Plot: Yayoi is having visions of being underwater surrounded by bubbles. They continue to plague her as she and her parents look for her missing sister, Sumire. The visions get worse, and she’s lead to Sumire’s room where the computer suddenly turns on and accesses the Hell Correspondence website. She realizes that her sister is long since dead and is trying to seek vengeance for herself through Yayoi. What happened to Sumire, and can Yayoi find it within herself to contact Hell Girl herself?
Breakdown: This was a very good episode that was framed much differently than most Hell Girl episodes. It seems like Two Mirrors has taken to getting Ai’s assistants more involved in these stories, though also not really.
Last episode, Wanyuudou was a little involved in the story, and this time Ren is taking a personal interest in the client, though for reasons never really specified. At least we’re getting a tiny bit of characterization for them.
This story is interesting in that it’s the first time a ghost has tried to seek vengeance for themselves through someone else. A ghost has tried to seek vengeance for themselves before, but that was directly. Here, we never see Sumire’s ghost, we merely feel her presence and hear her voice a little.
This is also a rare occasion where the client not only has to build up to being vengeful enough to access Hell Correspondence on her own, but also instantly pulls the string.
Yayoi and Sumire’s situation is a horrible one. They had a fight right before Sumire went missing, and Yayoi was bound with guilt ever since. This feeling only gets worse after she realizes that Sumire’s dead. However, guilt is not enough to access Hell Correspondence, so Sumire allowed her to see her whole death, and it was a scarily realistic and tragic death.
There’s absolutely no question that the target today deserves to die. The guy is a monster in human skin. And the hell torture for him was wonderfully done. It’s been a while since Hell Girl has made me a little squeamish, but that scene in the boat got me.
While this episode was fantastic, I do have to ask how Sumire or Yayoi knew who this guy was in order to enter his name into the website. He was a complete stranger.
Oh well, it’s not a major issue, and as long as that guy is on a spit in hell, that’s all that matters.