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Book Review: Pandora Hearts Volume 7

January 6, 2013

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It looks like I am catching up quicker to Yen Press than I thought I would. I went to Barnes & Noble again and got three more books, and ordered four others. Today, I will be reviewing one of those books, which is call Pandora Hearts Volume 7 by Jun Mochizuki.

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

With the help of Jack, Oz and his new acquaintances are able to get away from the clutches of the Baskervilles. However, their peaceful moments are broken when Elliot finds out that the boy he helped is the boy who supposedly disappeared ten years ago. Later, Oz and the gang manage to get an audience with Rufus Barma, wondering about the events of Sablier, but the duke reveals a different set of events that have something to do with Break.

I liked this volume. There was still no confirmation of Oz being the B-Rabbit but we find out how Lottie knew Jack. I sure am glad that this is not like Inuyasha: The Final Act, where pretty much everyone and their dog knew that Sesshomaru had Meido Zangetsuha. Of course, things would have made sense without the flashback. After all, Vincent did meet with the Baskervilles after Break and Gilbert got back from Cheshire's dimension. Something else I found funny was that Elliot claimed that he had composed the music Oz heard playing on the piano, which seemed familiar to him. What is so funny is that this occurred right after Oz saw the flashback where Lottie met Jack for the first time and song Elliot claimed to have composed had the same name as the song in the flashback. Something really seems strange. People like Mozart and Beethoven are long since deceased but many know the names of the music that came from them, such as Moonlight Sonata, which was featured in Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 11 (Japanese count). Here, on the other hand, nobody seems to recall such music, even though it existed at the time of the Tragedy of Sablier. I would have expected that those from the era would have passed on such knowledge to their descendants, but the fact that it was not seems to suggest that nobody really remembers what happened, aside from Jack, because there would be no other reason for the Baskervilles to look for. There were some funny parts, such as the interactions between Alice and Sharon and a drink Gilbert and Oz and Break. Those were definitely amusing. The best part though was the revelations concerning Break. I pretty always thought that Break was his real name, but it turned out to really be Kevin. There have been times where the character introduced was not always called by the name the audience knows them as, such as in Detective Conan (Case Closed) episodes 22 and 23 (Japanese count on both), but it is not really that common, at least in my reading experience. In fact, the name Kevin was not even brought up before this volume. I was also surprised that Break had an incuse. Another nice thing about seeing Break's past, even though last volume shown a bit of how Break lost his eye, it was not revealed why he harbored a grudge against the Intention of the Abyss. Now, a bit more details have been given that explains both the incuse and the reason Break blames the Intention of the Abyss when Cheshire had his eye. I was going say that his grudge seemed misplaced. The revelation of Break's past also answered the question that popped into my head in volume 5 about how humans can become chains. The Intention of the Abyss, who turned out to also be called Alice, mentioned that the abyss worked kind of like the philosopher's stone in the FMA manga and FMAB anime. The philosopher's stone took people, such as Ling Yao, and turned them in homunculi. Likewise, the abyss contaminates humans and turns them into chains, or as the Intention of the Abyss calls them, dolls. Now, that a possibility was established, I can certainly see how Alice went from being human to chain, just as Jack's statement suggested. The fact that we find out why Break blames the Intention of the Abyss over the loss his eye, as well as how humans can become chains and the question of why Elliot claims to have composed a piece that Oz recognized, certainly made this volume interesting.

Although I liked this book, there are certainly some issues. However, since I cannot think of anything, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that I could not think of anything to complain about, 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, I think this is worth giving a shot.

What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 7? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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