at this point. Because of this fact, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that there was not anything that really annoyed me, especially taking into account that this is the antepenultimate volume, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of mystery and Pandora Hearts, since action was not that prevalent in this volume. As for everyone else, it might be worth giving a shot, but because this is the antepenultimate volume, I think it would be best to read all of the other volumes first.
What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 21? Did you enjoy it as much as I did or were you disappointed? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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