Deadman Wonderland Season 1 (2011)
デッドマンワンダーランド (Deddoman Wandārando)


A massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story starts with Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary, unassuming middle school student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a simple, normal life. This all changes one day when a strange man covered in blood and crimson armour appears, floating, out of his classroom windows. Smirking madly, this Red Man massacres Ganta’s entire class and, instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in his chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect and, following a suspiciously quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme-park-like prison.
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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.

Certain characters have their own character song. Ganta, Shiro, Genkaku, and Minatsuki all have their own character song. The songs are created by DWB and NIRGILIS and the characters that the song is for provide the vocals.

Alternative title

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

TL;DR Review

Deadman Wonderland started out pretty gory with an entire class being murdered. This set up the tone of the anime pretty nicely, unlike Elfen Lied where it was only gory for the first episode, then did a complete genre change for the rest of the season.

Overall, I like this anime, though I don’t think it is very widely hyped up either. I recommend this series to those that love action anime. It provides more action than substance, but not to the point that it’s a dumb anime.

Deadman Wonderland contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs.

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Featured Music

Deadman Wonderland Season 1 (2011)

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

– “One Reason” by DWB feat. Fade

Closing Theme

– “Shiny Shiny” by Nirgilis
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Featured Video

Deadman Wonderland Season 1 (2011)

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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