This anime is by far one of my top favorites! It really makes you think about what you would do when faced with the same situations as the characters in it. Would you be willing to damn yourself as well as the soul of your tormentor? Would you reconsider, or sacrifice your own eternity for the sake of another? You are also shown how ugly people can truly be, and that is where the thinking comes in. Hell Girl always explains things very clearly to those who summon her but never tells them they have to go through with it. The decision, as she so bluntly puts it, is ALWAYS up to the person seeking vengeance. The anime also explores several different angles, some characters experience real regret, some do not. Sometimes innocent characters are damned under misunderstanding, and some clearly deserve it (but again, that’s for the viewer to think on ^_^)
The animation is absolutely gorgeous, and the music is quite fitting. It never feels too dramatic and sets the tone very well. The voice acting is fairly good, with Hell Girl sounding cold, distant and enigmatic. You learn some about her as the series goes on but thankfully they keep things mysterious so you never fully get what’s going on (even if you think you do) I’m on the last disc of the series, and will be sad when it’s over. I have heard that there are other seasons but the reviews haven’t all been stellar. I’m still willing to check them out because I enjoy the first season so much!
About Hell Girl: Complete First Season (S.A.V.E.) (2005)
Starring: Brina Palencia, Mamiko Noto
Director: Keiji Gotoh, Masahiro Hosoda, Masayuki Ozeki, Takahiro Ômori, Shunji Yoshida
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