Hell’s Paradise is undoubtedly one of the most popular anime series of 2023. The series has done an amazing job of dealing with elements like dystopian settings, supernatural beings, survival of the fittest, and more, creating a captivating dark fantasy anime.
While you wait for the second season, here is a list of Top 10 anime like Hell’s Paradise to keep you company.
Based on the manga series of Yuji Kaku, Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku revolves around Gabimaru, who has been captured and ordered to be executed because of his assassination attempt.
But he has been given a chance to be pardoned only if he travels to Shinsenkyo to bring the Elixir of Life.
Anime Like Hell’s Paradise List
10. Fullmetal Alchemist
The series revolves around Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse. At the age of 12, they try to resurrect their dead mother through a forbidden act of human transmutation, only ending up in Edward losing both of them as well as two of his limbs. However, he succeeds in binding Alphonse’s soul in a large armor suit.
Now, a year later, Edward has been promoted to a Fullmetal alchemist. The birches embark on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, which can amplify an alchemist’s ability.
They hope to restore the body they lost a year ago. But soon, they realize the stone is much more than what meets the eye. Just like in Hell’s Paradise, the protagonists also look for something.
9. Blue Lock
After the Japanese National Team finished 16th in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Japan Football Association hired a legendary trainer, Ego Jinpachi.
Ego devises a master plan called the “Blue Lock” to create the world’s best striker. But those who fail in this training regimen will be prohibited from representing the Japanese team.
Yoichi Isagi is a high school student who dreams of making it to the national football team. But just when he was feeling dejected, he received a letter inviting him to the controversial Blue Lock project.
Isagi sets on to fight 299 aspiring young players to become the world’s best striker. You’ll find the popular trope of “Survival Of The Fittest” in this story, just like Hell’s Paradise.
8. Soul Eater
The series is set at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, which is located in the fictional Death City in Nevada, United States.
The school is run by the grim reaper. It trains humans who have the special ability to turn themselves into weapons called demon weapons or to be wielders of those weapons called meisters.
Just like in Hell’s Paradise, you’ll find the elements of a dystopian world and supernatural beings.
Here, we follow 3 duos who try their best to reach the ranking of “Death Scythe” to become fit for use by the academy. To complete this task, they will have to collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch. But with the forces outside of the academy causing trouble, will they be able to reach “Death Scythe”?
Shigurui or Death Frenzy is set in 1629 Shizuoka. It is the time of Tokugawa Tadanaga’s rule. At the time, it was a tradition to hold fighting tournaments with real Japanese steel swords. The story revolves around the first match and its participants.
Gennosuke Fujiki, the one-armed legend who is most likely to succeed his master, Kogan. On the tiger side, there is Seigen Irako, who is blind but is very ambitious and only cares about the wealth or status of the winner of the tournament.
Thus starts the battle to prove themselves as a worthy successor. The anime shares many similar elements with Hell’s Paradise.
6. Tokyo Ghoul
The series is set in a fictional setting where ghouls exist. These are creatures who look like normal people but survive on humans.
They are much stronger than humans. Here, we follow Ken Kaneki, a normal student.
But he has just survived a near-death encounter with his date Rize Kamishiro, who turned out to be a ghoul and tried to kill him.
Kaneki gets seriously injured and has to go through surgery to transform him into a half-ghoul. Now, we follow him as he tries to fit into ghoul society. The series is a dark fantasy like Hell’s Paradise.
5. Made In Abyss
The story is set in a fictional future where there is a giant hole deep in the earth called the abyss. It harbors remnants and artifacts of previous civilizations.
It has now become a hunting spot for Cave Raiders, who take the dangerous journey to the abyss to recover these remnants.
In the series, we follow Riko, an orphan. Her dream is to go into cave raiders and be given the title White Whistles just like her mother.
Her mother, Lyza, was a legendary Cave Raider and was one of the few who came back from the abyss to tell the tale but eventually went missing during her last descent and is presumed dead.
This anime series shares a lot of similarities to Hell’s Paradise. The Abyss will remind you very much of Paradise. Whereas, in both series, the protagonists are trying to find something.
4. Attack on Titan
This critically acclaimed series is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Humanity is taking shelter behind walls to protect themselves from giant humanoids called Titans.
Here, we follow the protagonist, Eren Yeager. After his mother became prey to these titans, Eren joined the elected Survey Corps to fight against these humanoids.
The series follows Eren and his friends on their journey to investigate and fight the Titans. Just like in Hell’s Paradise, you’ll find elements like fighting monsters, supernatural beings, a dystopian setting, and more. Besides, Attack On Titan is very beloved by anime lovers.
3. Jujutsu Kaisen
Yuji Itadori is living his normal high school life until he swallows the finger of legendary sorcerer Megumi Fushirhiro to save his friend. Now, he has become a host to a powerful curse named Ryomen Sukuna.
Now, the teacher of Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School, Satoru Gojo, brings Yuji to train under him. He proposes to train him to consume all 20 fingers to eliminate this evil curse.
Even though both Hell’s Paradise and Jujutsu Kaisen take very different approaches and tackle different topics, you’ll find them quite similar through elements like supernatural martial fighters and supernatural beings.
2. Deadman Wonderland
Fourteen-year-old Ganta is the sole survivor of the brutal murder of his entire class. But after this traumatic incident, he’s falsely found guilty of the same crime and is convicted.
He is thrown into jail, where he has to now survive the deadly games played by his inmates to win prizes.
Just like Hell’s Paradise, Deadman Wonderland is also set in a violent and harsh setting. Both share the element of exploitation of prisoners for the captor’s interest.
1. Chainsaw Man
The first pick on our list is set in the fictional world of 1997. Here, Devils are born from human fears and trained individuals specialize in hunting them, called Devil Hunters.
We follow Denji, a poor teen who is left in overwhelming debt because of his deadbeat father. Denji’s only companion is Pochita or the Chainsaw man. Both of them start to stay Devil to repay their debt to a yakuza.
But due to their betrayal, Denji meets a tragic and untimely death. However, due to a contract with Pochita, both of them merge to create a hybrid that can transform into Chainsaw. Because of his ability, he gets hired by the Public Safety Bureau to hunt Devils.
The Chainsaw Man, just like Hell’s Paradise, has elements like a dystopian world. Moreover, you’ll find the protagonists quite similar as they frequently blur the line between acting like a human and a monster.
So that was our take on animes like Hell’s Paradise. Being one of the most-watched anime in 2023, lots of fans are waiting for a second season. While you wait, dive into these similar anime and enjoy similar settings. You can find most of these on Crunchyroll or HIDIVE. Tell us in the comments below if you think we missed something.
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