「絶望のGIG 」 (Zetsubou no GIG)
“Gig of Despair”
Ganta admits his weakness, wimpiness, and pathetic-ness and resolves to become stronger and training with Crow. Now that is the attitude I was looking for and it certainly elevates him at least somewhat to a proper protagonist. Unfortunately, Senji’s training is classic shounen beat-your-powers-out-of-you style by threatening Ganta’s life. Sheer willpower is certainly a force multiplier, but it is pretty dam risky too. It sure saves a lot of time though and is a way for newbie characters to power up in a short amount of time (a la Bleach).
Speaking of weak characters, Scar Chain definitely needs all the help they can get, though it was probably for the best leaving Ganta out of it. Of course they get nowhere and Karako gets captured almost immediately; it seems all the strong ones like Crow or Minatsuki (who both have supersonic attacks and also have less problems dealing with emotional distress) aren’t interested in helping them and don’t really care about breaking out. I still wonder, really how did Ganta beat both of them? Maybe it was beginners luck, but I am that he is finally getting stronger, and he does manage to break the sound barrier with his blood pellets (just as his body goes anemic). It’s unfortunate that he suffers another classic shounen protagonist flaw, and still doesn’t use his head, and in the end Minatsuki has to save him and point him in the right direction. It’s a good thing Ganta has a lot of friends else even nine lives wouldn’t have done him any good.
More of Mockingbird is introduced also this episode. I swear that Sakigami is a girl from the way he’s portrayed, and he even has a female voice; the author really should have just made him a girl. Nevertheless he is a very, very interesting character and is giving off creepy vibes too. Mockingbird seems far stronger than Crow too and has probably the most powerful Branch of Sin of all the Deadmen (aside from Shiro), which I hope will be shown in the anime before it ends. He’s in tune with the bigger picture of Deadman Wonderland too, and has a deep interest in Shiro with his own little conspiracy. The manga actually doesn’t really say much about his character and I don’t remember seeing any of his past, but from what is shown (his scars, the fact he said he had “died” and needed to restart, and his knowledge of the Wretched Egg), it is possible that he’s actually the former director reincarnated. Sakigami is quite an eccentric personality and I’m looking forward to seeing what his crazy back-story was.
As for the other bad guys, the Undertakers are still running strong, and their brutality and craziness has not abated one bit. Ganta bursts in and tries to save Shiro and Karako who looked like they were about to be raped, but Nagi finally completely cracks under the torture and the drugs. There is more despair than hope, and I see no hints of a happy ending coming up and there’s still a lot of mystery that still hasn’t been solved. This show has been fairly strong so far though, and I just hope the conclusion won’t be disappointing.