Jump Festa 2023 brought some exciting news about Jigokuraku. Yuki Kaku’s work has been around for a while and will be adapted into an anime in 2023.
Also known as Hell’s Paradise, the series follows Gabimaru, a convict, and his quest for the Elixir of Life with strange creatures and other convicts standing in his way. Keep reading to find out more!
Jigokuraku anime: Everything you need to know
As announced, Yuki Kaku’s series will air from April 2023, making it part of the Spring 2023 lineup, along with other popular shows such as Demon Slaughter season 3.
The trailer was released during the event, giving viewers a glimpse of the voice acting, music and animation. The project will be supervised by the renowned Studio MAPPA.
Where should I stream?
Fans in Japan can watch the anime on TV TOKYO and its affiliate networks. It will also be available on Amazon Prime Video Japan, Netflix Japan and Hikari TV.
International viewers can watch anime on streaming services such as Crunchyroll and Funimation. These sites have become the main distribution points for new episodes of anime and will continue to do so. The anime will also be available on other streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
What to expect?
With Studio MAPPA at the helm, you can expect groundbreaking animation quality. The studio is known for giving each manga adaptation a distinctive spin on the world-building aspect, confusing newcomers and veterans alike.
As for the story, Jigokuraku centers on Gabimaru, who was once exalted as the strongest ninja and has now quit his trade thus breaking the laws of his village. After he was captured, Gabimaru claimed that he had nothing to live for.
However, given his phenomenal training levels, he inadvertently survived several executions, ranging from attempted beheadings to burning at the stake. He is later told that he will gain absolution and freedom if he brings back the Elixir of Life from an island rumored to be the Buddhist Pure Land, Sukhavati.
With renewed hope and a desire to reunite with his beloved wife, Gabimaru goes to the island with the executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri. But when they get there, they meet other death row inmates with the same goal. Not only that, there are a host of unknown creatures and island-ruling hermits waiting for them.
The anime is based on Yuki Kaku’s manga Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku. The manga launched on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ website and was also available on the app.
It began airing in January 2018 and ended in January 2021. The 13th and final volume of the manga aired in April 2021. Since its release, the series has had over 4 million copies in circulation. Shihei Lin, known for his work with Chainsawman and Spy x Family manga, served as editor.