Posted by psgels on 4 April 2009 with categories: Jigoku Shoujo



Short Synopsis: A certain character‘s father calls Jigoku Tsuushin.
Episode Rating: 8,5/10 (Awesome)
And with this, the Winter-season is really over for me. this was the second best final episode after Birdy the Mighty, but then again, when the entire season has been building up to this point, in a season where there only were a few endings that really impressed me, Ai had to start acting like an overly energetic schoolgirl to for me to change my opinion of this series. Jigoku Shoujo has a great personal value for me: after Mahou Shoujotai it was the major reason for me to start blogging, and more than three years and 78 episodes later and it’s still going strong as an awesome series. If there is going to be some sort of fourth season, I’ll definitely be up for it.

So, the big twist? The spider is Kikuri!?!? This seems to be a major case of split personality here, but it turns out that ever since Ai and the others left from Ai’s grandmother’s house, the spider has been happily camping inside of Kikuri’s head, who does seem to be a completely different person, say, a doll. This explains why she’s always causing trouble: it was as a means for her to resist the almighty spider.

As for Yuzuki: in the end she turns out to involve herself with her clients way too much. She turns against the spider and ends up getting punished. Ai then takes the blame, and becomes Jigoku Shoujo, even after finally becoming free, in order to let Yuzuki’s spirit die in peace. A very nice and creative ending, and it does make sense if you link it to the ending of the second season: Ai is mostly emotionless, but the people she spends a lot of time with she develops a bond. This was first started with Tsugumi, and the strength of the bond only became stronger in the successive seasons, in which in the second one she had to endure a punishment of losing her body, and in the third one she had to give up her chance to finally be free of being Jigoku Shoujo.

So, I have no idea what Studio Deen is up to for the current spring season, but these guys always manage to surprise me and they have produced many of my favourites. The past half year has been relatively weak for them, since all of their shows were simply sequels apart from Hetalia, so it’s about time for them to put some new stuff on the table again. Jigoku Shoujo has once again been a joy to watch despite the repetitiveness, and Ai’s character-design has to rank among the top-10 of best character-designs ever.

Oh, and we have a prime here after this post: the part on the right side-bar under “Currently Watching” is completely empty. I’ve never had that case in all the years that I’ve been blogging so far, there were always one or two oddballs every season at least. In any case this means that I can blog 12 episodes for the new season. Definitely going to be interesting.

6 Responses

  1. Naraku says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for the time you take to write these blogs. I stumbled upon your blog about 4 weeks ago and if it hadn’t been for your blogging of Jigoku Shoujo I would have never even taken a look at it.

    A great series, I do hope that there will be more. I doubt that they would have gone through the trouble of making Ai the Jigoku Shoujo again if they weren’t going to make a fourth season.

    Either way as you stated it does stay true to Ai’s true character. So this could end up being the last season with just an “open” ending.

  2. Snowolf says:

    This season was great, considering i just finished season two in time to watch season three. Ai and her clients have really gotten some more depth to them than before, and the stunning art never seems to disappoint me. There were some mediocre points in this season, but the ending finished strong, and i can’t wait for another season!

    But I want Hajime and Tsugumi to come back…maybe even help Ai if they can. That would be awesome. I miss those two :(

  3. Meg says:

    Am I the only one who knew Kikuri was the spider. I don’t know what that makes her uhhh him but W/E. XD

  4. khansa nabila says:

    jigoku shoujo is scary i like it very much but is not to scary for me. i heard from some one is there mmmhhh ah i now jigoku shoujo seoson 4?

  5. khansa nabila says:

    i never see in kikuri is she/he . my friend told about kikuri uhhh i’m sorry to say this her eyes like a bee? ahh never mind i like jigoku shoujo it was sooooo scary oops in my first comment jigoku shoujo is not to scary but ithink Ai Enma is a mean i want hajime and tsugumi come back please!!! poor hajime and tsugumi

  6. Reina says:

    Kikuri isn’t actually the god of hell (the spider) Kikuri is just a host. She has her own life/personality, but the God of Hell uses her as I said just a little bit ago. As about a season 4, I have heard there is still talk about it. Pretty much, they have not yet decided if they wanted to make another season or not. And if you listened with Tsugumi about Hajime, He got so tired. Think of what happened. She pretty much said she sent him to hell. So in other words, there won’t be anymore Hajime and Tsugumi.

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    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 04:05 AM)
    “Firechick, answer: Hell no. And don’t impersonate Bam. You suck at it.
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    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 03:05 AM)
    Yeah guys! Why aren’t you reviewing Go! Princess Precure?
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    Synecdoche is incredibly rich in detail, and keen return viewers can find a lot of things they missed the first time thru. Kaufman didn’t have a single teacup in a shot that didn’t mean something. Pacing is a bit of an issue, but if you notice the passage of time you can see that was deliberate as well. The movie could’ve been livelier, but for a movie about death and decay that would’ve been a bit of a sell-out.
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    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
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