Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

My favorite holiday is here at last! Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Hell Girl: My Halloween Treat

After three good years of nothing but Fullmetal Alchemist I finally welcomed a new anime series into my life.  Thank you, On Demand! 

Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) is the story of vengeance, plan and simple... well it's not really that simple. As the story goes, if you have been wronged in some way and you wish to take revenge on another person (or persons), all you have to do is wait until midnight, go online and log on to the "Hell Correspondence" website.  There you can type in your tormentor's name and summon The Hell Girl, Ai Enma.  She will present you with a straw doll that has a red string tied around it's neck.  If you truly want revenge you are to untie the string.  Your grievance shall be avenged and your tormentor will be taken to hell, however there is a price.  By untying the string you will enter a covenant with Ai and when you pass on your soul will also belong to Hell.

Most of season one is comprised of single story episodes where you are exposed to a new character's drama and suffering.  They summon Hell Girl and must make the difficult decision to pull the string or not.  Some episodes have you cheering for the character to pull it.  Others you'll find yourself begging them to get a grip, get over it and lose the doll.  

Season one of Hell Girl has amazing plot twists and is really pretty eye candy for the Anime art lover.  I'm really looking forward to season two.   Still I can't help but wonder... would anyone really pull the string?