Takumi Minatsuki (Nomizu Iori) has shown up — the deadman I was looking forward to seeing the most. Her front is really fun to watch, looking so damn sweet and adorable. It’s not moe in the chibi art style sense, but in the cute and innocent look that incites the “protective urge”. It works well too, and Ganta buys it one hundred percent when she moans about the cruelty of the Carnival Corpse and about her sad past. I think I would have fallen for it as well, but Ganta really hasn’t learned that there is no one that can be trusted here in Deadman Wonderland, and that pretty much nobody is who they seem. Minatsuki definitely has some emotional and sexual manipulation going on behind her innocent front too, and I don’t think anything she does is accidental.
She is quite a sadistic girl, and it’s rather disturbing to see her get turned on by hurting other people, like that crazy nurse did. I’m not surprised that she manipulates her brother Yoh for her own ends as well, seeing as both siblings are quite ruthless. Yoh figures it out though, and you’d think after his emotional speech about protecting her and all, she would soften up, but no I think her mind just cracked a little further. As expected, she had indeed suffered some severe trauma in the past to twist her personality, making her right at home in the crazy place that is Deadman Wonderland. However, I don’t understand why Minatsuki was sentenced to death row for the murder of her father. For one, she’s a minor, and even given the brutality of the crime, I think the insanity defense works pretty well in her case. Also, I thought that Yoh had confessed to the crime, since he even said that he thought he was the murderer and that she was innocent. The whole case was probably because of the same messed up justice system that sentenced Ganta (and the same “public defender” too).
As for the actual fight, I’m slightly disappointed with the Branch of Sin powers this time. Ganta’s blood gun is unimpressive as usual, but Hummingbird’s high-speed whip attacks seem very weak as well. Given what she did to her father, I would think they could do much more damage past shallow cuts. Either she’s just toying with Ganta, or he has a lot of plot armor. In the end though Ganta manages temporarily disarm Minatsuki with some choice words about family and morals… then proceeds to headbutt her. Ganta does tend to make bullshit wins, but in this case it was a pretty interesting knockout, and I’m also enjoying his new “fuck you” attitude that he picked up from Minatsuki. I still feel there are a few discrepancies and plot holes that could be explained; they aren’t major points, but they are still a distraction. The animation and art was pretty bad in certain places too, and I felt the voice acting was stilted. I did enjoy watching the interactions and the twists involved, though I see a pattern developing as Ganta makes at least partial amends with the opponents each of the opponents that he defeats but doesn’t kill. His beginner’s luck is getting kind of annoying too, and a loss would honestly make for better development.