Jigoku Shōjo: Yoi no Togi
(One episode watched):|
I was wondering why there was so little explanation of just why this website that could be used to damn a person to hell existed, who the team that operated it were, whether the victim has to deserve it, etc. And now I know: because this is in fact the fourth incarnation of Hell Girl, not the first. I had assumed that this was a remake, not a sequel. Early on, I was thinking that this show was really intriguing, as I expected the plot of the entire series to revolve around Mayama, a girl who must endure ceaseless virtual bullying, and Yakawa, a cool but removed girl who seemed to take pity on her. But when it emerged that Yakawa had apparently betrayed Mayama I felt that the intensity quickly fell apart and the show became somewhat predictable. I got the feeling that whereas previously I hadn't known where this was going, now I could guess how it would work out pretty reliably. Perhaps that was the point where I realized that this was going to be an episodic show rather than one with a single plotline developing to the end. I'd rather have one long, detailed, complex plot than a dozen or so less ambitious ones. And the way this first episode ended was rather confusing to me: I was sure that Mayama had jumped to the wrong conclusion, and maybe an innocent person would be damned as a result, but no, she had apparently gotten it more-or-less right, and therefore I felt little sense of tragedy. These people are more pathetic than tragic. In the end, it seems that if I'm interested in Hell Girl, what I need to do is find the first season episodes.
Last updated Tuesday, July 25 2017. Created Sunday, July 23 2017.