Deadman Wonderland

February 2020 Anime Challenge: Deadman Wonderland

Our challenge anime this month is filled with mystery, gore, horror, drama and comedy, a perfect blend for those who are horror anime fanatiks. The anime is Deadman Wonderland, a masterpiece in its own right that acquired a small devoted fandom since its release. The now extinct anime house Manglobe created this monster in 2011, basing the anime off the first five manga volumes. Some characters from the manga were not featured in the anime, such as Azami Midou and Masaru Sukegawa. The manga itself was written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, the same brain-team responsible for writing and illustrating the Eureka Seven manga.

The setting: A massive anomaly caused a great earthquake that ravaged Japan’s mainland destroying most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of the city into the Pacific Ocean.

Ten years later. What seems to be a normal day for Ganta Igarashi and his classmates, preparing to go on a class field trip to a certain prison amusement park called Deadman Wonderland, turns into a deadly horror, flipping Ganta’s life upside down. His whole class gets massacred by a mysterious man in red. Ganta is framed for the incident and sentenced to death, and sent to the very jail he was supposed to visit. Ganta’s nightmare is only just beginning.