Wednesday, May 25, 2011
i'm currently in the middle of the second season of watching the anime HELL GIRL, a fantastic offering that all of you should see immediately. now after awhile, the episodes do get repetitive and formulaic, but the initial concept of this story is beautiful, frightening, and cool.
here goes: in this world, there exists HELL GIRL, bottom pic. you access her through your computer, i guess that was another reason i picked up on this series, relateability and the computer culture, right? so, at precisely midnight, you can access the Hell Link if you know the secret url. the screen that comes up lets you enter a person's name, any person you want, and it guarantees that "i will release your hatred". you can send any person to Hell, but only if Hell Girl deems that your intentions are real and your hatred is pure, true, and fierce, it must come from a place deep within you, from, say, years and years of psychological abuse, you can't just wish someone away on a whim because he cut you off on the road that one time. Hell Girl has three aides with her, an old man who turns into a flaming wheel that carries Enma Ai the Hell Girl to her destinations. there is as well a beautiful, buxom woman (my favorite character for some reason), a former geisha. also, there's a man who is the personification of the soul of a sword that saw many battles, took many lives, and is stained with that blood. in the second season, a new aide appears, an annoying little girl who bothers the other four and seems to have an arrogant attitude about life and death. never give youth too much knowledge, huh?
ah, but there's a catch, there's ALWAYS a catch, folks. when you call upon Enma, she gives you a straw doll, TOP PIC, with a red string on it. simply pull the red string from out the doll, and the person you specified will disappear off the face of the Earth and enter Hell forever. check out some of the ingenious ways those damned to Hell are sent, from a woman who loves the hot springs being burned in hot springs water so hot it turns to fire, to a man who refuses to accept the child his ex-girlfriend is carrying is his being forced to himself give birth to a demon baby. the thing is, YOU, the one who called for Enma, will go to Hell when you die as well, whenever that is, whether from natural causes or not. YOU must bear a black mark on your body (the mark is on the breast for a woman, chest for a man, i believe), a permanent tattoo, that signals that you used Hell Girl and you are bound for Hell when you die. tricky, huh? would you give up your eternal reward to rid someone of theirs?
this is the moral dilemma that faces each main person every episode. each week, it's a new protagonist, a new life situation, and that person must decide if it's just too much to bear and it's necessary to rid themselves of their bane and cost both their chance at Heaven. now we're not talking about the scum of the earth here, these are really just average people who are caught up in bad conditions or they make one terrible mistake and must decide on a very brutal decision. school bullying, suicide, divorce, jealousy, sex, rape, violence, it's all covered here brilliantly.
just think about Hell for a moment, the concept of it: eternally punished with no source of comfort or reprieve, this is really FOREVER, forever....forever, forever. scary, no?
CLICK HERE FOR SOME MUSIC FROM THE SHOW TO GET YOU IN THE SERENE AND SCARY MOOD, THE CONCEPT OF ETERNITY
1. if you could use Hell Girl in real life, whom would you send to Hell knowing that you would have to go to Hell eventually as well when you die?
2. does Hell really exist?