I’ve just recently finished watching the first season of Hell Girl (地獄少女, Jigoku Shoujo), so I thought I’d share some thoughts and info with those of you who take the time to read this blog.
Each episode follows a person who experiences some sort of torment or anguish in their life (caused by another person), up to the point where they become desperate enough to use the Hell Correspondence website … which can only be accessed at midnight. The seeker of revenge is prompted to enter the name of their tormenter, upon which they are visited by Enma Ai – the titular Hell Girl – and presented with the opportunity of ferrying the object of their revenge to Hell. Of course, there is a price to be paid, meaning that there is usually time for some soul searching.
Hell Girl initially gives a feel of not being serial in nature – each episode seems to be standalone with nothing tying them together, but a common thread soon emerges.
I enjoyed Jigoku Shoujo tremendously – the characters were great, and I thought Mamiko Noto, the seiyuu for Ai was perfect – having that soft gentle voice saying “Ippen, shin de miru?” (want to try dying this once), would be all the more terrifying for the person with a guilty conscience.
There is a shorted second season – Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori – as well as a 12 episode live-action series, something I definitely want to get my paws on.
Thats it for now, but before I leave … this wouldn’t be complete without a picture … enjoy :)