Momo is a sympathetic death god who cries every time she sees a touching moment. Though she brings death, she also allows the victim to complete their last wish before taking them away. Accompanying her through her adventures is a winged black cat named Daniel. With a huge scythe in tow, Momo strives to touch the lives of humankind and overflow the world with pure kindness, by fulfilling the soon deceased’s tasks.
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…
Both series have little shoujo death gods. Although they may look different they both have a similar atmosphere to them. They both have to deal with sending people away to the afterworld. If you liked Hell Girl, you will like this one too. :)
Although Shinigami no Ballad is a tale about death, it is bittersweet and you get the feeling that the characters are happy even in death. Jigoku Shoujo is incredibly similar in terms of storyline, but the overall feel of the series is the exact opposite, as the victims of Ai's vengence are ferried to a hell of eternal suffering. I would recommend it to anyone wanting another perspective of what is fundamentally the same story.
The main characters of Shinigami and Hell Girl have similar personalities; they seem shy and introverted at first, but have a seemingly deeper personality that is hinted at throughout the episodes. Although one character sends souls to hell and the other accomplishes the dead's last wishes, their jobs as death goddesses are very similar too. These two anime show different perspectives of the same situation, but have the same contemplative feel to it. If you liked one, you're probably going to like the other too.
Sending people to the afterlife, and granting ones last wish both shinigamis from these anime have the same aura around them. They must deal with random people and move them on. If you likes Hell Girl your are sure to like Shinigami no Ballad
Both anime deal with death, and what it means to die.Shinigami No Ballad deals with the good in people, and what it means when the good die young, while Jigoku Shoujo has a darker approach of sacrifice and punishment. The two series are two sides of the same coin and balance each other out nicely.
Another recommendation from the 200 club!
I recently watched SnB as one of the club choices, and the entire way through I was reminded of Jigoku. Both shows are based around a young girl who takes people after death. However, they are the polar opposites once this happens.
Momo in SnB is sweet, and cries when she helps people after a death. Ai in Jigoku is much darker and a longer series meant that there was a lot more history given about her.
Jigoku is episodic and could be considered repetitive, and SnB is very short and leaves you wanting more. However, I think if you enjoy one, you will enjoy the other.
Jigoku Shoujo offers many of the same elements found in Shinigami no Ballad, but also focuses on a longer, overarching plot while still retaining an episodic format. Shinigami on the other hand uses a purely episodic format. As far as content goes, both series' put an emphasis on the actions an emotions of a young girl who is given the task of taking the souls of the recently deceased, and the people that come into contact with them, though each have their own method of completing this task.
Both anime are about shinigami but the main difference is that in Jigoku Shoujo the shinigami kills the person out of revenge where in Shinigami no Ballad the shinigami helps the person that is about to die with one last wish. 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.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Shinigami no Ballad and Kino's Journey feature unique concepts and focus on telling small stories with big meanings. Both shows are episodic and there is a good variety in the themes and pacing of the episodes. Both are very humbling, moving at their own pace which is at times slow and quiet and at others active and sometimes comedic or even violent (moreso in Kino's case.) Either show doesn't try to flaunt its morals, but they are certainly there and are liable to make you think.
If for some reason Shinigami no Ballad appealed to you, Kino no Tabi would be your next best choice. Unlike the extremely simplified philosophical views presented in Shinigamii, Kino no Tabi offers a much more concise, thought-provoking set of ideals which prove for a much more entertaining watch. Though it's still a bit of a stretch considering Shinigami's uniqueness, if you're looking for a little bit more brain stimulation alongside your philosophy give it a whirl - you won't be disappointed.
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.
They are both about a girl who has a 'strange role' in death. The girl in Shigofumi delivers letters from departed, and Momo, the girl in Shinigami no Ballad, helps the people who are about to die. It's kind of the same feeling when you watch the show. Also they both have very funny sidekicks. ( Shigofumi - staff & SnB - the cat)
Both of these series are centered around super-natural beings around the time of death. Also, they have each have several episodes that aren't strongly related to the rest of the series and a strange talking side-kick.
AnoHana and Shinigami's Ballad both deal with life, death, young love, and the dead interacting in some way with the living. Even though Shinigami's Ballad is entirely episodic, both series inspire similar moods -- through their stories, artwork, OP/ED, and background music, they create a bittersweet, melancholy atmosphere that can leave you on the edge of or in tears throughout their runtimes.
Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...
Boogiepop Phantom, and Shinigami no Ballad. This may at first sound like a great leap, because they aren't really tied together firmly by anything.
However, where Boogiepop Phantom will produce a dark and twisted delusion, a perverted morality that is ultimately corrected --- Shinigami no Ballad is a direct line to the most "wholesome" moral path.
It is exactly this counter-balance that makes them good to watch together. While I think it would be better to see Boogiepop Phantom first, because it is longer and more appropriate to adult minds, either way would work fine.
As both are very well-done balancing acts between morality and point, it is only fitting that they balance one-another out. Boogiepop Phantom adult and shades of gray on the one had . . . and Shinigami no Ballad pure innocent goodness on the other.