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: 7.901 (scored by 43239 users)
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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
It's like a badly chosen present. The outside wrapping is perfect, with a pretty ribbon to top it off. When you look inside though, the contents of the box aren't very impressive. You'll probably never use it or end up giving it to someone else.
These are the words I'd use to describe Jigoku Shoujo, a series strongly recommended to me by a friend. I was told the art was amazing, and it was. The story, however, is far from it.
The art and sound are what constitute as the wrapping paper. Every detail is immaculate, the character designs are vibrant, and every time Ai says "Want to try dying once?" it sends shivers down my spine. It deserves a warm hand of applause in that department.
However, where the animators succeeded, the writers failed spectacularly. It's not that the story is unappealing or lacks interest. There's plenty of that. Who wouldn't be intrigued about a girl sending evil wrong-doers to hell? The problem arises when each episode's format becomes obviously and unbearably identical. Upon watching the second episode, warning bells were sent ringing through my head when I realized that the mechanics were the same each time.
Basically: A person is abused or wronged by someone else who is unapologetic and is unable to see their own acts as unjustified. The victim seeks a solution and calls upon Ai for help. However, they hesitate when she reveals that they too would be dragged down into hell when they died. In the end though, the victims are driven to the point of desperation by their tormentors and give in. Jigoku shoujo then proceeds to carry out the revenge. Evil person is sent to hell. Former victim is emancipated, but each look at the scar that appears on their chest as a reminder of what will happen to them when they die.
There. Shoot me. I just spoiled at least 20 episodes for you.
This anime is episodic, but it's episodic to the extreme. Each episode presents a different set of characters and circumstances, but will almost always follow the storyline I presented above. So it wasn't until episode 22 that I saw a new type of plot as the season started to wind down to a close.
Needless to say, this sort of plot greatly disappointed me. I basically fell asleep on episode 4 and simply skipped 15 episodes. Now this is where I shoot myself in the foot. So, if I haven't watched the majority of the show, how can I really rate this as mediocre? ... True. I don't have complete authority on this matter, but it simply represents my opinion. I did end up taking the time to read the individual episode synopses on wikipedia, and it indicated that I didn't really miss much.
I realize there are those who will be completely enraptured by Jigoku Shoujo's plot. It's simply a matter of taste. I prefer a plot that progresses in great strides, while some love to watch a well formed plot system that simply changes its details while laughing sadistically at the misfortunes that befall the characters. But as always, it's up to you, the viewer, to choose.
I just hope I wasn't too forceful with my bitter commentary. o_o. read more
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.
Sufferings, betrayal, lies, grief.
Jigoku Shoujo is very similar to Death Note.
Both anime are about human nature. How we think, how we live and how selfish are we.
Both series focuses on the moral and spiritual costs of revenge and in both the series the person who accepts the bargain can look forward to a rather unpleasant afterlife.
Both anime feature a god who observes human’s life. Sometimes he tries to help or quite the contrary.
Both anime deal with the theme of death and take it quite lightly. Both have very dark atmosphere, quite interesting story-line and likeable characters.
They both are similar, fans of one will sure enjoy the other.
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.
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.
Both deal with the afterlife, the darker sides of humanity and retribution. Jigoku Shoujo is of an even more episodic nature, though. It's also darker and has a wicked sense of humour.
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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