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If you have seen the ads and trailers of this show that makes you think
of it as a Ringu or Ju-On rip-off, I guarantee that you are at least
80% deceived. Jigoku Shoujo is a show that takes a cliché subject
(where a person or thing with some power offers in sending people you
hate off to hell and taking your soul as payment for it) and treats it
in such a way that you actually think about it, trust me. You think
about the whole of this selfish human race that thinks nothing but of
its own pleasures and comforts, you think about how valuable present
circumstances - pleasure or pain is that much important in our lives.
So what if you go to Hell hereafter? That is in the "distant" future,
right? That is what the people in this show are thinking. So they call
upon poor Ai Enma to do the dirty work, and it is what she was forced
to do, whether she enjoyed it or not. She punishes the guilty. She
ferries them directly off to Hell, but for making her do that (which
becomes a mortal sin), the person who made the request is also doomed
at the end of his or her natural life.
The animation is quite good, the music matches the mood, whether it is sadness or anxiety, and you have an unique show out of a very popular, dismal subject.
Overall I enjoyed Hell Girl but the first about 10 episodes are really,
really repetitive and... yes... become even kinda boring at some point.
After that rough start the series turns out to be more and more enjoyable though, the animation is beautiful and the grand themes of this Anime were quite interesting:
How far are you willing to go for vengeance? Is vengeance ever the right answer? Do some people rightfully deserve to go to hell for what they have done?
6/10, solid but not a must see in my opinion. I would recommend it half-heartedly to people really interested in the story but as I said don't expect to e blown away right from the beginning.
So Jigoku shojo or 'Hell Girl' as it's known in English, I found to be
an enjoyable series. I'll admit that the first 10/15 episodes -so most
of series 1- follow a shortly recognisable narrative. Someone is
clearly being mistreated or hurt by another, so through the "hell
communication" they write on the website the name of their tormentor,
and the Hell Girl will take revenge for them. There are 2 series after
this and they delve into the back story much more and we finally learn
more about the Hell Girl -how she came to be- and her assistants.
Overall give it a chance it's worth a watch, the character of Hell Girl is one of my favourites out of all the anime series I've watched. I'd stick to watching it subbed- the dub isn't great. The animation is very lovely too.
Especially from the aspect of enjoyment this show is real hell. Every single episode presents an enclosed story where we can ALWAYS see new characters that can be right away fitted into a pigeon-hole of a victim and a villain, and that ALWAYS evolves according to the same pattern. In the end, Enma Ai Jigoku Shoujo intervenes like "deus ex machina" to resolve the story saying ALWAYS the same phrase. Since this pattern never changes, it becomes terribly boring after some while, regrettably, we are to suffer it to the very end, because of the absence of any continual story. Moreover, we don't learn anything much about Enma Ai, nor about her partners from the hell ride. The animation itself is very good, as well as music by Takanashi Yasuharu which is well worth listening to. Weaker characters that can be driven crazy by boredom from the monotony are not recommended to watch it.
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