Posted by psgels 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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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:01 AM)
    Well, accidentally deleted my next comment. Basically just ranting about the geniuses at the VA suddenly cutting off veterans from oxycodone after they’d been dependant on it for decades.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:26 AM)
    @Bam I had a mild dependence on ritalin during my first year at ucla, and I just went cold turkey after spring. While I didn’t have it nearly as bad as my meth-addicted friends, I tried to distract myself in those first few weeks by working part time as much as I could to get my mind off that shit along with a joint at night.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:27 AM)
    Also I wholeheartedly agree that marijuana immensely helps with quitting other harder drugs. Benzodiazepines like Xanax are a powerful tool as well, especially against the anxiety they’ll be going thru, but they are also very easy to get hooked on. Don’t want to trade one addiction for another.
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    @K-off: I’ve helped a couple of people lay off the needle, so I’m not too shabby at supporting. There is a willpower component to it that is essential and falls completely on the individual themself. It’s so frustrating to deal with an addict, one of the main reasons of my recent stress, but my stupid conscience kicks in at most inopportune moments.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:57 AM)
    and they couldn’t physically wean off it without the inevitable torture. They just went through lots of isolation, sleep, and weed (which happened to work for them personally but isn’t the case for everyone) so it’s hard to say without coming off as authoritative.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:52 AM)
    Now weaning off meth is different for everybody, and without personally knowing your friend I’d be hesitant to make any flippant recommendations like “take this, do this,” etc. But if it helps my close group of friends often dealt with it as well,
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:49 AM)
    @Bam It’s one of those strongest games I’ve played this year, and I also played the hell out of the original. But I can’t speak for the console port so you’ll have to read up on that at least. Otherwise I recommend you buy it, it’s worth the price.
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    Also I’m helpin this girl get off meth. Do you know of any medication that alleviates the withdrawal symptoms? Somewhat like how Methadone and Suboxone help Opiate users.
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    @K-off: would you say Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is worth a full-price purchase for someone who already played the original? I’m thinking of getting it on the PS4. The remaster looks stunning on the big screen.
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    @Bam For those shows that don’t need more than a few sentences and are legitimately blase (as opposed to assumed beforehand), if I don’t have anything meaningful to say about a show, I feel it’s a waste of everyone’s time writing about it.

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