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DEADMAN WONDERLAND #2 -- Watch & Learn

Holy @#$%! This is awesome!

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

sora_thekey moderator on Aug. 13, 2012 at 4:06 p.m.

You have now reminded me that I must finish watching this awesome series!!!

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 13, 2012 at 4:26 p.m.

Wait, this is episode 2, right?

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

Username_Undefinedon Aug. 13, 2012 at 4:41 p.m.

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.

CapeBarneson Aug. 13, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.

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

Lurkeroon Aug. 13, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

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.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 13, 2012 at 8:03 p.m.

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

Nightwolfon Aug. 13, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.

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

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Aug. 13, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.

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.

takashichea moderator on Aug. 18, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.

@Username_Undefined:

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

Dig Deeper into Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland is a dark-action series about a young boy who's framed for the slaughter of his classmates and sentenced to the privatized prison that doubles as an amusement park for the public called The Deadman Wonderland.

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