Hell girl is one of the most unforgettable anime’s you will ever see. Unfortunately there is nothing good about it. Hell girl can be summed up as approximately 20 stand alone episodes, with almost a twilight zone-esque feel to them. Once you’ve seen one the rest are readily predictable. The issue with this is that there is no variation; the main character in each story is in distress and summons hell girl, they are then given an option to accept a contract in which the person that is tormenting them is ferried off to hell, but there’s a catch, as always, they also sign themselves to hell when they die. I don’t believe anyone actually ever forgoes the contract. The last few minutes of every show are hell girls team of mysterious helpers ‘torturing’ the perpetrator, then it just turns to recycled footage (of being ferried off ot hell). Its just all too much, you will be clawing your eyes out from boredom and staring at the same animations in and out of every episode.
Not everything is bad, infact there is a light at the end of this forsaken tunnel. Around episode 20 an actual story arc takes place, unfortunately it does not save the series from a heinously slow start which is bound to cause any normal person pull the plug before ever reaching this point.
Animation – Its pretty good, but its nothing to write home about 7.5
Story - like a 2 for the first 20 episodes, but a 7 or 8 for the last 6-8.
Sound – The sound seemed rather lack luster to me 7.
Characters - I didn't watch all 26 episodes so I can't say this with certainty, but I have heard and can deduce from the format of the show that most any given character aside from hell girl and her helpers are virtually worthless. Since hardly any appear in more than one episode character development is relatively pointless. Even the mystery of hellgirl isn't really resolved until the end and they never go into any detail about her helpers.
Overall – 7
In Closing: If someone tells you exactly how to watch it, the series could be bareable, but if you’re just an innocent person who randomly starts watching this, you will lose interest faster than watching paint dry. If you would like to enjoy the series, I would recommend watching a few episodes like 1,2 and 3, then skip to 8 where a new (character who shows up more than once)/supporting/main? character is introduced, then skip to approximately episode 20, where an actual continual story develops.