I can’t decide if the choice to stage so much action in near total darkness over these last couple episodes is a bold creative choice or the semi-confusing result of the studio trying to save money. I say “semi-confusing” because, yeah, I can still grasp the general thrust of the action going on here. However, the experience still feels a bit akin to watching some provocative foreign property that’s literally been blacked out - - frame by messy frame - - by some sharpie-toting censor who's feeling skittish about all the blood on screen.
Thinking about it… that may actually be the case.
Ganta and the other “Deadmans” blood powers seem a little oddly under-defined so far. Granted, it’s a bit early in the game still, but there do seem to be a few important details missing here and… to be honest… I’m not especially curious to learn that much about these ghouls with the names that flagrantly defy the basic rules of grammar. (You know, ‘cause they aren’t “Deadmen.”)
Some of you lunatics warned me that this show starts off with some interesting concepts and then steadily veers away from them in favor of cloaked creatures who seem like they’ve been plucked straight out of Liefeld comic from the early 90’s. I’m trying to keep an open mind, of course, but my gut reaction is that I’d prefer it if the tension of this remained on Ganta being a normal kid who has to rely on his own wits and his unpredictable companion… not on his dark, superheroic blood tendrils.
I mean, the good guys get thrown into one hell of an insurmountable cliffhanger at the end of this episode. It looks like something Shiro can’t even cartwheel her way out! It honestly won't be as interesting to me if they just bust loose... courtesy of Ganta’s aforementioned dark, superheroic blood tendrils. No, it won't.
Watch this episode, "Crow Claw” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.