Pandora Hearts isn't that popular either in Japan or overseas. But it sure is popular with me.
This is a story that is complicated but maintains its emotional consistency and strength. It's a fantasy that I can accept on its own terms. I'm a huge non-fan of anything to do with monsters, but here is a show where the monsters have a human dimension and make sense to me.
And the voice-acting is outstanding, particularly from the stars. Kawasumi Ayako is spot-on as Alice, in all her moods and manifestations. Minagawa Junko gives Oz just the right combination of fresh innocence and determined strength. Ishida Akira shows his talent with the playful and not-so-playful irony in his voice as Break. And Ono Daisuke helps make Jack so attractive and emotionally real. Toriumi Kousuke has given us some great moments as Raven. Yamaguchi Kappei gave us some of his ineffable style as Cheshire. And Hanazawa Kana gives us the ojou-sama version of her unutterably moe voice.
And under it all, supporting and driving it, is the great, great score from Kajiura Yuki. One of the best Ive heard.
Anyway, I just wanted to gush a bit. Here are a few caps from episode 22, some with comments. I thought the drawing was particularly good in this episode.
The return of dominatrix Alice:
Alice's sour expression, lol: