Craving for a dark fantasy manga to give you the heebie-jeebies? No less than Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto has one manga on his recommendations list, and it’s none other than Yuji Kaku’s Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku.
In a tweet posted on Saturday, Fujimoto commended Hell’s Paradise, encouraging his followers to read the manga and describing the series as “interesting.”
A translation of his original tweet reads as follows:
“I recommend reading Hell’s Paradise because it was interesting.”
To date, Fujimoto’s tweet has garnered more than 14,000 likes and over 1,000 retweets. As expected, many of his fans were quick to show interest in the recommended series.
About Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku – MAPPA’s Newest Dark Anime
Similar to Chainsaw Man, Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku is a dark fantasy shonen that is well-known for its mature, bloody, and gore plot. Yuji Kaku released the manga on Shueisha’s Jump+ website in 2018. A TV anime adaptation produced by MAPPA is currently streaming on Crunchyroll, which describes the story as follows:
The Edo period is nearing its end. Gabimaru, a shinobi formerly known as the strongest in Iwagakure who is now a death row convict, is told that he will be acquitted and set free if he can bring back the Elixir of Life from an island that is rumored to be the Buddhist pure land Sukhavati. In hopes of reuniting with his beloved wife, Gabimaru heads to the island along with the executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri. Upon arriving there, they encounter other death row convicts in search of the Elixir of Life… as well as a host of unknown creatures, eerie manmade statues, and the hermits who rule the island. Can Gabimaru find the Elixir of Life on this mysterious island and make it back home alive?
Check out the trailer below:
Yuji Kaku and Tatsumuki Fujimoto’s Relationship
Yuji Kaku, the creator of Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku, previously worked as an assistant to Tatsuki Fujimoto with his work Fire Punch. In an interview with MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA, Kaku said he and Fujimoto “have very similar taste” in films and other things, adding that their thoughts on design share similarities as well.
When once asked about the characters drawn by Fujimoto in Chainsaw Man, Kaku replied: “I think it’s amazing that the violent and messy essence of the characters in Chainsaw Man can immediately be perceived from the design. It’s something I strive to do, so seeing Fujimoto-sensei’s work is very inspiring.”