Posted by psgels 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
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*

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