DEADMAN WONDERLAND #9 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 29, 2012. Last post by LordTerminal 2 years ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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You lunatics warned me that this series would gradually spin off the rails with each episode and, while I’m not ready to write DEADMAN WONDERLAND off just yet, the introduction of one of my most hated anime tropes doesn’t exactly bolster my confidence in the material. Our little demon-ette doesn’t display any outward signs of amnesia, true, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that the twisted flashbacks about Mother Bates exhibit at least some breakdown in her memories - - because that just proves my point all the better.

Look, I’m well aware that this is an over-the-top show. Don’t act like pointing that out will somehow be a surprise to me. And I love how the cast is just filled with these colorful psychopaths who take a self-aware and sadistic approach to villainy. Hell, I even liked the whole monologue about the ancient Chinese torture technique. But the combination of Lolicon and impractically-over-sized, segmented swords makes my eyes roll far enough back that I’m completely removed from the experience.

It doesn’t help that such a large chunk of this episode focusses on characters who haven’t had that solid of an introduction, either. Most of the time, I was thinking “Wait, who is this guy, again?” in my inner monologue. The fact that I’m not ready to totally dismiss this episode says a lot about how much better Ganta, Shiro and even the Super Monk have been established - - because things definitely perked up once the focus went back on them in the last few minutes.

Shiro acting like Ganta’s demented guardian angel has made their relationship one of the more fun budding romances, as well. Who wants to bet that nothing will come off of it by the end of the season, though?

Watch this episode, “Worm Eater” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Post by sickVisionz (4,288 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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There are two things that I'm consistently amazed by in anime.

  1. The ability to take what should be something crazy unique and turn it into a genre in and of itself, such as the plethora of series about amnesiac prepubescent God-level warrior assassins.
  2. The ability to start a series with a crazy and out there concept and then somehow do something that manages to make that seem tame and blaze in comparison.

Evangelion is a good example of both as it (1) features teen mecha/monster pilots battling alien monsters for the fate of the world and then (2) makes all that seem tame to the point of boring by revealing that the mecha/monsters are actually clones of biblical characters that have absorbed the souls of the pilot's mothers and they're actually battling against raging failed evolutions of mankind.

Post by Alamun (15 posts) See mini bio Level 6

The little girl's deal didn't seem to involve any amnesia. It just seemed like her mother subjected her to harsh punishments, so she understood such punishments to be normal and inflicted them on the kids in her school. I don't know what the deal was with the mother hanging herself though. Maybe just because she was CRAZY, which I can accept.

Post by Username_Undefined (89 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@Alamun: Just going out on a limb here, but the girl says something along the lines of "Mommy was bad, so I punished her" which tells me that the noose was not for a suicide.

Post by Alamun (15 posts) See mini bio Level 6

@Username_Undefined: Ah, I missed that. Good catch.

Post by LordTerminal (68 posts) See mini bio Level 6

Shiro acting like Ganta’s demented guardian angel has made their relationship one of the more fun budding romances, as well. Who wants to bet that nothing will come off of it by the end of the season, though?

It doesn't and that's mainly because the damn thing ends on a cliffhanger.

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