Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori

Title:Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori
Hell Girl - The Two Prisoners
Hell Girl Second Cage
Jigoku Shoujo -Futagomori-
Jigoku Shoujo 2
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Notables: R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
R1 License - Subtitled Only
Ai Enma once again returns as the Jigoku Shoujo, who uses Jigoku Tsuushin (Hell Hotline) to allow people to post their grudges on their tormentors, sending them straight to Hell. In exchange, the users of the website will end up in Hell after they die. Meanwhile, a mysterious girl with purple eyes called Kikuri appears and seems to have strange intentions towards Ai and Jigoku Tsuushin's operation.

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Animation by Studio DEEN
26 episodes.
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks
[edit] The Jigoku Shoujo franchise:

OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 9 8 8 8 8 8 Ggultra2764 [series:1479#1552]
The second season of Hell Girl is a great improvement over the first season. While it is still marred with the repetitious developments with the victim and tormentor at a number of points, many of the character stories that Ai and her companions become entangled in are a bit more grey in their developments this time around. Characters among both victim and tormentor in many episodes for this season do come off as flawed this time around where the victim doesn't always come as righteous in their justifications of wanting to banish their tormentor and the tormentor does come off as having redeemable traits that do not make them off as a shallow baddie like many of the foes you would come across from the first season. Ai's three companions even get their backgrounds explored in this season as you get to know what their lives were like before being killed and meeting with Ai.

The character arc involving Takuma made for the best material I seen come out of Hell Girl thus far. It digs deep in exploring just how low people will go in caring for their own well-being, particularly with the suffering that the character of Takuma has to endure when things in his hometown get messy. This hits hard with Ai as the problems that Takuma is dealing with mirror her own tragic past and it pushes her to her breaking point, as well as creating some major developments for her character. The end result of the whole mess creates a bittersweet outcome that is sure to be a touching and worthwhile payoff for those that watch it.

Visuals to the series are about on par with the last season having gorgeous scenery and character designs that have a great amount of detail with some clever moments of animation coming from Ai and her companions tormenting the episode's antagonist though there are reused animation clips during Ai's banishing of the episode's antagonist.

This season is still not without its faults. Other than still being marred with its repetitious plot developments, some episodes still have antagonists with irredeemable traits and there isn't much that we get to learn of new character Kikuri when she joins up with Ai and her companions later in the series.

While still marred with some of the flaws that plagued it in the first season, Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors is still better in the quality of its plotting taking a more grey moral approach with exploring the tensions between victim and tormentor that Ai's group comes across, learning about Ai's three companions and an intense character arc that keeps you hooked on it from start to finish.

Last updated Monday, June 06 2011. Created Monday, June 06 2011.
Buy 9 9 9 8 8 7 Anonymous #2754 [series:1479#2754]
it's a bit better than the last season, there's more variety in the episodes and we get to know more about Ai's assistants. But some of the stories are unreasonable. In one, a mother completely broke down because of her son's death, and was still in love with her son (like motherly love), so her daughter sent her to hell because she thought her mom was selfish. Well, there are good eps too. The ending is sad, but the bit when the girl opens her cell phone and it says that her 'request has been accepted' ruined it. Nevertheless, it was a great ending for a crazy anime. I wonder how the grandma looks like?

Last updated Saturday, November 03 2007. Created Saturday, November 03 2007.
Buy 10 10 10 9 8 7 aoneish [series:1479#1615]
things pretty much pick up where the first ended. the formula seems the same so far, but the stories this season are pretty tragic, and some are even more twisted. the new character serves a kawaii/comedy factor for most of the series and we never really get an explanation for her, we're just meant to draw our own conclusions. enma ai's servants play a larger role than last season though ai herself is as emotionless as ever. we get to see their backgrounds and they spend a lot more time as people than as dolls and thusly we see their personalities more. I like this season better for that single (or triple ^_^) factor. the end deals with history repeating itself and the tragic (or happy? you decide) ending of enma ai. heh, it's always worth sitting through the beginning episodes to see the ending episodes. that was some messed up shit right there.

Last updated Tuesday, May 15 2007. Created Thursday, March 22 2007.

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Official Japanese Series Web Site http://www.jigokushoujo.com/

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