Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku has been a trip so far. And no, not just because of its aesthetics but also because of its main antagonistic force, Lord Tensen and his many iterations. Like, the series is a roller coaster that you’re seriously missing out on if you aren’t already hooked to the anime. But manga readers know that the story only gets crazier once you reach a conflict with the many Lord Tensens on the mysterious island. But how do they compare to each other?
Well, if we’re going to rank all of the Lord Tensens that are currently on Shinsenkyō, it’s important we discuss what a Lord Tensen even is. Because they are all one entity, split into 7 different beings, if you count the Lord Tensen duo of Ju Fa and Tao Fao as a singular entity, since they are a packaged deal. And each Lord Tensen is both different in nature and scope of power from the other. So, the most powerful would be Rien as the leader, whereas Mei would be the weakest.
But what about the 5 (6? Again, the Ju Fa and Tao Fao thing is wack.) that are between these two? Well, that’s the crux of the issue, isn’t it? Because they are all technically the same individual, you’d think their powers are pretty evenly divided. However, that isn’t the case here at all. Despite each Lord Tensen being powerful enough to be regarded as Gods by the Hōko, there is a power dynamic involved.
And that dynamic is especially important when you consider the state of their mission, which is to research into the ‘Elixir Of Life’ and spread it across the world. But in a way that it ends up endangering humanity as we speak. If you’re going to fight an antagonist like that, the ranking of all the Lord Tensen is going to be a huge help. So today, let’s do exactly that in another segment of Get Ranked!
It’s not a surprise that Rien would be at the top of the food chain when it comes to the Lord Tensens. Not only did she create the Lord Tensens in the first place, but she is also the de-facto ruler of Kotaku, the island that everyone is currency stuck on.
The reason people believed the ‘Elixir Of Life’ was within Rien’s possession is because she has spent her entire life experimenting with Tao to revive her dead husband, Jofuku. Even if that means sacrificing all of Japan to do so. As a Tensen-level Sennin, her powers are legendary to the point where no mortal can compare. Rein’s Tao is Earth Nature, which she has spent a 1000 years honing. But her most impressive ability is definitely her intelligence, which she uses to keep the other Lord Tensens under her thumb.
So, this one was a harder one to place but considering Ran is often regarded as the most battle oriented Tensen, it makes sense that he’d rank pretty high. After all, strength matters a lot, and Ran absolutely delivers.
The thing about Ran is that he specializes in Do’in, which means he enjoys deciphering how living bodies work. He has an intimate knowledge of what blows kill and what don’t, which he applies in battle. And he enjoys just conversing with his opponents, having full faith in his abilities to kill them afterwards. There’s a reason why he’s above Mu Dan on this list. His combative powers on the battleground are simply more powerful.
3. Mu Dan
While Mu Dan might not compare to Ran when it comes to his fighting skills, his intelligence is only surpassed by Rien. That’s why he’s the third most powerful Lord Tensen in our list.
That isn’t to say that Mu Dan doesn’t have any prowess as a warrior, because of course he does. As one of the partial rulers of the island, he can easily command the Dōshi, Mōnshin, and Sōshin and he is intimidating enough to scare the worst criminals on Death Row, like Yuzuriha who is a feared Kunoichi. But it is true that his skills as a scientist have helped him a lot with control over his Tao, which makes him a force to be reckoned with.
4. Ju Fa and Tao Fa
Look, there is no easy way of saying this: Ju Fa and Tao Fa are tied because, well, they are literally in an entanglement at all times. That’s kind of where their power comes from. Because Lord knows nothing about the Lord Tensens makes sense.
The easiest way to explain their powers is that they sort of represent the Yin-Yang symbolism. Both of them need to be together for their powers to activate to their full potential. Their Kishikai state is supposed to be an embodiment of love. With their Wood and Fire attributed to Tao, the two can easily overpower both separately and together.
5. Zhu Jin
Zhu Jin is the one Lord Tensen we have seen suffer the most blows. That along with their general attitude during battles is why they are placed so low on the list. They don’t consider them the ‘younger’ sibling of the Lord Tensens for nothing.
The thing is, while Zhu Jin is still a Lord Tensen, they are one of the weaker ones. He shows no great ambition in furthering his skills during the Five Training Methods of Immortality. And they are probably the only Lord Tensen to beg their opponent to leave, because they just can’t find the strength to fight them, like with Gabimaru. Heavily dependent on their Kishikai abilities, their battling technique is sloppy at best.
6. Gui Fa
Gui Fa is a little bit of an anomaly. While they are also a Lord tensen, capable of the same hostility as their siblings, they don’t often showcase it. If anything, Gui Fa is the more subdued Lord Tensen amongst them all.
It’s because of their shyness that we don’t have much of an idea about their powers. Like, yes, of course they also trained hard to master their Metal attribute Tao. But it feels like they don’t have the same massive reserves as compared to others. Combine that with a general lack of aggression and you can see why they are second last on this list.
Mei is the wildest out of all the Lord Tensens because she is the only one who refused to yield to Rien. Instead, she ran away after disagreeing with her over unlocking immortality, and was raised by Hōko.
This is especially interesting once you consider how far she went to oppose Rien, becoming an ally to Gabimaru and his group. She does have some Water attribute Tao, but her reserves are by far the smallest. She can also conjure Tao illusions and transform into her Kishikai state. But she is nowhere near the powers of those above her.
So, this is how we think the Lord tensens fare amongst each other. Do you think differently? Sound off below!