The official Twitter account for Pandora Hearts has revealed a special illustration from the creator Jun Mochizuki as part of the series’ 15th anniversary celebration. It features Oz Vessalius and the other characters in celebratory costumes, and you can see the illustration below:
They also announced the dates for the “Pandora Hearts 15th Anniversary” museum and cafe. The museum will be held from April 8th to 24th at the Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building 7F PARCO FACTORY in Tokyo, and from May 13th to 29th at Namba Marui 5th floor in Osaka. The exhibition will also travel to Nagoya and Fukuoka, and it will have free admission in all venues.
As for the cafe, it will be held at the motto cafe Ikebukuro in Tokyo from April 20 to July 25. Advance reservation is required to enter. You can see more details on the special websites for both the museum and cafe.
The special illustration and additional information for the museum/cafe came after a series of countdown tweets via the Pandora Hearts official Twitter. You can see the compilation of the images leading up to today below:
Pandora Hearts is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki (also the creator of the currently ongoing The Case Study of Vanitas). It ran in Square Enix’s Monthly GFantasy magazine from May 2006 to March 2015, and was compiled into 24 volumes. Yen Press is publishing the manga in English, and they describe the story:
The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius’s coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. He is thrown into an eternal, inescapable prison known as the Abyss from which there is no escape. There, he meets a young girl named Alice, who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, do they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or is there some shred of hope for him to grasp on to?
It also received a 25-episode anime adaptation by studio Xebec which ran from April 2009 to September 2009,. It covered up to chapter 33 of the manga, but it also had several differences. You can watch it on both Funimation and Crunchyroll.
The special illustration for 15th anniversary of Pandora Hearts is a nice reminder for the fans of the franchise. The manga ran for over 5 years after the original anime, and the incredible story explained many things anime-only fans had no chance to experience, so we can only hope we see it animated in the future.
Source: Official Twitter & Website, Comic Natalie
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