Birds of a feather flock together
This might be a little out of place in a post about something as gruesome as Deadman Wonderland, but uh, don’t forget to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day~! So in between watching Ganta whimper and writhe around in pain, go give her a hug. Then you can go back into your sadistic reverie as you listen to the full OP single.
Let’s give a warm welcome to our newest Deadman, Crow. He has a catchphrase (ssslice!), kinky hair, a thirst for blood and a fear for anything with breasts. But for now, he’s the Red Man in Ganta’s eyes. Crow recognizes Ganta as being his next opponent in an arranged fight called the Corpse Carnival and engages him in some pre-match sparring. Which is less of a fight and more of Ganta getting his ass handed to him. He only realizes that his powers use blood when Crow gives him an important hint.
When Crow walks away, disappointed in the lack of a challenge, Ganta uses the wounds he’s acquired to conjure a blood bullet and shoot it at Crow. He manages to withstand the blow with his sword and chest muscles, but that really sets him off. It’s only as Crow’s going in for the final strike that a flip switches in Ganta’s brain that “Oh! This isn’t the Red Man! Apparently there are lots of people with a power like mine in this G Block!” But this is anime, so Shiro does her comedic relief kick (trademark) and saves the day.
Crow isn’t really used to oppai blocking his line of sight, so he has a mini spazz attack when Shiro sits on him. They have a calm talk about Deadmen and how they will have to fight each other tomorrow. It seems like rich people watch the carnage and bet large sums on money on the participants, with Tamaki as the ring leader. The oily bastard also sends people to bring Crow and Ganta back to their cells with tranquilizer darts.
If Makina is a G, then Shiro must be…
Shiro and Yoh and locked together in some sort of confinement cell and are stripped of their cast point cards, which really blows for Yoh considering he was given those points for protecting Ganta. Makina is still out the loop, and starts to get suspicious when Tamaki writes off Shiro’s lack of an ID number as a system error. She will probably raise hell with Tamaki next episode, as she struts down the hall to his office.
It may have looked like Crow was impervious to Ganta’s attacks, but he actually broke his ribs. I always cringe when they make characters with horrible injuries walk around like it’s nothing, and Crow doesn’t hesitate to try and rip that doctor’s hair out when she suggests that he backs out of the fight tomorrow. Rest? Naw man, it’s all about doing one-handed pushes in your cell until you feel better. Who needs ribs anyways, we have, like, a bunch of them.
Crow wakes up to a hot doctor, and Ganta wakes up shirtless, strapped to a table, with Tamaki leering at him. Luck, he doesn’t have it. Tamaki shocks him when he tries to use his blood to attack him, forcing him to obediently listen to what he has to say. He explains how he falsely accuses people of crimes to get them to come to this prison, in search of those with this crazy blood power – the Branch of Sin. The Red Man, also called the Wretched Egg, can infect other people and give them this power…which he did to Ganta for some odd reason.
Doctor? Lawyer? I only have a degree in douchebagology, sorry.
Now for your tormented Ganta of the week: the kid has his eyes held open as he watches a video of the “Experiment” has has to participate in tomorrow, the Corpse Carnival. In this “Experiment” he must fight other G Block prisoners in a fight to the death. The video is outstandingly gruesome, although most of it is censored at this point D: Oh well, I see someone from the OP song in there~
Don’t you just hate it when that happens? ALL THE TIME, MAN!
Censored dub version: “the ketchup fight at the all-night camp cafeteria was getting out of hand.”
You WILL give me a lollipop after my needle
I can barely do this normally, let alone with CRACKED RIBS (and stylish boots. Oh, you fashionable killer, you)
End Thoughts: This was an improvement over the last episode, mostly because we get to meet Crow. (I like him~) It was full of a lot of explaining, but I don’t mind that if the explaining is done as either 1. Ganta is getting beaten up or 2. Ganta is getting tortured. What we learned was genuinely interesting too, it wasn’t just racing to fill in gaps with stuff you don’t care about. Does this mean there is a whole slew of Deadman we get to meet? An entire prison block full of uber dangerous criminals whose skills are just as out there as their sanity? Sounds like my kind of carnival. Hopefully there’s a female Deadwoman in there. Wait, would her power increase during menstruation? Actually, let’s not think about that. Ever. Forget I mentioned it. <_<
I was expecting a more elongated battle with Crow, but Ganta is still but a nooblet with no knowledge of the extent of his powers. It’s disappointing, but only as disappointing as it can be to see a man make swords out of his own blood and then stop what was essentially a bullet with his pecs. It was still pretty darn badass. So far all the fights have been in just quick spurts instead of full-fledged battles, so I’m hoping with the announcement of the Corpse Carnival that Ganta uses his powers for more than a couple of minutes. I need more than just a little sip every now and then.
The music really adds to my enjoyment of Deadman Wonderland. That OST is just so perfect. A wonderful myriad of oppressive, tense songs and songs you strut down the street to like it’s nobody’s business. It really helps to give it a leg-up over the manga. But then it has to go and make everything so dark I have to edit half of my screencaps just so you can make out who is who. Minus points for art if I CAN’T SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING.
This show is completely based around being fanservice for violence fans, so it’s a real drag to still have everything censored. It’s not like I watch for the plot. Let’s hope there’s more violence next week, because that’s what this show was about. We’re on the right track but I want more, more, more!
Preview: The Corpse Carnival begins! Looks like Ganta will have to face off against the cold-blooded Crow in a cage death match. Sounds like my cup of tea. Also, Shiro is locked up so maybe she won’t have a chance to be annoying this episode!