He’s not dead yet, but he’s close
Overcooled: Deadman, Deadman, Deadman. I’ve heard plenty of buzz over this anime, and even over the manga before the anime was even announced. The main point I’m getting from all this talk is that Deadman is violent and good. Regulars here will know that I like violent things, (I essentially learn how to kill people as a side hobby, what do you expect?) and apparently most of the writers here do too since they’re helping me with the first impressions here. So dive right in~
Picture yourself sitting and talking idly with your friends before class starts, having the same type of banter as usual. Picture a strange figure floating outside the window and grinning maliciously. Now picture yourself in a nightmarish scene of such grotesque complexity that you’d kill to be dreaming. The man in red has brutally slaughtered everyone in the class and is now out for YOU. Well, not YOU, but Ganta. He was just a normal teenage boy until today, the day a maniac shoved a glowing red jewel into his chest and ruined his life forever.
As soon as Ganta opens his eyes, he’s arrested for the murder of his classmates. He pleads innocent to the case, but without any other witnesses or leads, he’s up for trial. The show has just started and the main character already has the death sentence. He cries miserably and tries to protest, only to be beaten down by the parents of those whom he once called friends. To seal the deal, his cellphone slips from his pocket and plays a fake video of him in a meeting with his lawyer saying that killing them all was fun. In more despair than Zetsubou-sensei will probably ever feel, Ganta is shipped off to Deadman Wonderland.
The best episode of Judge Judy to date
Ganta has been whisked away to a privately-owned prison where they are free to use the inmates as attractions for the amusement park that’s attached. The area had previously collapsed from a mysterious black hole type phenomenon, and this is their answer to attract more tourists. All prisoners must wear a collar equipped with all manner of deadly devices in the case of disobedience. But that’s nothing compared to the lethality of Miss G Cup officer lady and her reign of terror.
Forced into physical labor on his first day, Ganta lugs around constructions materials as he reminisces about his old life and his old friends. As he says he wants to die, a strange white-haired girl jumps down and offers to kill him. Oh Kana Hanazawa, you make everything sound adorable, don’t you? She seems to know Ganta from before somehow, saying that ‘Shiro and Ganta are friends!’ but not responding directly to any questions. To all the other prisoners, it just looks like he’s slacking off with a girl, so they start to really hassle him. Shiro sticks up for him and knocks out on the guys, only to be knocked out herself with a shovel.
Ganta gets fired up and attacks the prisoner who would dare to smack a girl around, but is vastly overpowered and outnumbered. They kick at him for a while until a giant ball-shaped fixture on the top of the building falls off from a timed explosion. This is supposed to be a planned “accident” to kill off Ganta before his death sentence, orchestrated by the higher ups in the prison, but he manages to survive it. WITH THE POWER OF BLOOD. The gem in his chest suddenly appears again and gives him the power to avoid being crushed along with Shiro.
Let’s just hope they don’t air a “donate blood today” ad during the CM break
If you didn’t think this prison was corrupt enough, anyone given the death sentence has a timer on their collar that ticks down until their death. The only way to reset the timer is to eat a candy, which is given as a reward for…well…I can only imagine what sort of wretched acts they must commit to extend their life.
On the bright side, no homework today!
This is why heels exist
I am totally okay with this kind of sexism
This is what happens when you don’t have Tiger and Bunny to disarm bombs
Hime: Well that was one of the most depressing things I’ve ever seen…AND IT WAS SO AWESOME!!!!111!!!!! FFFFFFFFUUUUUU~ Mygod. How awesome was it seeing the Branch of Sin in action? How cool is Shiro’s outfit and white eyelashes? The female prison guard/warden is so much more badass than I remember. Even Romi Park as Ganta didn’t annoy me as much as I thought she would. She still has time though -_- I might just be looking through rose-tinted “awesome first episode” goggles since I loved the manga so much, but I thought this was a pretty good first episode. The first few minutes were kinda slow, but just as I was starting to get bored BOOM! the Red Man shows up and slaughters a classroom. Things move very fast after that, which I liked, it helps overlook how amazingly implausible it is that Ganta would be charged with this murder and sentenced to death, lol. But, yano, we want to see the prison so getting him there as quick as possible and not bullshitting us for about 10 episodes was the best way to do it. However, seeing it done in the anime made me realise just how weak that part was.
Luckily it has enough interesting characters to pull it through, though. There was also a fair bit of censoring, which doesn’t really bother me too much, but it’ll piss the fans of gore off. If we get to the battles for the candy where it’s daylight and we’d clearly be able to see everything and it’s obscured by big black bands even I’ll be pissed. Also, way to keep the Red-Man’s identity a secret, guys. Could it be any more obvious? Srsly. The colour scheme is odd to me, I guess from the shading in the manga I never saw the jumpsuits as green, and Shiro and that thief’s hair(I can’t remember his name)was blonder than it was. But, yeah, anyway, DEM JUMPSUITS. Haha, either way they’re awesome. I think Deadman is off to a good start and with my experience of the Spring season so far, which has been pretty dismal, it’s a nice pick-me-up.
Hato: Good lord! A show I actually enjoyed! I had really high hopes for this show and surprisingly, a lot of them were met. The opening (while censored a lot) was excessively violent and demented and to be honest, that’s a good thing. I mean, from that first episode, it seems obvious to me that he’s been set up, or targeted for some stupid reason. And the way they showed that actually makes me want to watch more of the show. Unlike that Scarlet Ammo crap. “OH MY GOD I’M BEING CHASED BY SEGWAYS WITH UZIS”
I wasn’t surprised at all the see Hanazawa in there. Though, she’s kind of typecast now, would you say? I mean, she uses the same voice over and over again. Or maybe it’s just her actual voice? I have no ‘effing clue. She honestly needs to change it up a bit. And her character design, what’s up with that? She needs to put some clothes on ASAP. I mean, a prison mocked up as a amusement park is not a safe place to be.
The preview was also super interesting. So they need Candy to keep their counter up? And they need to participate in the amusement things for the public to earn them? I gotta say, that’s a pretty awesome idea. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this show. Oh, and that badass power that the main kid rocked up? Yeah, that made him a fucking bamf. But that crystal thing is ugly.
Foshizzel: Damn good show this will probably have way more blood than Freezing could give us in one episode, I loved the artwork and character designs even thou the main kid Ganta looks so similar to Renton from Eureka7. You can tell there is something fishy with the stone that gave him a darker personality! Makes me wonder if the red caped guy is using Ganta to get access to the prison? Then we have Hanazawa Kana as Shiro who acts more like Rana from Freezing or a combination of Nessa with Rana? Either way amazing work from her as usual. Even thou she seems to be to “cute” to be a prisoner, hopefully we get to find out more about her and why she is serving time.
Overcooled: Right from the get-go, Deadman Wonderland jumps into the heart of the story about a boy in a rather twisted prison. Or perhaps I should say it rips into the heart like a savage dog within the first few minutes. Although there’s censoring for now (boooo~), we still get our fair portion of dismembered teenagers decorated with gallons of blood. You would think throwing a character you just met into such a perilous situation would be too hasty, but it wasn’t. Without any set-up whatsoever, they managed to make you sympathize with Ganta right away. His plight is so horrible, his suffering so vividly sickening that you still feel for him despite only knowing his name and that he is some normal kid. Beautiful execution.
The whole premise of a prison that makes the prisoners degrade themselves at an amusement park during their sentence is creative enough. Adding in superpowers is just the icing on the bloody, bloody cake. Unlike C, which has an amazing idea but has problems explaining what the hell those ideas are, Deadman Wonderland did a good job of revealing enough to satisfy and still leave you hungry for more. I like how they unraveled it piece by piece, saving the candy detail for last. I am VERY pleased to be blogging this psychological badboy week to week, I hope you’ll join me as I fangirl over Ganta as he suffers. Watashi wo makasete ne~