Listen guys, I'm about to save you a whole lot of time here. Let me start by saying that I absolutely love this series. I don't care that it's repetitive in a sense of same theme different characters, I think it's a great series on a whole. This season starts off like that and gives you a slight 3rd season vibe where they introduce a new character and hell girl backstory subplot. All in all, this part was definitely interesting and I was really excited to see where they were gonna go with this.
*Spoilers* (kind of)
Unfortunately this new plot lasts for about 6 episodes. It
was resolved quickly and half-assedly (for lack of a better term), and then they said, "You know what was great? That time we did that thing from past season." And from then on they lost me. I may like repetitive themes but I do not like recap episodes, they are actually a waste of time.
So if you don't want to waste your time, I wouldn't recommend watching the whole thing. Watch up to episode 6 and then say you've watched the whole thing because technically you did. There's no shame in only watching the good parts of an anime. (Here's looking at you SAO.)
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.
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.
I will be honest and blunt here season 4 of Jigoku Shoujo is a waste of time and it’s not like the previous 3 seasons that had an actual story and character development.The lack of originality is missing, the poor writing is all over the place and the enjoyment is zero.Also if you are wondering if this has any connection with the previous season you are wrong, it has nothing to do with the whole series at all it’s just a 12 episode cour waste of money and time.
The first 6 episodes are just cheap drama that turns into edgy stuff and it
makes you wonder what on earth happened to the whole story and series in this anime and the last 6 episodes are a recap of what you already have seen from the other seasons. Well one thing for sure they wanted to promote their dvd sells so they wasted a lot of time on this season.
The story is not interesting at all, as usual you have the episodic plot where someone sends to hell a person and the reasons why she must be punished. I don’t mind this at all my only problem is that the horror atmosphere was ruined and turned into and edgy comedy show. I will be honest I had a good laugh at that family arc where everybody hated someone. The characters actions where so damn funny that the emotional atmosphere was ruined and the way they beat up each other and scream was so edgy that made me almost drop this anime.Also the main story is exactly the same thing from season 3 but they changed the character art style and the story of the girl who will succed as Jigoku Shoujo to make it look original. Muh originality….
What I like from this anime was Ai Ennma who always maintains her character strong and the opening song. The animation and ost are great and in my opinion wasted on this season.
If you are looking for great things like the other seasons provided look somewhere else this is not worth your time , the ending lacks originality and if you don’t want to ruin your opinion about jigoku shoujo don’t watch this.
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
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 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 with only some little parts added at the beginning pissed me off so 3/10 for that.
With the last episode out now, I guess this is the last we will ever hear of it, all I can say now is that i'm really going to miss this anime :(
This anime is the fourth and most likely final season of the Hell Girl animated series which began airing in 2005.
For those who haven't watched the previous installments, I highly recommend you take the time to watch the first season at the very least, even if I don't think it makes a difference to know Ai's backstory, it gives a nice perspective when you compare the humble beginnings to what it has became today, I mean, it's been over a decade, almost 14% of an adult male's mean life expectancy nowadays. (just let that sink in)
The Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) series can be considered a
collection of short stories that never span for longer than one episode, with one exception in which it is divided in two parts, where different characters are involved in a number of events linked to the Hell Correspondence (Jigoku Tsuushin) a group of supernatural entities that have been tasked with providing humans with a "service" of sorts that allows them to send people to hell, provided that they have accepted the conditions of the contract that is formed between them and Enma Ai, who is a mysterious, emotionless girl playing the role of the protagonist in every season.
The premise remains unchanged but there's always a deuteragonist, a character whose story takes place in a different context which develops independently or even tangentially from each of the stories, yet they invariably find themselves sharing a unique kind of relationship with Enma Ai.
In Yoi no Togi, we are presented with one of those new characters, a nameless girl wearing a green dress, whose existence appears to be similar to that of Enma Ai and as such is infered to be that of a supernatural entity in the human world.
In all seasons, the different short stories deal with an assorted variety of dark themes such as dysfunctional families, abusive relationships, physical and psychological torture, deep resentment and sentimental conflicts which cause major distress to those who are subject to them, but always with a focus on the pain that builds up and festers a desperate need for an individual to accept the eradication of another person as the solution to an inescapable conflict even on the face of the prospect of spending an eternity in 'Hell', which is then accepted as a more desirable fate than enduring the present state of affairs. In that sense, the only common underlying theme to all of the stories appears to be that tragic fate which awaits both the victim and the aggresor and the internalization of the concept of 'Hell' as a state of endless damnation and suffering of the soul, and with little to no mention of a 'Heaven' throughout the series it becomes evident that there's an interest on the part of the Hell Correspondence (and Ai herself especially) for these people to actively choose hell as the only alternative instead of finding a different (if any) solution to the conflict, as there are only exceptional cases where sending someone to hell was not the ultimate and decisive goal set by either the victim or Enma Ai's team even when the option existed for them to solve the conflict without sending anyone to hell.
Now if you'd ask me, I'd say the stories themselves might be the best part of the entire show, they are like urban legends, things that may or may not have happened, but such as all urban legends, you just know it has that bit of truth somewhere in there, and makes you wonder what would have actually happened without the added supernatural aspect of the Hell Correspondence as the cop-out method to reach that much needed "closure" and solve the problems that its clients face, those times you feel the need to take a side, and decide for yourself which one is in the right, it gives you that sense of foreboding that resembles the expectations of a human drama as you follow it closely to the end, and even when you know that the only possible conclusion is the obvious one (i.e someone will go to hell), it's often never as simple as agreeing that what the victim did was the right thing, simply for the fact that he/she was being victimized or made to endure a living hell, there's the anticipation and realization that the outcome isn't going to be exactly what you were expecting, and the theoretical contrast between the concept of hell and whether life can be worse or the same.
But at the same time, there are those episodes where stories are just barely realistic, and or, loosely based on existing stories that are commonplace in the horror and mystery lore even when they are not carbon copies, episode 13 and 17 from season one come to mind, and don't seem to serve much purpouse other than filling a time slot, this might be a problem for some but as I see it, the only people that would enjoy Hell Girl would be those willing to sit through a slow paced development, the dark themes alone demand of the viewer a certain measure of contemplation and deep thought and there's barely any room for entertainment sometimes even when the third season tried to be a bit less serious on the punishment sequences and gave Ai a bit of a (sick) humor sense mixed with some strange "fanservice" bits, you can forget about that in Yoi no Togi though, this one went back to the first season in that department.
Incidentally, I feel that the themes pertaining the nature of hell itself versus life in the living world once again becomes a central theme in Yoi no Togi, which I believe fell somewhat short on its execution compared to the other seasons, maybe has something to do with the time they actually dedicated to developing the character of Michiru, who went from nameless amnesiac girl, to what she would become in what? 3-4 episodes? now this is probably not a bad thing, but taking half a cour to build up the character and their motives and then following with an abrupt conclusion wasn't probably the best way to come back after 3 seasons with almost 25 episodes each, though in all honesty I'm biased for Hajime's story so I could be setting the bar too high here.
Animation on the other hand, has never been exceptionally great, but for this type of work the visuals are not the main attraction, so I can forgive that much, even then in Yoi no Togi, there has been a significant improvement from the type of animation we are used to, looking back to the first season, you can see how the animation team in studio Deen has moved up from the early 2000 digital animation techniques to the current animation programs with the typical crisp lineart you see in 2012 and up anime, and yet the character designs remain consistent with the previous seasons which is already a lot considering it's been well over 10 years.
All things considered, I don't feel disappointed revisiting this series in what will probably be the last season, I'm glad to be met with the same lovely Hell Girl I remember from a while back, but nostalgia aside, I feel this type of work being preserved as it was with little to no changes is probably for the best, a rare hybrid between a slice of life and a horror supernatural drama that never gets old, a timeless anthology of misery and tragedy.
As someone who absolutely LOVES the Hell Girl/Jigoku Shoujo series, it honestly pains me to write this. I am choosing to write this, however, because I want to be honest with people before they waste their time.
If you've watched the other 3 seasons you know the formula of this series. It can be tedious and redundant, but it has its charm in the end. I even enjoyed most of mitsuganae (season 3) despite the criticism it received. The final arc of each season was always what made the series worth watching in my opinion.
Upon finding out a 4th season was coming out, I was absolutely
ecstatic. I kept an open mind and enjoyed the first few episodes, but here's what makes this season horrible:
Yoi no Togi gives us the same themes we've all seen before. What makes it frustrating is it takes humanity and makes them the dumbest, most evil creatures to the point where it's entirely unrealistic. Apparently things like the police don't exist in this world. One character forms a negatively skewed point of view and every one else piggybacks right onto that opinion without a second thought and suddenly everyone hates one innocent person for absolutely no good reason - at least that's the story with the new main character they added.
Overall it was the same premise of "here's this girl that's dead that's supposed to become the new Hell Girl for some reason". (even though she didn't do anything wrong, but I guess that's up to your interpretations/values since it follows the religions and values of Japan as far as I am aware) However this was only the story for THE FIRST 6 EPISODES.
This is a 12 episode season. The "new"/main story ends halfway through.
Not only is this appalling and unacceptable for an anime to do, but those 6 episodes were very poorly fleshed out. I feel if they slowed down the pace, added more development and such to the story, it could have spanned out at least a little longer. The storytelling itself seems rushed and a lot is unexplained. Within the same episode the girl destined to become the next Hell Girl says she'll never ever do it, and strongly opposes it, and then a little later suddenly becomes the Hell Girl and is doing her job? What does that leave Ai and her crew with? It's unexplained and unsatisfying.
So after that story ends, the anime lets you know that the next 6 episodes of the season will be LITERAL RE-RUNS OF SEASON 1. They aren't re-animated, they aren't re-done in any way-- just a blatant re-run of episodes we've already seen. Why? What is the purpose of this? I waited until the re-run episode came out before I wrote a review because I wanted to give it a chance. Who knows, maybe we would have been pleasantly surprised if they did something new with it? Nope. It feels like they just completely gave up and didn't know what to do for the rest of the series.
It's sad and inexcusable to me to be honest. I value quality over quantity and while I was happy to see more new Hell Girl, I was greatly let down and would have preferred if this season didn't exist at all.
If you're a huge fan like myself, you'll likely want to watch at least the first 6 episodes, which is fair. After that though? It's almost insulting and you don't need to waste your time. I think I need to go back and re-watch a different season just to get rid of the bad and unsatisfactory taste left in my mouth from this attempt at a season.
Short but good, jigoku shoujo always knows how to give you the chills, a lot of crude and interesting new stories and a lot of jerks sent to hell, wich is always satisfying to watch.
Personally, I grew up with this series and its always hype when a new season comes out, in this particular one we have the introduction of a new character/hell girl with a depressing but interesting background story, and my personal favorite character design for a hell girl so far, it gives the series a new tone of seriousness.
Pretty nice season, is what you would expect, the same formula well excecuted,
the only dealbreaker for me is the length, just 6 episodes of actual new content and what it seems to be 6 throwback episodes, putting that aside I'm pretty satisfied with this new season, must watch for any jigoku shoujo fan.
This review is written after watching the first 6 episodes (the second 6 are all recap).
Wow, what a disappointment! I have always loved the various Hell Girl anime series. They're almost all episodic, to the point that you can pick up anywhere. The characters are usually personable, making you want to learn more about what makes them so horrible. The Hell Girl crew is enjoyable to watch as they seem so worn about what they've seen in the world. The animation is usually big eyed creep fest, plus beautiful florals. Add in thematic and atmospheric music. Sounds great, right? Well, throw all that out
the window for this 4th season. Although the producers had years to make it, these 6 episodes are pure crap and just plain difficult to watch.
The animation has been destroyed. The characters' expressions are grossly unrealistic, barely moving garbage. Enma Ai's dramatic transformation sequence is nonexistent. It's like cutting out Sailor Moon's transformation: unthinkable. The coloring that made the settings so bold and atmospheric in the past, are 2 dimensional and bland here.
The music and sound are different in general, with nothing standing out at all. Again, in the past the music really dramatically pulls you in. Nonexistent here. The OP didn't fit the characters or theme at all.
Going into this, I knew to only expect 6 episodes of story. So I was very confused why, after a few episodes, the girl in green had barely been addressed, with maybe one line per episode + meaningful looks at the main cast before, frustratingly, disappearing. Her presence just doesn't make sense. There were so many other choices throughout the series who could have played the role she ends up being assigned. It could have been explained in much further detail. Yet by the end of the "series," it's almost like a clear insult to the main Hell Girl group. Like the writers are really letting you know they don't like their creations any longer.
Skip this and rewatch the first 3 seasons! Hold out for the creators to make a better version.
Overall good story, and a great leading character of Enma Ai, but the storyline for the series is too repetitive. I'm currently trying to watch this, but I just can't seem to get to it. I'm not too sure why to be fair, maybe because I know that all that can be expected is what was already seen in the first and second season. This means, that we will see Ai Enma taking up on requests from people, who want to send someone to hell. If perhaps we see Yuzuki become the real Hell Girl, instead of just her temporary replacement, to give a different
twist to the storyline then I would be tempted to finish it. So far though I don't think I will bother finishing the whole show.
though it received such low scores from most of it's viewers, i actually had fun with the series, like back in season 2 the reasons for revenge are well justified (at least for me), it's not all about about high school problems anymore in which i find childish and adults are also taking part of pulling the string.
However it seems that the show still didn't improve, as usual it's usual flaw is that the show will get better but it's a little too late, to top it off, I don't think Michiru is necessary for the show, just let Ai be hell girl also
what will happen to Ai now?
Overall this 4th season of Hell girl was fun for me but it has some major plot points, if this is another 26 episode anime it could have been better.
This whole fourth season was made to make money. A disgusting cash grab that tarnishes the franchise.
For starters, it seems they just wanted to make some money off of the franchise, and instead of putting real effort into it, they decided to do the following: make six original episodes, then throw in episodes that aired years ago so they didn't have to do any actual work. I can't think of a lazier, more shameful way to make money off of a franchise.
Okay, so let's focus on the six episodes that were original. Out of those six, I think three were.... alright, and the rest
were... watchable. I was pretty annoyed that they rehashed the plot of the third season, by having another girl take over for Ai, because again, they didn't want to put any effort in making an actual fourth season. They know they can get away with selling anything by slapping Ai Enma on the cover.
So I'll now score the various elements of the first six episodes only, because the other six aren't part of this second, they belonged to other seasons.
Again, half of the anime was just rehashed from old seasons, and they stole the third season's plot for the first six. Disgusting.
My god, some of the six episodes has decent art, but some of them had such bad art quality drop, I'm pretty sure they exported it to Zimbabwe. If the whole anime had the art quality that those episodes did, I'd rate it as a 2.
Still has the stellar soundtrack that it always had. The soundtrack is the best part of this whole train wreck.
I mean, they still have Ai and her followers, so that keeps it from being completely dead. I didn't care for Michiru at all, because she was just... a plot device really, and not a character, even if they showed her backstory. And everything significant that happens with her happens in... IN TWO EPISODES. THE "MAIN" CHARACTER HAS TWO EPISODES WHERE ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT HAPPENS WITH HER. OUT OF TWELVE. AND HALF OF THAT DOESN'T ACTUALLY COUNT AS PART OF THE ANIME.
This was garbage. An embarrassment. A cash grab. Why else would they make a sudden fourth season years after the last one ended? Absolutely lazy.
First things first, I write this review out of mere spite and am thoroughly disappointed with this season, so I'm going to be brief. Six episodes of the fourth season of Hell Girl are completely new and in every way a "Hell Girl" worthy episode. The last six on the other hand, are RECAPS from seasons 1, 2, and 3. Except for short 2-3 minute skits in the beginning of each episode, the episodes that follow that are copy and pasted from early seasons and are not worth watching. I have a very good memory and I can say with confidence that these episodes are
the same down to the T.
The series should have stopped by episode six because this is the last one with exposition relevant to this season and the fact that they(the studio) had to rely on old episodes to make that 12-episode contract work is the lowest of the low.
I would have been okay with rewatching the episodes with the new Hell Girl replacing Ai, but unfortunately they couldn't even be bothered to do that and so this concludes my review.
(Based on the first 6 episodes)
Story - 6
Art - 7
Sound - 8
Character - 3
Enjoyment - 4
Overall - 3