Pedobear’s worst nightmare
Now that the list of summer anime is up, I’m really feeling relieved that Deadman Wonderland is only a 12 episode anime. There’s quite a bit coming out that I want to see over this show, which is probably cramming 20 chapters into an episode and skipping the best parts. Still, I enjoy Deadman for what it is, which is a mediocre little shounen that only truly entertains when people are getting cleaved into pieces. And that happens this episode, so you can bet I was all over this one.
R.I.P. Karako, who died fending off the robot and falling to her death…except not, because the preview says otherwise HERP DERP. Anyways, her valiant effort allows the group to make it to the waiting area where they simply stand there patiently for Nagi to lower the elevator from the control room. From there, Ganta can get that data chip outside and reveal the true state this madhouse is in.
Does anyone know why we didn’t just glue the two bridges together with our blood? Anyone?
Nagi is about to lower the elevator, when a little girl appears and claims to be lost. In a prison. In the control room. Surrounded by corpses. Nagi actually buys her story and walks right up to her, only noticing something is amiss when Rokuro doesn’t pull the lever to send down the elevator. Rokuro is a *gasp* traitor! The little girl named Hibana whips out a multi-segmented sword that’s bigger than she is and immediately smacks Nagi with it. And thus starts quite the bloody battle~
It’s a pretty one-sided fight at first. Hibana uses her weapon to cancel out Nagi’s Branch of Sin attacks. How? It oxidizes the Nameless Worm in the blood (the component which allows them to use their powers) which turns the blood to…well, blood. The most he can do it splatter his blood around and do his best to dodge. But try dodging a sword of that size in a cramped room. It’s not easy.
Hibana isn’t allowed to actually kill Nagi, so she decides to just torture him by slicing off slabs of his flesh here and there, revealing the muscle underneath. This kid is a pro at torture techniques after having her mom horribly abuse her for so much as wetting the bed. She became responsible for a chain of kindergarten “butcher murders” because she had to punish the bad kids to follow her mom’s example. After knowing that, Nagi just HAS to make her angry by calling her a rotten kid.
Don’t worry, it’s just a flesh wound!…..Wait….
The brat goes ballistic and tries to kill Nagi, who can somehow still dodge a bit…until his arm is half lopped off. The “half” part is important, because he fully rips his arm off all the way and chucks it at the girl’s head to distract her. While she suddenly decides to be grossed out by the hand, despite having tortured him brutally moments before, Nagi knocks out Rokuro. He pulls the switch and simultaneously creates some Owl’s Eyeballs from his severed limb in the corner which catches Hibana off guard and kills her.
Hooray! The elevator is working! Everyone climb on! Oh boy, I wonder what’s at the surfaceeeAAHHHH NO BULLETS EVERYWHERE. Honestly, you didn’t expect an ambush? At all? The Scar Chain gang is faced with the Undertakers once they reach the next floor, and almost all of them are torn to pieces. Only Ganta and a select few remain. Genkaku would have exterminated them all if he didn’t have to suddenly leave. He promises to return to finish them off, leaving them locked in the room to panic.
Nagi is somehow able to use his tooth-walkie-talkie to try to send a message to anyone who just so happens to be sitting in the Scar Chain gang hideout. A strange boy happens to hear it, and then relays the news to Shiro when she haphazardly walks by. OH, COINCIDENCES. Instead of taking the life-risking, robot-filled, Undertaker-ridden route the Scar Chain gang took she simply crawls throw another air duct and ends up in the same room as Ganta. Um, guys, why didn’t you do that in the first place? Anyways, Shiro grabs the data chip and throws it into a fire, causing it to explode. Data chips don’t usually explode. Rokuro’s treachery is further exposed through his bomb datachip, and Shiro is now here to explain everything.
Bonus Rokuro Spam:
No matter how he tried, he could never get that subtle “raised eyebrow” expression QUITE right
Baby, handcuffs are only the half of what I brought. Look up~
…my face is stuck now.
End Thoughts: Ignoring the rushing and lack of any real character development, this episode was a good one for Deadman. I tend to prefer episodes that focus on blood, gore and crazy fights. It’s a wonderful distraction from the ridiculous way the plot is panning out. I really liked Hibana, mostly because she was a loli who WASN’T annoying. She’s just a twisted little girl who didn’t have a mother who was sane. The obnoxious yandere loli who smirks at everything and laughs insanely every 5 seconds gets old, I much prefer Hibana’s content expression as she slowly mutilated Nagi. Of course, she had an obnoxiously huge sword to make up for it…but hey, she’s still pretty cool for a loli. Sadly, she dies as soon as we’re introduced to her properly.
Hibana’s battle with Nagi was less of a good battle and more of a good showcase of the crazy gore Deadman Wonderland loves to flaunt. The flesh cleaving scene was brutal, and I couldn’t believe they left it uncensored. Thanks for leaving some awesome in, guys! Gaping wounds showing tendons underneath is fine, but HEY THERE’S AN ARM NOT ATTACHED TO A BODY, IT HAS TO BE BLURRY. I understand censoring Nagi pulling his arm off, but do you really need to censor it as it when he throws it and it’s on screen for only one second? It looked like Missingno collided into Hibana’s forehead. The only thing I’ve laughed at in this show was Hibana getting hit in the head with a pixelated hand…that’s kind of sad. XD
As for the next episode, everyone is kind of screwed. They have Shiro now to somehow continue onwards, but they don’t have a data chip to reveal anything about the prison. All they can do is try to escape and live a life on the run. Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like they’re giving up yet. I’m all up for more Undertaker battles, especially if Shiro and that mysterious new Branch of Sin user enter the fray. Ganta might just find out Shiro’s secret the hard way. OH WELLS.
Preview: Karako is (apparently) still alive! I think we’re supposed to be happy about that. I’d be happier if Nagi somehow managed to live though. Aside from people coming back to life, Genkaku seems to be hogging the spotlight. Another lengthy battle perhaps?