Today I had a bit of a headache, so instead of going grocery shopping right after lunch like we usually do, I took an ibuprofen and we decided to watch one episode of anime to give it time to kick in. We're kind of in a, "Let's encourage Netflix to get more good anime!" mood, so Netflix was our streamer of choice today. So we browsed through their anime selection (or what they showed us of it; we're really not convinced they give us the whole list of anime), and we came to Deadman Wonderland. It's one we'd heard of, and I think the manga artist for one of the Persona Q mangas we translate is somehow involved with it, so we figured what the heck.
It was definitely very interesting and had many elements that had us going, "But you have to explain this!! Aaaaaaahhh!!!" But it's just so ugh.
It's about a boy whose class at school is suddenly completely murdered by a guy who can float in the air and blow up single classrooms without damaging others, but the murderer decided to keep the boy alive and implant some kind of a red crystal in his sternum. The murderer guy disappears so now of course he's the only suspect. He gets convicted and sentenced to death row at Deadman Wonderland, which is like a gladiator-style theme park. And all that might be okay if the storytelling didn't decide to really play up the horrific nature of the attractions at this theme park. There's a lot of death and blah and yuck. It's like, "Good job making a point about how desensitized we are to horrific entertainment. I'll stop watching your show now."
It's a little hard to break ties with it entirely though, for one reason that you should probably be able to guess. I'll add a sentence here for you to read while you try and figure it out in case it wasn't as obvious as we think it is. Okay, ready? Our beloved Yuuki Kaji is in it! Aaaaaaaahh!! It was funny, because there's Ganta (the main character) at the prison, and this random inmate walks up and bumps into him. He starts talking, and we go, "!!!!" Then the warden kills him, and we're like, "Well, so much for that!"
Only she didn't actually kill him; she just slashed him across the chest and it bled a lot. We suspect one of the main reasons they cast Kaji-kun is that they wanted someone who can do realistic screams, because man, this guy ends up screaming a lot. At least, we're two for two. We watched two episodes. This character isn't in it that much, but he's sneaky and definitely has something going on, and he's communicating with the guy who got Ganta convicted, and he's played by Kaji-kun, so we really want to know what his deal is!
...But I think this show might be too much. Page would come sit with us while we watched it, and she looked really tense the whole time. Of course, she does have a habit of looking tense, and we think she might have fleas again, but we're still waiting for the treatment we ordered to get here. (So far Advantage works the best, and they don't sell it at our grocery store. We sprang for two-day shipping, but they didn't ship it until Thursday and apparently weekends are not a part of two-day shipping options.)
Anyway, it looks like we're going to have to actually start rating the stuff we watch on Netflix if we want them to show us more of it. We like to leave things unrated, because then we can see how everybody else is rating it and how it changes as more people watch and rate. I suppose it's a small price to pay for getting more good anime on Netflix.
Today I'm thankful for our favorite brand of pizza being on sale today (well, our second favorite; they don't carry cheese Freschetta anymore), Ben & Jerry's ice cream also being on sale, being almost done with all our chores, the weather being a little cool these last couple of days, and Page spending time with us.