Deadman Wonderland – 09, 10
「酸化促進剂（ワームイーター）」 (Sanka Sokushinji (Waamu Iitaa))
“Oxidation Accelerant (Worm Eater)”
「墓守（アンダーテイカー）」 (Hakamo (Andaa Teikaa))
A lot of the characters on the “good guy” side seem weak and inexperienced, and in the brutal environment of Deadman Wonderland, their naivety and lack of intuition is really taking a heavy toll. For one, they could just all stand and fight the Necro Macro, which isn’t that strong considering Crow dealt with it in one hit. Indeed even Karako had no problem dealing with the robot using her branch of sin, so her sacrifice was completely unnecessary; a quick attack by all of the Deadman would have finished it off in an instant. In addition it was a pretty terrible idea to entrust the data with Ganta considering that he’s the newest member, and also happens to be extremely inexperienced, naive, and weak.
Nagi is surprisingly naive too, going up to the little girl Daida Hibana and thinking that she’s just lost and happened to be wandering around the control room of Deadman Wonderland. As I’ve said many times, nobody is who they seem here, something he should know full well by now. Hibana is insanely strong too and completely demented, carrying a huge blade that’s quite similar to Abarai Renji’s shikai. I’ve been slightly desensitized to the violence after so many episodes, but that scene was still extremely brutal as she sliced off Nagi’s flesh bit by bit. Like pretty much every other person in the prison, she sports a horrible past involving a lot of torture and murder, and so I have no idea why Nagi decided it was appropriate to lecture her through all that. In the end he manages to defeat them and get the elevator moving, but perhaps it might not have mattered with the mole Rokuro embedded in his plans from the very beginning.
And of course the titular “Worm Eater” that neutralizes the branches of sin turns out to be real too, and it’s just sad seeming them getting toyed around with — indeed the authorities had always been playing along with their “resistance”. Scar Chain has been riding almost purely on hope, sacrifice, and sheer willpower, which in shounen shows is usually enough, but not so here as pretty much everything goes wrong. Even that USB drive they’ve been hinging their lives on all this time was a bomb, an utter fake, and the whole mission really were doomed to failure from before it began. Of course none of them have any idea of exactly what’s going and on, and Ganta blows up at Shiro without giving her a chance to explain when she destroys the chip in the nick of time. If it wasn’t for Shiro, Ganta would have died a dozen times over already, but again, if it wasn’t for Shiro, Ganta wouldn’t be in Deadman Wonderland. She really is the catalyst in his life, and she also reminds me of Msyu with her carefree innocence and simple desires.
The truth is finally revealed when Rokuro comes knocking around showing his sick and twisted side, and using them in an attempt to crack Owl while pumping him full of drugs to alter his memory and drive him insane. His tortured past does make him quite a suitable candidate for the Undertakers, who each have cruel back stories. I really do struggle for words to describe these sadistic maniacs, and they certainly have an appropriate name too (caretakers of the dead). Still, Genkaku with his guitar machine guns probably ranks among the slickest villains in anime. All the Undertakers have gone completely off the far end and all incredible powerful too, though my respect for them kind of went down after Crow cut them to pieces in one blow. He really is quite a badass, and with his supersonic blades, I still have no idea how he lost to Ganta. Senji really is a class above the other Deadmen, and his attitude is pretty awesome too, especially when he declined an invitation to join Scar Chain. Yes Deadman Wonderland is a crazy place, but the outside world is pretty brutal too; people with special abilities are more likely to be feared and used or destroyed than welcomed.
The higher ups are indeed planning something bigger involving the Branches of Sin, trying to harness their power for military purposes, though I’m not sure if there’s enough time for this season to get to that. Even now very little of the true nature of Deadman Wonderland is revealed yet. So far Makina hasn’t found out all that much yet either, and we still know close to nothing about the director and his relationship with Shiro. In addition, there’s the androgynous Mockingbird Sakigami who’s a mysterious new factor, a deadman that knows a lot more about the whole system than the others. With this series (or at least this season) concluding soon, I’m not sure how much will be shown, and it’s not entirely clear from the developments where the anime will cut off.