DEADMAN WONDERLAND #2 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 13, 2012. Last post by takashichea 2 years, 3 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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Here’s a little explanation about my tastes. While I’m not generally a fan of crime stories, I’m a sucker for any genre story that casts bad guys as the protagonists. DIRTY DOZEN, SUICIDE SQUAD, THUNDERBOLTS, KILL BILL, the RIDDICK movies… and so on and so on. Adventures can just seem so… unadventurous when you’re watching the Hero With 1000 Faces plod through the monomyth yet again. I love the unpredictability of these sorts of stories because most (if not all) bets are off and there’s legit suspense about how a particular character’s going to act during your usual moral conundrum. Plus, it’s endlessly amusing to watch psychopaths lock horns.

Granted, Ganta’s innocent, but he turned around into the sort of badass who’d knock a bully into a spike pit with a gym ball far faster than the countless callow heroes I’ve seen in seen in any anime. (The fact that his voice actor sounds a lot like Renton’s makes that an even richer treat.) Likewise, I love how his love interest is a batshit-insane, borderline-suicidal psychopath and I got the biggest kick out of the TKD champion’s whole deranged spiel about how everybody must kneel and laugh at him like some totally f’ed up line of retainers.

We are in the heart of the asylum, here, and the inmates are in control. Oh, absolutely! I look at SUPERJAIL as being like seeing a triple max prison designed by Willy Wonka, and I suppose this is sort of like the more realistic vision of that. Or maybe it’s like doing the feature length version of some normal Joe getting thrown into Murderworld from X-MEN. Either way, I’m having the most ghoulishly, most diabolically good time over all this black humor.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand… because of all that, the moment where Ganta chooses to essentially sacrifice himself to save Shiro was far more moving. Like I keep saying, it’s rhythm, balance and contrast that makes all the different components of a story hit so much harder than they would if the mood’s monotone. Based on your warnings, this show might have the potential to botch a promising and ambitious start like [C] – CONTROL did - - but hey, at least for now, I’m having a hell of a time!

Watch this episode, "Antidote -Candy-” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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You have now reminded me that I must finish watching this awesome series!!!

Post by YotaruVegeta (608 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Wait, this is episode 2, right?

I'm wondering if they're planning another season.

Post by Username_Undefined (90 posts) See mini bio Level 12

I don't know if they're planning another season, but the ending didn't feel like it answered anything. I haven't tried the manga yet. Maybe it does a better job.

Post by CapeBarnes (505 posts) See mini bio Level 18

I heard that this anime bombed in Japan in terms of sales. Therefore, no second season is likely :(

Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7

You are sure enjoying this more than I did. The series doesn't conclude at the end so perhaps this show might get Tom into reading the manga.

I think the article should say #2.

Post by YotaruVegeta (608 posts) See mini bio Level 12

I figured that since no news came, a second season was in danger. Guess I'll eventually check out the manga.

Post by Nightwolf (114 posts) See mini bio Level 13

This episode was crazy and these really sold me on the show.

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,648 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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DEADMAN WONDERLAND has a lot of great plots with interesting twists. I'm not sure how the Toonami are reacting to it since they are only seeing the English dub. I wouldn't say it's bad at all. Just some of the more subtle touches are missing, such as the Red Man's rather unique "Kishi" laugh. It's his most identifying trait that leads to a truly awesome reveal later.

I would just warn you to not look at any character profiles on the site to avoid some spoiler, Tom.

Ganta and Renton don't share the same Japanese or English VAs. The Japanese version is performed by Romi Park, who has an incredibly amount of voice credits. You'd probably know her best as Edward Elric. Renton's VA was done by Yuko Sanpei, who was also in FMA: BROTHERHOOD as Selim Bradley.

@YotaruVegeta:

I'm not sure if they plan a second season for this series. From what I understand, it has a very non-canon finale, and the anime is missing a major plot point character. If they were going to continue, I think they would have been a bit more faithful.

Post by takashichea (13,815 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Username_Undefined:

The manga is on hiatus if I remember correctly since the author is dealing with pregnancy/ or motherhood.

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