Japanese retailers Tsutaya and Honya Club are listing a best-of compilation volume for Miyuki Etoo’s Hell Girl manga in March. But that isn’t where the news for the series ends. When the volume is released, it will include popular chapters from the manga adaptation of the Hell Girl anime, plus production designs for a “new anime series of Hell Girl to air in July”.
On Friday, Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine will confirm the new TV anime. Green-lit as Jogoku Shojo Yoi no Togi, it will run with six new episodes and six “reminiscence” episodes. The main cast and staff will also be revealed, with all voice actors returning from the original anime, except for Misaki Watada of Kemono Friends and Battle Spirits Double Drive as Michiru.
Here is the cast list as it stands:
Mamiko Noto as Ai Enma
Takayuki Sugo as Wanyuudou
Takako Honda as Hone-Onna
Masaya Matsukaze as Ren Ichimoku
Hekiru Shiina as Yamawaro
Kanako Sakai as Kikuri
Misaki Watada as Michiru
Hiroshi Watanabe is credited once again for the original Hell Girl concept. Takahiro Omori returns from the first anime, as well as Hell Girl: Two Mirrors, to direct at Studio DEEN. Mariko Oda, Kenichi Kanemaki and Yasuharu Takanashi are also returning on character design, series composition and music, respectively.
Hell Girl tells tales of a Faustian pact that preys on vulnerable, tormented people. Through the Hell Correspondence website, any bully or nemesis can be eliminated simply by submitting a request. Then the titular Hell Girl, Ai Enma, will appear and give the aggressor a doll that sends them straight to hell. Enma and friends will deliver your justice in the form of some karmic torture, but the twist is that the one who made the request will join them all in hell.
The original Hell Girl anime produced by Studio DEEN was first aired in 2005. It was followed by two anime sequels in 2006 and 2008, as well as a live-action series and Etoo’s manga adaptation. Another manga was released under the title Shin Jigoku Shojo (New Hell Girl) in 2009, and most recently, Jigoku Shojo Enma Ai Selection Geki Kowa Story (Hell Girl: Enma Ai Selection, Super Scary Story) was published in 2014. In that time the series has gained a significant cult following. But how about you? Are you a fan, and will you be waiting for the new anime?