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Deadman Wonderland, Volume 1 by Jinsei Kataoka
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Mar 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: manga, horror, shonen, sci-fi
Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

A futuristic version of Japan with all sorts of sci-fi twists. The story starts about 10 years after a giant earthquake ("The Great Tokyo Earthquake") has essentially destroyed Tokyo and displaced what few survivors there were. Not long into the story, we meet some young high school students, including Ganta Igarashi (one of the Tokyo survivors). One minute Ganta and friends are talking about an upcoming field trip, and in the next minute all are dead...except Ganta. Only Ganta sees that some strange red man has killed them all (and inserted something into Ganta's body). Ganta is accused and convicted of mass murdering his classmates - no one believes his story about the red man. And at this point the story take a twist into the bizzare. Ganta is sent to "Deadman Wonderland" - a modern, privatized prison designed with the look and feel of a circus or amusement park. Outsiders can visit, see the prisoners put through horrific competitions (think Gladiators), etc. Most of the volume is about Ganta's rude awakening to his new life as a death-row prisoner in Wonderland, Ganta's reunion with a strange childhood playmate, a girl named Shiro who is also at Wonderland...and his next meeting with the red man (a secret prisoner at Wonderland)...

Very cool story. I'll definitely pick up future volumes.

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