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Jigoku Shoujo Drama – 01

ED Sequence

ED: 「Dream Catcher」 by OLIVIA
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (30MB, XviD)
There was no opening, but the ending more than made up for it. I love the song, and it being sung by OLIVIA just made it all that much better. The ending sequence looked pretty high budget too, with flowers moving everywhere and Ai turning butterflies.

Despite the fact that I had no interest in seeing this season’s anime offering of Jigoku Shoujo, I had high hopes for the drama version, which airs Saturday nights from 25:20 to 25:50 on NTV. It suffices to say that I was quite pleased with what I saw. The first episode basically follows a girl who’s being bullied and how she gets revenge – pretty standard stuff as far as the Jigoku Shoujo story goes. What made it so entertaining was seeing how everything translated into a live-action environment. The drama replicates almost everything from the anime, including the cell phone message, Ai’s world, her entire speech, the boat to Hell, and more. Ai even has her Macintosh. Much of the music sounds like it came right off the anime soundtrack, and the sound effects made me tense enough that I actually jumped in my seat at one point. I don’t think that ever happened in the anime version for me; the live-action is just that much creepier, especially if you’re watching it in a dark room. As for Ai, Iwata Sayuri did a decent job with the part, but I miss Noto Mamiko‘s voice in the role. I did like how Iwata Sayuri said ippen shinde miru, and that was followed by a very pretty and colorful live-action version of the flowers coming out of Ai’s kimono. Ai’s helpers also look and act very much like their anime counterparts, though we didn’t get to see that much of them in this first episode. I can’t wait until Hajime and Tsugumi show up :)
I think I’ll continue watching this, if for nothing else but the entertainment value of a live-action version. It might get old once the initial excitement wears off, but for now I’m enjoying the Jigoku Shoujo drama quite a lot.

November 5, 2006 at 7:29 am
  • November 5, 2006 at 7:37 amHaesslich

    Well… I don’t know if I like the flower effect at all here, but Ren and Ai look pretty close to how I imagined them, if they were real people. It doesn’t look half-bad… but then again, it looks like a lot of j-drama, which hasn’t really interested me at all. Still… I can think of worse live adaptations.

  • November 5, 2006 at 7:42 amMinikui

    ah, i completely forgot about that one … gotta download right away XD

  • November 5, 2006 at 8:21 amtensai_otaku

    Forget this S…..T that´s all I have to say T_T

  • November 5, 2006 at 8:25 amHaesslich

    tensai: So you’ve watched this through already, then? You’ve also watched the second season, which actually has semi-original stories? You’re an expert with all things anime, and are the leading authority on such matters? By all means, let us hear your ‘wisdom’.

    It’s late, and one-liners like that annoy me. May as well DL the thing and then trash it, or give a better answer. ‘Not liking j-drama’ is one perfectly valid one.

  • November 5, 2006 at 8:36 ampoga

    /made that screen with a tree into wallpaper.
    soo beautiful. Pretty much every screen will be good being wallpaper ))
    dunno about the show though, downloading at the moment ))

  • November 5, 2006 at 8:36 amS

    cool! love the butterflies!

  • November 5, 2006 at 9:34 amsinistral

    Ahhh, I just saw a bodyless head. Lol. I’m scared.

  • November 5, 2006 at 9:52 amshoste

    OMG I’m not a fan of ghost drama *scared*

  • November 5, 2006 at 10:54 amwinsonkoh

    at least this drama is way better than the deathnote movie. thumbs up for the story~

  • November 5, 2006 at 11:38 amfurinyue

    this same as the anime girl from hell episode 1

  • November 5, 2006 at 11:39 am-KDS-J-San

    ahem…which is the 25th hour? o.o

  • November 5, 2006 at 11:44 amOshii Rion

    I think, that this is very nice live action! XD (better than for example Sailor Moon)
    Ai looks cute, and Ren… x3
    Is there the same music (OST) like in TV anime series?

  • November 5, 2006 at 12:28 pmTsukiyo

    Saturday nights from 25:20 to 25:50 on NTV

    erm, 25 o clock = 1 am?

  • November 5, 2006 at 12:48 pmStahlwolf

    Hmmm- I haven’t seen this yet, but the only two things that gets me is that Enma is older and Wanyuudou isn’t bald. However, I’m open to creative licensing on their part. I’d like to see this when I get the chance. Also, the second season of the anime includes a mysterious younger girl in the Hell gang (in case anyone is interested).

  • November 5, 2006 at 12:53 pmxxx

    1am = 01:00 hour.

    25:00 hour does not exist on earth. Our rotational period only consists of 24 hours.

  • November 5, 2006 at 12:57 pmsi gila

  • November 5, 2006 at 1:03 pmtensai_otaku

    “Haesslich ” Relax my friend I really like J-drama and I´ve watched this too as densha otoko too.The problem here is the “feeling” from the original anime THAT I DO LIKE and i am watching the 2nd season too is a little different….I don´t know what it is but compared to the real anime environment this is a “trash class B terror movie” that only makes me laugh and laugh :D

  • November 5, 2006 at 1:06 pmtensai_otaku

    in other words :
    something tells me that every time they try to copy animes to novels (like in sailormoon :lol: ) they fail too much on the acting part making the show a practical JOKE!!!
    so what else can I say:

    :D :D :D

  • November 5, 2006 at 2:06 pmtakamachi

    anyone else thinks that the first pic reminds you of the symbol for HIMEs?

  • November 5, 2006 at 2:08 pmHaesslich

    tensai: Then download it to see if they did it wrong. At least that’s a better excuse than ‘this sucks’.

  • November 5, 2006 at 2:26 pmDSJFX18

    Yep, Sayuri is a bit too old to be Ai, I don’t really get the Ai aura. Tsugumi is going to feel pretty weird too, with her well endowed child actor… Well glad to see that the drama is scarier, as I hoped and expected it to be. Now if Ai looked a bit more like Ai…….


  • November 5, 2006 at 3:18 pmtensai13

    shoot man. looking at the screen caps it doesnt get close to the anime. Ai is not one bit scary or sad at all. she even smiles! very dissapointing impression. aint Ai suppose to be like a little girl, rather than a teenage girl?

  • November 5, 2006 at 3:26 pmtensai13

    Ai cant even stand straight (the flowers flying from her kimono part)? my! and whats with the lazy look? i hope they improve!

  • November 5, 2006 at 4:45 pmOmni

    1am = 01:00 hour.

    25:00 hour does not exist on earth. Our rotational period only consists of 24 hours.

    In the Japanese TV world, 25:00 does exist. Here’s what I say at the beginning of every season as a technical disclaimer:
    “All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For instance, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night.”

  • November 5, 2006 at 5:25 pmtensai_otaku

    I´ve already watched “THIS CRAP”…and I´ll never change my mind about this shit!
    It´s like a B horror movie that only makes me laugh all the time I saw it!!
    Well in my country we have a proverb like this:
    taste is like a BUTT everyone has it´s own :D
    So keep your butt that i´ll keep mine :D

  • November 5, 2006 at 5:43 pmZzz…

    On another note an actual 25th hour will exist on Earth one day…couple of millions years from now…just a note…the days are getting longer…

    I’ve watched live action Sailor Moon, Princess Princess, and BoogiePop…anime type stories, even a snoozefest like the 1st half of the 1st JigokuS season, just cannot transfer into a live format…

  • November 5, 2006 at 7:18 pmmaiko

    woah, i watched the anime series up about half way and never go to finish it. I might check this out to cover for that but, i can’t see how they will cover everything into 1/2hr action.

  • November 5, 2006 at 7:51 pmYukina

    Although Iwata Sayuri doesn’t physically represent Ai in terms of facial features (it would be difficult to anyways), she’s expert at portraying the innocent-yet-creepy-school-girl if you’ve seen her ‘Kisshoh Tennyo’.
    Thanks for the screencaps!

  • November 5, 2006 at 9:21 pmjoobs

    Ah swt common guys, live action will not be able to replicate the anime 100% .. at least they retain the key plots and character from the anime series . ( in this episode’s case, it’s almost the same as the anime’s )

    and ya i have to agree this Ai is not scary .. and she is as tall as/taller compared to the victims ahahahhaha O_O .. might be because i’m used to her image as a child XD .

    Looking forward to wanyuudo firey- chariot part … =D

  • November 5, 2006 at 10:35 pmMello

    shit thats cool =D made a drama show of the anime ^^ sweet!

  • November 5, 2006 at 11:19 pmAvexMode

    They could at least pick a less chubby/more lolita ghoth looking japanese. But hey that’s my preferences anyway. I mean she doesn’t look like a girl from hell. More like ‘Im going to McD’s, you are coming with me’. yeah.

  • November 6, 2006 at 12:19 amkoyuki

    I’ll give this a try since I love the anime and it’ll be interesting to see it in live version. From the screencaps, they all look like their anime-counter parts which is a good thing.

  • November 6, 2006 at 12:24 amv1cious

    i had a feeling they would make something like this. Ai looks jacked up.

  • November 6, 2006 at 12:31 amv1cious

    btw, could someone tell me what that japanese phrase is Ai says before she send someone to hell? i’ve seen it translated, but what are the exact japanese words?

  • November 6, 2006 at 12:34 amAmbient Escape

    wow thanks a lot for the caps this really motivates me to download! It looks like this series is going to be a good one.

  • November 6, 2006 at 1:41 amheppy

    i wish the actress for enma ai has bigger eyes though.. =X hehs

  • November 6, 2006 at 3:19 amCronuZ

    I think they shdnt call her Jigoku Shoujo, instead call her Jigoku Obasan XD

  • November 6, 2006 at 3:22 amCronuZ

    sorry for the double posting

    v1cious : Ippen, Shin de miru (一遍,死んでみる??)

  • November 6, 2006 at 11:01 ammuhi_kira

    wow jigoku shoujo in drama
    i think enma ai will be a little girl not a teenager

  • November 6, 2006 at 12:44 pmtensai_otaku

    if shows like this and sailormoon continue to come out the ” JAPANESE J-DRAMA ” is going to be changed to a ” JAPANESE JOKING-DRAMA ”

    :D :D :D

  • November 6, 2006 at 1:04 pmg-cel

    butterflies+flower effect -> some kind of live action orrr some crap

  • November 6, 2006 at 6:01 pmv1cious

    thank you CronuZ

  • November 6, 2006 at 6:40 pmArya

    wow that is so greeeeaat wel do you have the review for the live action

  • November 7, 2006 at 12:20 amtoothless

    was expecting cuter and younger girl as Ai.. hehe
    the one is animation just too eye capturing.. :P

  • November 7, 2006 at 6:43 amLeah.rc.

    OMG!! It looks quite good!! I want to watch it now. Mokuren or is it Mukoren @_@, oh wells…he looks kool….^^

  • November 10, 2006 at 1:35 pmtensai13

    did Jigoku Shoujo started as a manga? how old/young are all the cast supposed to be? man, i just watched the first episode of this live-action drama and it was really really bad. like CronuZ said, it feels more obasan than shoujo. Onna looks like an old prostitute it felt disgusting…

    though may not be low-budget, it does seem low in ambition and important details are not being taken care of properly. it seems like they just want to make this series for the sake of it. i’m totally unconvinced… thumbs down…

  • November 13, 2006 at 7:30 amNaDiA

    hi…well i like girl from hell much much …^^

  • November 16, 2006 at 1:29 amJz

    i like anime version of this title and now l don’t see drama version, because of my thinking that looks anime version better than drama version of all title. But after i read your comment about drama version of this title, i rethink and find for drama version’ stuff ^^

    PS. i think Enma Ai in anime version is better than well, MO~E!

  • November 24, 2006 at 12:34 amRynoa

    Anyway, you people should be lucky you’ve seen the Jigoku Shoujo and Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori. It doesn’t even air yet on Animax, and the downloads keep getting killed. Urgh.

  • November 27, 2006 at 2:04 pmyutyu

    this would be the scariest screenshot for me, having Sayuri Iwata smile like that is creepy, (even creepy than the head scene imo) XP

  • November 28, 2006 at 4:58 pmCilo

    Just wondering if you knew where I could find a blog for this. Thanks!

  • December 8, 2006 at 9:07 amMAE ANG


  • December 8, 2006 at 9:10 amMAE ANG

    wow! this j drama is really fantastic even though i can only see it by the pic. because actually i can’t find the video. but if i can see the video then i’ll watch it. even though others criticize this negatively, I want to say a big congratulations for the performers of this jdrama .godspeed!

  • December 8, 2006 at 9:14 amMAE ANG

    i want toplay a jdrama someday when i can reach my dream of being an animator and anime singer there in Japan!

  • January 2, 2007 at 11:25 amBlebekblebek

    I never like this series (all Jigoku Shoujo series)
    but I still watch it (including the dorama)

    but… I don’t know why it was never give much impact for me
    just another series to download

  • January 8, 2007 at 7:47 pmEthex

    I like the drama version, but I still prefer the anime. You should check out Jigoku Shoujo Futokomori; I have to say it’s a lot different from the first season.

  • January 20, 2007 at 2:29 amsissy

    what a beatiful story!!!
    i love ichimoku ren!!

  • February 7, 2007 at 4:51 amGFH99

    …i love the effects and Iwata Sayuri did a good job…wait, is Enma Ai smiling?…i really love the anime and also the live-action…the second season (anime) is still not here in the Philippines…and the live-action…i only watch in sites where they view it…darn it animax!!!!…

  • May 5, 2007 at 7:58 amMark

    You have to admit, Jigoku Shoujo can be a little wierd sometimes. But, it’s actually pretty good, especially this ;)

  • May 30, 2007 at 8:10 amminoru

    woww fantastic

  • May 31, 2007 at 10:59 pmmiel17

    lintik na yan gnaya yung anime

  • June 23, 2007 at 1:21 amQii

    man…can sumone pls tell me wher can i download tis show..?! i realli hope to watch it..sum1 help!! T.T

  • June 23, 2007 at 1:21 amQii

    man…can sumone pls tell me wher can i download tis show..?! i realli hope to watch it..sum1 help!! T.T

  • August 20, 2007 at 6:00 pmgiorgio

    hey the serie is good i llike so mvch i wanna know if anybody know where i can read the manga beacvse the 3 season i think change all beacvase vse the cel phone well if anybosy have somethting to say about this write me or agree to msn

  • August 25, 2007 at 9:29 pmw-l-k

    No offense but this was bad, I’m not saying that as an anime nerd either, but they completely screwed up Jigoku Shoujo.

    First off: Ai’s actress is too old, and too friendly looking, her eyes need to be brighter, her voice needs to be colder, and more expressionless,
    and the scene where she putting on her kimono and flipping her hair makes me wince.

    Second: The special effects remind me of power rangers, like the flowers coming off of Ai’s Kimono, though I did like how they actually managed not NOT kill off Ren’s giant eye.

    third: Wanyuudo is 40 years too young and 40 pounds too heavy, and he’s got hair (wanyuudo is bald) I like who they picked for Ren and Hone Onna though.

    Sorry if that was a little long, but yeah, I think they made this drama on 30 cents budget, Sorry if I sound picky and like a total Anime freak, it’s just I really liked how both seasons of the animation turned out, and I was merely curious when finding this, although I am disappointed. I think they could’ve done better.

  • August 26, 2007 at 10:06 pmAna

    Is it good? Cause I wanna watch it.

  • April 9, 2008 at 8:53 pmkerry

    I have never seen this show. Or the anime,but it looks good.

  • May 12, 2008 at 12:02 amkei

    it’s good but i think shinigami no ballad is more good

  • May 22, 2008 at 10:23 amrufa

    i like the jigoku shoujo cartoon..but i want to see this jigoku shoujo drama here in the philippines…

  • June 10, 2008 at 2:05 amO__O

    This suck…. honest

  • August 10, 2008 at 3:02 amEidrib

    Where can I download the drama for free online? I watched the first season of the anime and it was awesome, now I really want to watch the drama… Plz tell me where I can download the drama series. Thanks!