I’ve been meaning to write about this anime for a while, and now that finals are over (yay!) I have lots of time to devote to this blog. Jigoku Shoujo literally means “Hell Girl” in Japanese. It falls under the horror genre, but after seeing this first episode, I’m not so sure that would be the best description of this anime.
The basic premise of the series is that there is a “Hell’s Revenge Agency” (my term, not translated from anything) that will take requests from people who need to seek revenge against someone for whatever reason. The client must log into the agency’s website at 12 midnight (so I guess hell is based on Japan time?) and type the jerk’s name into a form. The agency makes sure that the victim gets sweet revenge. In return, the client also must go to hell when they die (WTF?).
In the first episode, we see a girl being bullied by her classmates. Since this anime is probably going to be episodic (new characters every time), I won’t go into details about these girls’ names. Anyway, the girl is put into several compromising positions (see screencap 2), and she decides she’s had enough. She types the bully’s name into the website and *pin pon* her request is accepted. Jigoku Shojou gives her some kind of voodoo doll that she needs to unwrap to start the revenge process. This is the part of the series I’m not too impressed with.
For revenge, the bully is led to the school, and has a series of (somewhat) scary things happen to her before she gets sent to hell. For example:
- She sees people with no faces
- She picks up a soccer ball and it turns into a skull
- She sees her other bully friends being sucked into a wall
- Giant eye on the ceiling!
Generally, these things (in real life) would be pretty scary, but in the context of this anime, they’re laugh out loud funny! Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood to be scared, but more likely, the show just didn’t do a good job of setting the mood for scariness.
Besides the unintentional humor, there isn’t much that’s interesting about this anime for now. I don’t really dig these character designs. Jigoku Shoujo looks pretty cool, but the other characters seem somewhat generic. On top of that, Jigoku Shoujo isn’t even on screen for that long considering she’s the main character. For now, the coolest part about the series is the ending credits sequence. Such pretty colors.
I also simply have a problem with the premise of the show. Is this girl’s life really so bad that she has to make a faustian deal just to get revenge? Couldn’t she just poison the bully’s curry rice or something? If this anime just follows the same plot template over and over again, it’ll get redundant faster than a scooby-doo marathon. I’m putting this anime on probation right now (maybe one or two episodes before I drop) so hopefully it’ll get better. If you have seen more of this series, and it does get better, please let me know! I love comments.