Posted on 14 May 2011 with categories: Deadman Wonderland



Okay. That was just insane. This was by far the best episode of Deadman Wonderland yet.

You know how usually series blow their biggest budget on the first episode of a series? This episode showed that Deadman Wonderland was not one of those series. The animation was by far the best and most consistent of the series so far. Of course it’s still nowhere near Manglobe’s usual characters, but for once there were no distorted faces getting in the way, the action scenes all looked gorgeous and most importantly: the inbetween animation at times really brought in this extra bit of life out of the characters.

Usually the characters like Ganta are really annoying: the ones who don’t do anything. But heck, in this context the creators actually made his character work. He actually does try enough things, and yet every time he does he only gets pummeled down again by this series, which always manages to find some way to become even harsher than it already has. I mean, this episode was absolutely brutal, both for Ganta and the Crow Character. I really have to praise this show: gore alone gets boring really easily; the characters here are the ones who give it its impact and keep this entire series together. Of course they lack depth compared to other series, but they’re all great to watch, and especially diverse. The creators did an excellent job of getting us to sympathize with this fourteen year-old kid, the type of character who usually is really unlikable.

Now, the big flaw here still is the way in which the creators keep shooting themselves into the foot: yeah, the series is brutal, so it’s going to be really hard to keep Ganta alive. Still, this episode was nowhere as bad as episode 2, and instead was very shounen-ish. In other words, cliched, and we can thank the animators and writers for doing a really good job on it to generate enough suspense of disbelief to actually give it impact, rather making it tedious.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. tomphile says:

    I agree with the article in that Ganta was indeed very lucky to be alive at this point in the anime. Heck, in all honesty, if the producers of this anime wanted to be super-realistic, they would have killed Ganta off in the first few episodes because really, it’s hard to believe that a fourteen year old boy can stand up to battle-hardened prisoners.

    But I digress, it’s a good show, and just like you said, the creators have made it so that the characters and their actions give the right amount of impact. I feel that the penalty game, especially, gave the whole series gravitas. It isn’t like Crow could have gotten beaten and joined Ganta all willy-nilly. No, he might join Ganta in the future, but he would be severely scarred already for losing to him.

    In that sense, it really sets itself apart from other shonen series, and the conciseness of the fight scenes definitely helps it as well. And if you liked this article and Deadman Wonderland, I think that my take on the anime will be interesting. I would appreciate any comments and criticism.

    http://aniphiles.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/deadman-wonderland-quick-overview/

  2. tomphile says:

    It’s a good show, and just like you said, the creators have made it so that the characters and their actions give the right amount of impact. I feel that the penalty game, especially, gave the whole series gravitas. It isn’t like Crow could have gotten beaten and joined Ganta all willy-nilly. No, he might join Ganta in the future, but he would be severely scarred already for losing to him. In that sense, it really sets itself apart from other shonen series, and the conciseness of the fight scenes definitely helps it as well.
    And if you liked this article and Deadman Wonderland, I think that My Take on Deadman Wonderland will be interesting. I would appreciate any comments and criticism.

  3. actually things do get better for ganta.. the creators dont (and really cant) put him through hell for the whole series…well they kidna do but at least it gets better…somewhat…=.=

    but things do start looking up at least for a while.

  4. EINSOF says:

    that sounds reassuring lol. dang, i HATE gore without purpose. but this show does it really well. if i wasn’t watching the censored versions i think i’d be puking like Ganta too. the intro and music makes me feel the MADNESS of deadman wonderland.

  5. nrad says:

    I had a 70% feeling that Shiro-chan might be the Red Man. Relating to Eps 3, both have same pale face and same smirking (but arguable). And most notably, Shiro is not around when Red Man attacked. I could be wrong too….

  6. Kiarae says:

    If they do it right, you’ll really enjoy the next episode in terms of the characters. I’m really looking forward to it for those reasons as well, though am bracing since some things will have to be changed since the Earthquake = Red Hole now.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:27 PM)
    Ghibi’s up would certainly be a different beast altogether.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:08 PM)
    @Ken no, the ghibli one.
  • Kenjeran
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:55 PM)
    @Juno: Up? That Disney-Pixar one?
  • Noel
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:39 PM)
    Hi there. I’m currently interning for a small company in London, and they tasked me with creating a video tribute to Howl’s Moving Castle. I came up with this, and I thought you might like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS-zTTQzgjI Noel
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:23 PM)
    The only time they ever get along seems to be during non-canon alternate universes made for fanservice, official or not.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:21 PM)
    Erm, no. They didn’t “get along” so much as Sayaka at least sympathized nicely with her. At least, until the end, when she basically swore never to sympathize with her again. XDDD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:20 PM)
    Another interesting point is that the character relations are pretty fluid, too. Characters can act differently toward each other in different timelines/potential futures. Rebellion actually solidifies Homura’s consistent feelings toward Mami and also that Sayaka just cannot seem to be on good terms with Homura… but even then, for a while, they got along pretty well until the end. XD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:17 PM)
    Madoka’s characterization seems pretty non-linear and only show up when necessary, so it’s definitely easy to see that they’re “dependent on the plot,” but there’s a ton of stuff there to piece the characters together into something coherent and solid.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Madoka’s characters act pretty confusingly? I never got that. I always felt there actions were pretty logical in the first viewing.
    Though a second viewing of anything can help. Mostly because you know the main story so you can focus on the little details.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:27 AM)
    If anyone wants me to ask any specific questions, let me know. Funny enough, people are saying the same thing I’ve been saying for a long time–that multiple viewings help us understand the characters better. Because a lot of characters DO act pretty confusing at first, but upon a second viewing, after we know more about them, those actions make complete sense. Meaning that Madoka’s characterization is not linear.

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