Jinsei KATAOKA is a manga writer and artist mainly known for Eureka Seven and Deadman Wonderland.
In 2005, she worked on Eureka Seven, a manga adapted from Studio Bones’s anime Eureka Seven which was very successful in Japan. She collaborated with Kazuma KONDO for this series mixing mechas and the story of a teenager.
In 2007, Jinsei KATAOKA was back with Deadman Wonderland, for which she worked alongside Kazuma KONDO again. Deadman Wonderland immerses the reader in the post-apocalyptical world of a prison.
Ten years after the great earthquake that devastated Tokyo, the Deadman Wonderland prison has become a touristic place used to gather money to rebuild the city. Like in great antic battles, the audience attends mortal jousts during which prisoners fight to live a few days longer.
Ganta goes on a school trip to this prison, but he and his classmates are attacked by a man in red. Ganta is the only survivor. After a botched trial, he is accused of killing his friends, punished to the death sentence, and imprisoned at Deadman Wonderland…
Young Renton is living in the shadow of his father, a famous inventor who sacrificed himself to save the world during the Great Cataclysm. He’s been raised by his grandfather and is vaguely interested in mechanics but that’s not a real vocation. He’s more passionate about the "riff", air surfing on particle waves, but out of this he’s quite bored.
Yet, his life changes altogether the day a rebel LFO-spaceship lands next to him… The beautiful Eureka comes out of it and asks for his help to achieve a mission for humanity’s sake!
Many thanks to Kana who provided us with illustrations.
Deadman Wonderland © Jinsei KATAOKA 2010 © Kazuma KONDOU 2010 / KADOKAWA SHOTEN Co., Ltd.