I've only seen the first few episodes of Hell Girl, so I can't review it that much. From what I have seen of Hell Girl, it seems interesting enough: a website called Hell Correspondence, which is a link to Hell. Here on this website you enter the person's name who you wish to see punished and Ai Enma will come to their soul to Hell, but there is a catch. When that person who condemned another dies, they must also come to Hell. So the series start such as that. The plot seems interesting and original enough with well thought of characters.
Unfortunately I can't really see where this show is going. Hopefully it will start to show of Ai's background. Aside from that though it seems like a good show. The background designs, are done well, especially where Ai lives, in Hell. They have given thought onto how to portray Ai's looks but not so much of her companions or others in the story. However they have used colour very well and differently which is a good thing.
Overall from what I've see, it is an intriguing show, which great taglines and would recommend people to watch it.
I think Jigoku Shoujo is, by far, one of the greatest anime ever produced. Everything about it is absolutely phenomenal. The characters are all depthy and interesting. The plot is breathtakingly fantastic. There is no more clever plot, I think, than that of Jigoku Shoujo. But what really gets me is the combination of everything. Being an avid manga reader and anime watcher, I long yearned for one that I could actually enjoy to the extent that I wanted to see the next episode or volume. This is it. When everything all comes into play together, the animation, plot, characters...everything is amazing.
A strange Red eyed girl named Enma Ai will Deliver your vengeance for you, all you have to do is get on a website and type the name of your tormentor, Enma Ai will Take them to hell but as a price, You will have to Go to hell after your death as well.
"When one soul is cursed, two graves are dug", as told by the hell girl herself. When i first heard of Jigoku shoujo AKA Hell girl, i expected something a little more darker and violent. But after watching 5 or 6 episodes, I knew that i was wrong. But this series didn't disappoint me in anyway, this is Something very different from most modern anime, The plot doesn't carry over from episode to episode. It's just a collection of short stories which end every episode. The stories are very interesting, intriguing too. Most of the victims want vengeance because they live a miserable life due to their tormentors, while Some People have very silly reasons. Either way Both sets of people desperately need to get rid of someone. Human beings are greedy.
So when a person's name is written and the string is pulled from the dummy as a part of the deal, Enma ai changes into a Flowery kimono, and personally takes them on a boat to hell. the plot is as simple as that. (maybe a little more but i won't spoil anything)
The animation is Very pleasing, The intro and ending themes fit the bill perfectly, The Themes have a spooky, Tragic Feel about them. The characters are all very interesting. Enma is a Cute looking little Girl with Mysterious but Stunning red eyes. she is easily the best part of the show. The show seems to get better every season. can't wait for the 3rd season.
In this incredible show you see how miserable are some persons (almost every episode is a different case of someone being abussed or bullied or suffering) at midnight you can "solve" your problems by accesing the jigoku tsushin (or hell web page) and by putting the name of the person you want to send to hell, Enma Ai will appear and tell you the details of the contract, she'll send you enemy to hell but by doing so when you die you'll don't reach heaven because of your pact with her, after all she is not seeking justice...only revenge, now...you'll think no way I'll do it! but when you see the episodes and put yourself in the skin of the "victims"...you'll want to ask to Enma Ai to take Revenge for you! Excellent Show! Can't wait to see the third season!!!
What do you do when it seems like everyone is against you? If you're a young student in this animated series, you call up a website that bestows curses upon your chosen enemies. An eerie child called the Hell Girl appears and promises to take revenge on those who have been harassing you. The trouble is, the exchange forfeits your own soul as well. One after another, the harried children take this desperate risk and watch its effects on their tormentors. Is it worth it? Does the curse bring freedom, or worse pain? If you're a fan of stories about hauntings and urban legends, give this creepy drama a try.
I remember watching this for the first time in a trailer, and I thought "I gotta watch this, it looks great". I wasn't disapointed. I recommend you looking at this anime at night, as it would build up the suspense of every scene and will make you wonder if Hell Girl actually exist.
Each episode starts similarly, showing a different character and the story that drove them to ask Jigoku for a favor: to kill the person who drove them to insanity. They first have to go to a website, which is only accessible at 00.00 exactly. You write the name of the victim in the website and hit enter at exactly 00.00. Your wish will be delivered to Jigoku and she'll appear to you, offering a doll with a string around its neck. She'll present you with a dilema: If you wish to make the person suffer and go to hell, you'll have to pay the price too, as your soul will be sent to hell as well. The rest of the episode involves the executioners making pay the victims by making them relieve the pain that they made others suffer.
This routine is soon changed by consecutive attempts of a detective with a daughter who realized that Jigoku Shoujo's business is unjustified, and goes to his mission to prove so (along revealing some facts on how long Jigoku Shoujo has existed and her reasons to do this kind of bidding). The ending of the first season was just excellent
This anime is very suspenful, yet it's a little bit unknown. I recommend it to watch it for anybody who liked Paranoia Agent, as for the two animes are somewhat similar in story summary.
Each short story of which the series consists describes the suffering of a different individual caused by one or more antagonists. A website known as Jigoku Tsûshin (Hell Correspondence) may only be accessed at midnight by one who harbors a desire for revenge against their tormenter. Should someone submit the name of one they hate, the Jigoku Shôjo (Hell Girl) will offer them a black straw doll with a red string wound about its neck. If the string is pulled, she will ferry the recipient of the revenge straightaway to Hell, but on the condition that those who request her intervention fall into Hell as well at the end of their natural lives. During each story, the protagonists' dramas are explained in detail from the start of their grudges, through the escalation of their torment until it becomes unbearable and they resort to the "Jigoku Tsûshin" (correspondence with Hell) - a mysterious black colored web site only accessible at midnight. The contents of the site are only a text: "We will take revenge on your behalf.", a text box where the grudge's object must be written, and a "Send" button. Some time after the post, they are visited by Enma Ai, a young red eyed girl wearing a traditional sailor school uniform. She delivers them a black straw doll (In the second season, the doll may also be red or dark blue depending on who turns into it) with a red string tied to its neck, and she tells them that if they want their vengeance to be delivered, they must remove the string from the doll, and their enemies will be immediately taken to Hell. However, a crest shaped mark will appear on the protagonists' chests, always reminding them that after their lives come to an end, they must give compensation by having their own souls also sent to Hell. Enma Ai lives in a house in an unknown world that is in eternal sunset with her grandmother whose face never appears. Ai is helped by her three assistants. When they are not under her services, they stay in the form of three straw dolls, otherwise they assume the form of Ichimoku Ren, a handsome young man in casual clothes and takes the form of the blue straw doll, Hone-Onna, a beautiful woman wearing a kimono with the obi (sash) tied in front which signifies she is a prostitute and takes the form of the red straw doll; and Wanyûdô, an old man wearing a hat and a red scarf and takes the form of the black straw doll. They help her during the event when their victims are confronted with their own sins, prior to the moment when Ai (dressed in traditional kimono with floral patterns) ferries them to hell. Also, the trio helps her investigate the true nature of their clients. In episode 8 of the series, two recurring characters are introduced: A journalist named Shibata Hajime - a former scandal hunter-blackmailer who turned to investigating the stories involving the Jigoku Shôjo; and his daughter Tsugumi. After an encounter with Enma Ai, Tsugumi starts to have visions of what Ai sees and thus the two become more and more involved in Ai's matters. Hajime doesn't agree with Ai's methods to deliver vengeance for her clients, and tries to stop those who contacted Jigoku Shôjo from using her service with Tsugumi's help. As the series progressed, it was revealed that Hajime and Tsugumi were the descendants of a man named Sentarô Shibata. Sentaro and Ai are childhood friends as well as cousins. Because of Ai's powers, she is hated and feared by her villagers. When Ai was seven years old, she was chosen as sacrifice to the mountain god. Ai's parents approaches Sentarô and asks him to hide Ai. Ai survives in hiding for 6 years with Sentarô's help, during which there was great famine in the village. During one of Ai and Sentaro's secret meetings, the villagers catch them and bring them to the village. Ai and Sentarô are accused of angering the Mountain Gods. The villagers throw Ai and her parents in a pit and force Sentarô to bury them as an atonement for hiding Ai. Ai is conscious at the moment and feels betrayed by him. After Ai was buried, Sentaro awakens one night and went out of his home. When he returns, he sees Ai setting the village on fire. Out of insanity and guilt, Sentarô runs away. He grew up regretting what he had done and builds a temple in remembrance of Ai and other sacrifices to the Mountain Gods. He opens a candy store named Shibataya that sells a black candy that he and his descendants and other owners of the store send to the temple as an offering. The realization of Hajime and Tsugumi's relation to Sentarô awoken Ai's hatred, and she attempts to kill Hajime and Tsugumi but failed. For doing so, Ai was to be sent to hell, but she escapes and decides to provoke Tsugumi into sending her father to hell by showing Tsugumi how her mother died and her father's denial of his responsibility, Ai keeps pressing Tsugumi while Hajime is trapped in Ai's world but is subsequently able to escape because of Ai's grandmother who releases him for an exchange (whatever the exchange actually was never shown). Hajime returns to Tsugumi and admits his faults and tells Tsugumi to send him to hell. This angers Tsugumi because she feels that his acceptance of hell infers that he does not value their moments together. She returns the straw doll to Ai. Ai incinerates the temple built by Sentarô either as a way of relieving her grudge (in this case, the destruction of the temple would symbolize Sentarô's release from his regret) or as a sign that she would not forgive Sentarô despite all that he did to show his regret (the destruction of the temple in this case would symbolize the refusal of Sentarô's apology). The season ends with Hajime and Tsugumi going back to normality and Ai continuing what she has been doing for centuries - sending people to hell.
Season 2 of Jigoku Shojo (named Jigoku Shojo Futakomori) started by revealing that Ai is to be punished by hell for the massacre of her village. If she refuses, her parents shall wander in darkness for eternity. It was known that her punishment is to deliver the vengeance of others.
In the beginning of season 2, there is a mysterious girl who shows up in glimpses during the first episode that has a kimono similar to Ai's and seems to smile after the people who make the covenant review their situation, as in episode 1 where she appears just after Ai walks away. After episode 4 the girl's name is revealed to be Kikuri.
In season 2, the origins of Ai's assistants are revealed.
The major arc of season 2 revolves around Takuma Kurebayashi, a boy from Lovely Hills who is blamed by his townsfolk for causing disappearances around the town, which was actually caused by the townsfolk who used Jigoku Tsûshin. The unfair treatment received by Takuma from his townsfolk awoke Ai's memory of her own past and she refuses a request to send Takuma to hell. By doing so, Ai has broken the law of Hell and her role as Jigoku Shôjo was relieved. Nonetheless, as she is relieved of her duty, she is returned to life by the cruel Lord of Hell and sent back to the real world in a near death situation, experiencing the agony of aging of 400 years all at once. Ren, Onna, and Wanyuudou tried to help the mortal Ai, only to discover that her memories of them have been erased by the Lord of Hell. Ai tries to stop the villagers from killing Takuma and succeed for the moment. However, a frightened user of the Jigoku Tsûshin, in hope of saving himself from going to hell when he dies, beats Ai in the back of her head with a shovel. A few other townsfolk of Lovely Hills, all whom have used her service, joins in with the assault in a fit of rage. As Ai succumbs to her death, in a relieved way, says, "This is the end." She disappears into a wind of cherry blossom petals shortly after death and her parents' souls are set free from Hell. Kikuri, on the boat (the one to Hell), says as she pokes a cherry of the color of Ai's eyes in a childish way: "It's over. That was Ai's answer...Well done." The season ends. Ren, Onna, and Wanyûdô going their separate ways in the real world, Takuma's life returning to normality, and an anonymous girl receiving a message from Hell Girl on her cellphone.
Jigoku Shoujo(also known as "hell girl" or"girl from hell") is a pretty different type of anime.It basically tells us about Enma Ai,the hell girl,whose job is to deliver vengeance.She can be accesed by a website roughly translated as "hotline to hell".The website can only be accesed at midnight.Ai(who lives in a strange world with a grandmother whose face is never shown),appears personally in front of those who accesed the hotline and give them a black doll with a red string tied to it.If the person unties the red string,it implies that they have entered into an official contract with her and that she will carry out their vengeance but for a price:After their deaths,their souls will be taken to hell.The anime itself is composed of a series of short stories.The first half of the episode depicts the pain and suffering of the short story's protagonist at the hands of his/her antagonist and shows his/her reasons for accessing the hotline and untying the string.The second half shows how the vengeance is carried out by Enma Ai and her associates.This anime is different to most others as there is a moral to every episode.It's pretty sinister but nonetheless interesting and I would recommend it to any anime lover.
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