Posted on 15 February 2009 with categories: Jigoku Shoujo



Short Synopsis: A famous flower arranger calls Jigoku Tsuushin
Episode Rating: 8/10 (if only because of that awesome plot twist at the end)
Muahaha! Oh, this is going to be awesome! I guess that I should have seen it coming, but the end of this episode finally reveals the purpose of Yuzuki, something that the show has been building up for nineteen episodes so far: She’s going to be the next Jigoku Shoujo! Oh, this is going to mean two things:
– How the heck is she going to accept the revenges that she loathes? How the heck is she going to accept her job?
– If she’s going to take over Jigoku Shoujo’s role, then what the heck is going to happen to Ai!? Was she just brought back by the spider temporarily in order to find a replacement for her? Talk about cruel.

Oh, and here I thought that she was simply going to be the next Tsugumi. I guess that that now reveals that the final scene of the second season: it probably was a flash-forward (or whatever that’s called) to the future in which Yuzuki has taken up her role as Jigoku Shoujo. The finales of Jigoku Shoujo are always excellent due to the immense amount of build-up that goes into them, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how the creators are planning to instate her as the next Jigoku Shoujo.

Anyway, the rest of this episode was the standard though solid revenge. The theme is yet another one of the evils of society: heritages. Oh, those things can be real bitches if both parties can’t agree on what they want. If I understood correctly, in this episode two sisters try to respectively poison and send the other to hell because of it. The boyfriend was a bit crazy, though: why couldn’t he just point out that the drink was poisoned, rather than gobble everything up in order to prove his point?

3 Responses

  1. ancalyme says:

    I’d assumed Yuzuki was supposed to be a mirror for Ai, so as to push her characterisation further – but this is just awesome :0

    Wasn’t ‘hime-chan’ supposed to be the next Jigoku Shoujo? What’s her role then? I hope they clear that up this season.

  2. Shounen A says:

    Only one sister was trying to poison the other: the other sister didn’t have a clue. And the brother deliberately invited death to become part of an art form (I had the same WTF reaction when he drank the poison).

  3. Ashura says:

    Now that you mention it, I just went back and watched the ending of the 2nd season and you are absolutely right. The girl with the cellphone is that megane friend of Yuzuki…

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  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:08 AM)
    @Emma I once had this girlfriend who hid the fact that she smokes weed, as if I cared. I told her that I also smoke kush every few days, and I got some good laughs. But I do relate. Whatever I wouldn’t say to my parents, I won’t tell her.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:05 AM)
    I think I’ve got a love/hate thing with being scared, every since I was young.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:05 AM)
    Also, the basis of NervGear is the ability to intercept and alter the signals the brain receives from the senses. Altering and interpreting thought mechanically is far more intrusive and another step beyond VR.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @K-off: I think the awkward thing when meeting any new person is building up the trust with them and having to feel like you have to explain things all over again that you did with your previous partner and wondering “Is this something they should know about me, do I want to let them in that much”
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:03 AM)
    @K-Off: I had this dream a long time before SAO.
    I don’t like being scared though, so escaping from such a situation makes sense. A good dream though, that I see no reason to end early.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:03 AM)
    Going back to the possibility of NerveGear for a second, I oppose that, since it’d lead to the creation of a real-life Thought Police. Having the ability to turn brain signals into code and even thought sentences is dangerous shit.
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    @K-off: In my case its a lack of sex drive, being a low energy person, not being emotional enough, too tired, don’t feel mature, committed or secure enough about it and I’d have to know for sure that this person would be the right choice.
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    As for waking myself up from dreams, I don’t like waking up ahead of time.
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    @Raggers That sounds like SAO, lol. The murderer guild episode in the first season.
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    It was a maniacal laughter, and to stop it I ripped his lower jaw off with my bare hands. The sound kept echoing in the forest, with me holding half a head by its long black hair. Fortunately at that point I woke up.

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