Undead Unluck anime release date in 2023 confirmed by David Production key visual, celebratory art

Key visual for the upcoming anime Undead Unluck.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Undead Unluck. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On August 28, 2022, the first official teaser visual for the upcoming anime adaptation of Yoshifumi Tozuka’s Undead Unluck manga was released in a press release confirming its premiere in 2023!

The announcement was also made earlier in the 39th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine with a leaked image in Japanese.

A celebratory illustration from Yoshifumi Tozuka was also released and can be seen here:

Full-sized celebratory illustration by Yoshifumi Tozuka in regards to his manga Undead Unluck getting an anime.
Full-sized celebratory illustration by Yoshifumi Tozuka in regards to his manga Undead Unluck getting an anime. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

The day I decided to put a mosaic on Andy I gave up on my dream of my manga being adapted into an anime one day. Because that’s Andy, so why not? I figured I’d do my best with just the manga, but wondered if that was really okay. But now, I can’t believe it will get an anime!

Yoshifumi Tozuka commented in his celebratory illustration for the upcoming anime adaptation of his manga Undead Unluck, Source: Comic Natalie

What does Tozuka mean when he says he put a mosaic on Andy?

A mosaic is a square, which is used to artistically censor the lower half of a male’s naked body in manga and anime. Andy is immortal, so when his clothes and body are destroyed, his body regenerates but his clothes do not. This means that anytime Andy is attacked or killed he usually ends up naked, which means his lower half needs to be censored by a mosaic.

You can see an example of Andy’s body being censored here with a rather large mosaic:

Manga page from Chapter 1 of Undead Unluck, featuring a naked Andy being censored by a large mosaic.
Manga page from Chapter 1 of Undead Unluck, featuring a naked Andy being censored by a large mosaic. Pic credit: Weekly Shonen Jump

Another anime, which made fun of mosaics and censoring, is the sci-fi, adventure, comedy Gintama. You can see an example where one of the characters (Kondo) ended up naked somehow and the lower half of his body needed to be censored:

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Screenshot from the anime Gintama, featuring a censored Kondo. (Kondo what were you doing to get like that?)
Screenshot from the anime Gintama, featuring a censored Kondo. (Kondo, what were you doing to get like that?) Pic credit: Sunrise

It has been confirmed that Studio David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Fire Force) will animate the series, and Unlimited Produce by TMS will produce and plan the anime Undead Unluck.

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
Trailer for Undead Unluck.

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.

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.

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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.

13th volume cover of Undead Unluck.
13th volume cover of Undead Unluck. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Where can I read the Undead Unluck 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? Are you looking forward to seeing a lot of crazy mosaics? Let us know in the comment section below!

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