This is certainly a downer. Like the Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga, which I have pretty much caught up to Viz with, except for three volumes, I have a gap in the Pandora Hearts series. Fortunately, the missing volume has not gone out-of-print, as far as I know, like the three Detective Conan (Case Closed) volumes that I have not covered have. Anyway, that does not change the fact that I still got three books and one has already been covered. Today, I will be reviewing one of the two remaining, which is called Pandora Hearts Volume 9 by Jun Mochizuki.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Oz's incuse has moved, yet he has not told anyone directly. As Gilbert will not talk to him, Oz decided to go to where everything began. After getting Gilbert to the door, Oz, Alice, and Gilbert leave for Sablier, but they are not the only ones heading in that direction. Now, Oz is determined to find out the truth, unaware that the town is not only danger for him.
I liked this volume. Although I have not read volume 8, some questions from volume 5 were answered. In volume 6, I found out that I was about Vincent having Alice's memories. At the same time, I was right to question why Vincent was meeting with the Baskervilles. I am still not so sure about spying on them for Pandora, but he does say that he is allied with the Baskervilles. Because of this fact, I could also say that he is spying on Pandora for the Baskervilles. In either case, it just seemed too convenient that the Baskervilles show up in both Lutwidge academy and Sablier around the same time as Oz's party, so I would have to say it is most likely that latter. Aside from few a few things, it did not feel like I missed much from not reading volume 8, but there are definitely some questions that came to my head because I had skipped that volume. After all, unlike Detective Conan (Case Closed), which is mainly episodic except for cases involving Black Org, and supposedly KID, this is not one of those series that one can be fine skipping volumes. I also liked how Glen Baskerville made his appearance at last. Although the name was introduced earlier in the series, there was not really a good picture of him. However, since he knew Jack, who everyone thought was long gone, as well as the fact that the abyss creates illusions, I doubt that this person is alive right now, unless he shares a body with somebody like Jack does with Oz. The most surprising thing though was that not only did Oz find Sablier to be familiar, but Glen recognized Oz as well. If this guy and Jack were around 100 years ago, just like Gilbert, Vincent, and Alice supposedly were, then Oz had to be around at the same time too. Due to the possibility, I would have to say that it is looking like Oz is the true B-Rabbit, even though there is no definite proof yet. Besides, Alice was still a human when she died at around the time of the Tragedy of Sablier, according to Jack. That, coupled with the fact that the B-Rabbit appeared in volume 6 even though Alice was not around, seems to be enough to convince me without any doubts. There were also some funny scenes, but not really any that were truly hilarious. The fact that some questions were answered, even though I skipped a volume, as well as the fact that it has finally been confirmed, as least if the first 7 volumes were read prior to this, that Oz is the true B-Rabbit and that Vincent is most likely spying on Pandora certainly makes this look good.
Although I liked the volume, there are certainly some issues. However, since much of my complaints have to do with the fact that I was not able to read volume 8 before this and Yen Press seems to have consistent quality in its releases, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that the only complaints that came to my head were because of skipping the previous volume and that I finally enough detail to say that Oz is without doubt the true B-Rabbit, this was certainly worth reading. I recommend this to fans of mystery and action, as well as fans of Pandora Hearts. As for everyone else, I think that one should read the other volumes first, to see how they like it.
What are your thoughts on Pandora Hearts Volume 9? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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