Hell Girl: Season 1
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Your Grievance Shall Be Avenged.
Beyond the veil of midnight lies a website, HellCorrespondence.com. Type in the name of one upon which you desire retribution… And it will be served. If you truly desire to take revenge upon those who have wronged you, just untie the scarlet thread from the totem’s neck. Pulling this thread will bind you into a covenant with Ai Enma, who will ferry the soul of your tormentor straight into the depths of Hell. However, once vengeance has been served, you will have to deliver on your end of the bargain. There always has to be a price to pay. When you die, your soul will also belong to Hell. You will never know the joys of Heaven. The decision rests with you.
The Complete First Season Set contains episodes 1-26.
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On the set:
Relying on the cover image shown here for the past year, I thought I would be getting a pretty red set that might have multiple cases. Silly me -- usually the S.A.V.E. sets look little better than bootleg sets (though they are much better quality, the physical set and the video quality). So just be aware, what you will get ordering new from Amazon will be a single clear-hardshell case (with decent artwork), with 4 pretty discs arranged nicely within (it is good, solid packaging). I've uploaded a customer picture so you can see what that will look like. For a S.A.V.E. set, at a killer price, the set is great, but it is not what Amazon pictures (I have given my complaints several times and it's still wrong...).
On the anime:
Basically, it's all about revenge. Teens (or anyone accessing the website) can request Hell Girl to terrify whomever has wronged them, and send them to Hell, but in return they allow their own souls to be ferried to Hell. Yes, a little creepy. Yes, a little dramatic.
I might actually give the anime 4 stars, I'm not sure yet. I've seen the first 10 episodes or so, over the course of about 3 years. So, point -1, it's not something that will really capture you and pull you back. You won't dream about it then rush to finish it in one sitting to end the nightmares (uh, I hope).
+1 The artwork is pretty. I picked up an inexpensive poster of Jigoku Shoujo at an anime convention (and I only own 3 anime posters).
+1 The Japanese cast is good. I haven't tried English.
+1 for the Japanese cultural aspect, you can learn interesting mythology bits from this anime.
+1 It's a good anime to learn some Japanese, because of course it's mostly about school kids. You can watch (or re-watch) episodes without the subtitles and still get what is going on.
Which brings me to another -1: Hell Girl is the only real character, and she's not much of a character. She's mysterious, maybe a bit tragic, but you don't get a lot of her personality (so far?).
+1 You do care for the characters in the various episodes, but -- owing to the nature of the story -- they end up in Hell. It didn't take long for me to get a little tired of these people giving up their lives for revenge, although their situations were helpless enough you could believe they might resort to that.
Having sampled more than 200 anime series, I would recommend you to give this series a try. Ippen, mitemiru?
Very interesting premise for an anime series or series period. To be honest I find some of the story lines in some anime more interesting than some of the live action shows I watch on tv. The characters are interesting and likable,Ai Enma and her three companions,Wanyudo, Honn Onna and Ren Ichimoku are the main protagonist,but there are a few others that are likable as well. The series has great back ground music which really puts you in the mode. The animation for the characters and back grounds is good and you will enjoy the work that went into it. Great series for people who like darker subject matter dealing with real life issues like stalking,domestic abuse,bulling and slander. It's great to watch something that doesn't always have to revolve around the standard things that you see in anime like dudes with giant swords and guns. This dvd is at a good price and has a number of extra features like round table interviews with the Japanese voice actors the full version of the opening and ending songs for season 1 plus promotional material. I almost forgot that the American voice actors are very good and I especially liked the person doing AI's voice. The option to switch to the original Japanese voice actors is there as well as the ability to have the Japanese voice actors with subtitles. Loved the box art which is something I usually don't care about.
As you have heard the show can get a bit repetitive and that's true. It didn't really bother me all that much,but might bother some. It deals with some pretty dark issues and might not be suitable for younger children. Also it doesn't really develop some of the more interesting characters like Ai's workers who help her with her jobs. I kept wanting to know more about them. Also I would have liked a few more episodes focusing on Ai herself. I also would have liked some interview with the American voice actors as well as the Japanese crew.
ALL in all a great series that's very imaginative and fresh. Likable Characters and a interesting plot. A great show that has some room for improvement,but highly enjoyable.