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Eiichiro Oda’s Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation Shares Visuals


Every otaku knows of One Piece, but do you know about creator Eiichiro Oda’s one-shot manga Monsters: Ippaku Sanjō Hiryū Jigoku, which was published in the 90s? It was in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1994, before Oda was the bestselling mangaka of all time. In 1998, Oda put it in his collection Wanted!, which also had other one-shots he’d done. Though it’s much more obscure than his most famous work, Netflix has decided to adapt it into an anime.

The anime’s official English title is Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation, and it will consist of a single episode. Netflix announced it will begin streaming next month, in January 2024, without releasing an exact date. This visual was also released to give people an idea of what it will look like.

Here are some character drawings:

Ryuma, one of the characters in Monsters: 103 Mercies Dragon Damnation, is also a character in One Piece.

The anime is being made at E&H production, with Sunghoo Park of Jujutsu Kaisen and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 helming the project as director.

The distribution rights outside of Asia have been snatched up by ADN, Mediatoon, and Média-Participations. They put out the following description for the plot:

MONSTERS takes us back in time to the story of the samurai Ryûma. Years before, a dragon horn with magical powers was stolen, and the samurai finds himself caught up in the catastrophe around that dragon’s horn, and the devastating appearance of a dragon in town…

This comes after Netflix has had great success adapting One Piece into a live-action series. Oda said about the Netflix people involved with One Piece, “By now, I just love this production team and the cast so much that I can’t wait for them to get the acclaim they deserve from everyone around the world.”

Source: ANN


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.