Have you heard of Jigoku Tsuushin (Hell Correspondence)? Those with a powerful grudge may only access this mysterious website at midnight, allowing them to enter anyone’s name and have that person be ferried straight to hell. Ai Enma, the Hell Girl, will not judge whether or not the chosen target deserves punishment; she will merely exact revenge on them for you. Not much is known about this young girl other than that she swiftly carries out her tasks with the help of three straw dolls. There is just one catch, however—as payment for carrying out such a request, the user must condemn themselves to an afterlife in hell. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
This excellent anime should be more popular. Currently, I know a pitiful few people that have actually watched it. It was (and still is) a good breath of wind after all the shonen that came out (This is a 2005 anime. Quite close to the big 3’s peak power.). Recommended for those that want to seek something deep inside them and other humans. Instead of a “shonen” or “shojo” brand, this should have “human” on it. To anyone who has watched this (I think I have better chance getting a message from aliens): Watch Hell Girl Futakomori- the second season. It is equally as good. In some points, even better.
Shin’s Anime Review
Hell Girl is a powerful piece, marred by low budget issues and maybe a touch too long at 26 episodes, its reach, scope and impact cannot be denied. Breaking boundries, challenging morals and opinion while never falling into the trap of making the “bad” side “good” or heavy-handedly attempting to invoke empathy and understanding for their actions. Even now, 7 years after its initial release it has a powerful wake that many other shows have emulated, to varying degrees of success, its influence even felt in western shows (many plot points in the respected series “Supernatural” can be seen as being taken from this series, which predates it). Season One sets the tone, background and style for the ones that follow.
There is a distinctive mysterious, ghostly quality that makes the show worth viewing. However, halfway through the series, you’ll almost always be able to predict the end of each episode.
This is not a series that will be enjoyed by everyone. If you are babysitting six-year-old children with a tendency to have nightmares, show them Sugar Sugar Rune and pack them off to bed before you watch this show. If you are watching with impatient young boys who want to punch everyone, show them Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari, which is a more masculine interpretation of similar mythological images. But if you watch TV with girls and women who often feel that they cannot resort to violence, by all means watch this show. It masters the most difficult part of horror fiction — it combines the beautiful with the ugly, it draws the viewer in while repulsing the viewer at the same time. In the end, even if you had wanted to look away, you find that you cannot, and your attention is brought to the message of the story.
Canne’s Anime Review
I like this anime because it lets me see the world from many aspects and it gets my thoughts running all the time. The anime does not give conclusion about which person is right or whether Ai’s action is decent but the viewers must use their own judgments. The animation quality and original soundtrack are very well done. Some people may feel that the series lack real ending. Conclusion: Despite some repetition and extremely depressing mood, each episode of Hell Girl is great on its own and the series as a whole are powerful and thought-provoking.
Anime News Network
Let’s be perfectly honest: Hell Girl is not the greatest horror series ever made. Most times it doesn’t even approach “great”, settling instead for “good” with its tried-and-true formula of modern-day issues, supernatural themes, and vengeance. Slick, high-quality visual production also makes this a pleasure to watch, despite the occasional animation slip-ups. It may not be instant must-see material, but any fan of the horror genre should give it a shot—and then, perhaps, ask themselves the deep question that underlies the series: “Would I accept eternal torture in the afterlife, in exchange for temporary relief and revenge now?”
I’m giving it 2 stars for the very repetitive first six episodes, 5 for the rest of the series, with a weighted rating of 4 stars.
The Fullmetal Narcissist
I first saw Hell Girl when the first two episodes aired in Gaiaonline.com’s long forgotten theater feature in 2007. Funimation was airing a few shows there, but Hell girl was the one I became immediately addicted to. I went out and bought the first DVD, and before long, I wound up watching it on it’s own several times through. It quickly became one of my favorite shows as I gathered up each individual disk upon release, before eventually trading it all in for the thinpack to save room on my shelf. I can easily see someone getting frustrated with the formulaic nature of the series, but for me, it just kept getting better and better. Of course, even through my furious rewatchings of the first DVD, even I was able to recognize the pacing issues each episode had, as they could either flesh out the client, the tormentor, or the situation, but there was never enough time for all three… And yet, somehow, my biggest regret about this series is that with so many interesting characters, we never get to check back on any of them. Just one episode set in hell would be enough, really. In any case, if you’re looking for a spooky anime to watch this October, this anthology of antipathetic animosity easily gets one of my first recommendations.
My Anime List
Anyway, this anime is one of those where you’ll either love it or hate it. This is a series that got me hooked on the first episode, but if you aren’t enjoying it by the third or fourth, then you most likely won’t get into it. I hope this review has helped you and convinced you to look into this wonderful anime. Have fun and enjoy.
The animation is quite good, the music matches the mood, whether it is sadness or anxiety, and you have an unique show out of a very popular, dismal subject.
If you like you surreal horror, moody atmosphere of creepiness and a bit of the old school horror genre, this anime might be for you.
Hell Girl would be a great anime IF it had far more plot, and far less episodes. It was like a good punch line you heard so many times that it stopped being funny no matter how much they tried to flavour it. It is not a show I recommend, aside from a few episodes just to get the basic idea. Beyond that, I enjoyed far more other similar shows such as Hundred Stories or Mononoke. They lasted far less and had a lot more memorable cases and interesting characters.
The Nihon Review
Despite what could have been, Jigoku Shoujo is a must see for anime horror fans (all five of you) because it does the most important thing a horror show can do: be creepy. For those who want more, Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori may provide what Jigoku Shoujo lacked, but I wouldn’t hold out much hope. Perhaps we could access the Hotline to Hell and send all those filler episodes where they belong before they poison the sequel the same way they did the original.