Posted on 29 May 2009 with categories: Pandora Hearts



I must say, I like Echo a lot with this episode. Her antics are really fun to watch.

This episode also sheds a bit more light on the mysterious Vincent Nightray, who seems to be central to the plot’s mysteries. The guy looks a lot like the one that was with Alice when she was young, and for some reason he’s very interested to see the potential in either her grown up version or Oz himself. I have reasons to believe that he was the one who sent Break after Oz in the first place. There seems to be a lot going on in that Nightray family that’s being kept secret of us.

In any case, the rest of this episode showed Oz a situation he can relate to very much: fathers. Because he grew up with such a terrible father he really wishes for nobody to go through the same things as he did (speaking of which, what happened to that bugger in the past ten years anyway?). And sure enough, this features a kid who is about to lose his father to a monster of the Abyss. Yet again it’s an episode that’s meant to enforce the bond between Oz on one side and Gilbert and Alice on the other side, who both never had a parent in the first place (or can’t remember them anyway) and can’t relate to how much Oz wanted to have respect from his father.

Rating: * (Good)
Building up, but this show is still going strong.

6 Responses

  1. scarlet says:

    Well, Vincent is going to be really important to the story later

    And wow, you gave this week’s episode a Good. I thought that you’re going to give Enjoyable only with all the strange animation in the end though Echo’s spinning was lovely

  2. Tess says:

    I really never got why people picked at the animation in this series… As an artist I’m VERY picky when it comes to series appearance, and personally I love it for Pandora Hearts. It’s not anything amazing, but you can tell they’re trying hard, don’t pull corners, and have their budget spread out appropriately. I can’t stand it when studios put all their effort into the first to first few episodes of a series, and the rest/most of it looks terrible. Thus I admire any and every series that is simply consistent.

    On the note of this epsiode, Echo’s design reminds me of a gothic/victorian/fancy Eureka, and personality wise but only when it comes to initial impressions.

  3. scarlet says:

    Glad someone’s still watching PH despite the strange animation LOL

    I’m pretty sure that XEBEC COULD have make the animation prettier if they hadn’t use too many great seiyuus on side-characters (the flower girl in epi 5 was voiced by Kaori Nazuka) but oh well, I’ve seen something way WORSE than this so I will definitely stick up till the end xD

    Anyway, two or three more episodes, we’ll get L’s seiyuu for a cat xD

  4. shinobs says:

    Lironah if you read this, could you upload your script or your .avi of PH09 somewhere please or the next episodes if you gonna sub them^^. It’s a shame and a waste if I’m gonna watch your release(s) on streaming >_

  5. Void says:

    Shed more light on Vincent you say but really not even his face was shown. Actually nothing particularily important was revealed about him yet. All in all it’s a good episode- some action, some plot-building and some ‘Break teasing everyone in sight’ moments:D
    By the way has anyone else found Oz’s smile at the end of the flashback incredibly creepy?

  6. scarlet says:

    @Void
    We’re going to see Vince’s face tomorrow, if RAW comes out. When they’re done with Grim Arc, we’ll be moving to one of the most exciting part of PH. The rest is up to the animators….

    Oh, that one smile? The first time I saw it on the manga, I kinda had the feeling that Oz has thrown away a part of him or something like that…. That smile was kind of hollow but sad.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:59 AM)
    And holy hell,it would appear I have a thing for Tsukiyama and Touka =)
    The direction was very good when things hit the fan in the last few episodes too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:53 AM)
    Additionally, the rushed pacing in the end it never came to bother me, I think from reading the whole manga that it needed a good pruning/trimming and what was left was the worthwhile material. I never really cared much for the characterization in the manga, it wasn’t all that miss-able.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 07:51 AM)
    Marathoned the tokyo ghoul anime there on a whim. I enjoyed seeing the fights animated even though visually there was room for improvement in places, the censoring while poor in places was nowhere near as bad as I had expected and didn’t ruin things for me as I thought it might.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:36 AM)
    At this point they have become a caricature of their own subcultures lol
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:25 AM)
    I mean we like the edgy, dark, gory sex stuff with a grotesque twist but the J-pop inspired art with star-shaped eyeliners, Ganguro, the green hair and accessorizing with 16 belts and dog collars … probably not as much.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:23 AM)
    @K-off: yeah that and a misunderstanding of the nature of the world’s infatuation with Japanese culture.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:15 AM)
    @Bam They started falling apart when they began streamlining the game for casual players. Same story with so many good developers.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:07 AM)
    I mean I get it, SquareEnix has lost quite a lot of face. I like action RPGs tho so I think given the graphics and the gameplay framework this could’ve been something special, but it seems that bad character designs, writing, and the J-popification of the series is continuing on with this one.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:07 AM)
    @Bam: Lost interest in the FF franchise arounf FF10, had a love/hate relationship with 11.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 06:04 AM)
    @Bam Eh, I’m already going to blow all of my money on Civilization BNW, Witcher, and Alien, so that’s the last thing on my list. I really refuse to buy into the hype for the FF franchise anymore.

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