Pandora Hearts Vol.8 by Jun Mochizuki
Series: Pandora Hearts #8
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Shounen, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 24th 2012
Synopsis: The snow-white maiden encountered once upon a time in the depths of the Abyss by the clown christened the Red-Eyed Specter…who was she really? As there are two sides to every story, could it be there are two sides to the existence known as Alice? Duke Barma may have provided a sordid outline, but Break colors the tale with vivid swathes of bloody crimson as he opens up about his past. Will these tragic truths long secreted away isolate Break further from his allies once he has revealed them?
This is one of the strongest volumes so far. It’s sad, sweet, funny, intense, and mysterious. The dynamics between the characters are at their best, the art is still beautiful, and the plot is moving forward very nicely.
In terms of events, this volume is busy, busy, busy. There are secrets revealed in a theater, disturbing personalities shown in the Nightray Manor, friendships developing during festivals. So many this are happening. But Jun Mochizuki is a skilled storyteller who knows how to keep things straight. She was able to pull it off nicely.
Like I said before, the dynamics between the characters are being written amazingly well. The characters themselves are also being written flawlessly. Some of the characters have disturbing goals and personalities (Vincent), some of the characters have a sad aura to them but they are also strong (Break and Oz), some of the characters are getting warped (Gilbert), some characters are quiet but have a whole lot of potential life in them (Echo), and some characters are just being who they are (Alice).
I was totally enraptured by this volume because of the characters and their interactions between each other. All the characters are binded together by threads, some being barely seen, some being obvious. And seeing all their intentions, goals, and relationships with each other in the process of slowly being revealed is just so interesting. There is a lot more to them that is not shown to the reader in this volume, but trust me, these characters only get better and better.
The mystery behind Tragedy of Sablier is starting to become less of a mystery now. I even felt like the whole picture will be found out soon. I know that everything I know is just the tip of the iceberg, but still. It feels like I’m close 😛
It should also be noted that the little things to make the reader feel good Jun inserts in this volume are to die for. I have even compile a list of some of them:
* When Alice makes TWO of the best speeches ever to be said in a manga. Exaggeration? Maybe, but my love for them is unwavering.
* When Oz defends Break from Duke Barma. I laughed so hard when I read the panel.
* The whole entire time Echo and Oz are together.
* When Gilbert and Oz grab Break into a hug. This moment was particularly sweet… and humorous.
There is also a question hidden within the pages. I was aware of the question, but only really saw it when Amy Keeley pointed it out in her review. Is using someone as an excuse to do something (be it with good intentions or bad) a terrible act? Jun doesn’t ask the reader outright but the message it obvious. There are characters that use other people as reasons for their goals. Like Vincent. He has a huge obsession with his brother, and uses him as an excuse for his plans. Even Break used someone else as an excuse in the past…
In conclusion, this volume is one of my favorites. It made me feel more satisfied that I usually do after reading a volume of Pandora Hearts. And that’s pretty darn satisfied!