Aug 27 2011 05:57 PM
Deadman Wonderland, a story about a world full of crazy and insane maniacs both physically and mentally, ranging from the "normal" to those who use blood as their supernatural powers.
So yeah, about that story, it's pretty damn linear. The only thing worthy of being called a "surprise" is the suspense factor of who would win a match. Of course that faded early on the series when they simply stopped doing them and moved on to "bigger and better" things. Unfortunately, the plot remained dull, especially the point where Ganta chose not to escape in the final episode. The cliffhanger was expected given the ongoing source and was already factored into my preliminary expectation for this show.
Animation was relatively decent for a Manglboe title but full of repetitive styles and recycled images leaving a lot of questions regarding the quality. In addition, the animation to their other recent title: Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai showed more impressive styles. This show's animation was closer to Ergo Proxy, but it seemed that even Ergo Proxy exceeds this show.
Music was okay at best but nothing superb. On the other hand the background music was superb. Absolutely loved the piano/keyboard theme. Seiyuu wise, decent overall, the best was probably Kana Hanazawa as Shiro, especially that snitch when she turns in to the "Red Man."
Character was shallow. Back story was briefly explained for a few characters, but not deep enough, especially Owl's. Why were people thrown in Deadman Wonderland/prison? I find it doubtful that everyone was caught in the same way that Ganta was regardless of how unrealistic this series is to begin with.
Enjoyment? It was okay for the first couple of episodes, but then I felt the show started jumping a bit with a lack of a proper transition. It sets up some potential for the OAD due later this year, but probably not as much as one would hope.
Overall, Deadman Wonderland ends up where I expected, good but far from excellent.Preliminary Score: 7/10
Final Score: 7/10