A look at Pandora Hearts #4


To summarize the story so far in two long sentences, Pandora Hearts is a manga about 15 year old Oz Vessalius, who has been dumped into a legendary "broken toy chest" of a prison called The Abyss. He escapes after befriending and contracting a being called Alice (codename B-rabbit), and is currently trying to solve the mysteries of The Abyss and his "sin" that got him in there in the first place. In this volume, Oz and his companions encounter the Cheshire Cat's lair, in some alternate, closed dimension that was created by Alice's memories. While they're in there, the unprotected allies in the proper dimension fall into more complicated conspiracies.

Click through the jump to see my impressions from reading this volume and this beautifully drawn Alice in Wonderland-inspired story so far! 

Volume four focuses a lot on Alice herself, who doesn't get too much attention up until this part of the story. Until now, we have mostly seen what Oz's feelings are, and have had an idea of how Alice feels as a chain that has lost her memories and wants to get them back. This volume brings up the questions of whether she even wants to remember them when she's the one who forgot them (presumably intentionally) to begin with.

To be clear, for those who haven't read any of this, when I say it's inspired by Alice in Wonderland, it is a very loose interpretation, and the main character we follow isn't Alice, although a major element in the story revolves around her discovering who she is, what her memories were before she lost them and solving the mystery of this dimension, a prison called The Abyss.

I have only recently started reading the manga, but I actually watched the animated series to its completion back in 2009. Where the manga is going is just diving deeper into this crazy (and creepy) investigation of The Abyss and the forces which are surrounding it. At this point of the story, it is difficult to decide who is a friend or foe, and the full plot is still not fully developed as we don't know who the major antagonist even is. That's what makes this volume so perfect, though. We can focus on Alice a little more and see what her struggle is, learn a bit more about her past and look forward to the future.  

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Kristina Pino
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