Posted by psgels on 11 September 2009 with categories: Pandora Hearts



Do correct me if I’m wrong, but this is he part where the anime seems to be going into original episodes that weren’t based off the manga, right? If that’s the case, then the creators handled it pretty well this time. This episode didn’t try to rush through revelations, or go into a completely different direction, ruining the rest of the series.

Okay, it was a build-up episode, but a very pleasant one. My guess is that the creators have decided to end the series with the truth about the tragedy of Sabrie, and if they can pull it off it’s at least going to be a satisfying conclusion. This episode was all about building it up and what I liked a lot about it is that it did bother to show the development of the past few episodes: how much closer the five lead characters have gotten after Break gave in and told about his backstory. It’s as if that broke down some sort of invisible wall with that. It was also pleasant to see Ada again, and the jokes around Oz’s private security were also hilarious.

I’ve said this before, but anime-original material isn’t bad at all. It all depends on whether or not the creators are able to handle it correctly, and I’ve seen plenty of series who pulled off great things when they included stuff that wasn’t in the original source material. For Pandora Hears it unfortunately seems unlikely for a second season, so I’d rather have at least some conclusion, rather than that the show simply “ends” after episode 25 (this is one of those shows in which a “life goes on”-ending like in Aoi Hana simply doesn’t work), and so far they seem to be doing a good job. I’m not going to get too enthusiastic before I find out what the creators were actually building up for, but it does look like this show isn’t going to pull a Claymore at the end.

Right now, I want to have a good explanation for those strange puppets that appeared at the end of this episode. Did Vincent summon them in an attempt to get those who are close to the secrets of the Tragedy of Sabrie out of the picture, and can the creators pull it off without being cheesy? Well, let’s find out in the next two weeks!
Rating: * (Good)

4 Responses

  1. Firechick says:

    OMG! The Jack Skellington knock-off returned!…and Vincent got a ponytail.

  2. PL says:

    Why do you say a second season is unlikely? I thought ph was one of the more popular series?

  3. psgels psgels says:

    True, but at the same time it bugs me that the final episodes are supposed to be anime-original material. Why go for that at this point in the series if there’s going to be a second season?

  4. wandering-dreamer says:

    As a manga reader I can say that the next arc after Duke Barma is the current arc and not yet finished. And the next arc is rather long and doesn’t have any really good stopping places in it to end the series with manga material. Thankfully it looks like this filler arc could slide right and and be a prelude towards the next arc if they have a second season, the DVDs sales I’ve seen haven’t been so good so I’m not holding my breath on it.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:01 AM)
    and it’s not like the natives were masters of strategy either. If they were they wouldn’t let the conquistadors buying off their constituents and allies and letting fear and unrest envelope their nation.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:00 AM)
    effective utilization of gunpowder is an even bigger gap.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:59 AM)
    @Vincent: gunpowder is a huge gap tho.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:55 AM)
    @Bam You go arm a tribe with spears and another with katanas and your example stops being relevant. For your argument to work, they kind of need a huge gap in weaponry, no?
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:54 AM)
    You go arm a tribe with Obsidian spears and axes and I will give another tribe assault rifles and Javelin missiles and see who comes out on top. Now that’s an extreme to showcase the inherent flaw in righting off weaponry as inconsequential. It’s not everything, true, but it’s also foolish to say that it had very little significances.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:52 AM)
    Now go ahead and say “but it wasn’t all about the weapons” like the last million times.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:51 AM)
    @Vincent: Stop sounding like a broken record man. I said a few times, in much more detail than you, the factors that caused them, one of the chief among them the use of much more advanced weaponry. You agree that it is a factor and then turn around and deny it’s importance.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:49 AM)
    @Bam That is not an argument so much as it a historical fact. We know their civilization fell to ruin. I don’t get what you’re trying to say here.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:45 AM)
    @Vincent: No my argument is one that was repeated throughout the region and is also retrospectively backed up by what happened: the complete defeat of all the native powers.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:44 AM)
    The Inca Empire was already falling apart by civil war even before the Spanish came. You can’t possibly make the argument that the Spanish weapons did them in.

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