Hell’s Paradise Vol.3 is a ride from start to finish. With Shonen mangas it’s not uncommon to have intense fights back to back. But this one takes it to a whole new level. It almost feels like that’s all it is, people fighting and struggling to stay alive. It’s almost like the John Wick of mangas.
But of course it does have a story and a pretty great one at that, it’s split up in two different parts following two different groups. One being Gabimaru and his group that consist of Yuzuriha, Senta,and Yamada. While the other group follows Tenza, Nurugai, and Shion. With both groups on separate missions but both still sharing one common goal: finding the Elixir of Life. And to further go off of that we find what fuels the elixir of life and how it’s powers affect those around native to the island.
While on another side of the island we have Gabimaru and his team. Their story doesn’t start off as intense, it doesn’t take long at all for it to really get going. They quickly run into a girl and a monster who they soon befriend. Shortly after they both explain why they are on the island, the structure of the island, and the location of the elixir. But in order to get to the to even get it thet must face Lord Tensen who has taken countless lives, and made it his goal to murder anyone he sees on the island. And to make matters worse he can’t be killed. But this doesn’t really strike fear into Gabimaru one bit. If anything it only further pushes him to reach the elixir so he can get back with his wife.
As said before the story is broken into two different plots happening at the same time, but on different parts of the island. Tenzas story is the secondary story happening and isn’t all that long in comparison to Gabumaru and his group. But that doesn’t mean that this is any less important, as a matter of fact it was the most heavy hearted thing to happen in the book with an intense fight will leave you wanting to cry like a baby. You get more of an understanding of who he is a character, as well as his origins with him and his master Shion. And why he shares such a strong bond with Nurugai.
One thing I found enjoyable too was their interactions with one another. It felt like at least for Gabimaru and the others got to finally wind down a bit. It was a nice change of pace because we got to see them relax and just be happy for a little while. And to top it off we got to see some pretty cute flashbacks with Gabimaru and his wife.
And of course the fight scenes were the highlight of the book. Each fight was as intense as the one before with the bar being raised higher and higher. And just when you thought the fight would play out one way they’d sweep the rug from right under you and hit you with something you weren’t expecting at all. And that’s what made them even more fun to read because you never knew what to expect.
Lastly just as all great mangas do they leave you wanting more with a great ending. This manga was a joy to read, and kept me worried all throughout the story because I was in constant fear that everyone was going to die at any given moment. Hell’s Paradise Vol. 3 drops July 21st for 12.99$. Be sure to pick it up when it does at Viz.com