Pandora Hearts Vol.3 by Jun Mochizuki
Series: Pandora Hearts #3
Genre: Shounen, Paranormal, Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher: Yen Press(English)
Synopsis: Having returned from the infernal Abyss only to find his whole world changed, young “sinner” Oz Vessalius embarks on an attempt at normalcy after being reunited with his best friend and valet, Gilbert, whom he had presumed dead. But during a trip into town with Gil and Alice, an unexpected encounter leads Oz down memory lane…For Oz, however, the path is one covered with the most menacing of thorns. And lying in wait to assail him there…The baleful eye of his father and the echoes of cursed words Oz would much rather forget…
Mochizuki…you never disappoint. In this volume of Pandora Hearts we get to learn more about Oz’s relationship with his dad. Actually, now that I think about it this whole volume is dedicated to looking at how twisted a family can be… There are some really sweet parts in this volume that I love rereading because they make me smile and then there are some really…creepy parts that I love rereading because they just give me the chills.
The third volume of Pandora Hearts focuses more on Alice, Gil, and Oz. (I call them the big three.) We get to learn more about how Gil grew up looking for Oz and became the person called Raven Nightray and we get to learn about Oz’s twisted and horrible relationship with his dad. Alice has a scene where she acts really kick butt(I loved that scene). Philippe is a character I feel really sorry for. His family went from being a wealthy family to a very poor family and his mother had dies. His father is barely there and when we find out what he was doing the whole time he was away was just… awful. Philippe’s dad really shows how twisted a family can get even when they love each other. We are also introduced to two new characters! We get to meet Vincent Nightray and Echo. Vincent is Gil’s blood related brother as they were both adopted in the Nightray family just at different times. I really liked the scene where Vincent is first meeting Gil after a very long time-if you looked closely you will notice some shredded stuffed animals around the room. I got really interested in learning more about Vincent after I read that part. Echo is Vincent’s servant. We do see her briefly at the end of the second volume but only for a couple of pages. I loved reading her about her. She is very cute in a weird way… She is seemingly emotionless most of the time but I feel that there is more to her character. There is also a mysterious person who shows up in Alice’s memories quite a lot and he makes another appearance in here! Oh, you see that guy on the cover? That is Xerxes Break and let me just say that he is kick butt, awesome, creepy, and funny all at the same time. He got a bit more spotlight in this volume and I loved all the scenes that he was in. I think he is a perfect fit for the Alice in Wonderland character he is based on of(He is believed to be a mixture of the Mad Hatter and the White Knight). There are many questions about him I would like to find out about. Break also can’t use a door apparently. He will go under a table or inside a cabinet and then disappear to a totally different location. And the puppet on his shoulder is called Emily if you are wondering about that.
This volume is about the past of the characters and how they became the way they are at the present. There is a awesome fight scene but that is not the focus of this volume at all. Volume three was all about character development. We get to see a lot of scenes from the past which are very entertaining, mysterious, and enjoyable to read. There is also a really cute scene with Alice and Oz. Oz was feeling lonely and Alice was trying to comfort him….in a really Alice kind of way. It was very cute, sweet, and funny.
Jun Mochizuki is a master at everything and all things writing and drawing but what I am really impressed with is her foreshadowing. She leaves clues everywhere but just in spots that you do not think of looking. A piece of dialougue will give you a small clue if you pay attention and there is a lot of foreshadowing in the art. If you pay attention to Alice’s memories and what dialougue is in the memories and the artwork you will probably find a clue. Oh, and the mysterious person that we do not know the face off. Pay attention to him. Pay close attention. The artwork is beautiful and amazing as always. I have come to expect great art from Jun Mochizuki and she never disapoints. Ever.
Volume three of Pandora Hearts is a great volume with tons of character development and a whole lot of awesome.
I give Pandora Hearts Vol.3 5 out of 5 Black Rabbits