Deadman Wonderland OVA (2011): Red Knife Wielder
デッドマンワンダーランド (Deddoman Wandārando)


Kiyomasa Senji was a policeman before he was arrested and imprisoned in Deadman Wonderland. His abilities during his time as an officer caught the eyes of a gang that wishes to recruit him.
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October 8, 2011




  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great



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Deadman Wonderland is a Japanese manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga. An anime adaptation aired between April and July 2011, pulling content from the first 21 chapters of the manga.

Alternative title

– Deadman Wonderland: Red Knife Wielder
– Deddoman Wandārando (Japanese)
– デッドマンワンダーランド (Japanese)

TL;DR Review

Deadman Wonderland: Red Knife Wielder is a poor excuse for an OVA. It is a self-enclosed prequel to the TV show and focuses solely on Senji. This prequel provides nothing substantial to his character. We were introduced to a bunch of generic characters with one to two scenes and quickly sacrificed in order to provide some tragic story for Senji. We were not given enough time to bond with anyone to care if they die.

The story would have been better if it covers something related to the TV, like how did Senji get put in prison? Instead, we are given some random throwaway plot that has almost nothing to do with the TV show. The only tie was an ending scene where they show the prison being built.

The animation was also lazily done, with a handful of scenes that were just still images. I feel like the OVA was made by the interns while the main team was working on the TV show. I am being quite generous giving the animation a “Good” score.

I can’t say I would recommend the OVA to even the TV show fan. Deadman Wonderland contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs.

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Deadman Wonderland OVA (2011): Red Knife Wielder

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A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Kiyomasa Senji
"If you are weak, don't bare your fangs."
Nagi Kengamine
"Everyone's fighting for their own kind of freedom. It seems small; but in their hearts, nothing is more important. With such hopes, I won't have enough time for revenge or fear, right?"
Ganta Igarashi
"If you're gonna kill me, then kill me. If you're gonna execute me, stop waiting. Until then, I live by my own rules!"
Kiyomasa Senji
"Only frustrated adults and naive kids believe themselves to be special."
Ganta Igarashi
"If you can't see what's important, then it's because you're too ashamed to open your eyes."
Nagi Kengamine
"Even if they're not your own child, you can't, as an adult, overlook their wrongdoings."
Ganta Igarashi
"Facing irrationality doesn't mean not feeling fear, but rather possessing eyes that gaze upon fear and standing against the world."



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