Posted by psgels on 29 May 2011 with categories: Deadman Wonderland



It’s still a bit strange to have someone claim that she lost a stomach and all, but I liked this episode a lot again. For the first time it actually brought in a bit of hope. People started to treat Ganta kindly, and for once he wasn’t alone. It will be interesting to see how this series will develop this.

Beyond that, this was an episode of backgrounds as well: there were a lot of flashbacks or characters telling about their pasts and when or why they ended up at the Deadman Wonderland, tying in neatly with the ED. I didn’t like the ED for this series at first, and I still think that Nirgilis did a much better job on Birdy the Mighty and Eureka7, but it’s actually quite interesting to see images of the past of the cast.

I’m not sure what’s up with the priest in this episode. He’s weird in any case, and while he may not be as bad as the Olympic medallist, he still needs a lot of work at this point. Still, this series has a habit of only explaining motives after someone does something strange, so this should be fine. In the end I’m getting more worried about what was originally meant to be the biggest potential pitfall for this series: the length!

The thing with Manglobe is that there is no pattern whatsoever in how their sequels. Their original stories always get the right amount of episodes they deserve, but in terms of their adaptations: Sarai-Ya Goyou condensed the final chapters of its manga so that it could fit everything in. The World God Only Knows came with a sequel that was actually planned in advance, while Seiken no Blacksmith just ended with no intention to fully animate its story. It can be anything at this point, but as great as these past episodes were, episode 12 will be a very bad point to end this series.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Alison says:

    I agree with the priest being weird. I didn’t really like him in this episode.

  2. keyz says:

    Mm, I agree that 12 episodes would be too short! I read the manga, so I guess there will probably be a season 2! :) can’t wait for the next episode!!! I’m not gonna say more or else I’ll spoil it for you

  3. Seijin says:

    I believe in the manga, Minatsuki claims to have lost a part of her stomach rather than the whole thing, which makes more sense.

  4. Denizen says:

    Yeah, that was just a poor translation that she had “lost her stomach”. It was only a small part.

  5. Rex says:

    Its been years since i read deadman wonderland, so i cant remember much, but if i remember correctly, they have cut a dozen characters and other small bits of plot.
    Like they trimmed DW to the bare bones. Which is kinda sad because it would make the end feel even more rushed, if they plan an anime original ending.

  6. Rex says:

    oh yeah btw, minor SPOILER WARNING

    about the priest, if they dont cut that as well, we will eventually get a lengthy flashback about the priest to explain who he is and how he became like that.

    Thats the good thing about DW, they give EVERYONE a flashback.

    Unless the adaption cuts it.

  7. AKI says:

    The priest scene was a little bit over the top. And I agree that 12 episodes would be too short to tell its whole story. Look at what happened to Gantz.

  8. Manlyflower says:

    Well, manga aside, I really liked this episode for that hair scene, like a taste of water in a desert, it made me smile for a bit

  9. tomphile says:

    This was a nice episode, though the cliche of enemies turning into allies is more apparent than ever here. But I think cutting hair is a Japanese tradition of moving on, so that’s good. At least the punishment symbolizes Minatsuki turning over a new leaf then.

  10. akari mizunashi says:

    the only good thing about this series is the amazing ED theme.

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