Monday, June 29, 2015

Manga Review: Deadman Wonderland, Volume 8, by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Volumes: 13.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 7 .9. 
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VIZ Media Synopsis:

Ganta and Warden Makina join forces to prevent Tamaki from gaining control of the Ninben killers. But the “Ko Unit,” the ultimate Ninben, stands in their way. Once hostile toward Ganta, the residents of G-Ward offer their help, but each must fight against their old wounds as well as battling the Ko Unit. Ganta’s search for the truth is going to cost him, every step of the way.


This volume kind of astounded me.
There are some gorgeous color pages, and then we get back to the fighting. The group splits up, Ganta’s Deadmen friends splitting up the enemies to fight them. It’s extremely brutal, and I don’t quite understand how they’re not all dead, but it’s intense. We also get each of their pasts, why they’re in prison. It’s so well-done, and so horrible.
Then Ganta fights with a deadman, and Shiro ends up in the crosshairs. And it’s horrible for Shiro, especially from Ganta’s view, but the viewer already knows there’s more to her. But it’s also crazily beautiful, the way that Ganta fights for her, and then pulls her up. And while I’ve always loved Shiro, their friendship has always been a main point for her and the series. But their love for each other, and the way he shows it, is so sweet and pure and I’m amazed. I was not expecting this almost declaration of love, and I’m blown away and so in love with it.
And then there was the cliffhanger, which shows that something horrible is going to happen with Shiro. I’m so, so excited, but also a little terrified of what’s to come.

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