Jun Mochizuki Art Works: Pandora Hearts ~Odds and Ends~
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Available on animebooks, Amazon Japan, YesAsia and ebay
What I think:
This is Jun Mochizuki’s official art book for Pandora Hearts, with a bonus section for Crimson Shell, another one of her works. As seen in the image above, the book comes with a nice black slipcase. I love how it frames the book itself. Unfortunately, I discarded my slipcase because I find it inconvenient when I have to constantly pull the book out to read, and put it back in when I’m done. ~Odds and Ends~ is packed with beautifully drawn and colored images, including official cover art of volumes 1-10. There are also rough sketches and cute drawings of Pandora Hearts characters as chibis. Most of the artwork comes along with an ambiance page next to it. Some may feel like this is a waste of space. I don’t have too much of a problem with it. The only complaint I have is that the binding is terrible. It’s a shame since the art is amazing. I handle my books carefully, but within days of getting ~Odds and Ends~, some pages have already started to fall out. Please take note of this and handle your copy with a lot of care. That aside, this is well worth the money and wait. Don’t miss out on this if you’re a fan of Pandora Hearts or Jun Mochizuki’s art style. I would love to give it all 4 Mickey paws, but I’ll have to deduce it by a half only because of the bad binding.
This book is somewhat rare and expensive. The cheapest price I managed to find was $35 on YesAsia. Usually it’s around $40-$50. Get it before it’s gone!
My rating: 3 ½ Mickey paws
An example of how the manga cover art is displayed in ~Odds and Ends~
-Sigh…- As you can see, be careful with handling this book. Fingerprints easily show up on the pages, and the binding is delicate. So far I have 3 sheets loose, and I’m simply trying to keep them tucked inside the book.
Ambiance pages, such as the page on the right, are frequent in this book.
Oz, Gilbert and the others being cute.
My favorite pages. I really do love the art style.