Shiro finally shows a very scary side, and even her voice and demeanor has completely changed. Just like pretty much every other person in Deadman Wonderland, first impressions are very misleading. I’m sure no one has any doubt now that Shiro is indeed the Wretched Egg, a.k.a. the “Red Man”. Her powers can trigger a mini-earthquake, reminiscent of the one that destroyed Tokyo, but the origin and nature of the powers are still very mysterious. The Branch of Sin, the Nameless Worm, the Red Hole: that’s stuff the leadership behind Deadman Wonderland is after, probably in hopes of harnessing the power, but it’s a dangerous thing they are messing with. It turns out even the Director is a Deadman, and he’s a lot stronger than he looks, which I don’t think Tamaki is aware of. The whole Deadman Wonderland is just layer after layer of conspiracies.
Ganta of course is at the lowest level of all the scheming. He doesn’t even have any memories of his past with Shiro due to some kind of amnesia, but that sad lullaby and the pain in his chest is starting to bring snippets of it back. The “Ace Man” TV superhero legacy with Ganta and Shiro’s childhood seems to be strong, to the point that Shiro dresses like him in her Wretched Egg form; however, that backstory makes the whole situation even more depressing. Their friendship ran really deep, and they pretty cute when they were little too, and they didn’t deserve everything they’ve gone through. It looks like Shiro’s original Branch of Sin has always been with her, and she has been very strong since she was young. Shiro hasn’t had the happiest childhood as a result though, and she’s been subject to tests and experiments by adults her whole life. Ganta’s mom was a scientist involved in the investigation too, so that would explain their close friendship. I am surprised he didn’t recognize the Ace Man’s armor on the “Red Man” given all the nostalgia associated with it, but that could be plausible since he had completely forgotten about Shiro up to that point. He’s obviously not aware of Shiro’s true nature at this point either, but there are little things that she does that make me think she really still does care about him even in her alternate personality.
Even without Shiro, the development elsewhere is getting very interesting. For one, Minatsuki still retains her sadistic shell, but there are definitely some cracks starting to show. Her attempts at keeping in-line with her personality is faltering, which is probably best illustrated at her happiness when the punishment game system was hacked so that she only lost her hair. Yoh still has his funky sister complex (can’t blame him with that kind of sex appeal), but suddenly all the brutality in the last episode seems to be turning into comic relief, and even Senji is involved in some of the more lighthearted scenes. However, things are escalating quickly with the introduction of the incredibly strong “super priest” Genkaku, whom Tamaki uses to control the Deadmen.
As far as shounen villains go, he’s looks pretty bad-ass and has quite a crazy personality, carrying a guitar/wind tunnel as a weapon to top it off. On the good guy side, Koshio Karako and “Owl” (Kengamine Nagi) show up to recruit Ganta into their group. I find their resistance cell status unbelievable though, because they are death row inmates with collars that can track and subdue prisoners. I don’t get how their activities work at all, especially when they are in a closed system and secrecy isn’t exactly possible. However it is possible that the authorities are just not cracking down on them explicitly, and Genkaku does seem to be somewhat aware of what they are up to. Regardless, aside from the violent system of “entertainment” and punishment, controls feel pretty lax in this prison.