English: Hell Girl
Synonyms: Jigoku Shojo
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2005 to Apr 5, 2006
25 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.871 (scored by 51890 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
drama horror mystery psychological supernatural
SynopsisSomewhere in the vast sea of the Internet, there's a website that can only be accessed at the stroke of midnight. Known as the Jigoku Tsushin, rumor has it that if you post a grudge there, the Jigoku Shoujo will appear and drag whoever torments you into the inferno. Very little is known about the girl—all we know for sure is that she lives with her equally enigmatic grandmother, that three magical straw dolls accompany and serve her, and that whenever a posting on the Jigoku Tsushin moves her, she becomes the Jigoku Shoujo.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Jigoku Shoujo, Shin Jigoku Shoujo
Sequel: Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori
Characters & Voice Actors
Jigoku Shoujo takes place in modern Japan where the internet has filled the lives of many people in this bustling world of technology and sins. This anime portrays the cruelty of the human race, and shows that there are many people in this world that suffer terribly and that, indefinitely, most people wish those that are making their lives miserable would just die and go to hell. And, of course, Jigoku Shoujo, or Hell Girl, is there to exact their revenge.
The storyline is wonderful. The anime itself is mainly episodic, and each episode focuses mainly on one person, and the suffering they're experiencing due to one person. As you read more into the character's lives, and just how badly they're treated, you, yourself, will want to see that red string pulled, just so that person can suffer what he/she's had coming to them, and you'll be anxious to see their horrifying experience before they're ferried off to Hell by Enma Ai, the Jigoku Shoujo.
You won't always see the the person's experience in hell, nor will you always see the person being carried off by the Jigoku Shoujo. The main experience of this anime is coming to know and feel sorry for the characters that are desperate enough to call forth the Jigoku Shoujo to end their suffering. If you're looking for humor, this isn't a series to watch. Though it does have it's moments, it's more for the people that enjoy supernatural and paranormal related anime, such as Ghost Hunt and XXXHolic. In fact, if you enjoyed either of these, though the two of them are more humorous than anything else, I recommend putting Jigoku Shoujo, and Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori on your plan-to-watch list.
Anyway, this anime is one of those where you'll either love it or hate it. This is a series that got me hooked on the first episode, but if you aren't enjoying it by the third or fourth, then you most likely won't get into it. I hope this review has helped you and convinced you to look into this wonderful anime. Have fun and enjoy. read more
As much as I hate episodic anime, I must say this one is an exception. I found this anime when I was searching for a psychological show on MAL. I saw the ratings, and they all seemed pretty decent, so I gave it a shot. And I´m glad I did…
It´s not that easy to like shows like these, since at first sight there isn´t any sign of a linear plot, its just a bunch of different stories thrown together to make a 26 episode anime. Because of this, many people tend to drop this show before the really good episodes come around. I must say I was pretty close to drop it myself, but fortunately I kept going, and Im glad I did. Don´t expect happy endings for all the arcs, since you wont get many of those in this show. So, is it worth watching or not? Let´s find out!
Story (8/10): As stated before, each episode brings a new story, but a basic plot still exists: there´s a website on the internet called the “Hell Link”, which can only be accessed at midnight.
Besides that, the website can only be accessed by someone who holds alot of hatred in their hearts. When someone writes the name of a person here, the Hell Girl (named Enma Ai) appears and gives them what looks like a voodoo doll with a scarlet thread tied in its neck.
She then says that if the thread is untied, the person whose name was written in the website gets sent straight to hell. After that, the person who untied the thread receives a mark, and whenever that person dies, he or she will also go to hell. Usually, Enma vanishes after this speech, leaving only the words “The decision rests with you”. Most people don´t untie the thread right away, but try to fix their problems without resorting to the powers of the doll, but usually they end up pulling it in the end. The problem is that some problems don´t get fixed even after the person is banished to hell, which results in someone offering their lives to hell after they die, and still live a bad life.
What I described is what happens in EVERY episode, though some of them skip some parts. What´s funny about this is that the story is based on a japanese urban legend. Anyway, the plot might seem a little cliche at first, and you might think “How can they make 72 episodes with 3 seasons all with different stories and characters?”. Well, the answer is quite simple, it works. Not only its fun to watch and think “Would I pull the thread if I were in his/her situation?”, but also because of the emotional stories you get to watch. All in all, most of the arcs are well written and make sense, so I´ll give a 9/10 to the story department.
Art (7/10): The art isn´t the worst I´ve seen, but it feels kinda old. One thing I noticed is that most of the earlier 2000´s psychological anime have art similar to this. It´s overall decent, and the enjoyment factor isn´t at all affected by it. The animation is quite good to be honest, though there aren´t really many action scenes where the animation can be easily evaluated, one can still be aware of it, and its much better than most anime from that time. The character designs are a letdown though: alot of them look the same, just with different hair color or some other facial feature, but there are some good ones, like Enma´s design, which is obviously the most important one, and that can also be noticed, because she has the most unique one.
I usually try to take into account the year in which the anime aired before judging this, because obviously something like Rose of Versailles can´t have top notch art/animation quality when it was aired back in 1979. But anything from 2000+ has to be treated equally, and in that regard, there are too many shows with better art and animation than Jigoku Shoujo, so I can´t really say it fares well today. All taken into account, I can´t give a higher score than a 7/10 to this one.
Soundtracks (8/10): There aren´t really too many original soundtracks in this show, there´s only a few. However, they are used as they should, and a wide variety of them can be found. What´s really good about this show are the sound effects. Seriously, they are amazing. They make the experience SO much better, its actually unbeleivable at first. And this is the hardest part to explain, because you have to hear them for yourself. On another note, the opening themes are superb, and fit a psychological show like this, but the ending themes arent really anything to brag about, they are decent and fun to hear when watching the anime, but they aren´t as memorable as the opening themes.
I rarely take into account the Sound when rating an anime, but I must say this really did leave an impression on me, and I think its amazing how simple things like sound effects can improve the experience so much. Some shows try to take advantage of computer generated art or amazing and epic soundtracks to the same thing Jigoku Shoujo can accomplish with simple sound effects, while most of the others fail. Being one of the few shows to have three excellent openings makes up for the lowsy ending themes and the lack of insert musics, so a well-deserved 8/10 is appropriated.
Characters (9/10): Now, I wont talk about every character, with each new arc there are at least 6 new characters, and all the episodes introduce a new arc, so I´m only going to talk about four of them. Enma Ai is the obvious main character, she´s a black haired girl with red eyes (just how I like ´em), she´s also relatively short. She seems emotionless at first, as she banishes people to hell without any kind of remorse or anything, but you´ll eventually notice some emotions that she rarely displays. Her past is also revealed later on, which only makes it better. Enma´s lines are almost always the same, but MUCH later on, you´ll notice some changes, aswell as some other dialogues.
As for the other three, they are Enma´s assistants that help her in her mission to banish people to hell. There are all people that were saved by her in the past, and feel like they owe her their lives. Their past is also revealed in the second season. There three characters usually conduct an investigation before banishing people to hell, in order to find out if that person is truly bad enough to be sent to hell. Wanyuudou is an old man that usually wears a hat and is almost always smiling. He was the first to join Enma, and he´s also what allows Enma to travel, because he has the ability to turn into a fire wheel that can fly and carry her. Ichimoku Ren was the second to join Enma, he´s a handsome young man that can use an ability that allows him to spy anything he wishes by creating a third eye somewhere, and he can see everything around that eye as if he was there. He uses this to spy on people that access the Hell Link, the victims, etc. Finally, Hone Onna is a woman that usually wears a kimono, and she is known for her countless costumes, which she uses to spy on people. She hates when people call her Oba-san (which mean old lady), and usually reacts badly to it.
As I stated above, each arc brings new characters, but these four appear in EVERY SINGLE episode, and are never left out. All the three assistants are used to make the dolls that Enma gives to the people who write a name in the Hell Link. As for other characters, they are depicted as humane and realistic characters, much like in Monster, there aren´t really moe or unrealistic people in this anime. Considering the amount of characters that this anime has, plus the fact that many of them are good or decent enough, the Character department deserves an almost perfect 9/10. A job really well done here.
Enjoyment (9/10): Very rarely I find an anime like this, because it starts off slow and cliche, but gets really good later on. Most shows start off amazing, and then get weaker and weaker throughout the episodes, but its indeed interesting to watch an anime get gradually better, until it hits its climax. I really enjoyed the ride, and I wish more episodes existed, I really do. You´ll find yourself craving for more if this is your type of show. Its the only episodic show that I watched that I consider “good”, and its definitelty an exception in that regard. It really comes down to whether you´re easily entretained or not, and your basic standards. Maybe experienced anime viewers wont like this anime as much, and will find a cliche and boring show instead of what I described earlier. Personally, I loved the anime, and there wasn´t a single episode that was a complete letdown, so I´ll rate a 9/10 to this department.
Overall (8/10): All things considered, this anime IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Non-psychological/horror fans will have a hard time enjoying this, because it does have some gore (but not too much), and the psychological part is easily what sells the anime. This said, even people who hate episodic shows should give this a chance. It really stands out among a handful of episodic anime, and in my opinion, its worth taking a look for yourself, and if you decide you don´t really like it, then you should drop it. Its hard to judge an anime without actually watching it, and one should not stay away from a show because of its genre. Since this is all about personal opinions, Ill end off things with a 8/10. I dont think the show was perfect, it did have some flaws (probably many more than the ones I mentioned), but its still highly enjoyable and fun to watch. So, go give this show a try, its definitely worth it, and you might find a show that´ll entretain you for 72 episodes!
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There is a fine line between revenge and justice. Death Note has Light (Kira) hell bent on bringing justice and order to a new world by killing the criminals and ruling by fear. Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl) will exact revenge upon your enemy at the price of your soul. At first, right and wrong seems pretty clear cut for both anime; bad guys get punished but as the serieses progress, the lines get blurred. The person in the wrong isn't always the one getting killed/sent to hell.
These are both a lot similar in a way, one uses the note book and the other uses the computer to search for hotline to hell.
Both series have a way to kill someone--the Death Note or Jigoku Tsuushin--at the price of a soul. Both are very dark.
Both animes are dark, well written, and creepy animes. Both series deal with people killing others with help from the supernatual (writing a person's name in the Death Note in "Death Note", and typing in their name on a website in "Hell Girl"). Both are "thinking person's anime". They both also ask us questions like is it right to kill people, even if they are terrible human beings? And should one person be able to have the power to judge others? And what is the price of killing someone (who wronged/hurt you or others)? At first what is right and wrong is clearly drawn, but slowly the line seems to become smugged. What is right? What is justice? And what happens when the people who are being killed start to be less and less evil?
Both "Hell Girl" and "Death Note" are very suspenseful and thrilling (Hell Girl more towards the end). Both series are also very dramatic and take themselves dead serious. And their endings will have you on the edge of your seat, dieing of suspense! Very dramtic yet amazing endings to fit two very great series.
There are some differences. For example "Hell Girl" is of course full of very traditional japanese horror stories, and "Death Note" is more of a cat and mouse detective game. "Hell Girl" is made up of many episodic episodes, and slowly a plot forms around it to conect everything together. "Death Note" is one tighly knit story with a few archs in it.
Both anime focus to death ,, killing people .. but both anime was awesome !!
In both anime people can mysteriously kill others and retain their anonymity, but they must bear some unpleasant consequences. There are many interesting twists and we get to know what happens when things don't go according to keikaku.
Jigoku Shoujo has a creepy red-eyed girl who will exact your revenge by taking your tormentor to Hell. Very similar to Death Note, as the main character is 'ridding the world of evil'.
Hell Girl and Death Note have very similar themes and appeal. Both raise questions like is it right for one person to another, and if you had the power to eliminate someone you think you did wrong would you. Both also have amazing art, animation and music.
However, their is quite a few differences in the structures of the shows. Death Note is a continuous story while Hell Girl is episodic. Also Hell Girl can be repetative at time, so not everyone who likes Death Note will like Hell Girl. Still Hell Girl is definately worth checking out.
Series are very similar, they both deal with the issue: Is it fine to kill bad people?
Series approach it differently but eventually they all come to the same problem, is it really alright?
They both have the kind of wish death upon another person and it happens thing. Death Note using the notebook and Jigoku Shoujo using the doll and the red string around it's neck
They we're siimilar in a way that they are both talking about eliminating person's whom you hate or you think has no value of existence in these world...But somehow, they have different ways...Jigoku Shoujo is through Internet,(and Cellphones etc.) while Death Note is through a Note Book...But they are both talking about eliminating somebody w/o stains of bloods in there hands, i mean, these anime's are both using some devices in order to kill ^_^
Though not an obvious recommendation, like iin Death Note, Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl) gives people the choice of sending who they hate to hell if you know their name and access the webpage at midnight. There is a very big debate on whether or not the people who use Jigoku Shoujo are doing the right thing and often this can be abused - just like the Death Note.
Both Light Yagami and Ai Enma have their own ways to give judgement to those whom do not deserve to live, and they both, once again, in their own ways, give relief to the victims of abuse and neglect.
Both of these anime are about writing a name down, and that person dying...
In Jigoku Shoujo, there is a website that they write a person's name into whereas in Death Note, there is a book (called a Death Note) that the person's name is written into...
The downside of this is that in Jigoku Shoujo, if a person writes another person's name onto the website, then they get sent to hell when they die... and in Death Note, the main protagonist can write as many names as he wants, as he has a "Death God's" Death Note and it has no effect on the user...
Both are very dark, and very twisted.
Both have a mysterious feel to them and both are extremely compelling to watch.
Both of these anime share the same idea of killing people mysteriously. Hell Girl involves a submission through the Internet, while Death Note is simply writing a person's name in a death note. The only difference is that Hell Girl cannot be defeated or killed, because she is already dead.
- Both are about mysterious deaths
- They both have a special/unnatural tool to kill people
Jigoku Shoujo and Shugofumi involves interaction of normal human life and the supernatural. The two of them features different sets of characters and different cases in each episode, but the story ultimately led to the main characters who happens to be the key in all of what's happening.
Both series contain "mini plots" about only certain characters for each episode (occasionally in Shigofumi, 2 episodes) but have a character that knows about them (Tsugumi and Nojima) and play a continued role in the story. Jigoku Shoujo is more about the actual killing of people, whereas Shigofumi is about delivering the final words of the departed. However, they both feel quite similar despite the differences.
Both of them deals with death and after life. In Jigoku Shojo as vengeance,in Shigofumi as messages left by dead people. Both are high quality anime ^^
Both of them have to do with the supernatural. While Fumika is going around delivering post-death letters, Ai is exacting revenge on other's behalfs and dragging them to Hell. Also both are psychological series as well.
psychological drama/thrillers with hints of horror. uniquely complex, serious storylines. same darkness - looking at human psychology and how extremely cruel they can be towards other humans in seemingly every day situations/people. shigofumi is based on letters from the dead which raises issues which were present, whilst jigoku shoujo is bad-person-annoys-good-person-who-takes-revenge-by-sending-them-to-hell.
very similar deep and hellish atmospheres/feelings. excellent portrayal development of characters though.
Creepy, emotionless little girls with sidekicks who interact at some point with humans. Oh and both shows offer 1-3 episode arcs at a time.
Both series have similar main characters. In Jigoku Shoujo, the main character is a young girl who died and was reborn as a supernatural being who delivers people to hell. In Shigofumi the main character is a girl who is technically dead; she is charged with delivering letters to loved ones of the recently deceased. Both girls are incredibly calm, speak in a monotone voice and take their duties very seriously.
Both anime are episodic and have multiple mini-plots. They both have horror/thriller elements, and you can expect some epic plot twists at the end of some episodes.
Both anime are a bad end fest. Lost of bad ends waiting for ya.
These 2 anime are similar and both amazing. If you loved the one, you'll love the other.
Both anime involves the human world and that of the supernatural though both present different ideas on how they interact with human life.
Mysterious dead girls bestowing the fate of a person with an item i.e. shigofumi and dolls. Both shows are episodic dramas focused mainly on the characters.
Both anime deal with death, and have an overlapping theme of vengeance. The main characters are also seemingly emotionless and quiet. If you like one, you'll like the other.
シゴフミ (shigofumi) is heavily inspired by 地獄少女 (Jigoku Shoujo). The plot, spacing and use of episodic content while having a central plot on the side is very similar.
Opening Theme"Sakasama no Chou" by SNoW [JP: 逆さまの蝶] [EN: The Inversed Butterfly]
Ending Theme"Karinui" by Mamiko Noto [JP: かりぬい] [EN: Basting]
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