Posted on 24 January 2007 with categories: Jigoku Shoujo

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Short Synopsis: The mother of a son who died can’t recover from the shock, and drags her entire family into it.
Good: The ending.. oh my GAWD!
Bad: The little girl still is kindof annoying.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

Today’s experiment: can I watch Jigoku Shoujo raw. Conclusion: yes, I can. I missed some details, but it isn’t any worse than with other series. I just got a bit too fed up with the huge period of downtime from the subs. Normally, I can wait, but lately I actually caught myself losing interest in this show due to lack of updates, and we can’t have that, can we? That’s another advantage of being able to understand raws. ^^

This episode also really reminded me again why I love this series. It really manages to portray people on the brink of insanity. This episode definitely was one of the better ones, since all the important characters had enough development for once. Both the mother, the daughter, the son and the father got a nice amount of development, causing them to dive into insanity.

Seriously, we’ve got ourselves a messed-up family this time. We first have this son who’s being bothered by his overly protective mother, and because of that, he decides to send her to hell. It’s freaky, though awfully realistic. I can imagine pubescent males who hate their mother, and what happens if you give them a very easy and clean way to kill her? But if that wasn’t good enough, his mother keeps clinging to him, even after his death. This breaks up the entire family.

The father probably is the most normal person in the family, seeing as he keeps getting bothered by his wife, though he’s too afraid to say something. Because of that, he starts drinking more and more. Though I liked the daughter most. Mostly because of what happened at the end of the episode. She actually killed off her entire family, and we see her smile in front of an empty breakfast table! Even her father! That girl really is crazy. I love it how Jigoku Shoujo actually focuses on anti-heroes at times.

It’s great, I’m back in love again with this series. ^^

2 Responses

  1. Silencers says:

    Since you watched the RAW, you missed out on the ending. I’m not sure if you watched the subs, but just in case: at the end when the girl holds up a note at the breakfast table, it said “i’m going to search for mom.”

    she didn’t kill off her dad, i think.

  2. ‘She actually killed off her entire family, and we see her smile in front of an empty breakfast table!’
    No she didn’t. Her father was looking for her mother, and then she said: What’s that for? Everyone is here already. She meant the picture. Just like her brother. But I gues you weren’t able to read the Japanese, but that’s what it said. The girl isn’t crazy. Her father is not dead, but just looking for his wife.

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:59 AM)
    Now with the woman figure most of her descriptions are either recognizable images from the horror sundry or primal feelings often extrapolated in our dreams. Teeth for example, whether one’s own broken or falling teeth, or another’s irregular or grotesque are very common themes in dreams. It’s the white cloth that seems a little odd.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:56 AM)
    Oh they absolutely do, I believe influences of the state of the body, the environment, the psyche and the act of suggestion on dreams have all been proven and demonstrated in scientific studies.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:54 AM)
    One interesting thing I found worked to sort-of induce lucid dreaming was to habitually ask myself (in my head while awake) “is this a dream?” After ~1 week of this I’d do this in my sleep, allowing me to recognise and thus change my dreams as I liked. They usually fell apart soon after though, and I didn’t keep it up.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:45 AM)
    Does make me wonder, all of those stories about eating certain foods before sleeping or intimacy effecting whether you dream or not .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:43 AM)
    ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ): Must try and take more steps to influence dreams before I sleep every now and then, could lead to some interesting adventures.
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:33 AM)
    @Emma Not really fate, since you were talking about it before you slept eh? I was thinking about Gabe Newell a few days ago before I went to bed, and Half Life 3 showed up in my dream.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:19 AM)
    @Bam: Oddly this time she was wearing white.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:19 AM)
    @Bam: As if it were some kind of fate I dreamt about the woman again earlier. This time she got direct contact and actually showed more of herself , long fair hair, red lipstick and pale skin, long nails, large mouth full of stake like teeth. In this event shes after me in a building labyrinth and at the end after she’s bitten me a few times, that bite seems to turn my loved ones against me.
  • Joe
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:04 AM)
    @ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ): Okay, that’s a shame.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 12:57 AM)
    @Bam: I reckon you’ve just described my feelings on a lot of shoujo/josei manga including the world is still beautiful, for all the negative directions shoujo has gone it still feelings like a nostalgic throwback to me also. I guess that means akagami no shirayukihime next season after all then.

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