Madhouse is the perfect studio for this considering their ability to make more mature serious designs.
Really good episode and it made a good job showing the desperation and the awfulness of the situation.
I guess this is the way is gonna continue since it's their life in prison the show is revolving around.
This kind of productions are a bittersweet experience. On one hand it's a very mature realistic production with real painful drama on the other hand the desperation and reality of it are quite unpleasant and it certainly isn't fit for relaxing, fun, time.
Anyhow if it develops well it could be an epic story. Stories about imprisonment really are full of pain and battle for hope.
Madhouse and their smoothly drawn, well-muscled, square-jawed young men. Atmosphere is laid on too thick. Making it more documentary-esque would've swayed me-let fact speak for itself. The circumstances of these guys are tragic enough; seems like there aren't any self-defense laws or considerate provisions for minors/the poor. And that doctor is probably horny rather than genuinely kind.
Doesn't exactly help that the whole episode could've been misinterpreted as a part-educational, feature-length smoking ad, but that's probably just me being hyper-sensitive. At least the animation is on par with, if a bit over-similar to, Ippo.
Unless they take away some of the dramatics, I'm out. Preview does not give me hope.
It was good.
I can already predict the ending though, they all become really good friends and remember the boss that brought them together, because he's now dead. This is like animated Prison Break. I'm not too keen on the whole nice doctor kind of guy, he's probably the most corrupt out of all of them but, who knows.