Deadman Wonderland Episode 3
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Series Premise: Deadman Wonderland is a weekly anime television series that started airing in April 2011, based on a popular manga series by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou. Ganta, the sole survivor when his classroom is attacked, is convicted for murdering all of his classmates. Sent away to a private prison called “Deadman Wonderland” where the convicts entertain the public, Ganta must fight for his own survival with an unlikely ally.
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ep. tl;dr review: Red Man returns; Ganta and friends uncover secret underground facility; Screw logic, this is just a mindless popcorn flick.
Episode Summary: Yo befriends Ganta by giving him a piece of life-extending “candy”, but he is really keeping an eye on him for the prison warden. The “Red Man” unexpectedly appears and Ganta tries to confront him, but falls unconscious after unleashing his untamed powers. After awakening in the infirmary, Ganta learns of the “Red Man”, known as The Wretched Egg, is confined in a secret underground section of the prison known as Block G. With the help of Shiro and Yo, they make their way to Block G, but are confronted by a deadly security robot unleashed by Captain Boobarella, and they are saved at the last moment by another inmate that wields the same mysterious power as Ganta.
My Impressions: A realistic vision of Japanese prisons of the future? Fuck that, this is totally insane, so throw all logic out the window. This is not some grim and gritty prison drama — nope, this is about as realistic and serious as, say West World or Demolition Man or Escape from New York. In short, don’t take any of this seriously at all — Deadman Wonderland is a brainless popcorn flick.
And as far as prisons go, it’s not really a prison at all, as we are quickly learning. That’s really just a cover for what is really happening deep inside the facility, as some sort of experimental laboratory under the absolute control of a bugfuck-crazy “prison warden”. And Ganta’s special powers aren’t as unique as we think, it seems he may be just one of many players in a much darker game. That’s where the real story lies.
Oh, and still have no idea who or exactly *what* Shiro is, the always-carefree albino running around in her spandex suit, free roam to the facility behaving more like a court jester more than anything else. Just adds to the ridiculousness of the show, I guess. Fun to watch so far, but I hope there’s an actual story behind it all rather than just an excuse for various vicious and bloody fighting matches. (Frankly, I wonder whether I am giving this show too much credit, grading it on a curve and making excuses to watch by giving it a pass on the nonsensical setting all in the name of an action/adventure romp. Oh, I don’t know, let’s just see how things develop.)
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (May 21st) and Episode 2 (September 3rd)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this, you might also like: King of Thorn, or Gantz
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “And yet, this episode once again was bloody intense. For the third episode in a row it continued to show hell on earth and there are still no signs of this slowing down or taking a step back.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Unfortunately, I get the feeling that things are moving too fast to really spent any time focusing on the characters or their situation, which instead leaves us concentrating on the action set pieces and use of (censored) swearing and violence to get its story across. This isn’t entirely a bad thing in itself, but it does relegate the series to cheap entertainment over anything more cerebral or deep.” – Hanners’ Anime Blog
- “It was certainly a good week for revealing more of the secrets to this prison, while throwing in a good bit of action, although some of the characters are already starting to wear their welcome. Grade: B-. ” – Deep Blue Vortex
- “So far Deadman Wonderland has demonstrated an uncanny ability to be solid despite blunders and this episode comes as no exception. On the one hand it delivered another concentrated round of kick the Ganta while moving another step closer to the unavoidable conclusion that Ganta is somehow related to the red man. On the other hand, the prisoners can have ice-cream?” – Otome Yokai
- “I’m all for action, but does it really need to be back-to-back? Couldn’t we get more perspective on how horrible and demented Deadman Wonderland is? Maybe I’m expecting too many psychological aspects out of a show that wants to be more shounen in nature, but the pacing seems a bit brusque nonetheless. ” – The Mega-Ultra-Laggy Metanorn
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland
Thumbs-down for Round Three: None yet.
Coming up next (in this order): Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Nichijou, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono