Pandora Hearts Vol.4 by Jun Mochizuki: review

Pandora Hearts, #4Pandora Hearts Volume 4 by Jun Mochizuki

Genre: Shounen, Paranormal, Mystery, Fantasy

Series: Pandora Hearts #4

Publisher: Yen Press(English)

Synopsis: As Oz Vessalius and his valet, Gilbert, are reunited with their dear Uncle Oscar, they fail to notice an alienated Alice lost in thought stumbling right into the lurking Xerxes Break. Before Alice can take heed of Break’s warning of a trap set by the Cheshire Cat — a powerful, extraordinary chain — she and Break are spirited away to Cheshire’s lair, where both danger and fragments of Alice’s past reside. With Sharon’s help, Oz and Gil find a way to enter the sealed dimension of memories, but not only do their allies await them there, so too does the man from Alice’s earlier memory! Does he hold the key to the truth about Oz’s “sin”

Warning: This review might have minor spoilers for the previous volumes and this one because I find it hard to review mangas. Read the review for volume one here.

In volume four of Pandora Hearts we get some questions answered…and some more questions. Jun Mochizuki, do you like doing this to my mind? Oh, and look at that cover. Sharon looks so very lovely…

We get to see some pretty awesome things in this volume. The big three(Oz, Gil, and Alice) and Break are spirited away into another dimension! This is not the Abyss but a completely separate one controlled by the Cheshire Cat.  The dimension is surreal, creepy, and beautifully drawn. When in the dimension we get to see some of Alice’s memories. The Cheshire Cat was awesome! The things he did to protect Alice’s memories was a bit touching really. Cheshire Cat’s eye is a but similar to Break’s eye…We are also properly introduced to a character that has been appearing for quite a while now but we never get to see his face or learn his name. The man’s name is Jack and he looks a lot like the adult form of Oz. He also very calm even with all the things that are happening. Maybe he is crazy or maybe he knows more than he is letting on or maybe he is a bit of both. Jack is drawn very well and he is the most handsome character so far. His outfit is amazing!

Mochizuki also reveals the chains that Break, Sharon, and Vincent have. The chains are both brilliantly drawn and have a creepy vibe to them. Break’s chain is insanely awesome. His chain is The Mad Hatter who can destroy all other chains but it also kills Break inside to.

We get a bit more of Vincent in this volume and I am getting the feeling he is going to be a yandere. Now let’s talk about Gil. In this volume we learn this: Gil can be kick ass but he is also weak and pathetic at times. He lost an arm wrestling game because he didn’t want to hurt Uncle Oscar! When he knew that if he lost the match his precious hat would be taken away! Thankfully, Alice saved the day by mocking and provoking a big dude and then beating him with her powers at the very last second. I like Uncle Oscar. He makes Gil and Oz happy when he is around him and he is very funny.

There are even a very heart warming scene with Alice and Oz! Alice asked what was bothering Oz(who is very depressed but won’t show it) and tried to comfort him. Awhile holding down a mouse she was going to eat. Very cute scene.

The volume ends on a big cliffhanger with Alice drowning into the darkness and Break having an epic battle with the Cheshire Cat. Again, there are clues everywhere. Even one panel might hold a clue.

I give Pandora Hearts Vol. 4 5 out of 5 Black Rabbits

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