Under Execution Under Jailbreak (死刑執行中脱獄進行中,Shikei Shikkōchū Datsugoku Shinkōchū) is a short story collection written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. The volume has seven chapters containing four unrelated stories.
A theatrical adaptation of the titular chapter, starring Japanese actor Mirai Moriyama, was performed in theaters across Japan from November to December 2015. The play was directed, composed, and choreographed by Nei Hasegawa.
Under Execution Under Jailbreak is a one-shot chapter featuring a prisoner attempting to escape from a strange jail full of deadly traps. His jail cell is actually the execution room. After he is severely wounded, he discovers a hole in the wall, which is his only chance to escape. However, he is too scared to try going through it.
Dolce, and His Master is about a wrecked yacht in the midst of the ocean. A cat named Dolce and his master are the sole survivors. It has two chapters and was originally published in Allman magazine in 1996.
The story collection that contained Gorgeous Irene was published in 1987, making this book my first story collection in twelve years and my second one overall. Why is it that I rarely write short stories? The answer is that my ideas for them usually go into my longer, serialized works. After all, they tend to contain my more beloved protagonists and "feature length" series tend to appeal more to readers.
The amount of effort it takes me to create a short story is about the same as me writing a longer one, the only difference being that the short story has to end after a few dozen pages. Even if I did have a good idea for a short story, I can't help but use it for my longer series because of that reason. The stories in this collection are examples of what happens when an unexpected friendship forms between an editor and a manga artist.
When the editorial department asked me to "write a short story", I was able to expand on an idea that I had left out of one of my longer series, an idea that made me think, "Well, I could use this for a short story." I can't help but think it was fate. In the twelve years that it took for this book to come out, that feeling has became more and more deeply ingrained in each of my works.