Deadman Wonderland; Violent As All Get Out

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the SECOND of two posts to celebrate the Victoria Day holiday here in…oh that’s right, the internet! Folks, I have a FANTASTIC post lined up for you right now and for today, and it’s all about, alright I’m sorry, I really can’t carry that kind of hype for too long without it getting annoying. Back to the main point, this actually IS the second post I promised to do, and while that might not seem like a big deal (and it really isn’t), I have been struggling with the source material for this thing for a while now. Well, for a few days.

Originally, I wanted it to be about Deadman Wonderland, an EXTREMELY violent manga written by Jinsei Kataoka and drawn by Kasuma Kondou (the guy who did Eureka Seven), but frankly, I can’t even get myself to finish reading it. The wikipedia page is as violent as humanely possible, and that’s surprising enough as it is. Oddly enough though, it’s not that I can’t stand violence, in contrast I’m currently watching the 4th movie in the Saw franchise and I feel relatively fine (terrified of the prospects of course, but otherwise I understand that it’s a work of fiction and that I should treat it as such, after all, no one went into the Human Centipede to take notes for their Life Sci course, they went to see it because it makes no sense under ANY circumstance and that’s cool too), it’s that the way it’s being portrayed that, well, TERRIFIES me! I mean seriously! I remember when I was younger I’d go through the same emotions, I wouldn’t be able to watch or read something through because of how scared I got and that’s just troublesome. Though, one does learn to adjust themselves to the violence, but still.

Hold on a minute…hmm….Let’s see shall we? Teenage protagonist thrown into a fight for his life and the world he holds dear against his will? REALLY weak teenage male protagonist who is as cool (emotionally) as fire? Meets characters who are SIGNIFICANTLY stronger than he is, characters who he constantly wishes he could be? Weird albino female protagonist? Crazy awesome power that comes at a VERY dangerous price? Blood spurting every which way? Characters who die faster than a drop of a hat? Good grief people, this is Evangelion except not! I was wondering what took me so long to figure it out!

Although in all fairness, it’s starting to grow on me; I read about 10 more chapters while writing this review and while it certainly doesn’t have the literary flair that Evangelion did, it IS interesting, and after reading Bakuman, I can safely admit that YES I now judge work based on how interesting it is.

And that’s been the worst “review” of anything ever. Don’t challenge me on that one folks, I’ve been fighting this topic in my mind since Friday, and frankly, I’m not in the mood to analyze Deadman Wonderland for anything more than it is: a very well drawn fight for survival in the worst prison since Sona.

As always, this has been your Admin, and DO remember! Always look on the BYTE side of life!

-EK

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