Posted on 3 July 2011 with categories: Deadman Wonderland



Well, this episode did stretch the suspense of disbelief again, but I liked it. There is of course a problem with Owl mowing down a small army in an instant, only to take a minute to punch Ganta, but heck: if it’s established that the Deadmen have superhuman healing powers… I guess it could have been worse. It’s a cheesy episode in any case with this episode relying a lot on the vaguely defined rules of insanity, but in the end the characters were good enough to make up for it. As a final episode though, this one left a lot to be desired.

To the people who are hoping for a second season, just based on that final scene: I’d like to introduce you Yumekiu Merry, Kuragehime, High School of the Dead, Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, Sekirei Pure Engagement, Uragiri, Durarara, Darker than Black, Aoi Hana, Umineko, 07-Ghost, Guin Saga, Pandora Hearts, Tytania, Skip Beat, Blade of the Immortal, Amatsuki, Shigurui, Mushiuta and Zombie Loan: all ended with a huge cliff-hanger, all ended with the promise of another season, and all of them didn’t deliver. It’s probably all going to depend on the DVD-sales, but I’ve yet to find any data on that. Will the sponsors be able to give enough money for the sequel to actually be animated? Those are going to be important questions.

In any case, when a second season DOES come out, I’ll definitely blog it because I enjoyed this first season a lot.
Rating: * (Good)

11 Responses

  1. Scruffy says:

    You can add Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt to that list. That probably has the worst setup for a new season that has yet to appear.

  2. Hyper says:

    It would be a pity to end it like this as the manga story becomes even better from now on, but like you said, it all depends now on the DVD/Blu-ray sales. After checking the Japanese Amazon page I saw that the Deadman Wonderland vol 1 DVD had very low sales, ranking #528 in the Anime DVD category, while the Blu-ray ranked #323 in the Anime Blu-ray category. I should also add that the first volumes of other series that aired this season like Ano Hana, Steins Gate and Tiger & Bunny ranked in the top 10, and they were realesed about the same time as Deadman Wonderland. I hope this doesn’t keep up with the next volumes, or else we won’t see a second season.

  3. Hasegawa says:

    @Hyper
    Yeah, I saw some people discussing on a forum that Deadman Wonderland didn’t even sell 1000 copies with both formats (DVD+Blu-ray)combined, altough I’ve yet to confirm this information. Anyway, we’ll probably see the sale rankings next week, but if it really did that bad, then a second season won’t happen, which is sad.

  4. Rintarou says:

    This is probably split 2-cour. I doubt sales matter at this point. We won’t see a third season though.

  5. Nyitora says:

    I though Darker than Black did? The second season with Suou and then the OVAs?

  6. psgels says:

    Nyitora: it indeed did, but it still ends with one heck of a cliff-hanger that screams for a third season.

  7. Rintarou says:

    I just noticed you put DtB2 with all those failures. DtB2 had excellent sales, Bones just hasn’t gotten around to making a third season.

  8. Kuro says:

    Guin Saga shouldn’t even be on the list. There is 130 volumes worth of novel and something like 1,000+ main characters and 20,000+ secondary characters. You simply are NEVER going to see all of that animated in your lifetime no matter how good sales are and how long they keep making it. It’s just not feasible.

    As mentioned Darker than Black got good sales and will probably get a third season. Studio Bones is just busy with other stuff at the moment. Maybe they just don’t like doing the same thing over and over, they want variety in their workplace.

    Of course there is a lot of stuff in your list both good and bad (opinions) that might be deserving of more and will never get more simply because Japan has bad taste. A global market would certainly help reinvigorate the industry and if video game sales are any indication even “too japanese” stuff can sell better worldwide than in it’s home country.

  9. asdfgh says:

    Man Deadman was pretty good, but it also shows that anime is dying… when one piece, Naruto and bleach are the only one still kicking after all this time, it shows that no mater how good a anime you are, if you didn’t show up on American TV your time is limited

  10. DmonHiro says:

    If you don’t show up on American TV? Are you for real? Naruto already had 100+ episode by the time America licensed it, and it was doing just fine. One Piece had even more episodes, and how do you explain Detective Conan’s 500+ episodes?
    R1 is meaningless in the big picture.

  11. UE says:

    Some of those shows like highschool of the dead have good reasons for there not being a second season though. Also look at Kaiji and FMA brotherhood, both of them took years to come out (5 year wait for kaiji’s second season)
    Umineko lost the plot from the game and there was no salvaging that trainwreck, should have just gone with the original format and enhanced character designs (like how higurashi was approached)

    I agree with the commenter above me though, not showing on american tv doesn’t mean anime is dying at all… You want to look at long running series? Gintama is on it’s second season in japan now and (220 something atm) not every series is made to go on for as long as naruto or onepiece you know… This said some of these series could do with ending -looking squarely at naruto-
    Anime is far from dead or even dying.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:33 AM)
    That’s just my personal philosophy though. There’s nothing that irritates me more than people who insist that there’s only one way to do good writing. Everyone should develop their own philosophy.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:31 AM)
    @Friend But with a novel it’s all on you and your editor. For me, what makes novel writing so much harder is that you have to put so much more attention into the quality of your descriptive prose. In a screenplay you can just write the description and action in a concise way. In a novel you have to write, polished, top-tier prose for the entire length of the book.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:29 AM)
    @Friend But having said that, I come from the school of screenwriting that says a screenplay is just a starting point for the director, actor, editor, cinematographer, etc. to build a real shooting script off of.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:26 AM)
    @Friend I have actually written novels, screenplays, and stage-plays as well, so I feel like I have a decent understanding of the differences in terms of what goes into them. But from my perspective it’s harder to write a great novel.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:24 AM)
    @Emma I agree that movies tend to be more emotionally-involving, but I think that’s just because there are a lot more of them and so it’s easier to find good ones that are well-written enough to really make you feel emotionally-involved. That’s always been my interpretation.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:20 AM)
    @ninja I dont know if you’ve ever written a script, but it’s pretty hard. There’s the story, script, screen composition, acting, music, lighting, and a WHOLE plethora of other factor when writing a film, as compared to a novel.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:15 AM)
    @Realist: I think that may be to do with that I can get more emotionally involved with a movie too and that they are quicker to watch and more consummable too. But your right though while I prefer certain things I will watch/read anything out there from anywhere.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:11 AM)
    @Emma I’m kind of surprised that you prefer one over the other. You strike me as the type of person who appreciates all forms of fiction.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:08 AM)
    @Realist: Also alot of anime/manga are going to be series rather than a single volume or a movie. There is more to cover when writing about a series and find to write about, takes a bit longer too.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:07 AM)
    @Realist: Ah, that would be because I have more practice writing about films than anime/manga and am more familiar with writing that type of review. Ontop of preferring American/European films to anime/manga.

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