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Manga Review: Deadman Wonderland Volume 13

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Deadman Wonderland Volume 13 is the final volume of the series, and it focuses on Ganta Igarashi and Shiro.

Deadman Wonderland Volume 13

Deadman Wonderland Volume 13

Written by: Jinsei Kataoka
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 9, 2016

Volume 13 opens by continuing the major fight Igarashi and the other Deadmen are having with Toto and his sister. This fight provides a lot of action and starts the volume off with a bang.

But what Deadman Wonderland Volume 13 ultimately leads up to is a final confrontation between Ganta and Shiro. While their fight also provides action sequences, their final confrontation also gives Kataoka the opportunity to include flashbacks that finally provide explanations for unanswered questions. The flashbacks also help tie everything together. To be honest, I didn’t think that the flashbacks bogged down or detracted from the action. In fact, it was the flashback sequences that kept me riveted and made me want to keep reading.

Right at the end of Volume 13, the reader gets to find out what happened to the various characters after the conclusion of the main story. I wish I could say that Ganta and Shiro get a happy ending, but I can’t. There’s definitely a resolution for these two characters, but it’s not necessarily a happy one.

When it comes to the art, I have to say that it has more of a “dark” look to it than usual. Outside of that, it’s the art style that I’ve come to expect from the Deadman Wonderland series.

After finishing Deadman Wonderland Volume 13, I had some mixed feelings about how the series ended. There’s a definite end to it, but there was something about it that left me feeling a little unsatisfied. I guess I should have expected that Ganta and Shiro wouldn’t have a happy ending, since the tone of the series is on the darker side and isn’t conducive for the type of ending that I had hoped for in regards to these two characters. It’s not necessarily a bad ending for the series, but I was personally hoping for something a little more than what I got.

Readers who have been following the series will want to read Deadman Wonderland Volume 13 in order to find out how the story comes to its conclusion. While I may not have been entirely satisfied with the ending, perhaps readers who are bigger fans of the series than I am will have a greater appreciation for the conclusion of the overarching story.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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