Everyone encounters those times that are both sad and wonderful, even when expected.
As many should know, half of my preorder from Barnes & Noble recently shipped, though I would have liked them both to arrive together.
Now, it is time to deal with the finale of a series that I have been following for quite some time, which for me is both a day to be happy and sad.
Today, I will be doing just that with this title, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 24 by Jun Mochizuki.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
The struggle between the glens inside of Leo and the fight between Oswald and Oz rages on, as everyone tries to come to an understanding.
However, when Alice approaches the Intention of the Abyss, wanting the other Alice to be freed, and Oz finally reveals his plans, things begin to take a turn for the worst and Oz's party must deal with one final obstacle that keeps them from attaining their goal.
I really enjoyed this book.
Even though this book was quite long, coming in at 300 or so pages, things did not feel like they dragged on at all.
In fact, I did not want to put this book down for any reason, though I do have to fulfill the same needs that everyone else has.
This what I expect from a series finale, especially one that has had little to no flaws caused by the writer.
Jun Mochizuki really seems to know how to pace things well and because none of the volumes really felt like they dragged on, I really want to give major props.
After all, readers do want books that end on a terrible note.
Unfortunately, there are books out that start out well and have a disappointing end, some even have endings that feel like they were just tacked on to what was the true end.
I also liked how it was finally revealed why Oz needed to make contact with Jack.
Back in volume 22, Oz called Jack out and asked him to make a deal between the two of them, which made me wonder why Oz needed Jack.
Here, the scene where Oz and Jack make a deal is revisited, starting from the point where Oz says that he really hates Jack, and it is revealed that Oz wants Jack to meet with the white Alice and tell her the whole truth, in exchange for being able to see what the true abyss that Lacie loved looks like, saying that she has been waiting for him all this time.
Seeing as this is the final volume, I am really glad that the entire conversation was revisited, because it really made the whole situation with white Alice and the core of the abyss that much more emotionally powerful and satisfying.
The last time I remember feeling something like this was when Edward Elric faced Truth one last time to give up his ability to use alchemy to get Alphonse Elric back in Fullmetal Alchemist.
I expect no less from Jun Mochizuki, who has created quite a few decent titles over the course of her career in the manga industry, and she is still delivering great work.
Another nice thing was that this series itself ended in a relatively great way.
While books or series can start off great, it does not necessarily mean that it is going end well.
For example, even though I liked A Pocket Full of Rye because it did not fall into the usual formula of detective fiction, the end did not really feel like an ending suitable for detective fiction, though it would have fared better in a crime fiction story.
Here, however, the ending was very satisfying because the characters really grew over the course of this series, especially Leo, who finally stood up to the other glens.
This is an example of a good ending and why I think that Jun Mochizuki is one of the best, if not the best, in the manga world.
The best part of the ending though was how it felt like this series could be easily continued, though whether it should or should not be continued in the future is up to debate, because I cannot even think of a better place to end the series than here, so Jun Mochizuki deserves some major applause.
What really stood out to me about this book though was that I did not feel like anything was missing.
Back in Judge Volume 6, there was quite a bit missing to the point where things did not really make sense.
When I looked through scans online of the content of that volume, I found out that there were indeed answers to the things that came up in those chapters, which meant that Yen Press omitted quite of bit content, and I was really disgusted by it for a while.
Fortunately, issues like that did not happen in this volume or the other titles I have recently read from Yen Press, so I do not have to go boycotting them for poor quality control, and would be happy to get any titles from them that I know.
Hopefully, Yen Press keeps up the good worth, otherwise they might end up on my bad side again.
Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I liked, at least without spoiling things too badly.
Because the book did not feel like it dragged on, in spite of the large page count, and that the ending was both satisfying and left room for Oz and the gang to have other adventures, though things would be a little different, as well as the fact that Yen Press did not ruin yet another series finale, made this book fairly enjoyable.
Although I liked the book, there are some issues.
However, aside from issues too minor to talk about, such as typos, nothing really bothered me too much.
As I result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that this book ended the series really well, this was definitely worth reading.
I only recommend this to fans of Pandora Hearts.
What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 24? Did you like it or hate it? If you liked it, did you think that this was the best way that the series could end or do you think it should have gone on longer? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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