Well hello Anime vice; I, M, have returned to have a double feature of reviews today, along with yuruyuri season two review which you can find here. I decided, since I stopped posting for a bit, to make up with it with an extra review. This time of the last bit of Deadman wonderland content I have not actually reviewed, so for today I’m going to do a mini review the OVA special Deadman wonderland: Red Knife wielder.
The Red Knife is a reference to Senji “The Crows” power of Crows claws. As the name suggests the OVA primarily follows the Crow set before his time in prison, and even before the events of his past first shown in the forgeries arc of the manga. Here we see Senji as a cop and his relationships with the town’s folk and other cops. The OVA explores some of what makes him the man he is and the conditions of Tokyo ground zero after the red hole event.
The actual nuts and bolts of this is just a buddy cop anime mini movie but the edgy cop is Crow and the city has a post apocalyptic vibe. Damning or positive that’s the truth of it, but seeing as Crow is damn near my favorite character of Deadman wonderland and the events shortly after the red hole incident a largely untouched thing of interest in the franchise I was fairly positive and cautious of the OVA. Deadman has a rep with me of being interchangeably hot and cold so cautious optimism I believe is the proper way to view this Ova.
Don’t mean to shock anyone, but it turns out Red knife is kind of alright. It’s nothing that special, but it’s actually a decent cop movie even with it only being thirty minutes. It’s got some decent character moments and a decent final fight, but it’s not worth talking all that much about. It adds literally nothing about the fiction except padding it and the post apocalyptic Tokyo just looks like a ghetto of a normal city, simply uninteresting. All in all this mini review gives the OVA 3 dead orphans out of 5 for being pretty alright. Well That’s it for today M’s off to go do important stuff. Hope you enjoyed the review, I’m off!