「否定の彼方へ」 (Hitei no Achira he) “To the One Who Rejects Me”
“Beyond the winding road”
Would I really let the final episode of Pandora Hearts slip by without saying something about it? Hell no. Read on if you’re following the series, but stop here if you plan to watch it later.
So after the Will of the Abyss went haywire last episode, we were probably well on our way to an anime original ending. Seeing how there was only one episode remaining, there was really no way they could tie up all the loose ends. To be honest, I had no idea how they’d go about concluding the series when it had followed the manga so closely thus far, but felt pretty ripped off while watching this final episode. In short, they completely ignored the Will of the Abyss, Jack Vessalius, Vincent Nightray, gathering the rest of Alice’s memories, as well as explaining how the Will of the Abyss is Alice’s other half.
Instead, they focused on resolving the issue between Oz and his father, the “Leader” of the Baskerville group who dropped him into the Abyss ten years ago. This late revelation comes as no surprise to me though; it’s been listed in the credits that Ookawa Tooru plays them both ever since episode nine. That said, I’m happy that Oz was able to finally get his resolve together about existing as himself and nobody else, convey that to his father directly, plus use his yet-to-be-explained power to take the Vessalius’ Gryphon Chain head on. However, ending on that note is just frustrating. There’s still so much left to do that this series just begs for a sequel. But now that they’ve gone anime original, I don’t see that ever happening. This reminds me of Claymore, where everything was built up so well via manga material, but ended abruptly with plenty of stuff unresolved. Regardless, the series leading up to that point has been awesome. Even with this ending, my opinion of the series hasn’t tarnished much. It just left me wanting to see more. Maybe that’s a good feeling to be left with…?
I watched the first episode when the series started airing back in spring, but never really got into it. A few weeks ago, I decided to give it another go and found that things really picked up after a few episodes. I was hooked from that point on and caught up on the twenty or so episodes I was behind in a couple of days. With a soundtrack composed by Kajiura Yuki and an opening song featuring four singers who have worked with her under the FictionJunction collaboration, that alone is usually enough to get me to watch a series. When the story is this good too, all the better. On that note, I’ll leave you with the PV of the opening, “Parallel Hearts”, which features WAKANA, KAORI, KEIKO, and YURIKO KAIDA.
P.S. If you’re slightly disappointed with the ending too, let me know!