Deadman Wonderland Anime Review

A bit dark...

This anime is extremely dark, so those who don’t like that should stay far away from it. It is about a boy who is framed for the murders of his entire class, and given the death sentence in a new prison. In this prison the prisoners have to face almost certain death each day. However, he has gained an unusual power.

One thing about the show that was strange, and I’m not sure if this is only the case on Animelab or not, but some of the colours seemed to bleed across the screen. It may have had a purpose, but it wasn’t clear to me. (Animelab is owned by Madman entertainment and is a legitimate legal streaming site, so it probably shouldn’t have those sorts of problems.)

One of the best features of this anime were the characters, almost all of them were likeable and interesting. I personally didn’t like Hummingbird and the Undertakers, however the rest were all fascinating to watch. I really enjoyed seeing Shiro’s attitude to everything she encountered, and her relationship with Ganta. I think that it really took the show up a level. I also really liked Crow’s character. This anime creates an effect where you grow to like characters on different sides, which will willingly fight each other. I have never seen this effect to such a degree in an anime before.

I felt that all the different situations the main character faced passed by too quickly. Especially considering that these situations contained many unique, detailed and interesting concepts. It was almost as if it got bored and forgot about things.

Personally I wasn’t bothered much by the dark nature of the show, however I did feel that some aspects were unnecessary, while others should have drawn more focus. This show was trying to be dark, so I’m not going to complain that they did what they set out to do, though.

This show has a very open ending. In fact, I would say that it doesn’t really end. This wasn’t a big problem, but I’m a little disappointed to not see it wrap up completely. That’s a little strange, since I usually prefer open endings, however I would say that the style of this show certainly contributes to this.

So watch this if you don’t mind dark shows, and I would highly recommend it to those who watch anime for the characters.

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