Undead Unluck anime release date confirmed in 2023 by manga announcement

Key visual for Undead Unluck, featuring an announcement that the anime adaptation will premiere in 2023.
Key visual for Undead Unluck, featuring an announcement that the anime adaptation will premiere in 2023. Pic credit: @shonenleaks/Twitter

The Undead Unluck anime release date is officially confirmed to be scheduled for 2023.

On August 24, 2022, reliable anime news leaker @shonenleaks shared a leaked manga page from the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. The announcement stated that Undead Unluck will indeed receive an anime adaptation set to premiere sometime in 2023 appeared!

Full-sized manga page from Weekly Shonen Jump featuring Fuuko Izumo and the immortal Andy.
Full-sized manga page from Weekly Shonen Jump featuring Fuuko Izumo and the immortal Andy. Pic credit: @shonenleaks/Twitter

@Shonenleaks also stated that Studio David Production will be in charge of the Undead Unluck anime. Fans are already speculating that if Studio David Production is going to handle animating Undead Unluck that means it won’t handle One Punch Man Season 3, which means it’s even more likely Studio Bones will.

David Production’s most notable works include JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Cells at Work!, and Fire Force. The JoJo Stone Ocean Part 3 release date is in 2023 and the Fire Force Season 3 anime is confirmed to be in production.

Fun fact: David Production’s name was inspired by the Biblical story of David and Goliath – a story chosen to represent the creation of good animation with great storytelling and characters despite being smaller than other well-known studios. The name David is also an acronym, which means Design Audio & Visual Illusion Dynamics hinting at the studio’s penchant to create impactful animations. 

You can watch a trailer for the manga that was made by Viz Media on their official YouTube channel here:

Official Manga Trailer | Undead Unluck | VIZ
Undead Unluck trailer for the manga series.

What is the plot of Undead Unluck?

The story centers on a young girl named Fuuko Izumo, who has been living in seclusion for 10 years since an incident occurred, which left more than 200 people dead, including her parents when she was just 8-years-old. The only thing keeping Fuuko going was a long-running shoujo manga series, but when that finally comes to an end Fuuko decides she no longer has a reason to live and decides to plan her suicide.

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Another reason Fuuko wants to commit suicide is that she was cursed with a strange ability called “unluck”. When people come into contact with her physically they are cursed with bad luck that can even end up being fatal. That’s when she meets an undead man, who has amazing regenerative abilities that nullify Fuuko’s “unluck” ability even when he hugs her.

This mysterious undead man has grown tired of his immortality and is searching for a way to “die the best death possible”. Since this undead man decides to start tagging along with Fuuko she decides to name him “Andy”. However, a mysterious organization called the Union begins to chase them for unknown reasons.

Later, an assassin from the Union named Shen reveals that the organization has a special team of ten people with special abilities and that if they decide to join up they will no longer be hunted. Fuuko and Andy decide to join in order to attain Andy’s wish for “the best death”, and they end up battling powerful enemies and uncovering the mysteries in their world.

The Union bases their missions on the writings found inside of a book called Apocalypse, which has supernatural powers. The Union is an organization made up of special individuals called Negators – people with the ability to negate the rules of the world. Their mission is to hunt UMA – Unidentified Mysterious Animals that are the embodiment of Earth’s rules and are created by God in order to bring about the Apocalypse. The Union must also face off against a group of Negators that opposes the Union called Under, and its Regulators – beings chosen to do God’s bidding to bring about the Apocalypse.

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Where can I read the manga?

In January 2019, a one-shot chapter was published in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. On January 20, 2022, the manga started its serialization in the 2020 8th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, and its chapters have been collected in twelve tankobon volumes as of July 2022.

The English version of the manga is digitally serialized by Viz Media on its Shonen Jump website. In October 2020, Viz Media announced the print and digital publication of the manga, and the first volume was published on May 4, 2021.

You can read a free preview of Undead Unluck, vol. 1 here.

Are you looking forward to the anime Undead Unluck? Are you happy that David Production will handle its animation? Let us know in the comment section below!

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