Pandora Hearts Episode 14: Hollow Eye Socket (紅き隻眼の悪魔)
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! A shouta’s gone amok!
This is such a belated episode catch-up post and is one of a string of Pandora posts I’m getting up to speed with. The wait for a good HQ raw of Pandora Hearts recent episodes contributed to the delay but it was worth it. I got loads of lovely caps out of them that some in the PH fandom will surely want to feast their eyes on. Gee, who am I kidding? I’m only pleasing my Pandora alter ego after all… *Rofl*
I love this episode and we’re deep into Cheshire Cat‘s territory now. Despite being attacked by Cheshire, Oz still has plenty of spunk to taunt the frenzied cat. He probably has an unconscious death wish to verbally assault the cat but luckily for him, someone appears to save him from being shred to bits. And who might that be? His famous ancestor, Jack Vessalius of course and it’s about time they meet anyway. Oz reunites with Gil whom he thought was dead and our three lovely bishies then shared some cosy moments together. ❤
Just when we thought Break is trapped and out of the picture, he came back with a menace and turn the tide against the zealously overprotective cat. We get to see Break’s fearsome chain “Mad Hatter” for the very first time too. Poor Cheshire neko. His time is about to come to an end. His steadfast love for Alice was what turn him into his current state. Break may turn out to be the last straw for him.
So then, what about the creepy looking shouta who’s gone apeshit in the pics? Ah, that’ll be Vincent of 100 years ago during the Sabrie massacre. Oz witnessed a ghostly vision of shouta Vincent going mental when Jack transported him to the memory holding the tragedy of Sabrie to find Alice. It was from this bizarre encounter that Oz learned and was shaken by the thought that Gil and Vincent were both people from 100 years ago and were possibly victims of Sabrie. He suddenly felt small and insignificant when comparing his predicament to theirs.
Alice isn’t the only one without memories. Gil too does not have any memories of his past self prior to the time he was found and adopted by the Vessalius household. It seems that Jack knew of Gil’s past and was acquainted with him back in the time of Sabrie. There were hints of Gil being a part of the tragedy and it’s tied to Alice. Everything seems to be connected to Alice somehow. So this brings us to the big reveal that Alice was a real human girl. She was alive until the day she was killed. Poor Oz has the unfortunate luck to see the vision of Alice’s death. The revelation and the death scene was a major shocker to him. A bloodstained scissor was shown at the scene of the crime. And we know who loves to play with scissors don’t we?
So who killed Alice? Why was she murdered? What was Alice to Jack? What is the trauma that cause Gil to forget his past? Why is shouta Vincent batshit crazy? Why is Break so keen in obtaining Alice’s memory? So many questions and mystery, eh! The present is deeply rooted in the past where therein lies the truth. The unraveling plot keeps viewers in suspense. It’s this aspect that made Pandora Hearts such an awesome story to begin with and keeps me wanting more each week (and month cos I’m following the manga too).
Lulz @ Oz telling Cheshire he should sharpen his claws on a scratching post but Cheshire retort that even though Oz is right here, he is nowhere…pretty much like the way Break questioned him right after he got out of the abyss. Well, Oz is traumatized by the lack of parental love and feels that his life is worthless.
Jack and Oz finally meet each other though Jack doesn’t reveal his name to Oz the way he did to Gil. Oz remembers Jack from Alice’s memories. Jack tells him why he needed Oz. He wants Oz to save Alice who is trapped and suffocating in her own memories. Gill oth, worries that Cheshire would come after them again but Jack tells him that Cheshire will be too busy taking care of the other visitor… *breaks out in fangurl mode* at Daisuke Ono’s awesome smexy voice as Jack Vessalius.
Meanwhile, Cheshire enters into Break’s memories where he saw the visions of chibi Sharon and her mom, Shelly besides a sleeping Break when their appearance suddenly turned creepy and dissolved in front of him. Knowing that he’s being tricked, Cheshire angrily aims to attack Break.
Gil’s left without Oz again and he’s not happy. He wants to follow him but Jack said he can’t do as he pleases in this dimension because he isn’t part of Alice’s memory and he has used up his strength. He revealed that he is a soul fragment of Jack that’s left behind in her memories. There seemed to be a trace of sadness in Jack’s voice when he said those words. It’s probable that Alice was someone he loved in the past. Our bishie hero is so tragic.
Thus the real battle between Cheshire neko and Break begins. Cheshire fails to land his claws on Break. He escaped back to his own place but Break broke through much to Cheshire’s alarm. Break then unleashes his chain, the Mad Hatter and corners the hapless neko. It’s no wonder Break is such a nutter of a guy…can’t be help when you have the Mad Hatter for a chain, fearsome and awesome at the same time.
As Oz tries to locate Alice, he ends up at the place of the Sabrie tragedy and saw loads of dead bodies. The ghostly visage of shouta Vincent shadows him. Jack revealed that Sabrie was plunged into the abyss by the Baskervilles…this surprises both Oz and Gil. It means that Alice must have seen the whole thing as the dimension is a part of her memories. Oz begins to wonder if this is the thing that Alice wanted to erase.
Gil demanded that Jack teleport him to where Oz is and point his gun at him. Jack mused that he never thought Gil would do such a thing to him and asked Gil if he has really forgotten about him. *Hint, Hint* Gil x Jack ❤ Jack sounds sooo smexy. But Gil couldn’t take it…it hurts for him to remember… Heck ya, my mental image went down the gutter when these two bishies interact. *is shot* 😛
Oz ran into a memory of Vincent who kept on murmuring that it wasn’t his fault, he did it for Gil. And then he went totally psycho with that freaky maniacal laughter. If this vision is in Alice’s memory than it means that both Vince and Gil were alive 100 years ago during the time of the Sabrie tragedy. Oz wonders how is that even possible but than he recalled what the Baskerville said regarding the difference in the flow of time when one is in the abyss. One can’t be certain to return to the time that they left. Let me add that the manga version of Vincent’s scenes were a lot more gory. The anime cut out the gruesome bits.
The ghostly shouta Vincent led Oz to a tower where Alice used to live. That’s where he was dealt with a shocker when he saw a vision of a dead Alice covered in blood. So Alice was human before but was killed on the day Sabrie plunged into chaos.