Let’s have a friendly race (with guillotines)! :3
If your school was going on a field trip to Deadman Wonderland…would you go? It’s a school trip after all, and your class would go with or without you no matter your decision. If you went, would you enjoy the carnage too? As much as I like to think the spectators are sick people – if a bunch of my friends were going, I’d probably tag along to watch. Mostly out of curiosity. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll be able to get away with a prison like that. It would be an interesting alternative to Disneyland, that’s for sure.
Moving onto what actually happened instead of trying to make everyone feel bad (I bet it didn’t even work, you crazy sadists)…Ganta gets patched up in the infirmary, but his wounds seem minor compared to the kid who got slashed by Makina yesterday. Ganta got hit by half of a BUILDING and he has less scratches than Yoh. He gives Ganta a friendly reminder to eat his candy, but Shiro appears before he can explain that it’s not just because he has a sweetooth and that you need to eat candy to counteract the poison slowly being injected into your veins. Oh well, Ganta doesn’t have to know about his 3 day life span until later I guess. Racing for food is more important right now!
Yoh recovers from his injuries and enters the Dog Race along with Ganta to try and win cast points, which are needed to buy food and even take time off your prison sentence. Just as he’s up on his feet again, he gets his arm crushed under the feet of a tae-kwon-do master who is forcing everyone to let him win the race and get those points. Sorry, Yoh, that’s what you get for leaking info about Ganta to Tamaki.
Karma in a nutshell: your arm gets broken if you act like a douche
Once he’s done breaking Yoh’s arm, he gets his henchmen to hold Ganta in place for him to mess around with and knee in the stomache. He almost socks Shiro in the face too for her untimely entrance, but Makina catches his punch and slashes his chest as a warning. No blood is drawn, but she gives him a very stern warning! Alright, problem solved, now everyone play nice in this bloodbath race for the crowd. :3
These G Cups are all muscle, bro
Ganta chooses now of all times to read the part in the manual where it explains that he will die tomorrow if he doesn’t eat a candy. Normally, he’d have a candy with his starter bag, but Yoh knocked it out (probably stole it). With a sudden fire to win and stay alive, Ganta sprints towards the finish line…and sees people getting dismembered left and right by gauntlets. You didn’t expect a normal “hurdles” race, did you? They’re trying to “accidentally” kill Ganta, so of course they ramped up the difficulty.
Ganta makes it through bungee jumping, archers and pits of either acid with the help of the always smiling Shiro to the halfway point. Out of nowhere it hits him like a ton of bricks – he is trapped here following the prison rules until he dies. He is forced to atone for a crime he didn’t commit for the rest of his life, being jerked around like a puppet on a string. Shiro is a free spirit and sees no point in following rules, which is enough to give Ganta the strength to at least press on to survive until the end.
Only Ganta, Shiro and Mr. Martial Arts Douche make it to the final stage. The object of the game is to be the one holding the beach ball when time runs out, while avoiding falling floor panels that give way to a forest of spikes. No one’s getting up from that kind of fall. Ganta miraculously catches the ball first, and he runs around like a frenzied weasel trying to escape. When he’s cornered he panics…but then gets a hold of himself and throws the ball in his attacker’s face so Shiro can catch it.
That’s pretty much the end for the Tae kwon Do master, who gets impaled by the bed of spikes. Ganta rushes to Shiro’s platform, where she’s barely hanging on. He realizes that she’s been protecting him the entire time at the exact moment her platform disappears and sends her tumbling down to her demise. She tries to give Ganta the ball, but he chooses to save her instead of winning those points. He calculates that he’s going to die tomorrow, but it doesn’t matter as long as he feels he did the right thing.
IIII WAAAAANT CAAAANNNDY~:
Simultaneously the best and worst ramen commercial in existence
…And now you know I have a thing for both bandages and guys with hair covering one eye.
L’oreal shampoo? I’m an Herbal Essences man, personally.
Deadman Wonderland: Blood, gore, suffering…and sometimes chickens
End Thoughts: Episode 2 and Deadman is still looking as good as ever. Emotional turmoil? Check. Gore? Check…sort of. Action? Check. Shiro being adorable? It’s all there. Imagine how glorious it will be once those black miasma censor clouds disappear and we get to see death by acid, spikes, arrows, electrocution, guillotine and bungee cord all in one episode. That is one brutal dog race. It’s a wonder they still have a decent amount of prisoners. I know they upped the difficulty for this one, but is every match to get points this deadly? Or is this prison just full of so many sacrificial lambs that their sources of entertainment will never run out? Whatever the case, I’m amazed these spectators actually know that the people in the race are criminals and STILL think it’s just “special effects.” That is just creepy. Did you see the number of spectators too? My God.
I really hope Ganta has a mini breakdown every episode, because I love watching them. Deadman does such a good job of conveying genuine feelings of oppression and despair without making Ganta seem like a crybaby. I can’t get enough of the deadly atmosphere! The music really helps set the mood too. (That OP is just…UNF…so good.) I love his reaction to just about everything, especially how disgusted he was at himself for being bullied by a tae-kwon-do champ. He had to sacrifice his pride a bit to stay alive in the moment, but he hated it. He is repulsed by so many things going on, but he always finds a reason to push through anyways. I love that inner conflict.
How the hell is Shiro so cheerful? There is no way she’s oblivious to all the death surrounding her, because she protects Ganta throughout the entire race. She knows the consequences of messing up. My only guess is that it’s her coping mechanism to NOT go batshit in this hellhole. Although she probably already is a mess if she’s going around acting like that. Emo fringe guy seems nice, but he’s basically a traitor who leaks information…I don’t know what the Director of the prison is planning and why he’s so focused on Ganta, but it can’t be good.
Preview: We all knew the main character couldn’t die so quickly. The thing Yoh wanted to give Ganta before the Dog Race must have been the candy he gives Ganta in the preview. More explanations and plans for the next contest are most likely abound, with some Shiro cuteness to keep any nightmares the show may cause at bay. See you next week~
“Sorry I don’t take candy from strangers” “It’s Melon flavoured” “FUCK YES, MELON”