Deadman Wonderland Episode 8
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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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Episode Summary: Ganta is introduced to the members of the Scar Chain, who plan to break out of the prison during “inspection week” to expose the secrets of the facility. Distrustful at first, he joins them in their plans, but turns out their plans are subverted by a double agent acting in concert with the Undertakers to prevent their escape.
My Impressions: Um. Is it just me, or does it seem like the Scar Chain’s goals seem somewhat naive? They are going to break out of the prison with a data chip that contains all of the crimes being committed within — but does anyone seriously think that such an expose would make any sort of splash with the Japanese government officials? Maybe I’m just too much of a cynic, but does anyone seriously believe that such a “prison” could exist without some sort of tacit secret acceptance from the government? Or that huge sums of money aren’t flowing to keep it all quiet?
Then again…fuck the logic. Gotta remember the whole scenario of Deadman Wonderland is fantastical and beyond belief to begin with, so why should I start nit-picking various plot points now?
Okay, so dumbing down my expectations (back to where they should be), this episode falls right in line with the rest of the whole grand adventure. Ganta is still playing the part of the wimpiest of male leads (much to my continued annoyance), and still getting his ass saved by his albino mystery girl, who is clearly more than she seems (even though her non-child-like identity remains a hidden secret). Oh, and that acid attack — holy shit. Well, at least it seems we are moving towards the ultimate battle/climax, now that we only have a few episodes left. Grab that bucket of buttery popcorn and lash yourself into your seat for the rest of the ride.
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Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “While there are still a lot of eye-rollingly ridiculous moments in Deadman that they want you to actually take seriously, at least things are staying more on the action side and less on the melodrama side. Watching Deadmen use their Branch of Sin in unique ways is always cool, especially Nagi’s Owl’s Eyeball attack. I say forget anything resembling a plot and just give me a badass fight between the Undertakers and the Deadmen. I want to see the little loli and that monk let their rage out!” – Metanorn
- “As much as I like this show, it does have its share of plotholes…it’s always the context determines whether they’re an eyesore or a minor annoyance, and with Deadman Wonderland it has been the latter so far. There’s just so much else that makes up for it.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Good episode! Even though it’s a bit late in the show, I’m really starting to like this. Or rather, this episode feels like the real beginning to Deadman Wonderland.” – Meeping Anime Blog
- “Deadman Wonderland continues to advance at a rapid pace, with every plot revelation of last episode having an immediate impact…Unlike several other shounen series—not to be named—that have been going on for the past decade, this series never feels like its stalling for time, or even for breath.” – The Anti Otaku