Rating (Out of 5): ~4-4.5
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2016
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Volume: 1. 12.
Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle school student Ganta Igarashi finds himself sentenced to death and sent to the bizarre and fatal theme park/prison that has risen from the ruins of the Great Tokyo Earthquake—a hell on earth known as “Deadman Wonderland.”
Ganta and Shiro finally face off against each other inside a collapsing Deadman Wonderland. Shiro speaks of her past and how she’s been wishing for Ganta to kill her. Ganta asks her why she killed his friends, but Shiro just pleads with him to make her wish come true. In the end, Ganta cannot bring himself to do it, and so the final battle begins.
The final volume. So we get a final reveal, and the final battle. Now, going into this, I knew it was either going to be extremely horrible, which I found unlikely, or it was going to be very cheesy. I was mostly afraid of how cheesy it would be.
Ganta and Shiro finally have their showdown. And Shiro is pissed at what she had to do because of him, even if he didn’t know. And it’s horrible, seeing Shiro like this. Seeing what she went through was terrible, but seeing what it did to her is worse. And the fight is bad—it’s bloody and destructive, and honest. It needed to happen. Which is kind of why I maybe love the ending?
It is cheesy. Some sweet, honest words are said, and Shiro believes them, and Ganta believes them and means them. And it’s what Shiro needs. I’m sure some people don’t like it, don’t agree with it, but I think it’s kind of perfect. I think that what happened needed to happen, and I kind of love it. I really do.
I am more than satisfied with this series, and I loved it.