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Pandora Hearts

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Pandora Hearts Japanese: パンドラハーツ, Hepburn: Pandora Hātsu is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki Individual chapters were serialized in Monthly GFantasy between May 2006 and March 2015, with bound volumes published by Square Enix The series ended with twenty-four volumes having been released in Japan It was originally licensed for an English language release by Broccoli Books, but was later dropped It was relicensed by Yen Press

An anime adaptation produced by Xebec began airing on April 2, 2009, and finished airing on September 24, 2009 On February 11, 2010, NIS America announced it would release the anime series in North America Nine OVAs were also broadcast in Japan, airing from July 24, 2009 to March 25, 2010

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Terminology
  • 3 Media
    • 31 Manga
    • 32 Anime
    • 33 Other books
    • 34 Audio
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Plotedit

See also: List of Pandora Hearts characters

Oz is the heir to the Vessalius house, one of the Four Great Dukedoms given excessive power by the royalty He lives a luxurious life alongside his younger sister Ada and valet and best friend Gilbert This is dampened only by the constant absence of his father Xai, who decided Oz and Ada should be raised by their uncle Oscar when they were still babies The manga picks up when Oz turns fifteen and prepares to attend his Coming-of-Age Ceremony Before he does, he, Gilbert, and Ada fall into a large hole in the ground, and Oz has a hallucination of being in a room of talking dolls with a girl who says she will never forgive him and tries to strangle him when he says he doesn't know who she is before regaining consciousness Oz, Ada, and Gilbert approach a grave in the form of a large cross, and Oz finds and keeps a golden pocket watch emitting a mysterious melody that he somehow recognizes, despite being quite sure he's never heard it

When Oz goes to his Coming-of-Age Ceremony, he meets Sharon Rainsworth who he becomes instantly infatuated with and her ominous servant Xerxes Break Everything appears normal until the Coming-of-Age Ceremony rituals are completed and the giant clock that hasn't worked in a century moves Suddenly, a group of people in red cloaks proceed to reveal themselves, known as the crimson-robed shinigami though they are formally known as the Baskervilles They attack Oz and Gilbert and, in a crazed rage, Oz tries to stab the man restraining Gilbert with the ritual sword, only to end up stabbing Gilbert in the chest instead when he looks into the man's face and realizes his identity, then tries to block Oz Taking advantage of Oz's traumatized state since he believes he just killed Gilbert, the Baskervilles say he must be dragged into the Abyss, a supernatural prison the public always believed to be nothing more than a frightening tale used to keep children in line A girl who is actually a Chain similar to a demon from the Abyss who calls herself Alice or the B-Rabbit/Bloody Black Rabbit, referring to her Chain form then appears before them all, warning the Baskervilles that she will allow them to cast Oz into the Abyss but that he is her property and they should stay away from him in the future Oz recognizes Alice as the girl he saw during his hallucination earlier Finally, the man who had attacked Gilbert uses his own Chain to force Oz into the Abyss, claiming his sin is his very existence

To be continued

Terminologyedit

Chains チェイン, Chein Beings from the Abyss that were at one point human, transformed by the Will of the Abyss They must sign a contract with a human contractor in order to leave the Abyss Chains involved in illegal contracts must repeatedly consume humans in order to gain power Some chains, such as Humpty Dumpty, can have multiple contracts When they do, for each contract it makes, the revolution on an illegal contractor seal will slow down even more The only Chains that were once not humans are Oz the B-Rabbit and Cheshire Cat who are the only chains that can gain a human form due to them being animals and in Oz's case a stuffed object while the others gained semi-human appearances Contract 契約, Keiyaku An agreement between a chain and a contractor The chain is bound within the contractor and can be called out at will In return, the contractor provides passage for the chain out of the Abyss Blood Seal contracts, that were made possible by Pandora, granted the ability never to age the Contractor In illegal contracts, a clock-like seal appears somewhere on the Contractor's body, over their heart Each time the chain's powers are drawn, the hand in the seal moves like on a clock If a contract between the chain and contractor becomes void it will kill the contractor Once the hand makes one full rotation, both the contractor and the chain are dragged into the deepest level of the Abyss Only Baskervilles are capable of forming a genuine legal contract, in which a seal similar to an illegal contract appears, except without the hand - thus allowing a contractor safe and complete access to the power of their chain Contractor 契約者, Keiyakusha A human who makes a contract with a chain There are certain procedures to making a contract, but impromptu contracts can also be made, although they are illegal Abyss アヴィス, Abisu The world that chains come from It exists in a different dimension, and time doesn't truly exist in the Abyss A person can find themselves in any random time period upon exiting the Abyss, though usually the person is transported forward in time According to Break, the Abyss can appear as a prison or a broken toy box, depending on the person Will of the Abyss アヴィスの意志, Abisu no Ishi The entity that governs the Abyss Usually appears in the form of a bloodied rabbit doll with big round eyes The real form of the Will of the Abyss is similar to Alice but with white hair and wears white or light colored dresses whereas Alice wears dark colored ones Apparently the Will of the Abyss wants Oz to go back in the Abyss, and is revealed to be Alice's twin The Will of Abyss and Alice were both conceived in the human world and born in the Abyss by Lacie The Will of the Abyss hates Alice and wishes to destroy her It is revealed her real name is Alice as well and that the name Will of the Abyss was only a title given to her by Levi as his experiment She is Lacie's daughter who remained in the Abyss and became the human vessel for the Core of the Abyss It's soon revealed that the White Alice desired to be normal and cared for her sister going as so far to help her The Four Great Dukedoms 四大公爵家, Yondai Koushaku Ke These currently are the Vessalius, Rainsworth, Nightray and Barma families These four Dukedoms have been in existence before the Tragedy of Sabrie They founded the Pandora and each hold chains and a door to the Abyss Of these four houses, the Vessalius and Nightray houses are thought of as exact opposites, like light and dark: the Vessalius house works publicly, while the Nightray house is responsible for doing the behind-the-scenes work Before the Tragedy of Sabrie occurred, the Vessalius family was a third class noble family, and thus, not part of the Four Dukedoms Instead, the fourth Dukedom was the Baskerville house - with Glen as the head When Jack killed Glen for starting the Tragedy of Sabrie, the Vessalius family was seen as heroes And thus, the Vessalius replaces the Baskervilles as the fourth Dukedom Therefore, the Baskervilles hold the fifth Door to the Abyss Pandora パンドラ, Pandora An organization founded by the Four Dukedoms It specializes in research regarding the Abyss Tragedy of Sablier サブリエの悲劇, Saburie no Higeki The city of Sablier was once the capital city of the world However, 100 years ago, for unknown reasons, someone used a ritual to send the entire city, with its citizens, into the Abyss Children of Misfortune 禍罪の子, Maga Tsumi no Ko The Children of Misfortune is a myth which has existed for hundreds of years: that children born with red eyes will bring terrible misfortune, such as death and destruction, which in this case actually happens Known Children of Misfortune in the series are:
  • Lacie Baskerville killed trafficmen and danced in their blood
  • Vincent Nightray killed the whole royal family to save his brother
  • Xerxes Break his entire Master's family was slaughtered except for the daughter and to save them he killed over 116 people and offered them to his Chain, Albus, hoping that the Intention of the Abyss might be thankful and change the past
It's later revealed that the children of misfortune were created by the core of the abyss on a whim and their myth was a lie by the jury due to the fact that they were uncontrollable because of their connection to the core hence why they want their destruction Jurors/Juries Jurors are beings who transcended to humanity by the core of the abyss and want to change the time-stream Each Juror was created by the Core and had been manipulating the Baskervilles for generations They despise the Children of Misfortune because the core made them and they are the only beings capable of understanding it Doors Doors are gates to the Abyss that the Four Dukedoms control Each Dukedom has control over one, with Baskerville holding the last, fifth Door It is revealed in Chapter 41 that all along, the door of the Baskerville's was hidden in Sablier, which is under Pandora's control Yet, Pandora has never thought to look within to find it Blood sealing mirrors An item used to make a Blood Mirror contract Instead of the contractor drinking the blood of the chain, the blood gets absorbed into the mirror where a seal is formed, keeping the seal off of the person If the mirror is broken, you can lose the contract to the chain It also has a limit on the power you can use

Mediaedit

Mangaedit

Main article: List of Pandora Hearts chapters

Pandora Hearts is written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki and serialized in Square Enix monthly shōnen magazine GFantasy since June 20061 There are currently twenty-one tankōbon collecting serial chapters released2 The series was first licensed in English by Broccoli Books but has been dropped3 It has been picked up by Yen Press and serialized in Yen Plus since June 2009 issue4 Yen Press released the first English volume on December 15, 2009 with the second scheduled for May 18, 2010In February 2010 Pandora Hearts was chosen as the greatest manga ever Currently twenty-four volumes have been released in English5 In Indonesia, the series has been licensed by Elex Media Komputindo,6 and in France by Ki-oon7 The manga ended in March 2015 with 104 chapters

Animeedit

Main article: List of Pandora Hearts episodes

With director Takao Kato, studio Xebec produced a 25-episode anime adaptation with featured music by Yuki Kajiura and themes by Savage Genius and FictionJunction89 The series premiered on April 3, 2009 and ran until September 25, 20091011 The series broadcast on TBS, BS-TBS, CBC and MBS for its initial run12 On February 11, 2010, NIS America announced the licensing of the series in North America,1314 and released English-subtitled DVDs of the anime on October 26, 201015

Other booksedit

  • Guidebooks

A guide book Pandora Hearts Official Guide was released on March 27, 2009,16 and is numbered 85 with the subtitle 'Mine of mine' The guide contains a short story revolving around Gilbert Nightray and artwork and official romanization of the Pandora Hearts cast Oz Vessalius and Gilbert Nightray are on the guide cover, along with a plush of B-Rabbit

Pandora Hearts 185: Evidence is the second official guide book, released on July 27, 2012

The third and last official guide book is said to be released on the spring of 2015 with a confirmed title of Pandora Hearts 24 + 1: Last Dance

With the release of the anime adaptation of the series, an official art book relating to the anime has been released with the title of Official Animation Guide Contents included interviews with the author, rough drafts, and more behind the scenes

  • Artbooks

Pandora Hearts Odds and Ends is the first official art book of the series from its author Illustrations featured some of works in Crimson-Shell, Volumes of 1 to 10, some for the anime adaptation, and many more

Another official artbook, titled There is, was released in 2015, containing other illustrations made for the series along with art for Boukyaku no Haou Roland and other GFantasy and Gangan Joker series The book also features the first two official illustrations for Mochizuki's next series, Vanitas no Carte

  • Light Novels

Three light novels were featured alongside of manga series or as side stories accompanying the Pandora Hearts universe The novels were all written by Shinobu Wakamiya and was illustrated by Pandora Hearts' own author, Jun Mochizuki Titles are; Pandora Hearts ~Caucus Race~ Volume 1, Pandora Hearts ~Caucus Race~ Volume 2, and Pandora Hearts ~Caucus Race~ Volume 3

Audioedit

The anime first opening theme was released as a maxi-single, "Parallel Hearts", on April 29, 2009 under Victor Entertainment label17 The opening theme single performed by FictionJunction included "Parallel Hearts" and "Hitomi No Chikara" in both vocal and instrumental versions, with lyrics, compositions and arrangements made by Yuki Kajiura,18 and peak ranked 20th on Oricon singles charts19

The first ending theme "Maze" was released on June 3, 2009 under Victor Entertainment label,20 and peak ranked 35th in Oricon singles chart21 The Second Ending theme is "Watashi wo Mitsukete" by Savage Genius

The anime first album Pandora hearts Original Soundtracks 1 was released July 8, 2009 under Victor Entertainment label22 and peak ranked 104th on Oricon albums chart23

A drama CD entitled Pandora Hearts Drama CD was released on December 21, 2007 under Frontier works label2425

Receptionedit

The eighth volume of Pandora Hearts was ranked 21st on the Tohan charts between March 24 and 30, 2009,26 19th between March 31 and April 6, 200927 Volume nine was ranked number one between July 27 and August 2

Referencesedit

  1. ^ ":::: GFantasy Website :::: Pandora Hearts -月刊Gファンタジーオフィシャルサイト" in Japanese Square Enix Retrieved April 13, 2010 
  2. ^ "Gファンタジーコミックス" in Japanese Square Enix Retrieved 5 July 2009 
  3. ^ "Blu, Boysenberry, Deux, DMP, Yen Announce Boys-Love Titles" Anime News Network October 29, 2007 Retrieved April 13, 2010 
  4. ^ "Be still our Pandora Hearts!" Yen Press 10 April 2009 Retrieved 12 May 2009 
  5. ^ "Pandora Hearts Yen Press" Yen Press Retrieved 12 May 2009 
  6. ^ "Pandora Hearts 1" in Indonesian Elex Media Komputindo Retrieved March 5, 2010 
  7. ^ Fallaix, Olivier March 12, 2010 "PANDORA HEARTS CHEZ KI-OON" in French Animeland Retrieved April 13, 2010 
  8. ^ "XEBEC - Pandora Hearts" in Japanese Xebec Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  9. ^ "TBSアニメーション 「PandoraHearts」公式ホームページ/グッズ情報" in Japanese TBS Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  10. ^ "XEBEC - Pandora Hearts - 第1話 紹介" in Japanese Xebec Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  11. ^ "XEBEC - Pandora Hearts - 第25話 紹介" in Japanese Xebec Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  12. ^ "TBSアニメーション 「PandoraHearts」公式ホームページ/放送情報" in Japanese TBS Retrieved April 13, 2010 
  13. ^ "NIS America to release anime titles in North America" PDF NIS America February 12, 2010 Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  14. ^ "NIS America Licenses Toradora! as Its First Anime Updated" Anime News Network February 11, 2010 Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  15. ^ "NIS America, Inc - Anime" nisamericacom 
  16. ^ コミック関連書籍 一覧 in Japanese Square Enix Retrieved 5 July 2009 
  17. ^ "TBS系アニメーション PandoraHearts オープニングテーマ Parallel Hearts" Pandora Heart opening single "Parallel Hearts" in Japanese Victor Entertainment Retrieved 12 May 2009 
  18. ^ Parallel Hearts/FictionJunction "Parallel Hearts" in details in Japanese Oricon Retrieved 12 May 2009 
  19. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" "Parallel Hearts" peak rank in Japanese Oricon Retrieved 5 July 2009 
  20. ^ "TBS系アニメーション「PandoraHearts」エンディングテーマ Maze" Pandora Heart ending single "Maze" in Japanese Victor Entertainment Retrieved July 5, 2009 
  21. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" "Maze" peak rank in Japanese Oricon Retrieved 5 July 2009 
  22. ^ "TBS系アニメーション PandoraHearts オリジナルサウンドトラック1" Pandora Hearts Volume 1 in Japanese Victor Entertainment Retrieved 2009-07-10 
  23. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" Pandora hearts Original Soundtracks 1 peak rank in Japanese Oricon Retrieved 16 July 2009 
  24. ^ "ドラマCD PandoraHearts" Pandora Hearts Drama CD in Japanese Frontier works Retrieved 12 May 2009 
  25. ^ ドラマCD PandoraHearts Pandora Hearts Drama CD in details in Japanese Oricon Retrieved 12 May 2009 
  26. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 24–30" Anime News Network 2009-04-01 Retrieved 2009-07-11 
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 31-April 6" Anime News Network 2009-04-08 Retrieved 2009-07-11 

External linksedit

  • Manga official website Japanese
  • Anime official website Japanese
  • Anime website Fuji Creative
  • Pandora Hearts manga at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

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