Deadman Wonderland OVA
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Series Premise: Deadman Wonderland was a 12-episode television series that aired between April and July, 2011, based on an action/horror manga of the same name. Middle school student Ganta has been sentenced for a gruesome serial murder spree he didn’t commit, and is sentenced to confinement in a private prison facility. But the prison is much more than it seems, as he discovers a hidden, blood-based power where he has to fight for his survival against others with the same ability. In October 2011, there was a single-episode Original Video Animation released bundled with the manga.
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Quick Spoiler-free Episode set-up: This episode is set some years before the series, and two years after the “Red Hole Incident” that destroyed most of Tokyo. Senji (“Crow” in the series) is a brash, young police officer with little regard for authority and a hair-trigger temper. He saves a young orphan who has run afoul of a street gang known as Goreless Peace. Senji turns down an offer to work for Goreless Peace, and in retaliation, the head of Goreless Peace destroys the orphanage and kills everyone. Senji confronts the gang, including the leader who also possesses a Branch of Sin.
My Impressions: Sorry I’ve been distracted with other hobbies, so my reviews have been falling further behind. But as I’ve expressed elsewhere, I really don’t care very much how far behind I am, I’m going to take my own sweet time at this, because rushing it would lessen the enjoyment. There’s plenty of blogs that put out reviews within the same week as when the show aired…this isn’t one of them.
But even that being said, a little bit of brevity can’t hurt to get the ball rolling, so I’m spending less time typing and more time watching.
So, cutting to the quick: This really is nothing more than another episode in the series, and could easily have been aired as a regular episode if the series was thirteen episodes long. It’s simply a bit of a “prequel”, but not really, because it only focuses on one character (Senji) and does not impact the continuity of the series at all.
Well, as far as I know, at least. Even though Deadman Wonderland wrapped up several months ago, I still have not yet completed watching the whole series, having recently finished up episode eight (out of twelve).
To put it succinctly, if you are enjoying/have enjoyed Deadman Wonderland, then by all means go ahead and watch this OVA as well. It is no better…and no worse…than the regular series itself in terms of quality of the story and animation. It’s a self-contained short story that does not interfere with the main series continuity, so you will not miss anything by skipping this, however. Decent enough, but inconsequential.
- Series preview available on Youtube
- Wikipedia Entry
- My Anime List Entry
- Anime News Network Entry
- AniDB Entry
- If you like this, you might also like: Mirai Nikki or Gantz.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “This was actually a very good premise of how an OVA should be done: this neither was pointless fanservice or random gags, but it also wasn’t just “another episode”. Instead we get to see the background of one of the side-characters: Senji. On top of that, this episode did not have the rushed pacing of the TV-series, and it actually gave ample time for Senji to show who he was before he ended up in the Deadman Wonderland prison.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “When I think of the anime adaptation of Deadman Wonderland, what I think of mostly is missed opportunities. This OVA certainly isn’t going to change that, but it does show what Manglobe can do with this story when they take on bite-size chunks of it.” – Lost in America
- “Although cliche, the tragic outcome does fit the story a bit on Senji’s past. Although it seems that the story isn’t complete as it is yet. The story was a welcome change overall. There are still some problems here that were present in the main series. For one is forgetting to adjust the brightness. Then we have those cheesy acting. Although the gore is toned down, so it wasn’t completely the same. Overall. Its a nice story. I wish they could also do this for other characters.” – The Dere Moe Project
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Ben-To, Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose, Kyousou Giga, Gdgd Fairies, Toradora OVA, Blue Exorcist: Kuro no Iede, Deadman Wonderland OVA
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Shakugan no Shana Final, Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Persona 4: The Animation, Maken-ki, Cross Fight B-Daman, Digimon Xros Wars Season 2, High Score, Infinite Stratos OVA, Hidamari Sketch SP, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA, Queen’s Blade Premium Visual Book, Dragonball Z: Episode of Bardock, Sengoku Paradise Kiwami, R-15 OVA, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi OVA, Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki
Coming up next: Lupin III Movie, and that’s it, I’m done with the first round of the Fall season!