I’m starting to wonder if the excessive-and-literal darkness covering so much of this show might be there as some sort of plotting blanket to cover up the gaps where Ganta’s getting from Point A to Points B and C. Like, Deadman Wonderland is supposed to be this quadruple-max prison, right? Wouldn’t the guards be escorting, following and otherwise observing Ganta where ever he goes, at all times? Yet there have been a handful of scenes recently where the kid just kind of wanders into the vicinity of whoever’s time in the story has come up.
A couple episodes back, we had his sort-of random meet-cute with “Hummingbird.” In this episode, it’s him just randomly turning up in the same bar that the resistance is stocked up in. I honestly don’t get that hung up about plot holes, in general - - especially for a show where executioner’s theme park is still allowed to operate by law - - but these are just somehow more noticeable.
Anyway, I’m kind-of starting to think that the dub of this show might be even be more enjoyable - - because there are just an unnatural concentration of awesomely-quotable cult movie lines here. The head of security’s whole mixing of hunting metaphors, the Super Monk’s righteous monologues, Shiro’s assorted psycho-sing-songs… all of them would sound about five times more over-the-top in English. Shit, there’d be probably be some absurd drinking game for it (shots for every time Shiro says “Kishi” or whatever, right?)
And Shiro’s supposed to be… like… Ganta’s demented albino Peppermint Patty now, or something? I haven’t figured out if these flashbacks are supposed to be memory implants or hallucinations, but they have painted the picture of the most deranged junior bodyguard. I’ll have a hard time ever forgetting the part where she moon-stomps that diabolical, pudding-snatching dog, that's for sure. YEESH.
Watch this episode, “Wretched Egg” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.