New Hell Girl Anime TV Series Listed in July by Retailers
Japanese retailers Tsutaya and Honya Club list a Kessakusen Kachōfūgetsu volume of Miyuki Etoo‘s Hell Girl (Jigoku Shōjo) manga in March. According to the listing, the volume bundles a booklet of production designs for a “new anime series of Hell Girl [starting] to air in July.” The manga volume compiles popular chapters from Etoo’s manga adaptation of the earlier anime.
Stories in the Hell Girl franchise usually begin with bullied or tormented people accessing the Hell Correspondence website, allowing them to submit a request to eliminate the person tormenting them. It is then that Ai Enma, the titular Hell Girl, appears, and gives these people a doll that, once pulled, sends their tormentor to Hell, where Enma and her companions proceed to enact karmic torment on the doomed person. The catch is that the person who originally sent the request will be sent to hell as well.
Studio DEEN debuted the first Hell Girl television anime series in 2005. The series received two subsequent television anime sequels in 2006 and 2008, as well as a live-action television series adaptation in 2006. The anime also received the manga adaptation by Etoo, as well as two other manga adaptations named Shin Jigoku Shōjo (New Hell Girl) in 2009, and Jigoku Shōjo Enma Ai Selection Geki Kowa Story (Hell Girl: Enma Ai Selection, Super Scary Story) in 2014.
Funimation released the first series on DVD in North America in 2007. Sentai Filmworks released Hell Girl: Two Mirrors, the second season, on DVD in 2010. Sentai Filmworks also released Hell Girl: Three Vessels, the third season, in the same year on DVD. Del Rey published seven out of nine volumes of the first Hell Girl manga.
The franchise inspired a stage play last November.