Animating Halloween: Hell Girl – Two Mirrors: Episode 2 – Bubbles

Hell Girl Two Mirrors Episode 2

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.

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3 thoughts on “Animating Halloween: Hell Girl – Two Mirrors: Episode 2 – Bubbles

  1. While Hell Girl as a whole is a somber series, the episodes that were extremely serious and grim from the reason the person was going to die to the trauma felt by the person contacting Ai, to me, were the best ones. “Bubbles” is one of the best examples of this—the sense with Sumire’s ghost trying to guide her sister to what happened to her and how to both contact Hell Girl and give well-needed punishment to her killer were really well written and directed, and the overall melancholic and woeful tone leading up to the cheerful and pleasured persona of the killer when he tries to get the disguised Hone-Onna into his car really made you happy that he would finally die, with him being so cocky and smiling while Yayoi and her parents are desperate and miserable.

    I also appreciated how the abduction, rape, and murder of Sumire was presented: a focus on how the victim felt and the misery she went through (in other words, no unnecessary fanservice or focus on the attacker with no input on the trauma the victim felt like some animes would) and the victim able to get a sense of vengeance, something I’d like to see more in anime.

    I believe I have read a few of your other reviews on anime and manga and I must say, I really like your blog and your analysis of anime. You make very great content.

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    • I agree fully. Hell Girl can hit some major chords when it chooses to be a little darker and more personal. Hell Girl has a bit of a habit of going overboard with the behavior of the target, almost making them supervillain evil, which, while still being entertaining and interesting, usually, doesn’t have the same weight or impact as a more grounded story. When they find the right spot of making a truly loathsome, but still very realistic, target while also making an intriguing, tragic and beautiful story for the clients, they can hit some really memorable home runs, and this was one of them.

      Thank you very much for your kind comment! 🙂

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      • I agree, there are some episodes where they go too far with the target and the actions leading up to them being sent to hell which makes it a bit too tryhard or comedic for me to take it fully seriously despite still (usually) being good episodes. I will admit that some of the episodes were so over the top that during their dark moments I couldn’t help but laugh at how much unneeded edginess I was seeing. It also gives an underwhelming and a “too cliche” feeling.

        Bubbles and episodes like it however, with more pragmatic and planned out situations and targets, are usually executed far better and stay in your mind longer. Sometimes, less is more, and I believe Hell Girl’s best episodes show this.

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