MyAnimeList Rating: 8,15/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Supernatural
Author: Kazuma Kondou (Story & Art), Jinsei Kataoka (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Ace
Deadman Wonderland is one of the anime that is so cliffhanging when it comes to the story. There are some people who make a petition to make a second season and there are some people that actually read the manga instead of watching the anime. The anime is cool but the problem is we never know until the end. For the manga, Deadman Wonderland is not much different from the anime because this is not your typical shounen. If you like Tokyo Ghoul or Future Diary, this manga will definitely fit with you. So, this is my review of the manga.
“Deadman Wonderland,” tells about a massive earthquake that nearly destroyed half of Tokyo. A prison known as the Deadman Wonderland rises from half the city. Though impressed as a theme park, Deadman Wonderland takes many prisoners from all over Japan by using them as a tourist attraction. Little know what the purpose of the “theme park” is and the horror, what exactly is it. Ganta Igarashi, a middle school student who lived normally after the earthquake. All these changes when a mysterious masked man named the Red Man appears and kills all the entire class, waking up from the unconscious where only the survivor. When he woke up, he was accused of the incident and sent to Deadman Wonderland.
The story is quite simple in the beginning. In a nutshell, the main character was found guilty after killing all his classmates and sent to a prison theme-park with a lethal game. While trying to survive, he attempts to investigate who Red Man is. If you are still curious about the story after the anime, the story takes place after the mass prison break where Ganta will meet a new character named Azami Midou. This character is never mentioned in the anime, but for the manga, she has a character with more parts. The story is a pretty basic point but the manga is more explain all the plot holes that are still obvious in the anime. It has a great battle, introducing new special powers, an unexpected twist, and brings a bit of apocalyptic and dystopian elements in it while in the anime it’s a bit dark. You can read the manga in the sixth volume after the anime. The art is truly one of the best. I didn’t think if read some shounen it becomes dull or tedious. The rest of the more focused action turned out to have a very detailed art from the small detail. The anime is pretty great when comparing it to the manga but the manga takes the cake. Not to mention, Kazuma Kondou and Jinsei Kataoka neatly create and write the story to produce a great narrative that is easy to understand as well with the detailed action.
Although Ganta Igarashi is a crybaby main character at the beginning, I prefer his character development in this manga. Little by little, he learned a lot of how to sharpen his powers to how to fix his past. In addition, Ganta and Shiro are two focused characters on how it all happens, why Ganta has superpowers, why Shiro knows Ganta, and who the founder of Deadman Wonderland is. A wide variety of characters will be focus more such as Toto Sakagami, Makina, Karako Kashio, and Yosuga Mitsuzaki. Although this manga has characters with various backgrounds, some of the characters are sometimes pointless and don’t get further into the story. In addition, all of those back to Ganta and Shiro because these are all about them and not about other characters. After a while, I finally finished this manga after always dropped it in each chapter. However, I like all that shown in here and it’s better than the anime because some of the small parts in the manga don’t exist in the adaptation so it looks it still seems plot holes. For the manga, it has interesting things from start to finish.
Overall, Deadman Wonderland is not one of the perfect manga but it shows everything in an excellent way. Maybe you will don’t like the anime because the story is a cliffhanger but the manga is much better than the anime. There are many characters as well as small points that are omitted in the anime and I don’t know why they do that. Probably, they may only be able to cover up so many volumes that the story should be finished in there. But if you like shounen, action, and horror, you might like it. Don’t expect for the second season because it will never be made. Just read the manga instead.