Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 5


As I said in the previous post, I recently went to Barnes & Noble and got three new books. I have already covered one and only two remain. Today, I be reviewing another one of those titles, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 5 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

While trapped in Cheshire’s dimension, Oz gets to see some of the events that happened one hundred years ago, which his world has come to know as the Tragedy of Sablier. However, this trip through time reveals truths that shock Oz to his very core and breaks the seal Gilbert placed on him. Now, Oz must regain his composure before he destroys the very thing he wanted to save.

I really enjoyed this book. In the last volume, I was kind of shocked to find out that the one who is called Jack knew. There obviously had to be something about his past that we did not know, just like the fact that Gilbert’s current whereabouts were not known when Oz got out of the Abyss. I was glad to find out in this volume that Gilbert was not really a part of Oz’s timeline. After all, Jack, who is said to have been around during the Tragedy of Sablier, should not have known about Gilbert if he really was part of Oz’s timeline. Then again, I do not even remember seeing Jack and Oz together after the Cheshire incident. After all, unlike Detective Conan (Case Closed), I have not gotten far enough into this to know the details of things that would be the equivalent of finding out who Bourbon was on the Bell Tree Express, which will not show up in the US for years because Viz releases the manga quarterly, or the introduction of Ai Haibara. The other interesting thing was that after getting out of Cheshire’s dimension, Jack took over control of Oz’s body, in order to get of trouble with the members of Pandora. For Jack to be able to do this seems to be a mystery to me. If I had my guess, Jack and Oz actually share a body, though whom the body belongs to is something that I cannot say due to the fact I am not up on the latest volumes from Yen Press, let alone the Japanese release. At the same time, if I did know for sure, I would not reveal it until I get that volume, due to major spoilers. What interested me most though was that Oz was able to utilize the powers of the B-Rabbit. I thought that Alice was the B-Rabbit and that Alice’s strength was fully unlocked the moment Gilbert’s seal was lifted. Here, however, the seal not only broke but Oz had also become insanely powerful, while Alice was still technically knocked out. With this fact, I really doubt that Alice is the real B-Rabbit, especially considering that Jack said that she was once human. This really makes me want to know how Alice became a chain, since there have not been any instances so far where humans have become chains. However, the fact that one character used to be human does not mean that they are all that way. Besides, since this is not even close to the end, things would be completely ruined if we knew how chains were created. Vincent was also equally interesting. He seems to be part of Pandora, yet he is meeting with the Baskervilles, and right after he gained Alice’s memories of from Break. If I had to guess, he is a spy. Naturally, spies are good for multiple groups. If one group wants information that another has, they could plant a spy in the target organization. I am not too sure what Vincent stands to gain though, so hopefully that will be revealed soon. The fact that new mysteries crop up, such who the true B-Rabbit is, as well as Gilbert’s connection to the Tragedy of Sablier, and questions from the previous volume was answered shows that things are looking pretty good.

Although I liked the book, there are certainly some issues. However, as the only complaint that I could think of was not really an issue after all, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that new questions arise and old ones are answered, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of mystery and action, as well as fans of Pandora Hearts. As for everyone else, this is worth giving a try.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 5? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

Copyright © 2013 Bryce Campbell. All Rights Reserved.