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Pandora Hearts  
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Description
From Yen Press:

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 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, will they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or is there some shred of hope for him to grasp on to?

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Manga

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Associated Names
Сердца Пандоры
パンドラハーツ
潘朵拉之心
แพนโดร่า ฮาร์ทส์
PandoraHearts
Pandoros širdys

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Chuu Translations
Experiment Trap Scans
Fallen Syndicate
Manga Abyss
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Latest Release(s)
c.104 (end) by Fallen Syndicate (146d ago)
c.103 by Fallen Syndicate (174d ago)
c.102 by Fallen Syndicate (199d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
24 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 32

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Forum
12 topics, 80 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1040 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 29th 2015, 10:29pm PST


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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
GFantasy (Square Enix)
Yen Plus (Yen Press)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (22 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #383 decreased(-27)
Monthly Pos #343 decreased(-12)
3 Month Pos #305 increased(+18)
6 Month Pos #227 decreased(-71)

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On 3996 reading lists
On 2029 wish lists
On 565 completed lists
On 215 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Favorite Pandora Hearts Character 388 days, 21 hours, 1 minutes ago
Pandora Hearts to End in Next Volume, #23 441 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes ago
Is Pandora Hearts "safe" for Kids? 941 days, 16 hours, 41 minutes ago
Best Scanlation Group? 946 days, 2 hours, 21 minutes ago
Pandora 70 1277 days, 10 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Craziest Plot Twists Ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by spongecakeroll
July 30th, 2015, 12:20pm
This series is awesome.

When I first started reading it years ago, I was unimpressed because I thought that the author was just tossing in a bunch of mysterious dreamlike scenes and cryptic lines that weren't going to end up actually meaning anything. But by the end, it all fits together unbelievably well like some beautiful puzzle.

A lot of elements throughout the story look like they're going to be things that the author put in for effect that will never get an explanation. But in this series, not only do they get an explanation, it's a really clear and awesome and sometimes totally unexpected one.

As others have already said here, it all makes sense by the end. All of your questions will be answered by the end--and you'll have a lot of them. You'll probably also have a lot of incorrect guesses, because the author keeps giving all these misleading clues. When I was reading, there were sooo many moments where I'd get to a new plot twist and just think, "What?? WHAT?!? NO way--that doesn't make any sense! What about the _______??"

If that happens to you, just read on. smile

Another thing I liked about this series is that, while it's pretty tragic and can get kind of dramatic, it's never too much so. You get a sense of the characters' negative thoughts and feelings, but they never get too angsty and instead they grow up a little.

I also like the action, and the humor, and the setting, and the characters. The main character, Oz, is pretty different from any main character I've ever read. He grows throughout the series, but even from the start I really liked him--it's awesome that the protagonist is a small kid who can win an arm-wrestling match against a huge buff dude by whispering something so horrifying in his ear that the guy looks like his soul's left his body.

But I like almost all of the other characters too, as well as all the characters' relationships with each other. If you drew a character diagram for this series, it would be super dynamic and complicated. Not because it's confusing or anything--they're all just so intricately connected. It was well done.

Anyway, you should just read it.

One more thing: If you're the kind of person who cries while reading stuff, you'll probably cry at some point while reading this series, especially towards the end. But that's okay, just read it already.
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10/10   
Rating: N/A
by mskiddkidd
April 12th, 2015, 6:04pm
I love the art, characters' developments, and the plot.

The author executed it perfectly. The ending wasn't one I hoped but it was satisfactory. Nicely delivered. I highly recommend this as it didn't lag. I just love every characters, even their flaws as it is apparent the author crafted them carefully and substantiated their just for their actions.
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Not Your Grandma's Psychological Fantasy Manga   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by j4mag
April 11th, 2015, 8:08pm
Pandora Hearts is a manga that has woven a story more impressive than any manga i've read before. The story is far more complex than other manga, mainly due to the scope of the world building. Pandora Hearts is full of references to Alice in Wonderland, with names and creatures paralleling those in the story, and much like Alice in Wonderland, there are two worlds; one is ours, and one is a strange world filled with confusion. In Pandora Hearts, this Wonderland is called the Abyss, and from the abyss, beings called chains have entered the world. Contractors, humans desiring their help, form contracts with these beings.
The premise to the story is interesting, but also fairly simple. However, this premise and the truths behind each mystery regarding the world is slowly revealed throughout the story. Sometimes these mysteries are confusingly complex, and almost impossible to predict, but when they are revealed, they explain everything. Be warned: this story is not something that can be read and appreciated by reading casually or skipping around.

Setting: 10/10
The worldbuilding in Pandora Hearts is unparalleled in any other manga i have read. Although there are no mysterious foreign nations depicted in Pandora Hearts, and although there are no corrupt governments in need of overthrowing, the setting does not suffer. Rather, any more complexity would make the setting difficult to understand. The setting is driven by the Abyss, the Four Houses, and Pandora. Although little is known about any of these early on in the story, more information is revealed as the story progresses. I will concede that the setting could benefit from addressing the question of other countries, or the nature of the country that the story takes place in at all, but at the end of the day the story is not about international politics, and its not about macroeconomics, and if you want an interesting and enjoyable story about that, you should be reading [m] Maoyuu [/m], not Pandora Hearts.

Characters: 9/10
Even though Pandora Hearts is a story driven primarily by its setting, it also establishes a rich cast of characters that each have their own personalities, histories, and hopes. Oz, Alice, Gil, and the cast of main characters have interesting, deep stories and personalities that, like everything else in the manga, is revealed as the story progresses. The protagonists all develop throughout the story, transforming for better or for worse. Furthermore, the story features many side characters, none of which are explicitly bad or good; everyone has their own desires that drive them, and their own goals. At times, however, this cast grows somewhat unwieldy, and some characters lack the depth that they deserve. Granted, adding complex backstories to each character would push the 104 chapter manga quickly into a 504 chapter manga, and would dilute the thick plot that permeates the story.

Plot: 10/10
The plot of Pandora Hearts is, at times, inseparable from its world building. In the plot, there exist no black and white distinctions between protagonists and antagonists; characters that first seem good can quickly become malevolent, and characters that have been working towards seemingly evil goals can quickly be shown to be working to help save the world. The plot deviates significantly from the beginning, but never meanders. Although the story can be difficult to understand unless you are paying attention, this problem will be addressed later on.

Art: 9/10
The art in Pandora hearts does a fantastic job of capturing emotions and the mood of each page in its panel composition and in its spreads. Although the paneling itself is not breathtaking or innovative, the art is consistently clean and expressive, always helping further the story and the characters. Character designs are all very well done, and no characters are particularly difficult to distinguish. Although the fight scenes cannot be compared to Murata's art in Onepunch Man, it remains comprehensible, interesting, and pleasing.

Execution: 9/10
Pandora Hearts has a fantastic setting, great characters, an interesting plot, and nearly peerless art, but the story sometimes can be difficult to understand. This is in part due to the general mystery surrounding the world that is revealed throughout the story, but the sheer number of drastic plot twists and character developments can make it difficult to continue reading after taking a break. This will be less of a problem for readers now that the story is complete, but the irregularity of releases often made it difficult to read. If you find yourself confused or lost, skipping backwards one or two chapters can make reading much easier. With that said, the story has spectacular usage of flashbacks and foreshadowing that adds a lot to the story as a whole, and makes the story much more moving. Dialogue is realistic and character interactions are handled well also.

Conclusion (TL;DR)
Pandora hearts is a great read for fans of fantasy and tragedy that won't be scared off by the complexity of the story or the way that it is told. It is certainly one of my favorite manga, alongside Kokou no Hito and Holyland. If you read this, make sure to do it in a few consecutive sittings, as the story is very complicated. If you think that there are too many unanswered questions to read it, know that most, if not all, will be answered with time.

Final score: 9.4/10

... Last updated on April 11th, 2015, 8:30pm
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Compelling and Philosophical... but indeed it is a TRAGEDY TT_TT   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
April 18th, 2014, 7:44pm
Pandora Hearts is one of those darkly mysterious, exotic, but beautiful kind of manga that leaves the readers obsessed, like me.

There is also a bit of "horror" elements here and there that truly scared the heck out of me, and that was good too. :-)

In terms of art, it has a pretty typical "shoujo-esque" art style, and each volume cover is beautifully rendered in watercolor.While some may disagree, I thought the art carried the characters' emotions pretty well, and nothing was stiff or out of place.

The theme is heavily influenced by Alice in Wonderland and a Gothic Medieval European style, and personally I adore it. The references such as Cheshire Cat, Alice, the world of just dolls and chaos, and the craziness behind seemingly beautiful things intrigues me.

The plot is also carried out splendidly, but the first few chapters were a bit choppy. The story soon stabilizes, so it isn't a big problem. I loved all the intense and shocking plot twists, and the story often left me crying until my tears ran dry--especially later on.

However, it is the characters who carry the story to my heart. The mangaka did an amazing job of making the readers connect with the main characters despite leaving out huge background information. For me, I was so emotionally connected to Oz and his servant boy that if Oz ever cried, I would be tearing up at the computer screen. (and no I'm not usually such a crybaby)

The best part about Pandora Hearts is that it presents a world of just gray. Nothing is right or wrong, and perception is completely relative depending on the people involved. I love that. There is not much of hailing one character as the purest and heroic person, although there are tons of characters with sketchy personalities. There is no black-and-white. Every character has a cause, and I sympathized with every single villain at least one point in the story--which makes the series even more tragic.

(well, okay fine. There was this one weirdo that I couldn't relate to at all. he was just plain creepy)

Anyways, a lot of the characters will appear to be at least slightly psychotic or lost, and that's their charm. *sniff and cue the crying* And this manga is very sad... very very very sad.

... Last updated on April 14th, 2015, 7:20pm
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Pandora has my Heart   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KKurokun
September 4th, 2013, 4:42pm
Geez, where to even start? The gorgeous artwork? The fascinating characters? The plot which twists you around, confounds you, makes you think you know what's going to happen then...BAM...another floor drops out from under you! I rarely recommend manga but this one I highly recommend. I go through so many emotions in one volume that it's exhausting! (but, a satisfying exhaustion smile ) This is one of the rare few series where I just can't wait to get the next book in my hands.
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Can't describe it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MelReinH
July 19th, 2013, 1:17pm
It's just.... THAT! This manga pulls me in, and I find myself constantly wondering what will happen next. Mysteries have always interested me, and this manga holds a mystery that I really wanted to know the answer to. I read, and read, and read, and even after the "mystery has been solved", it leaves me wondering what will happen next. Will the protagonist ever be the same, or return to his normal life?

Even though I have high opinion on this manga, There are parts that I just couldn't handle. What I mean is there were certain scenes that were quite gory. Im still mildly used to this. There were also some parts that I found hard to understand and had to reread some of it.
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Nichts ist so wie es scheint ;-)...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GriSlyBear
October 19th, 2012, 3:34am
I read a lot of mangas and PH is one of my favs.

The art: it's wonderful... Pure eyecandy! (same as Kuroshitsuji..*drools*)

The Plot: It's difficult not to spoil but I can say one thing: It's like wet soap. Everytime you think you know what's happening and you're holding the truth in your hands, it suddenly slips away.
So if you're looking for a good, complicated and long manga that will break your heart in to tiny pieces and rape your sanity. Read it. NOW! READ IT!

Evil plot-twists, heart-breaking pasts, guilt, innocence, friendship and love.Those are the keywords why everything is so messed up and f*cking sad!

Warning: If you get too atached to the characters you'll probably have a mental breakdown.
I still don't know how it will end (we're on Ch. 84), but I doubt that there will be a happy ending (but I hope it does, I really do!).

I seldom give a 10.
For this manga it depends on the ending (is the ending unsatisfying it'll be a 9...with a great ending a 10).
Enjoy reading. (and buy some tissues, if you're an emotional p*ssy like I am ^^)

... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 5:37am
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LOVE!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonparty
July 1st, 2012, 11:59pm
OMG this manga is SO. GOOD! the art is fabulous, with all sorts of details. I read many manga, and i have to say that Pandora Hearts has the best art of all.
the plot really keeps you going. from the first chapters, you infer one thing, but as the story develops and new things are revealed, you realize that the truth is something completely different. the plot twists are amazing!!! this manga is absolutely unpredictable! some people might think that it is too complicated, but after wrapping your head around all the concepts, i think it is not that hard to understand. when i first started reading this, i had no idea what chains were, and was really confused for a few chapters. But it gets clearer as you go, so dont worry, just read on.
the summary might not sound that interesting, but the manga is! just try it.
yes, this is labeled tragedy, (and i think it used to be also labeled horror?) but i, someone who usually avoids horror and tragedy, loves this! so dont be scared off. still, be prepared for some gore.
i love the characters in this series! as others have already said, everyone is unique, and dont judge them based on your first impressions.
This manga is NOT cliche like many others, and all the actions, done by the "evil" person, no matter how horrifying, have deep reasons behind them
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yes, in my opinion, even jack is not evil. as he is doing everything for lacie, you might say that he is a bit insane. I am not saying that his actions are justified. It is just that i understand why he would do it. Also, glen is not evil because he killed the people to save them from a worse fate. In the latest chapter, (chapter 74), even though Leo/Glen ordered gil to shoot oz, and gil subconsciously did it, i cant say that leo is evil for ordering it. after all, oz, who houses jack's spirit, is his enemy. i do feel really sorry for poor oz though T^T

All in all, this is a MUST READ! 10/10
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Mochizuki Jun continues to surprise me   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by aziza_
June 20th, 2012, 5:05pm
Having just completed The Hound of the Baskervilles, a Sherlock Holmes novella, I can conclude that not only is Pandora Hearts filled to the brim with Alice in Wonderland references, but the occasional Sherlock Holmes reference as well.
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Lily's chain Bandersnatch quite reminds me of the hound itself, especially due to the hound's desire to attack throats. Just as well, there are parallels to the girl locked away in the tower, and the most obvious, the use of the name Baskerville.
It's so wonderful to see references to classics in manga.

Mochizuki Jun also excels at plot twists and cliff hangers, and her art is stunning to boot.
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I enjoy it very guiltily.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by b.dasani
June 6th, 2012, 3:21pm
Pandora Hearts is good at a few things. Its art is unique and beautiful, with much improvement from the author as it progresses; the humor mostly (yes, mostly...) works, because it delightfully defies anime stereotypes; it creates a wonderful, refreshing atmosphere of mystery with its setting and plot; and its characters, like its humor, like to turn your expectations for them on their head. Mostly.

But there is one thing that I just cannot overlook with Pandora Hearts, no matter how much I love it and wish to pet it and call it pretty: I don't know what's going on (mostly with the setting).

Where in God's name is this happening? Okay, yes, Baskervilles, okay, yes, Four Houses/Dukes, contracts, yes, good. I can follow the storyline and tell someone what's happening, but I would understand it about as much as the person I'm telling it to. They would naturally ask me, what exactly is the Abyss? The Four Dukes? Dukes of what? What country? What world? Where is everything in relation to everything? And I would be able to explain to them absolutely nothing about the setting and the plot, though I would be able to say with some certainty that it borrows from England and Alice in Wonderland.

But I still enjoy it - because enjoyable characters are everything nowadays. And I don't particularly mind that the setting and plot are rather crazy and vague - it's almost an homage to Alice in Wonderland with its madness and un-expectations, and somehow that's okay with me. The plot is pretty good itself, anyway - doing great, once again, at turning things and expectations on their head. I'll keep reading!

... Last updated on June 6th, 2012, 3:52pm
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