Airs in about a half hour.
Three seasons is a lot for people who still haven't watched it -- three seasons of rage of the week format is even worse. Especially since they all aired god knows how many years ago.
It gets better over time. 3rd season is honestly great. If you really want you can skip the second and the first if you had to. You dobt miss much except back story on the main characters which never really becomes relevant.
It's considered a classic in Japan. Pretty much every anime fan has watched an episode or two, or at least knows the general premise of the show. In the west though, not so much.
I can straight watch this season?? I watched till like 12th episode of the first season, episodes were too predictable and boring maybe back then when it aired it was a good weekly watch.
I'd watch season 3 just because it's good. But none of the seasons really require you to have watched the previous ones. They're pretty episodic. There is one episode devoted to the back stories of each of the 4 or 5 main characters, but they never end up mattering. Chances are you can watch this season without much of an issue regardless though
yes. marathoned all 3 seasons some time ago. quite the experience this way. honestly, if they don't introduce the new character immediately i won't be able to tell whether an episode of s4 is a rerun
she was dead all along an passed on after a brief stint as a hell girl? something like that - you got to hear satomi satou go 'ippen shinde miru' once. also, she congratulated ai on having had a boyfriend before dying. sluts, the lot
>S1 OP playing during a few episodes of S2
this is okay
Watched to watch this live along with you guys a few months ago.
Season 1 is overall the best.
Season 2 is not as good but has the best climax
Season 3 overall was worse than both and was mostly boring.
Hopefully they try to be more old style instead of experimental unlike last time.
Is she the new "Hell Girl" protege? Seems like Enma AI bring her everywhere and talks to her a lot in the PV.
Was it yuri?
Where are my Hajimebros at? Not only was he the voice of reason, but his conclusion was the best in the series and he even wrote a fucking book to help prevent future Hell Girl outbreaks. His legacy will live on and continue to cuck Enma Ai's schemes even after retiring from the seigi-no-mikata life.
It's a shame Tsugumi was so wishy-washy in S3. I wanted her to help and heal Yuzuki.
Can't believe this is a thing.
This show has nothing going for besides Ai's character design and teh Mamiko, yet t's getting a new season after all that time?
It's always the same shit!
I guess the Japanese audience is really hungry for discount horror like Yami Shibai and they thought it was a good idea.
It's the thought that counts. Yuzuki was basically begging Tsugumi for help near the end, but she just kind of did nothing. I understand that was the point, but I feel it could have been handled better.
But he did win. He's the only character in the entire show that's avoided banishment without any outside influence. He accepted his faults, and Tsugumi chose not to banish him because of it. Ai didn't get her way, and the Shibata bloodline lives on. That's pretty much the definition of "winning" in a show like Hell Girl.
Enough about 'winners'
Who's the biggest loser so far?
Wasn't there an episode with a dude who died literally a few minutes after pulling the string? Maybe it doesn't count as the biggest loser, but it was one of the most ironic ones out of them all.
The Devil's Child had a rough life. It must suck being the living embodiment of a scapegoat. RIP in peace to his mom and two NBR big sisters.
He got a relatively happy ending, though, all things considered.
>that nurse that got sent to hell for no reason
>the fat bitch that killed the puppies
>the one where the jealous girl pours acid down her rival's throat to destroy her vocal cords
Those episodes still haunt me to this day.
Wait, they're being this back? Who the fuck wanted this back? It was so forgettable, not even in a "so bad it's good way" just a "why am I even wasting my time with this" way.
Funnily enough, that's pretty much how the dub VA sounded.
Not if it's for food.
It's certainly not good, but it's a very
comfyshow to watch late at night every now and then. I've seen all of it like that, even the live-action. It's certainly not a show to marathon like most of /a/ does. If you're in the mood you might get that "maybe one or two more" feeling but 3-4 episodes is the most I could stomach at the time, but that's not a proper indicator of liking or disliking a show IMO.
It only really falls apart when they try to mix a story arc into the plot. It's why season three was so bad.
But season 1 had the best episode of the series, a true 10/10.
I still get teary eyed just thinking about it.
This show has one of the best aesthetics of any anime I've ever seen. I loved it.
The early pacing certainly put a lot of people off, it took a *long* time to change & start to play around with the format.
Visuals and direction were top notch, but the animation itself was pretty bad. This season being shorter would ultimately be for the best since they (at least I'm assuming) would be able to spend more on animating it.
>[Ohys-Raws] Jigoku Shoujo Yoi no Togi - SP (BS11 1280x720 x264 AAC).mp4
This looks like half clip show and half interviews with the staff. Part of the new season or just a promotional special?
>The fourth season is licensed by Aniplex of America and is set to be streamed on Amazon Prime Video and Crunchyroll.
I don't get why HS isn't picking it up then. They're releasing far more obscure stuff this season.
Creepycute is best cute.
Well it's an anime original. Hell Girl will send someone you hate to hell for a price. You have to go to hell too when you die. Each episode is a different story. Starts out slow
Get your head out of the gutter, Anon.
No. In a nutshell: they were priming a new girl to be the new Hell Girl after Ai dies in S2. The last story arc has the new girl accepting her role as Hell Girl after she finds out she was dead all along or some shit that doesn't really make sense. She ended up fucking up on her first job by sending someone to hell for personal revenge. Basically, someone sent her friend to hell, her friend's father wanted to send that person to hell for revenge but he couldn't go through with it, cue her getting upset and doing it herself. Except she was dead the whole time so I'm not even sure how she and the girl were friends. Anyway, the new Hell Girl got fired and Ai becomes Hell Girl again.
Also, Hajime's daughter is an adult and shows up for some time. They imply that she was meant to be a Hell Girl candidate but avoided it somehow. Honestly, the whole season is just mediocre, with people being sent to hell for almost no real reason sometime (and it isn't even a plot point like it was in S2).
Wait, you're saying being disturbed by the death of two small dogs is some kind of bad thing? Are you Korean or some shit?
>This show has nothing going for besides Ai's character design and teh Mamiko
Eh, the companions are all likeable and there is an interesting client from time to time and most of the episodes outside the formula are pretty fun, even if you have to sit through multiple scenes of old gossiping ladies avoiding eye contact with people their are badmoutting to get there
That's because it gets old real fast.
They introduce more continuous story threads later, but honestly I could only handle so much 'Vendetta of the week' shit.
Also, the base idea is a little frustrating since a lot of the time the grudge is definitely not worth going to hell for, especially since the potential user knows that by that logic there must be a heaven or something too. Either the first episode or the one with the VET who killed some girls dog are probably the worst offenders of that kind of thing.
It doesn't matter whetever shit's worth going to hell for, if someone wants you to go to hell then you're going to hell even if the worst sin you committed was bumping into some rando on the street.
Not on the victims side, on the users side.
Honestly, I know that getting into a good high school is really important for jap kids, but it's not worth going to hell and suffering for eternity just to get back at the bitch who ruined your reputation, it's not like killing her even fixes that problem.
>not worth going to hell for
That kinda bring the question, if you where going to send someone to hell but pussy out after hearing you would go to hell too, shouldn't you go to hell anyway? There was no regret or anything, the intent was there and you just where afraid of the consequences
> Shouldn't you go to hell anyway?
Not necessarily, you may not have good intentions but at least you didn't actually kill someone, so you've got a better chance at staying out of hell than literally handing your soul over anyway.
>implying I couldn't tackle some ghost loli
For the most part, if you've watched one episode, you've watched them all.
Follows an incredibly rigid "victim of the week" structure, with the exact same story beats and reused footage every single episode.
I dropped it before later seasons that was supposed to fix that.
One of the major themes of Jigoku Shoujo deals with making terrible, compulsive decisions with massive consequences, as a means to deal with a temporary problem.
Half the point is that the user (usually) ends up regretting their decision, and it haunts them for the rest of their life in the form of mark on their body as a reminder.
I get that's the point, and many times it works well, but some are just so not even worth thinking about that it's ridiculous how anyone would be able to do it, at those points it just feels like the writers force the character to go along with it despite them probably being smart enough or having enough time to think it through and decide against it.
Fair point. I think the series would benefit a lot from having more episodes where the user doesn't end up pulling the string. That way there'd be more variety to the episodes and it'd feel a lot less repetitive since you wouldn't be sure what they'd end up doing.
Wow, this thread sure is dead for a first episode thread.
It's just not the same without SNoW doing the OPs. Those OPs were pretty much the best part of the show.
>Wow, this thread sure is dead for a first episode thread.
This shouldn't surprise you senpai, I expected Panty and Stocking season two to air alongside the new Haruhi before Jigoku Shoujo got a 4th season.
Should I watch hell girl season 1? I mean, I watched the first episodes and it looked pretty bad. I can guess that it is the same story, (Someone gets bullied > they go to the site > they make the deal, but are warned about their soul being sent to hell > they hesitate > shit gets real and they send the guy to hell > then the person has to live the rest of his life, knowing that he will also go to hell) every episodes for 26 episodes. I mean, I already hate episodic shows, but they are also about melodramatic victimizing. What is the appeal of the show? Why do so many like it? Why should I watch it?
If you don't like episodic shows, you're not going to like Jigoku Shoujo. Enma Ai has a decent background story that eventually gets explored, but it takes a long time for the show to get there. The main problem with the series is its pacing across 26 episodes.
Mamiko Noto is still singing the ED though, which have always been good.
Im not a newfag and I have acceptable taste. I just don't like episodic shows that all follow the same formula, and misery/revenge porn. I read the first summary of the first 10 episodes and this just seems awful.
>Hajime's daughter is an adult and shows up for some time
You mean her?
Damn what a waste
>Im not a newfag and I have acceptable taste
So why are you even here?
You decided to hate a show you never actually watched through, you clearly cemented your opinion so either you are begging for attention or just trying to irk fans of the show.
That's not it. I watched the first episode of the show a while back, since I heard it being praised. I didn't really like it, so i left if on-hold. So now I saw this thread and thought that it's a good place to ask about the show.
More interesting in what aspect, exactly? Season 2 had episodes dedicated to developing Ai's followers, and the whole "Devil's Child" arc was a good parallel to Ai's past that caused her conflict.
Season 3, on the other hand, took almost all of the focus off Ai, and gave us Yuzuki, who's boring and passive to the point that if she wasn't included in most episodes, you wouldn't notice a difference. I'm not sure the story even builds up to anything, other than the fact that Yuzuki was dead all along and she was supposed to replace Ai.
Season 3 was a mess.
That reveal was actually a little upsetting because it felt like they just scrapped the candidate plot in S1 which would have worked 1000x better with Hajime and his much more likable daughter.
I liked the general gist of the plot and what they were going for, but the execution was poorly done. It felt like there was just no real reason to watch the show in contrast to the first two seasons which at least had Hajime, the kid and the companion episodes. Then along came the DEAD ALL ALONG Shyamalan twist that had no real bearing on anything other than to give her a tragic backstory.
>Season 2 had episodes dedicated to developing Ai's followers
Those were really good.
Its aesthetic and direction is pretty nice, as is the music. The revenge plots are certainly tiring and no one will say that they're anything more than slightly above average on a good day. All I can say is don't marathon it.
The guy who teamed up with two ladies to take down three guys, then died while they were toasting to it. Or the guy who got tricked by the girlfriend of the pedo he sent to hell. Or that kid who sent the abusive husband to hell, then thought he'd get some pre-cake pussy, but the battered wife got the fuck out of dodge rather than mess with a kid who somehow got rid of her husband.
>What does lurking have to do with anything.
Pretty much does with your whole set of questions. You could make one google search and find the answers or if you had any prior experience you'd know not to ask stupid questions like this on /a/ of all places.
But of course you are totally not a newfag.
Just give plenty of AI, I don't need much else
This episode right here is when Ai became my waifu
She pretty much lewds herself anyway
There is never too much Ai. Ai is Ai
The only instance where Kikuri's bullying was justified.
Does anyone know if there will be new figurines made?
All of Ai's helpers are great. The character cast of Jigoku Shoujo is 10/10
All of them?
I really hope the OST stays as good in season 4 as in the others
I remember watching this up into around the beginning of the third season before I finally dropped it. I don't know how I even managed to suffer through it that long. My problem with it was they would often go overboard with the situations and make the most disgusting characters possible that you ended up not really feeling anything from it. There were some good ones I'll admit but nowhere near enough of them. Plus really the format just gets old but I had been marathoning it so it was even worse in that regard.
I'm not talking about that girls back story from season 3. I'm talking about the individual episodes. The people had way more interesting stories. The story with the twins were you don't know which one died was great. Almost all the episodes had something different enough where it shows they spent much more effort in the writing. And season 3 was the first to drive home the whole revenge is bad mmmmkay theme. There was one episode were a guy sent someone to hell. He is in turn sent to hell later by someone else. As he is being ferried away he says something to the effect of "why kill me now? What's done is done." And Ai says that's what the first person said.
I enjoyed all the individual arcs more than season 2
Wait what? This sounds horrible
Unless they do the hotsprings episode, then it's awesome
I did google Hell girl. I read the reviews and even the summary of first 10 episodes (along with watching the first episode). I asked in /a/ of all places, because this is a Hell girl thread, meaning that here are people who watched and liked it. I wanted their opinion, since the opinion I formed on my own was negative.
man, this guy was pretty hardcore for his time
Sometimes old episodic series get remakes for some of their old shit when they get revived. You know much like Warau Salesman just last season where it pretty much just revamped some parts from the original. Just a habit Japan liked to do I guess.
Though that's usually reserved for shows that aired before the turn of the millennium. So who knows why they're doing it for this one as well.
Even if the new season is half recap, just imagine how much new lewd we will get!
This show would be so much better if Ai was a smug loli instead.
I think she is the best.
What do you think Gasball's butt smells like here?
This show would be a lot more satisfying if there was a bit more ideation or involvement with the actual plan and people actually thought threw the question:
"For what would you damn another person to hell, knowing, that you would share that same fate?"
Being ostracized in High School? Having your lover stolen? Having your marriage or career ruined? What is it in the world that is truly unforgivable and what isn't?
If we could just follow a few characters throughout their entire lives where they have this an option and see them get slighted, find happiness, lose that happiness, regain it, lose it again, etc-- and see them get confronted with the question multiple times, that would be interesting.
As it is now, it is as childish as the bullying to begin with-- it's as vapid and meaningless and ugly as a fart. That is what this show is, because it cannot execute its actual storyline and just focuses on torment/punishment formula.
The new OP is fucking awful. What the fuck were they thinking?
The OP, ED and OST of the original was part of what made it so perfect.
Yeah. Her father died in a bus accident with a lot of people on it, the townspeople blamed his family and shunned them. The wife later dies in sickness and the daughter just gives up and dies in her mothers embrace after trying to get help but to no avail.
I don't really remember the details but that's basically it
Can someone PLEASE tell me who the hell that annoying weird faced little girl is? I've watched every season and every episode of this show and I still have no fucking idea why she suddenly appeared in the cast and for what fucking reason they all put up with her.
I don't believe we have ever had her back story but from what I remember she was the host for the Master of Hell who used her to watch Ai and her companions and sometimes controlled her actions.
Anon please, they showed it right before the credits.
She's the new host of the master of hell (the spider from season 1 that makes Ai be hell girls). Now I don't know if she's still serving that purpose or just sticks around cause she wants to like all other companions
Oh yes, it's finally here. My justice boner will be happy once again.
The real question is why would any of them in the loner chat do it. There wasn't any foreshadowing for either of them having a motive. I'm thinking there's going to be an overarching plot that has to do with Ai interfering with the cases, but that's only based on one line from this episode.
> Visuals and direction were top notch, but the animation itself was pretty bad.
That's Studio Deen for you.
Despite all it's problems I still have a lot of fond memories of this show. You don't often get anime procedurals and some of the storylines were seriously fucked up.
i'd bet against them being remakes. kikuri's va was in character narrating that bit in the special and she complained about not being in half of the recap episodes, so there's that
>No, I'm pretty sure he just did it because he's an asshole
The way he was still trying to caht with her in the ends didn't seem like that to me, but I don't think the show will get any further in the matter. It may as well be any random kid from the class, it's not like leaking some highschoolers group chat requires mad hacking skillz
Are you new to this series as that is hardly an uncommon thing for this show? Often a lot of the characters are unlikeable or idiots and even the nice characters end up in hell. Not every story has a happy ending.
More often than not I'm not actively rooting against the person cursing, there are some cases but most of the time they ones being cursed are absolute assholes who deserve being hated, even if not sent to hell, there are some exceptions, but not right in the first episode of a new season,.
I would send you to hell if I could. Ai is pure.
It would've been better if this season was never made. Now a bunch of disgusting fucking chrunchyroll faggots going to ruin my favorite series
One episode has mother (who had previosly used hell link to banish her abusive husband) kill herself right before her daughter banished her so said daughter wouldn't be condemned to hell
I think I came when I heard this line again, it's been far too long ...
If found it cute how Mamiko Noto sounded so excited when she said it. As if she was really happy to do it again
Ai has spent litterally centuries watching the worst things mankind can produce play in front of her eyes. There's no perversion, no ugliness, no monstrosity she doesn't know about.
Ai is cute. She's for hugs. But I think she is also for fugs.
Well the real Ai has been dead for centuries, then. What we have now is a melancholic ghost whose job is to send people to hell, wether or not they deserve it.
Ai's probably my favorite anime girl of all time. I can't help but admire the dignity with which she bears her curse. There's also a strong sensuality around her, which the series explores with taste. She truly is a miracle of the universe, and this has a lot to do with her tragic fate, and with not being cute and innocent anymore.
At the end of S3, her "replacement", that she took a decade to groom, proved so terrible at doing her job that she had to scrap the idea of letting anyone else be the Hell Girl, and had to retake the mantle, which means keeping on suffering for many centuries to come.[/spoilers]
Yes, Ai can get BTFO. Most seasonal plot arcs are about Ai getting the short end of the stick.
Ai didn't groom her, her deal with the devil was done by season 2 so he used her replacement while Ai prepared her for the season,
but she couldn't bear seeing her like that, she was a poor kid who didn't deserve Ai's fate.
>You mean the new main heroine from S3?
>Care to explain if I'm wrong?
That girl was actually dead all along (see >>159808696) and was suppossed to replace Ai as Jigoku Shojo after the events of season 2, "preparing" (AKA mindbreaking her) to take the roll was pretty much the reason Ai came back for season 3. The girl then does take over as Jigoku Shoujo but fails so spectacularly on her first job that Ai has to came back again to bail her out from being banished to hell by taking the job again, suppossedly forever without another chance to pass on
You might be right. It's been years since I watched the original seasons.
I missed her.
Her first client was coincidentally the father of her friend, that was banished to hell earlier on the season, wanting to take revenge on the woman that banished her. He then decides to not pull the thread after seeing the woman taking care of her sick father, and also knowing that she would eventually go to hell anyway, but the girld doesn't accept it and tries to banish her to hell anyway bacouse she want revenge.
Who was she again?
A season 3 girl? It's been so damn long ago.
The one with the kid who wanted to be a mangaka ends up getting sent to hell and his sequence when it happens is live action filming of a picture of him taped to a Popsicle stick being stapled, dipped in water, etc. Easily the best of those scenes.
Other ep that always stuck with me was the fat dude who liked a girl who liked a chad, so he wanted to kill the chad but chose not to and then the chad let a dude rape the girl so when Ai asks if he's ready he says "nah I'll do it myself" then gets on his bike with a knife and rides away.
This but unironically.
Heis some mountain fungus youkai that takes the form of a young boy, reminds me of a Mushishi sort of thing.
He comes down from the mountain to act as a replacement son for this couple whose real son died in a swamp. The father is a mad scientist trying to make an Elixir of Youth and uses Yamawara in his experiments and succeeds.
In the episode about it, the wife is the one who banishes her husband because it turns out the husband had used the actual son in his experiments and that's why he died.
>In the episode about it, the wife is the one who banishes her husband because it turns out the husband had used the actual son in his experiments and that's why he died.
I finally see. I always thought it was always warowaro in that episode, so it was hard to make sense of what was happening.
Yeah, it's made doubly confusing by the fact that you see the couple in their young age, old age, and then restored to young age by the elixir and the timeline isn't very clear.
It seems they're back to the old repetitive format of S1 again, with only the mysterious girl >>159815514 as new plot element.
So yeah, I guess so.
It's essentially what >>159815869 said. Iirc he'd let other not as successful chads pay him to get a girl to follow him alone willingly then the not as good chad would nab her.
I thought "Que sera, sera" was going to be OP's song
I think we all know what the REAL best episode was.
I stopped watching this after the first season >>159753246
I wish I continued but I don't have it in me to rewatch season 1 and marathon 2 and 3 just for this, I've got other tasks at hand
No, she doesn't actually want to send people to hell and doesn't enjoy doing so, she only does it because it's her job.
I'm fine with Kikuri, she knows it, and is willing.
>Shota youkai lives in the mountain, scaring people.
>Couple lives in the forest.
>Couple loses his child.
>Wife goes cucko, finds the youkai and believes he's her son.
>Husband plays along with it, because he's doing research with mushroom to perfect a medicine.
>"I know you're not my son, let me grown mushrooms on your body".
>Harvest mushroom, perfects drug and made his wife eat it.
>Wife becomes pretty much immortal.
>Youkai leaves the house, but comes every now and then to pay a visit to his "parents".
>Pays annual visit, Kikuri follows him and he tells his backstory.
>Wife is tired of living for so long, or something, I don't remember exact details.
>Wife somehow murders husband before committing sudoku.
>Point is, a la house of Usher, the entire buildis destroyed during a storm.
Isn't that hard to understand.
I suppose it depends on how do you define btfo.
Beaten in a fight? Never, basically she just shrugs at those who have tried to kill her, fixes her kimono and moves on.
Suffer a lot because her job? A nurse who literally did nothing wrong was send to hell, because some schizo made a deal with her. She was crying as she had to carry her in the boat.
Not fulfilling her plans?
At the end of season 1, she tried to convince the loli to send his father to hell as revenge against those who killed her. However,
the daughter forgive her father and Ai was forced to keep on his job as hell girl
I'm pretty sure she's the type that wants you to get her to orgasm, while not letting you pull out your dick.
Though footjob also seems possible.