I have a love/hate for Deadman Wonderland. I’ve watched it all season and even read the first couple manga, but I dislike as many characters and plot developments as those I enjoy. I won’t be reviewing or summarizing any episodes that aired after ThatOtherGuy dropped this, instead I’ll just be reviewing from this episode forward.
Straight off of last week’s cliffhanger Ganta is about to be blasted by a Steve Vai like character, but is saved by Shiro once again, pulling off her full Ace Man dismount. There’s a meet and greet at Scar Chain’s (the rebels) secret base, followed by a boring slide show.
They explain about the Undertakers, super-bad criminal folk deemed “too-super-bad”, so they get “corrected” and used at the Promoter guy’s whim. They are the anti-deadman used to keep the rabble in check. The leader of the rebels sketchily doctors the video of Ganta’s run in with Guitar Hero and Ganta with his bitchy attitude punks out and leaves.
While visiting Crow, Ganta learns about the bad blood between Owl and Promoter Tomaki, who forced Owl to fight his wife in the Carnival of Corpses. Apparently he has a kid on the outside and that’s his motivation for bustin’ out. Booooorrrring.
Later we learn the Japanese gov’t is sending in their yearly inspectors to the prison. After making up with the rebel gang Ganta re-enlists and they all put their plan into motion. It doesn’t begin very well and somehow Ganta, the guy who quit and just joined back up, ends up with the all-important plan-dependent micro chip.
There are a few things I like about this show. For one, it moves quickly or at least it has the feeling that it does. I like some of the characters, but most seem rather boring and contrived. Most of all they seem sorta’ expendable, which is perhaps what the creators are going for. I do like that any could be killed or violently harmed at any time.
And while I like Shiro and the mystery that is Shiro, I can’t understand why Ganta doesn’t pay more attention to her. After having some memories return, I thought he would maybe try to figure some shit out, but he’s more interested in her hopes and dreams. Ok, guy.
There are many things I don’t like about this show. I understand it’s shonen through and through, but I always feel like it tries way to hard to be “cool”. For example, giving every character–good, evil, major, minor–a unique bad-ass personality. I can almost see it as I watch this show, the creators pitching the storyline to the editors, “yeah so the leader of the rebels is actually evil and he’s all super good with computers and shit”, to which the editors reply, “good, good, make it work and make it ‘cool’ style”. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.