Lately, a lot of “headless” issues I’m encountering are all female for some reason. o.O;
lol, damn, this chapter sparked my interest for PH back to life again. Though I’m a little way off from doing that critical analysis I promised due to this heap of homework
that I refuse to touch until Sunday night, this was enough to motivate me to go back to writing about manga chapters. I’m pretty much going to keep them short (as in “Xiao” short, aha~ |D) as I can, trying to focus on the major points and all, so I can balance everything out but consider it small steps back to the thorough long ones.
Whether that’s a good or bad thing, you decide. haha~
Ok, anyways, yea, anything I’m giving my thoughts on is mostly restricted to this chapter, which works out nicely since it’s only some info revelation and character development. Other things like theories might be seeped in a little but we’ll save that for another day. ^^
And OH YEA, just curious. Anyone going to watch Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” with Johnny Depp? 8D
All scans credit to TAB Scanlations
So yea, now that the headhunter has broken the second seal, almost everything has gone into a state of mass don’t-get-a-crap-what’s happening. My mind is still blurry on the details since I’ve only read the chapters casually up till now and my memory isn’t really good either but exactly what chapter did they actually confirm to us that the seals were the ones binding Glen? |S
Too bad they didn’t delve into any more of that and switched back to Vincent’s task of finding those keys…which is almost like the HP Horcruxes all over again for me (damn you, LGB, you make me compare everything PH to HP now! xDD;;). Except that…well, the people who are holding them are still alive. lol, I love how Vincent and every other character is intimidated by the awesome duchess granny that is Cheryl. I love Cheryl-obaasama! <333
Hmm, well, he has the smarts to go for the easiest target first and that's the Vessalius household though I doubt that even if he threatens Oscar into doing that much to get the key from Zai Vessalius, it won't produce any results…wait, does Vincent even know that Zai is working with the Baskervilles? Ohhh… o.O
Ah, short break of from the point here now that the topic has come up, whatever happened to Echo/Zwei? She's not present, me sees. I hope she's not dead. Not really caring if Zwei dies but I don't want Echo to die! Echo~…doko iru no? ;_______;
Didn’t know Fang was so loli-friendly either. lol xD;
Back to the main point, Vincent proceeds to practically smear his butter-smutty words all over Ada in their little opera booth and ugh, as much as I find him such an atrocious, disgusting son of a bitch when he does this, I can’t bring myself to hate Vincent…or anyone else in this entire damn manga for that matter. Really, they all keep it interesting so I can’t. xD;
I feel really bad for Ada, though. I mean, yea, I totally understand Vincent’s loathing for the women who always flaunted around him and Gil just because they belonged to the Nightray family but Ada isn’t like that. Unless there’s a WTF twist Mochizuki-sensei is planning on pulling somewhere around the corner, she’s practically innocent to a
rather uncomfortable fault. Not even Ada in particular, any woman having her feelings played so badly like this is just depressing to watch.
But it’s not like Vincent really cares about anyone other than Gil and even his love for his brother is twisted.
I’m not going to rule out that she should be on guard more, though, especially since she knows that Oz is constantly being targeted so that in turn, makes her a target as well. Even if it’s Gil’s brother, she should be cautious and less naive about who she interacts with. But since she’s so “pure” as Vincent repeatedly describes her, chances of that happening are slim. :/
But wow, was I surprised a bit when she showed Vince the “real” her…
Scared the shit out of me, I swear. (>A< ;;)
LOL, Vince is like "eh?" xDDD
When I clicked to this page, I really, really thought that "OMG! Ada couldn't possibly be the Headhunter, could she?!" but that was in a rush of excitement before I realized it couldn't be. Unless she was beheading people when she was 5 years old or something (lol, now that’s a twist).
Still, anything can happen so not ruling out that little theory of mines yet, even if it doesn’t seem so plausible. Cuz I just love it when the villain is someone you least expected it to be. Then again, if Ada really was the headhunter, that’d be so obvious as well but with her air-headed personality, I’d still get a good laugh at everyone being PWN!ed by the unexpectedness. xD;
In the meantime, I so enjoyed her little fangirling moment here along with Vincent’s continued muted “DA HELL did I get myself into?!” Lawl~, oh Vince, what are you talking about? You deserve to be her voodoo doll. Hahaha >xD
But really, it’s nice to see she’s not just some proper high-class lady but a normal girl with a literal
closet basement fetish. Now I would like to see the rest of the cast’s reaction to this as well. Haha
Moving along, her hobby of occult was founded while she was trying to look for a way to help her brother after learning that he fell into the Abyss and nobody would tell her anything (poor Ada-chan). And in this one small panel, it made me remember what I really liked about her. She’s an adorable, dedicated imouto, even though she’s now physically older than him but that never changed her admiration for Oz one bit. Which is so cute. <3
I have to admit, if it weren't for their touching reunion, I don't think I would've liked time-skip!Ada much. I was too used to chibi!Ada and then suddenly you drop her all grown up and stacked up on me? On top of that, she went from cute to moe blob as well? DNW.
I’m still not pleased with how Mochizuki handled her in that aspect but it can be easily ignored so it’s not much of a problem, I suppose.
And I guess I’m one of those few ones who actually likes how sweet and innocent she is? I mean her natural charm, not the moe fodder. Not sure how much she’s hated by the fandom, but I heard there are some rabid and non-rabid fans alike who get a kick out of bashing her. Some for silly shipping reasons because “she gets between Oz and Alice” which is utterly ridiculous. Ada doesn’t even show up that much and she already had someone she liked. Also, do these fans really need to be reminded that she’s Oz’s sister? Oi… D/
On the ones that actually make sense, I do agree that she is one of the weaker characters but given that she’s a secondary role, any development she could get is minimum. Nonetheless, she does provide significant support for Oz and, as it might turn out, for Vincent as well. If it weren’t for her telling Oz that she really missed him all those years he was trapped in the Abyss, then Oz’s realization over how selfish he was acting towards those who cared for him would really have been one person short of snapping him out of his funk. God knows the poor kid needs all the love from his family could get, especially since the father he wanted so much to please hates him so and Ada gives that to him unconditionally.
That’s all I have to say on that.
As for Vincent…
Well, she certainly caused him to make a face we’ve never seen from him before so that’s gotta be something. xD
Tbh, I don’t support them as a couple even if Vincent were to reform in the future. It’s just not possible in my eyes for him in the personal sense. The one who can actually change him the most is Gil, who seems to have finally racked up the common sense that he’s also at fault for Vincent’s dangerous behavior.
However, if he does choose to continue pursuing Ada for the purpose of getting the Vessalius’s key, I think he’ll slowly begin to realize how wrong he is for messing with her…given that this talk Gil plans to have with him works. Vincent may be twisted but he still has a conscience; he just doesn’t make use of it. If he does, though, it will be interesting to see how he views Ada from that perspective instead of one where he despises the world and mistrusts everyone.
What’s more is now that Ada revealed her hobby to him, it’s made more clear that she’s not socializing with him because of status or anything of the like. The key thing is that she (mistakenly) thought “they shared an interest” and therefore, is treating him like a normal person, as opposed to those who scorned him the past for his eyes and those who flatter their way up to him in the present because of his adopted last name.
So yea, looks like Ada will continue to be a development tool for other characters at the most but that’s still some use. I’m still open to the possibility of something tragic happening to her, though. Like what will happen if Oz and the gang found out about her and Vincent a little too late. It’s kind of scary to think and as much I hate to say it, if that does happen, it will provide for some very nice build-up for a climax. But still too early to tell. For now, all I expect from her is to send Vincent on a guilt trip with that sincere innocence of hers.
Easier said then done, though. Ugh, that face. I want to take that face and smush and bash it into mashed potatoes with a hammer and put some gravy on it! >:(
At least I’m assured that Ada won’t make his task an easy one to accomplish. How do you seduce a woman with occult anyway? I’m really curious to know. lolol XD;
Yea, you do that, Gil.
A nice, long productive talk. >x/
I’m glad to see Gil finally maturing. It took him this long and it was frustrating but he’s finally becoming the adult he should be. I’m pretty sure it was because his obsession over Oz that kept him from doing so along with 10 long years of…well, not being able to get over the guilt of doing his duty as a loyal servant but he’s coming along. Slowly but surely.
Alright, let’s get down some more srs business now. *clapclap*
Sharon (Shalon, whatever floats your boat) more than effectively stole this chapter from everyone for me. And let’s see how much stuff we went through in 43 pages:
1) Baskerville get-together with no pizza <– Why everyone was cranky. :P
2) Ada taking Vincent home and showing us that pretty collection of hers.
3) Some brotherly small talk between Gil and Vince.
4) Sharon’s chat with her grandma.
5) Break being an adorable worrywart.
6) Oz being OMG!Not Oz?! o.O;;;
…Damn, did I miss something? That is a hella alot for one friggin’ chapter, peoples!
Haha, alright, so I am biased in my love for Sharon but there isn’t a doubt that her part was the most progressive out of the rest.
I…have always admired Sharon from the beginning. It started out as a small fascination because she was such a lovely Oujo-sama and escalated into something more every time she made an appearance. She wasn’t just all prim and decked-out dresses, sipping tea and snacking on little cakes. She had her Rainsworth pride and her confidence as Eques’s contractor.
But what was really the turning point of it all was when she was taken captive and poisoned by Vincent to make Break destroy that vital clue to the past he struggled to take from Cheshire. You’d think it would fall into one of those damsel-in-distress traps but noooo…despite NOT being alright, she told Break not to let all his efforts go to waste for her because it was something he sought for a very long time.
And when he prioritized her life over that, augh, that must have been the greatest marking moment of this series for me. She slapped him up good with her harisen, yelled at him, became angry at her weakness, went so out of character from the normal Sharon we’re so used to seeing…and then broke down at the frustration of not being able to help her Xerx-nii. And then hugged him! She hugged him! And he hugged her back! <– Made me a SharonxBreak fan in heartbeat. x333
WHO THE HELL DIDN'T “D’AWWWWW” AT THAT PART, I WILL SMACK YOU UP GOOD! >83
*cough* But yes, Sharon was one surprise after another, all nicely and evenly spread out. I’m confident that she has surpassed Alice in terms of character development and second to her is probably Echo. And the conversation she has with Cheryl here completely sealed that thought.
While Alice is the main female protagonist, she hasn’t had a good self-reflecting scene since…the incident with Cheshire, which was quite long ago already. From time to time, she breaks out some badass Black Rabbit attacks, says a few impressive words here and there, and can be occasionally cute and funny as she becomes more open to others aside from Oz. But that’s just the thing, there’s not a lot coming from her other than that. She’s been very backseated lately, with brief Aha! moments surfacing up in the form of her scattered memories every now and then. Moreover, her reduced role is making her more…I dunno, less interesting in comparison to the other cast who take turns in the limelight, duking out with whatever they have to.
There’s a lack of conflict. And if there’s a lack of conflict, then there’s nothing to be fixed. I think that’s the temporary setback on her character right now even though I understand there’s not much you can do if her memory isn’t even fully recovered yet but still…
The fact that I’m not attached to her tsundere-ness like most people are makes it slightly worst since I’m tired of the generic tsundere. I’m tired of the lost-memory theme. It’s boring. I’m sorry, but it’s boring. I certainly don’t dislike Alice but there’s nothing I can like about her right now (except that she looked very cute when Gil patted her on the head last chapter).
Sharon, on the other hand, continues to grow with the more “battle experience” she’s gaining instead of sitting from a distance. The fact that she acknowledges her own weakness as a truth (not the truth but a truth) rather than self-pity is something to take into consideration. She’s got the refined taste of an adult but tends to, as Cheryl points out, rush things a bit because she’s in such a hurry to grow up. Which is understandable but the most important thing is that she realizes this herself, a sign that she is maturing. If you can’t see your own flaws, how are you going to know you need to resolve those problems, much less help others solve their problems?
All of this she knows very well but she walks away quite positively and takes her grandmother’s advice to heart. That’s what I call progressive.
I would like to delve into this more along with my thoughts on Alice cuz those are quite scattered, too, so not all of what I said might’ve been what I wanted to say but I’m getting really sleepy so will save this later for a future post.
Haha~ Break~, what are you doing hiding there?
He really is such a silly, cute dude when he worries over Sharon. <3
Ah, and here is the “she’s like my daughter/sister” argument which made me giggle. But lol, wth? I don’t know how Break sees Sharon as his “daughter”, that’s just weird. xD
In regards to shipping, this is my foremost couple for PH but canon seems to lean their relationship more towards that of sibling one. I don’t mind that at all cuz I find it cute that Sharon’s main objective is to help her Xerx-nii and he seems to have developed a bit of a sis-con towards her. If it turns into something more than that, it will be fine, too, cuz they’re not related! 8D
lol, but yea, I’m fine with how things are now. Also hoping that Break will tell her about his blindness soon, too, or she’ll go into another self-hate rage fit for not noticing and whip out that harisen again. ^^;
So anyways, we get some shocking unconfirmed secrets that Zai might have taken Oz away the night he was born to do something no one has a clue about. One of which could have been to switch the real baby with another one.
DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!
Actually, I was kinda disappointed with this turn of events cuz I’ve seen it done way too many times recently and the effect of “switched at birth” has ran dry. Whether the Oz we know is not who he’s supposed to be, that’s another story but the plot device isn’t particularly thrilling.
Nonetheless, it still raises a lot of questions. If it is true, could that explain why Zai hates the Oz we know so much? Because this Oz isn’t really his son? Then what about the real one? Where did he go?
I’m afraid for Oz when he finds out about this cuz the poor kid has gone through so much trauma already. He’s at his limit trying to figure out how to control his newfound power, what his relation is to Jack and Glen and so on that this would make the angst pile even more excessive.
STOP TRYING TO BE CLAMP!
But since Oz has had some good development and friends who are backing him up, I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine. This is a common formula. Have nakama, and you’ll come out A-OK.
All this tells us is that the manga is far way from ending and I hope March 18th comes out with a chapter as long as this one with more explanations.
K, k. I’m done for the day. Might sneak another brief post later but if not, Saturday. Ugh, sleep now. So tired. =w=