Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pandora Hearts Vol. 1: a manga review

By Jun Mochizuki
Pandora Hearts on AnimeNewsnetwork

The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius's coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. He is thrown into an eternal, inescapable prison known as the Abyss from which there is no escape. There, he meets a young girl named Alice, who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, do they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or is there some shred of hope for him to grasp on to?
~Amazon Description~

Soul Eater Volume 3 was checked out, so I gave a teen the task of selecting my next manga to read and review.  She insisted on Pandora Hearts so that I could "help her understand what was going on.  Yeah right.  Like that's going to happen.  I have no idea what's going on in this series starter.

From what I gather (which is likely all wrong) there's this boy, Oz, who is about to go through this ceremony at this mansion that is only used for this cryptic shindig.  Before the event starts, Oz come across a mysterious locket, and he totally wigs out when he opens it.  Flash forward to the ceremony...these intimidating cloaked figures emerge from nowhere and some girl named Alice who turns into a really scary rabbit throws Oz in "the abyss."  Whatever that means.  he makes a deal with her and they escape only to find themselves in the clutches of some organization known as Pandora.  That's all I've got.  No idea who this Alice is, what in the world the abyss is, and why these cloaked figures are so shifty...maybe that's to come?

Pros:  I could tell the boys from the girls, and Oz gets to wear some sweet plaid shorts.

On to volume 2 and more confusion.

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