Posted by psgels on 26 June 2011 with categories: Deadman Wonderland




Holy crap! Now that’s some awesome animation worthy of the label of Manglobe. This episode was really well produced, the camera angles were strong and the animation for once was dynamic throughout the entire episode, instead of leaving that just to the money shots. That really was the kind of animation that brings something extra to the characters.

And this entire episode was just wonderful. It had neat ideas, and even though Ganta’s new powers made no physical sense whatsoever they were damn well animated, and I like that the creators used his anemia to just prevent him from going all out. This should have been used better by other characters though, like how does the Branches of Sin armor work? that also looks like it drains a lot of blood there.

But… unfortunately we’re nearly at the end. The problem with this episode was that it asked some really intriguing questions that it’s never going to be able to answer in just one episode, even if they go with an original ending. There are like, what? nine villains left at this point who all still need to be wrapped up? Yeah, that ending isn’t going to be pretty. Not to mention that little girl, who I just realized has a father in the ED that looks a bit too much like one of the members of the resistance.

What especially intrigued me abut this episode, aside from the obvious excellent direction and characterization, is the scars on both Mockingbird and Shiro. What happened to them? How are they still fine after the crazy kinds of operations that this show likes to perform on its prisoners?

Oh, and take that, Sailor Moon!
Rating: *** (Awesome)

10 Responses

  1. kazukifafner says:

    To be honest, it’s because of all the loose ends that I think a second season is being planned. Even though characters were written out, there is still a lot from the manga that they’ve introduced, and I just can’t see them trying to conclude their entire adaptation with only one episode left.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    kazukifafner: oh, there have been plenty of series who concluded with even more loose ends…

  3. lHyDrAl says:

    You gotta love that Hironori Tanaka.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD4vqGApayU

  4. tomphile says:

    Huh, it’s weird how you’re so positive about this series. The characterization feels stereotypical and the amount of mental problems are amazing.

  5. AidanAK47 says:

    @tomphile,
    I will give you the stereotypical characterisation. That’s true. But honestly, this place is a prison that forces it’s prisoners to work and compete in deadly rides for the amusement of complete strangers. On top of that it’s darkest depths contain a deadly death-match game where the loser get’s part of his body surgical removed.
    And you were expecting people without mental problems?

  6. Machi says:

    Well it is possible to go with an original ending but a huge gaping hole will be left – and Ganta’s new ability is one of those keys necessary to solving that huge gaping hole. The huge gaping hole of course in the name of the Red Man that got him stuck there in the first place XD

  7. Chris says:

    Haha that last line was random.

    Seeing as Sailor Moon is one of my favorite mahou shoujos, can anyone spoil what happened in the episode?

  8. psgels psgels says:

    Chris: ah, that’s just a small pet peeve I have whenever a character with a disguise with an obvious flaw gets recognized easily. It’s referring to the mysterious way in which Sailor Moon (and a lot of other mahou shoujo by the way) managed to keep their identity secret.

  9. mojave says:

    it’s generic, boring shit in comparison to Ergo Proxy.

  10. Chris says:

    @psgels: Haha thanks for clearing that up. Yes, Sailor Moon has loads of plot holes but I still can’t help loving it. Especially the season where Utena’s director worked on it.

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:06 PM)
    Being bias is not admitting to reasonable faults, not agreeing to them. Trying to exclude the historic significance of a show is not a calm rebuttal, but a desperate attempt to undermine. What is bias is defending Shirou’s childish idealism. Even Nasu realizes how ridiculous that sounds, and makes a point to counter it with one of his own characters. Although by the end he gives in and then pulls a Deus Ex Machina by reviving Archer one last time to tie up loose ends.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:14 PM)
    You are the one whose not calm. Minute I say one negative thing about your precious EVA and you get riled up. And I don’t even hate the show, I just don’t think it’s the pinnacle of the medium.
    Ladies and gentlemen, presented below is the purest form of complete total blind Bias.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:02 PM)
    Now if someone wants to have a calm discussion about it I’m more than willing to partake. But if you hate the show then that’s fine, just let it be.
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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:00 PM)
    That’s the end of my rant. I know I won’t change any minds that have already been set, but K-off wanted to know what I found appealing about the series, and I gave my honest opinion.
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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:32 PM)
    An anime original that wasn’t an adaptation of some manga, LN or VN gave it a certain charm and unpredictability, which is absolutely a welcomed addition. Now I’m not gonna deny its plateura of problems, but it’s hard to sit back and hear people call Casablanca shit because it doesn’t have the flair and optimism of Age of Ultron.
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    Misanthropy in anime is old, cliched and boring. But that wasn’t the case when Eva did it. Plus it features characters like Misato and Kaji that are very hopeful for the future, going as far as planning to filter the ocean and regrow vegetation for society. There is definitely a bigger focus on misery, but as explained that was a mirror to Anno’s deteriorating mental health, which in itself added an angle of intrigue to the show.

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