Yuji Kaku announced on his official Twitter account on April 7, 2023, that a new special one-shot manga of Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku has been published on Manga Plus and Shonen Jump apps and websites.
The one-shot, which is titled Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku—Side Story: Forest of Misfortune, can be read for free on the aforementioned sources.
Yuki Kaku also revealed that he has created the one-shot in a way that even those who have not picked up the original work or anime yet can enjoy it.
“I created for those who have not seen the original work or the anime, as well as those who have read all the episodes, so I hope you enjoy reading it,” he tweeted.
Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuji Kaku. It was serialized weekly for free on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ application and website from January 2018 to January 2021, with its chapters collected in 13 tankobon volumes.
Viz Media has licensed the series for English release in North America.
An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA started airing on April 1, 2023.
MAL describes the plot of Jigokuraku manga as:
Gabimaru the Hollow, a ninja of Iwagakure Village known for being cold and emotionless, was set up by his fellow ninja and is now on death row. Tired of killing and betrayal, he wants to die. However, no method of execution works on him because as much as the seemingly apathetic Gabimaru refuses to admit it, he does have a reason to live. He wants to return to his wife, who was the reason why he softened up and failed to be an effective assassin. Thus, he refuses to die.
Asaemon the Decapitator, a famous executioner, sees this and has a proposal for the ninja. She wants Gabimaru to join an expedition to an island south of Japan in search of the elixir of life in exchange for a full pardon by the Shogunate. However, this island isn’t a normal island: it’s believed to be Paradise.
However the island is full of mysteries, and the exploring team—consisting of those marked for death—might not be fully prepared to handle them.