Cover of Deadman Wonderland volume 3 featuring Ganta Igarashi, Shiro, and Senji Kiyomasa
|Genre||Action, horror, science fiction|
|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.
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 prison that doubles as a theme park.
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 (a form of currency among inmates at Deadman Wonderland), etc. To gather Cast Points, 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.
|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||October 13, 2015 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1421565286 (VIZ)|
|12||May 25, 2013||ISBN 978-4-04-120730-7||December 8, 2015 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1421564203 (VIZ)|
|13||August 22, 2013||ISBN 978-4-04-120777-2||February 9, 2016 (VIZ)||ISBN 978-1421564197 (VIZ)|
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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