Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Printable Version
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Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Cody S. - 05-27-2012 12:14 PM
Late in getting these up! Sorry folks who wanted to discuss!
Deadman Wonderland - Death Row Wrote:A massive earthquake ravaged Japan's mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of the city into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture's middle school.
Toonami Premiere - [5/27] @ 12:30am
Doesn't look like we have a 'spoilers' button just yet - so if you've seen future episodes of the series and wish to discuss them in this thread, please note them as spoilers BEFORE discussing them so the rest of us can read in peace!
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Aaron B. - 05-27-2012 04:09 PM
I have some pretty sizable expectations of this anime, so here's to hoping that it delivers as much as possible. The production quality is top notch and there's plenty of room for characters to flex their might and do some damage. I like the premise of this title particularly because it throws dramatic irony out of the window... the audience learns more and more about the dangers of this new world just as Ganta does. Nothing slips through the cracks.
Also, I gave it four stars. I'm not exactly a card-carrying fan of Greg Ayres' work. He's definitely a pro, but if his character starts wimping out, the subsequent whining is pretty much unbearable.
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Daikun - 05-27-2012 05:16 PM
This is definitely the better of the two premieres. I like the characters and it had some great one-liners. The way the prison works is also intriguing.
I'm definitely setting my DVR for this every week.
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Red X Robin - 05-27-2012 08:10 PM
Deadman Wonderland... an anime that gets down to business straight out of the gate.
The show at least seemed ordinary enough for the first couple of minutes. Friends/Classmates were talking about normal things and then, BAM!... an entire class of kids gets violently massacred. That classroom scene was just horrific. If I had been in Ganta's position, I would have went insane right then and there. I only knew Mimi for about three minutes and I already wanted to cry for what happened to the poor girl. Very brutal stuff.
I honestly can't remember the last time the first episode of a series pulled me in like this first episode of Deadman Wonderland. The dark story, characters, dialogue, and concept all make up a fantastic show... so far. The art direction and production quality make it pleasing to watch as well. I'm giving this episode "5 Stars" for making an excellent first impression.
With only 12 episodes, I guess a series such as this sort of had to be awesome from the get-go. This is just one of the reasons why I kind of prefer my anime on the short side. Not to mention that shorter anime make wonderful and affordable DVD box sets. C'mon, FUNimation, I think I need to own this series ASAP. In the meantime, thank goodness Toonami is back!
(05-27-2012 04:09 PM)Aaron H. Bynum Wrote: ... the audience learns more and more about the dangers of this new world just as Ganta does.
Right. I love how easy it is to see through Ganta's eyes because the audience doesn't know anymore about what's going on than he does. Ganta is living a terrible nightmare and we are right there with him in a bizarre way.
Without a doubt.
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Cody S. - 05-27-2012 11:01 PM
My only complaint is the laughability of a premise that revolves around a super popular theme-park that's run by some of the world's most dangerous convicts. And that everyone was so quick to believe that Ganta was guilty (since when can a kid do...that? Not just the killing but the destruction).
I was also very weary of Ganta's VA at first - didn't seem to fit the age of the character, or at least my perceived age based on how all the other students around him sounded (and man...so whiny!) I thought it was going to break the series for me...but I quickly was able to move past it. Phew.
Plus...how can you not love a show where a convict asks the warden "How big are you titties?" and she answers? I mean. Really. Conversely...I never in my life thought I'd be watching Toonami and would hear the words 'Titties'. So. It's a brave new world.
I enjoyed it a lot. It's nice to look at, it's funny, and horrifying, and intriguing. I'm very interested to see where it goes. Good pick on their part in my opinion. Now if only it wasn't on AFTER that godawful episode of Bleach...
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Aaron B. - 05-27-2012 11:33 PM
(05-27-2012 11:01 PM)Cody S. Wrote: Plus...how can you not love a show where a convict asks the warden "How big are you titties?" and she answers? I mean. Really. Conversely...I never in my life thought I'd be watching Toonami and would hear the words 'Titties'. So. It's a brave new world.I'm mixed on this. But it's not because of the series, but rather because of Adult Swim's censorship "standards" for Japanese animation, which have shifted over the years. For Deadman Wonderland, they obviously left in "the t word" and "the b word," ha. But clearly censored a few other items. I'll rewatch it and see if I can figure out what they specifically bleeped, but I won't know for sure, of course, until the DVDs come out next century. I also have a feeling that they censored some of the bloodier scenes in the classroom as well, but we'll see.
But on the history of Cartoon Network's inconsistent censorship of anime (blood, implied nudity, cursing), there are plenty of victims: Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Blood+, Paranoia Agent, Samurai Champloo, blah, blah, blah... GHOST is particularly interesting, because there's still a curse word or two that slipped through, and so every time they air that particular episode, sure enough, Batou curses.
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Cody S. - 05-27-2012 11:39 PM
I think Adult Swim has gotten to a point where they can pretty much say anything with the exception of a few of the 'harsher' swear words. From what I recall last night, the 'f-word' and the 's-word' were really the only things bleeped; and those two words alone (and perhaps some of the harsher ones that even something like South Park can't get away with yet) are pretty much ARE the line between what gets by and what doesn't throughout all cable networks (though the S-word's taboo-ness is waning slightly).
Of course older series are still edited to the standards at which they were at when they originally aired; probably just because CN doesn't want to spring for new tapes from the distributor. In the case of Bebop...that was quite some time ago...
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Daikun - 05-27-2012 11:43 PM
(05-27-2012 11:33 PM)Aaron H. Bynum Wrote: For Deadman Wonderland, they obviously left in "the t word" and "the b word," ha.
Which "b" word? There's quite a few.
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Cody S. - 05-27-2012 11:50 PM
I assume he meant Bootylicious.
RE: Toonami Talkback: Deadman Wonderland - "Death Row" - Tasermon's Teammate - 05-28-2012 12:16 AM
Heh, I remember when they used to do re-broadcasts of Evangelion, and they bleeped out Asuka's cuss words...even when they were in German!
Glad to see they're gettin' a bit more casual 'bout it. Really, they were fallin' abit behind in that respect. It's not like CN is a broadcast channel that has to follow FCC "morality" regs, afterall.