「クロウ・クロウ」 (Kurou Kurou)
So dark yet so awesome, but it sure is hard to take good screencaps. After one of the deadmen, Crow (Senji), arrives in the nick of time, destroying the robot and putting out the fire, it becomes rather difficult to see what’s going on. That’s a shame too, since the Branches of Sin animated in a fight would have been pretty cool. I don’t know if it’s done on purpose to tone down the gore and violence, but the darkened scenes do contribute to the gritty atmosphere as they face off. Unfortunately that fight sort of lost its impact since I already knew Crow wasn’t the “red man”, but Ganta quickly goes into a rage when he sees Senji’s blood powers. He even has a similar smile as the Wretched Egg, though Ganta realizes his mistake soon enough and they clear up the misunderstanding.
Crow didn’t really care since he just wanted his pre-battle warmup, but he is pretty sick with his dual blades of blood. Perhaps I’m just stating the obvious, but he’s a very similar character to Zaraki Kenpachi from Bleach, even down to the spiky hair and the abs. I don’t approve of mindless thirst for violence, but in a fictional series those kind of characters are fun to watch. It’s pretty amusing how his main weakness seems to be sexy girls, and I wouldn’t have thought he had that kind of modest side. Other than that though, he acts like he only lives looking for a worthy opponent to give him a good battle.
On the other hand, Ganta is a hotheaded idiot (aren’t all shounen protagonists) though lacking any kind of coolness, and spends a lot of time screaming in horror/anger/fear/shock. His anger is definitely warranted, but the maniac sadist Tamaki probably just enjoys it all even more while watching Ganta suffer. The things that happened to him really are horrible, and now I think about, anime has no qualms about showing kids going through awful situations that Western entertainment would never show because of how controversial it’d be. However the fact manga and anime is art as opposed to live-action does somewhat lessen the impact of the R-rated stuff.
Bringing back my point from the last episode, all the secrecy of the “true” Deadman Wonderland still feels like a plot hole. As I thought, the Deadmen do put on gladiator-type entertainment (Carnival Corpse), so I still don’t understand how they could be so secret from Makina and the guards. They call “Carnival Corpse” an experiment, but it’s a show as well and a lot of other people watch it. Some of the guards know a little about G-block too, so the rumors are rampant at least. Tamaki is cleaning up things pretty well, and acts like he doesn’t know what’s up with Shiro, but with extensive surveillance and widespread knowledge, this stuff shouldn’t be all that surprising when revealed. The guards, even Makina, don’t pay much attention to the weird little girl in white either, nor do they seem bothered by how she doesn’t belong at all. Makina is pretty pissed at all of Tamaki’s little conspiracies and keeps trying to get to the bottom of things, but honestly I don’t think it’s that hard with just a little simple investigation.