Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Jigoku Shoujo and Mushishi are very alike. They both have the same mysterious and yet somewhat laid back flow of things. This is perhaps brought about because both have quite a few short stories (they are very episodic) and a pretty story.
This recomendation is based more on feeling than anything else. Both Mushishi and Hell Girl has horror elements, though they are more poignant in Hell Girl. They also deal with the human condition, feelings, conflicts, loss, joy, hope and despair and love. Both series also got a strong artistic and surreal feel to them. The first episodes of Hell Girl are pretty much basic horror, but as so often with anime, the caracters and story is added more debt after the basic plotlines are set. Halfway into Hell Girl the more philosophical aspects of the series becomes more important, and thats when I started to get the feeling that it might be something to recomend to Mushishi fans, and vice versa. Hell Girl is far darker, and with a more tragic and disturbing story than Mushishi. One might say that Mushishi is the perfect feel-good anime to watch afterwards. Or watch Hell Girl if you like something slightly dark and twisted to watch after you've been humming the Mushishi theemesong for a week.
There is the same isolated feeling in these two series, where there is a repeating main character and changing supporting characters every episode. Both feature separate stories each episode and a touch of the supernatural.
A lot of these two anime has to deal with emotions: love, betrayal, jealousy, anger. The episodes are fairly individual from each other, with little bits of overlap. Both Ai and Ginko go about their respective jobs with an air of mystery.
Both of these shows are beautiful and, primarily, episodic, with a continuing main character and a rotating cast. The tone is the same too and both shows leave me feeling mellow.
At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.
Your punishment will not be forgotten; if you sin, there are people out there that will make sure you'll pay the price! Both Pet Shop of Horrors and Hell Girl provide a few examples of the rotten parts of the human character.
These two series feature a mysterious supernatural entity that preys on human flaws. Both Pet Shop of Horrors and Jigoku Shoujo deal with passing judgment and convey a very dark and depressing mood through the anguish-filled situations that desperate people have to face. They both delve into terrible moral quandaries and impose contracts that bind the contractors with the terrible consequences of their choices. In these series the supernatural elements serve as a device to exploring the heavy toll that certain decisions entail, blending insanity with a brooding feeling of hopelessness.
Both shows are about granting wishes to people that are in total despair. Hell Girl and Pet Shop both feature a main character with the powers that enable them to aid desperate people, but is thier help worht the price they exact?
Buying a pet from Count D can be equated to making a contract with Ai Enma. Both anime deal with the idea of getting your "just deserts".
Pet Shop of Horrors and Jigoku Shoujo (or Hell Girl) are similar in a few ways that make them seem to be running in the same vein: Both Petshop of Horrors and Jigoku Shoujo answers the pleas and calls of ordinary humans for their whims and desires; for Petshop, it's exotic animals, for Jigoku Shoujo, it's the tool (moreso the power) needed to exact revenge on someone. But both come at a price, which silly humans, being self-absorbed and none too bright, do not consider until the last dire second, or are unaware that their actions will bite them in the butt down the road. Both the main characters directly ( Ai of Jigoku Shoujo) or indirectly (Count D of Petshop of Horrors) serve the just desserts for the selfish and needlessly cruel people who cross their paths, and are like true Messengers of Death: Impartial to the point of amorality; Ai and Count D both do what is asked of them, nothing more and nothing less. If things do not "go as planned" for the one asking for help, then tough cookies.
There are some things that can only be said after death. Aided by a talking staff that thinks it is alive, Fumika delivers Shigofumi, the last words and feelings of the dead in the form of letters, to their addressees. Whether they are letters of apology, revenge, or simply a final farewell, she always brings them to their destination. Delivering Shigofumi is not always an easy job; as some people refuse to believe such things as letters from the dead are possible, while others are afraid of what these letters might contain. But the mail must go through; what the recipients decide to do with it afterwards is up to them.
Jigoku Shoujo and Shigofumi have the same basic premise, a mysterious and detached girl with a connection to the world of the dead interacts with the living. Disturbing dilemmas, a psychological bent toward the darkest themes possible and a great dose of horror elements make these titles a perfect match.
Both of these series deal with the supernatural and the afterlife: Jigoku Shoujo carries out vengeance, Fumika delivers letters from the dead. However, Shigofumi is a little more lighthearted that Jigoku Shoujo. Jigoku Shoujo is more episodic than Shigofumi, with less of a plot to follow. In any case, if you are into supernatural series, both of these are great choices!
The main aspect which I find them comparable and similar, both anime are about the social issues and its conclusions in a way, whether it's bringing a mail from afterlife like in Shigofumi or asking Jigoku Shoujo's help to kill someone. However, while Shigofumi has more concerted plot, both heroines have their own problems to deal with..
Both anime are about shinigami but the main difference is that in Jigoku Shoujo the shinigami kills the person out of revenge where in Shigofumi the shinigami helps the person that has died by sending a final letter to a person of their choice. Both anime have mysterious female leads who are the shinigami and leave you wanting to learn more and more about these interesting girls. If you like tales about the dead check either of these out.
Both Shigofumi and Jigoku Shoujo follow a mysterious and supernatural young girl who aids those in ways that they cannot themselves achieve. While Shigofumi deals with the dead sending letters to the living, Jigoku Shoujo follows those who feel so trapped that they have no way to help themselves other than by cursing the other party. Both are slightly heavier series, and if you liked one, it's worth trying the other.
Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.
Both series are somewhat horror-based with suspense and a dark atmosphere. Even though the story context is a little different, both of them are paranormal series that will make you stay close to your monitor, wanting to know what will happen next.
I think if you liked Ghost Hunt, you'd like Hell Girl too! And vice versa.
Both deal strongly with the occult as their main focus point. While there is aspects of horror in these series, the main focus is the drama of the story and how each case is resolved. Both of these series draw you in through their depth and mystery.
If you enjoyed the creepiness of Hell Girl, I'm sure you'd enjoy Ghost Hunt. The latter is a really passive and often cutesy, but it has its spine chilling moments, good and easy going plot, and a cast of fun characters as well. Definitely consider Ghost Hunt.
Ghost Hunty serves up supernatural phenomenon, in a series of vignettes much as Hell Girl's premise does. Ghost Hunt, however, focuses more on advancing the backstory and developing the main characters better. Both anime focus on the occult and horror aspects of life, so those watching Hell Girl with an interest in the paranormal should check Ghost Hunt out as well.
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
Both anime deal with daily life issues that are solved, or made even worse by something supernatural. Both anime keep you entretain for the whole series because each episode is a different story involving different people, except for the main characters. Event though both anime involve different stories in each episode, they both have an unifying endding that connects all those stories together.
Both Jigoku Shoujo and Paranoia Agent have a dark atmosphere coupled with villains who prey upon people who are undergoing heavy emotional stress. Both series also have a similar "mysterious" feel to them.
Both Hell Girl and Paranoia Agent feature supernatual characters that prey on vunerable humans who have reached their breaking point. Both shows can a very heavy atmoshpere of paranoia and despair.
Both Jigoku Shoujo and Paranoia Agent deal with characters that feel they've been pushed into a corner with no way out, and they turn to supernatural forces to solve their problems. These animes are deeply rooted in human fears and emotions, and make for a psychological thrill ride.