Deadman Wonderland, where there's "a million ways to die and death is the main attraction." This is certainly one of the bloodiest and more sadistic anime that we've watched in a long time.
Weirdly violent and ultra bloody are two descriptions that succinctly describe Deadman Wonderland, a bizarre anime that begins with the massacre of a room full of high school students at the hands of a mysterious floating figure cloaked in red.
Ganta, the only survivor of the tragedy is framed for the crime and quickly sentenced to death row. The setting for the story is a privately owned prison called Deadman Wonderland.
At Deadman Wonderland, death row inmates are issued collars that continuously inject poison into their systems. Antidotes that help them stave off death by poison in the form of candy are rewarded to the inmates who accomplish certain goals or jobs. One of the events that candies are issued for is surviving deadly game shows that are broadcast to the public. Think about this as ABC’s Wipeout crossed with The Running Man.
Ganta, still reeling from his quick trial and incarceration into the death-trap prison, is pushed to compete in these sadistic gladiatorial style games. He meets a strange girl named Shiro that somehow claims to know him although Ganta doesn’t recognize her at all. As she befriends him, Ganta realizes that he has a bizarre power that allows him to utilize his very own blood as a weapon. Yes, he is actually able to form staffs, flying projectiles, and whips with his blood to use in hand to hand combat on the game show as well as in the dangerous prison itself. Ganta learns that the mysterious killer in red he witnessed kill his classmates is also in the prison. He begins a quest to find him, but Ganta quickly finds the search is as treacherous one.
If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy, good feeling anime, look elsewhere. For those looking for a heavy dose of strangeness and violence in your anime, you’ve come to the right place. Blood is the weapon of choice and a whole cast of atypical characters help tell the story. The series is full of cringe worthy carnage and finds interesting ways for characters to suffer and die, all bathed in gratuitous gore. The prison is the thing nightmares are made of.
With only 13 episodes and one OVA that comprise the entire series, the story is told quickly without deep character or story development. It’s clear the creators just want to get to the killing, which there’s plenty of. The English version is done well, although the voice of Ganta was a touch high pitched and tended to irritate this reviewer’s ears. Produced by the studio that also brought you Samurai Champloo, this anime’s visuals certainly do look good. Bottom line is that if you’re in the mood for gore for the sake of gore, this series is worth a look. Horror buffs would probably be delighted by the physical violence but find the psychological terror to be elementary. If you’re not a gore monger, then go ahead and pass.
The Deadman Wonderland DVD Complete Series box set contains all 13 episodes of the series along with an OVA on three DVD discs. The box set comes with a glossy, hard outer slipcase that encases two clear DVD cases. The slipcover and inner covers each feature different artwork.
Each DVD case features its own original artwork featuring the series characters. The inside of the inner cover features a table of contents for each of the disc’s episodes as well as additional art and can be reversed to show the art of your preference.
Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA (Original Video Animation)
Feature Runtime: 325 minutes
Audio Languages: English and Japanese
Subtitle Language: English
Special Features (Blu-Ray): Commentary for Episodes 6 & 12, Promo Videos, Original Commercials, U.S. Trailer, Textless Opening Song, Textless Opening Song (Director’s Version), Textless Closing Song, Trailers.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Get it at Amazon: Deadman Wonderland: Complete Series
MORE INFO: http://www.funimation.com/deadman-wonderland