Jigokuraku has been an action filled anime that was such a blast to watch. Here are some anime similar to Hell’s Paradise that you might want to check out.
The greedy samurai lord Daigo Kagemitsu’s land is dying, and he would do anything for power, even renounce Buddha and make a pact with demons. His prayers are answered by 12 demons who grant him the power he desires by aiding his prefecture’s growth, but at a price. When Kagemitsu’s first son is born, the boy has no limbs, no nose, no eyes, no ears, nor even skin—yet still, he lives.
This child is disposed of in a river and forgotten. But as luck would have it, he is saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing for him to survive and fend for himself. The boy lives and grows, and although he cannot see, hear, or feel anything, he must defeat the demons that took him as sacrifice. With the death of each one, he regains a part of himself that is rightfully his. For many years he wanders alone, until one day an orphan boy, Dororo, befriends him. The unlikely pair of castaways now fight for their survival and humanity in an unforgiving, demon-infested world.
Comments (by Vexing Curses):
- Both of these anime are by MAPPA and the art style and tone are fairly similar. They are both about main characters who others see as monsters, on a quest to regain the things that are most important to them. Both stories are about the main character delving into a strange mystery to overcome obstacles.
- Both have: beautiful, gruesome fights, ancient Japanese setting, mystical element , similar art and depictions of the abuse of power
Made in Abyss
The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.
Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.
Comments (by ireneballz):
- Both had same types of demon concept and new world explore.
- The beautiful scenery of both of the anime settings hide how terrifying the alien-like nature of these worlds can be. Both the abyss and paradise have curses/poison that causes the loss of humanity and death. The worlds of both of these anime make you fear the unknown, but draw you in to discover the secrets behind the fantastical wilderness of their settings.
Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.
When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game—a test of his skills, morals, and will to survive. His life is not his own; his death is spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape, and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today.
Comments (by Destinatia):
- In both anime, characters are transported into another place where they have the goal of earning their freedom/life back. In Gantz, they have to earn points which can later be exchanged for rewards and in Jigokuraku they need to find the Elixir of Life. They are also fighting for survival with unknown deadly creatures which resemble deities.
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunters devote themselves to accomplishing hazardous tasks, all from traversing the world’s uncharted territories to locating rare items and monsters. Before becoming a Hunter, one must pass the Hunter Examination—a high-risk selection process in which most applicants end up handicapped or worse, deceased.
Ambitious participants who challenge the notorious exam carry their own reason. What drives 12-year-old Gon Freecss is finding Ging, his father and a Hunter himself. Believing that he will meet his father by becoming a Hunter, Gon takes the first step to walk the same path.
During the Hunter Examination, Gon befriends the medical student Leorio Paladiknight, the vindictive Kurapika, and ex-assassin Killua Zoldyck. While their motives vastly differ from each other, they band together for a common goal and begin to venture into a perilous world.
Comments (by skykun):
- Its similar to Dark Continent Arc
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Anime Like Hell’s Paradise)
Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado’s shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night.
When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister’s humanity.
Comments (by AICreed):
- Both animes is in a old setting-samurai era. Both have mystical powers, specialized in natural elements like fire. The visual effects are, somewhat, similar.
- Both Anime are very untypical Shounen and have same genre and theme. It does not simply revolve around being stronger and stronger, but have much more meaningful goals. A lot tragic moments in both. Hells paradise are philosophical manga and aren’t simply black/white. Good/Evil are questioned throughout the whole series, the purpose of Life and similar themes.
- Both Mc have similar reason to fight -for beloved ones sake-, Tanjiro has the one only remain sister to protect and Gabimaru’s wife waiting for his return. also protagonist duo had to defeat tough villains even have half-eternal lifes. There is also have super power source based on physical called Breathe at demon slayer and Tao at Hells paradise, and elemental attribute like Water, Fire, Earth, etc.
Jujutsu Kaisen (Sorcery Fight)
Idly indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club, high schooler Yuuji Itadori spends his days at either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, this leisurely lifestyle soon takes a turn for the strange when he unknowingly encounters a cursed item. Triggering a chain of supernatural occurrences, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity—after swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.”
Yuuji experiences first-hand the threat these Curses pose to society as he discovers his own newfound powers. Introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path from which he cannot return—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.
- If you are a manga reader, you have probably heard the term ‘The Dark Trio’ which includes JJK, CSM, and Jigokuraku. They are pretty similar in the genre being dark action shounen mangas but just because they are pretty much the same genre, does NOT in any way make them copycats or boring. Each manga has such a unique story and world with AMAZING characters. If you loved the pacing of jjk and the characters you will love jigokuraku. What I love about all three of these mangas is that despite taking place in a completely different world and dealing with fictional monsters and such, there are still things we can pull from these stories and apply to our own lives.
Chainsaw Man (Anime Like Hell’s Paradise)
Denji is robbed of a normal teenage life, left with nothing but his deadbeat father’s overwhelming debt. His only companion is his pet, the chainsaw devil Pochita, with whom he slays devils for money that inevitably ends up in the yakuza’s pockets. All Denji can do is dream of a good, simple life: one with delicious food and a beautiful girlfriend by his side. But an act of greedy betrayal by the yakuza leads to Denji’s brutal, untimely death, crushing all hope of him ever achieving happiness.
Remarkably, an old contract allows Pochita to merge with the deceased Denji and bestow devil powers on him, changing him into a hybrid able to transform his body parts into chainsaws. Because Denji’s new abilities pose a significant risk to society, the Public Safety Bureau’s elite devil hunter Makima takes him in, letting him live as long as he obeys her command. Guided by the promise of a content life alongside an attractive woman, Denji devotes everything and fights with all his might to make his naive dreams a reality.
Comments (by AICreed):
- Both protagonist seems to have barely “nothing to lose” and both accepts an offer that can’t be refused if they want to live, an offer presented by a strong but kind-manipulative female figure. The setting though is really different since chainsaw man is in a modern world and Jigokuraku in a Edo samurai old scenario.
Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou (Anime Like Jigokuraku)
For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in a bitter war. But when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms.
Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir of the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir of the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war.
Ieyasu’s two grandsons have both claimed to be the next heir to the shogunate. To resolve this dispute, both the Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their 10 best warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the potential shogunate heirs. Two scrolls with the names of the fighters are given and are to be marked in blood upon the given fighter’s death. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between their love for each other and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans.
- Both animes have very similar vibe
- Historical theme
- Bloody fights
- Ninjas and samurais
- Supernatural powers
- Overall setting and grim atmosphere
There you have it when it comes to similar anime like Hell’s Paradise (Jigokuraku). Hope this post was able to help you decide on your potential new anime binge watching series.