This 2023 Anime Hit on Apple TV Will Make You Forget About Demon Slayer
These days, it's hard to find shonen as impressive as Demon Slayer, but this anime series keeps the bar high.
- In the spring of 2023, Hell's Paradise was released, a great shonen that was overshadowed by the third season of Demon Slayer.
- Hell's Paradise tells the story of Gabimaru, who must find the elixir of life on a mysterious island to avoid the death penalty, while defeating nine other merciless criminals.
- Hell's Paradise is part of the Dark Trio, which also includes Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen.
- The first season of Hell's Paradise was released in its entirety in 2023, and the second season is scheduled for release in 2024.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will undoubtedly go down in the history of the anime industry as one of the most outstanding and popular projects. Its third season was released in the spring of 2023 and attracted a huge number of fans around the world to the screens.
But there is still one drawback to this title – it has stolen attention from another shonen, Hell’s Paradise, that you should definitely watch if Tanjiro Kamado's story has touched your heart.
What Is Hell’s Paradise About?
Gabimaru is sentenced to death, but all attempts to kill him fail – he is practically immortal. In front of the executioners, he pretends to be indifferent to his fate, but this is a deception: Gabimaru has a wife waiting for him, and he is willing to do anything for her.
Gabimaru clings to his last chance. The authorities grant freedom to a criminal who brings the elixir of life from an island called Shinsenkyo, from which no one has ever returned.
Gabimaru has nine rivals, and the strongest will win: merciless killers are allowed to eliminate each other. The situation is controlled by executioners, one for each candidate, and Gabimaru is followed by the samurai girl Sagiri.
Demon Slayer and Hell’s Paradise Both Have a Strong Story
One of the things that makes Demon Slayer such a compelling anime is that, at its core, the plot is actually quite simple. It is the story of a brother who wants to turn his sister back into a human and also kill the demon who destroyed his family.
The same goes for Hell's Paradise – in this story, ten powerful criminals and ten samurai charged with guarding and, if necessary, executing them are sent to a mysterious island in search of the elixir of life.
Hell’s Paradise Is Part of the Dark Trio
Hell's Paradise is a story from the Dark Trio: three shonen united by cruelty, grotesque depictions of monsters, and an unexpected look at the usual genre cliches.
Two stories of the Dark Trio manga have already received extremely popular adaptations: Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man. Given the high quality of these two titles, it is not surprising that Hell's Paradise also sets a high bar.
At first, the mysterious island seems like an enchanting floral paradise, but it turns into a hell inhabited by horrible mutants. When huge, scary, and ridiculous monsters peek out from behind the trees, it feels like you're watching Attack on Titan.
The characters gradually reveal the island's many secrets. Is the elixir even real? Who are the mysterious Tensen who rule on the island?
Hell’s Paradise Release Date
The first season of Hell's Paradise was released in April 2023. There is no exact release date for the second season yet, but it is scheduled for 2024.
You can stream Hell's Paradise on Apple TV.