「死肉祭（カーニバル・コープス）」 (Shinikusai (Kaanibaru Koopusu))
“Carrion Festival (Carnival Corpse)”
Shiro really does know Ganta the best — he’s weak and timid. I find him to be improving luckily, and at least this time during his fight with Crow he uses his head, by taking the high ground and firing blood bullets. Of course, he also didn’t think enough and I was facepalming as he drained his own blood and quickly became anemic. His power is really boring and looks puny, but I think it’s still a good try for his first official fight. Still there’s the cliché “surpassing one’s limits” after getting pummeled. I find it slightly unbelievable that he was able to knock out Senji with one measly pea-shooter attack (even if that’s where Ganta wounded him last episode) after getting sliced up with dozens of attacks. Seems to me that shounen likes making the protagonist the underdog getting beat up until he suddenly powers-up and makes that one critical hit.
This episode racked the cruelty level several notches though. Pity for for the characters. Even though I knew what was going to happen already, some scenes were still quite unsettling. Ganta’s not the only one suffering either; the penalty game is just so brutal and really made me wince. I’m not bad with gore, but still had to pause the episode for a few moments as the Miss Sadist nurse extracted Senji’s right eye without anesthesia. *shiver* So much for lessened impact violence in animation. Senji really is a good guy at heart though, which would be more clear if there is time for his back-story to be shown later on.
Then of course there are the creepy kids of Deadman Wonderland, from the demented Tamaki and his weird toys, to Shiro, who’s cute but insanely strong at the same time. Badass adorable is always amusing to watch, and Shiro is a prime example. Toh has his own evil side too, trying to use her for his own goals, but unfortunately that backfired when he had the power to the ward cut. (Bad idea stopping the “lullaby”.) It was the massacre all over again with decapitated heads and body parts flying everywhere. Judging from that evil (i.e. awesome) grin, I think that pretty much solves the mystery of who the Wretched Egg is. My original reaction to the idea was definitely shock though, since I didn’t really pick up on the subtle hints beforehand. And call me weird, but I like this kind of crazy.
Like the first massacre in the school, there was a good amount of black-outs in the scene, but this time it wasn’t darkened as much. The quality was a lot better than before as well, and the only explicit censoring throughout the episode was the eye extraction scene and Shiro holding up the severed head. The pacing was much quicker than last time too and there were plenty of OMG moments. Unlike the other episodes, seeing things animated was actually harder-hitting than the still art this time. Things get even more exciting next week as Hummingbird (Minatsuki) shows up, and I can’t wait (for reasons stated in the previous paragraph).