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, and 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 convicted of the crime, following a suspiciously quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme-park-like prison.Like many of these kinds of series, being sensible and down-to-earth is not in DW's modus operandi. We have a setting where prisoners find themselves used and abused, often violently, for the amusement and satisfaction of others and there is very little subtle about it. The story unfolds pretty typically with Ganta being our bright-eyed but terminally angsty hero who finds himself imprisoned on false charges and Shiro being the mysterious albino genki girl he meets there. The stage is set early on, that Ganta is seeking to find out the truth behind the massacre of his friends and the find the means to clear his name. Super-powered action scenes punctuate the rest of the series as Ganta digs deeper (and often blockheadedly) into the mystery of Deadman Wonderland.
Why is it so good?
So what's good? First of all the action is good. It is not the best animation you will ever see but the choreography is sufficiently intense and the powers used are varied and interesting. The art and design of the show certainly won't make you sneer. The character designs are immensely detailed and both hideous and pretty when appropriate, the muted colours of the prison are atmospheric and act as an effective contrast compared to the world outside and the general detail put into the environment certainly gives the prison a life of its own that many settings never manage to have. The characters too stand out. Even if he is a little whiny, Ganta is not easy to hate and is certainly moderately sympathetic. He also has enough badass moments to make up for a great deal of his whining as well as having a pretty decent excuse compared to many a dark action animé lead. Shiro is an interesting take on the mysterious girl archetype, a niche normally filled neck high with Rei-clones and other stoic stereotypes. Shiro is anything but stoic, seriously. Loud, energetic, childish and cute, even her bright white costume is at complete odds with the dark, dingy atmosphere of the series.
I personally think that this is a great anime and everyone who has time should try to read it rather then watch the anime (the anime was kind of unfinished
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