Hell’s Paradise Episode 3 – Quick Summary
In Hell’s Paradise Episode 3, “Weakness and Strength,” Sagiri insists that Gabimaru keep his wrists tied. After all, that’s what the shogun demanded, and Gabimaru was a criminal. They were still arguing when the gigantic steel ball crashed into Gabimaru’s head. Who or what attacked Gabimaru? Was it a denizen of that crazy island, or was it one of the criminals? And how can someplace so beautiful be so deadly?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Hell’s Paradise Episode 3
Gabimaru had his doubts about the insane monk. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Gotta say, Warped Keiun’s wrecking ball-sized weapon caught me by surprise. Almost caught Gabimaru by surprise, too. As it was, Gabimaru said it merely dislocated his neck. That insane monk tried to pretend Gabimaru’s survival didn’t bother him, and maybe it didn’t. But the fact he paused at all was cool to see.
Warped Keiun tried to gloss over Gabimaru’s survival by saying this gave him a great opportunity to test all his different weapons. He had quite a few, too. Blades, poles, weapons I didn’t recognize – an enormous collection.
When he pulled one out and began licking it in anticipation, Gabimaru gave him a disturbed look.
“Are you some kind of pervert?” he asked the monk (06:35).
That seemed like a reasonable question to me!
Favorite Moment from Hell’s Paradise Episode 3
Sagiri and Gabimaru came to a deeper understanding. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Gabimaru the Emotionless Hollow
I think this episode showed us the fading twilight of normalcy. Damn, some of those creatures were decidedly not normal! Between the small stinging butterfly with a human face, the finger-fanged millipedes, and the titanic, well, whatever the hell it was, I’m pretty sure our heroes left Kansas behind a long time ago.
None of those were my favorite moments. They were cool, yes. Lots of fun, too. But this show continues to impress me with its emotional beats. They not only hit hard, they chart their own course. They don’t take shortcuts, and for me at least, that increases their impact.
Gabimaru decided he had to kill Sagiri. He didn’t hate her. She was just in his way. So, he struck from behind. But he didn’t kill her. Right away, I knew something was strange. This is Gabimaru we’re talking about. He should have been able to take Sagiri down instantly, before she was even aware of his attack.
He thought so, too.
Gabimaru could not understand why he hesitated to kill Sagiri. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Gabimaru perceived himself as The Hollow. He thought he had no emotions; his village chief had taught him that emotions, even something like parental love, was a weakness. That chief emphasized the message by murdering Gabimaru’s parents right in front of him because they wanted to leave the village to raise their son in peace.
The coldly rational part of Gabimaru’s brain came to the conclusion that Sagiri was weaker than him. She was an impediment. And since he knew she wouldn’t just walk away, he decided he would have to kill her.
But he couldn’t.
Delivery: Gabimaru the Husband
He had multiple opportunities to deliver the kill-strike. Disgusted with himself, the memory of his chief and his hateful words manifesting themselves as a specter that draped itself over Gabimaru’s back, he held Sagiri to the ground. He prepared to stab her.
Sagiri had her own inner monologue going in parallel to Gabimaru’s. At first, she saw him as a criminal to strike down. But she, too, could not even attempt the killing blows she saw opportunities to take.
Based on the self understanding she reached in the previous episode, she spoke into the silence between them as Gabimaru struggled, in vain, to kill her.
“If you regret your own crimes, face your emotions, and struggle to reclaim your life,” she said to him, helping him sheath the sword (20:23), “then I wish to see that through.”
It took a lot of effort, but they finally came to an agreement. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The promise to help him achieve his mission and reunite with his wife seemed to shock him into acceptance. But then, at least spiritually, Sagiri joined forces with Yui when she said (20:58), “You’re not your your old self anymore.”
Sagiri helped him put the sword away, the specter of his wife hugging him from behind, his surprised and dazed expression showing how deeply this had affected him. Sagiri and Gabimaru now have a deeper understanding of each other. They have a common goal, and it’s forged in mutual respect and support. And all they had to do was try to kill each other.
Well, at least they failed in that regard!
What did you think of the creatures we’ve seen so far? What were your favorite moments from the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Hell’s Paradise Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Jigokuraku • Hell’s Paradise – Episode 3 discussion
- AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog: Hell’s Paradise Episode 3
- Lost In Anime: Jigokuraku – 03
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 1: Criminal and Executioner
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 2: Screening and Choosing
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 3: Weakness and Strength
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 4: Hell and Paradise
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 5: The Samurai and the Woman
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 6: Heart and Reason
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 7: Flowers and Offerings
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 8: Student and Master
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 9: Gods and People
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 10: Yin and Yang
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 11: Weak and Strong
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 12: Umbrella and Ink
- Hell’s Paradise Episode 13: Dreams and Reality