Cover of Deadman Wonderland volume 3 featuring Ganta Igarashi, Shiro, and Senji Kiyomasa
|Genre||Action, biopunk, drama, horror, science fantasy, psychological, mystery|
|Written by||Jinsei Kataoka|
|Illustrated by||Kazuma Kondou|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||May 2007 – August 2013|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kōichirō Hatsumi|
|Written by||Yasuyuki Muto|
|Network||TV Kanagawa, Chiba TV|
|Original run||April 17, 2011 – July 3, 2011|
|Red Knife Wielder|
|Directed by||Kōichirō Hatsumi|
|Released||October 8, 2011|
Deadman Wonderland (Japanese: デッドマンワンダーランド Hepburn: Deddoman Wandārando?) is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008 Tokyopop acquired the licensing rights to distribute the manga in English and released the first 5 volumes of the manga before the company shut down its North American Publishing division in 2011. On July 7, 2013 Viz Media announced that they licensed the series for English language release in North America and will release the first volume on February 11, 2014, with new volumes releasing every two months. An anime adaptation aired between April and July 2011, pulling content from the first 21 chapters of the manga. The anime is licensed by Funimation Entertainment and aired on Adult Swim's newly revived Toonami block.
- 1 Plot
- 2 About Deadman Wonderland
- 3 Characters
- 4 Media
- 5 Legacy
- 6 References
- 7 External links
A massive anomaly ravaged Japan's mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of the city into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Ganta Igarashi, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture's middle school. As an escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armor floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the 'Red Man' massacres Ganta's entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta's chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is subjected to a kangaroo court as a suspect and is sentenced to death at Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park-like prison.
Arriving at the prison, Ganta is fitted with a special collar which monitors his location and vital signs. A lethal poison is constantly injected into his bloodstream through the collar, but it can be neutralized by consuming a peculiar candy-like medicine every three days, which can be acquired through various activities in the prison, i.e. performing for audiences, working backstage, purchasing with cast points, etc. To gather Cast Points (the prison's currency), an inmate must perform in the facility's lethal games and survive. Fortunately for Ganta, he is aided by a mysterious girl named Shiro, who apparently knows Ganta, and is known by other prisoners as well.
While trying to survive as an inmate on death row, Ganta intends to find the 'Red Man' to clear his name. In a bizarre twist, Ganta begins to develop the ability to manipulate his own blood, to the point of turning it into a weapon. Unknown to Ganta, he has become one of the prison's "Deadmen," an isolated group of prisoners possessing the Branches of Sin which makes them capable of controlling their blood. After his ability is discovered, Ganta is forced to participate in brutal gladiatorial death matches known as Carnival Corpse, whose anonymous spectators pay large amounts of money to watch. In his long struggle to survive he manages to befriend some of those he fought off in the arena and with their help, Ganta continues his quest to uncover the identity of the 'Red Man', why he turned into a Deadman, and the dark secrets the prison authorities are hiding.
About Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland is Japan's only privately operated prison, built after the Great Tokyo Earthquake on ground zero. Deadman Wonderland was founded by Rinichirō Hagire and run by Tsunenaga Tamaki. It gathers prisoners from all over Japan and raises money for the revival of the destroyed metropolis. To the public and the tourists that visit daily, Deadman Wonderland is a massive theme park-like facility run by the prison population. Unbeknownst to the general population, most of the prison's attractions involve cruel games of survival where many inmates lose their lives or are maimed for the entertainment of an oblivious public. The prison's guard staff is also granted autonomy over how to punish the prisoners, which often results in bloodshed.
Each prisoner is fitted with a collar that functions as a life monitor, locator and stunner. The prisoners on death row receive poison injections through the collar and must consume a special antidote candy every three days. Their collars contain countdown timers that warn the wearer with blinking and beeping when time is running low. When the timer reaches zero, the collar displays the word "DEAD" and kills the inmate. Afterwards, the collar unlocks allowing it to be removed. The collars can also be removed by key cards used by the prison guards.
While the threat of violence is constant at the prison, most prisoners enjoy a great deal of liberty inside Deadman Wonderland. Utilizing Cast Points, the prison's unique form of currency, prisoners can purchase a wide variety of items from ordinary lunches, to luxurious furniture for their rooms, and even years off of their sentences (though Cast Points can't be used to the freedom of a "Deadman"). Those on death row also use Cast Points to purchase their life-saving candies.
Despite its identity as a prison and theme park, Deadman Wonderland houses a much darker secret. Hidden away from the eyes of tourists and the general prison population is a massive underground facility known as "G Block". This is where the prison keeps their Deadmen secluded and where the Carnival Corpse arena is located. G Block also houses numerous laboratories and rooms where experiments on humans are performed and where scientists are attempting to harness the powers of the Deadmen for monetary and political gain.
Eventually, Ganta and his Deadman allies received the assistance of Makina to defeat Tsunenaga Tamaki. Rinichirō Hagire in Toto Sakagami assumed control of Deadman Wonderland while Tamaki committed suicide. After Deadman Wonderland was closed, the necklaces were removed from the inmates. Most of the remaining inmates were transferred to different prisons where some of them were allowed a retrial.
Makina later rallies the Deadmen on a mission to infiltrate Deadman Wonderland and activate the Mother Goose Program to completely seal the Wretched Egg with the resulting battle destroying most of Deadman Wonderland.
Deadman Wonderland also runs a secret gladiator-like game called the Carnival Corpse (also referred to as the Carnival of Corpses), where wealthy anonymous donors pay to watch death-matches between the prison's Deadmen. The viewers of the Carnival Corpse also place their bets on who would win. Deadmen who are defeated yet survive the game have a part of their anatomy surgically removed for scientific research. In a cruel twist, the loser spins a bird-shaped macabre slot machine to determine which part of their body will be removed (with the show being broadcast live to the other prisoners) for research with the parts ranging from the right eye (which was removed from Senji), vocal cords (which was removed from Nagi), and the hair, kidney, and part of the stomach (which were removed from Minatsuki). The winner is awarded a large amount of Cast Points, life-saving candies, and other prizes.
- Ganta Igarashi (五十嵐 丸太 Igarashi Ganta?) / Woodpecker
- voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
- The main protagonist of the story is a seemingly harmless, ordinary middle school boy until the Wretched Egg slaughters his entire class, yet spares him and infuses him with a shard of red crystal. Tamaki, posing as Ganta's appointed lawyer, rigs evidence at his mock trial to make it look like he murdered his classmates on a whim. Ganta is sentenced to death at Deadman Wonderland. Initially confused and frightened, Ganta resolves to endure the heinous prison so he can prove his innocence and avenge his friends by tracking down and confronting their murderer, the Wretched Egg, whom Ganta refers to as the 'Red Man'. During his stay, Ganta meets a mysterious girl named Shiro and is perplexed that she seems to know him, but eventually begins to remember her as a childhood friend. While the extent of his feelings for her are unclear in the anime, he later falls in love with her in the manga. Ganta learns that the crystal implanted into his chest by the Wretched Egg has turned him into a "Deadman" empowered with a Branch of Sin, which is later christened the Ganta Gun by Senji. This Branch of Sin enables Ganta to gather variable quantities of his blood in the palm of his hand and shoot them like bullets. While advantageous as a long-range attack, due to Ganta's small size, this strategy puts him at risk of experiencing symptoms of excessive blood loss. Ganta later joins up with the Scar Chain and participates in their attempt to break out of Deadman Wonderland and expose the prison's illegal actions, but chooses to remain behind to settle his score with the Wretched Egg. Shortly after these events, learning that Shiro is the Wretched Egg, Ganta's power began to change, evident by a strange tattoo-like mark radiating out from the crystal in his chest. His Ganta Gun now emits a much more powerful blast than before, though it is much less controllable and causes him physical pain. Following the defeat of Genkaku, Ganta ends up in solitary confinement for withholding information about the escape of the surviving Scar Chain members. Eventually, the truth about Deadman Wonderland is made public and Ganta is exonerated of the false charges put upon him. With nowhere else to go after his name is cleared, Ganta ended up in Minori Garden orphanage which is run by nuns. He then joins forces with the former prison's Chief Guard Makina, Senji, and several other Deadmen, and return to the prison to locate and stop Shiro (who has now been completely "consumed" by her Wretched Egg persona). By that time, Ganta learns that his mother Sorae Igarashi was the one who turned Shiro into the Wretched Egg for the Chief Director of Deadman Wonderland and that his Branch of Sin is "key" that can unlock the Mother Goose system and unleash Shiro's full power. He also learns from Shiro that it also has the power to kill her. She also reveals that he was the one originally selected to be experimented on, but his mother chose to spare him, and experimented on Shiro instead. This led to her transformation into the "Wretched Egg". The reason she killed his classmates and implanted the gem in him is that she wants to be killed by the one she has always loved. Upon learning of Shiro's true self and intentions, he agrees to kill her, leading to their final confrontation. In the final battle, the crystals within Ganta and Shiro explode upon overusing their powers. Sometime later, Ganta visits a comatose Shiro in the hospital and later reminiscees about his past with Shiro and his mother.
- Shiro (シロ?) / Wretched Egg
- voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
- A mysterious albino girl and Hagire Rinichirō's artificial daughter that Ganta encountered during his first days as an inmate; Ganta mistook her for his dead friend Mimi due to Shiro resembling her. Clothed only in a skin-tight bodysuit (though her heels and toes stick out in the foot areas) and large gloves which help conceal her heavily scarred skin, Shiro stands out among the other prisoners due to her bizarre appearance and mannerisms. It is also apparent that she does not have a prison number, unlike the rest. To Ganta, Shiro's manner of speaking and behavior remind him of a small child, even though Shiro is just a year older than him. However, Shiro possesses inhuman physical abilities and has an intimate knowledge of the prison, having lived there most of her life. From the beginning of the story it is made clear that, as children, Shiro and Ganta were close friends with the latter having no memories of his childhood, which greatly saddens and annoys Shiro. Shiro was infected with a mysterious virus that gave her abilities which was being researched by Ganta's mother Sorae Igarashi. Over the next several years, Shiro was subjected to barbaric experiments, including being dismembered while awake, all in an effort to force her body and the virus inside it to "evolve" into the first Deadman. The trauma of this torturous treatment caused Shiro to develop a homicidal, maniacal split personality that is labeled as the Wretched Egg. Unaware of his target's true nature, Ganta knows her as the 'Red Man' due to the heavy masculine full body clothing she wears that was inspired by the Aceman character she and Ganta watched and played with as children. As the Wretched Egg, Shiro's personality changes into a murderous, smirking maniac capable of massacring whole squads of armed men with little effort and causing the earthquake in Tokyo. Soon after, Shiro is placed within Deadman Wonderland in comfortable quarters due to being the "source" of the Branches of Sin. The Mother Goose mainframe, Deadman Wonderland's supercomputer, plays a lullaby audible only to Shiro in order to repress the Wretched Egg and her murderous intents. Like Shiro, the Wretched Egg has feelings for Ganta, though hers border on lust; it was implied that she butchered Ganta's classmates so that he would be sent to Deadman Wonderland to be with her. Eventually, both the Shiro and the Wretched Egg personas fuse into her true self once the Mother Goose system's lullaby no longer represses her, and when she is finally alone with Ganta, she reveals the reason why she killed his classmates and implanted on him his Branch of Sin; because she wants to be killed by the only one she truly loved: Ganta. In the final battle, the crystals within Ganta and Shiro explode upon overusing their powers. Some time later, Shiro was seen in a coma following the final battle and later awakens from it in the final scene.
Deadman Wonderland Staff
- Rinichirō Hagire (剥切 燐一郎 Hagire Rinichirō?)
- voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)
- The main antagonist of the series. He is the one who created Deadman Wonderland and orchestrated the creation of Shiro's Wretched Egg persona in the experiments he conducted with Sorae Igarashi back when he was a doctor at a Medical Center. After the Great Tokyo Earthquake, Hagire used the Branch of Sin of Chan and En to enter the body of the man who would become the Director of Deadman Wonderland so he can gather Deadmen for further experimentation with Carnival Corpse as a means to select a new stronger body to occupy. As the story opens, Hagire's vessel become terminally ill with Tsunenaga Tamaki running the prison with the hope that what he presume to be his father dies so he can reign Deadman Wonderland unopposed. However, presumed to have been killed by the Wretched Egg, Hagire transferred his consciousness into the body of Toto and proceeded to undermine his son's agenda. As a result, Hagire gained Toto's Love Labyrinth ability and uses it to find the ideal Deadman whose Branch of Sin can unlock the Mother Goose system in order to release the Wretched Egg's full powers to recreate the events of the Great Tokyo Earthquake. Finding Ganta to be the ideal specimen yet unable to bypass the Mother Goose system's lock via Toto's ability, Hagire attempts to get transferred into the boy's body when Senji manages to arrive in time to stop it. He is eventually defeated and killed by Ganta shortly after the Mother Goose system was unlocked.
- Tsunenaga Tamaki (玉木 常長 Tamaki Tsunenaga?)
- voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
- A major antagonist of the first half of the story, Tsunenaga Tamaki is the Chief Warden and de facto tyrant of Deadman Wonderland with a fox or weasel-like appearance. In the anime, he is the son of the Prison Director whom Rinichirō Hagire transferred his being into. Under his calm, almost idiotic attitude, he is something of a sadist with connections to the Japanese government and is not above butchering dozens of prisoners every day for the sole purpose of profit, science and mainly for his own twisted amusement. Before the Great Tokyo Earthquake, Tamaki was an indifferent computer otaku and a recluse who secluded himself in his room to play video games without a care. He went insane when the earthquake destroyed his video games and killed his mother which led to him engineering Deadman Wonderland as a gigantic game to keep playing as he did before the earthquake. He posed as a lawyer to rig evidence that would get Ganta sentenced to Deadman Wonderland. When it came to Ganta's first fight in the Carnival Corpse, Tamaki revealed to Ganta that he rigged the evidence at his trial and even tortures him by showing him footage of the different Carnival Corpse fights. While running Deadman Wonderland, Tamaki devoted much of his time with studying and experimenting with the Branch of Sin, invented the Worm Eater which he gave to the Undertakers to neutralize the Deadman's Branch of Sin, received funding from Major Aohi for the Forgeries, and made different plans to kill the Wretched Egg. Ultimately, Tamaki's schemes fall apart thanks to Ganta, his allies, and Makina. Tamaki and those present are then confronted by Toto (now a vessel of Rinichirō Hagire). Refusing to accept himself as Hagire's pawn, Tamaki commits suicide by shooting himself in the head as an ultimate assurance (but mostly delusion) that this was his, and only his, game.
- Makina (マキナ Makina?)
- voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- Makina is a harsh and cold chief of the prison guards. She serves as the chief enforcer which does not hesitate in punishing, often brutally, the prison's population. Before Deadman Wonderland, Makina was in the Special Forces. Known for her demeanor and her large breasts (G-cup size), Makina is infamous for carrying a decorated sword on her person at all times, and also for using it to cut whoever breaks the prison's rules (like she did when Yō Takami stole some of Ganta's life-saving candy and refused to give it back), acts that almost always result in bloodshed. When Ganta commented that Makina was insane after she slashed Yō Takami, Makina quotes that reality is made to be unfair and unjust. Despite her brutality, Makina is far less twisted than Tamaki (whom she is greatly suspicious of) especially after discovering that her authority is limited. Eventually, after learning Tamaki's agenda, Makina forfeits her position to hunt him down with the aid of some allies in Ganta and the other Deadmen. When it came to Makina hunting for Tamaki, she had previously met Karako after her escape and had the Worm Eater technology embedded in her sword. After the suicide of Tamaki, she came into possession of the data regarding the Wretched Egg, the Deadmen, and the Forgeries.
- Kyoko Kasuga
- voiced by: Chika Horikawa (Japanese), Mary Morgan (English)
- Kyoko Kasuga is a prison guard in Deadman Wonderland who was the personal assistant of Makina. She is implied to be a lesbian with an apparent large crush on Makina. Though it is unknown whether Makina reciprocates or is even aware of her feelings, she apparently has strong feelings of trust towards Kyōko. Enough to bring her along while searching for top secret information relating to G-Block. Kyōko is occasionally used as a comic relief character.
- Rei Takashima
- voiced by: Mina (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)
- Dr. Rei Takashima is a physician who works at Deadman Wonderland. She was charged with the duty of removing the specific parts of the Deadmen that lose in Carnival Corpse and had survived (she removes the parts without applying anesthetic to the Deadman). Of course Rei also becomes enraged when she doesn't get to remove a non-regenerative organ as seen when Nagi had secretly rigged the macabre slot machine so that she would have to cut off Minatsuki's hair. Rei was the one who told Ganta about the live-saving candy after Tamaki collapsed the tower on Ganta and Rei patched Ganta up. After Senji was defeated by Ganta, Rei showed off her sadistic side when she was ordered to remove Senji's right eye. Rei later helped Tamaki with his experiment that involved the Forgeries where she gave Azami Midō her Snake Branch of Sin, making her a Forgery. She even experimented on Ganta after Tamaki had the Forgeries bring Ganta to him. While in her laboratorium near the end of the "Revolt Arc," Rei is killed by an unknown being (most likely the Wretched Egg).
- Chan and En (チャン & エン?)
- Chan voiced by: Shohei Kajikawa (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)
- En voiced by: Yuka Saitō (Japanese), Apphia Yu (English)
- Hagire's twin albino bodyguards, respectively male and female, who are like-minded and see Hagire as a father figure that they cherish deeply to the point of killing anyone who insults him. The two, however, were forced to make an exception in Tamaki when he becomes the new Chief Director of Deadman Wonderland and celebrated his promotion by using the head of the previous director, Hagire's previous body, as a bowling ball. The twins both share the Branch of Sin known as Hollow Swallow, a means that Hagire uses to transfer his conscious mind into a new body while erasing the victim's mind. When the two attempt to transfer Hagire into Ganta, the process is interrupted by Senji who kills them with an attack meant for Hagire. They are named after Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese Twins.
- Necro Macro
- The Necro Macro is a robot that was built in Deadman Wonderland. The Necro Macros are used for battling and capturing powerful prisoners such as Deadmen. A Necro Macro was once used to capture Senji Kiyomasa with 24 prisoners killed in the process. A Necro Macro was used to capture Ganta (who was seen with Shiro and Yō at the time). The Necro Macro followed Ganta, Shiro, and Yō into the ventilation system and was about to fire at Ganta when Yō ripped off one of the wires around its neck, causing the Necro Macro having a short circuit. It recovered and stopped the group again at the entrance of G Ward. It was about to fire its cannon at Ganta and the others when Shiro kicked the robot and sent it flying. It came back and grabbed Shiro. But then, strings of blood came from the entrance and destroyed the Necro Macro. It appears that Senji broke out and saved Ganta. He also did it to get even to the Necro Macro. A second Necro Macro model was seen when Scar Chain triggered the floor sensors on their way to the elevator. This model can shoot highly corrosive acidic fluids. It spat some acid at Kōmoto and then ran over him. The Necro Macro was destroyed by Karako.
Deadman Wonderland Inmates
- Kiyomasa Senji (千地 清正 Senji Kiyomasa?) / Crow
- voiced by: Masayuki Katou (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
- Senji is the first Deadman (other than Shiro) that Ganta encounters while held as an inmate in Deadman Wonderland. He is a tall and powerfully built man who revels in battle, allowing him to enjoy prison life and Carnival Corpse matches. Often, Senji gets flustered or starts blushing whenever women with a big breast size, nice body, etc. are around him, telling them to "Put some clothes on!" He especially acts this way towards Shiro regarding her skin tight body suit. His Branch of Sin power is the Crow Claws, creating scythe blades on his forearms to attack at a speed of sound he dubs Invisible Black. Originally a police officer, less crazy at that time, Senji used his Branch of Sin to fight criminals, encountering a fellow Deadman named Keigo Ugachi and later Ikazuchi Akatsuki. Losing his teammates Shindō, Momoi, Kan and his mentor Domon to Akatsuki before killing him, Senji had first letters of his teammates' names tattooed on the right side of his forehead in memory of them. Sometime after his fight with Ikazuchi Akatsuki, Senji was remanded to Deadman Wonderland. Being Ganta's first opponent, he apparently dominates their entire battle until Ganta suddenly defeats him. Though losing his right eye as penalty and now wearing a black eyepatch, Senji respected Ganta since their fight and supported him as a rival, demanding of him that he not be defeated by anyone before rematch. When it came to the "Revolt Arc," Senji helps Ganta in his fight against the Forgeries where he managed to defeat Ikazuchi Akatsuki. After being released from Deadman Wonderland, Senji tries to apply for a job at a corporation. Senji joins forces with Makina to help destroy/suppress the Wretched Egg. In the process, Senji saves Ganta from Hagire by killing off Chen and En at the cost of his right arm. Some time later after Ganta's fight with the Wretched Egg, Senji was seen in the mountains practicing some mountain climbing with a Deadman.
- Yō Takami (鷹見 羊 Takami Yō?)
- voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese), Aaron Dismuke (English)
- A habitual thief and an informant to Tamaki, Yō was hired to watch over Ganta in return of large amounts for Cast Points. Though apparently friendly and polite, in truth he is ruthless, scheming and somewhat paranoid, given his position as a spy for the prison's staff. A rarity among the prison population, Yō willingly became a prisoner of Deadman Wonderland in hopes of finding his sister Minatsuki and buying her freedom with the accumulated Cast Points he got from Tamaki. Yō Takami once tried to steal Ganta's life-saving candy only to be caught by Makina who decided to overlook it if he gives the candy back. When Yō refused, Makina slashed him. He cares deeply about his sister Minatsuki so much so that he is often thought of suffering from a sister complex much to Minatsuki's disgust. Ganta and Yō eventually manage to forge an estranged relationship. When he confronted Tamaki with a deal to let him use Cast Points to get his sister pardoned from Deadman Wonderland, Tamaki states that Cast Points don't work that way. Before Yō can retaliate, he is badly wounded by Azumu Genkaku who then dropped his body to where Nagi and Karaku were meeting with Ganta. Minatsuki later tended to Yō's wounds. After being released from Deadman Wonderland, Yō is later offered to help Makina destroy/suppress the Wretched Egg.
- Minatsuki Takami (鷹見 水名月 Takami Minatsuki?) / Hummingbird
- voiced by: Iori Nomizu (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
- Minatsuki is Yō Takami's younger sister, a Deadman whose mind was warped on the day of the Great Tokyo Earthquake when her mother died after she left Minatsuki to die. Since then, Minatsuki became a sociopathic liar who gets sexually aroused from others' suffering as she later developed the Branch of Sin called Whip Wing, taking the form of blood-made whips which extend from her hair and can deliver immensely quick blows or restrain her opponent. Having manipulated Yō to think that their father was physically abusing her, Minatsuki eventually murders him with her powers. Ending up at G Block soon after, Minatsuki made herself appear as an extremely shy and gentle girl to mask her true nature and lower opponents' guard until she fights them in Carnival Corpse. She lost more than once while fighting in the Carnival Corpse, losing half of her stomach and a kidney. Encountering Ganta with knowledge that he is to be her opponent, Minatsuki played on his sympathy to catch him off guard when their match begins. Though intending to play Yō when he appears during the match, Minatsuki is shocked to learn that her brother knows the truth about her killing their father as she uses him as a shield before Ganta defeats her using the ricochet from his shots followed by a head-butt. After the fight, Minatsuki is taken to the medical care prior to Hagire's fight with Wretched Egg nearly causing Minatsuki to get crushed by class closet when Yō risks his well being to save her after everything she had done to him. When it came to the penalty, the slot machine was rigged by Nagi and some Scar Chain members so she would only have her hair cut off much to the dismay of Dr. Rei Takashima (who disliked removing regenerating organs). Minatsuki reconciled with Yō, though she still violently lashes out on occasion. Minatsuki later tended to Yō after he was attacked by Azumu Genkaku. When it came to the "Revolt Arc," Minatsuki is among the Deadmen that helps Ganta in his fight with the Forgeries. She and Chaplin fight against Uzume Sumeragi and managed to defeat her. After being released from Deadman Wonderland, Minatsuki is transferred into a regular prison before later offering to help Makina destroy/suppress the Wretched Egg.
- Toto Sakigami (咲神 トト Sakigami Toto?) / Mockingbird
- voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Ryan Reynolds (English)
- A mysterious Deadman feared even by Senji, Toto is a mysterious boy dressed similarity to Shiro and is the strongest Deadman as well as the most psychotic. Prior to his imprisonment, Toto had an older sister who had died protecting him in the big earthquake. His power, Love Labyrinth, allows him to copy and use the abilities of other Deadmen. Toto is said to have been the only person to have fought the Wretched Egg and lived. But in reality, Toto's body is occupied by Hagire, pretending to be Toto until he reveals himself to Tamaki.
- Masaru "Chaplin" Sukegawa (チョップリン 助川 Choppurin Sukegawa?) / Peacock
- Chaplin is a transgender woman and is also an announcer for most of the "Carnival Corpse" duels. She is often found around Minatsuki, Itadaki "Masu" Kazuya, and Hitara. Her card is Peacock and her Branch of Sin Peacock Peak allows her to create what appear to be bramble-like constructs that can be used to trap and pierce opponents. Before being imprisoned, she was a salaryman who awoke to her Deadman powers after finding her lover with a woman, she then broke down and killed her lover with one of her thorns. She is shown as having being living as male before the murder indicating that she transitioned whilst at Deadman Wonderland. Ganta first encountered her in the G Block at the time when Senji was having his right eye surgically removed by Rei Takashima. When it came to the "Revolt Arc," Chaplin is among the Deadmen that helps Ganta in his fight with the Forgeries. She and Minatsuki fight against Uzume Sumeragi and managed to defeat her. After being released from Deadman Wonderland, she is put into a regular prison. Later, she joins forces with Makina to help destroy/suppress the Wretched Egg. Chaplin only appears in the manga.
- Idaki Hitara (火多良 懐 Hitari Idaki?) / Condor
- An old man who always claims to be talking to his daughter through his distinctive headset. He wears a headband over his eyes and underneath his headset. As we learn through a flashback, Hitara was a teacher whose daughter Yuki (once a beautiful TV starlet) was horribly disfigured during the Great Tokyo Earthquake and committed suicide by setting herself on fire. Hirata claimed responsibility for the fact, and was thus imprisoned. His Branch of Sin is called Condor Candle and enables him to ignite his blood into flames "that can burn ice". When it came to the "Revolt Arc," Hitara is among the Deadmen that helps Ganta in his fight with the Forgeries. His complete Forgery opponent's were a pair of 30 year old twins who appeared in the form of toddlers. The twins "sleep inducing" blood poison did not seem to affect Hitara, and he was able to finish them off, after spreading his blood all around them during a seemingly losing battle. After being released from Deadman Wonderland, Idaki visited his daughter's grave telling her that it's a beautiful day. Idaki joins forces with Makina to help destroy/suppress the Wretched Egg. Hitara only appears in the manga.
- Itadaki Kazuya
- voiced by: Akira Harada (Japanese), Keith Kubal (English)
- Itadaki Kazuya is a large Deadman who is known for eating a lot. He was first seen welcoming Ganta to G-Ward following Senji's defeat and was unbothered when Senji's right eye was surgically removed. He once tried to eat Minatsuki's flowers only for Ganta to intervene and offer up his breakfast. After Deadman Wonderland was exposed and shut down, Itadaki was transferred to a normal prison where he was granted a re-trial. Itadaki was seen eating his urinal and the cell walls.
- Kōzuji Kazumasa
- voiced by: Takeshi Maruyama (Japanese), Lee Murphy (English)
- Kōzuji Kazumasa is a mixed martial artist and an inmate at Deadman Wonderland. In the anime, his history stated that he was sentenced to Deadman Wonderland for attacking an actress on a variety show when she wouldn't give him her E-Mail. Ganta first encounters him in the cafeteria where he forces him to laugh at the prisoner he was harassing. Ganta encountered him again at the Dog Race where he tried to threaten Shiro and nearly attacked Ganta until Makina stops them. During the whole Dog Race, he tried hard to stay alive and win by cheating and tells his minions to kill Ganta, which they failed. During the final round it was him, Ganta, Shiro and other prisoners. He tries a direct attack on Ganta, but fails after the panels collapsed. While falling, he kicks the ball from Ganta's hands and throws a knife at him which Shiro blocks with her body. In the manga, Kōzuji survived the fall at the end with minor wounds. He was approached by Makina who states her knowledge of how he cheated and sentences him to serve a year in solitary confinement. She also tells him that if he refused, she will stab him in the heart with his own knife. So Kōzuji chooses the solitary confinement. When Deadman Wonderland was exposed and shut down, Kōzuji was transferred to another prison. In the anime, Kōzuji dies upon getting impaled by the spikes below the platform.
- Yosuga Mitsuzaki (密崎 ヨスガ Mitsuzaki Yosuga?)
- A mysterious girl who claims to have known and loved Toto before he "changed." While not actually appearing until after its closing, she is an inmate at Deadman Wonderland. After the Great Tokyo Earthquake, Yosuga was arrested for a crime that she didn't commit and was sentenced to Deadman Wonderland. She seems to doubt herself repeatedly and speaks in third person. Later, it is shown that she was friends with Toto before he was taken over by Rinichirō Hagire. Although they are not related and he is older than Mitsuzaki, Toto refers to her as his older sister. Mitsuzaki and Toto promised that they would be the ones to kill each other. Due to this, Mitsuzaki saves Toto after he is defeated by Ganta and attempts to revive him so that she may "Shoot him full of holes." She later defends him using her Branch of Sin, a shield, before Hagire kills her. Mitsuzaki is revealed to be 17, one year younger than Toto. Mitsuzaki only appears in the manga.
Scar Chain (自由の鎖 Sukā Chein?) is a rebellious Deadmen prison gang that opposes the prison and plan to leak the truth to the rest of the world. They believe in each individual's own personal definition of freedom. Ganta later sided with them to help expose the prison. However, only three managed to escape Deadman Wonderland while most of the others were killed off by the Undertakers.
- Nagi Kengamine (剣ヶ峰 凪 Kengamine Nagi?) / Owl
- voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
- Kengamine is the leader of Scar Chain, possessing the Branch of Sin called Bloodshot Eyes of the Owl which allows him to generate blood spheres that detonate with tremendous force. Before he formed Scar Chain, he had a relationship with a female Deadman while in G Block. They eventually were parents-to-be before being put into a Carnival Corpse against each other where he pleaded with Tamaki to not let any harm come to her if anything happened to him. Kengamine intentionally lost due to his lover being pregnant at the time. His defeat gave way to his Penalty Game, in which he lost his vocal cords. Tamaki (in a show of cruelty) went back on his deal with Nagi and had Genkaku kill Nagi's lover so as to punish his dishonesty. This act prompted Nagi to slaughter the Undertakers almost to the last man in a fit of bloody rage. Due to the loss of his vocal cords, Nagi speaks through a voice box. Two years later, he formed Scar Chain with Karako to help reach his own hope of holding his child, whom he believes to be alive on the surface. While recruiting Ganta to his group, Nagi revealed to Ganta that he had the slot machine rigged so that Minatsuki Takami would only have some of her hair cut off in the Penalty Game. Later while being converted into an Undertaker by Genkaku, Nagi is forced to accept that his child had actually died the day his wife was, preserved with other Deadmen body parts as a valuable specimen due to being the offspring of two Deadmen. Acknowledging his hope of seeing his child again as a mere delusion that kept him sane, Nagi loses his mind and goes on a bloody rampage, killing friend and foe alike until Ganta and Karako snap him out of his despair prior to him being mortally wounded by a disappointed Genkaku. However, helping Ganta defeat Genkaku, Nagi gives Ganta his candy before dying. Nagi bears a resemblance to Gilbert Nightray from Pandora Hearts.
- Karako Koshio (興緒 唐子 Koshio Karako?) / Game Fowl
- voiced by: Kumiko Itō (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
- The second-in-command of Scar Chain who secretly loves Nagi and fights for his sake. She originally worked as a nurse at a hospital. At some point, Karako ended up in Deadman Wonderland. She is able to use her Branch of Sin to coat part or all of her body in blood, reinforcing her natural strength and durability. While Ganta stays behind to protect her friends, Karako escapes with what remained of Scar Chain from Deadman Wonderland after Nagi's death with her attempt to expose Deadman Wonderland with footage of the Deadmen worsening matters for those still trapped there. She later returns with Makina to help destroy/suppress the Wretched Egg.
- Bundō Rokuro (六路 文堂 Rokuro Bundō?)
- voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), David Trosko (English)
- A chief of intelligence of Scar Chain and also a Deadman, Rokuro was actually a spy and double agent of the Undertakers. Rokuro has an apathetic personality with a manic demeanor bordering on psychosis that draws from his obsession of predicting the probability of different outcomes of courses of events that earned him the moniker "human calculator". Also skilled in digital manipulation, Rokuro was the one who helped Tamaki frame Ganta at his trial by faking a video of Ganta boasting about the massacre. Though Rokuro revealed his betrayal during Scar Chain's plan to escape Deadman Wonderland, his attempts to kill the group with a bomb disguised as a data chip failed and he is forced to reveal what he knew about the Undertakers' location. After Deadman Wonderland closes, Rokuro is transferred to another prison.
- voiced by: Masaaki Itatori (Japanese), Newton Pittman (English)
- Kosugi is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. He has a bartender motive as he was seen serving Shiro a snack. In the anime, he has a prosthetic right arm which contains a hidden knife. He is killed by an Undertaker soldier.
- voiced by: Takao Mizuno (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
- Kōmoto is a Deadman in a black hat who is a member of Scar Chain. In the anime, he sports a prosthetic left leg. Kōmoto was killed by the Necro Macro robot (partly from this model having acidic fluid and partly from it crushing Kōmoto).
- voiced by: Saeko Zōgō (Japanese), Kelly McHalen (English)
- Miya is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. In the anime, she was named Harumi. Miya is decapitated by an Undertaker soldier and Genkaku hangs her head on his Buddha statue.
- voiced by: Shohei Kajikawa (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)
- Wakabayashi is a paraplegic Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. In the manga and anime, he was killed by Hagire Rinichirō in Toto Sakigami's body.
- voiced by: Masayoshi Sugawara (Japanese), Scott Freeman (English)
- Ueshima is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. In the manga, he was killed by the Undertaker soldiers. In the anime, he was killed by Genkaku's gunfire before he can attack with his Branch of Sin.
- voiced by: Kaoru Katakai (Japanese), Juli Erickson (English)
- Miyako is a short elderly Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. Following Genkaku's defeat, Miyako's fate was not shown as she was not seen amongst Genkaku's victims or escaping with the surviving members of Scar Chain.
- voiced by: Ben Charlson
- Kazu is mouth mask-wearing Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. He was burned to death by the flamethrowers used by the Undertaker soldiers.
- voiced by: David Goodwin
- Fujiyoshi is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. In the anime, he was named Matayoshi. He was killed by Genkaku's fire and Genkaku hangs his head on his Buddha statue.
- voiced by: Kozo Dozaka (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
- Endō is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. He was among the surviving Scar Chain members that escapes from Deadman Wonderland.
- voiced by: Ayumi Yonemaru (Japanese), Terri Doty (English)
- Ohara is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. She was among the surviving Scar Chain members that escapes from Deadman Wonderland.
- voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
- Yamazaki is a Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. In the manga, Yamazaki is killed by Genkaku who blows off his limbs with his machine guns. In the anime rather than rescuing Karako, he and the other members attempt to escape to the surface. He is shown lying dead amongst a pile of Undertakers on the outskirts of G sector.
- voiced by: Charlie Campbell
- Akiyama is a Deadman of African origin who is a member of Scar Chain. In the manga, he was among the surviving Scar Chain members that escapes from Deadman Wonderland. In the anime, Akiyama was gunned down by the Undertaker soldiers.
- voiced by: Linda Leonard
- Ōshima is a large middle-age Deadman who is a member of Scar Chain. She uses steel bats in battle and was seen using them to take down some Undertaker soldiers. In the manga, Ōshima was killed upon getting caught in the crossfire. In the anime, Ōshima was found lying dead on the bodies of the Undertaker soldiers.
The Undertakers (墓守 Andāteikā?) (AKA Anti-Deadmen Corps) are Tsunenaga Tamaki's special law enforcement group, his personal secret police composed of some of the worst criminals in Deadman Wonderland that are beyond redemption and are conditioned to become "Anti-Deadmen" with any compassion and morality purged from their minds. The Undertakers possess technology called Worm Eater (which was invented by Tsunenaga Tamaki) that allows them to nullify a Deadman's Branch of Sin ability such that any blood constructs created by Deadmen will revert to normal blood upon contact with their weapons and armor. After Karako and what remained of Scar Chain escaped with some of the Worm Eater technology along with Genkaku slaughtering most of the Undertakers before his defeat at the hands of Ganta, Tamaki replaced the Undertakers with the Forgeries.
- Azuma Genkaku (東 弦角 Genkaku Azuma?)
- voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)
- The leader of the 1st Undertaker Platoon, a self-proclaimed "Super Monk" (Uber Monk in English dub) who wields an electric guitar that can split into two machine guns. Before arriving to Deadman Wonderland, Genkaku lived at Buddhist Temple where he suffered various forms of severe physical and sexual abuse from other monks-in-training (including being repeatedly gang-raped), slaughtering his tormentors during the Earthquake's aftermath after reaching the conclusion that salvation is in death, he then fashioned a macarbe statue of buddha from their bodies as a symbol of his new belief. Two years before the main storyline, Genkaku murdered Nagi's wife on Tamaki's orders, developing an interest in Nagi after he slaughtered his twenty-two subordinates soon after he killed Nagi's wife. Though getting Nagi into becoming a mindless monster, Genkaku is mortified of his work undone and proceeds to slaughter all his men before eventually being hit by Ganta's Ganbare Gun with the help of Nagi, ending up in a near-death comatose state. At Ganta's retrial, it is revealed that Genkaku is still in a coma and in critical condition.
- Gazuchi Mōzuri (Mōzuri Gazuchi)
- voiced by: Paul Giovanni Ramirez
- The leader of the 2nd Undertaker Platoon, a wild man abandoned by his mother and raised by bears. During his time in the woods, he befriended Shinagawa Dōkoku who assisted Gazuchi in the killings before they were caught. He and Shinagawa were sentenced to Deadman Wonderland for the murder of several hunters and campers at age ten. In the end when sent to Scar Chain's base to hold the group hostage, Gazuchi was easily disembodied by Senji when he was about to kill Ganta.
- Shinagawa Dōkoku (Dōkoku Shinagawa)
- voiced by: Scott Freeman
- Shinagawa is a snake-like serial killer who was Gazuchi's second-in-command. They formed a mutual partnership in their earlier life when he skinned women to make dresses from their hair and scalps while aiding Gazuchi in his killing. They were eventually caught and sentenced to Deadman Wonderland. In the end when sent to Scar Chain's base to hold the group hostage, Shinagawa was easily disembodied by Senji when he and Gazuchi were about to kill Ganta.
- Hibana Daida (橙 火花 Daida Hibana?)
- voiced by: Takamori Natsumi (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
- The leader of the 3rd Undertaker Platoon, a seemingly polite and well-mannered young girl who was warped by the abuse heaped upon her by her mother, such as suspending her in the air with hooks embedded in her skin and making her solve complex math problems or problems dealing with theoretical physics, for minor things such as bed wetting and vomiting as a form of behavior modification. However, it turned Hibana into a psychopath who punishes bad people via inhuman torture. She ended up in Deadman Wonderland after she tortured and dismembered several boys in her kindergarten class for flipping her skirt, burying them in a shallow grave in the school's garden. It is later discovered that her mother had been dead for some time before the incident, having hanged herself and that Hibana was keeping her alive in her mind. Despite her diminutive size, she is absurdly strong and wields a massive, sectioned sword longer than she is tall. Though she aided Genkaku in his plans, Hibana became disturbed by his methods and ran away as he turns on her and their men. However, Hibana meets her end when killed by Toto as he used his newly gained Crow Claws to slice her in self-defense.
- Undertaker Foot Soldiers
- These are the full-armored foot soldier of the Undertakers armed with anti-Deadman mundane weaponry such as blades and firearms. The foot soldiers of the Undertakers are shown to be not only murderous, but completely immoral as shown when they attempted to gang-rape Shiro and Karako when they were both captured by Azuma Genkaku. Most the Undertaker Foot Soldiers were killed by either members of Scar Chain or killed when Azumu Genkaku opened fire on them.
The Forgeries are artificial Deadman that were created by Tsunenaga Tamaki in order to inspire fear in the people outside of Deadman Wonderland as well as defeating the Wretched Egg. At the time, Deadman Wonderland's Carnival Corpse was seen as inhumane. But by putting his Forgeries into the ring, Tamaki starts to convince people that Deadmen are monsters that deserve to be treated the way they currently are if not worse. All Forgeries wear special masks that keep them hypnotized in a state of euphoria, allowing them to withstand even the most grievous injuries or obey the most irrational orders without a thought. Tamaki's Forgery project was funded by Major Aohi and Tamaki was assisted in their creation by Rei Takashima. These man-made Deadmen have the unique ability to create large snake-like tendrils out of their blood, to be forced out of their arms where they receive this ability with a special poison called Snake. Any bodily contact with the snakes will cause one's muscles to swell up to the point where, if touched or left for a long period of time, they will burst. It has been seen that the swelling can be cut off at early stages, thus preventing more fatal injuries. It is unclear how Tamaki gave them powers without Deadman Worms. The most likely theory is that he studied what the Deadman Worms did to the human body and copied it. When Deadman Wonderland was exposed and shut down, the bodies of the Forgeries were confiscated by the Japanese government. Due to the anime stopping production before the Revolt Arc, the Forgeries only appeared in the manga.
The Complete Forgeries are Forgeries who have poison that has evolved. They are supposed to be stronger than even the Deadmen. They are eventually defeated by Ganta, Senji, Minatsuki, Chaplin, and Hitara.
- Shishito Madoka
- Shishito Madoka is the leader of the Forgeries' First Unit and is the strongest of the Complete Forgeries. His father had died in the Great Tokyo Earthquake and he was severely bullied as a child. It was at that time that he decided that he should be unhappy to make others happy. It is unknown why he was sent to Deadman Wonderland, since he didn't have a Branch of Sin to begin with. Shishito first appeared where he pretended to be shy upon encountering Ganta while hiding his intent to torture and kill him. When Madoka discovers Shiro's life means more to Ganta than his own, he decides to torture Shiro in an iron maiden. Fortunately, Ganta and Shiro are able to defeat him in a combined attack.
- Ikazuchi Akatsuki
- voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), Bill Jenkins (English)
- Ikazuchi Akatsuki is a Complete Forgery who was formerly assigned to the First Unit. He didn't appear in the anime, but he was in the OVA. After the Great Tokyo Earthquake, Ikazuchi wandered the ruins of Tokyo and joined the thugs into committing vandalism, rape, and so on. He later had a run in with Senji Kiyomasa (who was still a police officer at the time). Ikazuchi gathered the other criminals and challenged him to a fight. Sometime later, Ikazuchi was apprehended and incarcerated in Deadman Wonderland where Tamaki chose him to be one of his First Unit Forgeries. Ikazuchi was later killed by Senji.
- Azami Midō (御堂 アザミ Midō Azami?)
- A resident of C Block, Azami Midō is one of the first inmates that Ganta meets and later becomes a friend of Ganta. She owns a pet armadillo named Kincho. Although she came off as rude in her first appearance, she was still very kind when she gave Ganta half of her sandwich after teaching him about Cast Points, scolding him because he didn't read the rule book. There are times when she can be meek, but she seems quick to anger if one pushes the right buttons. After Azami met Ganta, Makina used her as a spy upon snooping through Tamaki's stuff. During her mission in G-Ward, she became a Forgery and is forced to fight as Tamaki bids. Ganta manages to help Azami regain her mentality that the poison masks stole from her. After a battle with Madoka, she stays behind with Shiro while Ganta goes on ahead. However, Hagire (in possession of Toto's body) decapitates Azami when she refuses to help him and Wretched Egg find Ganta. Following Azami's death, Kincho ends up in Yō Takami's custody.
- Ichi and Hajime Mikawa
- Ichi and Hajime Mikawa are identical twins in the Complete Forgeries that are members of the First Unit and are also known as Snake Eyes. They appear to be children, but are actually adults trapped in children bodies. Ichi and Hajime faced off against Idaki Hitara. At first, it looked like Idaki was being overwhelmed by Ichi and Hajime's powers. It turned out that Idaki was spreading his blood around the area which he used to kill them with his "Condor Candle" move.
- Uzume Sumeragi
- Uzume Sumeragi is a Complete Forgery in the First Unit. She first appears together with Ikazuchi Akatsuki and Ichi and Hajime Mikawa where they were charged with the duty of stopping Ganta from getting to the controlling device. She was about to attack Ganta when they were all stopped by Minatsuki's Whip Wing. Chaplin and Senji also appear. Ganta eventually leaves the Forgeries to them and leaves. Uzume is attacked by Minatsuki Takami and Chaplin Sukegawa. Uzume demonstrated the ability to use her poison that caused Minatsuki and Chaplin to hallucinate. Minatsuki and Chaplin managed to overcome the poison and defeat her. Uzume is then shown unconscious and heavily wounded (Minatsuki commented that her face became ugly), but it appears that she survived unlike the other forgeries.
- voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)
- Appearing in the OVA, Domon is a police officer that Senji Kiyomasu worked for following the Great Tokyo Earthquake. He was killed in battle against Ikazuchi Akatsuki.
- Sorae Igarashi
- Sorae Igarashi is a doctor who is the mother of Ganta Igarashi. She was known to be cold and callous towards her test subjects, and even offered to become pregnant and use her own child for a living human experimentation. This changed when Ganta was born, and overcome with deep love her son, she sought another baby, Shiro, to replace him. While she despised herself for the horrific things she and Hagire put Shiro through, she was a loving mother towards both children. Her involvement in these experimentations on Shiro led to the development of the Wretched Egg and the Mother Goose System. In the manga, Sorae died by committing suicide by shooting herself in the head because she could not bear the guilt of turning Shiro into a monster. In the anime, Ganta explains that his mother had died ten years before going into Deadman Wonderland.
- Major Aohi
- voiced by: Hiroto Kazuki (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)
- Major Aohi is a in the National Defense Ministry. He was Tsunenaga Tamaki's silent partner in his creation of the Forgeries. He first appears in the Scar Chain arc where he arrives to inspect Deadman Wonderland. While the other inspectors are going through Deadman Wonderland, Major Aohi met with Tamaki to discuss about the Forgeries. Tamaki gives Aohi feedback about the manufacture saying they're in the middle of researching the Nameless Worm. Aohi tells him he doesn't want uncontrollable soldiers to which Tamaki replies that he can't back down now. Aohi concludes by saying that the budget stays the same. Sometime after Deadman Wonderland was shut down, Major Aohi allowed Makina to use his submarine Walfisch in exchange that she doesn't tell his superiors about his cooperation with Tamaki.
- Keigo Ugachi
- voiced by: Kishō Taniyama (Japanese), Jerry Jewell (English)
- Keigo Ugachi is an OVA-exclusive character and the former leader of Goreless Peace. He tries to get Senji Kiyomasa to join his gang (Goreless Peace), but Senji refuses. Keigo is infuriated by this and commences an attack on Senji's friends, killing Izuru and Hinata. Senji then goes after him and eventually is trapped in his Branch of Sin. Senji attempted to get free, only to be caught once again. Domon then entered to assist Senji, but Keigo trapped him as well, wounded him critically in the process. Angered by this, Senji manages to extend his Crow Claw and stabs Keigo through the chest. Keigo tells Senji to finish him off, which Senji is glad to comply with, however Domon interrupts, telling Senji that he cannot kill Keigo as then he'd be no better than him. Senji raises his Crow Claw to bring down on Keigo, but stops at the last second as he notices Keigo fearfully flinch. Senji passes out and Keigo is arrested.
- Ekō Kaidō
- Ekō Kaidō is an ex-Defense Force soldier who was an acquaintance to Makina. He now works as a journalist where helps Makina overthrow Tsunenaga Tamaki and expose Deadman Wonderland. He only appeared in the manga.
- Kashima Toraichi
- Kashima Toraichi is an ex-Defense Force soldier who was an acquaintance to Makina. He helped Makina overthrow Tsunenaga Tamaki and expose Deadman Wonderland. He only appeared in the manga.
- Bonbu is an ex-Defense Force soldier who was an acquaintance to Makina. He helped Makina overthrow Tsunenaga Tamaki and expose Deadman Wonderland. He only appeared in the manga.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||North American release date||North American ISBN|
|01||September 26, 2007||ISBN 4-04-713974-2||February 2, 2010 (Tokyopop)
February 11, 2014 (VIZ)
|ISBN 1-4278-1741-3 (Tokyopop)
ISBN 978-1-42-155548-5 (VIZ)
|02||December 26, 2007||ISBN 4-04-715014-2||June 1, 2010 (Tokyopop)
April 8, 2014 (VIZ)
|ISBN 1-4278-1742-1 (Tokyopop)
ISBN 978-1-42-156410-4 (VIZ)
|03||May 26, 2008||ISBN 4-04-715065-7||September 28, 2010 (Tokyopop)
June 10, 2014 (VIZ)
|ISBN 1-4278-1743-X (Tokyopop)
|04||October 24, 2008||ISBN 4-04-715126-2||February 1, 2011 (Tokyopop)
August 12, 2014 (VIZ)
|ISBN 1-4278-1744-8 (Tokyopop)
ISBN 978-1421564128 (VIZ)
|05||April 25, 2009||ISBN 4-04-715207-2||June 22, 2011 (Tokyopop)
October 14, 2014 (VIZ)
|ISBN 1-4278-1790-1 (Tokyopop)
ISBN 978-1421564135 (VIZ)
|06||August 26, 2009||ISBN 4-04-715279-X||December 9, 2014 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1421564142 (VIZ)|
|07||January 26, 2010||ISBN 4-04-715365-6||February 10, 2015 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1-4215-6415-9 (VIZ)|
|08||August 26, 2010||ISBN 4-04-715506-3||April 14, 2015 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1-4215-6416-6 (VIZ)|
|09||March 26, 2011||ISBN 978-4-04-715652-4||June 9, 2015 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1421564173 (VIZ)|
|10||May 26, 2011||ISBN 978-4-04-715699-9||August 11, 2015 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1421564180 (VIZ)|
|11||September 26, 2011||ISBN 978-4-04-715802-3||—||—|
|12||May 25, 2013||ISBN 978-4-04-120730-7||—||—|
|13||August 22, 2013||ISBN 978-4-04-120777-2||—||—|
On July 30, 2009, a retailers' solicitation sheet reported that an anime adaptation had been green-lit. It is animated by Manglobe and aired in Japan between April 17, 2011 and July 3, 2011. An original video animation episode was released on October 8, 2011 alongside the eleventh manga volume. The opening theme is "One Reason" by DWB feat. Fade and the ending theme is "Shiny Shiny" by Nirgilis. The series is licensed by Funimation Entertainment and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The anime was broadcast on the revived Toonami block from May 26 to August 11, 2012. The anime aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on November 30, 2012.
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|01||"Death Row Inmate"
|April 17, 2011||May 26, 2012|
|As Ganta Igarashi and his classmates plan for a class trip to Deadman Wonderland, a privately owned prison that also serves as an amusement park, a mysterious "Red Man" appears, killing his entire class and thrusting a red stone into Ganta's chest. Being the only survivor out of the entire class, Ganta is charged with mass murder and, due to the overwhelming and doctored evidence against him with no way to prove his innocence, he is sentenced to death and sent to Deadman Wonderland's prison. As some of the higher ups plot to kill Ganta in an "accident", Ganta meets a strange white-haired girl named Shiro, who manages to read his heart and understand him. When a bunch of bullies start attacking Ganta and Shiro, an explosion causes a large object to fall towards Ganta. However, Ganta's desire to keep living so he can kill the Red Man activates the powers that were implanted in him, allowing him to control his blood to save himself as well as Shiro.|
"Gedokuzai (Kyandi)" (解毒剤 (キャンディ))
|April 24, 2011||June 2, 2012|
|Ganta learns from a fellow inmate, Yō Takami, that in order to have a decent meal in the prison, he needs to earn "cast points". He learns of a "dog race" in which he can win a big prize, which he and Shiro decide to enter. In the locker room, they encounter a fierce inmate named Kazumasa Kouzuji who drives fear into the others until Makina, the prison warden, silences him. Ganta soon learns that in order to avoid being killed by a poison, he needs to eat an antidote known as "candy", which was secretly stolen from his bag by Yō the other day. Ganta realizes that in order to survive, he needs to win the race in order to purchase a new one, but he soon learns the course is littered with actual death traps. Thanks in part to Shiro's innocent manner, Ganta and Shiro make it to the final stage against Kasumasa, where they have to hold onto a ball and avoid falling into a spike pit. Ganta decides to stand up to Kazumasa, who eventually falls to his death. In the closing moments of the round, Ganta is forced to sacrifice the ball, and the prize money, in order to keep Shiro from falling and keep their promise of eating the runner up prize together.|
"Jī tō" (Ｇ棟)
|May 1, 2011||June 9, 2012|
|Put in charge of observing him by the promoter Tsunenaga Tamaki, Yō gives Ganta a piece of candy so he can keep living, unaware that Yō is putting him in his debt. Meanwhile, the Red Man, now known as the Wretched Egg, breaks loose and appears before Ganta. Then, Ganta tries attacking the Wretched Egg using his own abilities, but the Wretched Egg escapes not long before Ganta falls unconscious. After waking up, Ganta hears from the other witnesses that they keep the Wretched Egg locked up in the G-Block of the prison, so he and Shiro head towards there. Deeming him dangerous, Makina puts the facility on lock-down and sends a fierce security robot after Ganta. As it approaches them, Ganta and Yō follow Shiro into a secret passage leading to the G-Block. As Shiro confronts the robot, it is destroyed by the arrival of another inmate with the same powers as Ganta.|
"Kurō Kurō" (クロウ・クロウ)
|May 8, 2011||June 16, 2012|
|Believing him to be the Red Man, Ganta attacks the strange inmate known as Senji Kiyomasa, but falls at a disadvantage against the blades Senji can form with his blood. After learning the nature of his power called The Branch of Sin, Ganta launches a counterattack. Ganta soon realizes that Senji is not the Wretched Egg, but one of several "deadmen" with that power. Senji tries to attack Ganta again, but finds himself weak against Shiro before a special unit appears, tranquilizing Ganta and Senji and taking Shiro and Yō to an empty corridor. As Ganta is examined, he comes face to face with Tamaki who reveals he rigged Ganta's jury verdict to get him sent to Deadman Wonderland before revealing Ganta will face off against Senji in a battle the next day, tempting him with the prospect of coming face to face with the Wretched Egg. As Ganta is tortured with footage of what a "carnival corpse" entails, Makina decides to confront the chief director concerning the mysteries of G-Block.|
|05||"Carrion Festival (Carnival Corpse)"
"Shiniku-sai (Kānibaru Kōpusu)" (死肉祭(カーニバル・コープス))
|May 15, 2011||June 23, 2012|
|Makina is halted by Chan and En, bodyguards of the chief director, preventing her from entering his office. Ganta is thrust into his carnival corpse match with Senji and is at a disadvantage as his projectiles use too much blood and cause him to develop anemia. As he becomes helpless, he recalls memories of Shiro and manages to stand back up, using the environment to get a hit on Senji. After escaping from the corridor, Shiro and Yō head towards G-Block after Yō hears the whereabouts of a woman he is searching for. After Ganta recovers from his victory, he is horrified to find that Senji is forced to have one of his eyes removed as a result of losing. As Yō uses Shiro as a diversion so he can escape on his own, he bears witness to her true destructive ability, as she herself has the Branch of Sin.|
"Hamingu Bādo" (ハミング・バード)
|May 22, 2011||June 30, 2012|
|As Shiro falls unconscious and is picked up by Chan and En while Yō continues his way to G-Block, Ganta meets a girl named Minatsuki Takami, another deadman who had killed her abusive father. Ganta offers to help Minatsuki escape, but soon learns she is his opponent in the next carnival corpse match. When the match begins, Minatsuki's personality changes completely and attacks with her whip-like Branch of Sin, revealing she had manipulated him into taking an injury prior to the match. However, Yō appears, revealing Minatsuki to be his little sister, saying that he plans to gain enough cast points to buy her freedom before entering the arena. Minatsuki tries to manipulate Yō against Ganta, but he turns on her instead, having learned the truth behind his father's death. Minatsuki captures Yō and uses him as a human shield against Ganta, revealing she has shown hatred ever since her mother left her for dead during the Red Hole incident. Ganta manages to disable one of her whips and free Yō, before knocking her out with a headbutt, winning the match.|
|07||"Original Sin (Wretched Egg)"
"Genzai (Rechiddo Eggu)" (原罪(レチッド・エッグ))
|May 29, 2011||July 7, 2012|
|After a strange quake occurs during which Yō rushes to keep Minatsuki from harm, Ganta starts to remember things about Shiro, who is revealed to be the Wretched Egg. As Ganta recalls his childhood with Shiro, Yō cannot bring himself to mention what he had seen her do. As Yō goes to recover the casts that were stolen from him, he learns from Tamaki that casts cannot be used to reduce the sentences on G-Block inmates and is attacked by Azuma Genkaku, part of an anti-deadman force known as the Undertakers. Meanwhile, Ganta meets Nagi Kengamine and Karako Koshio, members of a deadman group known as Scar Chain wanting to destroy Deadman Wonderland. Nagi and Karako invite Ganta to join their gang. As Minatsuki goes through her penalty game, Nagi arranges it so that she only loses her hair. Just then, Genkaku appears and attacks Ganta and the others.|
|08||"Chains of Freedom (Scar Chain)"
"Jiyū no Kusari (Sukā Chein)" (自由の鎖(スカーチェイン))
|June 5, 2011||July 14, 2012|
|Ganta is saved by the arrival of Shiro, who is back under control by the lullaby, to which Genkaku decides to retreat. Afterwards, Ganta is introduced to the other members of Scar Chain, who are plotting to expose Deadman Wonderland's secrets on inspection week. Makina also plans to take advantage of to find out what secrets are being hidden from her. However, Ganta becomes a little distrustful when his claims of his Branch of Sin being stopped by Genkaku differ from what the security cameras show and takes his leave. Ganta later learns from Senji about how Genkaku killed Nagi's wife, also hearing from Nagi about how each member of Scar Chain has their own ideas of freedom. As Ganta promises to take Shiro on a Ferris wheel when they escape someday, it is shown that one of Scar Chain's members named Bundō Rokuro is a double agent for the Undertakers. Ganta decides to join Scar Chain, who begin their operation to leak information about the deadmen to the outside world. As Nagi and Rokuro go to the security room, Ganta and the others are chased by an acid spewing robot, to which Karako opts to stay behind to save the others.|
|09||"Pro-oxidant (Worm Eater)"
"Sanka Sokushin-zai (Wāmu Ītā)" (酸化促進剤(ワームイーター))
|June 12, 2011||July 21, 2012|
|After recalling the time she joined Scar Chain, Karako defends herself from the acid spewing robot and destroys it, falling down with it. Meanwhile, Nagi is betrayed by Rokuro and confronted by an Undertaker named Hibana Daida, who uses a special weapon to neutralize his Branch of Sin. As Hibana starts slicing off bits of Nagi's flesh, he provokes her into chopping off his arm by mentioning of her abusive mother, giving him the opportunity to activate the elevator Ganta's group needs to take. However, Ganta's group is confronted by Genkaku and his men, leaving only Ganta and a few others left alive to carry the chip containing the information. While bleeding to death, Nagi makes a call to the hideout, which is heard by Shiro who catches up to Ganta and throws the chip into a fire.|
"Hakamori (Andāteikā)" (墓守(アンダーテイカー))
|June 19, 2011||July 28, 2012|
|Ganta becomes angry at Shiro for throwing away the data chip, telling her he never wants to see her again and proceeded to punch her. Meanwhile, Makina investigates Tamaki's office, overhearing a conversation between him and the defense secretary concerning the deadmen. As Karako and the others discuss their next plan, Rokuro appears and reveals the data chip was actually a bomb he had made before announcing that the group is being held hostage unless Nagi agrees to become an Undertaker. As Rokuro decides to execute Ganta first, Senji appears on the scene, managing to fight back against the Undertakers using sonic blasts. As Shiro laments her situation with Ganta, she meets Toto Sakigami, the one who told her about the bomb.|
|11||"GIG of Despair"
"Zetsubō no GIG" (絶望のGIG)
|June 26, 2011||August 4, 2012|
|Detesting his weak self, Ganta asks Senji to teach him how to use his Branch of Sin to fight. Meanwhile, Karako attempts to infiltrate the Undertakers by disguising herself as a guard. As Toto appears before Ganta and Senji during their training session, Shiro, who gets drunk off of liquor sweets, appears before Genkaku, who also discovers Karako. Just as Ganta manages to produce a blood bullet that can break the sound barrier, Genkaku announces his capturing of Shiro and Karako. Despite being low on blood, Ganta rushes to where Genkaku is keeping them, but is confronted by Nagi, who had been mentally broken by Genkaku and turned into a raging demon.|
|12||"Relief (Grateful Dead)"
"Kyūsai (Gureitofuru Deddo)" (救済(グレイトフルデッド))
|July 3, 2011||August 11, 2012|
|As Nagi goes on a rampage on all the guards, Ganta stands to protect Shiro, taking all of his punches and trying to reason with him. Then, as Nagi starts to come to his senses thanks to the bell Karako wears reminding him of his friends, Karako is suddenly stabbed by Genkaku. Nagi stands to protect his friends but is shot by Genkaku, who begins killing the other guards, while Ganta starts being poisoned due to not having any candy in a while. Hibana tries to escape but is killed by Toto, who had managed to obtain Senji's abilities after drinking his blood. As Shiro enters the Wretched Egg mode, the stone in Ganta's chest glows and blasts a powerful shot, with Nagi holding Genkaku in place as they are both mortally wounded. Before dying, Nagi gives Ganta his last piece of candy. As Karako and some others escape, Ganta decides to stay behind so he can protect his friends. Toto becomes fascinated with Ganta's Branch of Sin, eager to know how it tastes. At the end of the episode Shiro sings a lullaby to Ganta, who remarks that he last heard the lullaby just before his classroom was attacked by the Red Man.|
|OVA||"Wielder of the Red Knife"
"Akai Naifu Tsukai" (赤いナイフ使い)
|October 8, 2011||October 9, 2012|
|Set two years after the Red Hole incident, Senji is a police officer using his Branch of Sin to fight criminals, but has little temper. One day, he rescues a boy named Izuru who stole from a gang called Goreless Peace. After returning him to Hinata, the caretaker of an orphanage, Senji encounters Goreless Peace's leader, Keigo Ugachi, who also possesses the Branch of Sin. When Senji refuses to join him, he burns down the orphanage and kills everyone in it, including Izuru and Hinata. Devastated, Senji goes to confront Keigo, gaining some support from his police colleagues. However, Senji finds himself in a giant spider web formed from Keigo's powers. When Keigo injures Senji's superior, Senji manages to break the sound barrier to break through Keigo's ability, barely holding back enough to not kill him.|
Two pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme is One Reason by Deadman Wonder Band (DWB) feat. Fade. The ending theme Shiny Shiny by DWB feat. NIRGILIS. The two themes are used in all 13 episodes. Certain characters have their own character song also, Ganta, Shiro, Genkaku and Minatsuki all have their own character song. The songs are created by DWB and NIRGILIS and the characters that the song is for provide the vocals.
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