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YMMV / Deadman Wonderland

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation : Fans can't seem to decide if Shiro and her Wretched Egg personality truly were one and the same, or if Wretched Egg was indeed a case of a Superpowered Evil Side being played straight, eventually resulting in a Split-Personality Merge. Fans have been clamoring for the Word of God to finally put this debate to rest, but so far, to no avail.
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  • Better on DVD: Being able to listen to the dub without the horrendous amount of Narm-inducing censor bleeps, for one. It also shows off more of the gorn, which would never fly on television.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • A very small minority of fans have started shipping Rokuro with his calculations. And even smaller one ships him with the wall he punches in episode ten.
    • Genkaku and his guitar due to the fact that he holds a funeral for it after Shiro breaks it.
  • Complete Monster: Deadman Wonderland is a Hellhole Prison run by the the following duo:
    • Tsunenaga Tamaki, formerly a reclusive and indifferent otaku, becomes a tyrant who cares for absolutely nothing but himself and his games. When the Great Tokyo Earthquake occurs, he leaves his mother to die so he could find a backup generator. He is also responsible for designing the prison and forcing prisoners to participate in Death Games by poisoning them upon arrival and only awarding antidotes to their winners. As a sadist who sees defeating the Wretched Egg as a game, he also creates the Forgeries, prisoners who are turned into artificial Deadmen and brainwashed into obeying Tamaki's orders.
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    • Rinichiro Hagire, the prison's real director, is a sadistic, sociopathic Mad Scientist who will do anything for his research. Using Shiro as a guinea pig for research on how to improve a person's immune system, Hagire becomes obsessed over his subject's ability to regenerate. From crucifixion to vivisection, Hagire grows fond of conducting brutal experiments on her and becomes directly responsible for her becoming the Wretched Egg. He also manipulates Chan and En to use their Branch of Sin to invade and override other people's bodies and personalities when he's on the verge of death, and cannibalizes the remains of defeated Deadmen.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: All of Shiro's antics and childlike behavior throughout the anime adaptation and a big chunk of the manga become these once Chapter 55 was released. It turns out that there was no Split Personality in the first place, proving that both her bubbly, kind persona and her bloodthirsty "Wretched Egg" persona were fake. In reality, Shiro is a jealous, violent Yandere that wants nothing else than for her childhood friend and lover Ganta to kill her.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the manga remains popular in Japan, the anime was not received well by Japanese audiences during its original run. Meanwhile, the anime had become a Sleeper Hit in the United States and rivaled Bleach as the biggest draw for the recently revived Toonami, while the English manga release withered to do poor sales and was discontinued after only 4 volumes. Although given the anime's high ratings in the States, it's little wonder why Viz Media has decided to crank a Network to the Rescue for the manga. It should be pointed out that Bleach was currently airing the Zanpakutou/Sword Beast arc in the U.S. along with Deadman Wonderland, but Americans loved the sadistic prison anime nonetheless.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Any of the interaction between Ganta and Shiro after knowing that Shiro is also known as "The Red Man." The revelations regarding the real personality of Shiro in Chapter 55 only makes it worse.
    • Ganta's fake confession becomes a whole lot scarier with the advent of deepfakes in real life, allowing people to paste your face onto a different person's body in real time, or simulate your voice, meaning that a false recorded confession could actually be used to frame you for a crime you didn't commit in the near future.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Minatsuki in spades, once her backstory is revealed. Shiro also counts, if you consider her and her Wretched Egg personality to be one and the same.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • SHINY SHINY note 
    • G-Cup titties. note 
      • Rokuro in general is starting to become this. note 
    • "DEATH IS ROCK AND ROLL!" note 
    • "Heyooh fahking guyz!" note 
    • "I WANNA LIVE!" note 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • For Shiro, murdering Ganta's classmates out of pure jealousy. It is for this reason that she feels that Ganta must absolutely kill her.
    • Takami's mother not only leaving her daughter to die just to save herself, but preferring to save a bunch of flowers rather than her flesh and blood.
  • Narm:
    • The bleeps in the English broadcast tend to make serious conversation absolutely hilarious.:
      • The best is when Kozuji's line of "Someday I'm gonna fuck you in half" is almost entirely bleeped, creating...
    • Watch Episode 6 in the English Dub and just try to take the rant Minatsuki has about her mother abandoning her for the flowers seriously.
    • Ganta walking out of from his court sentence would've been sad, if not for the fact that someone just decides to up and egg him while he's being escorted away.
    • Rokuro's Villainous Breakdown / Freak Out in Episode 10. It was supposed to be unsettling, we think, but since his craziness went that far, came literally out of no where, with almost no hint that he actually like this, and the fact that both voice actors, Jun Fukuyama and David Trosko, are clearly having too much fun during it, cemented the scene's status into this trope forever.
    • Also, the name of the event, "Carnival Corpse" is both awesome and cringe inducing.
  • Never Live It Down: There are people that are still mad at Ganta for punching Shiro because she destroyed the data chip.note  These people have usually only seen the anime, though.
  • No Yay: A subset of the fanbase ships Genkaku with Nagi. Genkaku killed Nagi's pregnant wife in cold blood, as well as torturing him and making him remember that his unborn child was dead. He then stabbed his friend, and then killed him. Most fans love the pairing regardless.
  • Paranoia Fuel: A mad bomber/slasher/whatever busts into your third-story classroom through the window and kills everyone in your class except you. You wake up injured to the bloody mess left behind as the murderer gloats by showing you your girlfriend's severed head. You pass out and wake up in the hospital where you are then arrested for the murders. You protest your innocence, but everyone who could corroborate your story is dead, and no one, not even people who have known you your whole life, believes you- you aren't even sure whether or not you believe yourself. You're sentenced to death for a crime you didn't commit, and your friends' parents have to be restrained to keep them from beating you to death on the spot, only for your cell phone to drop out of your pocket and reveal a video you know nothing about incriminating you by showing you bragging about the murders to your lawyer. The frame-up is so convincing you start to believe you're insane.
  • Squick: Are you kidding? Deadman Wonderland is Squick: The Manga.
    • Chapter 43 of the manga treats us to the sight of Wretched Egg laying on a bed, naked, casually going over a summation of her recent fight with Ganta. Cue Hagire touching her naked body. And to make matters worse? Wretched Egg doesn't seem bothered by it. At all. In fact, she almost seems okay with it. To recap, this is a guy that has put her through hell, to the point where he's responsible for that side of Shiro even existing, and she's apparently so used to him molesting her that she doesn't even think to resist or even object.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The dub was so good that it managed to cause the anime to become a breakout hit in America with many people wanting to see it get a second season. It added a lot more humor, and witty dialogue, and the voice acting is very good, and some would argue even superior to the original.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Rokuro. The fact that he was a One-Scene Wonder and a classic case of What Happened to the Mouse? only makes it worse, when a lot of fans would have at least liked to see what became of him. Or even how he became so crazy to begin with.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After Genkaku was revealed to have survived Ganta's Ganbare Gun, he is never mentioned again. Quite a few fans didn't appreciate being teased that an Ensemble Dark Horse could have made a comeback in the future but were left hanging, and will now probably never know his ultimate fate.
  • What an Idiot!: Yeah Rokuro, just announce that the data chip was a bomb to Scar Chain when they had absolutely no clue that it was. What could possibly go wrong?
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Ironically, despite its TV-MA rating, this gory, Nightmare Fuel filled manga is actually Shōnen.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: A lot of people keep forgetting that Ganta's fourteen and was an everyday middle school kid before being put in DW. Instead, they call him pathetic, and wimpy, and that 'he needs to grow up'.


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