Well hello and welcome again, I M have returned with another installment of my grand quest to review all of Deadman wonderland there is to explore, and this quest stops for no man, podcast finished and uploaded my quest returns and I set my sights on Volume 3. Now let’s rip this up and see what’s inside this next volume.
Dead man wonderland volume three continues the series of carnival displays in the forms of fights to the death this time with the Hummingbird, a seemingly sweet and innocent little girl with a tendency for the ferocious. It also goes into some other stuff with shiro and her past, and a bit more awkwardly out of nowhere story beats at the end however for the most part this volume focuses on the fight between woodpecker and the hummingbird.
From the get go my main complain with deadman has been its inability to stay to one thing for too long before like a schizophrenic child after a mouse. It always seems to lose focus and forget what it was even about before it was too long which made volume three particularly nice that it took its time with the carnival corpse even if it does end with a plot shift alluded to it still remained focused on the dealings at hand. Also giving your best characters (Crow and Shiro) quiet a lot of screen time helps definitely.
The negatives are mostly the same, the hummingbird is to say it conservatively, silly, when it comes to the attempt and being mature, often lewd and cursey to try to make her seem edgy, but that could all be the translation, but I’m not buying it, the main attraction of this event isn’t that pleasing but that surprisingly isn’t that much of a negative when everything else manages t keep it together.
All in all the candy is still sweet in volume three of deadman, but I can definitely see where things could get much better or worse, however that’s yet to surface. Dead man continues to be an enjoyable 4 blood whips out of 5 but unless it starts picking up deadman is going to start to sink, but for now they can celebrate. That’s all for today’s carnival folks, hope you enjoy the ride just as much as me.
Well hello, welcome anime vice to our lovely community podcast, Finally after some many fatal issues we bring you a new M-cast complete with all the shenanigans. Join me, M, and three other idiots (Pyro blue, Homer Slobotnick, and Patches the Clown) as we discuss everything from Katawa shoujo to fatal frame to steins gate and everywhere in between. So sit back and enjoy and remember today's addition is not a spoiler cast so anyone of appropriate age can enjoy oh and sorry again about the cursing.
Leave us with your questions and comments most of all hope you like it we had great time making this and sorry we were so late.
Oh and opening credits
The massive Spaniard - M
The fantastic beard man - Pyro blue
The lazy doctor - Homer Slobotnick
and lastly camera man Patches the clown
PS. Incorrect statements include, beta outnumber us 14,000 to 1 not 14 to 1 and were always hostile, and fatal frame is made by tecmo not namco.
Welcome again, thank you for joining me, M, for the second part of my adventure to review ever volume in the deadman series, if you missed the first volume you can find my review here, but if not then welcome as we take bite out of Deadman wonderland Volume two.
Volume two continues the story of Ganta, now with less to do with surviving the basic prison of Deadman Wonderland, but instead trying to find the “Red man” who murdered his entire class. This continues until he discovers G ward and the deadmen (people with abilities like ganta’s and the Redman’s) and more importantly that these people are forced to fight one another in the Carnival Corpse, but most importantly this volume marks the entry of one of my favorite characters, “The Crow.”
The series continues with its previous pros and cons with no real change in production and tone more in exactly where the story is going, and while a creepy prison is a more original plot device then a series of tournament style battles it’s not done poorly and if that’s what it takes for me to get my crow then hell yes. The manga seems to however be kicking into overdrive too hard in terms of pacing, literally the final chapter introduces four all new characters and provides a radical (if predictable) twist to one already established characters.
Basically Deadman wonderlands biggest issue is more of a bad omen, it seems to be putting too much on its plate too fast and I’ve yet to see if it can handle it. That being said I am very much interested in where this is going seeing as I’m already seeing major differentiations from the anime hopefully for the better. I still am very much enjoying deadman wonderland and still extremely interested which shows the volume is succeeding well enough at what it is despite its questionable plot choices.
While not as good as future diary in terms of pacing story telling and execution but it remains excellent and within that type of creepy and dark that I rather enjoy. This volume continues the franchise at a very solid 4 Shiro cheers out of 5, but that’s not all gentlemen, we got nine more volumes to go on this epic saga and as you all know, you can’t stop the M train. Later vicers.
Well Hello Anime Vice, M here again with a review but a bit different this time, here I’ve begun to go through and add a bit of a new segment, reviewing volume by volume Dead man wonderland the future diary manga if memory serves. I’ve been interested in checking out Deadman wonderland since it first showed up in the back of one of my old Tokyopop mangas.I felt it might be interesting to write mini reviews of each volume as I read it and show my feelings as it evolves on the franchise as a whole, all while I continue to watch the show on Toonami. This being noted let’s get into the meat of the this new feature and talk about dead man wonderland volume one.
Released back in 2010 by Tokyo pop Deadman Wonderland features the story of Ganta a middle school kid who was the only survivor of an attack on his class by the mysterious “Red man” and then is as his luck would have it blamed for the incident. With a death sentence invoked he finds himself in Deadman Wonderland a carnival style prison where prisoners perform for our amusement usually in horrific and gruesome ways. From there he meets Shrio a mysterious albino girl whom claims to be a friend of Gantas.
The first volume basically covers his first couple of days and establishes the tone for the franchise, something very gruesome dark and unfair to the main character. The Tone whether you like it or not is very much the same as the tone was in two other mangas I rather enjoyed, Elfen Lied and Future diaries. Both building on a dark atmosphere and often putting the main character in rather painful and unpleasant circumstance. The Pros are simple in this turn around. The main character while a panicked middle schooler seems to have some intelligence and some balls when he needs to and while I already know the answer from the anime, the red man is presented successfully as a creepy and frighteningly powerful entity all while remaining a well presented mystery. The art is gritty but not too much, it looks nice and while not always in some spots it reads well and passes quickly giving you the urge to push on with the series.
The cons are mostly in execution, the begging seems too rushed in terms of pace (not in terms of production) and for the most part the side characters aside from Shiro have little or no time to do much more then shout out a line or two before walking away from the scene so that the story can move to something else quickly. Nothing seems to take the time that it should nor be as well established as it should.
Most of all I’m very interested to see where it goes despite some decisive opinions of the franchise. As for this volume I give it a 4 candy pieces out of 5, Well I’m off to do some work but hope you guys enjoy the new mini reviews also sorry about the podcast were working on it just need one last thing done so just wait you guys later.
Hello vice users, it’s M again, one late evening bringing you another review, this time of an older title that completely missed me, something that was brought to my attention by friend of mine, same friend that brought me Steins Gate. With that in mind I decided to give the somewhat acclaimed, Welcome to the NHK, a shot.
Welcome to the NHK, based off a 2006 manga released in America under the once very relevant Tokyo pop, brings to anime introspective drama surrounding the story of Tatsuhiro Satõ. A hikikomori; an, as put by Animevice “agoraphobic shut-in nearly incapable of being in public without having an extreme panic attack.” This same man, by accident, is brought into contact with a young girl, Misaki Nakahara, who promises to help him rid himself of his social anxiety and paranoia if he signs a contract with her. The contract promising her to meet each other each night at the park under pain of being fined one million yen. The story itself revolves around Sato slowly trying to work out of his social anxiety and deals heavily in the social and psychological status of himself and the people he meets.
I can sum up my feeling with Welcome to the NHK in one word, Complex. Its tone is to try to recreate the world in a very realistic way (within the confines of the characters perspective) which I suppose the fact that I feel everything from joy to irritation about NHK itself shows that it achieves some success in that. I’ve always felt like saying “It gave me a full range of emotions” is a lazy way to described mixed feelings, but actually I feel in this it’s a perfect description. NHK did illicit every negative and positive feeling I can be tricked into feeling by a work of fiction simply by being a fairly real story.
The plus about being so real of a story I feel more from less. NHK touch of realism lets scenes that aren’t all that dramatic or all that wonderful give a much more profound sense of both sadness and happiness when not much really has happened at all. This is especially true with painting the exact feeling of being completely alone in the world, that heavy sadness that doesn’t have you teary eyed but constantly depressed, this difficult to get down emotion is communicated by the characters so perfectly that I am almost certain the writer had gone through some similar sense of, well, soul crushing loneliness.
That being said, NHK is riddled with issues that make it difficult to call a fantastic story. My main criticism being a side effect of being so “real” a story, it’s about as monotonous as life is as well. Whether intended or accidental, the anime as a whole seems to drag its feet when it comes to pacing and progression. Almost every scene seems to just go on a little too long and a little too slowly, this is especially true with Sato’s delusions that are often so obnoxious it breaks the immersion that the serious scenes so wonderfully build. Even the story itself seems to draw on a bit, even if it is all nicely tied together and almost nothing is a pointless part it all could use some shaving down or tighter focus.
Another hole in the presentation is the humor of NHK. Factually, NHK had me laughing about twice as much as, say, Yuru Yuri did. I felt NHK did, however almost always seem to try three times harder and failed three times more at being funny. Try hard humor just ends up obnoxious and taking away from the best part of NHK, the calmer moments when it takes itself more seriously, that’s when NHK begins to shine. These moments make for a excellently human cast whom all both grow on you, make you care, and manage to have at least one scene where you want to smack them around for being an idiot.
Coming to the close I don’t feel like I’ve really done NHK justice or punished it enough for its success and failures, but to be honest I lack the aptitude to explain exactly what makes NHK so worth my time. While failing to be entertaining I think NHK manages to be a truly interesting and unique experience in a format that could use more originality. While I may have a difficult time giving NHK a blanket recommendation it I very much enjoyed my time with it and have not one regret of it. I’ll finish this off saying if you’ve ever gone through a substantial period of your life feeling incredibly alone in this world or the sensation of being lost without a way out you’re going to probably find something powerful and meaningful here, if you’re one of the lucky ones that have yet to go through that it’s probably not going to be that interesting.
Truly NHK befuddles me, I actually contemplating not writing a review purely because I have a hard time scoring NHK, but I’ll leave it as is and say if anything I’ve said seems like something that you might be interested in, then Take my score of 4 anime body pillows out of 5 as a sign that this is VERY much worth your time, if not then see the door on this one because I don’t see it worth the 12 hours. That’s all for me tonight folks if you got any recommendations leave them in the comments or recommend my review. Later vice.