Saturday, 21 May 2011

Deadman Wonderland - Episode 6

Thanks to Yoh's machinations as he searches for the person he's searching for, we got to see another side to Shiro at the tail-end of last week's episode, as her cuddly yet strong demeanour turned into something that was outright terrifying as she laid to waste to all around her.  Luckily, it seems that this is just a temporary state for her, as she soon passes out in the wake of said destruction.

This leaves Yoh free to find his target - a girl named Minatsuki.  Ironically, we soon get to meet her for ourselves - not thanks to Yoh, but instead via Ganta as he saves a cute and vulnerable girl from having her flower devoured by an errant inmate.  And no, that isn't a euphemism for anything.  Anyhow, Ganta ends up hiding from said inmate with Minatsuki, where she relates to him the horrors of her past and how she ended up killing her father in self-defence before ending up at Deadman Wonderland and taking part in the Corpse Carnival as a Branches of Sin user.  Ganta eats up her story hook, line and sinker, vowing that they should escape together - a plan which is quickly foiled.


Of course, Minatsuki isn't all that she first seems, and this is soon revealed at the next Corpse Carnival match which just so happens to be a fight to the death between her fighting name of Hummingbird against Ganta's Woodpecker.  In truth, Minatsuki is a hardened criminal with a fetish for tricking people, using and abusing them and then beating seven shades out of them - a revelation which at least makes Ganta's decision on how to play this Carnival Corpse match easy... or at least it would be if it were not for the appearance of Yoh, who also seems to have been taken in by the tricks of Minatsuki (who is his sister, naturally) - a state of affairs which brings us to the first ever episode of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Yandere Wake ga Nai as she whales on both Yoh and Ganta before the latter finally manages to turn things around with some clever use of his power and a massive headbutt.

You know, I just have to come right out and say it - this episode of Deadman Wonderland was stupid.  Not just any old stupid, it was laugh in the face of supposed drama stupid.  Minatsuki's mum ran off with some flowers and left her daughter to die?  I'm sorry, but that really was hilarious even if it probably wasn't supposed to be a laughing matter.  Indeed, Minatsuki's entire behaviour was so overblown from beginning to end that much of the second half of the episode in particular was mired in the ridiculous, reaching epic proportions once Yoh appeared and disintegrating any remaining suspension of disbelief.  On the positive side we did at least learn a little more about Shiro this week, but my goodness Deadman Wonderland, what kind of cringe-worthy junk was this excuse for an episode?

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