Deadman Wonderland centres around a character called Ganta Igarashi: a young teenager with a large forehead who (when we first meet him) is planning a trip with his friends to Deadman Wonderland, which is a prison/amusement park in which the inmates have to wear collars that will kill them should they step out of line, or run out of candy. In order to survive, they must work in order to earn at least one piece of candy every three days (the candy acts as an antidote to their collars, which are slowly poisoning them). Ganta’s trip plans are ruined when a mysterious figure ghosts through their classroom window and brutally massacres everyone in the class except Ganta. The figure then sticks a red gem into Ganta’s chest and leaves him gravely wounded. Ganta wakes up in hospital where he is immediately put in front of a judge and sentenced to death for the murder of his classmates. This is how he ends up at Deadman Wonderland, where he (no doubt) has a lot of horrifying experiences but I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to watch past episode 2 because I refuse to accept the premise. It’s dumb! For one thing, he’s a child! For another, they convict him solely based on the fact that he survived the massacre and some incriminating footage from questionable origins. What kind of justice is that? What led them to the conclusion that it was an inside job in the first place? What the f***, guys?!?
There’s obviously going to be some kind of underlying reason. Some mysterious being is clearly using him to get something, and the man in red thing is going to be brought back at some point (I shan’t give away any spoilers but I have sort of read ahead), but feeling the way I do about the first episode, I’m not sure if I really want to continue with this one.
Also, Ganta has superpowers due to that red gem thing, and his desire to stay alive in order to get his revenge on the man in red seems to be the key to activating them. There’s also a girl named Shiro who wears nothing but a white skin tight suit with red patterns on it. She also seems to have powers. In episode 2, inmates are given the chance to participate in a deadly version of total wipeout where every obstacle is a death trap. This is done in front of a live audience who somehow manage to convince themselves that all of this is fake, even though the inmates are clearly being sniped by guards if they try and leave the race, and being torn to pieces by the obstacles.
After watching episode 1, it took me four months to bring myself to watch episode 2. This means that if this trend continues, it will take me a total of 48 months (4 years) to watch all 13 episodes. That’s slow by most people’s watching standards, and by that time there will probably have been some sort of reboot or live action movie made about the thing anyway.