Deadman Wonderland is on track to become one of the top series this season.
I had high expectations going in to this since anime in the science fiction/dystopia genre usually have a strong and compelling story. The synopsis on its AniDB page aptly summarizes what happened in the first episode, so I won’t go into those details too much here.
Our main character, Ganta, is wrongly accused of massacring all his classmates and is sentenced to death, which results in him being shipped to Deadman Wonderland. I find it weird that no one questioned why the administrator of Deadman Wonderland was acting as the public defender for Ganta since it was a clear conflict of interests. On a side note, I can’t help thinking of Nessa (from Fractale) every time Shiro talks since they both sound and act the same. Even though they’re both voiced by Hanazawa Kana, I expected they would at least sound a bit more different from one another.
The concept of “Deadman Wonderland” is an interesting one. It serves as both a prison and a theme park, utilizing the prisoners as the “attractions”. One scene showed prisoners dressed up as clowns and performing on stage for an audience that consisted of parents and their children. I don’t understand how they can have fun and laugh at the clowns while knowing they are prisoners being forced to perform for them. On that note, it seems unrealistic that parents would even bring their children to an amusement park that also acts as a prison due to the potential threat the prisoners pose. Unless it’s the only such attraction around those parts, which is highly likely.
Now I just have to resist the urge to plow through the manga. Otherwise, I might lose the urge to keep up with the anime.