Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou’s Deadman Wonderland in its first volume introduced the reader to Ganta, a 15 year old boy who watched in horror first as a mysterious Red Man with some sort of awesome power massacred his entire class. He then experienced more horror as he, for some reason, was sent to the title prison. There he met Shiro, a girl roughly his age who seemed to know him but who also was locked in the prison for unknown reasons.
Well, volume 2 offers some answers to the mystery. Maybe.
Yes, it seems there’s more to the prison than meets the eye, something even high ranking guards in the prison seem to be unaware of. Yes, it seems a hidden ward in the prison holds people who are carriers for the “branch of sin,” individuals who, for some reason, have immense power in their blood. And yes, Ganta seems to be one of them. Now he has a whole new level of trouble he needs to survive. And while the mystery of Ganta is a little clearer, and his level of danger increases, Shiro is as mysterious as ever. She knows things about Ganta, but she likewise is a lot more dangerous than she may have appeared to be before.
The series was delightfully weird before, and now it’s gone in an even weirder direction. It is a bit gory this time around, so it’s not for the feint of stomach, and as the book ends with only a slight glimpse into the madness that is Shiro, there’s a lot more things that Ganta has to deal with now that he knows why he’s in prison and who put him there. Nine out of ten bird nicknames.