Deadman Wonderland 7 -WOW WHAT A TWIST WOWZERS
A couple of quick notes so that I don’t toss out spoilers before the break that people might stumble upon and get pissed about if they are not caught up on Deadman Wonderland‘s story and somehow still care about the plot:
I recorded a podcast with the Metanorn folks a couple of days ago. Not totally sure when it will be released, but I’ll be sure to give them a shout on here when it is. It was definitely a fun experience!
Also, as it pertains to Deadman Wonderland, I called bullshit on the line above at first, but just to be sure, I did some quick research — apparently, it is possible to live without a stomach, except of course one’s diet is drastically altered (since a major step in digestion is skipped). Now, I’m not as certain that lacking a stomach and a kidney would put Minatsuki in the best position to exert as much energy as she does fighting, but hey, I guess all the show would need to do is hand wave it with some bullshit about the Deadman powers changing a human’s biological make-up or whatever. Wouldn’t be the first time anime character had sketchy biology, anyway.
So onto the actual meat of the episode: It’s more or less implied that Shiro is also the Red Man via some sort of alternate personality. Same mask (the whole costume being inspired by the Ace Man costume of Ganta and Shiro’s youth), same crazy grin (of course, everyone in this series has the same crazy grin, but whatever), Shiro being the president’s plaything, Shiro’s reference to herself as being, “not the one who likes [sweets]“, etc. Blah, blah, blah, evidence, blah, blah.
It might be a decent twist if there were any reason to care about the characters at all. It’s certainly not an original twist; it’s basically forgotten childhood friend + multiple personalities = tragedy. But there are very few (if any) original twists anymore; what makes a twist worthwhile now is not the twist itself, but the impact it has on characters about whom the audience cares. (Though I concede that a twist for its own sake can sometimes be interesting and memorable if the story is written well enough.) You-know-what in ep3 of Madoka Magica is a worthwhile twist because of how it changes the focus of the show and how the audience looks at and feels for the characters. (Although I don’t think the characters were amazingly built by that point.)
So, yeah, the before and after of the twist is what matters more than the twist itself. I can’t be too presumptuous about the after, though if the pattern of the show so far is any indication, if Ganta learns about Shiro’s other personality before this season concludes, then it will mostly lead to a lot of uninteresting whining from Ganta. Certainly, though, I think many can concede that the characters in the anime aren’t built in such a way that gives this twist the proper impact. I’m basically laughing at them and the situation, so I kind of brushed off the twist. (Curiously, the way it is presented in this episode, that seems to be the way it is handled here. It’s almost an afterthought.)
Anyway! Enough of me taking Deadman Wonderland somewhat seriously. It’s on the precipice of Terribad, but not quite there yet. Come on, Deadman Wonderland. Go over the edge. You know you want to.