Spring 2009 First Impressions: Pandora Hearts

Just some random thoughts that ran through my head as I got around to watching some of the season’s premieres. On tap? Pandora Hearts. The generic anime with a generic name.

Fansub group: Mochi

Things I liked:

  • Genuinely creepy at times.
  • WTF? ending.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Lame, uninspired characters.
  • Crappy designs, lazy animation. They overused dark colors and shadows like they were trying to hide details.
  • Generic as hell. Looks like it’d fit right into the Yugi-Oh, Pokemon weekday afternoon lineup that I remember as a kid.
  • 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Yaoi fodder.

Random other thoughts:

Chains. Shotas. Master-servant relationships. Pain. I’m starting to think this show was created only to give the Yaoi doujinshi fans some new material to play with.

The story was pretty crappy for the first 18 minutes or so. I watched it while reorganizing my CDs and DVDs. Apps in one spindle. Games in the other. I was actually more engrossed in my reorganizing than I was in the show. But then I did find the last few minutes interesting, when Oz stumbles upon the grave and later when Gilbert meets that witch or whatever she was and gains some courage and an evil grin to boot.

I’ll watch a couple more episodes to see how this goes. I’m always intrigued by Alice in Wonderland themes, and the dark turn it took towards the end of the episode piqued my interest.


8 Replies to “Spring 2009 First Impressions: Pandora Hearts”

  1. It gets better fast. The characters become surprisingly complex, more so than most anime. Also, even though the plot is a little bumpy and comfusing at first things start to make sense after the first few chapters/episodes.

    1. I totally agree that the manga is way better! The filler for the anime was terrible, I don’t know how they’re going to solve some of the messes they created when changed it from the manga plot. >_>

  2. like everyone else said here the anime blows compared to the manga,…yes there are still hints of suggsted yaoi but it’s not as bad as in the anime…the charactrs do develop more once the storyline delves into the past more…please stick with it! i honestly think it is a great anime! :p

  3. WOW, just WOW.

    i acually thought the first few minuts were EPIC.

    im a mangaka myself, and im working on makeing an anime.
    (no, im not saying my opinion is better than anyone elses, im saying that im looking at it from a certain point of view.)

    i looked at the art in a compleately different point of view.

    the colors they chose were brilliant, as well as the animation. i found that the STYLE of art (i dont think it was crappy) was made like that to add a feel to the anime, as well as the dark colors. think about the ‘abyss’…. do you REALY think that it would be colorfull in ANY place similar to hell???

    (this is how i saw it…)

    i think you were way too critical of this anime.
    though, this is JUST MY OPINION and im not being sarcastic when i say that.

    and about the thing about ‘yaoi’ :

    FINALY, somthing like kuroshitsuji!!!!

    another reason why i love this anime!

    (i give it four and a half stars.) :love:

    1. No, that’s cool. I’ve actually since heard that PH’s story is pretty good, so I’ll admit that I might’ve been a bit hard on it, at least my comments regarding the story. It’s on my list of shows to eventually go back and give another shot. Although I do stand by my statement that the quality of animation was really poor. I don’t mind darkness and shadows, and supposedly it makes sense with this show, but I think the way they used it obfuscated necessary details rather than added to the atmosphere. There’s just a general fuzziness to the whole look that I really disliked. Kuroshitsuji, in contrast, had a really sharp look and used the dark gothic look quite well.

      Oh cool, you’re a mangaka? Have you published anything yet?

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