Title: Pandora Hearts Vol.1
Author: Jun Mochizuki
Series: Pandora Hearts #1
Genre: Shounen, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Yen Press(English)
Synopsis: The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessaliuss coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he know nothing. Thrown into the Abyss – an eternal prison from which here is no escape – Oz meets a young girl named Alice who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, will they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or will Alice provide him with some shred of hope?
I think you should all know that Jun Mochizuki is a genius. I have been reading Pandora Hearts for a while now and my mind has been exploding at least ounce every volume I read of this manga.
The characters in Pandora Hearts are characters like no other. You would think that with all the very contrasting personalities they would clash with each other too much but they actually fit very well together. Actually they are quite hilarious! We have one kid who just goes with the flow to a guy who is always smiling and talking to a puppet. The personalities melt together to make the one of the best set of characters in a manga series. Almost all the characters have some kind of secret. Oh, and these characters are only a fraction of all the awesome characters, there are some that are not introduced yet. Oz starts off pretty well as a protagonist. Actually he acts a lot like Alice from Alice in Wonderland-which this manga series is based off- just going with the flow with all the craziness. Alice also known as the B-Rabbit(B stands for Bloody and Black) is a very mysterious character. The fact that she does not even remember anything about her past just adds on to the mystery behind her. The other characters-Break, Sharon, Gil, and Raven also have a good start in this volume. The Baskervilles, the villains are the dark and mysterious kind of villains. The Chains(the creatures that are born in the abyss) are just creepy. I actually jumped a few times because I would be turning a page and than see a picture of a some creepy monster.
The story of Pandora Hearts is based on Alice in Wonderland. Now do not be afraid that this is just some stupid rip-off because Pandora Hearts is original and unique. The only similarities between the two titles are the names and some very vague referencing-and when I say vague I mean so vague that you will probably have to be a Alice in Wonderland fanatic like me in order to find all of them. The story is complex, mysterious, and dark. Many questions pop up in the first volume: Who is Alice? What is the Abyss and who is the Intention of the Abyss? Just this volume gives us a bucket-load of questions!
The art is just FANTASTIC! Mochizuki makes art like a Mangaka God. Mochizuki puts a lot of detail in her art amd draws very beautifully! I actually picked up this manga because of the pretty art and title on the cover made me think it was a cute manga. Yeah….right…. The art IS pretty but it can also be creepy to. The characters designs are as awesome and unique. If you do not like the story of Pandora Hearts-and I swear you will- you can at least just flip through the pages and look at all the super pretty art.
The first volume of Pandora Hearts gave the series a pretty solid start but the first volume is nothing like the awesomeness that followd after it. Prepare to have your mind blown multiple times. Mochizuki is known for being a troll with all her awesome plot twist.
I give Pandora Hearts Vol.1 4.5 out of 5 Black Rabbits