Jun Mochizuki (望月 淳 "もちづきじゅん", Mochizuki Jun), frequently shortened to "MochiJun" by Western fans, is a Japanese manga artist who began her professional career as a student. She is best known for the manga series Pandora Hearts which ran in GFantasy from 2006 to 2015 and running Gangan Joker manga series The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte). She is also the author of the one-shot manga Crimson-Shell, and illustrator of the Boukyaku no Haou Roland and Caucus Race novels.

In Japan, Pandora Hearts and The Case Study of Vanitas have been marketed in combination as "PanVani" (パンヴァニ, PanVani) to reflect the overlap in community for each.

Pandora Hearts

Jun-Cat, Jun Mochizuki's self insert.

Pandora Hearts (in Japanese, PandoraHearts) was the first major series to be written by Jun Mochizuki, beginning publication in 2006. It ran in Square Enix shounen magazine GFantasy (alongside titles like Black Butler and Durarara!!) for about nine years before ending in 2015. In 2009, it received an anime adaptation directed by Studio XEBEC. It was primarily a supernatural mystery series with dark fantasy elements, drawing on Gothic literature and Western fairy tales as a motif.

Considered a critical success (though never attaining wide reaching commercial popularity), Pandora Hearts was praised for its complex plot, strong character writing, and frequent subversion of the shounen genre. It received praise from such figures as Hiromu Arakawa, author of Fullmetal Alchemist.

The Case Study of Vanitas

The Case Study of Vanitas (in Japanese, ヴァニタスの手記"カルテ", Vanitas no Carte) was the second major series written by Jun Mochizuki, beginning publication almost immediately after Pandora Hearts's conclusion. It has been published in Square Enix shounen magazine Gangan Joker (alongside titles like Kakegurui and Akame ga Kill!) since its initial release. In 2021, an anime adaptation was announced for that summer, directed by Studio Bones. It is primarily an action-adventure series with steampunk and dark fantasy elements, drawing on Gothic literature and Western fairy tales as a motif.

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Trivia

  • She claimed to be 163cm (5'4") in the Guide Book Pandora Hearts 18.5: Evidence.
  • She was born in Kanagawa, Japan.
  • Her birth date is December 22nd.
  • She is a Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp.
  • She usually represents herself as a fat black cat with a pink mustache, called 淳きゃっと (Jun-Cat).
  • She is the youngest of four siblings.
  • She was friends with Cocoa Fujiwara, author of Inu x Boku SS, prior to Fujiwara's death.
  • She is friends with Yuki Kajiura, composer of anime like fate/Stay Night:Heaven's Feel and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
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