Pandora Hearts ;; Higashi no Eden

Pandora Hearts

Oz Vessalius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he's cast into the prison known as the "Abyss", only to be saved by a "chain" known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. It is unknown why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as "Pandora" want with him.

At what was supposed to be his coming of age ceremony, Oz unknowingly sets off a chain of events starting with being thrown into the Abyss. He was accused of a peculiar sin: the sin of existing. In the Abyss, he met a girl named Alice who promised she could save him if he agrees to form a contract with her. Alice had a mission, she has no memories and wants to find them again. Oz wants to aid her but realizes they only have a limited amount of time. The two of them didn’t know what they had was an illegal contract Now a ticking clock appears over his heart counting down the time until they would be, once again, pulled back into the Abyss.

Oz seems like a very carefree character. He accepts whatever happens in his life no matter how weird it is. Often he throws himself in harms way to safe those precious to him, even if it means giving away his life. The only thing that really shakes him up is when his father is involved. He’s forced to face his problems though through his adventures with Alice. Sometimes I’m a bit annoyed with his character. I think usually even though the male lead is weak, he proves himself in other ways, but for Oz I find that he’s pretty useless. Without others around him he doesn’t seem to be able to do much. The second half of the anime seems to always show him sulking and talk about exactly how useless he is LOL.

The anime itself seems kind of slow. It seems to drag a bit and tries to fill it up with random missions that Pandora puts them on. Perhaps it’s because the manga is not finished. Which also means this anime has no true ending. I’ll probably read the manga to see what happens, but it’s not one I’m dying to jump on since the anime sort of bored me halfway through. Disappointed that it’s a bit of a let down since I love animes set in a Victorian setting.

3.5/5

Higashi no Eden

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.

The idea of this anime is interesting. Akira finds himself with a phone that has billions of dollars on it to change the world. He doesn’t understand how he got such a big about or what to do with it. How would you use that amount of money to change Japan into what you believe is a perfect world? On top of that, a woman supposedly named Juiz, can fulfill any order he gave her on that phone simply answering, “Understood. Noblesse Oblige. I pray for your continuing service as a savior.”

The premises of the story seems interesting, but the anime was pretty boring for me. The audience doesn’t get a full sense of what’s going on because we’re taken along on Akira’s journey to find out what’s going on. He had his memory wiped out, he doesn’t remember why he did it, he doesn’t remember why he has the phone loaded with crazy amounts of money, he doesn’t know what he was supposed to do with the money. So basically throughout the anime he doesn’t actually use any of the cash to better Japan. It isn’t until the last two episodes where he understands everything and tries to win the game.

I feel like anime could’ve been much more than what it was. Seems as if it was wasted. Not something I would recommend especially the way he chose to win the game.. what the hell?? LOL.. The last two episodes or so things started hitting the fan and you wonder how it was going to be solved. I felt like they just threw in dumb solution to solve the problem. There are a couple movies after the anime though so I’m guessing maybe it continues on and actually gives it a better ending?

3/5

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