If you have a grudge against someone, you can access the Jigoku Tsuushin website at the stroke of midnight, type in your grudge's name, and the Hell Girl, Ai Enma, will appear to grant your wish. However, the price for ridding yourself of such a burden is a steep one: in return for condemning the soul of your tormentor to Hell, your soul will also face eternal damnation. In her long vigil as the Hell Girl, Ai has met many willing to pay such a cost.
In Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi, Ai and her enigmatic companions continue to carry out their work, ferrying soul after suffering soul into the depths of Hell. However, as of late, a mysterious girl has been following them. This strange child, unable to even remember her own identity, questions Ai about her duty as the Hell Girl. Who is this girl, and what connection does she have to Ai?
Highly uninspirational, Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi still suffers from it's predecessor's mistakes, with a lot of terrible writing, horrible character designs, and uninteresting situations.
I have seen people saying it has a lot of "dark and twisted" themes going on, but I can only see how bad the writers want their characters to be bad.
We still get the "bullied schoolgirl "episode we see every season, the "all friendship carries hatery" staple and of course "bad people do bad things" special.
I don't think this counts as an spoiler because you know this is going to happen in every episode, but I particullary hate the
third episode. If you don't want to be spoiled, stop reading.
It's about guy who hates his family, so he goes with Hell Girl and he gets the doll. After he uses it, he decides he will be a serial killer because he's going into hell anyway. Well, if being a serial killer is so easy, why didn't he kill his family? The third episode is full of idiocies, i can understand a member of the family is a bad person, but why everyone? The cousin comes home and punches his uncle and her aunt in the face, then, why not call the police? I mean, if an uncle came to my house and punched my family i would call the police, i'm pretty sure you can't go in a house, punch the owners and get away with it. After he punches them, her daughter says "hey he's sensitive you have to understand him". I mean, he just punched your parents in the face, you can't be an idiot forever. So in this family, everyone is a bad person; and the protagonist wants to kill everyone because he is a good person, so he becomes a serial killer, why does he need Enma Ai? Because this series tries to make you think "good" people are stupid. This show really insults your intelligence.
End of spoiler.
The characters designs are awful, Deen should just stop animating for once. All the budget goes to Enma, of course. We stili get stupid characters like Yamawaro, that loves saying "princess" and winding up her car. Also, why is Kikuri still there? The music is nothing special. But let's talk about the pacing. Remember when Enma used to be called by her grandma, remember when she traveled on her carriage? Remember when she tortured evil souls and paddled slowly into the gates of hell? Well, almost all of that is gone, the tortures, and the paddling, everything is rushed. You can even see how they try to end the episode quickly. This anime used to be slow-paced and nice, not rushed drama. If you think this is "dark and twisted", then, Jigoku Shoujo will mostly become the new Mirai Nikki or Elfen Lied.
Hell Girl is one of my favourite series. I have watched it for 3 seasons despite others' criticism towards its tendency to repeat its own plot. However, season 4 is a disgrace and has brought shame to this show which has so much potential.
SPOILER (but not really since they just copy paste)
The season began with the concept which is copy pasted from season 3, where another girl with hatred lost her memory from her previous life and was now forced to be the next Hell Girl to atone for her sin. Fine, whatevs, I thought I should give it a chance - it may take
it somewhere interesting.
I was completely pissed off when they decided to wholly recycle season 1 episode 3 and had the nerve to air it as episode 7 in season 4! Plus, they ruined it by adding pathetic CGs and real action filming at the beginning. What a disappointment and I'm out, this time with extreme prejudice wtf
There is nothing I hate more than an anime failing to accomplish its main goal.
In Jigoku shoujo's case, it's showing the dark side of humans, filled with greed, resentment, jealousy, violence, etc. But it fails Horribly.
Let me repeat, HORRIBLY.
No single character is realistic. To the average eye, it may look like the characters are dark and filled with personalities to explore. But in reality, the writers are just lazy. They try to make the characters as bad and pathetic as possible, but they completely forget the main thing that makes a character interesting, motivation. The characters in the anime have no motivation for their
action. It's all based on some blatant dull reason. In episode 5, why did the villagers suddenly go against the family who were so nice to them? How could people have a change of heart so fast? Why did the family not move? Why was the rich family so pissed at the family? Why was their KID so pissed off at them? Why were the kids in the car little bitches? Do you seriously think I will buy that the parents did not notice their child being bullied? Character motivation is what drives the plot of a story, and this anime failed in that aspect.
The horrible writing and dull characters made this an apalling experience to watch.
Highly recommend you not watching this. It is just a waste of time.
I do not usually write reviews, but had to rant about this somewhere.
With 5 episodes left and knowing that they will be reruns of old episodes I think it's good to write the review now, SPOILER ALERT.
When the studio announced that they are going to make a new season I was surprised because from what I have read, the manga should have ended with the last episode of season 3 so I wasn't sure what was going to happen in the new season and I thought it would be random and since it is an original season it would be worse than before but i'm happy to say that I was wrong.
Season 3 ended with Enma Ai
becoming hell girl for eternity and so it was obvious that we were gonna get new stories with different people trying to get revenge and this is what made me like this season, the stories were actually good, unlike season 3 that had awful stories with stupid characters, this one had actual enjoyable ones which makes me happy because that's what the series was built on after all.
We get introduced to a new girl with unknown past that turns out to be a candidate to become new hell girl which was a good thing because it was nice to see a different way of performing as a hell girl and giving a little bit of advice to the person that summons her instead of just giving them the doll and leaving but i'm sure she will become like that in the future and turn into Enma Ai version 2, also it would have been nice to see how it works out with 2 hell girls at the same time and I was disappointed that we won't get to see that because it felt like it had great potential.
One thing that pissed me off is that this is season 4 episode 7 and we still haven't seen the grandma that Ai keeps talking to.
So to keep this review short all I have to say is that the first 6 episode with the stories and new characters were good so 8/10 for that, and seeing that the studio didn't bother to even reanimate the episode with better quality and just copied-pasted the whole episode pissed me off so 1/10 for that, overall i'll leave it at 6/10 because only 7 episodes are out and maybe it will change. (I will probably leave it at 6 even if nothing happened)