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Deadman Wonderland Vol. #12 Manga Review

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Deadman Wonderland Volume 12 CoverThe wheels still turnin’…

Creative Staff:
Story: Jinsei Kataoka
Art: Kazuma Kondou
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Adaptation: Stan!
Touch-up art & Lettering: James Gaubatz
Design: Sam Elzway
Editor: Jennifer LeBlanc

What They Say:
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.”

Thanks to Ganta returning to the battle, Senji narrowly escapes death battling Toto Sakigami. Still, Toto’s power is so overwhelming they remain at a disadvantage. Using a clever strategy, Ganta is able to land a timely strike against Toto, and Senji quickly follows up by slicing him along with the building. Toto is assumed to be crushed to death by the collapsed structure, but is he?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Inside of Deadman Wonderland, Ganta and Senji face off against Toto Sakigami / Rinichiro Hagire, with Ganta and Senji finally getting the upper hand. It’s a bit unbelievable that just 10 volumes ago, they kind of hated each other and, in fact, fought against each other in Carnival Corpse. But oh how quickly past arguments can be forgotten in the face of budding friendships and much bigger threats.

While Hagire wants Mother Goose to obtain a sort of eternal life, Ganta and his crew want to destroy it and end the very thing that created Deadman Wonderland in the first place. In both cases, they want their version on Shiro. On one hand, a deprived young girl who could probably kill anyone if she so willed. On the other, an innocent young girl who could probably kill anyone if she so willed. Dilemma…

A good portion—a chapter and a half or so—is not put in this volume and instead placed with several extra stories. I can’t say I enjoy them too much, but they’re good little fluff.

In Summary:
Deadman Wonderland, at this point, keeps me vaguely interested enough to keep going, but the story just feels so convoluted. It’s adding layer upon layer of stories and backstories onto the one already going on, and none of them are quite as interesting as the inherent corruption of a prison built to have inmates fight against each other for a kind of dominance. They also aren’t adding too much depth to the story itself, but distracting from it. I’m hoping everything comes together in the final volume.

Content Grade: C+
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 8th, 2015
MSRP: $9.99

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