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Deadman Wonderland 7 – Going Weasel Hunting

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Weasel hunting Makina

Better bring your rifle

But really, a rifle’s not going to help much if you’re against a bunch of dudes who can whip out WMDs made out of their own blood. You’d better hope that the one you fight has diabetes, Makina. At least weasel hunting’s not the only thing that happened this week, we get a few new character introductions among other things and we finally learn who cooked that rotten egg, er, Wretched Egg.

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Koshio Karako Game Fowl

Anyone reminded of Bakemonogatari?

Let’s get this over with quickly: Shiro and the old Director duke it out in a secret room some place far off, wherever, and the Director gets beaten. Lying in a pool of his own blood, he addresses Shiro by the name, Wretched Egg.

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Shiro Wretched Egg Branches of Sin

This "Wretched Egg" won't even taste good scrambled

The fight with Shiro created a big disturbance in the prison and left lot of things broken. In the aftermath of that fight, the Ganta and Crow talk about Aceman, which reminds Ganta about his time with Shiro ten years ago. Turns out that Ganta’s mother was one of the scientists at the research institute Shiro was kept in. And not one to be tricked, Chief Guard Makina is dead-set (Herp Derp. Pun.) on finding out what caused the quake and just what is going on in the prison.

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Scar chain members Owl Koshio Karako Game Fowl

You thought wrong, m'boy

Anyway, that woman over there in the yellow robe is Koshio Karako, aka Game Fowl, who attacks Ganta and drags him over to the Scar Chains’ headquarter, still within the prison of course. She asks him to join them as their mission is to tell the whole world of the atrocities that take place in Deadman Wonderland. Her boss, Owl, comes along and tries to persuade Ganta as well, even changing Minatsuki’s penalty game in order to win his favor.

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Minatsuki laughs

No biggie, just gonna get my ears lobbed off

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Priest uses guitar gun

Damn, what I would do with this thing...

Unfortunately though, a strange new priest comes along and attacks the Scar Chains. Before he does that though, he throws a defeated Yo on the ground to show his power. Ganta’s Branches of Sin turn out to be ineffective too, and all seems hopeless. Shucks, what’s going to happen next?

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Shiro and Ganta talk about superheroes

Once again, the action scenes in this anime are tight and relatively well animated. Save for a few crooked faces in this episode, the animation was stellar as compared to the last few episodes. So kudos to the staff for upping the ante a bit and keeping the art consistent.

Also, it was a good idea to flesh out the backstory between Ganta and Shiro. What’s got me really thinking is what role Ganta’s mother played in regards to the testing on Shiro, that is, if they did any testing. Keep in mind that I still haven’t watched the first four episodes.

Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド Promoter Takami Tamaki plays with lego

Where's mah lego?

And just as we seem to get comfortable with the whole situation in the prison, Promoter Takami throws a wrench into the whole mix by revealing his intention to take over. I don’t see why he would hesitate to do so, given that the Director was just recently defeated by Shiro. But would his regime bring about any change? Or is the show basically saying that the Director is currently keeping it “under control”, so to speak.

Forgive me for not being the most knowledgeable, but I really am pondering on what the meaning of Shiro being the Wretched Egg entails. Does this mean she’s the Red Man who slaughtered all of Ganta’s classmates? I’m pretty sure that all signs point to yes, but this show’s strange nature makes me question even the most seemingly obvious inferences.

And now let’s talk about Scar Chain, Ganta’s new posse. They appear to be friendly enough people with the right intentions yet there’s this part of me that’s telling me to throw them into a light of suspicion. Them being the righteous white knights of the prison is too good to be true. Duality is a huge part of this anime and we were just treated to a heavy dose of that last week with Minatsuki turning out to be a sadistic, twisted girl. After that, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise if it turned out one of the Scar Chains was secretly using the organization for his/her own ends.

On another note, the colorful hues of the Carnival of Corpses are in stark juxtaposition to the killing that goes on there. It gives off a sense of inhumanity on the audience’s and the administrator’s part. To separate themselves so far from the killing that they can consider it something to revel in is unthought of for us in this day and age and shows just how far human nature can bend. Without a doubt though, this hasn’t been absent throughout human history. We see examples of this in Rome, via Gladiator matches, where the victor lives and the loser is at the whim of the emperor.

Are there any other instances where this took place in history? I can’t come up with any off the top of my head, but perhaps one of you guys could fill me in.

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