Holy exploding blood balls!
I just got back from judging and refereeing a big karate tournament and although I didn’t compete, I’m exhausted. Still, it was pretty exciting as a lot of the kids from my dojo did well against the other dojos. There were people from all over the world there, it was awesome! What does that have to do with Deadman Wonderland? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I’m just tired and want to complain.
Ganta is being a typical…Ganta…and running to Senji crying his eyes out. He begs the six-packed sex machine (I need to trademark that) to teach him how to allow his Branch of Sin to surpass the speed of sound, to which Senji miraculously agrees. If he can break past Senji’s own supersonic blade and get his last candy, he wins. If he doesn’t, then his death sentence shall be swiftly carried out by the collar. It’s do or die time.
As Ganta tries to get serious and hone his Ganta bullet, Shiro is getting drunk off of chocolate and stumbling around like a lunatic. In her inebriated state, she decides that the best course of action at the moment would be to find Ganta and punch him. Yes, what a brilliant idea! Off she pops to find Ganta while Toto tries to follow her in mild amusement.
PMS is a scary thing, especially if you come between a woman and her chocolate
Toto walks in on Ganta’s training looking for Shiro, but she’s nowhere to be found. Taking this as a detour, the strange Deadman twirls around the room and starts…licking people. It’s hard to believe such a fruitcake is the proclaimed “strongest Deadman ever” in the prison. After giving everyone a good scare and haphazardly showing off his skills, he frolics away to let Ganta continue his training.
Once he starts to collapse from anemia, Senji calls it quits. Unwilling to give up, Ganta fires yet another Ganta Gun attack. On account of most of his blood being located on the walls instead of in his veins where it should be, the bullet is needle-thin. However, anorexic bullets are apparently the key to breaking the sound barrier! Gratz!
The whole time Ganta has been training to get stronger, the Scar Chain gang were plotting their final attempt to escape. They lie about the meting time to Ganta so as to not involve him any further and begin their plan. Karako bravely sneaks in amongst the guards in their strange body suits. All is well until Shiro suddenly appears in the circle of guards, unable to navigate the air ducts properly while under the influence. Karako tries to usher her away, only to be found out by Genkaku as soon as she opens her mouth. Dat Kansai accent. Genkaku captures them both and gloats to the Scar Chain gang and Ganta over the TV to try and provoke them.
Enraged, Ganta runs off to save Karako and Shiro despite not knowing where the hell they are. The rest of the Scar Chain gang use this as a chance to escape to avenge Karako, who is currently being held down by the guards as Genkaku waits for the perfect moment to kill her. After some help from Minatsuki, Ganta finds his way into the right room to save Shiro and Karako. He launches a rain of blood bullets right off the bat and takes out the guards, even with their Worm Eaters equipped.
A couple of bullets and Ganta is already spent. He must have only 1/3 of his blood left or something. Shiro runs off to “protect” Ganta, but ends up getting her kneecaps crushed into paste by Daida’s huge sword. Yep, she’s back! And that’s not the only new threat. Genkaku proudly opens the door to reveal Nagi in his awakened state of insanity, driven mad by the superfluous use of blue filters and dark lighting. Oh, and his daughter that he thought was alive somewhere was killed. There’s no use talking Nagi out of this frenzied state. He starts blowing things up with his blood orbs and generally going batshit. And thus begins a very, very one-sided battle.
Grade A evidence that no man is too manly for chapstick.
Bitch, I don’t even REMEMBER you. We know your backstory, shouldn’t you die soon, or something?
Gah, stupid webcam, stay put! Man, taking profile pics is hard…
Oh, chocolate, you’re so funny.
End Thoughts: Is it just me, or were there actual glimpses of good animation in there? It’s still incredibly inconsistent and often sidetracks back to Derpy Town every now and then, but some of the action looked pretty good! Nagi’s insanity mode was actually quite detailed! If only they stopped cutting corners and focused on keeping this quality. I swear Ganta looked like 5 different people this episode because of how they keep scrunching and unscrunching his face in different scenes. Ah well, glad to see some animation highlights now and then!
But picking on Deadman’s animation is like kicking a kid in a wheelchair, so I’ll stop. In fact, let’s actually applaud Deadman for having a good episode! The pacing wasn’t ridiculous like the past few episodes. They took some time to show Ganta training for a bit and only just started a major battle. This means all of episode 12 can be one giant battle royale, which is a good move for a series that relies on violence to draw attention. Well played, well played. With the addition of the Crow fanservice, I might have to give this episode a gold star!
I’m really curious about Toto. I want to see how the hell this vicious Deadman fights and if there’s some sort of split personality there much like Shiro. I wouldn’t be surprised if Toto jumps in at the last minute, slaughters almost everyone, and then Shiro reverts to Red Man mode when Toto tries to kill Ganta. Everything is bloody, everyone is depressed, and the shows ends off explaining nothing. The end!
Preview: Next up is the heated battle with Daida, Nagi and the crazy monk against Ganta, Karako and whoever else manages to jump in. I would be very surprised if Mocking bird doesn’t pop in for a little “visit.” The last episode will be a bloody one that will send the series out with a bang, probably leaving a bunch of unanswered questions at the expense of GUTS ON THE FLOOR.
…Is this even the same show?