“Jigoku Tsushin,” a website that only accessible exactly at midnight. If you post a hopeless grudge there, Hell Girl will appear and drag your hated foe into Hell. The rumor sounded like an urban myth, yet it spread among the young people and turned out to be true. The girl’s name is Ai Enma. However, the legend does not speak of the contract with the Hell Girl.
– From Crunchyroll.
You would think after three seasons people would start realising that this whole cursing people thing is a terrible idea. And yet here we go again. I must admit, I’m not the biggest fan of this franchise and yet I always find it fairly watchable so I’ve picked up this installment not expecting much more than what we’ve already seen but hoping it will keep me suitably entertained.
This first episode brings us our designated victim of the week and the usual twist where the audience realises that the curser is making a mistake even as we are powerless to prevent them doing something stupid. It is a pretty solid formula and it works even if this show has a tendency to get repetitive.
However, my biggest issue with this first episode was how quickly the situation escalated. Admittedly, bullying sucks and being cornered can make you do some crazy things, but this went from 0 – 100 almost instantly. It kind of cheapens the conflict when it is being driven by a need to fit it into a single episode rather than by being given the time it needs to properly unfold.
That aside, Hell Girl remains suitably creepy and watchable so I guess I’ll follow along for the season.
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