- Directors: Takahiro Omori
- Format: Animated, Dolby, Dubbed, PAL
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 18 Feb. 2008
- Run Time: 125 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000YINIUC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,731 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Hell Girl Starter Set [DVD]
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UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY OF HELL GIRL! THIS BRAND NEW SERIES COMES TO THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS LIMITED EDITION STARTER SET! Hell Girl explores the psychology of revenge while unravelling the mystery of a folk legend. By summoning Hell Girl at midnight, you have the chance to exact revenge on someone who has caused you harm. By damning this person to Hell, you damn yourself in exchange. Everyone loses in the game of revenge.
Top customer reviews
Hell Girl is an anime that is visually unlike anything ive seen in a while, the story revolves around a girl named Ai (Nicknamed the Hell Girl) who via a mysterious website that only operates at midnight can take the lives of people who cause others harm and grief. this is however balanced as the person who wishes for the hell girl to remove the grief causer must also go to hell when his/her natural life has ended.
as previously mentioned the style of animation was the first thing that drew me to the series, with luscious colours and wonderful hues its a treat for the eyes to see such wonderful animation.
one thing that immediately caught my eye was the darkness of the series with some pieces being genuinely disturbing. this is really a mixed blessing however because while some dark scenes can be really refreshing and emotive others come off as slightly ridiculous.
The stories are acceptable in quality on this DVD. you get the first 5 episodes of the series and while at this early stage signs of story are gathering there is little, major plot in these first few episodes. it does however set the scene for potential story lines in the future.
As For Extra Features as in most modern releases you get the choice of Japanese and subtitled or English dub (personally I prefer the dub but that's just for the fantastic voice acting from the cast)also included is a promotional video a couple of text less opening and closing videos
and a character profile line up.
The thing that really annoys me is the packaging for the Limited Edition release. the design is flawless, but the material used is easily damaged and when compared to some region 1 releases of similar products, the box's are a little sturdier due to stronger cardboard being used (or even wood).
With a £4.01 difference in price between the Limited Edition and the Standard edition it would be up to your personality.A completest may prefer the Limited edition as it really does tidy up the look of the DVD's and there appearance. anyone who just wants the DVD's may just be satisfied with the bog standard edition.
to conclude if you enjoyed series like Elfen lied and Hellsing and love amazing animation this may very well be the series for you. if however you prefer more upbeat series such as comedies then you may want to look elsewhere
This Anime is good for showing the difference in right or wrong and provides moral, but seriously why would you send someone to hell and enter a contract to send yourself to hell to as the end deal? Surely you would just kill them yourself (if it bothered you that much) and hope that you don't end up going! I mean damning someone to hell for stealing a cake recipe as one episode shows... Yes, a cake recipe (already seems like they are running out of ideas)... Ah, well, maybe I'm being too skeptical, but it's just a tad weak :( which is a shame, because the idea was good.
Oh and some of the Animation is over played, when HellGirl is called, every episode, the exact same Animation is played for around 3 minutes, becomes monotonous if you are watching the episodes one after the other (you may not notice it if you watched one a week). All in all, I would not buy this Anime, there are far superior on the market. :)
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The series is wonderful. I love both the theme (that vengeance is costly) and artistic presentation. I will buy more discs, just wish I didn't have to.
The only down fall was after seeing 5 episodes you notice the formula. But each psychotic revenge exacted by the hell girl on behalf of the victim is completely different.
REGARDING THE REST OF THE SERIES
In volume 2 or 3 we get intorduced to a writter and his daughter. His daughter seems to have a mental connection to hell girl. The father and daughter try to peice together the puzzle of the next victom of hell girl. The proceed to locate those who suffer enough to summon hell girl and try to convince them its not worth it. Great series all the way through. The episodes just flow into eachother as the story about where hell girl came from becomes apparent by the end.
But the other part of me wishes I had passed. The Hell Girl stories don't quite live up to the art and imagery found on the packaging or in the animation itself. The stories are just plain trite, and lack any ambition with development. The "evil" characters are just a little too evil to be convincing, and the scenarios are so obvious that the road to hell is apparently a straight line, instead of one with a few curves and turns. A few character twists would have been more interesting. The concept for this series is brilliant, and so it's too bad that most of the characters and their dialouge don't have as much depth as the visuals. Only one story, of a girl being stalked, has the kind of arc and complexity that I was hoping the other stories would have. The set-up for whose going to Hell and who has Hell to pay is pretty much flat and static for four of the five stories.
Having said that, I wouldn't write this off completely. I'm only offering my view on the Starter Set, and as the big empty, beautiful box suggests, there are about four or five more discs to come. Hopefully, this is an example of a long story-arc that will make the characters more rich in future installments. Otherwise it's just really good eye-candy. I'm curious enough to finish the remainder of this series through Netflix, but not devoted enough to commit anymore money to it.