Deadman Wonderland 13 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou

With volume 13, we get an ending focusing on Shiro and Ganta – explaining their history. There have been many hints along the way that the two have a devastating past; with this book, so many questions are finally answered.

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Story: The terrible history of Ganta’s mother’s machinations are laid bare as Ganta learns the terrible truths. There is a reckoning for Shiro and finally an answer to the riddle of the ‘red man’ who dragged Ganta into the whole Deadman Wonderland situation in the first place. Why the stone on his chest, why his powers are so unique, and Shiro’s wretched egg connections are explained.

The author did a great job on the denouement: the ending is neither sugary sweet nor devastatingly horrible. As well, time is taken to bring the story to a close – with endings for all the major characters as well as Ganta and Shiro.

It’s a bittersweet ending but works very well for the series. Everything ties up neatly but in a satisfying manner. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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