Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience. Perhaps that is another story for those who bear grudges. With a burden so great, they seek the service of the Hell Girl. Swift retribution comes to those condemned.
“Human is an existence full of sin and misery.” – Enma Ai
⌈ General Information ⌋
Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori is a sequel to the anime of the same name. Following the success of its first season, Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori aired in the year 2006. The name of the series also translates to Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors. For more information on the series, check out the review for Jigoku Shoujo here.
⌈ Synopsis ⌋
Enma Ai and her companions continue deliver their service to those who seek vengeance. Through the Hell’s Correspondence, people can condemn others to an eternity in hell. Consequently, no amount of mortal currency can pay such a high price. Instead, those who avail of the service offer their own souls in exchange for vengeance. A new threat looms over the group as Kikuri, a girl with distinct purple eyes, watches their every move.
As Ai continues her duties, she meets a boy named Kurebayashi Takuma. He is knowm as the “Devil’s Child” due to the horrific events that surround him. Due to his reputation, he is blamed by the townspeople for those who have been sent to hell. Ai and her companions must find a way to end this disturbance before it brings an end to her very existence.
⌈ Story Overview: Eny’s Perspective ⌋
As the successor to the hit horror series, Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori doesn’t fail to fulfill what the audience wishes to see. Some viewers described its predecessor as being a bit dull and repetitive, and with this new season, they changed it for the better. The whole show is not just about simple acts of vengeance and cruelty. The creators delved deeper and showcased the full potential of series through more controversial issues. The episodes themselves bordered on being taboo, with themes of insanity, incest, and mob brutality. Rather than settling for a sadistic appeal, Futakomori places social commentary as its main point. The show forces you to ponder over the circumstances that entails revenge, whether it really is the only option to solve one’s burdens.
In addition to the major changes mentioned above, the art significantly improved as well. Compared to its predecessor, the art seems more refined and polished. With better art comes better scenes of blood and gore, so make sure you’re prepared before starting Futakomori.
⌈ Conclusion ⌋
If you liked the first season, I recommend Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori. It definitely exceeds whatever expectations you had for the first season. On character development, the side characters have more screen time. The second season also lets you peek into the backstories of Wanyudo, Ichimoku Ren, and Hone Onna, Ai’s three companions. Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori is the rightful heir to its predecessor’s success, so I guarantee that it won’t let you down. Now get started on that first episode and make sure you have the appetite for what awaits you.