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Manga Review: Deadman Wonderland Volume 11

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Deadman Wonderland Volume 11 focuses on Ganta Igarashi, who was wrongfully imprisoned in a special prison called Deadman Wonderland. Over the course of the series, Ganta starts learning some painful truths about his past and his friend, Shiro.

Deadman Wonderland Volume 11

Deadman Wonderland Volume 11

Written by: Jinsei Kataoka
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 13, 2015

Volume 11 sees Ganta and the reader learning the whole truth about Shiro and her past. This is accomplished when Ganta is forced to view Rinchiro Hagire’s memories. The idea is for Ganta to become Richiro by having his memory overwritten. But it turns out that while Ganta views the memories, he doesn’t allow his own brain to be taken over by Hagire.

Seeing these memories and learning everything about Shiro and Ganta was heartbreaking. Poor Shiro went through so much as a child, and it’s easy to see by the end of these memories why Ganta would have blocked these things from his mind and forgotten all about Shiro until he encountered her again at Deadman Wonderland. And it was nice to see that Ganta’s mother appeared to have regretted using Shiro as a test subject for the experiments that were taking place. I was also angered by Hagire and his obsession with all the testing and experiments he could do on little Shiro.

Once Ganta escapes from the attempt to wipe his memory, the action kicks in when Crow arrives to take on Hagire and his twin cronies. The fighting is actually rather intense here, and Crow seems to get the upper hand. But Hagire has a trick up his sleeve, and the volume ends with Hagire, Crow, and Ganta in a state where it’s not entirely known what shape a couple of them are in. I expect the next volume will quickly answer any questions that were left hanging at the end of Deadman Wonderland Volume 11.

A little over half of this volume focuses on exposition. However, the explanations come fast and furiously, and they answer a lot of questions that have been lingering during the series. But the memories are so interesting to read that you lose track of the fact that so much of this volume is actually flashbacks and explanations.

Right at the very beginning of this volume, Ganta encounters Shiro and she reveals something to him before running off. But we don’t see where Shiro went or what happened to her by the end. Hopefully the next volume will wrap up what’s happening with Crow and Ganta and allow the reader to see what’s happening with Shiro.

At this point, it’s becoming very clear that the end of the Deadman Wonderland manga is getting closer. Now that so many truths have come out, there’s really not much farther that the story can go. It’ll be interesting to see how the series will ultimately end.

When it comes to the art, there are some standout images. One of the best examples is when Shiro runs out of a room in tears on page 16. As soon as you flip to that page, the image almost seems like it’s going to leap off of the page.

Fans of the series will definitely want to read Deadman Wonderland Volume 11 to learn the answers to many of the series’ mysteries, as well as for the emotional impacts that these answers have.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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