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SHE?S COMING FOR YOU. . . .

When you thirst for revenge, there?s a surefire way to get it: Simply go to the strange website that appears only at midnight, and enter the name of your enemy. The Hell Girl will appear to drag your tormentor to eternal damnation. But you will have to pay a price . . . your soul!

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SHE’S COMING FOR YOU. . . .

When you thirst for revenge, there’s a surefire way to get it: Simply go to the strange website that appears only at midnight, and enter the name of your enemy. The Hell Girl will appear to drag your tormentor to eternal damnation. But you will have to pay a price . . . your soul!

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Enter your enemy's name at midnight on a special Web site, and Hell Girl takes revenge on them for you. Each chapter is thus a story of someone getting what's coming to them. The most fully realized, in both motivation and setup, is the first. Nerd Mari is set up to be caught shoplifting; popular Satsuki rescues her but blackmails Mari into buying her treats. Later stories cover a pastry student opening her own shop sabotaged by her jealous former teacher; an aspiring actress starring in the Hell Girl movie who's being stalked; an evil vet; and a girl sexually harassed by her teacher. As the book proceeds, the stories and resolutions become more perfunctory. It can be difficult to tell which character is speaking, given the lack of tails on the word balloons, since the voices aren't distinctive. The action is also unclear in key scenes, with too many shortcuts taken. Hell, by the way, looks like a shower of black chrysanthemums, the Japanese funeral flower. Those wishing evil are told that in return for their enemy's condemnation, they too will go to hell after they die, but that warning is little played up in this anime tie-in that probably plays better on TV. (Jan.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to 18.

Have you ever heard of Hell Correspondence, the website that appears at the stroke of midnight? Write in the name of your enemy and The Hell Girl will drag that person down to Hell. The catch: when you die she takes your soul, also. The stories in Hell Girl are episodic, but they follow the same pattern: a person is wronged; she goes to Hell Correspondence and writes in her oppressor’s name; The Hell Girl appears and metes out poetic justice. The best story features a girl whose dog gets sick; the vet takes her money and does nothing. When the dog dies her owner writes in the vet’s name and he is dragged down to Hell by a mob of scalpel-wielding dogs, cats and rabbits. Horror fans will like Hell Girl’s urban-legend-run-amok premise. This manga doesn’t have much of a cast. The protagonists are all young girls whose defining characteristic is victimhood. The villains do stand out--we want to see them suffer, and they do--but after a while the repetition becomes numbing. There is a definite audience for this type of horror; Hell Girl achieves its effects through nastiness rather than super explicit gore. The art is character based, with an emphasis on facial features. The lack of background details is this manga’s biggest weakness. Hell Girl contains profanity (s-bomb), comic book violence and an assortment of the nastiest people you’d ever want to meet. Recommended for graphic novel collections with large horror collections. Reviewer: George Galuschak
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345497475
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Series: Hell Girl Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.95 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    creepy but cool

    this book Hell girl is creepy on so many levels but thats what makes it good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

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    I recommended this series to all dark loving people! The creepiness is incredible and does not over do it. Ai and the rest of Hell correspondence gang whip up some pretty scary stuff, forfilling my dark desire!! A must read for all manga fans!

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