Hello Vice, it is I, M, here this time for that last show in our carnival, the final Available Deadman Wonderland Volume, Volume 11. This last show completes the quest I have set out for finishing off the world of Deadman Wonderland until the artists hiatus comes to a close. That being said lefts set this one off as we push on with the final Volume.
With Ganta surrendered to the mockingbird the crow is saved, however things get even more disturbing as the rest of the Deadman Crew discover the secrets of the Wretched Eggs origins while Ganta find out exactly who Shiro is and what Mockingbird is planning. Volume 11 features mostly flash back and back-story until the ending half of the Volume.
Speaking specifically to Deadman Wonderland Volume 11 I feel like it’s distinctly focusing on things I care about. Shiro, Mockingbird, Ganta, and Crow are the primary characters, all of whom are my favorites. With no silly last minute introduction of auxiliary characters lets Deadman start coming to a close on exactly what we cared about in the very beginning. This Arc is very easily my favorite and to see and understand her and the Wretched egg better is well overdue.
However not much actually happens in Volume 11, a lot is explained, but as things begin to come to a natural close Deadman Wonderland seems to be dragging its feet in the dirt. The explanations while enjoyable take up too much of Deadman wonderlands time, more than anything volume 11 feels like it has a lot of talk but nothing really going on yet, something that should be wrapping up just is standing still. So while it’s my favorite arc and I remain interesting, I’m starting to feel more and more withered by Deadman Wonderland again.
I have a lot more to say about Deadman wonderland, and will in the form of a blog post, but for now my mini review quest is over. This is the final available volume until the lead artist returns from maternity leave. So for now the Carnival closes its doors and Deadman Wonderland remains quiet. I’m glad to have kept up with this quest even if I walk away with some serious issues with the Franchise as a whole. Over all I give this Volume alone 3.5 Deadmen out of 5. That’s all for the carnival folks, but it’ll return in time, and when it does, M will too. Later Vice.
Hello again vice, it is I, M. Once again the Carnival is open lights are on for the second to last showing for quite a bit, Volume 10 of Deadman Wonderland. Thus starts the mangas believed to be last arc. The good stuff; the Arch of the Wretched egg herself.
Volume 10 starts off with the newly freed or transferred members of the cast reentering society or regular prison based on how their retrials went. Crow tries to get a new job, Ganta tries and cope with Shiro being the red man, and the hummingbird enjoying calmer prison, this is all interrupted by the ex warden of Deadman wonderland making a call for all the old Deadman Crew and Scar Chain to form a task force and return to Deadman Wonderland one last time to see the Wretched egg and mockingbird stopped for good and Deadman wonderland to be laid to rest.
This has already begun to be my favorite arc, being that it exclusively deals with the characters I care about, Shiro, Ganta and the Deadman crew, and while the story beats so far have been predictable, it’s been well executed and on occasion actually surprise me. Such as how interestingly they pulled off the Wretched Egg and Gantas first confrontation. For the most part what surprises me is how well this volume is executed seeing as how poorly most of the execution has been. It seems focused and serious without relying on silly side characters for confrontation.
The problem is that so far it’s not that striking. It’s competent, hell, its damn right good, but it’s not like it’s in any way awe inspiring. It’s a difficult complaint to have and address, but it remains accurate, despite having all the parts right this time it still doesn’t manage to be as engaging as its more perfected brethren of the genre.
So far though this arc is turning out well thought out and cutting out much of the crap in Deadman Wonderland. Finally settling on serious over ridiculous. Hopefully it keeps to that as it moves on with this story, and while I’m not going to increases its score, Deadman Wonderland Volume 10 is my favorite one so far, earning a 4 flesh boxes out of 5. That’s all for today vice, next time, the carnival comes for the last time. Hope to catch you there. This is M, signing out.
Hello again vice, it is I, M. Once again the Carnival opens its doors, this time with Volume 9 of Deadman Wonderland. The Final volume in the Forgeries arc. So shall we begin? The final show before our next arc in the last two volumes that have been released?
Volume 9 finishes the Forgeries arc. With the main Forgeries defeated by the Deadmen crew and the rest are being routed by the former warden and her staff; the promoter finds himself trapped and looking for a way out. All the While the mocking bird seems to have plans of his own as he goes after the newly awoken Wretched Egg. This final fight may very well decide the fate of Deadman Wonderland itself.
Things begin to wrap up in this one in terms of this arc and I got to say if you managed to somehow keep your interest in the story of Deadman wonderland from being wrenched out of you by this series; then this Volume finally give some sense of reward as we begin to deal with the Wretched Egg as a character more than a hidden force. More so the level of story beats and finality to this volume drives with me a strong re-interest in the actual story of Deadman wonderland which had begun to wither with the sillyness and go nowhere notion of quiet a bit of the Deadman.
The problem being, it’s still too silly, while again the Deadmen get a pass by being interesting and explained with “its science stuff” watching the staff under the warden just be so overpowered in the face of actual superpowers is absurd and hard to view as anything more the samey over the top action that helps drive my ability to take Deadman serious into a ditch. In many ways it was a big reminder that Deadman wonderland is often impossible to truly take as seriously as its competitors in the serious dark story market.
That being said the final events for this volume and where it leaves the story definitely left me interested and a bit worried. It could go absolutely interesting places, but with Deadman wonderlands track record of excellent parts but a tendency to mess up on execution leaves me concerned. All in all I’m happy with it keeping up with 4 world ending smiles out of 5. This Carnival is quickly coming to a close, but the show isn’t over yet. That’s all for today vicer users; M here signing off.
It’s M here doing a short aside on a day off to myself, Well I know Deadman wonderland isn’t finished but I decided to take a break from that quest and read volume one of Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! or in English, It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular! Clearly an up and comer for most redundant yet non-describe title I have ever seen. This comedy series brought to me from the loving hands of square Enix of all places and seems like a perfect stress less breather.
Watashi ga Motenai follows the highschool adventures of Kuroki Tomoko, a shut in and “mojo” (super gloomy and unpopular girl.) who most of her social interaction comes from habitually playing VNs. She discovers one day when looking into the mirror. What she finds there disturbs Tomoko greatly as she decides to do whatever she can to become less gloomy, get some friends, and one day hopefully get a boyfriend. This usually resulting in embarrassing and complete failure. Very similar in concept to NHK, but in terms of what it actually tries to be, it’s more of a low key comedy instead.
As a comedy strictly Watashi ga Motenai is not that great, while it is funny and has made me laugh its very uneventful, sectioned off into small unrelated stories it’s nothing more than a complete timewaster for mild and easy entertainment. It’s concept while somewhat original isn’t really used in original ways nor is it as insightful or meaningful as NHK which took that concept to a much more heartfelt place.
However that’s not totally damning thing. There is an intrinsic pleasure to reading a nice calm manga that’s mildly funny and a stress less time waster. Uninspired yes, but a pleasant undertaking. It keeps interesting enough to keep going without being invested enough to need to burn through it. During Highschool I lived in a small town where our high school serviced the towns near us, so while I spent every weekend with Friends my weekends, with them being in nearby towns, were spent reading quite a bit of manga, I found myself oddly enjoying simple relaxing time suck mangas like this. If you’re looking for a time waster it’s a pretty decent one and at least it’s a bit more original in its concept then the average.
While I did enjoy my time, and it did relax me quite a bit Watashi ga Motenai is never going to be someone’s favorite manga. It’s not very interesting and its humor while not terrible is not distinctly clever in any way. Watashi ga Motenai volume one earns a simple 3 Vibrators for Christmas out of 5.
Hello again vice, it is I, M. It’s time for our daily ride in Deadman wonderland, The Circus keeps moving entering in this time with Volume 8. A continuation in the Forgeries arc as it begins to come to a close I sense. So shall we begin? Buckle in tight this one’s going to be an intense performance.
Volume 8 continues the Forgeries arc as The Deadmen crew team up with the former warden and her staff to bring down the promoter and his Forgeries. This Volume follows each of the Deadmen crew in separate fights all to give Ganta, Shiro, and Azami time to shut down the Mask control and free the Forgeries from the promoter’s control.
This volume follows up the pervious exactly as I suspected, after a huge build up in plot and tension this one is all one big battle, each member of the Deadmen crew getting their own fight with a bit of the background of each explored with it. While formulaic the payoff is excellent as is the matches. Focused and fairly brutal as a fan of well done action I found myself happy to watch the pay off of that rather combat less volume previously. Each fight comes off with a bit of style and a lot of substance without feeling too clustered of confused seeing as each are done individually with even somewhat silly but fairly fun verses screens.
The main downfall might be simply that there isn’t much aside from the action, but considering that this volume chronicles mostly with a single massive battle, it doesn’t feel off at all. It’s difficult to criticize something that is setting out to really only hit one story beat; the fight for Deadman Wonderland itself. The story does pick up at the end though and there are small little insights into the characters so even then it’s a difficult thing to complain about. Aside from that a few nick picks about people fighting harder not smarter come to mind but seem like shallow complaints to an overall positive experience.
I like where the volume lets off and the direction it’s moving in, the arc is pretty decent even if not exactly inventive. This Volume completes its goal very well, not in a way that I would call it masterful, but damn well, even great. Scores a much more comfortable and stable 4 back stories out of 5, not a distinct improvement, but also not as close to falling out as the previous. Well Vice that’s all for today, hope you enjoyed our ride, the carnival still has three more rides for us before it has to leave, so I hope to be keeping up with my quest. See you tomorrow Vice.