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Summary:
Locked up in a trailer, a girl named Yumi with bruises all over summons Enma Ai. Tsugumi has a vision of that scene and directs Hajime to the circus – the Happy Circus. After watching a show which included a performance where a man put swords though a girl in a box, Hajime becomes positive that the person who used the Jigoku Tsuushin is that girl. However, when he goes to see her, she has no idea what he’s talking about. Hajime ends up causing a scene and Ichimoku Ren, posing as part of the troupe, makes him leave. It’s not until Tsugumi has another vision of a girl being beaten by the ringmaster that Hajime realizes that there are two girls – twins. He rushes back to the circus and finds Yumi locked in her trailer, with a solitary red string at her feet.
Knowing that the ringmaster’s life was in danger, Hajime rushes to the other girl’s trailer and tries to save the man. As Tsugumi watches on, Ai comforts a Yumi who has been singing a sad lullaby the entire time. Apparently she and her sister Yuki were raised together in the circus, but her sister gained favor with the ringmaster. Back at Yuki’s trailer, Hajime realizes too late that Yuki is the target and not the ringmaster. Yuki is pulled into her mirror and emerges in a torture world where Ai’s helpers try to get her to apologize to her sister. She refuses and it’s obvious that Yuki is quite selfish in wanting the spotlight for herself. Ai arrives to complete the ritual and take the girl to hell. Back in the real world, the circus packs up and leaves. Tsugumi and Hajime watch on as the ringmaster pats a smiling Yumi’s head. The marked girl is apparently his favorite now.

This is such an impressive episode that I regret not having watched it earlier. I’ll start off by saying that my only problem with it is that I felt the plot was a tad predictable. As soon as I saw the circus act, it became apparent to me that there were most likely twins and that the target was the pampered one. But maybe that’s just me.
In any case, the episode’s good points far outweigh that. For starters, they gave Ichimoku Ren and Hone Onna key roles to play, even more so than last episode. Hajime now knows what Ichimoku Ren looks like and Tsugumi knows what Hone Onna looks like. I think their problem is that Ai’s helpers don’t know of Tsugumi’s ability. If they had somehow tried to sabotage Tsugumi and her visions along with Hajime, then Hajime wouldn’t have been able to witness everything in the second half of the episode. Granted though, once again he isn’t able to make a difference. Also, the Hone Onna in a box part was funny.
I wouldn’t blame Yuki or Yumi for what happened because I feel that those two were more victims of their situation. Based on how happy Yumi was at the end, I think that if the roles were reversed between the twins, things probably would have ended up exactly the same. It’s more the ringmaster’s fault for picking favorites and creating such an environment for the girls. I would have liked to see Yumi try to send two people to hell, but that’s a plot for maybe another episode (who knows, it could happen). I’m also curious what would have happened if Yuki had actually repented and truly apologized.
On a side note, Yumi’s song is definitely my favorite part of the episode. It’s so sad, yet I love the tune. Anyway, next week our heroes visit a sanatorium.

January 29, 2006 at 12:45 am
12 comments »
  • January 29, 2006 at 10:25 amWhite Eyes

    awesome episode.. but i think what yumi did was just so selfish.. what she shouldve done is send the ringmaster to hell he was the one who hurt her afterall, but w/e i lovve the how th animation looks.. very nice Btw Tsugumi is just so cute i love her!

  • January 29, 2006 at 10:36 amHaesslich

    Say… was Tsugumi calling Onna ‘aunt’ (obasan) or ‘old woman’ (obaa-san)? :D

  • January 29, 2006 at 10:53 pmshozo

    It was not predictable at all to me. I hadn’t been able to see the twins much less the victim until they showed them. Just as Random Curiosity does I wonder what would have happened to her if Yuki had actually apologized to the guys. Had she been saved from being sent to the hell? But if there is someone who is bad enough to be sent to the hell, he must be the ringmaster. Since the twins don’t seem to have their parents, the ringmaster had to be their guardian, who should raise the twins well physically and mentally. I think he will rape the remaining twin when she has grown enough.

  • January 31, 2006 at 2:25 ammistabean

    Does anyone think that Tsugumi’s eyes turning as red as Ai’s will be of any significant? Also, Ai showing some compassion, that’s new. And for the next episode’s preview, it seems to be a monologue between Ai and Hajime… wonder what will THAT means…

  • June 6, 2006 at 11:44 amShalimar

    This episode reminds me of Saya and Diva’s situation.

  • June 9, 2007 at 4:00 amNameless

    Does anyone have the sad lullaby’s lyric?

  • March 11, 2008 at 9:02 pmSomeone

    Ouchi wasureta ko hipari wa?
    hiroi hatake no mugi no naka
    kaasan tasunete naita kedo
    kaze ni ho mugi ga naru bakari
    ouchi wasureta mayoigo no
    ipari ha hitori mugi no na ka
    yama no kitsune ha nakanu kedo
    kurete samishii tsuki akari

    What’s the song’s name?

  • March 12, 2008 at 10:42 amNameless

    Thx ya.. Sorry.. i dunno the lullaby name… XD

  • June 18, 2008 at 9:09 pmNatasha

    I’m sorry I just had to ask. Because I’m so confused about something, if anyone knows the answer please tell.

    How did Yumi Summon AI? If not through a website(locked in a trailer)

  • June 29, 2008 at 4:57 pmInnocentBystander

    According to someone on YahooAnswers, the lullaby’s name is Ouchi Wasurete (forgetting the way home) Words by Meishu Kajima、Music by Ryutaro Hirota.
    I don’t know how Yumi summoned Ai though. I don’t think the episode said how she did that.

  • October 7, 2008 at 12:45 amMeh

    this episode was sad but no i was wondering how she summoned her but enmai ai has the power to grant revenge for those who want it without the acesssing the website the website is just one of her meduims b4 that she used letters and enmai ai was very touched by the suffereing girl that is why she persoanlly chose the case ( so i assume from the episode)

  • May 25, 2009 at 11:51 amblackbloodyrose9

    whats the name of this lullaby? i want it please…~! D: