Vital organs are overrated
With this final episode, I’ll be kissing the spring shows goodbye and welcoming in the new summer shows. Although, truth be told, I’m carrying on two spring shows into the next season so Deadman is the only thing that I’ll be discarding. Ah well, I got my hands on some awesome spring shows and I’m glad I get to keep my grubby little blogger hands on them for a bit longer.
Nagi is still going berserk and slaughtering friend and foe alike. Just as he’s about to start wailing on Shiro, Ganta jumps in between the two and takes the brunt of Nagi’s anger. How can they possibly win against someone as strong as Nagi in such a weakened state? The POWUR OF FRUNDSHEEP AND LAAV of course. Just jiggle a bell around a bit and make some really bad metaphors about light and there you have it, Nagi is as right as rain again.
Pavlov’s conditioning made simple: ring a bell and Nagi is conditioned to become normal.
Nagi’s kid may be dead, but he has his comrades to fight for now. Sadly, the most important one gets impaled as soon as she hugs him. Karako collapses to the ground in pain from being stabbed in the boob. Ouch. Genkaku orders Nagi to kill her in the name of salvation, but Nagi’s snapped out of his murderous rage by now. Not taking too kindly to disobedience, Genkaku blows a giant hole in Nagi’s stomach and mourns the loss of his personal demon.
Genkaku goes crazy (well, even crazier) and starts killing all of the guards, even shooting at the poor loli girl. As he goes nuts, he reveals his past to everyone. He was a monk who was constantly beat up and probably raped by his fellow monks. It was a depressing existence, until one day the Red Hole event completely destroyed their temple. Finding his fellow monks barely alive under the debris, he realized that he could save people through “mercy killings.”
Being the justice-loving main character that he is, Ganta stands up to fight against Genkaku. Even with the poison from the collar starting to kick in, he manages to use the power of the red gem in his chest to summon a massive Ganta bullet. Also, pretty facial markings! With his power, and Shiro in Red Man mode standing right beside him, he kills both Genkaku and Nagi. Miraculously alive after having half his innards blown away, Nagi holds Genkaku in place so he can’t dodge the Branch of Sin. Nice attempt at BL, Deadman Wonderland.
Amongst all the rubble, Nagi lies there STILL ALIVE. He gives a candy to Ganta and dies with Karako crying over him. Karako leaves with the rest of the gang and escapes the prison, while Ganta decides to stay behind. HE DECIDES. TO STAY. BEHIND. Not a good choice seeing as Makina is going to heavily question Ganta about where he’s been the past 11 days and you know, the whole death match every other day schedule. Even Toto is out for Ganta’s blood now. And with that, Ganta is crowned the king of bad choices and the anime ends.
Forget about everything bad and just stare at this nice, colourful ferris wheel!
Get a hold of yourself! Do it for the bitches, Nagi! Do it for them!
Karako, no! Now I have to wait 5 whole minutes for your wound to magically heal!
Just pretend the censoring is a part of the masterpiece
End Thoughts: Focusing on this episode in particular first…wow, that was…a pretty garbage ending. I expected an actual fight, but all I got were characters flapping their gums or getting beaten without resisting. All this time and I still don’t give a toss about any of the characters, so it was more of an inconvenience for a character to die than a tragedy. Oh gee, that chick got stabbed? WELL NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NAGI’S DONE MOURNING AND SAYING HOW AWESOME SHE WAS. How am I even supposed to feel bad when the characters are hardy enought o survive an atomic bomb? Nagi got his arm cut off, half of his flesh cleaved off, pumped with drugs, half of his blood used up by fighting and to top it all off – he was still talking after his entire midsection was blown away. Apparently, characters do not die when they are killed in this show. Except sometimes, when the directors feel like it.
The actual ending was like someone drew a picture, tore it in half and then gave it to you. Then they hinted at what was in the other half before stuffing it down their throat, swallowing it, and walking away laughing. In other words, it was cut off awkwardly without explaining anything. It wouldn’t even be an okay ending if there was a second season, that’s how sudden it was! Not that I want a second season. They seemed to be leading into a second season with all that hinting of stuff to come, but I don’t know if that’s gonna happen….:/
Overall, I didn’t hate Deadman Wonderland. I didn’t dislike it enough to drop it, but I really can’t say I enjoyed it very much. Afterall, there was a hell of a lot of things wrong with it. For one thing, it took the most ridiculous situations such as a 6 year old wielding a sword the size of a snorlax and punishing someone and still chose a deadpan delivery style. Don’t try to give me a straight-laced, serious depiction of a show where monks wield machine gun guitars. That’s just nonsense. Instead of taking itself so seriously, I would have appreciated the show giving us a hint that it knew how over the top things were. Dante from Devil May Cry is especially cheesy, flamboyant and over the top in his action sequences – but at least the game hints that both him and the other characters are fully aware how absurd it is. Little differences like this change whether you will laugh and go along with it or just reject it as utter bullshit. And no, sticking in bad jokes where Shiro suddenly has XD faces does not count.
I enjoyed Deadman Wonderland for the one thing it was good at – senseless violence. Even that was heavily censored half of the time, despite the fact that it was the entire selling point of the series. Because God knows this show isn’t going for a deep and moving plot. The parts with the gore remain the most deeply etched into my memory: the deadly race, Crow getting his eye plucked out, Nagi turning into swiss cheese are all parts I can fondly look back on. Everything else is a messy blur of unexplained issues, rushed plot points, and characters who disappear and then reappear as they are needed. At the end of the day, all I can say about Deadman that’s really good is “Guts flew around and that was nice.” For people who don’t even like that kind of thing, I can’t even image what would get them to watch this.
My advice to everyone: just read the manga. Apparently it’s a lot better and there’s no censoring. I’ll be getting on that whenever I have some free time. For those of you who survived with me this long until the end – thank you! As mediocre as the show was, it wasn’t too bad to blog about. See you guys in the Summer season where I’ll be replacing this with something (hopefully) better!