An eye for an eye, a limb for a limb
Oh boy, another disturbing episode of Deadman with minimal amounts of Shiro! I don’t know about you guys, but that girl really grates on my nerves. Her only redeeming qualities are that she’s voiced by HanaKana and looks like a human version of Amaterasu. But this episode isn’t really about Shiro, if you ignore the MAJOR REVEAL we get at the end of the episode. It’s about Ganta getting beaten to a pulp.
There’s not much else Ganta can do but stare in horror as Tamaki foreshadows a very horrific punishment for losing the Corpse Carnival. Dissection.As Tamaki has fun tormenting him, Makina tries to get in to talk to the twisted Director. She doesn’t make it far, as the door is guarded by twins wielding swords. No revenge this episode, honey.
The next thing poor Ganta knows, he’s blinded by bright lights and standing in the middle of an arena facing the mighty Crow. It’s a fight to the death, and everyone is putting their bets on Crow except one strange, old man who has some hope for Ganta. Crow rips up the flesh on his forearms with his rings and conjures his usual scythes while Ganta…gnaws on his finger then climbs up a tree. Don’t get too intense too quickly, now.
Surprisingly, Ganta strikes first with his blood bullets, although they’re all deflected by Crow’s blades. That or he just outright sidesteps them. It’s only after a while that Ganta realizes blood powers use up blood..and by then he’s too anemic to even notice Crow summon some massive scythes and cut the tree into firewood. Ganta is about to take a major beating.
Tamaki watches the fight while the doctor chick (you know the drill: character I don’t care about = I don’t use their name) looks into the red gem in Ganta’s chest. If she ever gets a chance to slice him open, she can determine if that stone really is a match to those they found near the Red Holes.
Crow sees no fun in slicing up an anemic little boy with no chance of fighting back, and just leaves the arena. Not wanting to lose, Ganta musters up enough strength to stand and launch a counteratack. He distracts Crow by shooting down the loudspeaker system and then goes in close for the kill when Crow slices the falling debris. It works magnificently, and Ganta wins the fight. Cast points, trophy, bouquet and all.
This is all lovely for Ganta, who even managed to befriend Crow, except for one thing…Crow gets his eye ripped out. For those of you who saw the OP and thought “Huh…I don’t remember him having an eye patch”…well…this is why. As punishment for losing, you spin a roulette that decides which body part will be lopped off by the resident sicko doctor chick AND televised to everyone who so wishes to watch it. Ganta watches Crow get his eyeball yanked out without any sort of anesthetic at all. For us…we have to wait until the DVD to witness the real horror.
Beats watching Jersey Shore.
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about Snowball and Sleazeball. Things we learn about Yoh: he has a female friend in the G block he wants to see, so he forces Shiro to come along and help distract the guards. He strangles a guard and uses their walkie talkie to tell them to cut the power and capture Shiro, to buy him more time to look for that girl. Things we learn about Shiro: unless a lullabye is playing, another personality is activated and she becomes the Red Man, completely destroying everything. Your weekly dose of mindfuck has been served, my friends.
The Kuroshitsuji rejects
No one appreciated his blood sculpture art, so he turned to drastic measures…
Daru ends up in prison for his super hacking, huh?
Koala-tea animation, am I right?
End Thoughts: Well, this is my new favourite episode. It might just be because I watch this after blogging about Steins;Gate, but Deadman is moving at breakneck speeds through the plot. There are a LOT of new elements to think about after episode 5. Let’s start with the old man. He’s hardly in the episode aside from his wrinkled hand and as the No Name spectator for the match, but he’s on Ganta’s side…and that’s a first. No one else looks out for him but Shiro and..um..only Shiro. It makes sense considering Shiro seems to be talking cheerfully with the old coot in the ED song.
And now for the big BANG we get about Shiro. She’s…the Red Man? Really? “Hey, we’re not gonna tell you anything about Shiro at all except LULZ SHE’S THE RED MAN.” I guess Deadman isn’t one for being subtle. My only explanation for this is that the lullabye they play keeps her under control and whenever the power is out (this happened before in an earlier episode), the lullabye stops and she reverts to another personality…the Red Man. Now, why would Shiro kill all of Ganta’s friends? That, I don’t know, but she’s spared his life on every single occasion, so she seems to retain some of her sanity when she’s in this mode. She still treasures his life, even if she shows it by murdering everyone. I’m guessing she was never quite normal even when she was little based on the memories of her past when that lady said Ganta was “just a human.” They were also surrounded by a barbed wire fence. Who needs a barbed wire fence for a 6 year old?
I liked the fight scene, although not for the actual action animation. Animation-wise, it was pretty average and even a bit static in parts…but the planning of the fight was well done. Ganta was the perfect mix of sheepish newbie and awe-inspiring gusto when he’s knocked down, and Crow’s giant scythes did earn a large grin from me. I’m sure this is one of those fights where the manga-reading folk will tell me the manga version was a lot better, since I’m assuming the art would be a bit more consistent.
As for Crow himself, I’m really starting to like him. Unlike that creepy doctor (PLEASE DO NOT LET ME BE LIKE THAT WHEN I’M A DOCTOR….), he doesn’t get a kick out of hurting people…He just likes a thrilling fight. Good sportsmanship is a plus in my books. So is a muscular penis. Seriously Tamaki, wtf was that line about? <_< What I really like about Deadman Wonderland is how it has insane, sadistic characters that actually come across as insane. Since the show is so violent and bloody, you’re more inclined to peg characters who get off on hurting others as sick instead of “badass.” I’m all for lunatics loving torture but seeing Tamaki rife with joy like one would be from something like going on a date due to Ganta being slaughtered…Even I can’t think he’s cool after that.
This episode really delivered in terms of the level of senseless violence and mental torture that I expected though. That’s all this show is about, right? I really don’t know what to think of the plot now that Shiro is the Red Man. That’s kind of…dumb. It means Ganta has no reason for being there any more and surviving all this crap. Anyways, bashing the lacklustre plot aside, this episode was pretty gruesome. That eye scene? I was grossed out and utterly entranced at the same time. I can’t wait to see it uncensored, it was so sick, oh my goooooddddddd. Let’s hope there’s more of this kind of thing next week too.
Preview: Ganta talks with a girl! Ooooo~ By the looks of it, she just might be his next opponent in the Corpse Carnival and a very dangerous G Block Deadman. She also shares an uncanny resemblance to the girl kid!Yoh is standing beside in the ED. Is this the girl he’s looking for?
He knew in that moment that spending all those cast points on a hooker was a bad, bad idea