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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?

Type
Manga

Related Series
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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

Groups Scanlating
Chuu Translations
Experiment Trap Scans
Fallen Syndicate
Manga Abyss
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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

User Reviews
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Forum
12 topics, 80 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (937 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
10
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9+
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8+
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5+
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Last Updated
September 2nd 2014, 1:04pm PST

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Year
2006

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (21 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #247 decreased(-22)
Monthly Pos #131 increased(+23)
3 Month Pos #151 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #120 increased(+15)

List Stats
On 4135 reading lists
On 1924 wish lists
On 196 unfinished lists
On 586 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Favorite Pandora Hearts Character 35 days, 8 hours, 16 minutes ago
Pandora Hearts to End in Next Volume, #23 87 days, 20 hours, 30 minutes ago
Is Pandora Hearts "safe" for Kids? 588 days, 3 hours, 56 minutes ago
Best Scanlation Group? 592 days, 13 hours, 36 minutes ago
Pandora 70 923 days, 21 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Compelling and Philosophical at times   
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*

... Last updated on April 18th, 2014, 7:57pm
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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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Deserves nothing   
Rating: N/A
by Reminded
June 3rd, 2012, 4:44am
BUT RESPECT ! This is the best manga i've ever read.

In summary: Mysterious twists and turns plot, Light hearted moments are extremely beautiful, All characters have their story to tell, The main character isn't the only important guy, Art is fabulous.

Plot: Super, Keeps you engaged, Very mysterious And has lots of details but if you can follow it's a very interesting experience and with every twist and turn it's all "OHH MY GOD!?! I THOUGHT--" And also, ALL the characters are somehow involved in the main plot, I hate kuroshitsuji because they don't give other characters time to shine, And only the main characters are truly important, In Pandora hearts ALL the characters are very important, Without one, Everything won't exist. There're no "Extra, not so important". 10/10

Art: Just look at that thumbnail, Does it look bad to you? Doesn't for me, It's so beautiful. smile 10/10

Characters: SO. AMAZING. You know how in bleach and naruto the main character is better in everything? and they don't give space for other aspects of all the characters? Well pandora hearts does this, Every character is unique, Each have their uniqueness, weaknesses and stories to tell, You can't say "-- is better than --" because all of them are different and good in their own way ! 10/10

RECOMMENDED ! biggrin (I really want to make this review realistic by varying the ratings, but i just can't find one fault even if i try !)
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Superb work   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 27th, 2012, 8:31pm
It's a good quality manga, simple as that!

Solid characters, offers great humour, with deep and complex enough plot. When the twists happen, they don't seem repetitive, or forced, or stretched out. Just enough of linger, clues, curiousity, and growing revelation. If you like talking about theories or predictions, or overall a manga that makes you think, this is the one for you.

And of course, the art is quite lovely - well paced and well drawn.

It says a lot too, because prior to reading the series I was already VERY sick and tired of the Alice in Wonderland themes going on everywhere. So it goes to show how intriguing it was to actually lug my arse into trying it.


Fair warning though, read carefully or it can get confusing. No lazy reading, glazing or skipping chapters. It looks like a pretty manga, but it isn't a fluffy or typical one. You might have to get used to some aspects of the storyline overall. Once you do though, it will feel more smooth.

Some of the characters *can* be a tad cliched (Or can do the odd cliched thing) but the majority are intriguing, unique and likable, with plenty of growth surrounding them.


It is not my all time most favoured series of all time, but it it's a top contender. It keeps me going at least. Highly recommended!
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Brilliant! But not for everyone....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Swiftshock
April 15th, 2012, 9:21am
This manga is by far one of my most favorites if not favorite all together! I find it impossible to lose interest in this manga, its characters, plot (Though complicated) and art are all truly amazing. I find the characters an immensely big part of this manga, it revolves about them, and almost each and everyone of the characters introduced have a story. There personality are all so different and the author did well to express this. The art is beautiful, and a big inspiration for my own art. The expressions and moods are captured so well is unreal. The plot, now, this manga is definitely not for everyone. The plot is complex, very complex, and it takes a lot of time, patience and a lot of attention to detail to work it out but it is definitely a one of a kind and a interesting plot none the less. This one event in the past has so much too it, and creates so many obstacles for the characters, keeps the readers interested, and we all want to know what really happened. Definitely a manga that keep you interested.

Right, if you haven't read this manga yet and are thinking about it, there are a few things you could do with knowing about:

Complex plot: As I have stated, this manga isn't for everyone, and many people find the plot too complicated or crowded. If you can handle a mysterious and twisting plot, love surprises and have the patience to work out the mysteries, this will not bother you, only interest you more!

Gore: This manga contains quite a lot of blood, so if your not one for gore, you might not want to read it.

Other than that, its a very enjoyable manga, or if you are like me and many others, its one of the best and deserves to be in the top 10!
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