Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Pandora Hearts’

In the Shinichi Hoshi short story Bokko-Chan (which, for those interested, can be found in The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories), a “bar-master” constructs an emotionless robot girl, who soon becomes the object of many of his patrons’ affections. A sort of futuristic folk tale, it combines dark humour and wordplay, with a clever and totally unexpected ending. While this isn’t the first appearance of a robot girl in fiction (Hoffmann’s 1816 short story The Sandman featured a similar gynoid character), Hoshi’s does seem to have been one of the predecessors to an archetype that would end up becoming quite popular in Japanese comics and animation.

 Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most well-known anime series of the nineties, as well as one of the most influential. The character of Rei Ayanami fascinated so many viewers that many of her clones began appearing in other series, to the point where she’s almost become a stock character. (There’s even a chapter of It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular where Tomoko attempts to imitate one, with little success.) Rei is not a robot, but she does bear some similarities to Bokko-chan, if only on the surface. With her blank face, bluish-white hair and inexplicable behaviour, Rei is a beguiling character.

The interesting thing about Rei is that she is more than a human who acts like a robot. She also embodies aspects of the kind of mysterious waif character who often appears in fairy tales and mythology. Rei’s true nature is never fully revealed, and there is always a hint of something otherworldly about her. Unlike those fairy tale characters, however, Rei has no knowledge of anything supernatural, and she seems almost as ignorant of the source of her otherness as everyone else is.

Despite her popularity, Rei was not my introduction to this kind of character. For me, it was Echo, from Pandora Hearts. She ended up becoming my favourite character in the manga, but it was only with a series I later watched that I started developing a proper interest in the archetype. (Though when I started reading Pandora Hearts, I had only a vague idea that this archetype existed.)

Echo.

Serial Experiments Lain (the greatest work of fiction ever made) came out in 1998, a few years after Neon Genesis Evangelion.  Its protagonist, Lain Iwakura, has a lot in common with Rei, though the creators of the series claim that they hadn’t seen Neon Genesis Evangelion when they first began working on the series. Serial Experiments Lain is my biggest obsession, so when I found out about this, I became interested in Rei, and other characters like her. The similarities between Lain and Rei are undeniable, but there are differences, too. While both have extreme problems with social interaction, Lain’s comes more from shyness, while with Rei it appears to stem from her upbringing. I see Lain as being what someone like Rei would be in real life, though she also has that same sense of otherness about her. Both have mysterious origins, and both blur the lines separating the artificial and the human.

Lain of the Wired.

Lain attempts to reach out to the viewers.

Despera, a kind of thematic prequel to Serial Experiments Lain, is supposed to be released sometime in the future, though sadly the director, Ryutaru Nakamura, died of cancer. Luckily, they plan on continuing it with a new director, though it will not be the same without him. With a protagonist who, like Lain, has a strange aptitude for computers, it will be interesting to see what sort of character Ain will be like.

Yoshitoshi ABe’s artwork is wonderful.

Rei was not the first socially inept, robotic girl to be featured in anime, anyway. Tokiko, from Key the Metal Idol, came before both Rei and Lain, and it’s difficult to imagine that she didn’t have an influence on either character. The show, with its experimental nature, paved the way for both series to follow. While I didn’t think it was as good as either of them, it’s still interesting watch, especially if you like nineties Science Fiction anime.

Even before Key the Metal Idol, characters of a similar nature existed in anime. Ami Mizuno from Sailor Moon is a quiet girl with blue hair, and Naoko Takeuchi had even planned for her to be a cyborg at first. Like the Zashiki Warashi from CLAMP’s xxxHolic, Ami shows that it’s possible to have a shy character who isn’t extremely troubled or dysfunctional.

Ami Mizuno.

The Zashiki Warashi.

Interestingly, Rei Ayanami was named after another Sailor Moon character, Rei Hino, in an attempt to convince Kunihiko Ikuhara, a friend of Hideaki Anno, to work on Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ikuhara’s own series, Revolutionary Girl Utena (which is often seen as the shojo counterpart to Neon Genesis Evangelion, a shonen anime), has two characters who resemble Rei: Anthy Himeymiya and Miki Kaoru (who is male). So far though, I’ve only seen two episodes of Revolutionary Girl Utena, so I still don’t know how far their similarities go.

Anthy Himeymiya.

Miki Kaoru.

While I do love this character type, there is one thing about it that unsettles me. Though I did not know about it at first, I later learned that there are some people who sexualise this sort of character. While there’s nothing wrong with feeling attracted to fictional characters, turning them into sex objects is not a good thing. All it shows is that you don’t have any respect for the character, and it reflects how you see people in real life, too. (And it’s also really creepy.)

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

There are many different types and variations of waifs, so I thought I’d outline a few of them for you. Often these different types will overlap in most waifs. Usually in fiction though, the waif will fill one distinct role rather than a few. But in reality most people have many more sides to them than just one.

*The Innocent/Silent Waif

Very common. Often overlaps with the Dreamlike Waif (see below). These are either very young or appear to be very young. They are basically the original type of waif, with all of the others being variations on them. All waifs are small and slender in appearance, and have a look of innocence and mystery about them. An Innocent Waif is, as the name suggests, almost totally innocent about the world around them. Because of this, they do not talk very often. But waifs never talk much. Waifs are generally introverted or shy. As examples, I am going to use Lain from Serial Experiments Lain (though she overlaps with the Dreamlike Waif) and Echo from Pandora Hearts (she’s a good example, even if she doesn’t meet all the criteria). Please note that despite their innocence, waifs can be suitably badass if necessary.

Echo has the cutest sneeze.Don’t you want to hug her?

 

*The Dreamlike Waif

This is basically the same as above, only more strange and eccentric. Really, the Dreamlike Waif is even more Waifish than the Innocent Waif because of their slightly otherworldly feel. May have Faerie blood. But it’s not totally necessary. Often these types of waif fit the Strange Girl archetype too. They often can stare into space for a good while without saying anything. This may unnerve the people they’re with (interestingly, there’s usually only one waif per group of friends). The best example here would have to be Luna.

*The Creepy Waif

This is the kind that seems to have all the youthful innocence of the other waifs…except something is wrong. There is something very, very wrong with this child. A sort of subverted innocence about them, like a warped music box. Maybe it’s their deathly pallour, or their sombre expressions, or that they just act too serious for their age. It doesn’t help that they’re often found wandering around graveyards, or in orphanages. Or that they always come up from behind you without any warning.

*The Serious Waif

These are like the creepy waif, minus the aura of evil they emanate. The Serious Waif is someone very young who acts exactly like an adult. They can often seem more mature than their elders for this reason. Not prone to frivolity or smiling. There are two main reactions to this. Either you’ll respect them for this, or just find it too cute to resist patting them on the head.

*The Pissed-Off Waif

These are very closely related to the Serious Waif, except with worse tempers. These are the true badasses of the waif world. They’re not going to take any crap from anybody and if you do manage to aggravate them, you’re going to pay. Daria counts as one of these, though she can resemble a Serious Waif a good lot of the time also.

But I think we all know who the absolute codifier of this character type is: Lisbeth Salander. A skilled hacker with a traumatic past, mental problems and who looks barely legal, persecuted and hounded by practically everyone and yet she still manages to beat every single psycho misogynist she encounters. She beats up rapists with golf clubs! How cool is that? Instant badass. She’s also managed to fight off thugs twice her size. So therefore Lisbeth is the ultimate Pissed-Off Waif.

So those are all the waif types I can think of. I might do a poll soon and see which waif is YOUR favourite. Which waif do you think am I? I always love to get comments.

Read Full Post »

So here is another top ten list. This includes everything from books to movies to songs. There can be just a small inspiration to a work riddled with references. These works are rated both on quality and on how strong their connections are to the Alice books.

10: Night of the Jabberwock. This was a great book, a really entertaining and offbeat mystery novel. It reminded me of Richard Brautigan’s Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye 1942 Novel. Our main character works for the local newspaper in a small town where nothing much happens. He wishes for a big story but gets more than he bargains for in one long, crazy night when he meets a strange man named Yehudi Smith who claims he can bring him through the other side of the looking-glass. Some time later, Smith is dead and our hero finds himself trying to clear his name for a crime he didn’t commit.

The claws that snatch! The jaws that bite!

9: American McGee’s Alice. This is a bit of a cheat since I’ve never played the game, but I know enough of the plot to really, really like it. If I was a videogame person, I definitely would have. This was really the first “dark and twisted Alice” story, where Alice is in an insane asylum after the deaths of her parents and ends up in a macabre version of Wonderland, twisted by her insanity. It manages to be both dark and bloody yet still tearjerking and touching.

Fairytale becomes nightmare...imagination becomes madness...toys become weapons...friend becomes foe...and time is running out.

8: Serial Experiments Lain. The reason it is so low is that I haven’t come to many Alice references yet. I’ve only finished watching episode five. Yet they are connected (one character is even named after Alice) and you do see similarities in their themes, as well as both of them being very surreal and dreamlike.

Close the world, Open the nExt

7: I am the Walrus. This is a Beatles song written by John Lennon. An old teacher of his who he hated was using his song lyrics in her class and havcing her students interpret them. So he made a song that didn’t mean anything, as a take that to those who over-analyse these things. The Walrus of the title is obviously from the poem The Walrus and the Carpenter, though Lennon later realised that the Carpenter was the hero of the poem, not the Walrus (but that “I am the Carpenter” wouldn’t have sounded as good).

6: Alice in Sunderland, a graphic novel by Bryan Talbot. A man goes to see a performance at the Empire theatre. A man in a rabbit mask comes onto the stage and attempts to recite Shakespeare, only to forget them ghalfway through. So then he ends up in conversation with his one-man audience, which turns into him telling him the stories of Lewis Carroll, Sunderland itself, and so many other things which flow from topic to topic and manage to all be connected, fitting together perfectly like a jigsaw. The art and layout is also superb.

5: Jan Svankmajer’s Alice. Okay, this is another big cheat, since I have yet to see the full thing, only small bits of it. But when I find it I shall eagerly watch it. I mentioned this in my last post too (which was another top ten list) so you should have a fair idea of why I like it. The creepy stop-motion and the unnerving surrealism combines to make this a must-see for me.

What a svanker.

4: The Streets Fell into my Window. This is a song by the ban The Red Paintings. It is amzing and their best song. Sadly, while they have the music video made, they have yet to release it. Which is a shame, because after listening to the song I can just imagine how incredible it would be.

3: Automated Alice, by Jeff Noon. Technically, I include all of Noon’s books here, but since Automated Alice is a direct sequel to the books, it gets the most attention here. This was the first of his I read and is about Alice following her aunt’s parrot through the clock’s workings into a future version of Manchester- the same setting for his other novels, such as Vurt and Pollen. It is a surreal and strange adventure, with lots of word and logic play, just like the original. The title refers to Celia, Alice’s cybernetic twin. Vurt also is very similar to Alice and references it many times; the whole story is similar to the idea of the Red King from Through the Looking-Glass.

2: Malice in Wonderland. I loved this movie. It was made in 2009, transporting Alice into a grim and gritty modern-day world. Alice is hit by a cab driven by a time-obsessed man named Whitie and loses her memory. He takes her along with him on a bizarre and strange journey through the criminal underworld. The Mad Hatter owns a brothel (and accuses Alice later of “stealing her tarts”), Tweedledum and Tweedledee are bouncers and so on. What I liked about this movie was how faithful it was to the books, including a lot of characters usually overlooked as well as including both the themes of identity and time. What is also interesting is how strange this film can get. You’d expect something like this to be firmly grounded in reality, but it isn’t.

1: Pandora Hearts. This is a beautifully-drawn manga with a Victorian feel that is very heavily based on the Alice books. Nothing is left out, and I mean nothing. The plot takes the form of a complex, tightly plotted mystery, that keeps you guessing and ends on a cliffhanger with each chapter. Even I have trouble keeping up with all that’s going on. My favourite characters are Break and Echo. Remember to stay tuned for the next part of my ongoing analysis of the series, where I point out all the connection between it and Alice in Wonderland.

"Alice is like the sun to me..."

 

Stay tuned for a future post where I list the five WORST Alice-inspired works. I am not looking forward to it. You should be grateful.

Read Full Post »

Hee hee hee! Hello boys and girls, I have such a lovely treat in store for you today. Since I just love music boxes and nursery rhymes I thought I’d do a post on it, showing you my top ten ones in fiction. Since these are mostly from films and anime, I won’t have actually seen all the shows/movies they come from- I’ll just have listened to them over and over again. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let us begin…

10) Road Kamelot’s song from D.Gray-Man. Road Kamelot is the creepy yet cute gothic lolita girl who, along with the rest of the Noah family, wants to destroy humanity and kill God. I’m only a casual fan of D.Gray-Man (not serious enough for my tastes) so I haven’t actually read the chapter/seen the episide it appears in. Therefore, there may be spoilers in the video below. The reason I put this song so low is that it really is just creepy for the sake of being creepy. Other songs on this list unnerve people because of the distorted childhood memories they represent; this is just a creepy little tune.

9) Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches, by Emilie Autumn. No, it doesn’t appear in a work of fiction, but this list is hard!

8) The Clocktower OST from the Epic Mickey game. I’m not a Disney fan (in fact I hate it) but this game actually looks good, at least from a plot and art perspective (I’m not a videogame person). Epic Mickey is to Disney what American McGee is to Alice. I like the way it takes Mickey back to Disney’s classic, darker era. May I present to you a twisted version of It’s a Small World:

7) I’m Not Edible, from the American McGee’s Alice soundtrack. A lot of the music on the soundtrack has music box elements, but this one is just pure clockwork creepiness. Bonus points for it being a twisted version of the classic song My Grandfather’s Clock.

6) Tom the Piper’s Son, from the Kuroshitsuji. After reading the excellent Circus story arc, I can never sing or hear this without feeling a little bit sad. Of course, since I can’t actually hear the song, I have to put it low on the list.

5)The Silent Hill 2 music box theme. I’m not a videogame person. I do not play these games at all in any way. I have no interest in videogames. I just heard this tune and I really liked it.

 4)Davy Jones’ theme from Pirates of the Caribbean. This is a pretty touching melody, which contrasts with the ominous organ music version that is also part of his theme. You may not like any of the follow-up Pirates movies and I won’t blame you there but you at least have to admit, this theme is almost worth it.

3)The music box from Phantom of the Opera. Sad and touching, even if you haven’t read the book or seen the musical.

2) Lilium, from Elfen Lied. Lilium the song was actually written before Elfen Lied but was used for its opening. It is breathtaking in itself but when made into a music box, it could just break your heart.

1) Lacie, from Pandora Hearts. How could I not choose this? It is the most soothing, nostalgic melody I have ever heard, coupled with the fact that it comes from a manga very heavily based on Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking-Glass.

Now, as you might have noticed, the tunes started out very dark but got lighter as the list went on. I think this is because while creepy songs are all well and good, the more melancholy nostalgic ones have more depth and meaning. So those are mine. What are yours?

Read Full Post »

Okay, so basically what I do with these analyses is give a quick summary of the plot and also list the many connection to Alice in Wonderland this manga has. And I’d like to apolagise for any references I do happen to miss. But I try my best and since I do know my Lewis Carroll, you can trust me.

Once upon a time there were three little girls who lived down a well. Their names were Elsie, Lacie and Tillie...

*Okay, so what happened last time was that Cheshire was killed by Break, who stole one of Alice’s memories (in the form of a bell around his neck) from him. Break wants the memories because he also needs to discover what happened 100 years ago. Sharon’s chain Eques (based on the Unicorn) comes and brings Oz and Alice back to their dimension, but seperates them from Break and Gilbert. They end up in the middle of a conference of the leaders of Pandora, with Alice still in her B-Rabbit form. Break and Gilbert escape Cheshire’s dimension too, only for Break to find that Sharon had been kidnapped by Vincent, who had left his room strewn with black rose petals and a black chesspiece. The chess and roses symbolism are obviously linked to the Alice books.

*Anyway, Vincent poisoned Sharon, threatening to not give the antidote unless Break destroys the memory from 100 years ago. Vincent drops the antidote anyway, but Echo catches it (I love you Echo!). Sharon is saved. Now, the relationship between Break and Vincent is interesting. Break is based on the Hatter, while Vincent is based on the Dormouse. In the books, the Hatter attempted to stuff the Dormouse into a teapot and his behaviour towards it could generally be seen as antagonistic. Perhaps their enmity in PH echoes this.

*Oz is possessed by Jack, who tells all those assembled that Glen Baskerville shall try to cause to Tragedy of Sablier to occur again. Reim then steps in to say that this boy is Oz Vessalius, who caused the big clock thingy’s hand in the mansion to move once again ten years ago. See how time is an important element in both Pandora Hearts and the Alice books? Oz then faints.

*Oz wakes up and has tea with Break, who asks what he saw in Cheshire’s Dimension. Oz tells him about Vincent being there. The chapter ends with Vincent meeting with…THE BASKERVILLES!!!

*Break explains how he rescued Sharon from Vincent to Oz and Reim as they go to visit her in her room. She angrily hits Break with a pillow for a bit, angry with him for throwing away his chance of discovering what happened in the past. She then cries and Break comforts her. Reim and Oz leave, and Reim reveals to Oz that Break was originally a very bitter person before Shelly helped reform him. Sharon had found him covered in blood one day when she was little and eventually grew to look at him as an older brother. In this chapter, Break is referred to as a knight a couple of times, protecting the one he cares for. This is obviously a reference to the White Knight from Through the Looking-Glass, especially when the chesspiece left in his room by Vincent was a black knight. It also turns out that the Will of the Abyss took Break’s eye and gave it to Cheshire. Now, Break’s eyes are red, and in Pandora Hearts red eyes are a sign of danger or evil. Could this be a reference to the White Rabbit’s pink eyes?

*Oh, and also, Reim is revealed to be Xerxes’ friend. It’s pretty obvious he’s the March Hare, but more on that later.

His second name is the French word for "glasses".

*In the next chapter, Uncle Oscar has Alice, Oz and Gil break into Lutwidge Academy with him to meet Oz’s sister Ada, who sent him a letter saying she has fallen in love. Lutwidge was the middle name of Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll.

*They get to meet Ada. Oz then hears someone playing a piano version of the melody from his pocket watch. Ada tells him it might have been Elliot and Leo. He goes to the library to look for them. He meets Elliot, who spoils a book for him. Oz steals something of Elliot’s and runs away, but is kidnapped by Lotti. Now, I’ve already done a post on Lotti, so I don’t have to list off her Alice in Wonderland connections again. Yay! Lotti then molests Oz a bit (and thus scares Oz, me and all other little blond boys everywhere), but Elliot finds him and comes to the rescue.

*Elliot gives out to Oz about his self-sacrificing ways in a chapter called The Pool of Tears. Now THIS is a very important connection, so allow me to talk a bit about Oz’s character. You see, in AiW, Alice almost drowns in a pool of her own tears, a pool made thanks to her own self-indulgent state. So you see, the Pool of Tears is a metaphor for how Oz’s actions only cause those around him to suffer. The reason Oz is like this is thanks to his father’s rejection of him, which also caused him to develop a “whatever happens, happens” mentality, accepting all the strange events that come his way. This is also related to Alice from the books, who despite being in a bizarre dreamworld full of unsympathetic characters, took everything calmly in her stride.

*The Baskervilles catch up with them and Lotti’s chain Leon attacks. Leon is based on the Lion from the poem “The Lion and the Unicorn” so I am expecting a battle between her chain and Sharon’s sometime in the future. Lotti wants to talk to Jack, who suddenly takes over Oz’s body and summons the blood-stained black rabbit. And thus endeth the sixth volume of PH!

Other thoughts: Is Elliot’s servant Leo named after Prince Leopold, the man who Alice Liddell was once in love with? And sometimes the the Abyss and wherever Jack is when he isn’t possessing Oz kind of looks like some shallow pool of water- another pool of tears reference perhaps?

Read Full Post »

Did you know that a Pandora Hearts NOVEL is coming out soon? It is called Pandora Hearts: Caucus Race, and focuses on fairytales about the four dukedoms. It is illustrated by Jun Mochizuki, and will even feature a special Pandora Hearts one-shot comic.

It shall be released on the same date as volume 14 of the manga.

Elliot looks badass. Lily looks cute. Fang looks like...Fang.

Anyway, I am very excited. Can’t wait until it comes out in English. But I expect it shall be AGES until it comes out in Ireland, unfortunately.

Now onto more serious matters.

*So, they return and go out to buy some food after Break explains a bit about the Abyss to them. They learn that Oz has some sort of power over the Abyss or something. Anyway, Oz gets seperated from Gil and Alice and meets this little boy named Philippe.

His mother is dead and his father is a poverty-stricken mass murderer. Yet he's still happy.

We’ll come back to him later. Much later. Anyway, back at Pandora, it turns out that Grim’s contractor, a possible suspect for the HEADHUNTER (we’ll come to that later also) has escaped.

*Oz encounters Echo (see Philippe and Headhunter) who tries to apprehend Philippe, who she believes is Grim’s contractor. Only it isn’t. It’s his FATHER.

I love you Echo.

*Anyway, the thing about Grim is that it resembles a caterpillar with a giant claw coming out of its arse. A monstrous version of the hookah-smoking Caterpillar mayhaps? But never fear, there are more Caterpillar references yet to come.

Hey, how's it goin'?

*Anyway, Alice fights Grim. Alice nearly kills it. Oz, who promised to find Philippe’s father for him, tells her to stop. She doesn’t listen. Then, the curtain guy appears to Oz and tells him he has the power to stop her. Oz stops her. But then, a mysterious stranger appears and kills him anyway.

Vincent Nightray. I hate his guts.

*Above is the mysterious father-killer. He is Vincent. His chain is Yamane, a giant Dormouse. Does that seem familiar to anybody?

Wow Vincent, a Dormouse. How THREATENING.

*Later on, they all go home. It turns out that Break hates Vincent too. Yay!(!) Anyway, Gilbert reveals that Vincent is his brother. 10 years ago, Break approached Gil after Oz was banished into the Abyss, telling him that Vincent had been searching for his long-lost brother and that the Nightray family wished to adopt him.

*Gilbert accepts after learning that agreeing to this could help him bring Oz back, and moves into the Nightray mansion. Vincent, who has the lovely habit of cutting up dolls, tells Gilbert about the Doors leading to the Abyss, four of which are possessed  by the dukedoms that rule the land. Once again, a reference to the doors. These doors are very important as the story progresses, as the Baskervilles wish to make use of them.

What lurks beyond the door that leads to the Abyss...

Anyway, that’s all for now. Sorry there weren’t that many Alice references this time, but I promise there’ll be more to come.

Read Full Post »

Raven may be an idiot, but he definitely looks badass.

*So anyway, Oz and Alice are out of the Abyss…and they now find themselves face-to-face with agents of Pandora!(!) They are: Xerxes Break (and Emily), Sharon and the mysterious Raven, the latter named for his Chain, which is based on the monstrous crow from the poem Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Break wants Oz and Alice to work for Pandora as his subordinates. Since this could give Alice a chance to find her memories, she obliges.

*Suddenly, a Chain arrives!(!) In the manga, it was just a Trump, but in the anime it resembled one of the hedgehogs from the Queen’s Croquet Game.

The scary hedgehog.

*Anyway, Alice beats the shit out of the hedgehog (rabbit vs hedgehog!). Then, Oz picks up the pocketwatch, to find it contains one of Alice’s memories!(!) Suddenly, a mysterious man hidden behind a curtain (c’est moi?) appears to Oz, and tells him that he must help Alice regain her memories.

"In there is the answer which you seek."

Now, this is not an L.Frank Baum reference. You see, after Alice fell down the rabbit-hole, she encountered a tiny door behind a curtain, which she was too large to get through. So there.

*Break sends Oz, Alice and Raven to track down a contractor who’s been murdering people. While staying in a hotel, Raven reveals to Oz that he has a clock-shaped incuse on his chest, and that when the hand turns 360 degrees he shall be dragged down to the lowest depths of the Abyss. Once again,the references to clocks and time.

This would make an excellent tattoo.

*They encounter the contractor…whose time is up on this earth!(!) Dun dun dun!(!)

People make a Contract to change the past...

...but in the end the cannot escape their fate.

Then, they decide to revisit the place where Oz’sceremony had been held. Only to find that Zwei is already there, waiting for them. Zwei uses Doldum to take control of Raven and tries to use him to beat the crap out of Oz. Then, Zwei reveals ten years have passed since Ozs was banished into the Abyss. See how the Abyss warps time?

*Anyway, Zwei then reveals Raven to be Gil and tries to get him to kill Oz. But Gilbert is too loyal and shoots Zwei instead. She escapes. Notice that Gilbert has a bit of an enmity (did I spell that correct?) with Zwei, just like the Crow in the poem attacked the two Tweedle brothers.

*Now, if Gilbert has aged, why hasn’t Sharon? Well, you see, unlike Contractors like Oz, members of Pandora make Contracts known as Legal Contracts, where an object is used to make the Seal on instead of on the person’s body. As a side effect of this, their bodies do not age. Time has stopped. Just like the March Hare’s Tea-Party!(!)

*As it is revealed later on, Sharon’s Chain is a black unicorn called Eques, based on the Unicorn from Through the looking-Glass.

*Anyway, to wrap things up, they encounter the Intention of the Abyss, who assumes the form of a White rabbit doll with bloodstained eyes. Oz shoots it in the head, bang you’re dead.

Aww...

Another part coming soon.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »