Mimi: Deadman Wonderland, the hype of spring season anime, really WOWED people with its dark, gritty atmosphere and creative, well-animated blood fights. Only, I couldn’t see what the huge fuss was about aside from the eye-candy. The premise is ridiculous, and attempts to treat it so seriously only make it look sillier. The character’s reactions to certain events boggled me in the beginning, such as how the public could easily believe that Ganta brutally murdered all of his classmates. The “Red Man” is obvious from the get-go. From there, much of the series just feels like a mindless, intense torture fest, as Ganta gets treated like a toy by the director and watches others suffer horribly. There also isn’t much going for the main characters; useless, weak Ganta and perky, dense Shiro found plenty of ways to annoy the heck out of me. This just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I’m not sure what it was that kept me going, but I was surprised to see the series suddenly get better instead of worse. In the second half, new characters are introduced that are far more likeable and interesting than Ganta and Shiro. I liked to see how the other deadmen used their branches of sin. What used to be a mere torture fest is now a decent story with an objective. It leaves off incomplete, with several characters unexplained, but I think that a sequel would be very interesting. I’d really like to know where things go from here.