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Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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Deadman Wonderland OVA OVA 2011 Side Story

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Deadman Wonderland 2007 Original Manga
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Masaki YAMADA Character Design
Koichi HATSUMI Director
NARASAKI Music
Jinsei KATAOKA Original Manga Creator

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Deadman Wonderland sillydomino 9/10 Apr 13, 2014
Deadman Wonderland LightningDust 8/10 Feb 20, 2014
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Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life; in fact, the only thing he has is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning, however, Yuki wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realize that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn't just mere coincidence. Now, Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.

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HammerHead7

Both Deadman Wonderland and Mirai Nikki have a male protagonist that is thrown into a life or death situation and a female companion with a dark secret that somehow ties into the story. Beyond that both anime have a kind of dark setting that seem to push the protagonist to the borders of sanity at one point or another. If you like one im sure you will like the other.

AceoftheTARDIS

In both series the main character is pushed into a world of madness and where power is everything if you want to survive. In both animes there is a girl who seems innocent at first but in reality carries around on a heavy and very dark past.

The powers in those two may be diffrent, but they feel very similiar and they are also both quite dark, so if you liked one, you'll like the other.

funtoo2

I definately agree that one would like Mirai Nikki TV if they've watched Deadman Wonderrland, and vice versa. Both animes have a young boy as the protagonist and a young girl who helps him. Both boys are "weaklings" and are pushed to the edge of sanity, while the girls are both somewhat insane and hiding some dark secret. If you like Psychological, Mindf*ck, Survival, High Stakes Games, Action, Horror, and Violence tagged animes, and loved either Mirai Nikki TV or Deadman Wonderland, then this is definately the right anime for you! :3

chii

Both anime are about a boy that gets tossed into a situation where he must fight for survival. A girl whom he doesn't know gets really close to him and will do pretty much anything to make sure he survives. Both have a good amount of action, violence, and blood. Check one out if you liked the other!

anosora

A lot of blood, girl sidekicks. Death match. Ordinary, weak, crying protagonists. The girls are really strong. Supernatural involved.

8MangaMan

Both series give off a "Creepy yet amazingly made anime" vibe.  Both are about a young teenage boy forced to get used to the fact they will be playing a game for their survival, as well as making allances along the way that might get broken.  

TotalCode

Both are bloody and graphic, but have an engaging plot that even the more squeamish watchers may enjoy

Psyche

In Deadman Wonderland and Mirai Nikki the main character obtains a power. Because of this power they end up in a survival game. They must defeat others with the same power in order to break free. In Mirai Nikki it is vital that the main character battles the others in order to change his world. In Deadman Wonderland they are being forced to battle to each other while they don't want to. They are trying to break free from the game, while in Mirai Nikki the main character plays along. Both anime have a lot of gore and a girl that has an innocent and dark side. The main characters are very weak and useless at the beginning but become stronger along the way.

MEsA1337

They got the almost the same action. They both got over powerd girls, lot of blood, super powers (kind of) and they are all school students. But i think Mirai Nikki is more of a romance story then Deadman Wounderland. If you like one of them, you should definitely watch the other one!

icesplitter99

both animes are having a male protagonist which is forced by someone (mirai nikki = God/ DW = Judgement )

to kill other humans with the same ability as themself.

In both storys is psycho-terror and gore as well as inhumanity and insanity a big point...

In these stories is always one girl which will protect the male head protagonist. 

Thorndrop

Deadly 'games' in which characters face a great risk of death. Main characters Ganta and Yuki are similar in personality and are surrounded by people who cannot be trusted, for they may end up killing each other.

Fabo929

These both animes are somewhat same as the lead character is wimpy and all while the female leads are psychos or are stronger than them and protect them.     Both the leads Ganta and Yuki, are stuck in a game/place.

Better watch the other if you like this one. :)

Etue

A dark theme running through the show and a protagonist down on their luck assisted by a mysterious girl.

Truepicasso

I strongly agree both anime got crazy storyline, are soaked in violence, got main male characters that are in the beginning very weak and terrified and then becomes stronger (mentally), both female main characters are schizophrenic/(got)multiple personalities, and both stories are linked with some kind of survival game, if you like action,crazy stories and violence you probably should  watch both of them, 5/5

Jayn

SURVIVAL GAAAAAAME. ...That is really the largest part of it. I peronally loved the high tension of both series.  

IKindaLoveAnime

These two anime are VERY much alike. A protagonist who considers himself weak and cries a lot, a heroine with a dark secret, and it's all based on a survival game too.

Very similar in feeling. If you love one you'll love the other.

Fargo

Both of these anime show really depraved experiences and have plenty of shock value in both gore and psychological effect. The two mains both start as frightened, whiny boys thrown into very adult scenarios and are forced to grow up fast. Both have plenty of decent action and horrific suspense.

jessj4

Both very clever and brutal plots. I have always paired them together as very similar but both unique in my mind ! 

ali0889

Mirai Nikki and Deadman Wonderland remind me so much of each other.  Both have a weak male protagonist who is in way over his head when he is thrown into a life or death situation, and basically now has no control over his life. Both males are protected by girls who harbor a dark secret and each is full of gore. Mirai Nikki is alot more twisted in my opinion, and the anime went a lot of different ways, for me it was unpredictable until the last moment. Deadman Wonderland was a little predictable at times but will still pique your interest, if you like one you will like the other.

Underholy

These two anime are very much alike. A protagonist who considers himself weak and cries a lot, a heroine with a dark secret, and it's all based on a survival game too.

Mirai Nikki still is better...

bainfall

both give off the same feel/ atmosphere. they both have young male protagonists fighting to stay alive with the help of a young lady that wants to protect him.

ichighoul

Both are fights to survive and fairly gruesome. Both main characters are boys with dark hair who are introduced to a setting where they have to fight to live. The main females in these animes are both really strange and eccentric, being experienced in the 'art' of killing. Neither characters are in a position to escape their situation, and both are close friends. If you like one anime, you'll like the other as well.

IchiRukiloove1

Both are survival games! With a main male lead weak and useless. However, Ganta (DMW) says that way and shows little strength! Both blood and gore. Mirai Nikki is more romance. Personally I like Deadman Wonderland more because I think it has a better plot! 

Feans

I personally think that Deadman Wonderland and Marai Nikki resemble each other a lot. They both are very dark themed with a lot of blood and gore. They both have a protagonist who in the start is very innocent but slowly looses their insanity. Both protagonist is also supported of a girl character. 

theSentinel

Both of these animes have similar themes,  but that is not to say that they are the same.  They have fundamental differences in the tone, and direction of the story.  

the driving force for my recommendation is that they both have epic stories, different, but epic.  Deadman wonderland is short, but there is more in the manga and will probably continue.  Mirai nikki is finished, and awesome.  

the way that the story built up and twisted and then build up some more just in time for another twist was awesome.  Also the ending was not dissappointing so take that with you and go watch Mirai Nikki.

casualterror

Both have tons of gore and both main characters had no choice in the situation that they were thrown into. Both of the main characters are considered weak and have the female main character protect them.

4nime4ddict

Both anime have main characters that are suddenly faced with a situation of life or death, accompanied by a girl with a dark secret.

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Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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xxSilencexx

DEADMAN WONDERLAND and Elfen Lied have numerous similiarities which make them ideal if you like one, yet still seem so different.

First, neither hold back on the gore and violence, if you against body parts been ripped haphazardly by innocent character stay well away. Both series feature a 'gifted' breed of human in Elfen Lied it's the Diclonius and in DEADMAN WONDERLAND it's the Branches of Sin. Both lead male character believe they know their past, but find that important parts have been forgotten.

Finally, they are both about trying to find something in a world where there is nothing but death, blood and destruction.

Anathemus

EL and DW are fairly similar in terms of execution, theres a lot of violence, sick characters and disturbing scenes, both stories are constantly trying to shock the viewer, and sometimes this feels a bit too unrealistic in my opinion. There's also sci-fi supernatural abillities on both shows mixed with a bit of ecchi. From my opinion DW is much more exciting in terms of plot, fighting scenes and characters overall.

Asmageddon

Bloody and cruel scenes, people with mysterious powers experimented upon and treated cruelly, theme of a mysterious childhood friend of whom main character has lost memories.

These would be similarities between the animes. If you enjoyed Elfen Lied you will probably enjoy Deadman Wonderland and the other way around.

MugiwaraMarius

Both Elfen Lied and Deadman Wonderland are gory bloody stories that focus on the uglier parts of human nature. Neither show's story is particularly strong but they both have strong visual styles that are interesting to watch.

scizorg45

Lots of people dying: Check. Lots of blood: Check. Gruesome events: Check. Magic and supernatural abilities of sorts: Check. The only real difference is that DMW is focuessed on one particular place(prison, which is huuuge btw) and Elfen lied goes all over Japan. If you liked one, check out the other.

sakara

Both deadman wonderland and Elfen Lied are incredibly similar upon watching, They both feature excessive ammounts of gore but still have enough storyline to make it entertaining. I reccomend you watch them both if you have not already.

whitelionV

Extremely similar character/story development... as in "Dear God these are extremely similar" or "Dejav... no wait, it was teh other anime!"... Now seriously, the main difference is that in DW the main male has powers, in EL he doesn't... and DW has no lolicon. Both animes will end and you'll feel the urgent need to go read the manga (But in the good way, not the Damn-it!-These-guys-only made-the-anime-to-make-me-read-the-manga way). Gore gallore in both. Humanity sucks in both. Psychological conflict in both. I-know-something-the-main-character-doesn't-and-its-gonna-be-OMGWTFRELEASETHEKRAKEN-when-he-finds-out in both. etc...

kayelyn08

The two of these share the tragedy of losing hope, and love in the series. There are conspiracies and also their dark pasts are included. Although in deadman wonderland, it is darker and more sinister compared to elfen lied. 

darkronnie

Both stories are very well writen and have moments of intence horror enforced by blood and gore

both have a cute relationship between a confused main male character and the main female character

Psyche

In Deadman Wonderland and Elfen Lied there are humans who have gained a certain power that can be used to kill. With this ability comes a lot of bloodshed, so if you're into gore, you will love them. Another similarity is the girl that seems innocent at first, but actually has a dark side. The main character has a history in which his beloved ones have been killed. What they don't know is that the girl with them played a big role in that event.

SaruChan

Both of the animes feature a large amount of swearing and gore. Though the storylines are obviously different, they share a similarity in covering the lives of two individuals being stuck in all-around bad life situations. 

hamletsmage

These anime have plenty of similarities. The top is a main character with a childish personality but the ability to kick enough ass to save her wimptastic male friend. There are also side-stories about repressed memories, secret societies, and some twisted experimentation. A lot of the main cast have supernatural abilities and are not hesitant to use them on anyone who stands against them. Both of these animes are also heavy on the bloodshed. 

IKindaLoveAnime

Both of Yandere heroines, as in both Lucy and Shiro have killed people close to the protagonist. Both the heroines also have split personalities, making the similar in almost every way.

Seyren

Both Elfen Lied and Deadman Wonderland focus on a male lead who at first is not entirely sure what he's getting in to. They both have a female friend who's not entirely sane, but there is more to them than meets the eye.

Both anime feature quite a bit of gore, ripped off limbs and a lot of blood.

RoyalOtaku

Both start off in complete mystery,having the main character meeting a childood friend and as the episodes pass on you will find out more. They both are extremely violent.

luckyvmeryl

both of them are about people considered freaks for their abilities killing each other. Lots of gore and adult material and both great shows.

bebopsamurai300

Both anime exonerate a certain macabre style and deal with mean characters who are unsure of their pasts and/or suffer amnesia of one sort or another.

AriaEleanor

Both of them are full of blood. That's it. And also, both have unexpectedly original storylines, which will keep you entertained till the end. Elfen Lied and Deadman Wonderland have very good graphics and drawing, this is what connects them. If you like one, you'll probably won't be disappointed by watching the other.

Enziety

These two animes share many similarities you feel like you have watched history repeat itself, only in a different environments. They are both extremely graphical and gory, and revolves around one murdeous being that emerges from being caged up their whole life.

theSentinel

Same twisted awesomeness as Mirai Nikki and Deadman wonderland.  Again the ending is a good one.  The voice acting of Elfen Lied pissed me off a bit.  However, the story was good, great actually.  If you like Mirai Nikki and DW then i rec this one as well.

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Btooom!

Btooom!

22-year-old Ryouta is an unemployed good-for-nothing who spends his days living at home and playing Btooom, a wildly popular online game that's sold over three million copies worldwide. Alongside other teammates, Ryouta battles it out with others using powerful bombs and sonar that can reveal hidden enemies, and his dedication has earned him the title of Japan's top player. But soon, Ryouta's pastime becomes a terrifying reality, as he and many others are dropped onto a tropical island and forced to play Btooom – but this time for real. Now, he and the rest must fight to the death by whatever means necessary, as the only way to win this deadly game is by killing seven of the other players.

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KingGrimm

Are you looking for good action with elements of survival anime? I recommend you Btoom!/Deadman Wonderland.

Both shows share idea "What the hell am I doing here?! And why everyone is killing each other?! And why do I so?", are not "kawaii-desu-nee-chan" and they won't be uncensored untill Blu-Ray release. 

KingArthur13th

The characters involved in the series are rounded up and thrown into an arena in order for them to fight to the death. The only way for them to survive and gain their freedom is to kill the other players but along the way, the main characters gain friendships with their former foes. 

Sasukefanx12

Both are very similar survival type anime where it's either kill or be killed for a bunch of people forced into the situation (prison or being dropped on this uninhabited island). Some characters have more reservations about killing than others, but most of them realize in both that if they don't they will die. Along with this both explore the question: is it justifiable to kill in the name of survival and/or self-preservation? The characters in both are also pretty decent (though I'm not really a fan of Ganta personally) and Himiko kind of reminds me of a later-series Shiro for some reason.

TraXXtor

Both anime are incredibly gritty, Adult theme'ed, Violent, Brutal, and have a story line that keeps you tongue in cheek, heart pounding waiting for the next episode.

brianarm

i watch this anime and i really like it. i like how the drawing in this anime is different from other animes that i had watch.

Tigertooth

The setting is somewhat similar, although the protagonists are of a very different caliber. The 2 series are similar.

Exash

Both anime are extremely violent and brutal. Ganta and Ryouta want to survive in a dangerous, unfamiliar place. The only way to get out of this sick situation is either kill or be killed. Both series show what humans are capable of if you push them to their limits.

Zarrokian

Both involve a main character getting involved in something that involves brutally killing other people to survive

MarvelousMars

These two are definitely very similar. If you're looking for a thriller kill-or-be-killed arena, these two are it. They don't spare the blood either.

I'd recommend Deadman Wonderland to those who are more fantasy inclined.

I'd recommend Btooom! to people who have played strategy/war games before and like a more psychological thriller.

nalbuque

Similar themes but only problem Btooom! does not end which is very annoying and no second season.

TheBlueKing44

Life or death game, check

No way out, Check

Uneasy alliances, check

Quick 12 episode wathc, check!

AutumnFlower

Both have a deadly game set up by a twisted organization. Where they make strangers fight to the death.

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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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snivets

Although they are set in completely different time periods, Deadman Wonderland and Shingeki no Kyoujin both take place in violent worlds where people live on edge, in constant fear. Both feature a protagonists who must make life-or-death choices, and both point out corruption and decadence of the ruling class. If you like a tense story with moments of uneasy peace, these two shows will entertain you.

newvegasseptim

Agreed, I was going to reccomend this! Deadman Wonderland has very violent action and storyline, and very heart shattering just as attack on titan does. Don't let that make you believe they aren't good anime, because the violent touch is what adds up to the epicness of it all!Both a 9.5/10 in my book! 

animegirlshelby

Both of these include the main character being a boy who has been thrown into a world of chaos and death for causes unknown. If you like the way one throws you into a world of emotional uncertainty and you never know what to expect (although in Attack on Titan its a little more unexpected) then you will certainly enjoy the other.

jotix

While I can't list all my reason because it would contain spoilers, these shows are very much alike in genre and the repective tags you would assign to them. They both have a blood and gore factor that is unique unto itself. Attack on Titan and Deadman Wonderland have different settings and circumstances that bring plot points into place but both share traumatizing experiences for the main character that, once past those events, hardens and strengthens the protagonist.

theSentinel

the things that make both Attack on Titan and Deadman Wonderland awesome are:horrific truths,massive and deep plotlines,perfectly balanced between realistic and make believe, lovable chartacters, twisted and larger than life bad guys.there is so much to love in both of these animes 

Travi

they both violate ppl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

TheBlueKing44

Both series have a similer feel (despirate and scary) where the main character has no choice where they are and must fight to stay alive. Both shows have their main character determined to get out and are supported by their allies, all trying to get out alive, weather it be Deadman Wonderland or the Walled Civilization.

angelyrical

The atmosphere of the two animes are rather similar and they both portray a rather cynical view on human nature. Both take place in a dystopian setting where the terror is real and the characters have to fight for their lives, fight for what they belive in. Both are heart-rendingly realistic and are truly awesome to watch.

4nime4ddict

Both of these feature a young boy thrown into a world of chaos and fear, battling for their life while fighting against the corrupt ruling classes. 

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GANTZ

GANTZ

Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.

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mdluffy360

They are both filled with action and gore. Both protagonists are hesistant at first but kicks A$$ later on.

MugiwaraMarius

Both Gantz and Deadman feature protagonists pulled into a world of insane highstakes games where their lives are put constantly put on the line. Both main characters are put into a situation where their lives are no longer their own. In Deadman Ganta is controlled by the sadistic warden and in Gantz Kei is under the power of a mysterious alien force but in both cases the main character has to fight on the whim their controllers. They fight not just to survive but to entertain.

Both shows are very violent with lots of blood and gore. They both involve tons of sadistic violence and various insane secondary characters and villains. The level of violence is really stunning but compelling to watch.

scizorg45

Poof: What just happened? I don't know, but you better fight for your life or die in a most horrible way! The main point of these two series is just that. Both have no real way to ecape the carnage, altough the victims are fighting as much as they can to make it out alive. If you liked one, check out the other.

angelyrical

Both anime feature the main characters trapped in a reality where they either fight...  Or perish.  Both main characters face desperation and fight to survive.  Although Gantz is noticeably more explicit, it still possesses a resemblance to DW.

itoshiki94

When I've watched the 2nd chapter I thought myself: "Damn! Its a survival game!"Both Gantz and Deadman Wonderland are about these, survive!Altough, Gantz has hard gore, while Deadman Wonderland has some gore parts censored. But you would like the issue at first sight! 

whitelionV

Although visually different, both are similar in having an unsuspecting regular boy pulled into a senseless blood bath, sick and screwed freak show. At first in DW you'll say "Hey this is like Elfen Lied... without the lolis" then you'll be like "Hey this is like Gantz... with out the mindless swearing ... nor the ecchi", then you'll be like "Welp, its like both of them, it even got a lil' ecchi...". Athough DW does explore a psychological aproach of the human rotten nature, its not as disgusting and deep as Gantz, but never the less it still got some heavy stuff.   

Drasticc

What can I say? Tragedy strikes in every episode.  The suspense runs high in every episode, with great plot twist from both animes.  Great watch.  Not for the weak hearted!