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Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 4

January 3, 2013

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I know that I have been neglecting this series after having covered three volumes, but it is not exactly part of the regular following, at least until the last volume of Negima! is released later this year. Anyway, I recently went to Barnes & Noble and got three books. Today, I will be covering one of those books, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 4 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

Gil has lost his favorite hat and runs off with Oz and Alice to get it back. However, Break seems to have other things up his sleeve, when he suddenly appears before Alice and the two get transported to a new dimension. Now, Oz has to go to that dimension and bring back both Alice and Break, before they are eliminated.

I pretty much liked this volume. It was mainly filled with humor that made me chuckle a bit. The humor seems a reminiscent of FMA and 1/2 Prince. If given the choice though, I would have to say the early portions of the latter because I have not really been laughing much lately about that series. For example, Oz made his opponent shrivel up before they even had a match. For somebody that seemed tough, he sure did seem scared about whatever Oz was saying. The funniest part though was when Gil had to face Oscar in an arm wrestling match. Gil wants to view him as an enemy, since he thinks that he betrayed Oz's household by becoming a member of a rival family, but he ultimately runs away and is dragged right back. Talk about a nightmare, huh? It was also funny that Gil has not grown much stronger during the time that Oz was missing. Now, not all boys become big and strong like they desire both in real life and this manga, but Gil should have at least gained some bit of strength. I also thought it was nice to have a name to put to the person Oz saw in the previous volumes, though this was probably the first time they physically met. The thing that I am curious about though is how he knows Gilbert. I also wonder why Alice is so important to him. At the same time, we just met the guy, so there would definitely be some questions, especially since I am not as far in this series as I am in Detective Conan (Case Closed), Negima!, Bloody Monday, and Cage of Eden. Alice herself is mystery as well. Supposedly, the being overseeing this dimension said that Alice purposely forgot her memories and that the realm consisted of the one that she wanted erased the most. It is funny how we forget things and then want to get those memories back. Alice is no different and I am certainly interested in why she wanted to forget the things that she now seeks. The action also seemed to be top notch here, which is certainly something that I expect from dealing with the previous volumes. The fact that things made me laugh quite a bit, as well as the fact that new mysteries crop up and action was present made this great.

Although I liked the book, there are certainly issues with it. However, since nothing has caught my eye, due to the fact that Yen Press has been more consistent than Kodansha in its quality of releases and nothing major seemed wrong with the content, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that I could not find anything majorly wrong, I will say that 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 is worth giving a shot.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 4? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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