My fellow humans!
I have returned with an annual review! This time, "Deadman Wonderland".*SPOILER ALERT*First impressions:
My first impression of this series was rather similar to what it actually is. Upon viewing some trailers and brief footage from a few episodes, I came up with my hypothesis of the show: an "amusement park" where prisoners are forced to perform stunts in front of a live audience - rather than being regularly locked up. But it turns out that I'm only HALF-right.Summary:
Ganta is your average fourteen year-old guy just living his life, hanging out with his friends, goofing around...at least until his entire classroom is literally blown to bits by a mysterious man in red - leaving every single one of Ganta's classmates dead. Being the only one alive, he is accused for the mass murder and sentenced to be on death row at the infamous "Deadman Wonderland". Still trying to find hope in being saved and redeemed, he turns to his fellow inmates, who, among others have also been "falsely" accused. While Ganta's inmates all seek redemption as well, there's but one that doesn't quite fit in. A white haired girl by the name of Shiro who claims to know Ganta, accompanies him on his continuous quest for freedom, playing by the "rules" and participating in those deadly games Tokyo's citizens so dearly enjoy.Thoughts:
This anime did not fail to amaze me. Each character has a realistic feel to them - even though some are rather extreme than others. There's so much plot, yet so much character development involved. There are characters who have deliberately gotten arrested just so they could be with their loved ones, because in Deadman Wonderland...it's nearly impossible to buy your freedom. Like I said before, this is not just an ordinary prison. People are not treated like humans, they are forever locked up and cease to see the sunlight unless they're performing a deadly stunt. In these games, sometimes the prisoners have to kill each other just to survive. After years of being trapped in such a place causes the inhabitants to go crazy. For the prisoners, it's like being in a insane asylum.
I felt like I could really sympathize with the characters at times. Some prisoners were forced to kill their friends, watch their fellow inmates be killed, and often recorded while being tortured. This anime goes to show how cruel life can be, it shows how a hope in one's eyes can slowly disappear overtime, it gives a perspective of what would actually happen is such a place existed.
For the first time, I watched an anime where the opening is in full, understandable English. I'm starting to think "Guren no Yumiya" finally has some competition for greatest theme song. But...then again, you can't beat Eren Jaeger. Final Comments:
Overall, I found this to be an excellent anime that always kept me wanting more. The ending leaves off where one could only theorize what happens next. The music and artwork were great, not to mention the action sequences kicked @$$. I highly recommend it to anymore who's looking for some major suspense, twists and turns, humor, and action.
Before I wrap this review up, I see a lot of comments bashing on Ganta's character. Quite a bit of viewers find him to be "weak" and "cowardly". Here's something I think should kept in mind: Ganta is not portrayed as a violent person - he is very loving and considerate. Could you imagine being at school one day and seeing your friends' bodies lying helplessly on the ground right before being blamed for all of it? Showing up in court, with all those grieving parents glaring at you for something you didn't commit. Next? You're being thrown in a prison where the supposed "dangerous of the dangerous" are kept. Ganta probably went through all of this in less than 48 hours. Remember, he's a lover, not a fighter. He doesn't want to engage in violent activities with people because he hates seeing others in pain. Of course he adapts to the environment overtime - but just because he took longer to become "ruthless" than others doesn't make him a wuss. It means the guy has a heart, sympathy, and love.
Ahem, now that I'm finished with this lengthy review, I'm going to rate this anime a 4/5 stars
, I honestly wish I knew what happened in the outcome - but I suppose that's what makes Deadman Wonderland unique.
Watch the official trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX3lLz…
And the one and only badass opening here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH2Y4h…
See ya guys later!
PS: Happy Thanksgiving!