Deadman Wonderland – First Impressions

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.

Rating: Excellent

8 Comments to “Deadman Wonderland – First Impressions”

  1. LG says:

    “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.”

    Have you ever read Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, or at least the first few books? There’s a place in the series, I think it’s called the Circus of the Damned, where vampires, massive snakes, and other things high up on the food chain are part of the attractions, and I believe there are descriptions of parents bringing their children there. I think the explanation was that everyone figured that *of course* all the potential danger was kept carefully controlled, so the end result is something like a roller coaster – you know that you could die horribly if something goes wrong, but you figure it could never happen to you, so you get the thrill of fear but it’s not serious fear.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Nope, I’ve never even heard of that series. :/

    Ah, that makes sense. Although I would find vampires, massive snakes, and etc. more worth the “risk” than prisoners basically acting as normal amusement park employees. There probably isn’t that much risk though in Deadman Wonderland since they do have those instant kill things around their necks.

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  2. Lanir says:

    So far it kind of reminds me of the “Death Race” film but without the car focus. Although they’ve already introduced quite a few differences and I’m kind of curious who the albino girl is. She’s kind of interesting visually just because she seems to be an actual albino and not just a character design they thought would look cool with white hair.

    Liking it so far, just waiting to see which direction they go in to tell the story

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    Reltair Reply:

    Oh yeah, it is somewhat like “Death Race”. Good observation.

    The girl is indeed a curiosity since she apparently jumped off a tall building and landed without a problem. Special powers maybe? Her fighting awareness needs to be worked on though.

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  3. The show is shaping up to be an entertaining romp. It looks like next week is when the action will really start to pick up, but it did a good job of introducing most people. Hopefully Ganta will start to calm down a bit, though. He was a bit too emotional for my taste in the first episode. Other than that, good stuff. 🙂

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, I kept mentally urging him to speak up multiple times during the episode since he always seemed to be at a loss for words. Then I would remind myself that he’s just a middle school student who got traumatized by being in the midst of a massacre. 🙁

    I can’t wait for next week’s episode!

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  4. Ayanavi says:

    A bit late commenting on this – but it’s worth the time to note the similarities in art style between this and Eureka Seven. Jinsei Kataoka is the author for both of these series, so strikingly similar features such as Ganta having such an absurdly large forehead, his facial features and the like – all of which tend to resemble Renton.

    Just an interesting tidbit. I and a few others are excited to watch Shiro do her thing now that she’s animated.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Ah, you’re right. Thanks for pointing that out. I was wondering why the character designs felt so familiar.

    Haha, Shiro is entertaining to watch.

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