Laughing Under the Clouds (曇天に笑う, Donten ni Warau, also referred to as Cloudy Laugh) is a Japanese supernatural manga series by Karakara-Kemuri. It was serialized by Mag Garden on Monthly Comic Avarus magazine. It has been adapted into an anime television series. The anime has been licensed for streaming in North America by Funimation. A sequel entitled Donten ni Warau Gaiden was released in 2014. Another titled Laughing in Limbo (Rengoku ni Warau) was released in 2014 which is set 300 years before Donten ni Warau. An anime theatrical film trilogy adaptation by Wit Studio was announced, with each part running for 60 minutes and the first part scheduled for release in 2017. A live-action film adaptation is scheduled for release in February 2018.
In the eleventh year of the Meiji era carrying swords was forbidden by the government and those known as samurai were slowly fading away. However, there were plenty who didn't like those changes taking place in Japan and inevitably the crime rates increased. The country's only solution was an inescapable lake prison. Since the prison had no other way to access it except by water, the three boys of the Kumo family were assigned to transport the criminals to their new "home". Although, is that the only thing they were doing...?