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Product Details

  • Series: PandoraHearts (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316076074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316076074
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A sharp eye can find many literary references in this exciting fantasy manga. Oz, the main character, is turning 15 and is all set to be part of a ceremony, only to be dragged into a hellish place called the Abyss, for reasons he doesn't know. Previously, he was a rambunctious rich boy who didn't treat his servants well, but the Abyss is supposed to only take the worst of the worst. In this dark and disturbing world he meets a girl named Alice, whom he may or may not be able to trust, but who might be the only way out. The title clearly references Pandora from Greek mythology, while names, images, and characters play up their resemblances to the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll (there are also allusions to Dante and Japanese mythology). Mochizuki's work, along with being creepy and hard to put down, slips in plenty of education along with his ornate, Goth art. With its mystery, symbolism and action-packed storyline, Oz's story will catch the attention of diverse readers. (Dec.)
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About the Author

Jun Mochizuki is the New York Times bestselling creator of PandoraHearts and CRIMSON-SHELL. The success of her PandoraHearts series spawned an extremely popular anime adaptation.

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Oz will find answers, even if it means that he will be even more confused about it.
Carolina Padilha
I have read many manga series, viewed many anime series, and so forth, and I must say -- Pandora Hearts is one of my most favorite manga of all time.
Sayaya
If you like a story with interesting characters, some action, and plenty of mysteries, definitely check this out.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sayaya on March 23, 2010
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I have read many manga series, viewed many anime series, and so forth, and I must say -- Pandora Hearts is one of my most favorite manga of all time. Yes, there is bound to be some confusion when you are reading the first book because a lot of things happen right away, and since it is just the beginning -- you can say that this web of the unexplained will all be cleared up as the story goes along. Don't put off the book right away. It's mysterious and wonderfully enticing in a strange way. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. There is some deep characterization involved in this series, and you are bound to get attached to some of the characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 16, 2010
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I'm a manga/anime fan, to say the least. I'm addicted to it like some people are addicted to crack. And you could say that I have a plethora of experience on reading manga and watching anime. Maybe it's because of that that I understood this volume perfectly. Maybe, maybe not. But I understood everything, and each character looked distinctly different, or at least I could make out the different characters. I have the peculiar ability to just absorb information when I read and not make remarks or think. That means I don't really get confused until the end of something. But this didn't really confuse me, which doesn't mean that I didn't have questions. But I fully expected them to be answered, and they are -- in later chapters.

I think that this volume is meant to be a mystery, meant to have a lot of questions that set the groundwork for the rest. This is one of my favorite series that I've reread multiple times. And considering how much manga I've read, that says something.

The first volume might confuse you a bit, but just continue. Read the second volume. And you'll slowly see the mystery unfold, which is one of the best parts of this series. The art is amazing, character development phenomenal, and plot astounding. Basically, I love this and demand you read it. It's really something you fall in love with as it goes on. I fell in love with all the characters.

If you're looking for an extremely lighthearted, fun, fluffy read that doesn't really mean much (such as K-On or Onidere), then this series is not for you. But if you're looking for a darker story, mystery, thrills, with glimpses of laugh out loud humor and amazing characters, then this is what you've been looking for. Actually, no matter what you're looking for, just pick it up and read it, kay? I swear you won't regret it. Well, you won't regret it after finishing the series, or even getting halfway through, I promise you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By zoe on December 7, 2012
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Pandora Hearts is simply amazing! The art work is enchanting the characters are easy to get attached to and the plot is always interesting and keeps getting more so through the series, if you've watched the anime I must say the manga is MUCH better (in my opinion). The one thing that I love and some people don't like is the series does make you think, some mangas don't ther set up so that you understand everything as it happens but Pandora Hearts really does make you think about it an Jun Mochizuki seems to love cliffhangers. I recommend this series to anyone who wants to read a manga that is funny and entertaining but also has lots of plot and gets somewhat dark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Padilha on October 24, 2011
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Pandora Hearts is the kind of manga that will make you say: "Damn, that's original!". It's a mystery story, but not the typical crime-solving right way story. It's about a boy named Oz, who's trying to find why his existence is considered a sin, and a girl known as Alice, who's trying to find the place she belongs in the world.

Everything revolves around the Abyss, a place where the sinners and criminals go. You know how to come in, but you don't know how to come out. Oz will find answers, even if it means that he will be even more confused about it.
In his fifteen-year-old ceremony, the clock will tick, everything will freeze and strangers will put the boy in the spotlight, making him ask himself why he exists. "Your sin is your very being" the stranger said.

He'll be swallowed by the abyss, a dark, scary and dangerous "world" where he will be deceived by weird creatures until he finds Alice. Alice is Alice. That's all she knows - Where she comes from, why she's in that place and why she feels a connection with Oz is not known. She wants to find her memories, but first she needs to make a contract with the human boy to get out the abyss. Will Oz help the hopeful girl or will he turns his back on her, leaving that place by himself?
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By Leaf on December 17, 2014
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From my Goodreads:

After seeing this series constantly mentioned on Youtube, Goodreads and by friends, I decided why the heck not? Then I saw the price. $13!? For each volume? And guess how many there are? A lot.

It's ongoing so, naturally, one would run to the plentiful garden of scanlations!!!! Except, I don't read scanlations anymore. After reading about how little these mangaka's make, especially if they are not one of the "Big 3", I decided that should I be serious about reading a series, I would purchase it. New. While it's nice to imagine a library...my wallet hates me.

Oz Vessalius is turning 15, and being the son of a rich duke, he has to attend a coming of age ceremony. Of course, everything goes wrong!:D Oz is pulled into the "Abyss" where criminals who commit terrible crimes are sent to rot. Oz's sin? His very existence. Soon after, he runs into Alice, who intervened in his ceremony as a black rabbit, and who also came into contact with him after he touched a locket he found on a mysterious grave.

Alice proceeds to issue a contract with Oz, which will get both of them out of the Abyss. After some trouble, they finally seal the contract-Kamisama Kiss style;)-and it gets even more weird and confusing. There is definitely a bigger plot going on than what we have. Alice's whole reason to get out of the Abyss is to recover her scattered memories. Is she human? Is she a Chain? Is she a black rabbit? Or maybe she is even dead? (Just some assumptions) She is a badass, so us girls will be pleased with her character. She takes nothing from anyone, and will do what she has to. And Oz is very likable as well...yeah, I sort of have a thing for blonde guys :D

One question I have right now though: Who and where is Oz's dad?
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