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Deadman Wonderland: The Complete Series (Limited Edition)

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Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy.

Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He s framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And then it gets worse.

At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope until he discovers the strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He's determined to see justice served - but first he'll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.

The ultra-violent sci-fi adventure Deadman Wonderland (2011) is based on a manga by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou. Fourteen-year-old Ganta Igarashi is a normal middle school student, until a mysterious figure he dubs "the Red Man" slaughters everyone else in his class. After being framed as the murderer, Ganta is sent to Deadman Wonderland, a combination prison, amusement park, and gladiatorial arena. Inside the prison, Ganta discovers he can now fight with "branches of sin," weapons made of his own blood. Like countless other underdog anime heroes, he wins the friendship of the people around him through his determination and loyalty. The wild card in the bloodstained deck is Shiro, an infantile albino girl who takes out guards and anyone else in her way, while nattering childishly about sweets. Deadman Wonderland plays like a gory mash-up of Gurren Lagann and Hellsing Ultimate. The minimal storyline exists only to string the battles together. Deadman Wonderland is supposed to be a maximum-security lockdown facility, yet Ganta, Shiro, and their friends wander throughout the prison at will. With episode 12, the story simply stops, with key points left unresolved; the OAV "The Red Knife Wielder" is a sort of prequel, focusing on Ganta's ally Senji. The violence is graphic, nonstop--and pointless, with gobbets of CG blood splashing across the screen. Spreading this material over three discs in two plastic boxes with a cardboard case feels like overpackaging. (Rated TV MA, suitable for ages 17 and older: graphic violence; violence against women, children, and animals; grotesque imagery; brief nudity; sadism; torture; extensive profanity; sexual situations; alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Death Row Inmate, 2. Antidote-Candy, 3. G Block, 4. Crow Claw, 5. Carnival Corpse, 6. Hummingbird, 7. Wretched Egg, 8. Scar Chain, 9. Worm Eater, 10. Undertakers, 11. Gig of Despair, 12. Grateful Dead, OAV: The Red Knife Wielder)

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  • Actors: Greg Ayres, Jamie Marchi, Terri Doty, Monica Rial, Kana Hanazawa
  • Directors: Koichi Hatsumi
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY9J4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I will begin my review by saying that I have watched this series through several times, the first time being on Toonami, and many subsequent times online. I don't have a problem with the series, and those who complain about lack of character development should take into account that this is just the first season. There is more to the story of Deadman Wonderland than is shown in these twelve episodes. With that being said, the problem that I have is with the claim that this box set is uncensored. If you have watched the anime on TV, or online, you have seen exactly what is contained on these DVDs; it seems the only thing uncensored in the box set is the language, and some of that seems gratuitous. The only episode that I have watched so far from this box set is Episode 12: Salvation (The Grateful Dead) which might arguably be the goriest and most apt to be censored episode.

Here is the evidence of apparent censorship that I have found thus far:

The opening is censored; I know because I have seen the uncensored opening. There is no bare-breasted Shiro or Hummingbird in the opening included on this box set. Also, when Genkaku goes on his murderous rampage and begins shooting the prison guards, every bullet wound appears with a large dark dot in front of it. If this is not censoring, and it is supposed to look as though the entry wounds are burnt, it is poorly done, and I am not buying it. I perceived this as censorship online, and it is still present on the DVDs. There are three more scenes later in which images are blurred. The first is the flashback to when Genkaku was a child, and he is being molested; the broken and twisted fingers on his left hand are noticeably blurred.
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To anyone still wondering this IS A CENSORED VERSION!!!! Which really makes me angry. When I received it I found that the opening is censored, and scenes in every episode are darken/taken out. I can understand TV showings being toned down, but not home blu-ray releases WTF. Its not so much that I have to see everything, but its more about the principal! I don't need any government or censoring committee telling me what I can and can't see! I want to enjoy this work of art in its original splendor, and see everything, because I enjoy this anime, and its story! Having parts taken out because I "can't handle it" is terrible. This release is bad! Unfortunately It is probably the only release we will ever see, and a season 2 of this wonderful deep series seems like it will never appear because I hear the anime version did so poorly in Japan. Manga is the only way to get the whole story. But there are many worse anime out there that are uncensored, and show everything under gods green earth, that beg the question....Why the hell was this one censored to begin with?
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Contrary to what most reviewers here seem to believe, Deadman Wonderland is a refreshing and interesting modern anime. Ganta Igarashi is a fourteen-year-old student accused of killing his entire class. He is sent to a maximum security penitentiary with a twisted amusement park theme: "Deadman Wonderland". While the concept of having the main character being a teenager who is thrown into an adult's world, prison in this case, is somewhat unoriginal there are a lot of fantastical aspects and interesting characters to it that make the series unique. There is a huge mystery surrounding Deadman Wonderland itself as well as the person who is truly responsible for killing Ganta's friends: The Redman. Ganta is what is known as a "Deadman" and has the ability to turn his blood into a projectile weapon. However he soon discovers that he is not the only Deadman. There are others with similar abilities to him as well, although what they can do with their "Branch of Sin" (The ability to control and move your own blood) varies. In order to survive in this strange new world Ganta as well as the other Deadmen must participate in life-threatening games for everyone's amusement.

I don't want to go too in depth with the plot as I don't want to spoil it for people. The series isn't very long unfortunately; only 12 episodes. However so much happens between the beginning and end of the series that the length of it isn't really taken into account. I'd like to address a complaint I've seen about the series which is the character of Ganta Igarashi. I think this character is similar to that of Shinji Ikari from "Neon Genesis: Evangelion" in that he is someone who is fairly young being thrown into a violent adult world.
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I would just like to confirm that the Deadman Wonderland: Complete Series Classic (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) is 100% the uncensored version. The intro sequence is uncensored and the violent scenes are not blacked out. This is the best version that is ever going to get released, so if you've been holding off for the uncensored version now is the time.
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Deadman Wonderland is a very, very unique and entertaining story that I'd really hate to see end so prematurely. However, I'm not sure if anybody else that loves this show realizes, but a premature end seems very likely at the moment.

I may be preaching the the choir when I say this, but it should be common knowledge that it's VERY important right now to buy the animes and mangas that you love, because in this age of anime anything goes. Many great shows and mangas have been cancelled already. (Or on a never ending hiatus.) Many publishers are either cutting back or have sunk from this last global recession.

I'd really hate to see this particular show go. Profits are at an all time low with piracy at an all time high. It doesn't help viewers aren't even watching these shows on cable, either. But anyways, I'm getting off topic. This is a message to all those that loved this show, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND KEEP IT GOING!

Anyways on to the review...

This show, along with Black Lagoon and Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (Minus the last scene of the entire series) are three of my favorite post childhood anime. They all are so different in every other aspect, but their original idea for the protagonist remains the same. Now this review, though a review for Deadman Wonderland, also dives into what I look for anime in general. Which means that I'll say something I look for in anime, and how this show has it. It's an unorthadox review style but it's simply how I review. Anyways onto the review.

All three shows use an idea for the primary character that I happen to like WAYY more than what most anime these days use. These three shows feature a NORMAL protagonist that fate has chewed, spit out, and left for the crows. (Which we see happen.
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