Hell’s Paradise Episode 9 - Anime Series Review - DoubleSama (2024)

Gods and People

After a week-long break, Hell’s Paradise is back with Episode 9. And this might have been the most action-packed episode of the series, so far. Sure, there’s been plenty of action before now. But, the fight between Gabimaru and Zhu Jin in this episode seemed to be the biggest.

But, I’ll get to that in a bit. First, I want to go over what we learned about the island’s inhabitants from Hoko. Apparently, Hoko and the others from his village were once human. However, they suffered from some sort of illness that slowly turned them into trees.

Hoko is the last of his people, with the rest of the villagers having died of the disease. When they near the end of their lives, the villagers make their way toward Horai and pray there until they die. These are the praying trees Gabimaru runs into.

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Hoko also mentions that he’s nearing the end of his life. So, before the end of the series, I’m expecting him to meet the same fate as the others. But, what exactly is this disease that affected the people of the island? I believe it’s none other than the Elixer of Life.

The villagers turning into trees is pretty similar to what we’ve seen happen to others on the island. Now, the difference is that the others who have died there turn into flowers. But, that’s still plant life. And as Hoko says, his people lived long lives because of their devotion.

So, my prediction is that these people were actually having their life forces drained. It was a slow process because of their long lives. But, the end result is the same as those who get stung by the island’s insects. They become the Elixer of Life.

How to Kill a God

Something Gabimaru finds out in Episode 9 is that the Tensen are not gods. They’re technically not even immortal. He can kill them with the right plan. And he knows this because he almost killed one of them without a plan.

Zhu Jin is the orange-haired Tensen who Gabimaru fought. Simply by attacking fast enough, Gabimaru was able to overcome Zhu Jin’s regeneration. And this led to Zhu Jin having to use their trump card, which was the flower monster form they took on. So, if Gabimaru prepares, he should be able to kill a Tensen.

But, how could he prepare for this? Would the combined strength of him, Sagiri, Yuzuriha, and Senta be enough? What about if Fuchi and Gantetsusai joined in since we saw them at the end of the episode? Well, that still likely wouldn’t be enough.

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Luckily, we did get a clue on how to defeat a Tensen. And that clue came from an unlikely source: Mei. You see, Mei isn’t a normal girl. We already knew this since Hoko mentioned she’s hundreds of years old. But, what also makes her strange is her ability to use powers.

Mei used the same kind of punch attack on Gabimaru that Zhu Jin used. And she was also able to create a forcefield to protect Gabimaru from Zhu Jin’s attack. It’s almost as if she’s one of the Tensen herself. Zhu Jin even knows Mei, which further implies this.

But, whether Mei is a Tensen or not isn’t what’s important. What’s important is that she could teach Gabimaru some of her techniques. Most notably, she could teach him that glowing punch attack. With that, Gabimaru might be able to kill a Tensen. And, he could kill his immortal father-in-law to save his wife.

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The Seven Hermits of Shinsenkyo

As Hoko tells our protagonists, and as we ourselves saw, there are seven hermits of Shinsenkyo. The hermits are, as I predicted, the Tensen. But, these seven hermits are all part of the same one being, which is a bit weird.

The Tensen that appears to be in charge mentioned that they have a master. However, my guess is that their “master” is their combined entity. Hoko explains that there was originally only one hermit of Shinsenkyo. But, that hermit split their body into seven, creating the Tensen we see today.

And, I’m going to assume Mei is another body that split off from this original hermit. But, even if that’s the case, it’s possible that the other Tensen don’t realize that. Or, maybe they do, but they don’t acknowledge Mei as one of their own. They don’t kill her, but she’s not in their group.

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There is one potential issue with all this, though. Think back to the legends of Shinsenkyo. The legends spoke of multiple hermits who all appeared as old men. You know, like the leader of Iwagakure. But, we’re being told that the seven Tensen split off from one original hermit.

So, was that original hermit one of many? Did he sacrifice the other hermits to acquire the Elixer of Life and then split into the Tensen? Or, was there always only one hermit? And how does this work into the Iwagakure leader’s story of how he gained immortality?

There is one thing we know. Hoko has repeatedly said that things changed 1,000 years ago. Before then, his village was lively. So, that seems to be when some event happened. That could be when someone — like this original hermit — obtained the Elixer of Life.


What do you think of Hell’s Paradise Episode 9? Do you think the villagers turned into trees because their life force was absorbed? Will Mei teach Gabimaru the secret technique for killing Tensen? And, do you think Mei is another body split off from the original hermit? Let me know in the comments.

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What happened to Gabimaru's memory? ›

Sagiri explains to everyone the Gabimaru has lost his memories due to losing too much of his Tao.

Is there any Romance in Hell's Paradise? ›

While Gabimaru and Sagiri don't end up getting together in a relationship as lovers, that doesn't mean that they're companionship ends when their mission is over.

Is Gabimaru stronger than Rein? ›

Gabi is by far the strongest human in Jigokuraku. Not only did he showcase a far better performance against Rien, but the Shinobi also outclassed nearly every other human if only by a slight margin.

Who does Gabimaru love? ›

Gabimaru loves Yui dearly to the point where he can't help but feel flustered in her presence and wishes to honor her desire to live a normal life. When told about Gabimaru's arrest and willingness to embark on an dangerous mission in order to reunite with her, Yui waited patiently for his return.

Will Hell's Paradise get a season 2? ›

Season 2 has been confirmed but the release date is not public. Given the studio's schedule, Q2 2025 seems likely, but delays are possible. Who will be in the cast of Hell's Paradise Season 2? Season 2's core cast, including Gabimaru and Sagiri, is expected to return.

Why is Gabimaru immortal? ›

As an Iwa shinobi he had followed their principles, such as continuing forward with a mission, defeating his opponents no matter what the tactics were, and that his life had no value if he were to die. His line of work has also made him immune to the sight of death. Gabimaru's hesitation to take Sagiri's life.

How old is Gabimaru? ›

Don't be fooled by his small stature and unassuming demeanor, this 16-year-old known as "Gabimaru the Hollow'' is the strongest shinobi from Iwagakure.

Will Sagiri fall in love with Gabimaru? ›

After she is approached by Shion on why she felt concern for Gabimaru, Sagiri denies the fact that what she was feeling was love (after the blind Asaemon almost came to this conclusion) but rather feelings of pity for Gabimaru's terrible life in Iwagakure and shed tears for him if Yuzuriha's theory ended up being true.

Does Gabimaru end up with Yui? ›

After being recognized by the Iwagakure chief, Gabimaru was given the privilege of marrying the chief's daughter, Yui. Upon having her in his life, Gabimaru fell in love with Yui's kind and gentle nature towards him that he was never given in Iwagakure.

What happens to Gabimaru in the end? ›

In the end, Gabimaru and his team do find the so-called Elixir of Life, but there's a catch. Only one criminal will be pardoned, but they acquire it with the combined efforts of Gabimaru, Yuzuriha, Tamiya Gantetsusai, Nurugai, and even the Yamada Asaemon.

Who can defeat Gabimaru? ›

In a battle against Gabimaru and Sagiri from the Hell's Paradise series, Meliodas and Ban would likely emerge victorious. Their combined strength, speed, and unique abilities would provide a tremendous challenge to the Hell's Paradise duo.

Why is Gabimaru so strong? ›

At a young age Gabimaru had already natural talents that helped him to survive and pass Iwagakure's harsh trainings and was way ahead of other candidates of his ages in trainings. Upon earning the "Gabimaru the Hollow" title he is the most feared and powerful in all of the history of the previous Gabimaru title holder.

Who is the strongest Asaemon? ›

For example, despite being ranked below Eizen, the highest ranked Asaemon, Shugen was recognized as the clan's strongest member, having been noted to possess superior knowledge in swordsmanship than any member.

Who is the main villain in Hell's Paradise? ›

Rien is the main antagonist of the manga and anime series Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku.


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