Originally Posted by Onegai:
Studio(s): Studio Deen, Aniplex
Alternative Name: Hell Girl (U.S.)
Genres: Suspense, Horror, Drama, Tragedy
Hell Correspondence is a website only accessible at midnight and only to those who truly seek revenge. When someone seeks revenge they need only submit the name of their antagonist to Hell Correspondence. The antagonist will then be sent to hell for eternity but in exchange so will the sender – only when they die of course. This is where we meet the series protagonist; Ai. She appears as a young teen and her job is to carry out the revenge and ferry the souls to hell. It’s obvious almost straight away that Ai does not enjoy the work she does. She’s a very quiet and sad girl, perhaps in total despair of her existence and humanity’s need for vengeance. Initially each episode seems self contained but as the series progresses, so the episodes become more and more interconnected with the appearance two very important key characters (No spoilers!) who both end up caught in the middle of everything. Soon, as more and more is revealed about all the players involved, it becomes quite clear that there is a definite connection between them.
Jigoku Shoujo is one of the more original pieces of work I’ve seen in a while. Despite this, it isn’t for everyone. It’s reliant mainly on suspense and good story telling with very little action but a good deal of horror. The series is mysterious and will have you on the edge of your seat once the plot gets going but at the same time there’s something about it that’s heart-wrenchingly dramatic. The atmosphere is eerie and mournful with a soundtrack that’s chilling to the bone. The pace of the story seems to accelerate; beginning at a mediocre speed but picking up as the overall story unravels. Peripherally, it’s also a very critical look at society and humanity and it explores a lot of questions about morality. The character development is good although in some cases it could have done slightly better. Personally, it’s one of my favourite series ever but if you like lots of sword fights, Mecha battles and things exploding, it may not be to your taste. I’d like to compare it to other anime out there and say “If you liked xyz, then you’ll like this” but I actually can’t because of just how different this series is.