Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle-school student Ganta Igarashii finds himself sentenced to dSynopsis:
Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle-school student Ganta Igarashii finds himself sentenced to death in the bizarre and fatal theme park/prison known as “Deadman Wonderland.” The inmates of this insane penitentiary fight for survival every day to provide entertainment for the masses. Ganta is determined to survive Deadman Wonderland and clear his name, but the price may be his soul…
A couple of years ago, I watched the anime of this series. Now that Viz is releasing the series stateside since Tokyopop closed its North American branch and didn't finish the series, I'm reading the manga the anime is based off of. When I watched the anime, the ending of it felt quite unfinished. It seemed like there was more that was supposed to happen, but I don't think the manga was done at that time, so they ended it where they ended it.
I knew going into this that series is brutal. There's a lot of violence and death. When you take into consideration that Ganta is only 14, it makes the series that much more horrifying. Especially in this first volume. Ganta truly was framed and then he's dropped into a prison as a death row inmate and initially set up to die in an "accident." The accident failed to kill him, however and he saves himself and Shiro using a strange power. He doesn't even realize that he's done it. This catches the eye of the guy running the prison and he decides to play with Ganta a bit and put him under surveillance. Ganta has no clue what's going on. He only knows his friends were all killed by a Red Man. Why is he in prison on death row? Why was he the only one left alive? Can he survive in a place like this? There are so many rules and so many ways to die.
Lucky(?) for him, a girl named Shiro is in the prison and she just happens to pop up whenever he needs her most. It takes some time for him to realize that she's been protecting him, but when she's in serious danger, he comes through. Ganta may seem whiny and cowardly in the beginning, but who wouldn't be in that situation? He steps up when it really counts. He may regret that later, though...
So far, Ganta's arrival has the Chief Warden Makina getting suspicious. I doubt she's ever liked Takami (the guy running the prison), but she saw Ganta display his ability once and now she's starting to wonder what's going on. She's a harsh warden and cuts no slack whatsoever, but I don't think she's heartless.
Ganta's life is really about to change, though. He thinks it's bad now, but it's soooooo about to get worse. He has a lot of questions, but he's going to have to stay alive to do it. Will Deadman Wonderland turn Ganta into a monster? Will he ever prove his innocence? Can he trust the people claiming to be his friends? What's his connection to Shiro? Who is the Red Man/Wretched Egg? I know some of this from watching the show, but there's got to be more to things than just the bit that the anime covered. I can't wait to find out what it is....more
Thanks to Eren's timely arrival, the 104th has managed to turn the tide at Wall Rose. But this momentaSynopsis:
"DO YOU THINK THIS WORLD HAS A FUTURE?"
Thanks to Eren's timely arrival, the 104th has managed to turn the tide at Wall Rose. But this momentary victory forces two more traitors into a corner - and the identity of the Titans who have been destroying the walls is revealed! What can Eren do against the two most dangerous monsters humanity has ever faced? And who else might be an enemy in disguise?
There really is something deeper going on here. Ymir reveals herself and saves her fellow 104th recruits from becoming Titan food. Thanks to Hange's group suddenly showing up, Mikasa and Eren are able to take out a few remaining Titans and they all head towards the wall. There, two more 104th recruits reveal themselves. I was rather shocked. When they transform, they try to make off with Eren and Ymir, but Eren being Eren fights. The fight was going well near the end until the second Titan dive bombs onto Eren and he and the other man manage to get away with Eren and Ymir, anyway. It upsets Mikasa something fierce, but a pep talk from Hannes seems to get her back into fighting form. It seems a plan is in place to head out after the Titans and get Eren and Ymir back.
Meanwhile, the two that revealed themselves seem to have their own plan. They're obsessed with going back to their home town, but I'm guessing they need Ymir and Eren's help for that. The female Titan must have kidnapped Eren for the same reason. Eren's too pissed to want to help them, though. What I don't understand is why these two went from trying to wipe humanity out to that no longer being their goal. Is that true? It seems that they just want to go home. Even Annie had a flashback about her father making her promise that she would come back. But what was the point in sending them out, anyway? And why kids? Do they people in their hometown know something about the Titans that everyone else doesn't?
As it stands now, Eren is pissed off and confused. Ymir seems to know at least a little bit more than she's letting on, but I don't think she knows what's going on in the home town of those two guys. One of them is trying to convince her to join their side in order to protect Krista. What will she decide? What will Eren do? Right now, he isn't in a position where he could escape and make it back over the wall. I'm really glad v.12 comes out in a few weeks. Perhaps there will finally be some answers. And will Eren ever make it to the basement of his old house to find out what his father left there?...more