Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 17, 2011 to Jul 3, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.711 (scored by 89443 users)
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Aug 6, 2011
Welcome to Deadman Wonderland.
Based on the manga by Kataoka Jinsei (story), and Kondou Kazuma (art), the story begins with middle school student Igarashi Ganta, a fairly normal teenager with a reasonably mundane life - going to school, hanging out with friends, etc. All of that changes when his entire class are slaughtered while still in school, and as the only survivor he is found guilty of mass murder and sentenced to death. He is sent to Deadman Wonderland to wait out the time before his execution, but the powers that be in the prison have their eyes on Ganta so he must now navigate a labyrinth of conspiracies, greed, betrayal, murder, revolution, gladiatorial combat, and enough blood to make a clan of vampires drool.
Which immediately brings up the first problem with this series.
At its heart Deadman Wonderland is nothing more than a bloodier version of the common or garden shounen tale, but bolted onto the framework concept is a plot that has been worked over far too many times, so much so that it's highly predictable and almost barren of any original thought. Far too much importance has been placed on making the content "cool" in an effort to appeal to viewers who just want violence, blood and explosions, and with the added yet pointless melodramatic scenes designed to elicit audience sympathy, the storyline never really picks up enough narrative pace to maintain the viewer's interest. There are also a few critical errors that anyone with a basic understanding of investigative techniques would immediately spot and question, but we'll get to that in a bit.
Now this may confuse some people because Deadman Wonderland does have a lot going on in each episode, so an explanation is probably in order. This anime uses an event driven plot rather than a character driven one, and because of that the protagonist and his fellow inmates are simply along for the ride. They become nothing more than reactionary elements in the storyline, and in an effort to compensate for that the author and his adaptation colleagues have thrown as many different ideas at the series as they could. In truth, the only thing holding the entire narrative together so that it could be considered a story instead of a collection of random events, is Ganta, which gives an idea of the scale of the problem.
That said, Ganta isn't really terrible, but the nature of the plot ensures that his characterisation remains linear and one dimensional, and while it may appear to some that he matures as an individual, this is actually a forced measure that serves only one purpose - to make his win against the next big bad opponent a bit more believable. Unfortunately, Deadman Wonderland isn't really about developing the characters in any meaningful way, and this is borne out by the fact that the supporting cast only get a few paltry flashbacks even though some of them have a lasting effect on the storyline. The oddity is that probably the most intriguing character is Ganta's childhood friend Shiro, a resident of Deadman Wonderland who isn't a prisoner. She is an anomaly who appears to have a childlike personality, but her very presence in the storyline, together with her looks, is enough to set alarm bells ringing for anyone who knows the trope about mysterious white haired characters.
Given that this is an adaptation of a manga there's automatically a severe limitation placed on design, but Manglobe have done their best with what has been given to them, and the results are actually pretty good. The animation is smooth and there are some nice visual effects scattered throughout the series, the character movements are fluid and have a natural feel, and the action set pieces have a visceral edge to them that the manga lacks. There are a few issues though, but these lie in the smaller details as there are some design influences from other works (Ganta's likeness to Renton Thurston from Eureka 7, which is also a work by the Kataoka and Kondou). In addition to this, there's a tendency to fall back on certain stereotypes (the rather obvious musclebound oaf who likes nothing more than fighting strong opponents), which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can get tedious to see certain character archetypes all the time. Thankfully these niggles aren't really enough to prevent viewers from enjoying the series, especially if one is able to move past the rather slapdash storyline.
Seriously, would it kill anyone to use some real world stereotypes, maybe something like the bad tempered little guy who doesn't know how to fight properly but makes up for it in sheer ferocity?
Deadman Wonderland has a rather eclectic variety of background music on offer that ranges from dramatic heavy metal blended with techno, to a few simple notes played on a piano. The quality of the audio, both the music and the effects, is surprisingly good, and the choreography shows that some thought has gone into the implementation and timing of each track. The opening theme is a heavy metal piece called One Reason by DWB (featuring Fade), that has been set to a well designed sequence that utilises a three colour base, in this case red, white and black. The end credits feature a slow moving ferris wheel accompanied by images of many of the characters from their lives before they became inmates of Deadman Wonderland, all set to the tune of Shiny Shiny by NIRGILIS.
To be perfectly honest, this anime doesn't really test the abilities of Paku Romi (Ganta), Hanazawa Kana (Shiro), or any of the other cast members to any great degree, but part of that is due to a relatively lackadaisical script. The dialogue lacks a degree of intuitiveness that can make conversations seem forced, and while the cast are capable seiyuu in their own right, they seem to struggle with several scenes in an effort to get the emotion across to the viewer. It's never a good thing when an actor or actress tries too hard, and this fact is borne out during a number of conversations in the series.
But then, that's pretty much the story of Deadman Wonderland - it tries too hard.
On the surface this appears to be a rather slick production with some high quality audio and visuals, but no amount of beautification can hide a plot that is more focused on currying favour with audiences than it is with actually telling a story. The narrative can often seem like a train wreck (i.e. bits flying off everywhere, people screaming and running for cover, etc), as many of the plot elements have simply been attached without any real thought given to integrating them into the story proper, and this is why many events can feel like they're nothing more than fillers. In addition to this, the idea of weaponizing blood isn't actually new as Wei Zhijun from Darker Than Black can blow things up using his blood, while Saya from Blood + must use hers to kill Chiropterans.
That said, one has to remember that the story itself is incomplete as this is only an adaptation of the manga up to a point, and this is one of the reasons why there are inherent issues that have yet to be resolved. Unfortunately that excuse cannot cover certain flaws that really do stand out, the chief among them being Ganta's conviction. The series makes a point of showing a confession by him and this is given as proof of his guilt, but what happened to all the witness statements? What about the forensic evidence like the direction in which the windows exploded, or the angle of the attacks on the classroom? While the viewer clearly knows that Ganta is innocent, the apparent ease of his conviction is dependent on his confession, but nothing is mentioned about the physical evidence from the scene of the crime.
Deadman Wonderland looks and sounds great, and if all you're after is a series that has lots of violence, blood, weird characters and a storyline that requires you disengage your brain, then this may be for you. The series may have it's problems, but the concept is interesting even if the implementation leaves a lot to be desired, and it does retain a degree of entertainment value for its action set pieces.
In essence though, Deadman Wonderland is nothing more than a potato that has been painted by Michaelangelo - it looks stunning, but it's still just a potato. read more
Jun 22, 2013
To the anime's credit, the violence and crudeness never feels forced. It all feels very cohesive to the story's overall theme, and even when I cringed at some of the more brutal parts of the story, I never rolled my eyes and thought, 'Oh, this is all just for shock value.' Something about the way it was written made me believe that each and every thing shown was needed and had a place in the anime, especially since we get to see the way that all these brutal events effect each character.
I found most of the characters to be very likable or at least interesting, even though a huge handful of them are raving psychopaths- again, this is a trope that can often become eye-rollingly forced, but like I said, I liked a good chunk of the characters. There's only a few I didn't care for as far as writing or execution goes, and they were mostly characters who came in towards the end and got their time cut short since their stories continue on in the manga.
If you like dubs, I highly recommend watching Deadman Wonderland dubbed, because it turned up my enjoyment of the series considerably. The adapative script is just plain great, and the dialogue all feels very natural- plus you get to hear some awesomely crafted cursing from a bunch of the characters.
My only big qualm with Deadman Wonderland (aside from the unfortunate 12 episode cap, which I'll give a pass under the hopes that they'll do another season) is that the awesome carnival/amusement park theme gets dropped about halfway through as the characters interact less within the framework of Deadman Wonderland and more behind the scenes. It's hard to describe without spoiling anything, but I would have liked to see more 'playing by the rules' before the story really got going- but again I'm assuming this has a lot to do with the episode cap, and I think the anime was otherwise very well-paced for having so much to cover in such a short time.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this anime, and if you like dubs, I highly recommend giving Deadmon Wonderland's dub a try. It takes a good show and makes it even more compelling. read more
May 24, 2013
Now that that's out of the way let's talk about the things this anime does right and the things it does wrong.
First the story. For someone who read the manga up to it's current point I love the story it tells however with this anime you don't really feel that it picks what story it wants to tell. At one point Ganta's doing this another he's doing that and so on the way the story comes across isn't bad but it isn't that good either.
Next the Art. The art for this anime is done very well its the art style the manga did and the manga and anime did it well. Almost everything is done very well except a few moments were there is censoring but i guess that can't be helped but still worth mentioning.
Next is Sound. Sound overall is pretty good things make the sounds you would imagine for the most part. My main issue with the sound is the cussing i understand people cuss and swear but there's a lot of it and I know they did quite a bit in the manga some lines are even pulled right from the manga but some of it should have changed a little for context at certain points they don't do it right or it sounds weird which just ruins the moment it was going for. Something else is that they tried to stay real with the sound i guess you could say but at moments they really should have went up a notch or two. *Slight Spoiler Skip To next Paragraph* At two points i was kinda disappointed cause they were eh when they happened and whoa when i read them at one point a dude get sliced with a sword and barely anything another moment that was super eh was someone kicks the shit out of a giant robot and its doesn't come through the sound how much of a feat it was to do something like that.
Characters. Characters in this anime are highs and lows. Some characters like Crow shine but not as much as he should have, others like Ganta fall short but only because the anime doesn't get up to his development which sucks since he's who you are following in the story. The characters after the 4th or 5th ep starts to rotate into characters that did or didn't shine in the manga but don't really get the chance to do either.
And next we have enjoyment. At the end of the day did i enjoy Deadman Wonderland the answer is a yes, its fun its crazy and there's some nice twist but dialogue and some other issues just come out and bring it down time to time.
Overall I give Deadman Wonderland a 7 its good but only barley it really messes up in ways i just couldn't ignore and if i had compared it to the manga it would have gotten almost a 5. If you like gore, fighting, action, and a story you won't fully get unless there is a season 2 or read the manga then check out Deadman Wonderland read more
Jul 9, 2011
Story - (8)
As you know, Deadman Wonderland is about Ganta, a boy who is framed for the murder of his friends and sent to a privately owned prison. Shortly after arriving in Deadman Wonderland, Ganta discovers he can use his blood as a weapon. He is then sent to G-Block (where all the other Deadmen are) and the story begins.
Since the anime is only 12 episodes, we only get to see the first arc, which is fine. In terms of plot, we don't get to see the start of the main storyline. The first half of the anime is getting introduced to Deadman Wonderland and the second half Ganta teams up with Owl. Most of the questions that are introduced such as the Mother Goose System, the Red Man, and Makina (lady in charge of the prison guard) trying to discover what's going on, while explored, aren't resolved. This leaves people with the sense that the plot was cheap and incomplete, but there are 45 manga chapters and the anime only got to chapter 20.
note: if you want to read the manga, don't start on chapter 20 because the anime left out a chunk of main characters and some events happen in a different order.
Characters - (7)
Character wise, Deadman Wonderland was just okay. 12 epiosdes wasn't enough time to introduce everyone, so they left out some pretty important characters. I don't really mind that because we are already introduced to a lot of characters and more would just give less screen time all around (and they were irrelevant to the Owl arc). Even though they left out some characters, the only two characters to receive a decent amount of screen time are Ganta and Shiro. If you want more info on Crow, Hummingbird, etc. read the manga, they get a lot more development. The other problem people have with the characters is that a lot of them are introduced, then die in an episode or two, which leaves no impact on the audience. While this is somewhat true, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying the main cast.
Ganta → after 12 episodes, he showed a little bit of growth. He starts off as shy and wimpy. He needs Shiro to protect him in the prison. He's just average intelligence, overall a pretty normal character. He does notice how weak he is and tries to get stronger, so he's not useless the entire time. He cares for Shiro and hates the Red Man.
Shiro → She's lived at Deadman Wonderland Prison her whole life and she's shrouded in mystery as to why. She is pretty dumb, but saves Ganta a lot. We get to know more about her past and why she's in DW and can basically do whatever she wants, but I'll let you watch that.
Art / Animation - (8)
It's pretty dark in the depths of the prison and the scenes that are mysterious. The prison itself is very bright and shiny, which fits the show because Deadman Wonderland Prison needs to give the appearance of being a nice prison. The character designs were faithful to the manga and looked good, with the exception of Crow, I thought Crow looked better in the manga, might just be me though. Animation wise, everything seemed pretty fluid, I didn't notice any poor animation.
Sound - (8)
The opening and ending were pretty good, but I don't really listen to them (sorry). Background music was also fitting. Acting wise, I thought Ganta and Shiro's voices were perfect and really fit them. Everyone else didn't really have a whole lot of lines, but they did a good job. The only voice I didn't like was Toto Sakigami's voice...he sounded kinda like a woman, but he's really only introduced so I don't really care.
Overall - (8)
It's does a good job of introducing us to the manga, even though some characters were ignored and events were re-ordered. The door is still open for a second season, which I hope it gets because the real story was just beginning. If you want a gory show with plenty of death, Deadman Wonderland is for you. After you finish the anime (or before if you want) you should also go read the manga. In my opinion, it's better, but the anime version is worth a try. read more
Jul 11, 2013
“People fear death because they don’t ‘understand’ it, and we’re afraid of strangers because we don’t ‘know’ them. Not being able to understand the one you love… is the worst fear of all…”
I’m actually a big fan of battle royals, and after watching Btooom! I felt like I wanted more of the “psychological killing games”. I soon found (and still do, by the way) lots of people recommending Deadman Wonderland to MAL users who liked Btooom, saying they were both very similar in their concept, setup, and overall execution, and thus, I started watching Deadman Wonderland...
Story: (6 / 10)
Now, I’m unsure if it’s because I haven’t read the manga, or if the anime simply tries to make too many things happen at once, but the story could be really confusing at times, seemingly trying to focus on way too many elements of the story at once. At its core, Deadman Wonderland is about a boy who has everything taken away from him, receives a mysterious power and in imprisoned and forced to fight to survive, and eventually escape.
These are all good elements of a story (in my opinion), as long as they’re done in a somewhat good way. To me it felt like the story was (probably because of the many different focuses) sort of “sloppy”, not really explaining anything as they go along, and just simply moving way too fast.
The worst thing, however, is probably the fact that I’m either misunderstanding this completely, or there’s actually no real ending (no closure, not even a real showdown). So to me, the story just felt overall very meh, even if the concept was nice.
(To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into too much detail, but early on in the show, there’s a scene where some prisoners have to run a sort of lethal crash course, in order to win an antidote for a poison that keeps the prisoners in check, and honestly I think the series overall could’ve benefited from simply revolving around something like this (even though I know this is obviously based on the manga)).
Art: (7 / 10)
Even though the story and execution might have been somewhat sub-par, the art really stood out. The art is beautiful, and the animation is smooth and very well done. Character is also pretty good, but something that bugged me was that the “branches of sin” felt somewhat... “underwhelming”, in terms of animation. Some of them actually looks a lot like each other, and overall it just feels like they could’ve been made in a much cooler, better looking way.
Sound: (7 / 10)
Deadman wonderland admittedly has a pretty good cast of voice actors, who all (mostly) do a good job in portraying their respective characters. One obvious (would-be) selling point for me is the fact that one of the main characters, Shiro, is actually voiced by Hanazawa Kana, and I believe she did a good job in portraying the “innocent” side of Shiro. Other than her, I thought the voices were good enough, but really nothing amazing, and there were a few ones that just felt “stale”, if you will.
As for the music, an interesting thing that was pointed out to me is that Deadman Wonderland actually has the OST size of a 24 episode series. I’m not really known for paying very much attention to background music at all, unless it’s very prominent, and so I can’t really add much to this myself, as there wasn’t really any track that I felt stood out to me, or lingered with me afterwards. Granted, there were a couple of tracks which were made quite prominent, especially during some of the fighting scenes, but these all just kinda faded away as soon as that scene would finish. However, the way the OST sizes importance was explained to me, was that since this is only a 12 episode show, and it features so many songs, you never really hear the same song played more than maybe a couple of times, as each scene brings a new piece of music.
Characters: (6 / 10)
I’m on the fence about whether this deserves a 7 or not, but ultimately I’ve decided to rate it 6, because of the fact that no characters really feel as fleshed out as I would like to. There’s basically no character development at all, and even with the added backstory scenes of some (albeit secondary) characters, most of the characters just feel like they’re there for the sake of being there...
A lot of characters feel very “mysterious”, as if they later wanted a big reveal of various twists and whatnot regarding said characters. Unfortunately, this never happens, and what we’re left with is an undeveloped, “mysterious” & unrelatable character.
As an example of the character development, Ganta (the series main character) starts out as your typical “wimp”, who has just lost everything and thinks he’s worthless in every way. Now, in most shows with this type of character, he would usually develop into something more “badass” later on, overcoming his guilt/sorrow/angst or whatever’s holding him back, but this never happens in Deadman. Granted, there are individual scenes where he seemingly overcomes all this and moves on to becoming a new person, but then it ends and he’s still the same “wimp” as he was several episodes ago.
The worst part is probably that they introduce a lot of these “mysterious” characters, some which even only show up a couple of times, but we don’t find out anything about these characters, and it all makes the show very hard to get into.
Enjoyment: (5 / 10)
Honestly, this show was a major letdown for me. It really does have a good concept, and very well done art, but all the things mentioned above (especially the story) makes it all fall apart, making for a not so pleasant viewing as you’d hope for. It had its cool moments, as well as some funny ones, (but even though it tries, it sort of lacks in the sadness department), and in the end it’s all just a mess.
If you like me, found this show as a recommendation after watching Btooom, or something similar, I’d advise you to either stay away completely, or at least go in not expecting something like what you were promised, because that’s certainly not what you’re going to get.
+ Nice concept
+ Great soundtrack
+ Very well done artwork & animation
+ Hanazawa Kana
- Messy story
- Undeveloped characters
- “Stale” fighting scenes (most of it is just talking to each other, but they never actually get anywhere)
- Not as much variation in the “branches of sin” as there could’ve been read more
Dec 24, 2011
Time has changed a few little aspects though. The OVA market of old has turned into the late night 12 episode anime series of today. This means it has more space to tell a coherent and fulfilling story, a capability which Deadman Wonderland approaches by totally ignoring it. 12 episodes are enough to tell a neat story with a beginning, middle and end. It gets the beginning right, tossing our protagonist into a scenario in which society have become so totally ignorant of the prison sector, so that even when hell is being created right in front of their eyes, they think it’s an elaborate piece of CGI.
However, upon reaching the 'middle' segment, Deadman Wonderland tosses that whole story aside and becomes about super powers. Instead of developing the characters introduced in the beginning, it decides to quadruple the size of the cast, each and every single one having a hastily constructed backstory introduced right in the middle of a fight to the death that ends up having either little or no relevance to the actual battle happening in the present day. Neither does Deadman Wonderland get the 'end' part right either. This is partly due to the fact this is an ongoing manga, but plenty of other adaptations of ongoing manga have managed to construct some sort of conclusion in their respective stories. Usually this is in the form of the main character growing and learning something (see Arakawa, Spice and Wolf or Genshiken), which Deadman Wonderland tries to do, but royally cocks up because the main character has fuck all personality.
Yes, this is something else that comes with modernity. Instead of the macho men that spout 'witty' quips like they're in an American first person shooter game (that is, when they ever talk at all), Deadman Wonderland sports a bland spineless teenage boy as its main character. To be fair to Ganta, he does actually do something other than make reaction noises while other characters monologue exposition at him, as is the trend in certain other modern day anime. He reacts to situations by either whining, crying or sobbing. It really isn't much of a personality, as any bland male would react to the cartoonish level of hell that exists in that prison in a similar fashion, and he really has nothing beyond that. There is chance for him to grow into a hero, and Deadman Wonderland tried to do that. Other characters would spout lines as to how much he's grown a spine and standing up for himself, but I failed to see that myself. He started off as a crybaby who could shoot off magical blood bullets when he felt threatened. By the end, he was a crybaby who shot off magical blood bullets when he felt threatened, except this time he could shoot off his magical blood bullets even faster than before. That's not character development! That's like saying a character has developed because he is now slightly better at picking his nose.
Another thing the late night 12 episode anime has changed from the hyper violent OVAs of old is, now that they're on TV, they need to be censored. I can't really criticise Deadman Wonderland for this though, which is a shame because it's a really easy target. The gun that shot black balls of censorship through people’s chests was one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I've seen all year. But if you were to watch the dvd release, the censorship would (presumably) be removed. It would be like criticising it for the screen being upside down because you watched it while standing on your head. It's not the anime's fault you watched it that way. But the fact that it needed the level of censorship it has tells us how much blood and gore there is. Often the gore has no point other than to show how sadistic the anime is. It's really just repulsive and juvenile, like a child who tries to show everyone what a big man he is by killing the class rabbit.
Deadman Wonderland is like a modern day MD Geist. It's aggressively stupid and only appeals to those teenagers and manchildren who think sheer bloody mindedness is what is required to make something cool. People might defend this by saying a hyper violent anime is preferable to the insipid harem moe nonsense of the modern era, which is a load of cowpat. They are both as brainless as each other, just appealing to different sorts of immature mindsets. If you gave me a choice between Deadman Wonderland or, say, Fortune Arterial, I'd instead choose repeatedly slamming my fingers in a car door.
Apr 6, 2012
Sep 3, 2011
Deadman Wonderland is a theme park that not only serves as entertainment to the public but also doubles as a prison for criminals in society. It is the only privately owned prison in Japan. It is here that the fourteen (14) year old Igarashi Ganta is placed after he is charged with the crime of murdering everyone in his class brutally. At first, the prison appears to be an ordinary one but as Ganta begins to learn more about the prison daily and continue his quest in finding the ‘Red Man’, he realises that there is more to this prison and himself that meets the eye.
This anime was dark and gruesome and the artwork reflected such. The depiction of the amusement park was a stark contrast from the horror that was taking place inside. The prison itself gave off an ominous atmosphere which contributed to the intense mystery of the story.
The opening score provided the key to the dismal atmosphere of the anime and the music included in the story played on one’s mental because even though kaleidoscope music was used it was the irony of the situation in which it was used. The ending piece was sad, reflecting Ganta’s major emotional state.
The characters were pretty diverse with some of them surprising you completely! Each character added a different edge to the anime, contributing to the story and keeping the audience guessing as to the true nature or intentions of some of them.
The mystery of the anime kept me intrigued because of the journey that is undertaken with the main character Ganta; empathising with him and also wanting to know more about why he was made to suffer for a crime that he did not commit. I was highly impressed with the amount of violence and gore in this series, so much so, that even some of it had to be censored! However, I was disappointed that the story shifted focus after episode six which annoyed me a little but realised that the ending was open thereby leaving the possibility that there would be another season in the future to tie up loose ends.
This anime is definitely worth the watch, that is, if you can stomach all the gore and violence that comes along with it. You can’t help but feel for the main character Ganta and hope that he gets vindicated. The only thing that ruined it for me was the change in the arc where the focus shifted from Ganta to another character Nagi, but nevertheless, a breath of fresh air in the anime universe.
Aug 3, 2011
Basically The story starts out with the main character Igarashi, Ganta. Ganta is accused of murdering his whole class, which was killed by "The Red Man" as Ganta calls him. I would say his real name, but I don't want to spoil this anime. Ganta is sent to a prison called Deadman Wonderland. The story will then explain life in Deadman Wonderland for the first 3 episodes. In Deadman Wonderland every prisoner has to eat a piece of candy with in 3 days to survive. I was a little unsure about the whole candy thing at first, but it later on becomes a really important piece of the story. Two really good aspects of the story is the action and storyline. To me this anime is probably one of the most original anime that stands on its own. If your a fan of gore then I differently recommend this anime. Of course even if you hate gore, you will probably fall in love with this anime too. Lots of gore, fighting, cuteness,friendship,love,romance, and a messed up prison, leaving you filling sorry for everyone in there, you love it. Basically the prison makes you play death games if you plan on eating. I Give the story a 10/10.
The Art was perfect. It has its moments. Some parts of the art really stands out, others not so well. The art is still very good. The only thing I had a problem with was the censorship of the gore in TV version. At the time of me reviewing this, I believe the uncut version has not been released in Japan, but when it does I Recommend that more then the TV in censorship wise. Now if you don't like gore all that much I do recommend the TV version though. I Give the art a 9/10.
I fell in love with the OP and ED. The OP was differently one of the best I have seen. The ED was really good too. All the voice actors really fit well with all the characters. Besides that there is not much to say about sound. I give sound a 10/10
The characters really is what I thought really made Deadman wonderland so great. Each character has his or her own unique personalty. By the end of the anime you'll be fangirling or fanboying over someone and will hate someone.
I enjoyed this anime more then I have most. I was on the edge of my seat(desk Chair) through almost the whole series. The first 3 are a little slow, but by the 4th episode you won't want to stop watching it. I fell in love with this anime so much that finished it in 2 days. By the end of this anime you'll most lucky will want a season 2 or will start reading the manga if you haven't. Enjoyment 10/10.
Overall this was the best thing to happen to anime this year. I give this anime a 10/10. read more
Aug 31, 2013
Having read the synopsis, I started watching Deadman Wonderland with high hopes only to have ended up watching the most brutal butchering of an anime’s potential that I have ever seen. The story follows the life of a middle school student Igarashi Ganta living a generally unremarkable student’s life, however everything changed when the fire nation attacked (sorry couldn’t resist :D ). However one day all of this changes as his entire class is slaughtered by a supernatural being called "The Red Man". Being the lone survivor of his class slaughter he is the main suspect of their deaths and after a unjust trial he is thrown into Japan’s first ever privately owned prison known as ‘Deadman Wonderland’ which marks the beginning of a story filled with blood, betrayal and a super powered hunger games all for the audiences viewing pleasure.
The story is told in a continuous and linear structure with many obvious complex components. However this structure is rushed and the pacing of the story makes you think "What? Why? Who? Where?" one too many times. The first flaw in the story is Ganta’s trial, I find it hard to believe that the people in the anime are fucking dumb enough to think a single middle-schooler can slaughter his entire class, teachers and all, single-handedly with no motive. And better yet without a single potential weapon in sight, I mean honestly you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out, and yes I’m aware that the false tape provided in the trial that supposedly explains the weapon dilemma but tell me what weapon can instantaneously kill an entire class and leave no evidence as to what the weapon was? It must be the new magical invisible knife guns right?! -_-. As expected from a 12 episode anime there aren’t any fillers but after completing the anime I think I would have enjoyed those more than the actual episodes. This is a real shame as the story is original and unique and could have been developed into something much greater than what it’s become. This brings me to the second major flaw in this anime, the people. Deadman Wonderland serves as a type of theme park for people to watch as death row criminals participate in brutal challenges to win money which can be used inside of the prison for various things. However I find it hard to believe that the entire audience thinks that all the deaths in the challenges are fake and are some holograms or something, really it’s like every single non-significant character is retarded. The story has an overall dark theme attributed to it which is done surprisingly well however the action scenes were laughable and resorted to the deus ex machina cliché in which a character suddenly becomes Goku and wins. Worst of all this is done literally after 3 or so minutes of fighting, the action and fighting had so much potential but it was kept short and blunt with more scenes of Genta crying like a little bitch than actual fucking fighting. Worst of all was the ending, without spoilers all I can say it was a rushed, underdeveloped ending with more plot holes than I could ever have thought possible. Overall I give the story a 5/10 for a shameful waste of a good storyline, underdeveloped characters and horrendous plot holes.
This is easily the highlight of the anime but despite that the art style excels in very few places whilst remaining pretty standard throughout the anime.The art is realistic and believable and the overall dark colour palate resonates well with the mood and tone of the anime which on the whole makes it fitting to the story. The character designs are as a whole fairly original and unique however some supporting characters were given far too general of appearances making them forgettable and uninteresting. However the worst part of the art has got to be the backgrounds and surroundings. The surroundings are so dull, lazy and repetitive that it hurts thinking about it, you could have told me that the whole anime is taking place in the same fucking room and I would have believed you. I can scarcely describe how many times the "Prison Corridor and Cell" background was used of course this does take place in a prison so it is expected but god damn there were more episodes in this anime that there were locations in it!. Overall the art in the anime is scarcely above average giving it a 7/10.
Generally speaking the sound and voice acting in Deadman Wonderland is painfully average. The voice acting was decent at most but as a whole quite standard and unremarkable with the best voice acting probably done by Hanazawa Kana for the role of Shiro. The background music was suitable to the anime’s mood and theme but nevertheless it was dull and forgettable. The one good part about the sound is most definitely the opening, unlike the majority of anime the opening was a heavy metal song that was sung in English but it was a memorable song that was very well suited to the anime and the story, I even found myself listening to it several times independently from the anime and I defiantly recommend listening to it but it is not a song that is for everyone or atleast not one that everyone will like. The same cant be said for the closing theme song which remained average at best as well as a little off topic in regards to the anime’s dark theme. In summary the music in Deadman Wonderland is extremely average and mostly forgettable earning it a 6/10
The characters in Deadman Wonderland are surprisingly well rounded being true to their personality and realistic in their actions and behaviours, however this is probably the only good thing about the characters that I can say. Throughout the anime characters tend to stay stagnant and unremarkable in what they do making them very one dimensional with no real depth or development. Worst of all are the supporting cast who are so poorly introduced and maintained within the fast paced story that it makes them far too forgettable and generally boring. The main character Genta although developed the most he remains one of the most infuriating characters to watch and listen to as he is constantly crying and sympathising with every single other character which in the end presents him as a weak and insecure character who just doesent seem cut out for this dark gory storyline. But for some stupid reason there are occasional outbursts of confidence and even anger which makes it hard to distinguish what his real character is, making it almost like your watching a bipolar kid play with blood in the middle of a brutal and horrid survival game. The main supporting character Shiro remains so badly developed that after watching 12 episodes I still cant quite tell you who or what she is. The supposed villains in the anime are laughable at best and so obviously designed that you can pretty much tell who all the villains are in the first few episodes without any context. The one character I enjoyed seeing was Crow who is an experienced inmate in Deadman Wonderland and he as a character is cool and badass making him standout from the rest of the mopey cast. But in the end the characters in Deadman Wonderland are irritating, predictable and underdeveloped making the character score 4/10.
Let me keep this short. This anime was painful to watch with very few parts of it being above average. This anime is not for everyone and in summary it remains an anime that ruined its potential by trying too hard and overlooking the small things that matter.
Overall this anime gets a 5/10 from me.
Deadman Wonderland is poor execution of a brilliant concept, that would have done better if it had more episodes and time dedicated to expanding its ever so underdeveloped story and cast of characters.
Aug 29, 2012
The first episode consists of the main protaganist (Ganta) going to school and his whole class being murdered right in front of his face by a mysterious person in which Ganta refers to as the RED MAN, after watching all his friends die, Ganta is seen in the court room where an odd video pops up that puts him in jail for the death of his classmates. His "lawyer" Tamaki says he feels bad but is the one who ends up making the video. Ganta proceeds to wonderland as a Death Row inmate, where he is first scared and confused, and meets a WHITE girl named SHIRO.
Now let me say this , the RE-developing friendship of the two is something of wonderment, SHIRO remembers Ganta from long ago as a child but Ganta cant seem to remember. The anime has a lot of blood and fighting action, as the DEADMEN in wonderland use their own blood as weapons to fight, the Director who also happens to be the dirty lawyer, sets up brutal fights between the blood users(DEADMEN) for the whole worlds enjoyment. This anime has a little bit of each character, the dyabolical, sinister Director, the poor kid Ganta. Love interests in some of the people who bring wonderland to its knees. Its a very interesting anime with a lot of thought left upon the watcher as the final episode ends, but if you watch it you must pay close attention to SHIRO, REDMAN, and ACE MAN. In this anime you must make connections to get it. Its only 12 episodes so its very worthy of taking time out of your day to watch alot of blood and violence, and to watch an old but new friendship rekindle.
I give this 10/10 read more
Nov 1, 2013
What happens when you combine Alice in Wonderland, The Hunger Games, Prison Break, and something that Stephen King could’ve written. You get Deadman Wonderland!
Ganta Igarashi has been convicted of a crime that he hasn't committed, (Trust me, it’s not like Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo). He is sent to a new, privately owned and operated prison facility, where the inmates are the main attraction in a modern day twist to the gladiatorial coliseums of ancient times. Ganta meets a weird girl named Shiro (he he, because she’s Albino, go figure) and he discovers a new found super power powers, and a little conspiracy theory. Welcome to Deadman Wonderland.
To be technical, this is a Studio Manglobe production. Ever heard of Samurai Champloo? Well, this studio worked on that anime and it was a stylish anime. This anime has some stylish action and the animation looks really good for the most part. Maybe too good, Samurai Champloo had some hiccups, but the animation is Deadman Wonderland’s greatest strength and sadly, it’s the show’s only good factor.
The music by NARASAKI isn’t really as memorable as some would hope, the soundtrack does have a couple good tracks, but there are some pretty forgettable themes in the show, so don’t expect a spectacular soundtrack out of this one, but here’s one highlight of the music and that is the opening theme song. The visuals are pretty badass, but the song really kicks ass. Some of the imagery is kind of messed up, but what do you expect when it’s about someone competing in something that is similar to the Hunger Games but in Prison and more brutal. The Closing theme is ok but nothing much. The music is fitting, has some memorable themes, but mostly forgettable.
As for the Japanese casting, Romi Park is pretty damn good as Ganta. Kana Hanazawa sounds fun to hear as Shiro, and I really don’t want to go over the entire cast, as small as they are. Noteworthy seiyus include Junichi Suwabe as Tamaki, Yuji Kaji as Yo Tamaki, Daisuke Ono as Nagi Kengamine, Jun Fukuyuma as Rokuro Bundo, and Toshiyuki Morikawa as Higashi Genkaku. As for the English dub, It is performed very well… But I am probably going to get flamed for this but here goes… Greg Ayres is not a bad voice actor, but he was not a good choice as Ganta. Every time I hear his voice and see Ganta’s voice, I just don’t see it match. My only complaint with the dub is Ganta. So get used to hearing his whiny voice while watching the dub. Monica Rial on the other hand was terrific as Shiro. Noteworthy Dub voices include Aaron Dismuke as Yo Takami, Colleen Clinkenbeard as Chief Makina, Eric Vale as Tamaki. J. Michael Tatum as Nagi Kengamine, and Patrick Seitz as Senji. The Dub is good, but I would suggest the subs if you don’t like Ganta’s english voice. But the ADR direction by Joel McDonald is pretty good for the most part.
As for the characters, Ganta is pretty whiny from time to time and this is excused for quite a while because of what Ganta goes through. But as it progresses…He does stay whiny, and doesn’t necessarily toughen up as he should be. As for Shiro, I really find her adorable. She is cute, she can kick ass. But that is all I will say about her. Yo Takami is a pretty decent supporting character, but the complication between him and her sister was a bit interesting. Tamaki is a bastard, but Chief Makina is a badass, even if she’s not fully developed. I wouldn’t screw with her even if she has G cup boobs.
Nagi Kengamine is interesting along the way, but there is one major problem.
The premise may have been very interesting, and there were some interesting flashbacks. But there are some things that were not fully explained that needed it, and the ending is abrupt and makes the series unfinished. The ending to this show is one of the worst I have ever seen. But that is not really the show’s fault, oh wait. It was their fault unfortunately… You see, the anime adaptation sadly did not fare well in Japan and even though this anime ends with a possibility of a sequel, we are most likely never gonna get it. If you wanna take my advice, stick with the manga on this one. But I still recommend the anime in case you are unsure of the manga. Yeah, it is odd that I am recommending you to see this anime even though the manga is more complete than this incomplete show. I was contempt that it wasn’t a masterpiece, and I was entertained as well as in for a twisted ride, but unfortunately. The ending is the greatest disappointment to this show, after all that much potential of seeing Deadman Wonderland as a great series. But it isn’t meant to be.
Deadman Wonderland is available by Funimation, the manga written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou was available by Tokyopop but was rescued by Viz Media, the 1 episode OVA prequel “Red Knife Weilder” is also available by Funimation which was released with the show.
With all that said, Deadman Wonderland was a twisted series that manages to entertain and frighten. It has damn good animation, a somewhat generic soundtrack with some memorable themes and a kickass opening, some interesting characters, and a plot that is kind of like Hunger Games, Prison Break, and something that even Stephen King could’ve written… all mixed together. But sadly, the ending just flat out killed everything the series was going for and has made Deadman Wonderland turn from being something that would have standed out into a show that became a huge disappointment.
I give Deadman Wonderland a 5.2 out of 10, it is SO and SO.
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Feb 7, 2013
A place where the first thing you think when you arrive would probably be : "Well F***, I'm screwed"
You've went through reading the synopsis so you probably have a fair idea about whats going on in Deadman Wonderland. You might ask yourself, why I rated the story with 8 points. Let's go through the action Anime cliche list:
Whiny main character: Check
The power of friendship makes him strong: Check
Partial amnesia / forgotten childhood friends: Check
Tragic past: Check
Those are all things that I personally dislike in Anime, but Deadman wonderland managed to find a great setting and a great background to justify at least half of the used cliches in a way that didn't bother me! Well done.
Fitting. The art-style helps the atmosphere a lot and thus is able to emphasize the gore and drama without any efforts. The Animations are, mostly, fluent. No 3 frames per second fights that look like a slideshow or 20 second face close-ups to cover a incredibly hard to draw special move.
Deadman Wonderland has a great soundtrack. Not the kind of score that will stay burned in your mind forever but it does a great job on paraphrasing emotions.
The OP is one of the best I've heard so far. The Band "Fade" took their original song "Black Hearts and Dollar Signs" (great song btw.) and wrote new lyrics to it. That's pretty much all they did. The alternative version is called "One Reason" and really catches the atmosphere of the Anime. There should be an OST on sale... I'd buy it.
Deadman Wonderland is full of twisted, wicked, psychopathic, disturbed and mentally broken characters. And most of them have some kind of background and development the viewer learns about. Best of em? Shiro! Only 2 Episodes and I knew that she would stay one of my favorite characters for a long time, hopefully I won't develop some kind of fetish for psychopathic serial killer girls...
But one thing that bothered me was Ganta. He was the typical whiny wimp character, weak and useless until the last episode. God I hated him. But still I will not rate the characters any worse because of that. Think about it. You are 14 years old, you get accused for murdering 24 of your closest friends, you get send on death row to the most wicked place on earth and on top of that every single (sane) person you could possibly call for help is against you.
He is the only character that stays sane throughout the Anime and in his current situation I can really forgive him for being so whiny. But this is not an excuse for other Anime characters! (Yes I'm looking at you, Uzumaki Naruto!)
... I really really really enjoyed Deadman Wonderland. Though again, it's one of those Anime you either hate or love or don't understand. I see how fans of it try to give it some kind of deep meaning where there is none. Most of the story twists where obvious from the very beginning but despite some highly illogical bits of story that sometimes summon hate upon this Anime, it's not totally trash. People that don't understand or are not able to see all the small details and symbolic stylistic devices might hate this anime or love it just because of the gore it feeds our eyes with. Others will try to find symbols and meanings where there are none and thus will think that the Anime tries to be something it is not and hate it because of that.
When watching DW, try to turn off the critic inside of you and focus on the obvious things. Sometimes hidden messages are best hid when they are not hid at all.
Oct 13, 2013
But before that, there is a problem that is unfortunately out of the show’s hands: The censorship. It’s a tenuous climate for violent anime right now, and many of Deadman Wonderland’s most intense moments are made laughable because 90 percent of the screen is covered in black blobs. The funniest instance of censorship is in the finale when a character shoots several people with a massive gun, but instead of blood and guts flying everywhere, it’s mostly black blobs clinging to the wounded. Any level of seriousness that could be gleaned from the action is wiped away in an instant.
The series should not be given a pass based on that, however. In fact, it might be more fortunate for Deadman Wonderland that the audience often cannot view the violence. The action itself is inconsistent; sometimes, it looks great, and others it’s shoddily animated and viewed through absurd camera angles that make orientation difficult. This does not work well with the level of ultraviolence in which the show engages. Because the action is often shoddy, it’s almost as if Deadman Wonderland responds by amping up the blood, guts, and gore to ridiculous in the hopes that nobody will notice. The show desperately wants to be badass like many of the more infamous OVAs and movies of the 1980s and early 1990s, but instead, it’s so over the top that it’s laughable. Acid-shooting robots, anyone?
But what about the plot? Sadly, it’s all smoke and mirrors. Everything built this season amounts to a whole lot of nothing save for some small plot points that essentially scream, “Man, I really hope that we get a second season so that we can actually do stuff with all this!” The biggest problem is that audience basically sees all the cards (or at least the cards that matter in the context of this season) by the halfway point, and knows more about what is going on than the characters. That level of dramatic irony can be interesting if written well enough; alas, the vast writing power in this anime went toward thinking up ways for the glasses girl assistant to hit on Makina.
The characters are the final refuge of Deadman Wonderland, but they are all failures, as well. Ganta is about as generic a protagonist as it gets; his reaction upon being thrust into an insane situation is understandable, but Deadman Wonderland is not a character study, so sitting through his whining and lack of growth is irritating and pointless. The worst part is that his victories come through luck and almost unfair levels of outside help. How is anyone supposed to root for him? The side characters are barely worth mentioning — the villains are cardboard cutouts and killers with “shocking” backstories who are easily dispatched, and the heroes are worthless and stupid.
Shiro deserves her own paragraph. She is the latest in a growing trend of Hanazawa Kana-voiced characters whose IQs are lower than the episode counts of the series in which they reside. I generally like Hanazawa; I think she’s a capable actress, and she plays to the level of the roles she is given. Unfortunately, when she is given cutesy garbage, she is going to be cutesy garbage. Shiro is not an especially inspiring character to begin with (a mysterious, childlike girl who has a dark secret? Yawn), and the cloying nature of Hanazawa’s performance makes a dumb character utterly irritating. It’s not entirely her fault; I doubt many seiyuu could do well with this character. Still, a bad performance is a bad performance, no matter the excuse.
Deadman Wonderland is an anime that does not need to exist. Its story is uninteresting, its characters are uninteresting, and its absurd levels of violence are done much better in other anime (such as Black Lagoon). Unless it turns out to be some sort of cash cow for Manglobe, the studio should just forget this series was even created. read more
Jul 5, 2011
Our story involves around Ganta, a typically middle school kid who is framed for the murder of his classmates, who were really killed by what he refers to as "The Red Man". He gets sent to a private prison known as "Deadman Wonderland", which is more like a gladiator holding place than a prison. His goal is to find the Red Man and kill him. Oh, he also gets this weird blood power which allows him to use his own blood as a weapon.
The main issue with the show are the characters. Ganta is a kid in a brutal world, but he does not show any real growth at all. Shiro on the other hand is more like a flaw to Deadman Wonderland itself. Her upbeat and rather innocent personality almost represents hope in the show.
Besides Ganta and Shiro there are not many characters worth mentioning. Crow, is probably the coolest character in the show, but only gets a side character spot.
Another problem is that the pacing seems off. There are a few pick me up moments near the start of the show where the viewer can latch onto and think there's hope, but those are totally gone as the show progresses and it basically turns into a suffering with the main character ordeal. On top of this, the closing episodes reveal several things that are never resolved (but does leave room for a second season)
The art and sound are good. Maybe not the greatest ever, but not distracting at all. Voice acting is fine too, I can't really think of a character whose voice annoyed me. There is one character, Mockingbird, whose voice is questionable, but you only see him a few times.
This is a series that will probably hook you after the first couple of episodes and drag you into it and then you'll be more or less obliged to complete it. Deadman wonderland is not a terrible show, but offers little in the way of substance. It's just lifeless. read more
Jun 25, 2011
Deadman Wonderland is the story of Ganta, a young man sharing a staggering resemblance to Eureka Seven's Renton (same mangaka) who is wrongly imprisoned in the futuristic Deadman Wonderland, a theme park were the convicts serve as the attractions.
The first thing that became apparent is that 12 episodes was never going to be enough screen time to do this show justice. The first few episodes drive us through the series of event's that lead us to Ganta's imprisonment, now i personally had wrongly assumed the wonderland would be a dark and dreary affair, initially this is not the case, the prison is futuristic in appearance, lots of shiny scientific looking facility's and park itself looks like an amusement park all bright and cheery. We're introduced to the idea that the convicts are given a battle royal style neckband which will deal them a lethal dose of poison should they not take the antidote candy every 3 days, these candy's can be earned via participation is the wonderlands various death themed activity's, i would have assumed this to be the basis of the show, as we're introduced and grow to know and appreciate the cast and the environment.
Sadly not to be, Ganta (far to) quickly discovers he had some strange new powers and is declared a Deadman and moved to G block, the dark drab place i was expecting from the beginning, and all the stuff about antidote candy and the rest of the park is forgotten, now i've not seen Ganta consume any more candy, i''ve lost track as to if only 3 days are supposed to have past over the course of the entire show, or if it's a highlight real of months, and they just got bored with the idea? Never really touched on again, so thanks for that.
The show then drives us head long into the Deadman universe, as quickly as possible attempting to introduce us to the Deadmen (those with similar powers to Ginta) through altercations with Ganta and then the Undertakers, a Bleach Captain styled band of throw away Nemesis's for the Deadmen.
The whole thing never really has a chance to catch it's breath and never really shows us enough interaction or actual screen time for the various characters to give them any depth or real significance in the show. By the 10th episode we've still got the major character's such as Crow refusing to assist poor Ganta, and rightly so, they've met exactly 3 times ever.
I'm at a loss of what to say about the characters, Ganta's kinda pathetic throughout and plenty whiny, and just doesn't get the time to grow, Shiro's random switches between psychotic and adorable are fun and all, and the various Deadmen we've seen so far have all been pretty cool, in the 10 minutes or so screen time they've had to share with god knows how many throw away characters, all of the under takers seem pretty cliched, but what can you do. I'd honestly say the cast has allot of potential, but your certainly not going to see any of it realised, if this is the first and last season.
The art and sound, are really good, i love the opening, and this was most of the reason i started the show, i was intrigued by the opening sequence, and it perfectly sets the tone. No complaints on the voice acting, i thought Kana Hanazawa did a stand out job as Shiro, nailed the character for me. Art although not setting any new ground, is all high end, and i suppose is the up side to such a short show, i'm not going to go crazy over it though, i've no doubt it's the main reason this show still average's an 8+ rating while genuinely good shows like Fairy Tail sat below the 8.0 mark for months and months.
Enjoyment wise, i just expect more from a modern show, the bar has been set really high, by the popular shounen crop of recent years, and this hasn't got there. I really wanted to like this show, my intrigue lasted a good few episodes, before i finally realised no significant ground was ever going to be covered. It's by no means a bad show, but it's one that needed to spend longer setting up the atmosphere and building up some suspense.
In conclusion the manga folks really should have held out for a better adaptation offer, this has by no means done justice to what i'm sure was good material. read more
Jul 14, 2012
Story - 5/10
The story is Original but it had so many flaws that till the end it kept on counting. Igarashi Ganta is wrongly accused of killing all of his classmates (29 to be precise) during school hours. He is sentenced to death and awaits his doom in a privately owned (lol) prison called deadman wonderland where prisoners entertain citizens in a type of an amusement park. When he ends up here he finds that the guy who actually killed his classmates is here and then the story goes on as he steps closer to finding out his identity in the nightmarish prison. He meets different inmates and discovers the insane rules and regulations of the prison where death is always at the corner.
The story had immense potential, but it is never achieved. Episode after episode the story became less interesting and we kept seeing the bullshit they presented. The action and gore was at its height but the fights were just too small. When you see an upcoming fight you expect it to be action packed slicing-dicing but it never lasted long enough. Dont expect anything from the end too.
Sound - 9/10
This was a shocker. The soundtrack was really good. The opening sequence "One Reason" performed by Fade is sung in English entirely and is a pop rock song. It was really AWESOME and easily became one of my favorites. The BGM was pretty cool too.
The missed the ending sequence coz if the first 5 sec of it doesn't catch my interest i skip it. So i really can't say anything about it.
Art - 7/10
Well in a highly gory and action packed anime Art is pretty important. This anime doesn't fail there. The blood was impressive and the colors went with the atmosphere. The characters were drawn well. Though the protagonist was the lamest. They could have made him better. He looks like he needs a punch on his face. Anywhoo that's all for art.
Character - 5/10
Pathetic! I don't understand why the creator created such lame characters. Sometimes the characters were created just to be killed in the next scene. That doesn't even make sense. They introduce a character and show their ugly background/flashback and in the next scene they are sliced in two. This all is done just to show how cool and strong the character who sliced them is. The emphasis on showing off the coolness of every dumb and ridiculous character makes me laugh. And to top it all off the main protagonist is soo ugly and lame he makes Makoto from school days look normal. I mean in the one episode he is loser crying like a baby and in the next he defeats the boss . He just learns how to fight in one scene and takes on the villain in the next. I mean WTF. The side characters are not given importance. People just keep die-ing every moment which makes them look useless.
The female protagonist has a split personality ( i think ) and not much of her past is revealed. She seems quite mysterious but likes Ganta very much.
Enjoyment - 6/10
It was fun to watch people getting sliced but there's Quality above Quantity. After sometime it lost its energy and we keep expecting blood and flying body parts.This anime had loads of potential. The story sucked the most and the characters with it. At ep 4 this anime lost enjoyment quality. It became monotonous and the end kept you baffled. The villain ...umm ... wait ... no spoilers. Anywhoo I would never recommend this anime no matter what. Only people who like gore no matter the story will love this and wont refrain from giving it 10/10.
Overall - 6+1/10
The +1 is for the sound. It was a mediocre anime with unusual brutality and insanity. It was a mixture of poor execution with good sound crew. It could and should have been much much better if it was presented to the audience in a proper acceptable way. But it didn't happen till the end. The graph kept going down from episodes 4-12.
Lastly this was another waste of time. Its not a must watch anime nor it would be a wonderful experience watching it. But for the people who want to see immense gore and senseless violence please go on ahead and watch this.
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Jul 2, 2011
The subject of this particular tragic treatment is Ganta Igarashi, who starts as a completely normal middle school boy with all of the nice, usual things. Family, friends, and a sense of security. Sadly for him, this was not going to last. On the very first episode of Deadman Wonderland, a mysterious figure, which Ganta dubs the "Red Man," appears and butchers Ganta's entire class, leaving him the sole survivor. Framed for the massacre of his class, Ganta is incarcerated in the social experiment prison, Deadman Wonderland.
Deadman Wonderland isn't your everyday kind of prison. For starters, there is an amusement park built right on top of the prison, with the usual cute and fuzzy mascots roaming around. Here, the prisoners are used to operate the attractions and entertain the audience, with sadistic attractions such as the Dog Race and most importantly, the Carnival of Corpses.
Since Ganta is housed on death row, there isn't much hope for him in this place. Tagging along with him and constantly saving his life though, is a mysterious girl named Shiro, who claims to be Ganta's childhood friend, and possesses near super human feats of strength and agility. Her presence is a mixed blessing for Ganta; she's rather clueless and childish, but doesn't hesitate to save Ganta. Deadman Wonderland follows Ganta's experiences in this bizarre world.
Deadman Wonderland certainly has an interesting concept. Modern day gladiators, supernatural powers, and plenty of violence. What's not to love?
The problem with Deadman Wonderland is that it's trying to fit too many things into a very short 12 episode anime. Halfway, an important concept and fighting ability called "The Branches of Sin" is introduced. It essentially gives a mastery over using one's own blood in a variety of offensive and defensive ways. Somewhere along the way, a rebel group is introduced, an old geezer who never really gets an explanation, a very feminine looking boy, and Undertakers are also introduced. There simply isn't enough time in 12 episodes to flesh out these things to make it flow with its other concepts, resulting in little character interaction and development. Even at the end of the series, there are lots of unanswered questions.
Let me elaborate. There is a staggering revelation near the middle of the series, a revelation that could very well shatter what little logic is present in Ganta's situation. What would happen if Ganta found out about this certain secret? Would he go insane? Would he crawl up and die? Or would he take vengeance?
I don't have a clue, and you're guess is as good as mine. The series introduces this extremely interesting revelation and yet does nothing with it. Given time, this could help make Deadman Wonderland a much better show. And yet, this won't happen, because of Deadman Wonderland's lack of time to flesh out events. It's disappointing, but something in the future could elaborate on this and give a new dimension to the show.
As for characters, I've read a lot of complaints about Ganta's weak attitude. I really can't blame him though, since he's just a middle school student who suddenly finds himself on death row. I think it's be unrealistic to think that he'd suddenly toughen himself and willingly face the dangers of Deadman Wonderland so quickly. The entire story takes place in less than 2 weeks I believe, after all. There are a few interesting characters that appear, such as the Crow, Kiyomasa Senji, who is my personal favorite character of this show. He becomes somewhat of a friend to Ganta, though he is unwilling to share the former's optimism of escape.
While on characters, I have to applaud this show for introducing some truly hate worthy characters. I'm looking at you, Promoter Tamaki, man who plays with life like a toy. You too, Genkaku Azuma, you sacrilegious mediocre guitar player. And you too, Hibana Daida, unladylike gorilla who wields Zabimaru. Enough ranting though.
Aside from characters, the art in this show is pretty decent. Plenty of dark colors and tones in the prison, while bright colors are usually in the form of sadistic, cute mascots with a gun hidden in them or something of the sort. There isn't much diversity in setting, since it takes place in a somewhat futuristic prison after all. That means lots of corridors, cells, stone, steel and things of that sort. Fight scenes were pretty interesting, though animation quality takes a dip sometimes.
Moving onto sound, the background music was just that, background music. I didn't notice any real noteworthy melodies and such, but the music was appreciated where it was. The opening is "One Reason" by Fade. It's a typical rock song with, surprise, English lyrics. It's very appropriate for the dark tones of the show, and it's a pretty decent song.
However, the ending song is a completely different story. It's an interesting song called "Shiny Shiny" by Nirgilis. It has a pretty upbeat pop style to it, an interesting contrast to the heavy rock and violence of the show. There are also some melancholic sounds in the song, another contrast to the happy. However, hearing this after the blood has been spilled in a particular episode, gives an interesting feel close to pity. The ending basically shows pictures of the lives of many of the characters before they experienced the hell of Deadman Wonderland. Innocent things like being with friends, embracing loved ones, and appreciating childhood.
Deadman Wonderland isn't for everyone. There's tons of blood, gore, and some rather disturbing scenes (ahem, Penalty Game). The first episode is remarkably similar in levels of gore to Elfen Lied, so if you can handle things like that, be my guest and enjoy the attractions at Deadman Wonderland. This show should be viewed with enjoying the interesting atmosphere and action as much as possible. It's about a boy with all of the misfortune in the world, living in a twisted environment, trying his best to understand what it truly means to be a "Deadman."
In Deadman Wonderland, we do our very best to kick the loser while they're down. So sit back, and enjoy watching our prisoners suffer, minds shatter, and play the part of fool, all while I watch. read more
Oct 6, 2013
Story 2/10 although the story idea was brilliant, it was played out terribly. For an anime with a battle royale element, their into as much fighting as you would expect. Their where loads of gaps which where never rounded off and most of the characters that appear to have a big part of the story are ether not even mentioned again or dont have as big of an influence as you would think. The story doesn't really amount to anything and you do not get a sense of satisfaction at the end.
Art 10/10 1 of the only 2 things I liked about this series. Animation is fluid and consistent apart from at some occasional point but was very well done. ]I did not personally like the appearance of the main character partly because he reminds me of astro boy but that's a personal opinion.
Sound 8/10 the only other thing I loved about this anime, the intro song is just fabulous and the sound in general is great, one off putter would be the English vocals for the main guy, his voice is really irritating.
Characters 1/10 despite their being some interesting characters in the series, they are bland and predictable. Character development? I don't think this even crossed the writers mind as their is little to no development. The characters at the end are more or less the characters you meet at the very beginning, just a tiny bit more bad ass.
Enjoyment 2/10 idk, you just keep expecting something brilliant happen but what would have been the super exciting parts are played out in a very dull way. I did enjoy the battle scenes but they didn't even hit a 4 on my thrill-o-meter plus the pretty pathetic protagonist doesn't change so fight scenes get a little dull after 4 or 5 episodes.
Overall 2/10 despite my personal distaste for this series, it would be unjust to give it a 1 as as I said, the art was fabulous and their where some epic battle scenes but apart from that, I can safely say that this is the first series that has under 200 episodes that I got bored of half way through I would behave dropped it but as mentioned earlier, I kept thinking something brilliant was going to happen but it never came. read more
Jul 29, 2012
The story and concept itself is very interesting. Though, I may be biased since I am fond of anime in the horror/gore genre. Anyway, Deadman Wonderland tackles the truth, no matter how gruesome it is. Between the blood and death, you will not be able to turn your eyes away from the screen. The major factors in the story are revealed little by little, something I praise the mangaka for. While there are some plotholes and other things that may seem as a downside, I believe that it won’t matter that much, and if you find that the fact that this is overly violent or non realistic, then I say that you’re wrong. As I said before: It shows the truth as it is.
The art is attractive and surprisingly accurate. I have nothing more to elaborate on this subject.
You will find yourself supporting the characters, feeling what they feel, crying when someone dies. The characters are introduced in such a way, that they will leave a big impression on you, regardless of their position in the story. All characters have their own unique pasts and traits, something you will come to enjoy.
I think that anyone will enjoy this…if you are willing to sit through lots and lots of blood. It is really a beautiful story with deep meaning. Deadman Wonderland is a masterpiece