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Pandora Hearts, Vol. 03 (Pandora Hearts #3)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  5,098 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Heir to an aristocratic family, Oz Vessalius is a carefree teen. That is until his fifteenth birthday. His entire world changes at his coming of age ceremony when dark forces rise to punish Oz for the sins of a past life. Incarcerated in a prison known as the Abyss, Oz’s life and perhaps his sanity are saved by a black rabbit called Alice. As Oz plunges deeper down the pro ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 2010 by Yen Press (first published 2007)
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Amy Keeley
Oct 09, 2012 Amy Keeley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of twisted family relationships, fantasy, Alice in Wonderland
Shelves: manga
Good gosh, I love this series.

"Don't touch me, you vile creature."

One of the things I like about Pandora Hearts is its focus on the family. Twisted, weird, sick families who, in their own weird way, love each other. Or, at least, I think they do. Sometimes I wish they wouldn't, but that's a whole 'nother topic.

In volume #3, family takes center stage, beginning with Oz trying to help a boy and his father, who has entered into an illegal contract with a chain. In the process, we see just how bad O
Eris Petra Paula
Jul 17, 2014 Eris Petra Paula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eris Petra Paula by: Elaney
Okay, I'm going to try to summarize what I know. Maybe it'll make more sense.

Chains = powerful beasties from the Abyss? Riiiiiiight?
Contractors = make agreements with Beasties to get their powers, and in turn the Chains can use the contractors bodies in this world.

Intention of the Abyss = Bunny of Death = Alice

The four big families, like Oz and Gil's, each got control over four big-ass Chains, and they formed Pandora in order to stop "illegal contractors" from making agreements with Chains from
Mary spoilers.

"A loyalty that holds fast will become a blade...and will someday...pierce those you hold dear."

PH has consistently pulled my FEELS apart. This volume dealt with the darkness in Oz's past, the cruelty and pain he suffered, and the loneliness he, Alice, and Gil all suffered.

There is no break for them. It is like reality-hardships will fall upon you. Depending on how you carry yourself, how you endure it, will shape the person you become.

We learn that The Intention of the Abyss,
Lottie Eve
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I got along with this one about the same as Volume 2. The one thing, at this point, that I just don't get, and it really is freaking me out which is probably the only reason it stuck in my brain, is the Bunny of Death. I assume you all know the one. The creepy bloody eyes in-your-face giant panels of BUNNY OF DEATH. Not B-Rabbit, though...that's weird too. No. BUNNY OF DEATH.

Oh, well. I sally forth!

Rylee Wilhoit
I liked this volume of Pandora Hearts because of the situation with B-Rabbit, Gilbert, and Oz. It was a bit confusing at what was happening, but I finally understood it. I liked how they team up in this volume and it's very interesting to me how it is explained.

This volume was about Oz, Alice, and Gilbert going through the main town and Alice and Gilbert went off to search for items they needed in the food market. Oz, however, came across a little boy that needed help while a few boys were bull
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Wow. No wonder Oz is in total denial. And I feel bad for Gilbert.

Excellent characters, which is what I like to read for.
I could not find a copy of Vol. 2, so had to jump from Vol. 1 to Vol. 3. Luckily, I have already seen the anime, and was able to determine where in the story we were.

The author does a wonderful job of developing characters with just a simple glance, a facial expression, or a phrase.

It's easy to see how damaged Oz is when he meets up with another young boy who is looking for his father. He shifts from being strong to open-eyed curiosity to slumped down sadness, while trying to comfort the boy. T
Pandora Hearts never stops amazing me. Despite reading three volumes of the manga, my interest is still holding strong. Jun Mochizuki brought an element to each chapter of the manga that keeps the audience's attention from page one. I don't know how he manages to do so.

Dipping into the chapters of the manga for a moment, there's so much character development going on in the pages that show past conflicts and how that effects the characters now. New characters are introduces and a few questions a
21 May 2013

Rating: * * 1/2

I have a rocky relationship with this series. The first volume left something to be desired, but then the second volume showed promise and had me very excited to read the next volume. Unfortunately, Pandora Hearts, Vol. 3 digresses backwards to the first volume's confuddled storytelling which never settles into a rhythmic flow. I will give it this: the characterization is its definite strong point.

What got me hooked in the second volume was the characters. I love Oz, Ra
Maria Kelly
Story is moving along and plot is beginning to make more sense with the new reveals in this volume. This is a dark retelling of Through the Looking Glass or Alice in Wonderland, if anyone is interesting in reading it. Beware the Bloody, Black Rabbit!
Pandora Hearts doesn't ever really stop ceasing to amaze me. The art is fantastic and the plot line is quite amusing to read.

Anyway, Volume Three had a nice addition of Gilbert's 'past' and the protagonists meet another illegal contractor. As well as that side of Oz which just really wants to help everyone, which was nice.

The Intention of the Abyss is mentioned again, which sparks curiosity (even though I know what it is...), and Break keeps his interesting way of being all mysterious and whatno
Sarah Hayes
Once again, Pandora Hearts delivery as the fantasy action series every Kuroshitsuji fan should be reading. It has managed to evolve from its original form as a riff on Alice In Wonderland into something all its own, complete with its own mythology and world building courtesy of Jun Mochizuki. The more I see of Gil and Oz's past as well as Gil's life during Oz's stay in the Abyss, the more of these scenes I want to see. The introduction of Vincent adds a much-needed element of conflict into Gil's ...more
Sam "moony"
It's really nice to see a lot of flash backs ranging around my two favorite characters. I love seeing Oz to cheerful and helpful to a kid he only just met because his dickbag of a father verbally abused him and locked his best friend in their basement when Oz did absolutely NOTHING to piss him off. It's also rather sad to see all Gilbert went through to get from lovable pushover to badass gunslinger and how much of it his psychopathic brother really had to do with it (Close to none. shocking I k ...more
the story is okay, but there are some characters that don't make any sense to me. Too many "villains" amd other persons are introduced.
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
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The whole revamping of Alice in Wonderland into a dark and twisted manga following a Boy named Oz and an chain named Alice (B Rabbit) definitely caught my eye when searching for a new manga to read. The art work is astounding and I fell in love from page one. Not just that, but the chilling mystery behind Oz and what he is truly guilty of does peck at my skin, the anticipation of knowing the secret haunts me every time I read :) A truly
Yume Yoru
Más misterios... Como continúen enrevesando la trama no sé como van a deshacerlo después.
Puta quiero comprarme los siguientes tomos por la rechucha ;-;
[Ch. 10-13:]

It was nice re-reading the chapters again. Although I know that scanlators are really busy, they should try to update at a more frequent pace. I usually forget what's happening otherwise.

It was sad reading about Oz and his relationship with his father. Even though he always has/had a happy, smiling face, he was often secretly hurting inside. His dad is such an asshole.

I love Gill's devotion to Oz. He really must've been in a dark place in his life when he met Oz for Oz to mean so muc
It was an excellent, if slightly bloody, fascinating story
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Story getting more and more interesting. Good volume.
Okay im getting into it...
also GILBERT <3
In this Oz meets up with a young boy and with Echo, another of Pandora’s hunters. We get glimpses into how dangerous Alice the B-rabbit is and of the darkness lurking in Oz. We also get a large chunk of Oz’s past and his unfortunately family background. Gil’s past, how he met Xerxes Break and gets drafted into Pandora is also explored.

Sparse review I know but most everything else would be very spoilery. While I like this, there does feel like chunks have gone missing here and there where the sto
I finally met Vincent! Yay! He is pretty cool. Still a tiny bit confusing in how it skips around but I'm getting more used to just reading it through and usually everything ends up making sense. It's a nice quick read that is also enjoyable and intriguing, I can't wait to continue.

Premise - 4/5
Characters - 5/5
Writing Style - 3/5
Story - 4/5
Realistic - 3/5
Enjoyment - 4/5

Average Rating - 3.8
My Rating - 4

Recommend? Yep!
Cover/Artwork - Still loving it! Humorous expressions and interesting detai
Really liked this but I'm still pretty confused with the whole story.
*Miss Fame*
So, last time I said Oz reminded me a lot of Momiji from Fruits Basket but now he's reminding me a lot of Tohru from Fruits Basket!! Lol, he's just a Fruits Basket mash up.

Progress, progress. I'm excited to see what happens next.
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Jun Mochizuki (望月淳 Mochizuki Jun) is a Japanese comic artist (manga-ka), best known for the fantasy shounen series Pandora Hearts/パンドラハーツ.
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