DEADMAN WONDERLAND (2007-2013), which ran for 58 chapters, centers on Ganta Igarashi, an middle-school student who had survived a powerful earthquake which destroyed nearly all of Tokyo long ago (which he has no memories of). His peaceful life is ruined when all of his classmates are murdered by a mysterious person known as the Red Man. The only survivor, poor Ganta is wrongfully found guilty and is sentenced to Deadman Wonderland, a private-owned penal facility which is disguised as a tourist attraction.
While serving his sentence, Ganta meets several other inmates that are weird and strange, the most notable being Shiro, an albino girl who claims that Ganta is her friend, and would become his closest ally in this saga. Ganta will have to go to great lengths to clear his name, find out who Red Man is, and the truth about Deadman Wonderland...and it ain't going to be an easy journey for him.
DEADMAN WONDERLAND contains some dark and scary moments that may be unsuitable for the weak-minded or the faint-hearted. But this is one cool manga to read. It was adapted into an anime series three years ago, but it only adapted the first twenty-one chapters in the manga, and I don't think they will be adapting the remaining thirty-seven chapters into animated form. The manga was first published into English by Tokyopop, who only got to released the first five volumes before they went defunct. Happily, Viz Media picked up the rights to DEADMAN WONDERLAND, so hopefully we'll get to see all thirteen volumes in bookstores over the coming years.
DEADMAN WONDERLAND is recommended to all manga readers alike.
Reviewer: Ben David W