Anime Review: Deadman Wonderland

17 11 2011

There are a lot of dark animes out there. But Deadman Wonderland really stands out, not just for its premise, but for the fact that it can somehow make you dislike nearly all the characters. The characters in DW range from truly appalling as human beings, to just straight up annoying. In fact, there isn’t one character I found tolerable until the anime was two-thirds finished.

It’s a very rare occurrence for me to hate nearly every character introduced into an anime. It’s an even rarer occurence for me to still watch an anime after I realize that. Deadman Wonderland somehow got me to keep watching despite this. I guess once you realize what is actually going on in the anime, you want to keep watching just to see how everything will blow up when it reaches the end.  The story is interesting and you really want to keep watching to see what is going to happen.

Character-wise, there is a mixed bundle. Ganta is a really whiny character and while you do feel for the situation he is in, it’s as if he never grows out of it. Shiro is just plain annoying for most of the anime. Regardless of how serious a scene is in DW, once Shiro enters the picture it just feels silly. Her naivity might seem endearing at first, but it gets old really fast. There’s also the warden who doesn’t care about anything other than keeping control, the owner who manipulates everyone, and the pickpocket who really doesn’t care about anyone but himself. The only decent characters are the Scar Chain members introduced later on.

Another thing about this anime, its very gory. Especially if you’re watching the uncensored version. So if you’re someone who doesn’t like a lot of blood and gore, this anime probably isn’t for you. Think Elfen Lied levels of gore.

Overall the anime isn’t bad. The story is good and it does enough to keep you watching. But most of the characters are horrible and were almost enough to make me drop the anime in the first few episodes. I’d give it to Episode 5 before you decide to drop if you plan to start this anime.

Final Rating: 5/10

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