It's hard to describe Deadman Wonderland. It's definitely not a Naruto or an FMA or a Vampire Knight. It's much better than all that- but only for the right kind of person. Because the biggest caution about the series is the amount of gore involved, and despite the brilliant and innovative story, if you get queasy easily- I don't recommend it.
Deadman Wonderland is a brilliantly crafted, innovative, and fresh story that breaks away from all the other manga out there. It's dark, morbid and creepy, and it won't try to delude you with false happiness. There is no "joy". There are only people trying to
make the best of a horrible situation. Because the setting is at a prison, which happens to be Deadman Wonderland itself, and dually serves as an amusement park of sorts for the public. From there on the story evolves to center around the protagonist, a young boy named Ganta, the odd people he meets, how they survive, and the day to day life of the living hell of Deadman Wonderland.
There are loads of twists in the story, which usually takes action because of the characters that trigger it and drive the plot. Everything is very dank, very depressing and very psychological- and if you're interested in that type of story- it'll probably be right up your alley.
In a quick statement, the art is fantastic. It's by the same artist and author of Eureka Seven, so it's very crisp and clean, but detailed at the same time. Gore and backgrounds are done intricately and believably, the character designs are beautiful, but their expressions are by far my personal favorite. You can see the pain in each character's expressions, and they're all extremely vivid. Sometimes it's not pretty, but neither is their pain.
Characters in Deadman Wonderland are perhaps the biggest gem of the series. All of them are severely flawed in different ways- and they have every right to be, considering their surroundings. Ganta, the protagonist, is simply a young boy. It's understandable that he's likely to get on the nerves of many readers, but he has every right to act the way he does. He's been thrown into turmoil with trauma that comes one bit right after another- and think about it for a minute. If you were the sole survival of a mass murder of all your friends and classmates, if you were framed with said mass murder, and then thrust into a prison that holds no boundaries on violence where no one will listen to you, and more? In less than a month? He's an ordinary boy who has lived a peaceful life before this. He never got into fights. And now every second is a fight for his very life. He struggles to understand this place and these intimidating criminals,
But it's not only Ganta. This series has Tamaki- the main villain, and never before have I seen such a hateful antagonist. He gets delightful and sadistic joy out of what he does, and doesn't show remorse. It's quite a good break from many other villains out there in manga today. You can't help but hate him, no matter how you try.
And apart from our main two, there's a dozen other easily memorable characters included in Deadman Wonderland (Shiro; the strange girl who speaks in third person and appears to know Ganta, Azami; an oddly normal woman who supplies advice to Ganta on his first day; and so forth.) All of them witness trauma, and all of them suffer severely from this environment- but they evolve. They grow and we learn more about them. We see what makes them tick. There have been multiple times within the story that it was the characters themselves that honestly caused me to cry.
I enjoy Deadman Wonderland a great deal, and I get excited with each development and new chapter. However, I also enjoy the well-done gore, which if you perchance don't like that sort of thing, it will definitely hinder your experience with the whole series. But if you are looking for something substansial, something different and fresh, something that breaks out of the normal- it's a perfect series to try.
Like I've stated, it's not a perfect series, but it's pretty close for the right type of person who can appreciate it. And once again, if you're looking for something happy- don't look here.
Deadman Wonderland is an action, sci-fi manga exclusive for only those who are ripe enough to read it.
Deadman Wonderland revolves around on an unfortunate hero, who goes by the name of Ganta Igarashi. 10 years after the catastrophic event that totaled the whole city of tokyo, Ganta has been trying to live normally but all of that change when a man dressed in red comes out of nowhere and murdered all his classmates using a unique ability, to make matters worse somehow our protagonist gets the blame for the death of all his classmates, so he gets sentenced to a death row. To top it
all, he's behind bars in the Deadman Wonderland, lets just say its not your average penitentiary. After a series of bizarre events, for better or worse, Ganta discovers that he also possess a supernatural ability similar to the red man who murdered all of his classmates. Everything is more than it meets the eye.
DW is vaguely similar to the book series Lemony Snicket's series of unfortunate events, but only a lot more unfortunate and morbid. Ganta goes throw a lot of ordeals,first he's well on a death row, all his friends got massacred in front of his eyes, he's confined in a prison where everyone is nuts that includes he's two seemingly trustworthy inmate buds. Shiro, an odd white long-haired girl who talks in third person and Yoh, a guy who possess a hidden intent for their friendship.
It goes without saying, its going to get worse before it gets any better and from what Ive seen, it just keeps getting worse.
Deadman Wonderland manga is above average, but not above enough to be notable. Because the plot isnt promising in the first place, and the way things turn out on each chapter, is not appealing enough for you to hang on. Adequate developments are also missing here, hopefully they will not forget to add some.
I didnt really care on what happens Ganta. He is an unlikable character, the way he cowards up then suddenly gives everyone the finger followed by whimpering again. It gets on my nerves. The rest of the characters are also not very convincing, since almost everyone is easily demented by the simplest of reasons. I cannot get myself to like any of them. The only character to look out for is Shiro, she has a very interesting ego and a mysterious past. I would like to know how she will change throughout the manga, if she will at all.
The art is pretty... different. Especially when everyone's face goes looks like Jack Nicholson when they go senile. It takes to time to get into it. The action scene's are pretty decent, its pretty clear enough for you to understand how the action is going and it doesnt smother you with myriad captions during.
All in all, Deadman Wonderland is a full fledged manga. It incorporates some over-used elements but twists them enough to be somehow unpredictable.
Ive only seen a couple of chapters but from where I'm standing, its pretty damn good. For those who want something mature, reading this is essential.
Deadman Wonderland isn't your typical seinen. It has quite its unique distinctions, and is a worthwhile read all right.
Story - 8 :
10 years after a great earthquake that ravaged most of Tokyo, Ganta Igarashi is the only witness of the murder of his entire classroom by a person clad entirely in red. As such, he is framed for the crime and sent in death row, in a prison called Deadman Wonderland that serves as an attraction park ran by the prisoners. His encounter with an albino girl named Shiro will urge him to live on, and discover the mysteries of the prison and of the
Yeah, this is a pretty basic premise, isn't it ? But while the initial starting point for the story might hint at a survival manga in a crazy environment, the scenario will quickly focus on battle by introducing special powers and factions inside the prison (no telling there, go read it :p)
Art - 9 :
The art is, truly, splendid. Each character has many little details and quirks, and the style of the artist truly suits the madness of the story. Some double pages are seriously worth the read.
Character - 10 :
And this is where, ladies and gentlemen, Deadman Wonderland really shines.
Very quickly, you'll see that every character, besides the hero, is crazy. Each one has something tied to his past that shapes his attitude in the world of Deadman Wonderland, that you understand when the characters are developed. Ganta is the only sane person in the prison, striving to survive without becoming mad. As such, his character development is exemplary. Shiro is a weird girl, but she wants no matter what to be Ganta's friend, and when they get separated by the ordeals they live,Shiro's pain is heartwrenching.
Enjoyment : 10
I loved this manga, from start to finish. The combat scenes, the powers, the characters, the end of the story... Everything.
Overall : 9
Yes, only 9, because no manga is perfect. (Besides 20th Century Boys, but here lies not the debate :p). But, as you read, Deadman Wonderland is an excellent manga, and if you like gory seinen story (Gantz, Mirai Nikki, Elfen Lied...), you'll like this one.
Plus, it's completed now. You've got no excuses, go read it all at once !
Coming right off of the un-fulfilling conclusion of the anime, I never really had any high hopes for the manga of Deadman Wonderland. I thought it was going to be another "action and gore trip" just like many of the other manga inspired anime’s I had seen in the past. (I'm looking at you Tokyo Ghoul)
So you can imagine my surprise when I actually started to read it.
It really blew me away with just how much the story could go as far as it did, while still at the same time retaining its ultra-grim and dark tones as the show lead it on to be
(hell it was probably even darker than the anime)
The manga brought so many twists and turns that I really ended up caring about many of the characters and their overall fates by the conclusion. It has that Berserk (another amazing manga) type feel, where literally anything can happen at any moment, making many parts (especially near the end) a real treat to read.
Now many viewers maybe a little wary of reading this manga because of its "extreme violence" and "anything can happen" subject matter. If I’m being honest, yes, it can be very gruesome at times (Yes even more then the show). But for those who can stomach such things and press on, you will find that this is definitely a manga that is worth reading.
So yes, I definitely recommend this manga for anyone who likes dark and crazy storylines, and a must read for anyone who liked the show. I give it an 8/10.
First Manga I ever read, and now I'm starting to read manga, because Deadman Wonderland's anime was very incomplete, even though I loved the concept, and so I had the read the manga to get the answers I needed. And you should do the same.
So, a unique prison in Japan called Deadman Wonderland was built after an incident which involved an Earthquake. In this establishment, prisoners are in death row, getting slowly poisoned for 3 days and end up dying. However they can participate in circus like and entertaining events to an ignorant public from the outside world, thinking they are just "pretending" deaths. Igarashi
Ganta, accused from mass murder of his classmates ends up there and meets Shiro and other characters that may help him on getting stronger, escape from the prison, claim his innocence, get revenge from the "Red Man" (the one who killed his classmates) and later with a group of characters, revealing to the public what is really going on. Some of the prisoners have special powers called "Branches of Sin". Those who have these powers are called Deadman.
The story is quite good, I really enjoyed the slow process trough chapters and explaining what could happen inside DW. When I ended up discovering more and more and unraveling more mysteries, the story gets even more interesting and I ended up reading a lot until I got to the final chapter. When a story sometimes "gets you" by surprise and ends up making your reaction being something like "Wooooooow!", then it probably is a good story.
I don't have deep arguments when it comes to manga art, since this is the first manga I have seriously read, but I quite like it, and in my opinion, it is well done, I easily understood what was going on in action scenes. I also loved the circus-like design from the prison, the bloody moments and the characters which are well made, speaking of which, Crow makes me remember of Bleach's Zaraki (xD).
Anyhow, about the characters, Shiro ends up to be more interesting than Ganta, in my opinion, because Ganta is that typical protagonist guy who wants to get stronger for a reason, and in reality, he is a weak guy. He ends up just getting very lucky for his "Branch of Sin" having something different, that's all, because he has no battle experience. It's somehow understandable that he tries to save and protect everyone (typical atitude of a protagonist too) and sometimes he ends up making decisions that brings bad consequences, but sometimes it gets a little tiring. Shiro ends up being more interesting because, despite of the sweet girl personality, quite early in the manga, you quickly understand she has "another mask", and finding out what's going on with her is just amazing. As the other characters, they are quite unique within the manga, and you end up learning about their pasts and the reason they ended up in jail and the way they somehow deal with their past thoughts. Gotta love each one's personality and traits. As I went further into the story, their importance gets even higher and I ended up loving them even more.
To sum it up, if you are one of those DW fans who got frustrated with the anime version, then read this manga, it is way better. If you are one those guys who love action, blood and also some mystery, read it too. The anime is asking for a 2nd season but since the answer is right here, at the manga chapters, I don't consider it necessary anymore. As you can see, most people made positive reviews about this manga, so it's probably worth it for you.
To start things off, I'd like to inform anyone coming in off of the anime adaptation to disregard that. It was not a good adaptation, and ended prematurely while leaving out a lot of plot points. The manga is leaps and bounds better, and certainly worth most people's time.
In the world of fiction, having a piece of work involving humans with supernatural powers is definitely not rare. In fact, the market is saturated with such things. This in and of itself is not inherently a bad thing. It's all a matter of how the concept is used, and if the work can achieve something its
predecessors couldn't. Does Deadman Wonderland bring anything new to the table?
In my opinion, not really. What it does offer is a very compelling and interesting rehash of things we have seen before. To me, at least, this is also not a bad thing. Let me explain.
I'd like to talk about the setting first. A prison that doubles as an amusement park. That is something that I personally haven't seen in fiction before, though I'm sure it has been done at some point. Still, it is a pretty interesting setting. There are some issues with it that I can't talk about too much because of spoilers, but suffice to say the manga doesn't play up its setting as much as I would have liked.
And what of the characters within this setting? The quality and genericness of these characters vary. I found the main character generic, and the fact that he was 14 seemed a little unneeded. He could have been an adult, or at least an older teen, and the story wouldn't have changed much, except making some things more believable. The manga has a lot of gore and even touches on elements of rape a couple times, so the argument that he is 14 in order to appeal to the intended audience is invalid. Most of the other characters were interesting, and I liked that almost every major character (and even some minor ones) rather they were "good" or "bad" got a backstory segment, giving each one a tad of development, even if that development was a little shallow.
The overarching plot had a few pacing issues, but generally it is easy to follow if you pay attention. The pace is quick enough that the reader probably won't find themselves bored at any point. Also, I'm glad to say that most questions are answered by the end of the manga, and the ending wraps things up nicely without feeling too rushed. I found the plot pretty interesting, if not predictable in some places. There are a few good twists that I didn't expect here and there.
The last thing I would like to talk about is the art. The character designs were definitely designed to be "cool", and the powers of most of the characters are drawn very nicely. Plenty of gore too. The backgrounds can be simple at times, but never ugly. Overall, I don't remember ever seeing a panel or page and thinking it looked bad.
I'd recommend this manga to people who like the "super powers" concept, or just like action in general. Although there's a little bit of romance, comedy, and quite a bit of drama, this manga is definitely an action manga at heart. Worth a chance if you are looking for a good manga that does a lot of things right, even if it's not anything new.
In a world of mediocre story lines we get something so fresh and so new
Deadman wonderland gives us a buffet of plot and setting from the first page we get thrown into the deep end of the story already asking questions and making theories and every thing seems to be connected the further and further the manga goes with twist and turns every chapter.The Main setting the prison it"s self seems to be a world on its own even having its own money system and the amusement park theme has made its way into almost every aspect of the prison giving it this distinct
kinda creepy style .Plus it's weird rules like eating an antidote every three days or you die and cruel merciless treatment of the prisoners like death matches puts you in the shoes of Ganta (the main character)and have that "same this place is insane" vibe he does.DW is filled with some refreshing new archetypes with their own deep trouble pasts that defines their personality from insanity to childlike innocence or both .The prison is really designed to contain and study "deadmen" special prisoners with something called the "nameless worm" inside of them which gives them the ability to control their blood called the "branch of sin" i.e shooting it like a bullet or making a blade and every power is different and can be used in multiple ways giving the fights more personal flare.
Though this manga is heavy on story it doesn't skip on gore from skin peeling to beheading this manga dose it in a tasteful way instead of meaningless slaughters
even fan services is supported by current events
To summarizes this manga is deep,engulfing and'l keep you on edge every chapter its a definite read on my list
First off I wanna say that this isn't the most well educated review because it's been a couple months since i read this, that aside I really didn't like this manga. For starters the character development is pretty nonexistent for at least 3 of the characters who are clearly meant to be important to us, the reason this happend really seems to be that the manga just couldn't pace itself correctly. The pacing starts speeding up past it's limit when they decide to kick in the main plot which comes in about a volume through the manga, before this point each main character got their
own little story ark and something to attach the reader to them, unfortuanetly they jumped from well developed characters to introducing about 7 main characters in the same chapter and then killing them off in the same volume.*not a spoiler people die in this a lot* around this point the plot has just started zooming along and they really don't give the reader an anchor.
If you can get past the lack of substance it's a great manga to read while your in a book store 5/10
Character development is nonexistant, backstories are not enough if the author truly wanted to write solid characters. Plus all of these backstories are incredibly boring and cliche. It seems that the author wanted to write badass characters without giving them any depth.
Action scenes were hard to follow. Seriously, the art is good, but the action and direction can be awful sometimes. Character designs are so so, but when I saw a killer loli with a gothic monk I cringed. Plus again, the author with his designs tries too hard to make everyone
look cool and badass.
The story is so random. It seems that the author wrote the story as he went along. Prison guard suddenly became an ex-mercanary badass and prison chief is revealed to be an ex-hikikimori who just wanted revenge against someone who destroyed his PC. The ending was dissappointing since none of the characters were likable at all.
Shonen tropes. OMG, these shonen tropes, sometimes this manga was so stupid that I considered giving it up. It's on the same level as Bleach. In fact it's worse than the first 20 volumes of Bleach which were quite good.
Irrelevant side characters who do not contribute to the plot. i.e Yosuga and Toto Sakagami.
The reason why people rate it so high is because they decided to check the manga after the cliffhanger, so for some it's their first and the only manga they have ever read.
Despite all blood and gore, the quality of this manga is disastrous , however if you are a newcomer this will be a treat for you since you will have much lower standards than me.
I give it SHOUNEN-SHIT SEAL OF DISAPPROVAL.
Want a good shounen?
Read something like Shokugeki no Souma. Personally I found this manga a waste of time and it's dumb, but I won't deny that it's entertaining if you haven't read any manga in your life.
Deadman Wonderland has to be one of the most unique and interesting manga I've ever read.
The story is very,very interesting. The way they made it so each chapter explains it little by little makes it much more worth reading instead of boring fillers. The story in itself was unique,the explanation and experiments.
The art is great,the expressions drawn very lively. Simply by looking at their expression,you can practically feel their own emotions wash over you. From smiles to tears,from joy to pain,everything was expressed well. The details of all the gore were clean and crisp,not too messy,but detailed and well drawn out enough
to give you the sense of how good it is.
The characters were outstanding,they were amazing. Many of them had special traits,their own particular ups and downs,their own strengths and faults. Even Ganta,the main "hero"-type character,has his own strong weaknesses. And each and every person had their own personality,and it had individuality. There was no "Oh,she's similar to..." and "Wow,it's just like..." in there. No. Everyone in DW are all unique.
When a character is proven cruel,it sticks true to the point and doesn't stray. And you can imagine how great all this individuality is,with the large variety of people who appear in there. By far,one of the most interesting characters I've ever seen.
Their backstories were all unique,and saddening.
This series was very enjoyable. I would sit still for hours reading it,to the point my feet got numb. The sheer mix of story,art and character blew me away. And that is without saying all the twists,turns and surprises. Some parts can be predictable,but that is rare,seeing as DW always has a surprise around every corner,and I cannot stress out enough how many corners there are.
The plot development was beautiful,the character developments entertaining. Their powers and skills and how they used it was wonderful,and the backstories were honestly saddening.
It seems in each chapter,a little more about Deadman Wonderland is explained. They make it like a jigsaw,with at first many scattered pieces and you're wondering how it all got there and why. Chapter by chapter the story is given in bits and pieces,and it's the type of manga that makes you piece all the pieces back together on your own.
Overall,I'd say I wouldn't mind re-reading this at least three to five times. It's entertaining,the cast as well,and it's definitely worth your while.
Personal Rate: 2
Overall Rate based on the different criteria: 3.25 rounded down to 3
Seriously... Have we read the same manga? Have people rated the manga or the anime? I haven't seen the latter but given the length it sure doesn't cover the whole series and thanks GOD for that...
Deadman Wonderland started strong... and then went downhill... like... near the center of earth. Seriously how can anybody ruin such a good idea is beyond me... Sigh... I did wonder if I had to bother finishing this series... but heck I've read more than half the series and unfortunately it doesn't get any better.... So....
Interesting premise completely ruined by the typical shounen tropes... Seriously... The first 4 or so volumes are enjoyable. But then the series veers into a remake of street fighter with philosophical mumbo jumbo, "cool" punch lines, and fake camaraderie. It's overly violent but it doesn't serve the purpose of the story... I'm not even counting the fanservice... Gosh. I mean, I could probably type something more coherent about how the series is a very very BAD shounen by trying too hard to look cool, but my brain has turned to jelly and I just want to rant.
I so wanted to like this.
Very good art... though it goes downhill with the action scenes as the series goes on. Totally confusing.
Likable hero, although typical shounen boy....
You've got all the rest. Excluding Shiro who at the point I dropped it, was overly naive... ( I spoiled myself the end and she joins the rest of the group after a while), the rest of the cast is made up of twisted characters who are so intense in everything they do, it just falls flat after a while. In fact... you can practically guess when this or that character is a liar since everything is just so t-y-p-i-c-a-l... and the betrayals therefore are just anticlimactic since you can see them coming from miles away. They all have some typical backstories which are told in a very repetitive shounen-like way - X vs Y, Y aka bad guy wins in the beginning, X on the brink of death remembers his past - enters typical sob story or fucked up story number 83 - then X has a revival thinking about our 14 year-old hero who inspires him for stupid reasons badly introduced and X wins.
Then we also have a contest of punch lines, contest of cool positions/gestures, contest of cool moves and so on...
The bad guys have no believable motivation for their actions. They are completely rotten, and twisted and cruel for sport. Mind you, I've read Tokyo Ghoul and some characters are pretty sick, but even if you don't approve, you come to a certain understanding of where they're coming from... Here though, the few characters who explain their reasons for being trash sound empty because the author was too lazy to give them a proper backstory. Yeah, we're bad guys because.... We hate flowers, and good air, and people living in peace. We want chaos, and violence, and blood and it's your fault you're a goody goody. YEAH. We're bad, because We love EVIL!!! SEE!
The good guy's past are no better.They're all tragic and surrealistic.
A dad who's lost his daughter is crazy because his daughter was a nutcase, another is a professional liar because her mother betrayed her, hence she killed her mom AND her dad, homosexual guy turned transsexual and was imprisoned because he killed the girl his boyfriend was two-timing him with.... Are we seriously supposed to empathize with murderers? If we are, then make sure we can empathize with them with proper buildup,
END OF SPOILER
WHERE IS redemption when all your characters are sick in the head?
You don't need to write whatever appears the most intense to make people relate. The whathefuckery is SO over the top that it just makes you roll your eyeballs after a while.
Worst of all, Likable characters are a scarcity. No truly, I'm trying to remember a manga in which characterization was worse but I can't come up with any. It's just that bad.
Intriguing beginning... the rest? I just don't want to talk about it. I want to purify my poor brain.
Thank the art for the 3. Why are shounens cool? Well, obviously the answer is not to be found in Deadman Wonderland. In fact, I'd say for any aspiring mangaka, this is definitely a good series to read - the things you SHOULD NEVER DO EVER... It pains me to be that harsh because yeah...It takes time to make a manga. I'm just flabbergasted that such a series managed to be published for such a long time. Mind you, again, the beginning is promising, but after volume 5 or so... I found myself struggling. Should I continue or should I stop... Should I? It could have been WAY better, the plot itself offered possibilities to something more complex and enriching but nope... We get the shounen tropes and that's it. Forget everything that made this series interesting in the beginning just let's play streetfighter in a more gory way.
A manga to avoid. Worst shounen I've read so far. I've read boring, bland, flavorless, not-funny-trying-to-be-funny... This one enters the category of the "trying-too-much-to-be-cool-and-so-is-totally-lame" category along with Bleach... except that Bleach for all its fault was way better... Even worse, that one had a better potential than Bleach from the beginning and it managed to be crushed to the ground by its own authors. I'm wondering if they didn't get tired of their own series themselves... They should have done like Yukiru Sugisaki with D.N. Angel... Go on hiatus indefinitely.
Deadman Wonderland is wonderful, there isn't much like it.
It has a wonderful story, it all fits together quite nicely. There are some chapters that could have been done better, I will admit. Sometimes it is very complex to me, sometimes it very simple, which can get a little confusing sometimes. I do enjoy how unique Deadman Wonderland is, it isn't like any other anime or manga I've came across.
The art of 'Deadman' is very well done to me, not too realistic, not too anime-ish. The art fits Deadman very much. Usually everything is drawn, the characters and the background all together, and the
background is worked on very well, which makes it seem almost like you picture the anime in your head. I also think that the way the characters were made matches their personalities amazingly.
The characters, they were usually a mixture of insane and normal; or where just insane or normal. They had realistic reactions, which is good, at least for me that is good. Every character has their own personal background, and Ganta (the main character) of course has his own motive through the manga. The support of the cast was a good number, in my opinion, not too much, not too little. Not of the characters (main and supporting) were alike, they were basically their own person.
I think most people would enjoy this manga, just for the fact it is unique and it has some different genres mixed into it.
Sorry, if this wasn't a good review. It was my first time..
*SPOILERS* Deadman wonderland, a very original series by far. I was first introduced to this series during toonami's revival and I was instantly hooked. I originally watched the anime before turinging to the manga after I finished the 12 episodes and the OVA. The biggest attraction that I have to this series is those fucked up moments like when shiro murdered gantas class or the giant slot machine that tells you which body part you will be losing. I also love the concept of a jail that profits off of the prisoners, this is a unique idea (as far as i know) and was well
incorperated into the story. Though I do think that the part of the story with just them fighting for their lives and not rebeling could have been extended a little more. The fights were very entertaining with the blood flying and the tactical manuvers. My favorite character of this series is shiro with her adorable persona and her fucked up persona. Though ganta was a very bland main character towards the begining to the series, he gradually was built up over time. Overall this is an outstanding series and I highly recomend it to anyone who likes a ton of blood and gore.
If you can get past the gore, you should definitely give this manga a try, if not - then this one is not for you.
DW is centered arround a twisted post apocalyptic world where many people enjoy violence and chaos. Gore is inevitable and even seems like a major focus point of the story. Through it, a select few people shine as they struggle not to change into destruction monsters. They cannot do it alone though and they have to rely on others, who all hold some ulterior motives and conflicting causes, sometimes making them undermine eachother's goals. And this is the
essence of the world DW tries to present, people struggling against the enviroment and themselves as they try to make their best in life, while trying to hold on to their views and determination.
Art-wise, DW is amazing. The world is very detailed and unlike a certain Bleach which "has no backgrounds", DW doesn't lack them. You don't get whole pages where charactes talk over white backgrounds and are unconected with the world. They all act within the constrains of the surrounding world and objects and this part draws the readers into the story, which otherwise would find hardly any hold in it.
The twisted reallity is conveyed very well and the characters' expressions convey strong feelings, perhaps even too strong. The horror or hatred shown in the faces of the characters is usually overdone and it seems sometimes that the author wants to convey a simple smirk of superiority, but instead it comes as a sadistic murderer's "I'm gonna cut you into small pieces now" glare.
The character development is very throughfully done. Each comes with a solid past, which is usually shown through flashbacks - and while it's not the best way to present it - it allows a a better understanding of characters you'd otherwise have to assume the motives of.
The main problem with the character construction comes with the concept of wholeness. Any character in DW can become wholy evil/good/submissive/etc at any given time and would act as for a certain time until it would accept a different "role". It is this change which put me off and made the story unworthy of an 10 or a 9. You don't get the usual change in character or a merge of different personalities as the person changes views, as it happens in real life. A character would change drastically from one point to the next with no indication of past behavior or views.
Another problem with character development is that when a certain character finishes it's intended role in the story, it is swept to the sidelines and becomes utterly passive, so much unlike their personality as presented before.
All in all, it looks like the author of DW is trying too hard. Reality is not black and white, but it looks like this is what DW is trying to present the world as an evil and twisted place, where there are a few bright shining stars. Nevertheless, I really enjoy this manga. It's very solid and unique - and there aren't many of those around. Most of the faults can be ignored as the good points far outweigh them.
What is DW about? It´s about this Prison where convicts need to partake to this shows so when they win they get CastPoints. All prisoners have this collar around their neck. the collar releases a poison. in to the body and it will kill them after some days. Unless the take the antidote in form of a candy, so the poison gets neutralised. i really liked this whole idea about prisoners having to participate in those games and shows but the authors after some chapters tossed this concept right out of the window. they could have explored it more in my opinion. the
beginning was really strong and interesting. After that strong beginning the authors decided to turn it in to battle shounen.it went from getting money from the shows to deadman vs deadman to deadman vs undertakes to deadman vs surrogates. Also the fights werent that interesting and the whole Mystery around the red man was kinda predictable.
I really liked Ganta as the maincharacter. he starts of as this weak as character and as the story contiunes he gets stronger and stronger. i also could relate to him because there were stuff happening to me where i had no control over and what happend to ganta sucks to. Every character gets a flashback. almost everyone has a fucked up or tragic backstory and it makes sense why almost anyone is insane there because its a crazy place to be in.
There were some sidecharacters i found stupid, like this chick who is with Makina together. also the squad that maikina ordered to DW were really bland and one dimensional and some of the 1th unit of surrogates. My favorites are Ganta, Shiro, Senjy, and Minatsuki.
The Art is amazing. there were some panels were i thought; is this Beserk. it was that good. Some Panels when there was fighting going on where kinda hard to know whats going on.
It was easy to read. The characters where really crazy and thats what makes them stand out. the fights were okay and also the mystery. i enjoyed DW.
Please note: There will be no spoilers in this review! So please read on happily!
Deadman Wonderland was something that caught my eye on "AnimeFreak.TV" when I was browsing around out of boredom, and since then it has become one of my personal favorite manga. When I read the basic story plot I felt that this was going to be a typical action/prison type but infact it turned out to be so much more.
Story = The basic Synopsis is as follows: "The story follows Ganta Igarashi when he becomes the last man standing when his class is slaughted by a mysterous floating "Red Man". Left alive
Ganta is charged for the murder of his class and is sent to the famous: "Deadman Wonderland" a themepark and prison rolled into one. It's here Ganta meets a mysterous girl with white hair named "Shiro" and the real surivival game in which is life is at stack starts."
The story has many arcs in the main plot that all seem to come together. And opens up to many different stages within their lives at Deadman Wonderland. It is most deffinatly, not borring. Forver trying to keep you on your toes I found myself ever so wanting to read the next chapter. It always seemed to be a mixture of hardship, thriller, action and horror with some rather cute scenes and funny parts. There are even some romance parts between specific parts and as someone who doesn't go much for romance I rather enjoyed these scenes as they fit well into the story and seemed to either fill you with joy or rip you apart.
Art = For one thing, I really liked the art. It never seemed to confuse me [like it happens in some manga's where the art is good but there is too much on one page] and was always clear. However, this manga isn't one for kids and some artwork in the "voilence"/"gore" department was very well done. And this is where some people adivce if you're queasy to avoid this manga. However, I too am queasy but I never got to a point where I wanted to turn away and look back. The story had sucked me in at this point!
Character = There wasn't really a main character in the story of which I didn't like. While the mian character tries to find ground in the story after going through so much, all the other characters have strong personalities that are recognizable and on-going throughout the story which was good to know. Deadman Wonderland ended up having a variaty of characters either giving you a favorite character you most deffinatly loved, or a bunch of them.
Overall it was an enjoyable read and I am currently in the middle of buying the actual manga volumes as they are released and re-reading them! This manga had alot of strong scenes in it that I doubt I'll ever forget. I've known people who have watched the anime and haven't known really what they thought of it. To really enjoy Deadman Wonderland, you need to read the manga. Unfortunatly, the anime cut out alot of characters and plot line, and was canceled after 12 episodes. The manga, is by far better, and a far more enjoyable experience!!
Esse é meu primeiro review, e escolhi fazê-lo desta estória por quanto a amei.
Pois então, o que dizer sobre Deadman Wonderland?
Possivelmente a melhor história que já li.
Pois esta, em seus 13 volumes, conseguiu me deixar triste, feliz, enjoada, enojada, irritada (com certos personagens), serena, encorajada, esperançosa e com sentimento de amor honesto e latente no coração. Sem nem ao menos saber exatamente do que se tratava e sem nenhuma pretensão do que acharia no fim de tudo, comecei a ler este maravilhoso mangá. Onde o início já te dá facadas, uma atrás da outra, te deixando perdido na história e se perguntando What the hell
is going on? e bem antes de chegar na metade (onde você já estaria cogitando abandonar a leitura), você percebe estar completamente envolto em seu conteúdo e querendo respostas a tantas perguntas que o mesmo traz.
Porém, já na segunda metade você terá seu coração dilacerado com tantos tiros que recebeu desde o início e se encontra com opiniões adversas e divididas. Para no final de tudo apenas perceber que você verdadeiramente nunca soube o que é o significado da frase "O amor e o ódio andam lado a lado". E que, há paz e esperança quando se encontra uma luz e uma razão para viver (e que existem vários tipos de vida). Bem quando você terminar, tudo ao seu redor nunca terá tanto sentido ou deixará de ter.
E então, a pergunta: O pica-pau ficou feliz?
Porém fica o aviso:
- se você tem um estômago frágil ou se enjoa Fácil, não recomendo a leitura deste mangá.
10 years after a large, but really big earthquake in Japan (and this story was created before the earthquake there) the country is rebuilt, and one of the measures for this is the construction of a prison: Deadman Wonderland.
Deadman Wonderland is not a simple manga, created by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote the manga Eureka Seven. It tells the story of Ganta Igarashi, a young man who sees all his friends being killed by a man dressed in red who is flying out the window, is guilty of murder and ends up in Deadman Wonderland in prison.
Deadman Wonderland is not just a
prison, it was made to look like a macabre amusement park where prisoners would be the main attraction, every day would attractions such as racing, wrestling and others to meet the wishes of blood from viewers, who think all just a show. As the name implies, the prison has only sentenced prisoners to death, and to ensure the good condition inside there are some rules:
- At least every three days an inmate should eat something they call "Sweet", a small antidote to a poison that is injected via mechanical collars, if not make them die.
- Win the race, or even survive, gives you credits, which are almost a money inside the prison, with that you can buy almost anything, indicate that you can also buy their freedom for a very high price.
Life in this prison would not be so easy, add it to discover that you have a strange power, you control your own blood, in the case of Ganta he shoots bullets blood. Thus it becomes an aberration and is mistreated. But there is that the manga begins, then we go to the secret section of the prison, where the Carnival Corpse (I do not short the rendering "Bodies Carnival") happens, the battle of the real Deadman, people infected with Sin Branch (this I agree to Branch of Sin) which is the ability to control the blood, but in each it happens differently.
In terms of powers is one thing I like is that, although not a Sci-Fy, they try to explain what happens and effects of powers. The Ganta to shoot is very anemic from lack of blood, one makes a glove of blood that is hard because of the carbon ... and so on, some explanations are somewhat fanciful, but within THEM logic makes sense.
The traces do not bother or are messy, but I also do not think genius, there manga with better features out there (Blade of the Immortal say so) but does not hurt, I saw people saying out there that would not read by do not like the dash, as I've seen talking about One-Piece and Berserk. But it should be noted, there are violent images, are not heavy gore, full of guts as Berserk, yet have heavier scenes.
The plot follows Ganta learning to use the power and having a series of crises, although the main character I can not really like it, it's very full of mimimi and many crises wonder, is like a person who likes to suffer You're welcome. Okay, it's a teenager, but still there are certain hours that it's annoying drama it is for nothing. But after the crisis, you see what's really behind Deadman Wonderland, which technically originated the branch of sin, who is the Wretched Egg (I do not know if it's Wretched Egg was called in translation) and other great mysteries that world there, including earthquake. For all who are infected with the branch of sin has a significant history with the quake.
What about characters, although the main leave to be desired have a range of much better characters and fun, starting with Shiro, who is a crazy girl who technically does not hurt and is simply happy. Senji which is the Cool Guy manga and meets VERY well that role, and even a call Drag Masaru. The secondary characters are more worthwhile and are better than the main character, but the ladder they do for Ganta ends up working very well.
In the end, Deadman Wonderland is a median trace of manga, with a great story that ends up surprising, good minor characters and an excellent plot with mysteries and twists that does not fall short. And a manga without courage to try betting on epicidade and get some profit that. For those who like a story a bit darker, it's worth.
Deadman Wonderland has over the top characters with absurd motivations and a lot of blood, but still fails to make the plot remotely interesting. This is more of a battle shounen than a seinen or a psychological story. So expect many of those tropes. I don't have anything against shounen, but when you add dark backstories for the sake of being dark and when the fighting mechanics revolve around bleeding, it comes off as edgy.
*** The review contains some vague spoilers ***
I found more bad things than good in this manga. Let me write about all the good first -
The premise is interesting. The protagonist
(Ganta) is framed very early in the story and is forced to go to a special prison called as Deadman wonderland. There he discovers that people with unique powers who can manipulate their own blood exist and they are pitted against each other in a battle royale. This raises many questions and hooks the reader early on.
A girl named Shiro is introduced soon after Ganta enters the DW. She is always cheerful and has the freedom to wander anywhere she wants within the prison. She gives the impression that there is something about her that is more than what it appears to be. This adds to the mystery.
The plot ties to an event called as the Great Tokyo Earthquake which happened ten years prior to the events of the story. As the story progresses, the events leading to this disaster slowly unfolds in the form of flashbacks. These events are somewhat predictable, but still manage to be interesting. There are some ethical questions tackled briefly even though they are never completely explored.
Unfortunately, that is all the good I can find. So what is wrong with this manga? Let me elaborate -
Clichés after clichés. I don't hate clichés unless they are overused. But that is exactly what happens here. Every situation feels forced. The actual plot gets sidelined untill about midway through the manga in favor of unnecessary battles that do not have many long lasting consequences. It keeps introducing new characters in said battles. But none of them get any character development except Minatsuki (it is "he is nice, I will be nice too" kind of development. So it is not saying much). When you look back after finishing the series, you will find that 90% of these characters didn't have any real impact on the story other than prolonging it. The supposedly surprising developments can be predicted several chapters in advance. There are two main villains in this story. But both are comically evil characters and feel like copies of each other. Their motivations are slightly different, but they act exactly the same way.
The manga fails in its very premise because the way all the deadmen lose blood and keep fighting without suffering any consequences is illogical. Funny thing is that some characters state the problems of losing too much blood at the start of the series. But it is quickly forgotten to get us to the badass action scenes. Ganta's ability is the most unoriginal and boring among the entire cast. Add to that and make him whiny for more than half of the story and you get an unlikable MC.
The plot feels like an NGE ripoff at the begining. We have whiny mc, a mysterious friend who is more than what she seems, and a tragedy that has happened several years back with long lasting effects on society. Adding to that, Ganta has memory loss and doesn't remember his past. (But keeps getting flashbacks at very convenient moments). It gets a decent explanation near the very end of the manga, but the initial half undeniably gives bad vibes about the whole story. The explanation that we get is very similar to another popular manga that I won't mention due to spoilers. It is so similar that you can predict exactly what happened if you know the name of that other manga.
There is some pseudo-science involved in the plot, but it has been taken too far to an extent that it is no longer believable. To give an example, there is an ability where a character can make others think that they suffered an injury and then it happens in reality because "their brain got convinced of that injury". I am talking about characters getting holes in their chest or thrown into walls just because their brain got convinced that it actually happened.
The art looks good, but not the fight scenes. It is hard to follow any fight scene. You can see rubble flying around and explosions, but how characters moved during the fights is very obscure and you are kept guessing. It is a major setback considering that we are talking about an action series.
Tl;dr - I don't recommend this manga unless you don't mind all the clichés and are very much interested in the premise. If you have watched the anime version and are here to finish the story, you will get what you wanted - even though it has the same pitfalls the anime has.
Okay so after binge-reading the whole series (literally my eyes started to burn by the afternoon), I finished Deadman Wonderland.
I haven't read many or any horror mangas to be honest, but I would assume this would be in my top 10. However, this manga is not for the faint of heart especially if you can't handle blood or gore.
As told above, you start with gore within the first chapter or two.
# It's beautifully drawn and with such precise detail it's awe worthy. But even saying so, don't go in thinking this is the most unique or best I've seen. To each their own.
most arts trying to incorporate horror, just stuff it to death with gore. This manga excelled in my opinion because it tried to deviate from the path by having a decent plot with many twists that I didn't expect to happen. The comedic relief helped this manga not just to move it along, but provide a break from the action and horror.
# Developments & backstories. You know what took me by surprise is the characters besides Ganta. Their character developments are bittersweet because they grow into better people, but you find out their tragic pasts that no one should go through :c Yet when they are put to the test, each character overcomes their pasts and then puts their best foot forward, striving to live a better life than the ones they were dealt with. Fanta also grows into a man (oh la la~?) with each passing chapter, and he is not even comparable to his character at the start of the manga.
# Revealing the I identity of the Red Man. This is not what ticked me off, but I feel they should have waited to reveal who it was for further in the manga. It made the big revelation for Ganta to be less savory. I would have loved to find out with Ganta, instead I could tell right from the beginning who it was.
# The ending....I feel cheated....Like WTF? It was an okay ending but honestly it felt like it was ended too quickly. And I don't know if it was me or what, but it seemed as if the last chapters were out of order. I honestly could not believe that it was over when it was over.