Hell Girl, Vol. 1 - Butterfly
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According to rumor, a mysterious message board exists, accessible only at midnight. Those who find the site have the ability to post a grudge they harbor against someone, and the Jigoku Shojo (Hell Girl) will carry-out the revenge and then transport that persons soul to hell.
Of course, vengeance comes with a hefty price. Those who seek revenge must accept the fact that when they die, their souls will also be taken to hell.
Hell Girl v.1 contains two exclusive art cards!
- Episodes 1-5
- Promotional video
- Making-of promotional video shoot
- Character profiles
- Textless songs
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I bought this anime on another friend's recommendation, and it is an okay anime. It was a little slow at first, but then it starts to pick up towards the end of the volume. However, I could pick up small subplots that I hope will keep the anime even more interesting throughout the other volumes. That being said, parts of the anime is quite repetitive, so if you are not into that, then this is not the anime for you.
On the scale of 1 to 10:
Story gets an 11
Animation gets an 11
Music and sound gets an 11
Art and visuals gets an 11
Overall true score gets an 11
This anime has got to be the best I've seen in a while. It's about people getting pushed past the breaking point. But thanks to a website, which is only accessible at the stroke of midnight, these tormented people can exact their revenge. The Hell Girl, Ai Enma, will torture her victims and then ferry them straight to Hell. However, this revenge site is cursed and Ai's clients will pay a hefty price after they die. Also, Ai Enma herself is a strange one. She seems to have a sense of deep secrecy about her.
If you like seeing people getting what they deserve,
cute little demonesses, :) (I'll consider her that for now)
Then this a must see anime. If your an Otako like me then you probably already have it :) Do not let this one pass you by. There's no time to waste, volume three is coming early January :)
The problem with this show's first 5 episodes is that, for at least four of them, you are watching the exact same thing over and over. The individual stories of each episode's protagonists are quite good and varied, but Hell Girl herself is consigned to word-for-word the same dialogue in almost every single episode. We catch glimpses of her home life, and her partners are an interesting crew, but the ridiculously formulaic nature of these episodes gets old quick. There needs to be some character development for the main cast here for this show to remain interesting for even one more volume.
That said, I really did enjoy these first episodes. The art is beautiful, the colors are amazing to look at, and Hell Girl herself is one of the most visually striking characters I've seen in some time. The soundtrack is very cool, with the most dramatic piece featuring an operatic choir backed by driving orchestral music and Slayer-esque double bass drums. Very effective, though the beginning and ending themes aren't very notable. The stories behind each curse are very good, but you could set your watch to the formula used in the first 4 episodes. The 5th deviates from that formula while still incorporating most of the same elements, but we do get a little more insight to Hell Girl's operation in that episode so hopefully that will be the series' turning point away from the inevitably boring sameness the show seems to be heading towards.
In the end, this is a show that is certainly worth viewing as there is not really anything else like it out there righ now; but only time will tell if the series can break it's own mold and take itself to the next level. If not, then this first volume will be all the "Hell Girl" you need.
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