Posted by psgels on 14 August 2009 with categories: Pandora Hearts


That was awesome!

Whoever said that fillers are bad? Most of this episode was just random banter, but that’s exactly what made it so hilarious at this stage. Especially when Oscar brought out the liquor in the second half of the episode, the hilarity really started. And okay, I know I said filler, but it’s not like this episode was completely useless either. It did a great job of fleshing out the characters, developing them slightly and wrapping up the past arc.

But seriously, more anime should have drinking episodes. They almost often result in hilarity and yet you hardly ever see them. Obviously with shows about kids this is understandable, but with series where the characters are sixteen years or older, I don’t see much harm. This episode really showed some interesting new things about the characters, like how half of the members of the main cast are terrible at handling alcohol. Only Oz and Oscar seem to be fine with it, and Break only pretends to be drunk, but Sharon turns into an even bigger narcissist than she already was, and especially Gilbert and Alice experienced really heavy mood-swings.

Something also tells me that in this episode, the creators were having the time of their lives trying to come up with all of the different facial expressions throughout this episode. They were all very creative, and really funny.

As for the main plot, there was only about a minute dedicated to it, but the twist we learned was pretty big: Eliot is yet another guy who was warped into the future during the tragedy of Sabrie. In fact, he was the one who wrote Alice’s song, and something tells me that the creators had a very good reason to keep Alice out of the action during the past Ada arc.

There is some bad news, though: next week is going to be a hiatus. Damn.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Spike says:

    i think you got something a bit incorrect… unless they changed something from the manga, Alice’s ‘song’ wa written by someone[s] else. :)

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Really? I could swear that I heard Eliot say that he was the one who composed that song. I didn’t watch this episode raw, it could be that Ironwolf’s subs got an error there. Or Eliot was simply lying back then.

  3. ama-ri says:

    no it’s right, eliot said in the manga as well, that he wrote the song. whether he’s lying or not isn’t solved yet (even in the manga.)

  4. Spike says:

    it is clear in the manga that Jack + Glen baskerville wrote the music box song, however – eliot wrote close to the same song with the exact same name… what that means? dunno. but i think its a bit early to infer he was warped to the future (or even really ‘wrote’ the song)
    *end spoiler*

  5. Shirachi says:

    This episode was hilarious, both in anime-form and manga-form.

    But I almost cried for two reasons after this episode: 1.) the preview (which features one of my favorite chapter/character), 2.) learning that it won’t be airing until the 27th. ;_;

  6. Kari says:

    This episode was a lot of fun even though it was a filler, but I can’t believe I have to wait til the 27th. It’s soo far.

  7. Machi says:

    Eliot really is a mystery, as mentioned up to now an unsolved one. What is weird about him is that he composed Lacie, which is a song that was composed long ago and put into that pocket watch that Oz found so yes there is in a sense two composers Eliot who composed Lacie right now and another who composed it long ago and put it into the pocket watch as the tune for the music box. On a side note I do also wonder if there is a connection between Lacie and Alice considering how they’re basically using the same letters in their name but it one seems to be the re-arranged version of the other, another hanging mystery.

  8. reverse says:

    after slowly following the series, I finally catch up.
    there one think still bugging me. the character fell too superficial or doll like characteristic.
    yes their have a lot mystery, it is indeed interesting, but that entirely on the mystery alone not the character.
    20 episode in, I still unable to determine any of the character characteristic, everyone act mostly random.

    the only character that I find is not
    Elliot Nightray
    Xerxes Break
    Oz Vessalius ( still not there yet, but after those argument between elliot, I finally understand something about him )

  9. Lironah says:

    This episode wasn’t filler – in fact, they cut a few bits of it. Mostly to extend the fanservice, I think…rest assured, the translator for Iron Wolf has read all of the current manga. (Though I wish I could get my hands on the raws for the latest ones.)

  10. Nyaochan says:

    No one paid attention to the sequence with Eliot in his room talking about his recurring dreams? I believe it strongly suggest that Glen may be inhabiting some part of his consciousness in the same manner that Jack is with Oz, and that dream is probably part of Glen’s memories. Only…unlike Jack, he’s not sitting back and only taking over when given permission…he’s slowly merging his own soul with Eliot’s.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 10:04 PM)
    I had a look into the black jack manga and I remember the other two black jack anime I saw, the mangas stories seem a bit more fantastical.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 10:00 PM)
    And this really looks to be more grown up and mature than sakurako. Sakurako was pretty disappointing.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 09:59 PM)
    *return back to form
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 09:58 PM)
    Subete episode one, finally for the first time in ages I have an anime to get proper excited over. All that stuff with the professor lady was really intriguing, Asano’s drawings transfer nicely into anime. The two leads have good chemistry. I think this is a step back to for for noitamina. I have however heard that characters cut from the drama will apparently appear in the anime though.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 07:03 PM)
    @Realist: still my favourite Asano work is Punpun.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 07:01 PM)
    @Realist: The things that stood out best for me was that bloody scene in chapter 24, the kid who speaks the alien language and I liked the twintails girl. I also liked the little musings of the main characters and it was kind of sad when you know who died. A bit more humour than I’d associate with Asano but it amused me
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 07:01 PM)
    @Realist: I actually just finished reading the available three volumes of dead demons. At first I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of Asano doing something like this but it quickly grew on me.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 06:43 PM)
    Hi Emma, hope you are well.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 07:40 AM)
    On asano’s work…I have a feeling umibe no onnanoko’s scans have stopped.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Oct 8. 2015 07:21 AM)
    I’d probably take realjustifieds word for it there, I only saw the first episode, only negative thing I’d say about the drama was the acting wasn’t great.

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