Hello there girly, were you arrested for being so beautiful~?
HOORAY SENSELESS VIOLENCE! Deadman Wonderland certainly has that in spades. So do I though, I suppose. Just this morning my punch collided with my friend’s fist, and now my hand is kind of purple on one side. My prime roundhouse kicking leg is a bit battered too. Gotta love the dojo life, coming home covered in bruises and making people think your parents abuse you or something. Anyways, enough about the violence in my life, let’s talk about a higher level of violence that can be found in Deadman Wonderland~
Thankfully for Yoh, Shiro passes out before destroying him, allowing him to weasel his way into the G Block. He slowly makes his way over to where his precious sister, Minatsuki, is being kept. As for Shiro, Tamaki’s butler/butlerette pair retrieve her and bring her back to wherever the hell she’s kept.
Ganta runs into – surprise surprise – Minatsuki. She’s being attacked by Masu (insert joke about ex-Metanorn writer Masu here), who wants to devour her flowers. Ganta distracts him with his own food ration, and then the two of them hide in her room as fatso trips over his own two feet in search of food. Even when he’s gone, they stay inside her flower-filled room to chat a bit.
Minatsuki explains how depressing it is to be forced to hurt people just for having a special ability they never chose to have, earning Ganta’s sympathy so strongly that he suggests they run away. Well, that and she flashes her boobs at him, which is as convincing as an argument can get.
They “escape” for a good minute before some pipes on the ceiling spontaneously get sliced into stakes and rain down on Ganta and Minatsuki. Naturally, he protects her and gets injured. Their escape comes to a full halt when the guards tell them to save it for tomorrow…that’s when Ganta learns that Minatsuki is Hummingbird, his next opponent. No one seems to notice the guard in the corner that Yoh knocked unconscious.
Um, so, can we watch…?
Without further ado, the match begins. Ganta starts off by assuring Minatsuki he won’t her, and you can see just how well THAT plan goes when she batters him with her blood-hairwhip. All this time she had just been acting sweet in order to find an opportunity to injure him before the fight (eg. the pipes). She’s as sick as they come, and she doesn’t waste any time in trying to kill Ganta. Before Ganta can unleash his fury, Yoh enters the arena and calls out to his sister.
Tamaki lets Yoh enter to add some drama to the fight. Gotta have some drama. The poor guy pours his heart out to her, explaining how he came to this prison and started saving up cast points to get her out. If you thought brotherly love would snap her out of her killing mode, you’re sadly mistaken. Instead, she pretends Ganta is the bad guy with her innocent act and then uses Yoh as a shield. Just as she thinks she has the upper hand, Yoh tells her he knows everything.
Minatsuki had a depressing past, I’ll give her that. Her mom died during the Red Hole, and she left her daughter stuck under a shelf. The worst part is that she stopped to fetch a FLOWERPOT instead of Minatsuki. The surviving father abused her the rest of her life until Yoh caught him in the act. He moved in to stab the father, but it was really Minatsuki who struck first. Of course, he didn’t realize her true nature until he figured out Deadmen exist.
Even knowing about her, he still tries to convince her that he’ll protect her…to which she cackles like the wicked witch of the west and binds him with her blood whip. Ouch. Ganta tries to attack her but she uses her brother as a meat shield. DOUBLE OUCH. Then she tells Ganta that Yoh is a horrible person who stole from him. AGAIN, OUCH. But Ganta provides an epic c-c-c-combo breaker, saying that Yoh is his friend.
Awww, sisterly love
Ganta slices of her hair with blood bullets until she gets so pissed that she handcuffs him with her remaining hair tendrils. Now remember, Ganta is slowly becoming badass…So all he does to win the fight is strut on over to her, lecture her, and then HEADBUTT HER INTO OBLIVION. Ganta wins, flips off the audience, and Crow is happy.
Instead of ending on a high note, I’m ending with an old dude. There is an old man who seems to have built this prison, or at least the Corpse Carnival arena. He mocks Tamaki from his bedridden state, although Tamaki clearly looks unworried. The man seems to have some connection to Shiro and some deeper understanding of Ganta’s family. The episode ends with him talking to Shiro, who is still in her “Red Man” state.
Well good morning there, sunshine. Don’t ever stop leaving your shirt unbuttoned, okay?
Look on the bright side, we needed a new rug anyways.
Protip: it doesn’t work if you’re an A cup
End Thoughts: I feel pretty meh about this whole episode. Sure, it had a great fight with a psychobitch, but it was so painfully predictable that I just wanted things to hurry up and get to the point. We already know Minatsuki is a sadistic little murderette otherwise she would have died by now in this rough prison. Or maybe you just watched the OP scene and saw her flashing an insane-as-fuck grin at the camera? The only real surprise here was that Yoh isn’t an asshole, nor an idiot. I was impressed that he managed to balance trying to help her while still not being fooled by her innocent act.
But talking about plot for Deadman isn’t the best of ideas since this show isn’t exactly going to win an award for best story. So how was the blood and torture this time around, the real charm point for Deadman? It was so-so. I appreciate the battle-per-episode effort, in the spirit of a true shounen show, but the animation often gets in the way of me really enjoying the fight. Having a blood-hair whip sounds badass in theory, but she didn’t look like she was even hurting anyone… All the budget for this episode went into making Minatsuki’s facial expression, which where wonderfully maniacal. This means that anything outside of close-ups is kind of derpy though. Animation aside, the fight lacked the intensity of the Crow fight. There was too much talking and too much of everyone trying to make that stupid girl come to terms with herself.
I really want to like Hummingbird, I do…but naw, can’t do it. I do appreciate those crazy facial expressions though! :3 My favourite part of the episode was probably Yoh. I want to know why he had a knife on him to kill his father and why he’s so strong for just a human. Well, more clever and swift than strong, I suppose, but the guy certainly gets around. I really want to see more from him next episode. Maybe he’ll legitimately befriend Ganta now that he knows his sister is bonkers? If she is magically good by the next episode, I’m going to be quite depressed :/
Preview: Next episode features…a superhero that vaguely resembles the Red Man. If you pay attention to the ED song, kid!Ganta is holding an action figure of the guy. Oh, and there’s half-naked Minatsuki too, so stay tuned.