Deadman Wonderland: It’s like the Hunger Games… but in prison. If you’re into gore and cruelty, you’ll like this one!


In A Nutshell

An entire classroom gets massacred by a mysterious man in red. The only survivor is Ganta Igarashi, who gets framed and sentenced to death. Ganta gets sent to Deadman Wonderland, a private prison full of sadistic inmates with enigmatic powers who have to fight in horrible games to live another day. Ganta will have to survive there while trying to find the Red Man to clear his name.


Meet the Characters

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Ganta Igarashi

Ganta is the main character of the series. He is a sweet, innocent boy who gets framed from an atrocious act that he didn’t commit. In front of this new situation, Ganta can only be confused and and very upset about his terrible luck. Ganta will have to learn to toughen up, both physically and mentally, to try to understand the messed up world he lives in.

 

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Shiro

Shiro is the complete opposite to Ganta. She is a prisoner in Deadman Wonderland and the first person to befriend Ganta. Unlike Ganta, Shiro is cheerful and doesn’t seem to have a worry in the world to the point that she can even laugh in the face of death. Shiro is a very mysterious character that Ganta struggles to understand.

 


A Brief History of Deadman Wonderland: the When, Where and How

Deadman Wonderland is a Japanese manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou. The series was published in Shounen Ace from 2007 to 2013. An anime adaptation aired between April and July 2011, adapting the first 21 chapters of the manga.


Why It’s Awesome

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There’s just not many anime that talk about life in prison, especially not about how corrupt and inhumane some of these places can be. Deadman Wonderland creates a prison and takes those ideas to new levels by creating gladiator fights and circus-like games that make this prison a living nightmare for its inmates. Placing an innocent and good-hearted young kid into this hell works as a very interesting experiment as we get to see the character progression and how he adapts to this place.

Perhaphs one of the highlights of the series is that it offers an innovative fighting style by using one’s blood. In some ways, the fights are reminiscent of those one can see in Tokyo Ghoul. The soundtrack, animation and art style work wonderfully with this battle sequences, but I must warn you, if you’re sensitive to gore or general cruelty, this series probably isn’t for you. If you’re OK with those topics, you might want to decide whether you want to watch the censored or uncensored version.

Deadman Wonderland doesn’t really do anything that hasn’t been done before, but it still does a great job at telling its story efficiently. The series only has 12 episodes, so if you like action, horror and general cruelty, you probably want to check this one out!


Overall Score

Category Score
Show Quality 7/10
Characters 8/10
Fandom 7/10
Animation & OST_ 8,5/10
Drama/Comedy 9/10
Total 39,5/50
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