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.
Relief (Grateful Dead)
Mimi: Well, I sure didn’t expect the last episode to spend time on fleshing out Genkaku’s background… And how Owl could still be breathing at the 20 minute marker, let alone making it to the final episode, I don’t know. But this is just screaming for a sequel! So many things are left unresolved. I have mixed feelings about it. I was afraid that it was going to stuff in too many things at once, but an incomplete ending is better than a rushed one in this case. Then again, these kinds of endings still bug me. The last time I experienced this feeling was when Berserk and Guin Saga ended at major cliffhangers. Not fun. >.<!! In the end, Deadman Wonderland did score well with me, simply by getting my grumpy self interested in it. Interested enough to want more.
Despair of GIG
Mimi: Kinda late for a training episode, isn’t it? I would have liked to see Ganta train with Crow earlier so he could have been more useful/stronger in the show. At least it gets interesting towards the end when Owl snaps. Nice animation and everything. Though to be honest, it just doesn’t feel like it’s ready to end…today. Every character needs more time. I can’t see the series resolving Toto’s mystery character, Shiro’s true identity, Makina’s agenda, the undertakers, and the resistance all in the last episode, unless the entire insane asylum blows up. BOOM!! In whatever way it decides to end, I actually wish that the anime could be longer to flesh out the newer characters, now that it has become this good (wow, never thought I’d say that!). I’m just expecting a rushed or a very incomplete ending….le sigh, why did I suddenly have to care~
Mimi: Yaaay Karako is back, Rokuro snaps, and Ganta is quite emo…for most of the episode. The best part is when Senji slices up some bad guys, but other than that, this is just build up to make the resistance stronger and to make Ganta more annoying than ever before. UUUURG! I nearly forgot all about Makina, and poor Owl… I thought he was a goner in the last episode, but this is even worse. D:
Mimi: Hmm. I found this episode to be both very entertaining and very frustrating. First, the entertainment: KILLER LOLI! As well as every little bit of Owl’s screen time… It’s a good thing that I had finished snacking before she sliced off chunks of Owl’s flesh and severed his arm. And despite the brutal torture, my hero still manages to pull the elevator switch for his allies so that they end up in the undertaker’s trap. Yay! Now for the frustrating parts: Ganta’s uselessness and Shiro’s ‘rescue’ plan. You can leave it to Ganta to sit on the ground peeing in his pants while his allies serve as meat-shields for him, and to the innocent/annoying personality of Shiro to screw up their entire plan. Ah well, I definitely want to see more of that mysterious Deadman, Toto. Well, not so mysterious anymore, since I spoiled myself not caring. He’s got…three episodes left to be cool. Gogogogo!
Oh yeah, as a quick notice, I’m going to make a double-post for Kaiji episodes 10 and 11. I didn’t have time to blog it earlier due to family stuff all weekend, and it’s getting close enough to next episode’s release. Not much to say about episode 10 anyhow.
Chains of Freedom (Scar Chain)
Mimi: Good episode! Even though it’s a bit late in the show, I’m really starting to like this. Or rather, this episode feels like the real beginning to Deadman Wonderland. I mean, Owl is the first character who really appeals to me; heck, I like all the new characters! The new direction with the prison break is also more interesting than the first half, despite feeling rushed. As for Rokuro, I don’t trust the guy, and I think he manipulated the video recording somehow to cover up what Ganta was trying to convince everyone. And if the torture wasn’t already bad enough, that painful acid scene at the end is the worst one yet, and poor Karako might be a goner. Well, I kinda hope not, because then that’d feel like a stupid death that’s impossible to draw on our emotions, and besides, I like her too.
If the anime is indeed speeding through the manga material to put together a sloppy conclusion, I won’t actually have any gripes about that this time because I never had high expectations for the show to begin with (er, after it started, anyway). I’m just glad that it’s finally getting somewhere and grabbing my interest, or else it would have continued to be a pain to watch and blog.
Original Sin (Wretched Egg)
Mimi: Okay, things are starting to get interesting now! While I wasn’t exactly thrilled to see Minatsuki still hanging around at first, she’s a lot better than she was in the previous episode. A few more characters are also introduced: a group of Deadmen called “Scar Chain” that oppose Deadman Wonderland and want to recruit Ganta, and Tamaki’s underling, Genkaku, who can nullify the Deadmen’s Branches of Sin. We have all of these different sides now with their own agenda, and I’m curious to see how everything will play out in five more episodes. And if there’s anybody I want to see suffer terribly at this point, it’s Tamaki. They’re picking on poor You a bit too much. D: