The second season of Hell Girl is a great improvement over the first season.
While it is still marred with the repetitious developments with the
victim and tormentor at a number of points, many of the character
stories that Ai and her companions become entangled in are a bit more
grey in their developments this time around. Characters among both
victim and tormentor in many episodes for this season do come off as
flawed this time around where the victim doesn't always come as
righteous in their justifications of wanting to banish their tormentor
and the tormentor does come off as having redeemable traits that do not
make them off as a shallow baddie like many of the foes you would come
across from the first season. Ai's three companions even get their
backgrounds explored in this season as you get to know what their lives
were like before being killed and meeting with Ai.
arc involving Takuma made for the best material I seen come out of Hell
Girl thus far. It digs deep in exploring just how low people will go in
caring for their own well-being, particularly with the suffering that
the character of Takuma has to endure when things in his hometown get
messy. This hits hard with Ai as the problems that Takuma is dealing
with mirror her own tragic past and it pushes her to her breaking point,
as well as creating some major developments for her character. The end
result of the whole mess creates a bittersweet outcome that is sure to
be a touching and worthwhile payoff for those that watch it.
to the series are about on par with the last season having gorgeous
scenery and character designs that have a great amount of detail with
some clever moments of animation coming from Ai and her companions
tormenting the episode's antagonist though there are reused animation
clips during Ai's banishing of the episode's antagonist.
season is still not without its faults. Other than still being marred
with its repetitious plot developments, some episodes still have
antagonists with irredeemable traits and there isn't much that we get to
learn of new character Kikuri when she joins up with Ai and her
companions later in the series.
While still marred with some of
the flaws that plagued it in the first season, Hell Girl: The Two
Mirrors is still better in the quality of its plotting taking a more
grey moral approach with exploring the tensions between victim and
tormentor that Ai's group comes across, learning about Ai's three
companions and an intense character arc that keeps you hooked on it from
start to finish.