After seeing the result of the first Hell girl, I was wondering what the second season might lead into. what I found was an exploration of some of the people surrounding our Hell girl, some explanations here and there that tie certain events together, and a threat that says that "your loved ones will wander and never know peace" if the covenent was not continued. So, along with a young girl that is explained as things progress, more people with more problems sign on to send people off to Hell - and sometimes without hardcore reasons. Strange, how much vengence can build up in a person.
First, I think I want to address the dubbing notion. i like the subtitled version myself, and I think it hlps out a lot. There are scenes where two people may be talking and you get a second set of subs on the screen, but aside from weird things like that you have a lot of clarity. Moreover, the subtitles are done really well and actually seem to translate better than some of the dubbing from last season.
Second, there is a theme that sticks with a specific place and that sees the Hell Girl and Crew blending in with the locals. This makes them many things, including curious and sometimes even angry. In the last season you were following a mysery but, in this season, you see more of the personalities coming out. i personally don't like the way the newest bundle of - something - plays out, but the rest of the group is interesting to see as they are moved by some things, perplexed by others, and act as though they really believe in the deed they are doing - despite the whole "curses come home to roost" thing.
Third, I simply enjoy Hell girl a lot this time. She isn't picky by any real means and some of the cases she takes on really must be fueled by rage because they really aren't the worst slights. That said, she is offering revenge for a place in Hell. Her character is developed somewhat here as this goes on, and we see the things she cares about and is moved by. She also has a new line and, in the end, she says" care to give death a try" in one of the most beautiful ways I've heard. Dubbing would kill this and, well, you should just try her on without English to see what I mean.
All that said, the seriousness is not always there but the torment has been added to. In the 1st season, a boatride was just a crossing but this time it can be a tormenting affair. also, there is one person that meets their end after getting revenge, so we see a little of the Hell part of the deal.
Personally, I love this seres and say watch it from the start to understand, then watch this season to get more. You will like it - or else someone might type your name into a certain website around midnight.